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Bronx & Queens Tot Shabbats


Need to get out of your house on Friday evening or Saturday morning? Want to introduce your little one to Shabbat while you’re at it? Consider checking out a Tot Shabbat in your area. Most of these fun, casual sessions include singing, dancing, story time, and, of course, challah and grape juice. Because who doesn’t love challah and grape juice? Here’s the scoop on some recurring Tot Shabbats in your area:

Editor’s Note: This page was prepared using the most up-to-date information available, but before you pack up and schlep the kids out of the house, we always recommend checking with the organizer to ensure the correct times and dates of events.

Bronx Tot Shabbats

Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale
475 West 250th Street
Bronx, NY 10471
Denomination: Conservative
Program: Tot Tefilah/Shabbat Shelanu
Dates: Most Saturdays and holidays
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Age Range: Ages 0 – 4
Format: For parents and children together
Description: Tot Tefilah and Shabbat Shelanu are modeled on the structure of the Shabbat service, and encourage participation using props, games, and songs.
Program: Tefilat Yeladim
Dates: Most Saturdays and holidays
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Age Range: Ages 5 – 7
Format: Parents welcome but not required
Description: Children participate in age-appropriate tefilah, get called up for aliyot, hear an excerpt from the Torah portion, and get to choose from a variety of activities, including drama, storytelling and tefilah skills.

Queens Tot Shabbats

Temple Beth Sholom
171-39 Northern Blvd
Flushing, NY 11358
Denomination: Reform
Program: Tot Shabbat
Dates: Once a month on Friday evening, check synagogue calendar for dates
Time: 6:00-6:30 p.m.
Age Range: Ages 0-8
Format: For parents and children together
Description: A musical Shabbat service for toddlers and parents. Story-time & holidays are included each week. It’s a wonderful way to connect your little one to Judaism!

Chabad of Long Island City
10-25 48th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
Denomination: Chabad
Program: Tot Shabbat of Chabad LIC  
Dates: Every Saturday morning
Time: 11 a.m. – Noon
Age Range: Toddlers – age 3
Format: For parents and children together
Description: You won’t want to miss this fun, laid back program for families with young children! Enjoy singing Shabbat songs, making special crafts, story time with puppets, and much more! Followed by a Shabbat party with grape juice Kiddush and homemade challah!

Hollis Hills Jewish Center
210-10 Union Turnpike
Flushing, NY 11364
Denomination: Conservative
Interfaith Friendly: Yes
Program: Mini Minyan
Dates: 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month
Time: 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Age Range: Ages 2-5
Format: For parents and children together
Description: The program is run by a dynamic preschool teacher and held in a double-sized classroom allowing for children to move around as needed. When possible, the service is linked to holidays or the Torah portion of the week, and concludes with grape juice, challah, and snack.

Kehillat Tikvah: A Jewish Community of Hope
P.O. Box 720649
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Denomination: Transdenominational
Interfaith Friendly: Yes
Program: Jewish Together Program
Dates: Every Saturday morning
Age Range: Ages 4 – 7
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Format: For parents and children together
Description: This is a family program for both parents and children which is conducted in Jackson Heights with the Central Queens Y/Samuel Fields Y. Song, Dance, art, edible crafts, stories and more.

Queens Jewish Center
66-05 108 Street
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Denomination: Orthodox

Program: Shul School
Dates: Every Saturday morning
Age Range: Ages 2 – 7
Time: 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Format: Parents welcome but not required

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