Welcome Parents!

Netivot Shalom is a congregation that truly welcomes all ages with great excitement and delight! We offer special programs during Shabbat, holidays, and throughout the year for children 5 and under, and their families.

Our new series of MISHPACHA programs provide opportunities to connect families with young children to each other and to the Netivot Shalom community.


Preschool-age families are invited for a pre-Shabbat activity followed by a child-friendly dinner. The program is followed by a community-wide Kabbalat Shabbat service and dinner.

        4:30pm Preschool activity
        5:30pm Early dinner geared for families with young children
        6:00pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service
        7:00pm Shabbat dinner for all ages

RSVP for dinner by the Wednesday before each Kabbalat Shabbat Program.

        October 14, 2022
        November 11, 2022
        December 9, 2022
        January 20, 2023
        February 24, 2023
        March 10, 2023
        April 14, 2023
        May 12, 2023
        June 9, 2023


Designed for children 5 and under, with their adults. Siblings, grandparents, and friends are always welcome.

Rabbi Chai & Rebecca Goodman alternate leading prayers, singing songs, telling stories, and exploring Judaism twice/month. Rebecca usually leads the first Shabbat each month. Rabbi Chai usually leads the third Shabbat each month.

        9:30am Rabbi Chai or Rebecca
        9:50am Kiddush & Snack
        10:00am-12:30pm Supervised play: Adults can check their child(ren) into supervised childcare on the preschool playground

        September 3 & 17, 2022
        October 1 & 22, 2022
        November 5 & 19, 2022
        December 3, 2022
        January 7, 2023
        February 4 & 25, 2023
        March 4 & 18, 2023
        April 1 & 22, 2023
        May 6 & 20, 2023
        June 3 & 17, 2023


Rosh Hashanah
September 26 at 3:15pm (CNS courtyard)
Please join us for a short youth service and story. Following this service you are invited to join us as we walk to Strawberry Creek Park for Tashlich (another family-friendly event). This is a wonderful time to meet other families in the outdoor warmth of our Netivot Shalom community.

PJ Havdalah
January 21 – Wear your PJs and join us as we mark the end of Shabbat and transition back to the week with our beautiful Havdalah candle, spices, and grape juice.

Blessing the Animals
March 19 – Bring your pet for a special blessing and parade. (Pets must be on leash or in carriers at all times.)

Preschool Shabbat
May 13 – Celebrate our founding preschool class graduating from High School.


Congregation Netivot Shalom Preschool seeks to create a stimulating and enriching educational environment for each and every child. We are devoted to helping children learn socialization skills, building their self-confidence, and teaching them the preliminary skills to explore and experience the world independently from their parents. In addition, we seek to ignite a spark in each child to lay claim to their Jewish heritage and commit them to a lifetime passion for learning. Learn more here.


Children are an essential part of our thriving community and are encouraged to attend Shabbat services and programs. Parents and adult caregivers are expected to supervise their children, unless they are signed into a Youth and Family Education Program. Our community values kavod (behaving with respect) for our sacred space and for our neighbors by walking, using inside voices, using The Berkeley School yard and Preschool playground only during authorized times of supervised play. Thank you to our youth and families!

Please follow these guidelines to ensure that we protect the safety of each child 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.


For more information, please contact Rebecca Goodman, Youth and Family Education Director: rebecca@netivotshalom.org