Early Childhood Families
Jewish identity begins to develop in the earliest years of childhood. BJ’s creative programs provide families with young children regular opportunities to connect and form communities that experience and develop the joy and beauty of being Jewish. They are an ideal way for a family to start a lifelong relationship with Judaism.
Bim Bam gives children under 3 a fun space to get ready for Shabbat through interactive English and Hebrew songs, movement, and stories; while practicing traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah. The program is led by our artist in residence, Shira Averbuch.
Bim Bam—Hebrew Immersion
All in Hebrew, this program gives children under 3 the same wonderful experiences as Bim Bam. It too is led by our artist-in-residence, Shira Averbuch.
Shirah with Shira
Join us for a Hebrew immersion class geared toward children 3 and 4 years old. Shira Averbuch leads children, their parents, and caregivers in music, stories, and movement. Children will gain a sense of community rooted in Jewish tradition while gaining exposure to Israeli culture.
In addition to family services every Shabbat morning, families will have the opportunity to celebrate Shabbat on Friday evenings through a monthly, kid-friendly session filled with musical prayer, community-led rituals, and time to see and say hello to our friends!
Shabbat Morning Family Services
What better way to connect to the spirit of Shabbat and the BJ community then to join us for Shabbat family services. Every Shabbat morning children (ages 2-7) and their families are invited to join us in an uplifting family service filled with spirited prayer, beautiful song, stories, and movement.
Days of Service
At BJ, we strongly value social justice and the importance of taking action, beginning when we are young. Partnering with the organization Repair the World, our days of service give families with children in 2nd grade and under opportunities to participate in projects that seek to raise awareness and tackle issues of food insecurity and homelessness in NYC.
Throughout the year we have special opportunities for early childhood families to celebrate the Jewish holidays. From art projects and storytelling in the Sukkah to making a Torah food craft for Simhat Torah, we provide engaging activities that incorporate learning and joy.
Songs & Prayers
Feel like singing and learning some prayers at home with your children? This playlist highlights some of the songs and prayers that we sing during Bim Bam and our Shabbat Family Services. All are sung by our Artist in Residence, Shira Averbuch.