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Manhattan Tot Shabbats

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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.

Washington Heights/Inwood

Fort Tryon Jewish Center
701 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10033
347-735-9153
info@ftjc.org
Denomination: Unaffiliated
Program: Tot Shabbat
Dates: Every Saturday
Age Range: Ages 0 -3
Time: 10:40-11:30 a.m.
Format: For parents and children together
Description: Our Tot Shabbats/Children’s Services provide a special Shabbat experience for children and their families. The services are engaging and interactive, and connect children and their families to Shabbat through prayers, songs, movement, games, and stories. (To find out about our other exciting Zera’im/Seeds programs for young children, visit ftjc.org/seeds)
Program: Children’s Services
Dates: Every Saturday
Age Range: Age 4 – teens
Time: 10:40-11:30 a.m.
Format: Parents welcome but not required
Description: Our Children’s Services (ages pre-K through 2nd grade, ages 3rd grade through 6th grade, and teen services) provide a special Shabbat experience for children and their families. The services are engaging and interactive, and connect children to Shabbat through prayers, songs, movement, games, stories, and discussions.

Upper West Side

Congregation Ansche Chesed
251 West 100th St
New York, NY 10025
212-865-0600
Denomination: Conservative
Program: Children’s Shabbat Service
Dates:   Every Saturday from September – July
Age Range: Preschool and up
Time: 11am-12:30 p.m.
Format: For parents and children together

Congregation B’nai Jeshurun
270 West 89th Street
New York, NY 10024
212-787-7600
akapusta@bj.org
Denomination: Unaffiliated
Interfaith Friendly: Yes
Program: Bim Bam Shabbat
Dates: Saturday Mornings – Located at 263 W 86th St (SPSA Church)
Age Range: Ages 0-3
Time: 10:45-11:45 a.m.
Format: For parents and children together
Description: A joyous service filled with Shabbat songs, prayers and stories. Children play with instruments and dance, and each child carries their own stuffed Torah. Families join together for Kiddush after services.
Program: Mini-Minyan
Dates: Saturday Mornings – Located at 263 W 86th St (SPSA Church)
Age Range: Ages 3-5
Time: 10:45-11:45 a.m.
Format: For parents and children together
Description: A vibrant Shabbat service filled with singing, dancing and storytelling, including a special up-close look at the Torah as we read part of the weekly parasha. Service concludes with Kiddush and Motzi with the younger children.

Chabad of the West Side
166 West 97th Street
New York, NY 10025
212-864-5010
chabad@chabadwestside.org
Denomination: Chabad
Program: Chabad Kids Shul
Dates: Every Saturday morning and Jewish holiday
Age Range: Ages 2 -11
Time: 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Format: Drop-off
Description: Structured and fun-filled Shabbat programs enabling children to attend Shul in a meaningful way while allowing their parents to enjoy the prayer service without worry. Under the guidance of experienced and dedicated staff, the children are introduced to the wonderful world of Shul in a way that makes them want to attend. The children pray, sing Shabbat songs and learn the weekly Parshat HaShavuah which comes alive through stories, drama, songs and hands-on games and activities. A real hit is the weekly Parsha Puppet Show, which brings the parsha and its lessons alive in a fun and dramatic way.

Program: First Fridays Kabbalat Shabbat and Oneg
Dates:
1st Friday of every month
Age Range:
Ages 3 – 7
Time:
A half hour after sunset
Format: 
For parents and children together
Description: 
Join us the First Friday of every month for a family-friendly, joyous and fun Friday night service! Kid-approved Oneg follows the singing, dancing, games and stories.

Congregation Habonim
44 West 66th Street
New York, NY 10023
212-787-5347
info@habonim.net
Denomination: Conservative
Interfaith Friendly: Yes
Program: Tot Shabbat
Dates: Once a month on Friday evening.  Check website for dates.
Age Range: 0- 5 years
Time: 5.pm.
Format: For parents and children together
Description: A highly interactive family celebration of Shabbat with songs and movement
followed by a child-friendly dinner
Program: Kiddie K’tanim
Dates: Saturday mornings, Check website for dates.
Time: 11 a.m. – Noon
Age Range: Toddlers through 6 years
Format: For parents and children together
Description: An age-appropriate Shabbat celebration with songs, games and activities

Congregation Rodeph Sholom
7 West 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024
646-454-3086
mstein@crsnyc.org
Denomination: Reform
Interfaith Friendly: Yes
Program: Shabbat B’Yachad
Dates: Meets on alternate Saturday mornings, check synagogue calendar for exact
dates
Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
Age Range: Ages 0 – 7
Format: For parents and children together
Description: An interactive Shabbat service with Torah reading, family activities, and snacks!

Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
30 West 68th Street
New York, NY 10023
(212) 877-4050 x280
response@swfs.org
Denomination: Reform
Interfaith Friendly: Yes
Program: Friday Evening Tot Shabbat
Dates:
2nd Friday of the month during the school year
Age Range: Ages 0-5
Time: 5 – 6 p.m.
Format: For parents and children together
Description: Every month of the school year, we have a special Friday evening service for young children. It is a warm and wonderful way for families to experience Shabbat. Join us as we sing, dance, and pray together. Enjoy challah, grape juice, and a pizza dinner following the service! Questions, contact snatov@swfs.org.

