Welcome Parents!

Netivot Shalom is a congregation that truly welcomes all ages with great excitement and delight! We offer special programs during Shabbat for children and families.

Shabbat B’Yachad

For families with children age five and under, Shabbat B’Yachad meets on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 11:00 – 12:00 in the preschool room on the first floor. Led by Alexandra Diamant, Shabbat B’Yachad is a chance for children and families to feel welcomed and share the warmth of Shabbat while engaging in developmentally appropriate Tefilah (prayer). Each session features a story inspired by the week’s Torah reading followed by a light and healthy snack. For more information, please contact Alexandra Diamant at sby@netivotshalom.org.

Supervised Childcare

Supervised childcare is available every Shabbat for the following age groups*:

Ages two through preschool 10:00am – 1:30pm
Preschool room on the first floor
Staffed by a professional educator

Grades K-6 (two locations) 10:30am – 12:30pm
Library on second floor
Berkeley School playground (next door and accessible via doors in Social Hall)
Staffed by junior high and high school students
A snack will be provided.

*Please make sure to introduce yourself and your child(ren) to staff before leaving them in our care.


Children in Kindergarten through second grade meet from 11:30 – 12:30 in the art room on the second floor. Join with friends to experience Shabbat rituals and traditions in a fun and age-appropriate fashion. Youth educator Rebecca Schisler leads this program on the second and fourth Saturday of each month starting November 12, 2016. For more information, please contact Lauren Kindorf at preschool@netivotshalom.org.

Chug Shabbat

Torah study for children in grades 3-6 with Joel Gerwein meets on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 11:30 – 12:15 in the library on the second floor. Through text study, discussion, debates, role plays, and other activities, we will inquire into the week’s Torah portion, considering traditional explanations as well as creating our own. We will also pray and sing together some parts of the Shabbat morning service. For more information, please contact Joel Gerwein at torahstudy@netivotshalom.org.


Please follow these guidelines to ensure that we protect the safety of each child, respect our spiritual home’s physical needs, and allow all of us to share the joy of Shabbat:
  • Children under bar mitzvah age should either be with their parents or at one of the above programs or childcare locations.
  • No children are allowed in the next door Berkeley School playground without being supervised by youth engagement staff or a designated adult.
  • All areas must be cleaned up and all games and toys returned to their proper locations.