Qabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 6:00 p.m. Torah Study: Saturday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Weekday Minyan: 6:15 p.m.

The Village for Families with Young Children

Thank Goodness It’s Shabbat!

Join us on Zoom every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. for a special live service with Wayne Potash and a member of the Temple Israel clergy. If you are between the ages of 6 days and 6 years and you love to dance, sing, play and pray – this is for you! Join us on Zoom here.

Village Parent’s Happy Hour

Sundays 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Struggling to manage the new normal? Exhausted from full days juggling the needs of your little ones and your professional life while stuck at home? Make yourself your favorite cocktail or mocktail and connect with parents who are in the same boat. Though we can’t gather in person, we can find strength in community! Join us on Zoom here:

Tot Rock Shabbat: Home Edition

Every Friday, 5:00 p.m. You don’t need to leave your house to celebrate Shabbat with your TI community! We will light candles, say the blessings over juice and challah, sing our favorite Shabbat songs and bring the joy of Shabbat into our homes. Join us on Zoom here.

Virtual Village Events - Click each for details and join us!

Village for Families with Young ChildrenThe Village for Families with Young Children is a collaborative effort between Temple Israel, the Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center (FJECC) and Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) to engage families with kids ages 0-5 in the Boston area in Jewish life through Jewish holiday celebrations, parenting groups, story times, and weekly drop-in meetups.

Temple Israel membership is not required to attend any of our Village programs. LGBTQ, interfaith, adopting and single parents are welcome! Validated parking is available for the time you are at these programs at the 375 Longwood Avenue parking garage, next to Temple Israel.


Thank Goodness It's Shabbat

Come to Temple Israel for TGIS on the first and third Saturday of each month. TGIS is a special service for anyone between the ages of 6 days and 6 years and includes dancing, singing, playing and praying. It is led by local musician, Wayne Potash. Music begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends about 11:00 a.m. with a light snack. TGIS is supported by the Marilyn and Mike Grossman Caring Community Fund at Temple Israel.

Weekly Meet-Ups

drop in anytime

Join us for weekly stroller walks, park and neighborhood meet-ups, and excursions to local attractions such as the Prudential Center, the Public Garden, Frog Pond, and Franklin Park Zoo. Geared to those ages 6 and younger, meet-ups are scheduled on a monthly basis so check our calendar often or connect with our coordinator, Tatiana Becker, to be added to the Village e-mail list.

Rainbow Room Drop-Ins

every weekday

Families can bring their children ages 0-3 to the Rainbow Room (aka room 105) at Temple Israel Monday-Friday 1:30pm-5:30pm to allow you and your toddler a new, different, and safe space to play with other Village families. Toys will be available in the room during these hours, so stop by! Parking will be validated.

Time for Toddlers

weekly class

Calling all 1-2 year olds! Grab your grown up and join other FJECC families and Temple Israel friends for Time for Toddlers on Tuesday mornings from 9:30-10:45 am.  Led by Mindy Elins, an award-winning early childhood educator, we’ll play, listen to stories, do art projects, dance and sing.  Click here to register or contact Jenny Gamson with questions at

Bursting with Joy! Birthing Class

This class is appropriate for first time parents or as a refresher course for second (or third!) time parents, also perfect as a supplemental course if you have taken or plan to take another birthing class.

The Bursting with Joy Series has 4 classes total, taught by amazing instructors. Certified Nurse-Midwife, Sarah Kleinman, will cover the birthing process and guide you through birthing practice, while Rabbi Suzie Jacobson will discuss Jewish rituals around birthing, including naming ceremonies and the bris. The whole series costs $180/couple for members and $225 for non-members; and includes dinner and materials. Open to members and non-members; we welcome interfaith, LGBTQ, and single parents by choice! Please wear comfy clothing.

Free validated parking available at 375 Longwood Ave.

About Sarah Kleinman, CNM:
Sarah Kleinman is a full scope certified nurse midwife working for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates (HVMA). She sees patients for GYN, prenatal and postpartum care, attends deliveries at Newton Wellesley Hospital and has a teaching appointment at Harvard Medical School.

She has given lectures at the Yale School of Nursing, Wellesley College and Harvard Medical School and has written curricula for courses which link medicine and the humanities in order to create more compassionate health care providers. She is the 2013 recipient of the Robert H. Ebert Excellence in teaching award at HVMA and is a frequent preceptor for NP, CNM and MD students on the labor floor and in the office.

Baby Sleep Support Group by Baby Sleep Science

February 14, 21, 28, March 6, 14

  • Fridays 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. for babies 4 – 12 weeks old (from due date)
  • Fridays 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. for babies 12 – 20 weeks old (from due date date)

At Baby Sleep Science, we’ve developed a class for parents, new and veteran, that will:

  1. Provide a warm, supportive, non-judgmental space in which to bond with others as well as your baby – easing some of the loneliness, stress and guilt that can accompany parenting.
  2. Educate parents on important sleep science basics – giving parents evidence-based information and tools required for a healthy sleep foundation and, if necessary, a successful sleep intervention outcome.

The model of the class is similar to the relaxed atmosphere of ‘new moms,’ ‘second time moms,’ etc. type groups that abound throughout the Boston area, but this group will have the added benefit of a sleep focus run by a sleep expert. Each week will begin with checking in with one another – how the week went, the ups and downs. We believe this aspect is critical as research shows that a caring community has powerful potential to help prevent, lessen, or ameliorate the risk of PPD and PPA as well as just the typical emotional roller coaster of parenting. Following this check in, a specific sleep topic will be focused on for the remainder of the class.

Cost: $135

About Dr. Kiri Gurd:

Dr. Kiri Gurd has been working at Baby Sleep Science for 5 years. She has done over 1,000 consults as well as given numerous workshops and talks at pediatric practices, child care centers, and hospitals. She has brought her expertise as a qualitative Sociologist to the Baby Sleep Science team and was mentored in the high-level neuroscience by Erin and Meg. She currently teaches at Emerson College and lives in Roslindale with her three young children (6, 3 ½, and 11 months).

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Tatiana Becker

Coordinator of the Village for Families with Young Children