September 2015 Update

Hi all – as the summer draws to an end, we are busy planning a new year’s worth of activities for families with young children. Check out the Save the Date box, and please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or with suggestions of what you might like to see and do at Temple Sinai this year. We always welcome your input.

We are excited to start a new year of Tot Shabbat and Tot Havdalah. Our first Tot Shabbat will be Friday, September 11th. The service will begin in the chapel at 5:30 pm – immediately after the service, we will head upstairs (yes, a new location!) for a bite to eat and an activity for the children. What is the “bite to eat?” We’d like your opinion. Should we continue with a light pizza dinner? Or, are you feeding your children at home and would prefer fruit, vegetables and dessert? Please click here to RSVP and/or to share your thoughts on Tot Shabbat food! As always, all are welcome – feel free to invite a friend!

The following week, please join us for our Children’s High Holy Day Services, geared toward children in second grade and younger (and their families). Our Children’s Services take place at 2:30 pm on Rosh Hashanah (Monday, September 14th, 2015) and on Yom Kippur (Wednesday, September 23, 2015). The services are family-friendly and include songs, blessings, and an interactive dramatic story or puppet show. Services are open to everyone and do not require tickets or Temple membership. No RSVP necessary.

For those of you with toddlers, we are happy to announce that we will be running both our Toddler & Me class (for children ages 12-28 months accompanied by an adult) and our Toddlers Together class (a transition class for children who will turn 2 years old by March 31, 2016), starting in September. Details and registration materials for Toddler & Me and Toddlers Together are attached and are also available on our website. We also have limited space in some of our Early Childhood Education Program (ECEP) classes. Please call the ECEP office (908-273-4921, x 31) or email for availability. Check out our Facebook page for a peek at what we have to offer.

Finally, for families with Kindergarten-aged children, I’d like to recommend two wonderful programs to be offered at Temple Sinai this fall. Please read the brief description below from Patti Kahn, Director of our K-12 program – one of these could be perfect for you.

“Temple Sinai Religious School is expanding its Kindergarten offerings! In addition to our outstanding weekly Kindergarten class with creative teacher Brenda Freeman (Sundays, 8:30-10:30am), we are also offering an alternative 7-session (7 Sundays ‘sprinkled’ through the year, 8:30-10:00am) Kindergarten program, with Patti Kahn as the lead teacher. Both K programs offer wonderful Jewish learning activities and experiences for students and families. Your choice!”

Please watch for program descriptions and registration forms from Patti (, on the way this week!

Enjoy the remainder of your summer, and we hope to see you soon! We’ve missed you!

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  Text Box: Save these dates:Wednesday, September 9th – Start of the 2015-2016 ECEP school year – registration is still open.  Space is limited.  Contact the ECEP office for information on availability.Friday, September 11th  – Tot Shabbat begins again! – 5:30pm service followed by an oneg/light dinner and activity.  All are welcome.  Click below to RSVP.Monday, September 14th  – Rosh Hashanah Children’s Service – 2:30 pm.  All are welcome.  No RSVP necessary.Thursday, September 17th – Toddler & Me begins – 9:15 – 10:15 am.  Toddler-parent/caregiver class for children ages 12 to 28 months.  Link for registration materials below. Monday, September 21st – Toddlers Together toddler transition class begins – 9:30 – 11:00 am.  Toddler drop-off class for children turning 2 by March 31, 2016.  Link for registration materials below.Wednesday, September 23rd  – Yom Kippur Children’s Service – 2:30 pm.  All are welcome.  No RSVP necessary.Monday, September 28th – “Pizza in the Hut” Sukkot celebration for families with young children.  All are welcome.   More information to follow.Friday, October 2nd  – Tot Shabbat – 5:30pm service followed by an oneg/light dinner and activity.  All are welcome.
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