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Teaching our Children Well

Teaching our Children Well

From the basement of Cecil Community Centre to the boardroom of the MNJCC (aka our kiddish room) and beyond, you have seen Shir Libeynu’s children participating in the life of our shul over the past two decades. What started as holiday-themed childcare at High Holy Days during our stay at Cecil until 2010 has evolved into a plethora of programs, classes, projects and holiday events for children of all ages, and their adults.

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At Shabbat morning services at our MNJCC home,, we have provided a concerted program of crafts, music and stories for those who attend with their adults (who are always welcome in the children’s room). Those sessions have been mainly for younger children, to age nine years old. We have also held many holiday events with singing, dancing and educational commentary from Rabbi Goldberg and others, and children of all ages have always been front and centre at them.

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At the same time, and over the past few years, we have also had a bnei mitzvah program, with a learning-enrichment component taught by experienced educators, for those in the year or two before their becoming a bar/bat mitzvah.

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Now, we have ramped up our offerings, at the request of our members. Starting in 2017, we begin two new programs for the older children (ages eight to 11), with both a Shabbat morning junior congregation AND a supplemental school, on Sunday mornings weekly that has a unique modular approach to Jewish education. (There will be a modest fee charged for this latter series of classes)

D’or v la D’or: From Generation to Generation. We take our children’s education seriously, but we deliver it joyously, and with the Shir Libeynu mandate of pluralism and inclusivity you can always expect.

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Please spread the word and sign up for our programs. And remember, children are ALWAYS welcome at our services, inside the chapel at Shabos with their adults.

More info on all our programs and classes.