Children’s Activities

Dear Beth Israel families,

We are so excited for the full slate of programming we are offering this year for children and youth, including the newly formed Youth Crew and Hebrew lessons! Please take a look at the programs below and be in touch (yeladimBIC@gmail.com) if you would like to join but have not yet signed up. Feel free to share this information with others who may be interested. (Anyone who identifies as Jewish is welcome.)

Children and Youth Programs at Beth Israel Congregation, Peterborough

For the Year 5782 (2021-2022)

  1. Kids’ Crew

This popular family program continues in a new, COVID-friendly format that involves outdoor and home delivery options. Led by nature explorer and children’s educator, Marty Cleary, Kids’ Crew welcomes families with children of all ages.

Currently, the program involves:

– Monthly outdoor gatherings on Jewish themes (Already this year, we have practiced tashlich, dipped apples in honey, built a sukkah, and dyed our own Challah covers using wild grapes!) Kids can be dropped off or the whole family can join in!

– Monthly packages, delivered right to your door! Each package includes fun hands-on activities, such as recipes, craft materials, songs and stories about that month’s theme. Sign up for this free gift from BIC to support your family’s Jewish learning at your own pace during the pandemic.

Themes will include: Hanukkah, Tubishvat, Wildcrafting, Purim, Pesach, Shavuot and more.

  1. Youth Crew

We are pleased to welcome Nevia Frank, an experienced Hebrew and b’nei mitzvah teacher from London, Ontario, who is here pursuing teacher education at Trent. Nevia is facilitating a monthly youth crew for children ages 10 and up who are pre-b’nei mitzvah. They are meeting virtually for now, and started with a Chanukah celebration last week. The next event will likely be a film night in December. The youth crew will evolve based on the youth’s own interests. Thus far, this includes online games, Yiddish folk tales, Judaica making, and LGBTQ Jewish literature. Youth will also be invited to create a tikkun olam community project together.

  1. Hebrew lessons

Nevia will also be offering virtual weekly Hebrew lessons for school-aged children beginning in December. We will be using the Alef Bet Quest workbook. This book will start the group off with some decoding of the Hebrew alphabet using modern and biblical word examples. It is a great transition into some basic modern Hebrew phrases and starting to learn Hebrew blessings. 

  1. B’nei Mitzvah preparation

Nevia is also available for one-on-one tutoring to prepare for a bar/bat/b’nei mitzvah. She is open to any style of bar or bat mitzvah, and we can help you to arrange leadership and the event. This program is at the family’s cost. But do let us know if you need financial support.

Nevia writes: “In the past, my students have learned torah blessings, a torah portion (around 6-18 verses depending on Hebrew level), and sometimes around 6-10 verses of Haftarah (depending on time/Hebrew level but this is not as common). We can arrange any combination of the above items or something different, depending on what suits your child/children and what your goals for the event are. Social action projects instead of a b’nei mitzvah, is also a great option. Also, I have seen students replace one aspect (like the haftarah) for a more in-depth speech or social action project. Please feel free to reach out to me if you would like to chat about options for your child at nevia@thefrankhouse.com.”

     5. Children and youth participation inBeth Israel Congregation events.

Let’s involve the children and youth in all our services, celebrations, and events. The congregation has enjoyed the Purim play, children’s singing at services, and there is a special surprise in store for Haukkah this year (email bisptbo@gmail.com to register for the Hanukkah shabbat service on December 3 if you haven’t already). Please get in touch with your ideas as well.

Who are these programs for?

These programs are open to all Jewish-identified children and families (including family members of Jewish-identified adults or children). All participants are invited (but not required) to become members of Beth Israel Congregation and/or to contribute a donation to support these programs.

For more information on any of these programs, please contact:

Ziysah von Bieberstein

Children and Youth Coordinator, Beth Israel Congregation

yeladimBIC@gmail.com

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Highlights from 2020

January 25 – Tu B’shevat

Kids Crew is meeting Saturday, January 25th 2-4 pm, to learn about and celebrate the “New Year of the Trees”, Tu b’Shevat.

 

February 29 – Purim

CANCELLED:  March 28 – Pesach

Kids Crew Saturday is March 28, 2020, 2-4 pm at the synagogue, when the kids will be learning about Pesach.

Please RSVP if possible to Ziysah at getinvolved@jccpeterborough.com.

 

 

 

April 25 – Shabbat

Our Pesach edition went quite well. Several families joined the call. The children each made their own seder plate as we learned about the story and symbolism of Pesach. We also learned to sing Dayenu, and the 4 questions. Some kids even suggested new items to add to the seder plate!  And we were able to play some modified versions of the physically active games we are used to at the JCC.
 
