Shabbat Family Programming

We encourage attendance and active participation at Shabbat services and programs and holiday celebrations. It is fulfilling to celebrate as a synagogue community and this is one of the best gifts to give our child(ren). Having positive associations with attending synagogue and school services and programs is crucial to the process of giving our students a strong Jewish identity. Those of us who are able to develop happy associations with the synagogue and school are often the ones who choose to continue the traditions L’Dor Vador, from Generation to Generation.

1. Please invite your family and friends to join us for Shabbat Family Programming (SFP)! 

2.  Please save these dates for SFP 2021-2022 (5782):

  • Saturday, August 28, 2021
  • Saturday, October 9, 2021
  • Saturday, November 20, 2021
  • Saturday, January 22, 2022
  • Saturday, February 26, 2022
  • Saturday, April 9, 2022
  • Saturday, May 14, 2022

3. Torah Chanting is one of the core components of SFP.  Thank you to our Torah readers who have been mastering verses and sending me recordings along the way.  We have dozens of students and their family members who have chanted Torah at SFP and on Jewish holidays over the years.  Please contact our Head of School, Mr. Charlie Sherman, if you are interested in becoming a part of this unique program:  Mobile: 847-708-1805 or

4.  Here are key instructions to get us all on the same page:

  • The main Shabbat service begins at 9:30 a.m.  Rabbi Newman Kamin delivers an interactive D’var Torah and Cantor Simon and leads the spirited prayers. The Sanctuary Service offers our pre-B’nai Mitzvah students amazing practice and keeps the skills fresh for our Madrichim.  You are of course welcome to join that service every Shabbat morning via livestream or in-person for those who are vaccinated.
  • Our SFP service, geared toward our youth and their families, begins at 10:30 a.m.
  • Family Shabbat Tefillah & Torah Chanting begins at 10:30 am – Mr. Charlie Sherman and Mr. E. Marc Nevins lead a family-friendly, spirited prayer service with many explanations.  We recite blessings in Hebrew and English and our pre-assigned Torah readers chant their verses.

Todah Rabbah (Thank you),

Mr. Charlie Sherman, MAEd, CJE, Head of School

Revised July 30, 2021   21 Av 5781