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 “…וְשִׁנַּנְתָּ֣ם לְבָנֶ֔יךָ  and teach them to your children...” - Shema, Deuteronomy 6: 4-9

Ohr Kodesh is committed to engaging every member and every family of our community in the sanctity and joy of Shabbat and Torah. We offer age-appropriate Shabbat opportunities to explore prayer, learn Torah, develop skills, engage ideas, develop Jewish identities, and form communities of families and young people gathering in sacred space. We know that we have so much to learn from our students, and our programming will continue to evolve as we learn these lessons and create safe and nurturing spaces and experiences.

 

Shabbat Morning Youth & Family Services


18 Months-4 Years: Babysitting | 9:30-11:30AM  Children are welcome to play in a supervised, safe and fun environment while their adults participate in services. 

Up to 5 Years: Torah Tots | 10:30-11:15AM  Children bring their adult to this volunteer-led service celebrating Shabbat with songs, tefilot (prayers), stories, and parashah (weekly Torah reading) activities. 

Grades K-2: Mini Minyan | 10:30-11:30AM  Children participate in an interactive Shabbat service that incorporates tefilot (prayers), parashah (weekly Torah reading) stories, and activities. In this staff-led service, children learn how to daven (pray) with kavanah (intention) while having fun!        

Grades 3-4: "Next Dor" Minyan | 10:30-11:30AM  Children join a new weekly staff-led Shabbat service for mid-elementary school. Every Shabbat participants daven (pray), explore tefilot (prayers) and learn about the meaning and structure of the Shabbat morning services. 

Grades 5-7: Kadima Minyan and Moadon | 10:30-11:30AM  Youth form a peer-led Shabbat service and discussion group. Participants explore tefilot (prayers), learn new tunes and discuss Jewish themes while supported by Teen Crew members. 

Grades 8-12: Teen Crew  Gain SSL hours and the joy of providing a mitzvah to the community by supporting youth programming during Saturday morning services. Build leadership skills, learn how to plan activities, and create connections within the community. To sign up, please complete the application form HERE. Contact Rabbi Batya Glazer, Director of Lifelong Learning for questions. (Other days and times available for volunteering - Contact Wilhelmina Gottschalk, Alvin Browdy Religious School Director).

Shabbat Youth & Family Events


Friday Evenings (Erev Shabbat)

Ages 0-5: Tot Shabbat Welcome Shabbat with family and friends during this musical, family Kabalat Shabbat service led by Wilhelmina Gottschalk,  Alvin Browdy Religious School Director. 

Ages 5-13: Got Shabbat  Welcome Shabbat with family and friends during this musical, family Kabalat Shabbat service followed by dinner. 

8th-12th Grades: Friday Night Lights  Monthly, enjoy a Shabbat evening including a catered, Kosher dinner and program at a teen family's home. Programming presented by OKC staff. Check the calendar page for upcoming dates and to register. 

Shabbat Afternoon

All Ages: Game Shabbat  Stay after Kiddush (after Saturday morning services) for family-style games with your OKC community. Bring your favorite games from home to share during the event. Snacks provided.

Saturday Evening (Motzi Shabbat

Ages 0-10: PJ Havdalah  PJ Havdalah begins with craft and activities with family and friends and ends with a musical Havdalah with Cantor Labovitz. Don't forget to wear your favorite Pajamas!  Register here.

Wed, February 1 2023 10 Shevat 5783