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New Jersey Tot Shabbats

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Who doesn’t love a good Tot Shabbat? It gets you out of the house and around other people, provides your little ones with an intro to Shabbat and Jewish holidays, and can be a good introduction to synagogue for adults, too. And there is almost always challah and grape juice. Here’s the scoop on Tot Shabbats in Essex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex & Union County, New Jersey.

Editor’s Note: These listings were prepared using the most current information available, but before you pack up and schlep the kids out of the house, we always recommend double-checking the synagogue website or calling the synagogue office to make sure that all of the information listed is correct.

Basking Ridge

Congregation Bnai Israel
40 Whitenack Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
908-204-1412
office@cbibr.org
Denomination: Conservative
Clergy: Rabbi John Schechter, Hazzan Brian Kalver
Program: Tot Shabbat
Dates: 1st Friday of every month
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Ages: 0 – 7 years
Format: For parents & children together

Bloomfield

Temple Ner Tamid
936 Broad Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
973-338-1500
asherman@nertamid.org
Denomination: Reform
Clergy: Rabbi Steven Kushner, Cantor Meredith Greenberg
Program: Tot Shabbat and Potluck Dinner
Dates: 1st Friday of every month
Time: 6 -7:30 p.m.
Age Range:
2 – 6 years
Format: For parents and children together
Description:
A short, song-filled Shabbat service followed by kosher, dairy, nut & peanut-free potluck dinner and art project.
Program: Shabbat Morning with Bagels
Dates: 2nd Saturday of every month
Time: 9 – 10 a.m.
Age Range:2 – 6 years
Format: For parents and children together
Description:
A short, kid-centric service is followed by bagels and schmoozing.

Caldwell

Congregation Agudath Israel
20 Academy Road
Caldwell, NJ 07006
973-226-3600
membership@agudath.org
Denomination: Conservative
Clergy: Rabbi Alan Silverstein, Cantor Joel Caplan
Program: Torah for Tots
Dates: Saturdays and holidays during the school year
Time:
11 – 11:45 a.m.
Age Range: 0 – 5 years
Format: For parents and children together
Description:
Shabbat friendly activities, games, and more.
Program: Shabbat in Pajamas
Dates:
One Friday evening per month—check synagogue calendar for dates
Age Range: 0 – 5 years
Format: For parents and children together
Description: Child-friendly dinner and Friday night service.

Cedar Grove

Temple Sholom of West Essex
760 Pompton Avenue
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
973-239-1321
office@sholom.net
Denomination: Reform
Clergy: Rabbi Laurence Groffman, Cantor Kenneth Feibush
Program: Tot Shabbat
Dates: 3rd Friday evening of the month
Time:
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Age Range: 
3 – 5 years, siblings welcome
Format: For parents and children together
Description: Song-filled Shabbat service followed by a pizza dinner and crafts.

Livingston

Temple B’nai Abraham
300 E. Northfield Rd
Livingston, NJ 07039
973-994-2290
dziering@tbanj.org
Denomination: Independent
Clergy: Rabbi Cliff Kulwin, Rabbi Faith Dantowitz, Cantor Jessica Epstein
Program: Tot Shabbat
Dates: Fridays, Dec. 12, 2016, March 24, 2017, May 19, 2017
Time:
5:45 – 6:15 p.m.
Age Range: 
1 – 6 years
Format: For parents and children together
Description: A fun, casual service. We celebrate the children’s birthdays of the month, with pizza/salad dinner and socializing after service.

Temple Beth Shalom
193 East Mount Pleasant Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
973-992-3600
info@tbsnj.org
Denomination: Conservative
Clergy: 
Rabbi Geoffrey Spector, Cantor Perry Fine, Cantor Sharon Knoller
Program: Tot Shabbat
Dates: Saturdays, 2016: Dec. 17, 2017: January 21, February 11, March 25, April 1, 22 & 29, May 6 & 13
Time:
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Age Range: 
0 – 5 years
Format: For parents and children together
Description: Tot Shabbat Saturdays is a creative community of interactive Jewish learning for parents and children alike. After Tot Shabbat, families can join the Junior Congregation or Main Service followed by a Kiddush lunch with the congregation.
Program:
Tot Shabbat
Dates: Fridays, 2016: Dec. 2, 2017: January 6, February 3, March 3
Time: 
5:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Age Range:
Infants – Kindergarten
Format: For parents and children together
Description: 
This family-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service is spirited with songs, dancing, and musical instruments. Service is followed by a complimentary Shabbat dinner (RSVP required) sponsored by the TBS Family Programming Committee.
Program: Shabbat L’Khulam
Dates: Fridays, 2016: December 16, 2017: January 13, February 10, March 10, April 21, May 12, June 9
Time:
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Age Range:
All ages
Format: For parents and children together
Description: 
A warm, nurturing, supportive environment for families with members of all abilities, with special Oneg Shabbat to follow the service. Clergy is also available to meet with families to individualize aspects of services such as Simchat Torah and Purim in a sensory-friendly way.

