Young Children & Families

Introducing Gan Shabbat at Tikkun v’Or:
Kids ages 4-6, along with siblings and parents, are invited to a new monthly zoom Shabbat program from Congregation Tikkun V’Or.
Join Rabbi Tziona Szajman and her daughter Eliyana to sing songs, hear wisdom from puppets, and learn about Jewish holidays and Torah. Come in pajamas if you like and bring a stuffed animal.This is a warm open space for having fun with Judaism. Prepare for lots of movement, games, and stories.
Sessions for 2020-2021 are scheduled for October 17, November 14, December 12, January 2, February 20, March 20, April 17, and May 15, from 10-10:30 a.m.
This fun young kids Jewish holiday program is specially designed for ages four through six but adaptable for all ages.  All are welcome.
Contact for the zoom link!

Jewish Learning Experiences (formerly called “Religious School” for children in kindergarten and first grade are on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. -12 p.m., and run concurrently with our older students’ school (from 9:00 a.m.-12 p.m.). *this class is not meeting in fall/winter 2020. Join us for Gan Shabbat instead!

See here for more information about how we welcome families for the high holidays.

Tikkun v’Or hosts an Facebook group, “Jewish Parenting in Ithaca.
Raising kids to love and appreciate their Jewish heritage has a unique set of challenges, whatever your family’s level of observance. Let’s come together in person and on Facebook to have friendly, respected discussions and find ways to mutually support one another in our parenting adventure. The group is open to anyone, at any synagogue or none, who is raising Jewish or interfaith kids.
It’s a closed (but not secret) group, so your posts will be visible only to other members. Join the group as you would any other, and you’ll be approved as quickly as possible.

Ithaca is also home to B’Yachad Jewish Community Pre-School, a play based Jewish preschool serving Jewish children, ages 2.5- 5 (and summer day camp for children 2-8). No synagogue or temple affiliation is required.

PJ Library sends high-quality Jewish-content books and music on a monthly basis to children from age six months to age seven years.  The PJ Library is funded nationally in partnership with The Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Sign up here.

Ithaca is also a host of PJ Our Way, offering free books for tweens ages 8-11. The kids get to choose their own book each month, and then have a safe place to write reviews and share ideas with others from around the country. At Jewish Learning Experiences, we incorporate some of the PJ Our Way books into chugim (electives) or other programs.

IAUJC is happy to be a local partner.

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