Kehilat Hadar and Shaare Zedek share a commitment to be welcoming and inclusive to families with children of all ages, and for all members of the family to comfortably attend as much of our services and programming as they are able to.

As a joint community, our goals are that children:

  • Come to understand our shared communal identity as one that elevates traditional Jewish life and liturgy in an egalitarian setting, and they are encouraged to grow their commitment to Jewish practice, alongside adults in our community.

  • Experience the values of the community through the content of programming and the interactions they have with adults: empowerment, dignity, care and connection across life stages, and responsiveness to each other.

  • Love coming to services and being in our shared community. Their experience of Shabbat and holidays is positive and engaging.

  • Make friends in and through our community and are supported in having positive social interactions with their peers of different ages.

  • Are treated with respect by all adults.

  • Are welcomed into the main service to have a full experience alongside their parents, caregivers, and other adults.

Our communities provide:

  • Weekly supervised playrooms in separate rooms

  • Weekly Shabbat morning activities for children up to 4th grade, and soon monthly Shabbat morning activities for children in 5th grade to b’nai mitzvah.

  • Communal celebrations of select Shabbat evenings, Shabbat afternoons, and holidays.

Shabbat Morning Activities

Child care for children up to age 12, from 9:15 - 11:15 AM during Standard Time, and from 9:45 - 11:45 AM during Daylight Saving Time.

  • One room is for children from birth to pre-K and another is for children in K-7th grades.

  • The intent of child care is to help support families, and it is not intended to be fully drop-off, especially for younger children. Parents and caregivers are still responsible for diaper changes, trips to the bathroom, feeding, and returning to the room if a child is in need of more supervision than staff can manage.

Weekly programming for children ages 4 and under (may include older siblings): 10:45 - 11:15 AM

  • Parent-led Tot Shabbat program (parent/caregiver participation is required)

Weekly programming for children ages 5-9 (grades K-4): 10:15 - 11:15 AM

  • Movement activities and games incorporating Jewish themes, as well as learning sessions, led by staff and our shinshin, without parent/caregiver participation

Coming soon: Monthly programming for children ages 10-12 (grades 5 through b’nai mitzvah)

Additional programming outside of Shabbat mornings will be posted as special events on our website.

Questions? Contact our Director of Family Engagement, Sharon Litwinoff,