Temple Emanu-El of West Essex
264 W. Northfield Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
973-992-5560
mgilbert@emanuel.org
Denomination: Reform
Clergy:
Rabbi Marc Disick, Cantor Lori Corrsin
Program: Tot Shabbat
Dates: 1st Friday of every month
Time: 5:30 – 6 p.m.
Age Range:
Infant – Pre-Kindergarten
Format: For parents and children together
Description:
A unique Shabbat program geared towards young children and their families.

Millburn

Congregation B’nai Israel
160 Millburn Avenue
Millburn, NJ 07041
973-379-3811
mainoffice@cbi-nj.org
Denomination: Conservative
Clergy:
Rabbi Steven Bayar, Cantor Lorna Wallach
Program: Minyan Katan
Dates: Every Saturday
Time: 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Age Range: 
0 – 4 years
Format: For parents and children together
Description: 
Sing songs and prayers, hear a story, and play games! Come get to know other young families and feel the sense of community at CBI. Minyan Katan will meet in Room 105 and will be led by Morah Vivian Gibilisco. Bring moms, dads, grandparents…all are welcome! A snack is provided at end of service.

Montclair

Congregation Shomrei Emunah
67 Park Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
973-746-5031
hbrown@shomrei.org
Denomination: Conservative
Clergy:
Rabbi David Greenstein
Program: Hinei Mah Tov Family Service
Dates: Saturdays, January 21, February 4 & 25, March 11 & 25, April 8, May 6 & 20
Time: 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Age Range: 
All ages
Format: For parents and children together

Morris Plains

Adath Shalom
841 Mountain Way
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
973-539-8549
laurie@adathshalom.net
Denomination: Conservative
Clergy: 
Rabbi Moshe Rudin, Cantor Lois Kittner
Program: Pajama Neshama at Adath Shalom
Dates: 1st Friday of the month
Time: 
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Age Range: 
Ages 5 and under
Format: For parents and children together
Description:
Bring your preschool children in their PJs for an age-appropriate Shabbat service, singing, a craft, and a bedtime story—all concluding with a light, child-friendly Shabbat dinner!

Rockaway

White Meadow Temple
153 White Meadow Rd
Rockaway, NJ 07866
973-627-4500
office@whitemeadowtemple.org
Denomination: Conservative
Clergy:
Rabbi Charlie Popky
Program: Tot Shabbat
Dates: Saturdays, January 14 & April 1, 2017
Time:
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Age Range: 
0 -5 years
Format: For parents and children together
Description: 
We play, we sing, we dance in a parashah-related way, and then we have cookies, of course!

Scotch Plains

Temple Sholom
1925 Lake Ave
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
908-889-4900
sholom@sholomnj.org
Denomination: Reform
Clergy: Rabbi Joel N. Abraham, Cantor Darcie N. Sharlein
Program: Pray & Play
Dates: Saturdays, 2016: December 10, 2017: January 15, February 18, April 8
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Age Range:
0 – 5 yearsFormat: For parents and children together
Description: 
Pray & Play is an informal Shabbat worship experience with music, storytelling, dance, and parachute time. After the worship experience, families join together for a bagel brunch, schmoozing, and free-play time.
Program: Sholom Shabbat
Dates: Fridays, March 24, April 21, May 19, 2017
Time: 6 – 6:30 p.m.
Age Range:
All ages
Format: For parents and children together
Description: 
Sholom Shabbat is a half-hour of joyful singing held prior to congregational dinners (RSVP required for dinner only). After the dinner, families either go home for bedtime or stay for Shabbat services led by our Hebrew school students.

