Children and Families

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to bring your children and grandchildren and keep them engaged.  Children under 18 are welcome to join us free.

In addition, we hope the following information will be of help to you:

  • Participation: On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, we’ll be inviting all the children under bar/bat mitzvah age to come up to the front to hear and see the shofar up close, and to participate in the service as we return the scroll to the ark. So if your child owns a shofar, please bring it with you! We’ll have plastic ones as well. The children are also invited to join us on the bimah for havdallah at the end of Yom Kippur.
  • Books: We always have a selection of Jewish children’s books available in the back of the sanctuary (of course, you may choose to bring your own). Children are invited to get up at any time, choose a book, and bring it back to their seats to read. Parents of younger children should feel free to read quietly to their children, being careful to find a spot where others will not be disturbed. We do ask that there be no writing or use of electronic games in the sanctuary.
  • Break Rooms and Play Spaces: We’re blessed to have a number of options for children who need a break from services. There’s a children’s play room (accessed through the front right door of the sanctuary), with toys for younger children, as well as a playground in the back garden (accessible through the play room or any of the sanctuary exits). There is also a library (accessible through the front right door of the sanctuary), where older children and teens might hang out. Younger children do need supervision at all times, and please be sure to leave the play room as we find it, with all toys put away.
  • Snacks: Our hosts have asked that there be no food in the sanctuary itself. However, please feel free to bring snacks for your children, to be eaten in any of the break rooms or outside.
  • Don’t miss the shofar: Although our services are organic and not precisely timed, we expect the shofar service on Rosh Hashanah to begin between 10:30 and 11. Rabbi Uhrbach’s teaching will follow soon after. Services will likely conclude around 1:15.

And most importantly, we understand.   We just want to say up front that our whole community understands that children aren’t always predictable, and can’t always keep still. So please relax and don’t worry if there’s a little noise. We know you’re doing your best to be respectful of everyone’s prayer time and minimize distractions, especially when Rabbi Uhrbach is speaking, and we’re just happy you’re with us as a family.