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Youth Programs

Narayever Congregation loves kids! Children of all ages are always welcome in our regular sanctuary services with their families. Overseen by our Family and Youth Engagement Coordinator, Sabrina Friedman, we also have specially designed programming for kids throughout the school year & on the High Holidays. Parents also take on a dynamic role, participating on our youth committee or actively engaging in children’s programs. Our professional Family and Youth Engagement Coordinator provides programming and leadership to our children from childhood, to Bar/Bat Mitzvah and through their teen years.

Calling all Narayever Teen Program Leaders!
Leadership Opportunities for the 2017/2018 school year

At First Narayever we empower our teens to take on leadership roles and assist in engaging our younger children, creating a sense of community. In September 2017, will you be in grades 8-12 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.

We are currently looking to fill multiple Program Leader positions, both for the 2017 High Holidays and for the 2017/2018 Shabbat programming calendar! For more details, click to download the Shabbat Program Leader, Shabbat Babysitter, and High Holiday Program Leader job descriptions. To apply for any of these positions, click here to fill out an application. For more information, contact me, Sabrina Friedman (contact info below).

Each Shabbat during the school year we provide fun, interactive programming for children that centres around Jewish content. 

Beginning at 9:45am, we offer babysitting for children 3 months to 3 years, until approximately 12:30 pm.

Beginning at 10:45 am we offer more structured children’s programming:

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.

Other Programming:

Chalutzim Youth Group: for teens grade 8-12. Our two Israeli emissaries (Shinshinim) bring their energy & creativity to offer interesting, fun programming throughout the year.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah: During the school year students approaching their Bar/Bat Mitzvah participate in a biweekly class led by Rabbi Elkin and Sabrina Friedman. 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.

For questions about any of our youth programs please contact Sabrina Friedman, our Family and Youth Engagement Coordinator at, or contact Galina Vaisman the youth committee chair at

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