This week, there will again be basic craft kids can do at their own pace during the call, there will be some attempt at singing, there will be storytelling, there may be a little video to watch together, and there will be some innovative physical activity to get us moving and practice some Hebrew words.
 
If you’re interested, please contact Ziysah or Corinne at getinvolved@jccpeterborough.com
 

May 30 – Shavuot

Details to follow.

 

Highlights from 2019

October 26 – Simchat Torah

Kids Krew had a very meaningful first gathering with 6 children from 4 families coming together to celebrate Simchat Torah. We learned about this important holiday, learned a lot about Torah, such as how a Torah is scribed and put together, learned a new song (Moshe Emet), and practiced old ones. Thanks to Alvin Gallay’s help, we were able to open the ark, and look at a Torah.  The children brought their own tiny Torahs and took turns reading the text from the very last chapter of the Torah, and then re-rolling their Torah, and reading from the very first chapter. We danced the Torahs around the sanctuary 7 times.

November 30 – learning about Hanukkah

December 21 – Hanukkah prep…bake cookies for the Hanukkah Party at Beth Israel

In 2020

 

Contact:  email Ziysah or Corinne at getinvolved@jccpeterborough.com

Mini Cheder at Beth Israelpurim graphic

Our first Jewcrew Kidsclub (offical name TBD) was great fun. We read books, played games, learned some Hebrew words, and celebrated Tubishvat by each planting our own parsley seeds, which will hopefully grow just in time for the Pesach seder!

Watch out for upcoming meeting dates for the Jewcrew Kidsclub (offical name TBD) Get together with other young Jewish families who have kids for a little learning, a little singing and a lot of fun. Future gatherings will take place one Saturday a month from 2-4 pm at the synagogue. Dates will be confirmed asap.

 

Monthly Children’s Program:  Previous Highlights

All Jewish families/kids are welcome to our next gathering Saturday, March 9 from 2-4pm at the synagogue. This time we will be celebrating PURIM. Please come in costume as a character from the Purim story (or as anything at all and we’ll find a way to fit you into the story. 🙂 ) Future gatherings will take place one Saturday a month from 2-4 pm at the Synagogue. Dates will be confirmed asap. If you have any questions, ideas, or would like to help out, please be in touch with Ziysah or Corinne at bisptbo@gmail.com

All Jewish families/kids are welcome to our next gathering Saturday, March 9 from 2-4pm at the synagogue. This time we will be celebrating PURIM. Please come in costume as a character from the Purim story (or as anything at all and we’ll find a way to fit you into the story. 🙂 ) Future gatherings will take place one Saturday a month from 2-4 pm at the Synagogue. Dates will be confirmed asap. If you have any questions, ideas, or would like to help out, please be in touch with Ziysah or Corinne at bisptbo@gmail.com

 

Starts:  Saturday,  January 19th, 2019 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Where:  Beth Israel Synagogue

The first meeting of the BIS kids program will take place Saturday, January 19 from 10 am-noon, and will feature learning about the holiday of Tubishvat.

This monthly get-together will be a chance for children and families to share space, learn about Jewish culture and holidays, sing songs, and also learn a bit of Hebrew. All are welcome to contribute ideas and teaching at future gatherings.

All Jewish children and their caregivers are welcome. The program is geared to all children under bar/t mitzvah age. 

Please contact Ziysah or Corinne at bisptbo@gmail.com if you have questions or ideas or would like to help out in some way.

The success of this initiative depends on you.  We saw clearly at the Chanukah celebrations that once again (and for the first time in many years), we have in the Peterborough area a good number of young Jewish children or children with Jewish family connections.  What a great way to get together with families like yours, for adults to meet and for kids to get to know each other and participate together in fun learning activities.  Mark you calendar and be there with your kids – grandparents welcome.  Support this very worthwhile initiative.

Our community includes several families with young children. We do our best to make shul events relevant for children, by including crafts, play space, and age-appropriate activities.

We also organize our own informal get-togethers, especially during Jewish holidays.

Saturday June 11 – Children’s Song Fest At Beth Israel

Begins:  10:00 a.m.

Come one, come all this Saturday June 11 at 10 am to Beth Israel Synagogue for a morning of Hebrew Song. Dr. Dan will be teaching songs new and old; this event is directed towards families with children, but all are welcome. Coffee/tea and juice and munchies will be provided.  Song sheets will be also be provided.