The first Friday of each month our regular Shabbat Service is replaced with our Family Service. This service includes the use of our Children’s Siddur, and the participation of our youth in the service. Rabbi Buchen invites the children up on the bima to read prayers, lead prayers responsively, and recite the Kiddish at the end of the service. Rabbi also alters her sermon to fit the age bracket. Usually, she calls all the children onto the bima and explains the weeks parsha in kid-friendly terms.
On Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur a special service is held in the main classroom beginnig at 11:00 A. M. Teachers, volunteers, and sometimes the Rabbi pop in for a greeting and to add some meaning to the significance of the holiday. The service is timed so that the children may join the adult congregation for the conclusion of that service.
Religious School Services
Each week when there is a Jewish Holiday, the religious school celebrates at their regualr Thursday afternoon classes. Rabbi often leads a kiddish, and teaches the classes the nature of the holiday, and its modern meaning for Jews today. These holiday lessons include: Shavuot, the giving of the Torah; Tisha B’av, mourning the destruction of the second Temple; Sukkot, the agricultural festival; Purim, Pesach, Simchat Torah, the joy of the Torah; Tu B’Shevat, planting of trees, Hannuka, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.