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For families and children

We welcome and include families of all types! Families and children are invited to participate actively in worship, learning, programming, and events. Tips for worshipping with children:
  • Find a good spot: Sit where you and your children are most comfortable. Our chapel, for example, has benches along the sides of the room on which children can spread out.
  • Sing, pray, and participate: Children will learn how to participate at Shabbat services by following along and noticing what others around them do.
  • Teach: Help your children follow along in the siddur (prayerbook) and explain parts they may not understand.
  • Take breaks: Sometimes, children need a break from the service. It's fine to get up and take your child out of the worship space at any time. The Greenwood Lobby, the youth lounge, and the playground are good places to go. Please keep in mind open doors and how sound carries when you choose to step out.
  • Introduce yourself: Clergy, staff, and board members with nametags are happy to meet you and speak with you and your children. Someone can give you a tour of our historic sanctuary, too!


Family and children's programs:
  • Weekly family Shabbat services during the school year
  • High Holy Day family services and childcare
  • Family retreat at OSRUI
  • Tot Shabbat programs 
  • Parent and family programming and discussions during Shoresh sessions on Friday afternoons


Tot playgroup:

Our new Tot Playgroup welcomes children 4 and younger to play together Friday afternoons 4:00 to 6:00 PM. They have Jewish-themed free play, music and art, a snack, and circle time, all under the care of an experienced leader. Parents or caregivers  accompany their children, and children who are toilet trained may participate without an adult. The sessions are a wonderful way for children to play and get to know each other as we prepare to welcome Shabbat together at our 6:00 pm family Shabbat celebration.

The Tot Playgroup is fee-free and will meet on the Fridays that Shoresh, our religious school program for Kindergarten through 10th graders, is in session. Please register here.

Holiday programs:

In addition to programs designed for families with children, we also host open events that families would enjoy, including:

  • Monthly congregational dinners
  • Sukkot sing-along
  • Simchat Torah celebration
  • Chanukah extravaganza
  • Purim celebration and spiel

For more details about these events, look at our calendar of events or contact Religious School Director Lauren Reeves at 773.924.1234 or

Mon, September 27 2021 21 Tishrei 5782