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Havdalah in the Yard: Tot Family Program

Saturday, May 28
4:00–6:00 p.m.
Members Only: RSVP for May here
Southwest Austin (Exact address will be provided upon registration)

This new monthly Jewish Spark program focuses on connecting tot families (ages 6 and under) in the backyards of members. Rotating at different member homes around the greater Austin area, caregivers can schmooze, and kids can wiggle. Havdalah will frame the evening, but no prior knowledge or experience with Havdalah is required. When possible, Rabbi Freedman, Rabbi Steinman, or Cantor Gostein will stop by to lead families in Havalah prayer and song. Feel free to bring PJ library books to swap, and snacks for your family to nibble. Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP for each month you’d like to attend.

Tot Shabbat for Families

Saturday, May 7
9:00-9:30 a.m.
Outdoors, in the grassy area next to Temple Beth Shalom building

Members Only: RSVP for May here

The Temple Beth Shalom clergy team is excited to sing, pray, and connect together in Jewish community.Geared for families with children ages 0-5 (and grandparents), join us for a lively and engaging Shabbat experience, which takes place on the grassy field right next to the Temple Beth Shalom Building. 

Families are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs from home. 

If there is a threat of inclement weather, Tot Shabbat will be canceled.

Visit the temple's Phases of Building Reopening webpage for policies regarding masks, social distancing, and other pandemic protocols.

Jewish Spark for Families is geared toward families with children ages 0-8 years old, with a focus on the unique needs and schedules of families.

Just as we feed our children's bodies with nourishing food, we must fill their Jewish souls with songs, rituals, and blessings. Our families get to know one another and the Temple Beth Shalom community during holiday celebrations and social gatherings throughout the year.

Your children will love being Jewish and you will make lifelong friends with other new parents! Our services are open to the community, including non-members!

Families of all ages and stages are welcome to attend our weekly Shabbat services, every Friday at 7:00 p.m. (currently livestreamed from our website and available to view on YouTube). Through songs and prayers, it's a great opportunity for families to experience the joy of Shabbat together. See our Shabbat Guide for Parents for helpful information about observing Shabbat at every age and stage of childhood.

Interested in membership? Complete our Membership Inquiry Form for information about membership and congregational life.

For more information, or to be added to our monthly Jewish Spark for Families email list, please contact us.

Download Our Shabbat Kit for Families

Shabbat Guide for Parents

Shabbat Blessings

Shabbat Journal

Folded-Star Instructions

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Temple Beth Shalom Name

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