The High Holidays aren't just for adults; they're for our young children and youth, too--and it doesn't need to be boring. That's why Shaare Emeth created engaging High Holiday programs for your children.
During certain High Holidays services we provide childcare for children ages 6 months to 7 years (or 6 months to 3 years, depending on the service) so our children can play while the grown-ups can pray. While parents attend morning services, however, youth grades preK-5 can join us for our ever-popular High Holy Days Experience for Grades PreK-5, a High Holidays celebration and mini-service with age-appropriate activities for each grade level.
Learn more about High Holidays Childcare and High Holy Days Experience by clicking a button below. Children are never too young to begin learning about atoning and forgiveness or that this is an important time of year, and Shaare Emeth strives to begin this process in a fun, engaging manner.
Additionally, families and children are invited to join us at 9 a.m. on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur for Boker Tov Children's Services. This interactive experience is most appropriate for preschoolers and young children through grade 2 and their families. Celebrate the New Year through worship, song and a skit led by Rabbi Jim Bennett, Rabbi Andrea Goldstein, Cantor Seth Warner, Rabbi Jonah Zinn and our Shaare Emeth staff. A light snack will follow the service. Children are then invited to participate in our childcare or High Holy Day Experience for Pre k-Grade 5 while their families take part in our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning services.
Ages: High Holy Day Experience is for PreK through 5th grade, while Childcare is for children ages 6 months to 3 years (up to 7 years during select services).
Content: High Holy Day Experience has T’fillot (services) and pre-planned activities designed especially for each age group by Shaare Emeth’s clergy and educators, while childcare is mainly unstructured.
Cost: Childcare has a fee ($10 or $15) and High Holy Day Experience is free.
Timing: High Holy Day Experience is only offered during mornings of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, while Childcare is offered during evening and morning services.