Narayever Congregation loves kids! Children are always welcome in our regular sanctuary services with their families. We also have specially designed programs for kids throughout the school year & on the High Holy Days.
At First Narayever we empower our teens to take on leadership roles and assist in engaging our younger children, creating a sense of community.
Are you 13 – 18 and looking to begin gathering some work experience? Interested in leading programming for the younger kids in the congregation? Committed to growing and developing as a leader, a young adult, a member of our community? Need some extra cash or to complete those volunteer hours? We’ve got lots of fun and fulfilling leadership opportunities at the shul and would love to hear from you. Teen Leaders will develop new skills, hone the talent they already possess, and hopefully discover something new that they’re great at. For more information contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here and fill out an application.
Parents also take on a dynamic role, participating in the youth committee or actively engaging in children’s programs. Our professional Family and Youth Engagement Coordinator provides leadership to our children from childhood, to Bar/Bat Mitzvah and through their teen years.
Each Shabbat during the school year, beginning at 10:45 am we offer:
Garinim (“seeds”, ages 0 – 4/5):
An interactive program for small children and their grown-up, consisting of exciting Jewish songs, tefilot, stories, dances and more!
Shtilim (“saplings”, ages 5/6 – 9):
The perfect program for those mid-age kids. Functioning like a Junior Congregation, the aim will be to familiarize and practice the Shabbat service, preparing them to eventually lead tefillot, and to be able to participate meaningfully in the Saturday morning services.
Netivot (“pathways”, ages 10 – 12):
This program aims to hone the older kids’ approach toward and knowledge of tefillah and their understanding of Shabbat. Our goal is to encourage them to confidently lead from the bema and equally important, to understand what they’re singing.
Chalutzim Shabbat: a monthly interactive & creative Shabbat experience for our post Bar and Bat Mitzvah teens co- led by our Family and Youth Engagement Coordinator and young Israeli emissaries (ShinShinim).
Babysitting: for children 3 months to 3 years is also available Shabbat mornings 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah: During the school year students approaching their Bar/Bat Mitzvah participate in a bi weekly class led by our Rabbi and Youth Coordinator. The BBM class provides opportunities to explore themes relevant to becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah & fosters development of a shul community for our young people.
Chalutzim Youth Group: for kids grade 8 & up. Our two Israeli emissaries bring their energy & creativity to offer interesting programming throughout the year.
For questions about any of our youth programs please contact Sabrina Friedman, our Family and Youth Engagement Coordinator, narayeverfyec∂gmail.com, or contact Galina the youth committee chair, youth∂narayever.ca.