The Shabbat Morning Younger-Children’s Program: to run on Saturday mornings, at the same time as our services, for those ages three to eight years old. It is a continuation and enhancement of our present program which will have crafts, stories, songs and other approaches to what is occurring at Shabbat that day in the chapel where, of course, children are also always welcome to join their adults, who are welcome in the children’s room as well.
The teacher is Leanne Stevens, who has experience as a supplemental Jewish school teacher at a liberal synagogue in the GTA, and has been a long-time camper and then counsellor at Camp George in Ontario. She also brings to us her background attending Jewish Sunday school throughout her own childhood, as well as years of working one on one with young children of differing abilities. Leanne has an honours bachelor of arts degree from Ryerson University, where she currently works in governance.
As always, children are welcome to drop in to the monthly sessions of both of our Shabbat morning services, and there is no fee. But we hope that parents and grandparents will see their ways to making this a regular part of the shul experience every month.
The Junior Congregation: is a new program, also for children in the eight to 11 year old age group, but occurring monthly at the same time as services, when their parents and grandparents may be in the chapel. For the hour or so that this program takes place, the young people will work with an experienced teacher and musician on themes, prayers and the parsha, or Torah reading, of the day. They will join the service after that hour to join in and contribute what they have learned with the congregation.
The teacher for this program is Ella Gladstone Martin, an educator and a professional musician who plays and sings in Hebrew, Yiddish, Arabic and English. She has worked as a supervisor and counsellor at Camp Shomria, and as a spokesperson and coordinator at Hashomer Hatzair Canada. She currently works at a local Jewish supplemental school, as well. Ella and her family attended our services when we were still holding High Holy Days at Cecil Community Centre.
As always, children are welcome to drop in to the monthly sessions of both of our Shabbat morning sessions, and there is no fee. But we hope that parents and grandparents will see their ways to making this a regular part of the shul experience every month.
Rabbi Goldberg will be overseeing the educational content of the children’s program and junior congregation, and is also the teachers’ supervisor.
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