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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. For the 2018-2019 school year, SFP will take place on the following dates:

· Fri Oct 19, 2018 from 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m. (light snack to follow)

· Fri Dec 7, 2018 from 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m. (light snack to follow)

· Sat Jan 19, 2019 from 9:30a.m.-12:30p.m. (including Kiddush Lunch)

· Fri Feb 8, 2019 from 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m. (light snack to follow)

· Sat Mar 16, 2019 from 9:30a.m.-12:30p.m. (including Kiddush Lunch)

· Sat May 11,2019 from 9:30a.m.-12:30p.m. (including Kiddush Lunch)

Structure of SFP on Friday Evenings:

Main SanctuaryOur School of Jewish Studies (SJS) and Day School students and madrichim lead services in the Main Sanctuary beginning at 6:00 p.m. We call up our youngest students all the way through our Middle and High School Madrichim to the bimah. Our regular service lasts approximately 40 minutes on a Friday evening.

Special Reflections or Ceremonies during SFP on Friday Evenings: As part of the service, we often incorporate special reflection or ceremony opportunities totaling approximately 20 minutes, bringing the time we spend together in the Sanctuary to a total of an hour.

Structure of SFP on Shabbat Mornings:

Main SanctuaryOur School of Jewish Studies (SJS) and Day School students and Madrichim lead services in the Main Sanctuary beginning at 9:30 a.m. This serves as amazing practice for our pre-Bar and Bat Mitzvah students.

Services begin in the Sanctuary at 9:30 a.m.: Parents are strongly encouraged to attend. We have childcare, babysitting and educational activities for our younger children in our first-floor classrooms.

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 3.5 years old reading and/or chanting from the Torah scroll; a D’var Torah is delivered by Rabbi Newman Kamin and/or Mr. Sherman; our older students help lead the Torah 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 shortly before 12 noon in the Social Hall: On Shabbat mornings, services in the Main Sanctuary end at approximately 11:45 a.m. and all who attend services are welcome to join us in the Social Hall immediately following services for Kiddush lunch.



Sun, May 19 2019 14 Iyyar 5779