learning for children
At Shaare Zedek, we believe that the seeds of Jewish identity are planted early in a child’s life, rooted in knowledge of Jewish tradition and practice. To build positive Jewish experiences in the synagogue and at home, our educators work with parents and children to nourish these seeds so our children enjoy living a Jewish life and grow to be Jewish adults committed to the ideals of the Conservative movement. We seek to impart Jewish knowledge and foster strong Jewish identity by engaging children in Jewish rituals and traditions in a warm, welcoming, and fun community environment.
Shaare Zedek offers weekly Shabbat and holiday services for children, tefillah workshops, special holiday events, and – new in 2016-2017 – a partnership with the Jewish Journey Project for children in grades 3-8 seeking a Hebrew school.
Nearly every Shabbat morning, Shaare Zedek offers developmentally-appropriate services for children age 12 and under, from 11:00 AM to noon.
Minyan Katan: ages 5 and under
Children and their families will experience the joy of Shabbat through song, dance, and stories in an interactive and participatory environment.
Minyan Gadol: ages 6 to 12
Minyan Gadol offers a fresh, creative look at Shabbat morning prayers, and engages children in discussion and activities on the theme of the weekly Torah portion. Your children will take part in their own Torah service in which they receive aliyot and read from the Torah.
Children's minyanim do not meet on federal holiday weekends. Minyan Gadol also takes a summer hiatus in July and August, and Minyan Katan in August.
Children approaching the date of their bar/bat mitzvah are encouraged to begin attending the main service with their parent(s).
For more information, please contact our Director of Family Engagement, Esther Azar, or call the synagogue office at 212-874-7005.