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 three weekly Shabbat services for children, monthly family services for our 5-11 year olds, Trope/Nusach Labs for our 8-11 year olds, and special holiday events.
Nearly every Shabbat morning, Shaare Zedek offers developmentally-appropriate services for children age 11 and under, from 11:00 AM to noon.
Minyan Bereishit: Ages 0 to 4
Children and their families will experience the joy of Shabbat through song, dance, and stories in an interactive and participatory environment.
Minyan Shemot: Ages 5 to 7
Minyan Shemot offers a fresh, creative look at Shabbat morning prayers, and engages children in discussion and activities on the theme of the weekly Torah portion and Eretz Yisrael.
Minyan Bamidbar: Ages 8 to 11
Minyan Bamidbar is an opportunity for our oldest children to gain proficiency in the Torah service and Musaf service, increasing their understanding of the differences between weekday and Shabbat prayer.
Children's minyanim do not meet on federal holiday weekends. Minyan Shemot and Bamidbar also take a summer hiatus in July and August, and Minyan Bereishit 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, Rabbi Esther Azar, or call the synagogue office at 212-874-7005.