Program: Saturday Morning Tot Shabbat
Dates: Two Saturday mornings a month – check the synagogue website for dates
Age Range: Ages 0 – 5
Time: 9 – 9:45 a.m.
Format: For parents and children together
Description: Celebrate the joy of Shabbat by singing, dancing, and praying. Enjoy challah, grape juice, and a nosh following the service. 

West End Synagogue
190 Amsterdam Avenue (at 69th Street)
New York, NY 10023
212-579-0777
ngold@westendsynagogue.org
Denomination: Reconstructionist
Interfaith Friendly: Yes
Program: Tot Shabbat
Dates: Every Saturday morning
Age Range: 0-4 years old
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Format: For parents and children together
Description: A service comprised of engaging songs, story-telling, and activities that directly parallels the Shabbat prayers. Led by Alexis Fishman (winner of the New York Music Festival’s “Next Broadway Sensation”) and other talented Jewish musicians/educators. Followed by a festive kiddush luncheon.
Program: First Fridays at 6
Dates: The first Friday of every month
Age Range: Ages 0-120
Time: 6 p.m.
Format: For parents and children together
Description: A one-hour, intergenerational, family-friendly musical service, followed by a communal Shabbat potluck dinner. Bring a vegetarian dish that could feed ten people. All are welcome!

Upper East Side

Chabad Israel Center
206 E 95th St.
New York, NY 10128
admin@chabadic.com
Denomination: Chabad
Program: Kiddie Corner
Dates: Every Shabbat morning
Time: 10:15-11:30 a.m.
Age Range: Ages 2 – 6
Format: Parents welcome but not required

Congregation Or Zarua
127 East 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028
212-452-2310
hsanto@orzarua.org
Denomination: Conservative
Program: Torah Tots
Dates: Every Saturday morning
Time: 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Age Range: Ages 0-5
Format: 
For parents and children together
Description: A multi-faceted program including individualized and group play, prayer, song, activities, stories and a snack!  We have a program every Shabbat, enabling kids and parents to celebrate Shabbat together in an enriching and enjoyable age-appropriate Shabbat experience.

Program: Torah Kids
Dates: Every Saturday morning
Time: 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Age Range:  Ages  5- 9
Format: Parents welcome but not required
Description: Torah Kids features engaging and authentic prayer, in addition to regular performance of parsha plays, and discussion around the meaning and relevance of the text. It is an opportunity for kids to learn and celebrate Shabbat together in a real and meaningful way.

Temple Shaaray Tefila
250 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075
212-535-8008
administration@tstnyc.org
Denomination: Reform
Interfaith Friendly: Yes
Program: Tot Shabbat
Dates: First Friday of each month
Time: 5:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Age Range: Ages 1 – 6
Format: For parents and children together
Description: Imagine the Sanctuary filled with squeals of excitement as the Rabbi opens the ark to reveal the beautiful Torah scrolls. Imagine uninhibited dancing, clapping and swaying as the Cantor or song leader leads the congregation in Shabbat songs. This half-hour service is perfect for our very youngest congregants and their families and is followed by juice and challah.
Program: Saturday Morning Tot Shabbat
Dates: One Saturday each  month
Time: 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Age Range: Ages 1 – 6
Format: For parents and children together
Description: Stories, prayers and songs create a wonderful, fun atmosphere for all. Following this short service, one of our early childhood specialists leads a themed activity. Snacks are served at the conclusion.

Midtown

Sutton Place Synagogue
225 East 51st Street,
New York, NY 10022
212-593-3300
dfrankel@spsnyc.org
Denomination: Conservative
Interfaith Friendly:
Program:  Tot Shabbat
Dates: Two Saturdays a month
Time: 11am – Noon
Age Range: Ages 0 – 6
Format: For parents and children together
Description: At Tot Shabbat, our youngest congregants (5 and under) joyfully discover the wonders of the Shabbat service in a lively atmosphere and begin to become comfortable in their synagogue surroundings. Your child will learn basic Shabbat prayers and symbols, dance in the Torah parade, hear stories on the weekly Torah portion and recite prayers over challah and grape juice. Join the Kiddush downstairs afterward.
Program: KabalTOT Shabbat
Dates: One Friday evening a month
Time: 5:45-6:15 pm
Age Range: Ages 0 – 6
Format: For parents and children together
Description: Our KabalTOT Shabbat program introduces our youngest synagogue members (5 and under) to Shabbat, complete with music, dancing, challah and grape juice! Following each KabalTOT Shabbat, parents and children are invited as our guests for an informal Shabbat dinner. Make new friends while the little ones have fun.

Downtown

Town & Village Synagogue
334 East 14 Street
New York, NY 10003
212-677-8090
office@tandv.org
Denomination: Conservative
Program: Tot Shabbat
Dates: Every Saturday morning during the school year
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Age Range:
Ages 0 – 5
Format: 
Parents welcome but not required

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