Shearith Israel Family Center

Shearith Israel Family Center


Sign up TODAY for our Young Family Zoom Seder, led by Rabbi Shira Wallach and Rabbi Adam Roffman. Everyone who registers by tomorrow- Tuesday March 23 - will get a Seder Box containing surprises and goodies to make this Pesach extra special. (Seder Box pick up will be at Shearith on Friday, March 26. Register at
TONIGHT! In-Person and on Facebook Live
Purim Celebration—Schmutz: Jews Go Together,

Parking Lot opens at 6 pm
Spots remain to watch in-person at Shearith, but you must RSVP (ASAP) at
When you register you'll receive instructions for attending!

You can also watch on Facebook Live at 6:45 pm at

See you tonight!
The world-renowned Shearith Israel Purim celebration will be on Wednesday - tomorrow night! It's not too late to register, and we are allowing non-members to register as well! Go to
Purim is cruising on in! Check out our video to see what the rama lama lama ding ding da d**g deal is! Space is limited!
Don't miss out... spots are filling up!!

Creating strong Jewish families, by connecting home and community. rejoice:
• shabbat, holidays, and every day with innovative and hands-on programming that delights all five senses
• our newest community members with Tiny Treasures
• our book of traditions that will combine your family practices with a step-by-step guide to bringing Shabbat and holidays into your home
• relationships with other families and memories with your children
• with our new program R&R: refill your tank and refresh your soul
• with renowned speakers offering enriching seminars
• at our 10th annual Truck Time
• with your children by engaging in kids’ yoga, cooking and baking, singing and dancing, acting and painting
• in our partnership with Child Life, comforting and welcoming young patients and their families
• in our partnership with the CSI Mitzvah Community

Operating as usual


Shababa - Celebrating our Tiny Treasures

Want to join in on the Shababa Zoom? Email Sarah at [email protected] for link!


Tu Bisvhat Shababa

Happy birthday trees! (And Rabbi Wallach!)
If you want to join the Zoom, email Sarah at [email protected]!


Congregation Shearith Israel

Build a Better World Shababa happening now! If you want to join the Zoom, email Sarah at [email protected]!

To join our Zoom, email [email protected]


Congregation Shearith Israel

Hanukkah Shababa happening now!

Shabbat shalom and chag sameach

[11/14/20]   Unfortunately, due to a wind advisory in the area, we are unable to screen tonight's movie, and are rescheduling to next Saturday weather permitting (same time, same movies). Your reservation will be automatically moved, but if you prefer to cancel, please send an email to Katie at [email protected]. Be on the lookout for a new FB event tomorrow with sign-up link!

Thank you for understanding, and we apologize for the inconvenience.


Congregation Shearith Israel

Join us for a Family Blessing with Rabbi Wallach!

Family Blessing with Rabbi Wallach happening now!
Join on Zoom by going to the High Holy Day portal and signing in with your registered email, or watch along on here!


Congregation Shearith Israel

Back to Shul Western Shababa happening now!
Message Sarah Katz for the Zoom link if you want to join us live!

Welcome to Western Shababa!


Severe weather this weekend could bring snow, ice and dangerous tornadoes

Shababa North folks: keep an eye on the weather. If you feel that it's unsafe to drive tonight, send us a message and we'll credit your dinner payment to the next event. We will still be there and celebrate Shabbat with whomever comes! Shabbat shalom and be safe.

Parts of the central U.S. will see dangerous storms, while record warm temperatures are in store for the Northeast.

[12/11/19]   Tomorrow at 10:45 in Fonberg: Our last session of Sing! in the series. Join us for a special Chanukah edition of joyful noisemaking and movement.

Hosted by Jenny Goldberg Birnbrey

[10/23/19]   If you don't have power and need a place to hang out with your kids, the Family Room at Shearith is open Mon-Thurs after 12pm and Friday after 10am.

An email will go out soon from Shearith with a complete list of relief and support opportunities. If you were affected in the storm, please be in touch with us so we can help you!


Join us this Friday! Playgroup is FREE! 03/06/2018

Shababa North

Woohoo!! Join us this Friday at the Levine ECC! Celebrating Shabbat is more fun when we share it with the ones we love! Join us for an engaging, multi-generational Shabbat experience followed by a delicious Shabbat Dinner.

[12/05/17]   This weekend in the Family Center:

Friday, 10:30am: Playgroup! Who would like to bring a snack?

Saturday, 11:00am: A special Shababa in honor of Rabbi Ari Sunshine's Installation

Join us!

[11/07/17]   This week in the Family Center:

Playgroup Plus
Friday, 10:30am, Family Room
Nosh, play, sing, connect.
RSVPs appreciated!

