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. All are welcome: Temple Israel members, nonmembers, interfaith families, partnered, adopting, or single parents, LGBTQ+ parents, Black Jews, White Jews, and Jews of color.

Recurring Programs

TGIS: Thank Goodness It's Shabbat

TGIS is a special service that meets every Saturday morning for anyone between the ages of 6 days and 6 years. Led by local musician Wayne Potash and the Temple Israel clergy, TGIS includes dancing, singing, playing, and praying.

Tot Rock Shabbat: Home Edition

You don’t need to leave your house to celebrate Shabbat with your TI community! Every Friday at 5:00 p.m., we meet 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.

Village Parent’s Happy Hour

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! Meets every Sunday from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Upcoming Village Events

Opportunities for Parents

Bursting with Joy! Online Birthing Class


November 07, 2021


6:00pm - 9:00pm

In this birthing class, Certified Nurse-Midwife Sarah Kleinman will cover the birthing process and guide you through birthing…



Available whenever Temple Israel is Open

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.

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