From its inception, Or Chadash has cherished its youngest members. We are here to welcome young families, connect you to other Jewish households, and be your partner in nurturing your children’s Jewish identities. From baby naming ceremonies to Shabbat services, to our Little Pishers Sunday program, to special Tot High Holy Day services, and everything in between – we encourage our little ones to learn about God, Torah, Judaism and Tikkun Olam (good deeds).
Shabbat Services and Friday Night Live
All ages are welcome at every Shabbat service! We feature a play area in our community room with Jewish books, building blocks and toys suitable for infants and toddlers. Friday night services begin at 6:30 pm, and we’d love to have you and your children join us. A large number of our community are aunts, uncles, bubbies, and zaydies whose beloved little ones live out of state, and each week we look forward to having kids brighten our services. At the conclusion of services we invite children to help the rabbi and cantor with the Kiddish and Motzi blessings. On the first Friday of each month we have a a special Friday Night Live service featuring our Teen Choir, and school-aged kids particularly enjoy singing along. We are a relaxed community – if your child needs to come in and out with you, or sit and color, or leave early because of bedtime, no problem. We are here to create Shabbat memories with your family, one week at a time.
This program is designed for preschool and Kindergarten children ages 3 through 5 years old. The group meets during religious school on Sunday mornings for classes, field trips and playtime with Cindy Weintraub, one of our original teachers. Together they explore Judaism in everyday situations and holiday observances. (More information here!)
Children are welcome at all holiday services. They especially love dancing with the Torah scrolls on Simchat Torah eve and dressing up for Purim. Our religious school children help make decorations for our congregational sukkah each year. At the High Holy Days we offer an early Tot service for children younger than 3rd grade and their parents, and our young families love to join us at Ft Lowell Park to observe Tashlich – throwing our “sins” (bread crumbs) into the water. Our 100 Menorah Service (complete with latkes!) is another family favorite.
Baby Naming & Brit Milah
If you are expecting or have a new child in your family, Rabbi Louchheim and Cantor Cohen would be happy to discuss Jewish rituals for welcoming your child into the Jewish community. They may be reached by calling the synagogue office, 520-512-8500.