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Shabbat Family Programming (SFP)


We encourage your families to attend Shabbat and holiday celebrations and commemorations at Am Yisrael as often as possible. 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.


Shabbat Family Programming (SFP)


Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) is a golden opportunity for all of our SJS and Day School students and madrichim within our congregational family to spend time together. SFP will take place on the following dates in the 2019-2020 year:

  • Saturday, November 16, 2019
  • Saturday, December 14, 2019
  • Saturday, January 25, 2020
  • Saturday, February 22, 2020
  • Saturday, April 25, 2020
  • Saturday, May 30, 2020 (Shavuot)

Structure of SFP on Shabbat Mornings:

Main Sanctuary Service beginning at 9:30 a.m.Our School of Jewish Studies (SJS) and Day School students and Madrichim from 5th-12th Grades help lead services in the Main Sanctuary. Parents and other family members are strongly encouraged to attend. Rabbi Newman Kamin delivers an interactive D'var Torah and Cantor Simon and his accompaniments lead the spirited prayers along with the students and madrichim.  The Sanctuary Service offers our pre-B'nai Mitzvah students amazing practice and keeps the skills fresh for our Madrichim.

Services begin in the Sanctuary at 9:30 a.m.: Our students and madrichim from 5th-12th grades help lead the service.  We have childcare, babysitting and educational activities for our younger children in our second-floor classrooms for 4th graders and younger.  

Family Shabbat Tefillah in the SJS Building’s Library at 10:30 a.m.Some highlights of this approximately one-hour experience include spirited Tefillah(Prayer) and songs led by Mr. Sherman and Mr. Marc; children as young as 2.75 years old chanting and/or reading from the Torah scroll; a D’var Torah is delivered by Rabbi Newman Kamin and/or Mr. Sherman; our older students help lead the service.

All Kids on the Bimah at 11:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary: We sing concluding prayers, giving our students the opportunity to lead prayers in front of the entire congregation.

Kiddush Lunch at approximately 12:00 p.m. in the Social Hall: On Shabbat mornings, services in the Main Sanctuary end at approximately 11:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and all who attend services are welcome to join us in the Social Hall immediately following services for Kiddush lunch.



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