South Orange

Congregation Beth El
222 Irvington Ave
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-763-0111
info@bethelnj.org
Denomination: Conservative
Clergy: Rabbi Jesse M. Olitzky
Program: Mini-Minyan
Dates: Every Shabbat Morning
Time:
11 a.m. – Noon
Age Range: 0 – 6 years
Format: For parents and children together
Description:
Songs, prayers, Torah stories, and puppet plays make Shabbat special for our young families. Come and enjoy Shabbat with us!
Program: Young Family Friday
Dates:
Fridays, 2016: Dec. 2, 2017: February 25, April 7
Time: 6 p.m.
Age Range: 0 – 2nd grade
Format: For parents and children together
Description: Join us for our Young Family Friday! We gather to bring in Shabbat with candle lighting, songs, blessings, and a delicious Shabbat dinner. Rabbi Olitzky and our wonderful song leader, Rory Sullivan, will lead us in our family-friendly celebration!

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel
432 Scotland Road
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-763-4116
cpaster@tstinj.org
Denomination: Reform
Clergy: 
Rabbi Dan Cohen, Rabbi Allie Klein, Cantor Rebecca Moses, Cantor Joan Finn
Program: Young Family Sharing Shabbat
Dates: Saturdays, 2016: December 17, 2017: January 28, February 25, March 18, May 20
Time: 10 – 11 a.m.
Age Range: Preschool – 2nd grade
Format: For parents and children together
Description:
Young Family Sharing Shabbat is a monthly worship experience appropriate for families with children from preschool to 2nd grade. This one-hour interactive experience will include songs and prayer, bagels and cream cheese, and time for schmoozing.

Oheb Shalom Congregation
170 Scotland Road
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-762-7067
info@ohebshalom.org
Denomination: Conservative
Clergy: Rabbi Mark Cooper, Cantor Erica Lippitz
Program: Shabbat Katan
Dates: Every Shabbat morning
Time: 11 a.m. – Noon
Age Range: Age 5 and under
Format: For parents and children together
Description: 
A lively service with music, stories, and a Shabbat-appropriate craft.

Springfield

Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael
60 Temple Drive
Springfield, NJ 07081
973-376-0539
execdirector@tbaynj.org
Denomination: Conservative
Clergy: 
Senior Rabbi Mark Mallach, Associate Rabbi Cecelia Beyer
Program: Mini Minyan
Dates: 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month during the school year
Time: 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Age Range: Pre-K – 2nd grade
Format: Parents welcome but not required
Description: 
An interactive service with games, songs, and prayers for our youngest learners! All who love to sing, dance, wiggle, and play are welcome!

Summit

Congregation Beth Hatikvah
36 Chatham Road
Summit, NJ 07901
908-277-0200
office@bethhatikvah.org
Denomination: Reconstructionist
Clergy: 
Rabbi Hannah Orden
Program: Tots Share Shabbat
Dates: 1st Saturday of the month during the school year
Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Format: For parents and children together
Description: 
A joyful Shabbat program of crafts, stories, and songs plus a brief Shabbat service for tots and parents/caregivers. Community oneg following the service.

Westfield

Temple Emanu-El
756 East Broad St
Westfield, NJ 07090
908-232-6770
jcimafonte@tewnj.org
Denomination: Reform
Clergy: Rabbi Douglas Sagal, Rabbi Ethan Prosnit, Rabbi Sarah Smiley, Cantor Martha Novick, Cantor Michelle Rubel
Program: Tiny Tot Shabbat
Dates: Saturdays, 2016: December 17, 2017: January 21, February 11, March 18, April 22, May 20
Time: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Age Range: 6 and under
Format: For parents and children together
Description: 
Tiny Tot Shabbat is a monthly Shabbat experience for young children and their families. Join us for singing, stories, snacks, a special craft activity, and a lot of fun!
Program: Shabbat B’yachad
Dates: 
Fridays, 2016: December 9, 2017: January 13, February 10, March 10, April 21, May 12
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Ages: K – 2
Format: For parents and children together
Description: Every month, Temple Emanu-El hosts a special Shabbat experience for families with children in grades K-2. Together, we’ll share a light meal, followed by a fun and interactive service for the whole family. Make lasting family memories of Shabbat filled with laughter and love.

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