Saturday, Fonberg Chapel
11:00am Mimosas (fruit and animal crackers for the kids I guess ;) )
11:15am Shabbat Celebration
12:00pm Lunch with the community
RSVPs appreciated!

Both of these events are FREE! 10/31/2017


Time to sign up for Shababa! See you THIS [email protected]!

5:45pm Welcoming Shabbat
6:20pm Dinner

Register by clicking below: Celebrating Shabbat is more fun when we share it with the ones we love! Join us for an engaging, multi-generational Shabbat experience followed by a delicious Shabbat Dinner.


See you Friday!!


You're invited-- save the dates!


The holiday celebrations continue!

Thursday night:
5:45pm: Our special Simchat Torah hakafot for young families. Sing, dance, and celebrate our torah!
6:15pm: Light dinner
7:00pm: Community Simchat Torah celebration, followed by CAKE! Stay as long as you can!


It was fantastic to see so many of you at our Rosh Hashanah Family Service! Join us over the next few weeks as we continue to celebrate the holiest season of the year:

Shabbat, September 30: Yom Kippur Family Service
10:00-10:45am in Topletz Auditorium or in the MPR at Levine

Friday, October 6: Sukkot Celebration
6:00-6:30pm: Assemble a delicious edible Sukkah made out of the yummiest ingredients
6:30pm: Enjoy a festive meal in our congregational Sukkah with the Shearith community

Thursday, October 12: Simchat Torah Celebration
5:45-6:15pm: Hakafot just for the Family Center! In Topletz Auditorium, we'll sing and dance with the torah.
6:15pm: Light dinner with the community
7:00pm: Community celebration (you're welcome to stay as long as you can!)

RSVP at or to [email protected]

Shana tova!


The Family Center wishes you and yours a sweet new year!

We can't wait to see you at Shearith over the next few weeks to celebrate the holiest days on our calendar.

Rosh Hashanah, day 1 and Yom Kippur:
Family Services, 10-10:45am

Friday, October 6:
Sukkot Celebration, 6pm

Thursday, October 12:
Simchat Torah Celebration, 5:45pm

See you soon,


Getting ready for our amazing Family Services on the HHDs!
Topletz Auditorium, 10-10:45am
Rosh Hashanah Day 1 and Yom Kippur

I need your help: are there any grownups who'd like to blow the shofar for us?

[09/05/17]   Join us for Playgroup this Friday at 10:30 in our beautiful Family Room and get ready to celebrate the 2nd birthday of someone very special!


Have you seen our Family Center guide yet? It's your year-long passport to fun, love, and community!


Olam Chesed Yibaneh עולם חסד יבנה, by Adamah Fellows Fall 2014

We're going to learn this tomorrow night at Shababa! Even the youngest among us can build worlds of lovingkindness.

from the album Release: Songs for Shmita


I am SO EXCITED to share this with you!! Click, print it out, stick it on your fridge: this is the Family Center guide for the year. Can't wait to celebrate all 5778 long.


Who loves to sing Bim Bam?! Join us next Friday night for our Welcome Shabbat!! Click to register:

Playgroup Plus 07/12/2017

Playgroup Plus


Shearith Israel Family Center's cover photo

Messy Party 2017! 07/12/2017

Messy Party 2017! 07/10/2017

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Family Center End of the Year Messy Party

This week in the Family Center:

MESSY PARTY rain check! Sunday, 4-6pm. Click below to register.

PLAYGROUP, Family Room, Friday 10:30-12. RSVPS make me 😁 06/29/2017

Vacation Or Trip? A Helpful Guide For Parents

Happy Summer, everyone! So, you're headed out on a family vacation this summer. Great news! But are you sure? Are you sure it's a vacation? You might want to think about that fo... 06/21/2017

Family Center End of the Year Messy Party


Our Messy Party is rescheduled for Sunday, July 9th! Click below to register.

Also, our Family Room is always open when you need an air-conditioned change of scenery. AND join us for Playgroup on Friday, June 23 and July 7, 10:30am-12:00pm.

**Did you know: Shearith offers FREE babysitting during Shabbat morning services 9:30-12 ALL YEAR ROUND?

Happy Summer!


4pm: Screening of "Sing" in the incredible Pidgeon Theater (the Family Room will also be open for playtimes)

around 4:45-5pm: Pause movie to eat pizza and other treats

5:15-20pm: Resume movie

We will reschedule the messiness for later on in the summer; stay tuned!


Join us for the BEST end-of-year celebration: getting MESSY! RSVP info below.

Videos (show all)

Shababa - Celebrating our Tiny Treasures
Tu Bisvhat Shababa




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