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Family Education at the PJC Learning Center

There is no Jewish Education without Family Education.  At the PJC, we understand that each family is unique, and that each individual family member is at a singular place on their own Jewish journey.  At the Learning Center, we wish to meet each family and family member where they are, while allowing all to experience moments of kedushah (holiness), when actively engaging in our Family Education program.  We want our families to experience the Learning Center as a joyful place of learning, friendship and community, where families take charge of their Jewish journeys while growing together towards a greater understanding of Jewish living, identity and mitzvot.

As an integral part of our educational model, the PJC’s Learning Center provides a variety of programs tailored to different students’ needs, in order to instill a love for Judaism, foster a sense of community among families and enable new friendships to form and grow.  Our Family Education program consists of three distinct monthly opportunities for families to meet up and engage together in Jewish living: one Friday night, one Shabbat morning and one Sunday morning per month.

We also offer two Havdalah celebrations during the year.  B’nei Mitzvah families meet together with the Rabbi to learn about the B’nei Mitzvah process, and gain insight on this millennary Jewish coming of age tradition.  Additionally, families with children in grades 4 and up are encouraged to take part in our Tikkun Olam program – Midnight-Breakfast Runs – when we drive in a caravan to New York City to distribute food and clothing to the homeless.

For more details on the PJC’s Family Education Program for the year 2021-22, see below:

Family Sundays – Yom Rishon Mishpachah

Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m./October 10, November 14, December 5, January 9, February 6, March 20 & April 10

One Sunday per month, families meet together, either at the PJC or offsite.  Parents learn with Rabbi Resnick about parenting through a Jewish Lens, while children learn, sing, dance, play and do crafts with an LC educator on the theme at hand.  After, we will all gather together for an exciting activity where adults and kids apply the new learning, enjoy a hearty brunch and shmooze.

First Fridays – Kabbalat Shabbat and Dinner

5:45-7:30 p.m./October 1, November 5, January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1 & May 20 (End-of-Year Assembly)

The famous Jewish thinker, Achad Ha’Am, once said, “More than the Jews kept Shabbat, Shabbat kept the Jews.”  At the Learning Center, we believe that welcoming Shabbat together builds community and soothes the soul.  On Friday afternoons, once a month, we invite all families to come together at 5:45 p.m.  Children will have a light snack, we will gather around the Shabbat table to light the Shabbat candles, recite Kiddush and engage in a short and family-oriented Shabbat musical service in the Sanctuary.  This will be followed by a delicious Shabbat dinner.  A wonderful opportunity to meet other families and forge new friendships.

Tot Shabbat (For families with children in Pre-K-1st Grade)

Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m./October 23, December 11, January 22, February 12 & April 30

Tot Shabbat is a family Shabbat program for families with children ages 3-6.  Families will taste a bit of the Torah portion and the Shabbat service, in a playful and joyful atmosphere.  Activities will include dance, songs, games, storytelling and plays.  Families are invited to join the whole congregation at the end of services, have a bite and shmooze at our the Oneg Shabbat.

Shabbat Mishpachah (For families with children in Grades 2-6)

Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m./October 23, December 11, January 22, February 12 & April 30

Please join Rabbi Resnick and Jack Klebanow on five Shabbat mornings especially designed to engage parents and children in a lively and musical service.  Families will take part in the different parts of the Shabbat service, sing, learn and have meaningful conversations about the Weekly Torah portion and what it means to be Jewish in this world.

Celebrate the End of Shabbat Together with Hooked on Havdalah

Saturdays,  4:30-7:30 p.m./November 20, 2021, and March 12, 2022

Families meet at hosting homes for an early dinner (tisch), then join together at the end of Shabbat at the PJC for Havdalah, wine and dessert.  To the sounds of live jazz, parents mingle, eat, drink and chat, while their children enjoy stories, songs and art activities related to Shabbat with an LC educator.  A perfect opportunity to open homes and make new friends!  Please contact Michael Teitelbaum if you wish to host a few families at your home.  Food and paper goods will be provided.

B'nei Mitzvah Family Programs (For families with students in Grades 6-7)

B’nei Mitzvah Family Program I – Sunday, November 14, 1:00-2:30 p.m. – Envision your B’nei Mitzvah and dream about possibilities.  A light brunch will be served.

B’nei Mitzvah Family Program II – Friday, December 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Celebrate Shabbat together with other B’nei Mitzvah families and engage in a conversation about what it means to be a young Jewish adult today.

B’nei Mitzvah Family Program III – Sunday, January 9, 1:00-2:30 p.m. – Bring your Tallit and Tefillin and learn about their meaning and how to deliver an engaging D’var Torah.

PJC Midnight and Breakfast Runs

Families with children ages 10-18 participate twice a year in the PJC Midnight/Breakfast Runs, where they work together for social justice, helping to clothe and feed the homeless in NYC.

Breakfast Run – Sunday, 7:30-10:30 a.m. - Date TBD

Midnight Run – Saturday, 9:00 p.m.-12:00 Midnight - Date TBD

Sat, October 16 2021 10 Cheshvan 5782