Youth and Family Services


Each week we offer multiple services with inspiring leaders in unique venues to meet the Shabbat needs of our families and their children.  Services are participative, informative and age appropriate.

We encourage you to print this combined Ruach Shabbat Calendar of all youth services.

Please also feel free to review our special Family Service Siddur


Tot Shabbat

totshabbatlogoEvery Shabbat – 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in our Children’s Chapel Room 24/25

For babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents: Music, movement, sharing and stories with a Shabbat theme. Story or Torah discussion as well. An informal first introduction to formal Jewish prayer.

Our Tot Shabbat service leaders are accompanied by parents in prayer, song and movement as we celebrate Shabbat together. Enjoy challah and juice after each service.

Our children then participate with the entire congregation in the conclusion of the morning services in the Rabbi Samuel Chiel Sanctuary, and join everyone in the community at our weekly Kiddush immediately following services. Read about Tot Shabbat in Marc Stober’s blog.

 Generously sponsored by Sisterhood Temple Emanuel


Ruach Shabbat (K – 5)

ruachshabbatlogoRuach Shabbat services for school-age children in kindergarten through grade 5 are held from 10:45 am to Noon each week.

Ruach Shabbat begins each week with Jewish games and activities and is followed by a service filled with spirited prayer, engaging music, interactive learning and fun.  Each of our dynamic Ruach Shabbat leaders offers an age-appropriate service that makes prayer meaningful.  All children then participate with the entire congregation in the conclusion of the morning services in the Rabbi Samuel Chiel Sanctuary, and join the full community at our weekly Kiddush immediately following services.

Special Ruach Shabbat services are held each month – a Birthday service and a Family Service.  Birthday Shabbat is a monthly celebration during our Ruach Shabbat service honoring all of our children who have birthdays that month.


Ruach Shabbat Family Service (K- Teens)

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A monthly lay-led Family Service for all school age children and teens grades K and up and their parents, beginning at 10:45 am.

Students and their families lead the prayers and the Torah service includes a fun Question and Answer session for the kids (with prizes), as well as a brief commentary on the weekly Torah portion.


For more information about our Children’s Shabbat and Holiday Services, please contact Wayne Goldstein, our Director of Informal Youth Education at 617-558-8121.