The Village for Families with Young Children

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The Village is our place for families with young children (ages 0 – 5) to connect, learn, and celebrate Judaism, while meeting new friends and having fun together.  Throughout the year we come together to sing, pray, dance, and craft. Here at the Village, there is something for everyone!  Come experience TGIS (Thank Goodness it’s Shabbat), held in our spacious outdoor garden and courtyard.  Take part in one of our festive Havdalah themed events or holiday block parties.

All are welcome at Village gatherings: Temple Israel members, non-members, interfaith families, partnered, adopting, or single parents, LGBTQ+ parents, Black Jews, White Jews, and Jews of color. Come check us out!

We are happy to validate your parking if you park in the MASCO lot on Longwood Avenue.

What We Offer

Tot Rock Shabbat: Home Edition (weekly)

You don’t need to leave your house to celebrate Shabbat with your TI community! Every Friday at 5:00 p.m., we meet briefly on Zoom to light candles, say the blessings over juice and challah, sing our favorite Shabbat songs, and bring the joy of Shabbat into our homes. Grandparents are always welcome!

TGIS: Thank Goodness It’s Shabbat

TGIS is a joyful and interactive service that meets on select Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. for anyone between the ages of 6 days and 6 years. Led by beloved local musician Wayne Potash and the Temple Israel clergy, TGIS includes dancing, singing, playing, and praying. On the first, third and fifth Saturday of the month, we meet onsite and outdoors (weather permitting) at Temple Israel.

Havdalah Themed Family Events

Throughout the year we come together for Havdalah.  From craft nights to pizza parties to singalongs and more, we offer multiple ways to connect.  Many of our family events take place in Temple Israel’s spacious outdoor garden.

Holiday Celebrations

The Village joyfully celebrates Jewish holidays as they occur, with music, crafts, puppetry, prayer, and more.  You will always find a member of our clergy at Village events.

Neighborhood Meet-ups

We love meeting at local parks for organized activities, such as soccer or creative movement.  We make sure to leave room for playground time, snacks, and schmoozing! 

Rainbow Room Playspace

Beginning in the fall, families can bring their children ages 0 – 3 to the Rainbow Room (aka Room 105) at Temple Israel, allowing you and your toddler a new, different, and safe space to play. Up to two families can sign up at a time.  We have puzzles, a dollhouse, board books, blocks, trucks & more!  Diapers are also available. Registration link will be posted soon, and parking will be validated. 

Rainbow Room Hours:
Monday – Thursday, 9 – 5
Friday, 9 – 1

What We're Hearing

Phyllis G.

“My grandson loves singing with Wayne Potash at Thank Goodness It's Shabbat. He lights up whenever he sees Wayne, and loves the added treat of playground time when TGIS concludes. We have developed many lasting friendships thanks to the Village.”

Liat B.

“We are constantly looking for ways to encourage our daughters to experience Jewish tradition and holidays. Our family's highlight was the Village Chanukah celebration, and seeing the kids dance and sing Chanukah songs, hunting for dreidels, and enjoying Chanukah treats.”

Ilana S.

“The Village provides our family with a relaxed synagogue experience where our now 4-year-old can be himself, and learn and thrive in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The best Shabbats are when our little guy can sing and dance along with the rabbis at TGIS!”

Avery V.

"From the energizing and fun Shabbat services, to the magical Passover Seder, to the engaging outdoor puppet shows, the Village events are truly the best. We feel blessed to be able to build on our children’s foundation in Jewish faith, culture, and tradition.“

Upcoming Events


Tot Rock Shabbat: Home Edition

Date

September 30, 2022

Time

5:00pm - 5:30pm

You don’t need to leave your house to celebrate Shabbat with your Temple Israel community. Every Friday at…

Thank Goodness It’s Shabbat! – at TI

Date

October 01, 2022

Time

10:00am - 11:00am

TGIS is a lively and interactive service that meets on select Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. for anyone…

Young Family Kol Nidre Service

Date

October 04, 2022

Time

4:30pm - 5:15pm

Calling all children 2nd grade and under and their grownups! Join us as we gather with Temple Israel…

Young Family Yom Kippur Service

Date

October 05, 2022

Time

8:45am - 10:30am

Calling all children 2nd grade and under and their grownups! Get ready to sing, dance, and play as…

Tot Rock Shabbat: Home Edition

Date

October 07, 2022

Time

5:00pm - 5:30pm

You don’t need to leave your house to celebrate Shabbat with your Temple Israel community. Every Friday at…

Village Sukkot Celebration

Date

October 10, 2022

Time

10:00am - 11:30am

Children ages 5 and under are invited to have fun in the Temple Israel sukkah, onsite, as we…

Tot Rock Shabbat: Home Edition

Date

October 14, 2022

Time

5:00pm - 5:30pm

You don’t need to leave your house to celebrate Shabbat with your Temple Israel community. Every Friday at…

Thank Goodness It’s Shabbat! – at TI

Date

October 15, 2022

Time

10:00am - 11:00am

TGIS is a lively and interactive service that meets on select Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. for anyone…

Village Simchat Torah Celebration

Date

October 17, 2022

Time

10:00am - 11:30am

Children ages 5 and under are invited to dance and sing and play as we celebrate Simchat Torah together,…

Tot Rock Shabbat: Home Edition

Date

October 21, 2022

Time

5:00pm - 5:30pm

You don’t need to leave your house to celebrate Shabbat with your Temple Israel community. Every Friday at…

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Want to learn more? 

Contact Village Coordinator Heidi Smith Hyde

Village Programming is generously supported by the Combined Jewish Philanthropy (CJP)