Meets bi-weekly on Sunday mornings 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
This class is for preschool-aged children, approximately ages 3-5, and their parents or caregivers.
The focus of this class is family engagement and Jewish discovery. In this class, we will celebrate and experience the cycle of a Jewish year, building the foundation for deepening knowledge in each of these areas in future years.
Through all the senses, families will share in their children’s early experiences of Jewish holidays, stories, rituals, music and prayer, mitzvot and values. As our children are learning concepts, such as how to share and take turns, we will help support and develop these important life-lessons and skills through our Jewish values lens.
Each session will be based on a theme of the day, and will include a story and teaching, music, and art activity related to the theme. We will always start with an opening circle for children and parents to share. Every class will also include a hands-on experience to connect the theme of the day to the practices and rituals we do in Jewish life.
The art projects we engage in will aim to create meaningful objects that parents and children create together and can use again at home when celebrating these rituals and holidays in the future.
It is our hope that by bringing the parents back into the Gan classroom, families will build a community of friends to last well into future years at Kesher and at the synagogue. We also aim to help support parents on their own Jewish journey and help them respond to the ever increasing questions they may be getting from their children.