Tot Shabbat is a fun, interactive service geared toward preschool children age 2 to 5 years old. Children sing songs in both English and Hebrew while actively learning about Shabbat and the Jewish holidays. Stories, games, puppet play, marching with the Torahs and interactive felt boards are used to instill a love of Judaism in our youngest congregants. The service concludes with the children enjoying a light kiddush of grape juice, challah and raisins.
Making davening fun is no small feat, but the BHCBE Jr. Congregation manages to do so each and every Shabbat for 3rd through 6th graders. Children are up on the bimah, out of their seats and fully engaged. They learn not just how to participate in meaningful Shabbat prayers, but what they mean and why prayer together is so important. Every week one grade level takes their turn leading a large contingent of “regulars” who come together for in depth, innovative activities based on the weekly Torah reading, unraveling our ancient text and making it meaningful, relevant and fun for all.