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Families with Young Children

A Community for our Littlest Learners

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Adas Israel Congregation aims to engage all members of our community beginning with our littlest learners. For our families with young children (approximately ages 0-5), we offer a wide variety of programs including weekly play groups, monthly Shabbat services and dinner, holiday-specific programs, and more! All Families with Young Children (FYC) events are open to the community and we are happy to welcome children and their grown-ups. We are always adding to our programming, so please email our Families with Young Children Engagement Coordinator, Jocelyn Dorfman, to sign up to receive our bimonthly newsletter.


Youth And Families


Weekly Programs

All weekly programs, with the exception of Tot Shabbat, run when the Gan is in session.

Coffee Club, Tuesdays 9-11am: Have a new baby? Come join us, with or without your baby, for coffee and conversation with other parents and caregivers of infants. Enjoy our coffee or bring your own. The cozy corner of the Beit Midrash is the place to be! Drop in for a few minutes or stay for the full session.

Yad b'Yad Play Group, Thursdays 9-10am: If your child is too young to attend the Gan, join us on Thursday mornings in room 100! Play with your little one. Schmooze with your friends. It's the perfect mix!

Sing N’ Play, Thursdays 10-11am: Join us for an interactive story time experience in the library. Then your children will play & you will have time to chat with other adults.

Kangaroo Adult/Toddler Class: Is your child 18-24 months? Your child will get to know the warmth and wonder of the Gan with the support of a loved one. You will have opportunities to play with your child and to participate in child-rearing conversations facilitated by our amazing Gan teachers! Pre-registration is required. To register, click here. If you have questions, please e-mail Megan Soe.

Tot Shabbat, Saturdays 10am: For families with young children to join together. This service will have a rotation of leaders, including Rabbi Ben Shalva and Menuhah Peters, offering different styles of tefillah. Babysitting for children ages two through first grade are welcome to attend babysitting in room 343 from 11am through the end of services in Smith Sanctuary.


Youth And Families


Shabbat Dinners and  Services

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November 15, 2019 | February 21, 2020 | March 20, 2020 | April 17, 2020 | 
May 15, 2020

Join us for our special monthly Kabbalat Shabbat services! It all starts at 5:00 with a Happy Half Hour in Cohen Hall (the Gan space). This is time for the adults to shmooze with wine and cheese to tide you over, and there is a built-in playdate for the children. Services will begin at 5:30, followed by a delicious dinner at 6:15. Come for some of all of this special evening! Registration for dinner is required.


Youth And Families


Meet Jocelyn Dorfman!

Families with Young Children Engagement Coordinator

Before coming to Adas, Jocelyn was an educator at the Early Childhood Learning Center of the JCC of Northern Virginia. In addition to overseeing the programming for families with young children, she is the lead teacher for the Parparim class in the Gan. She has a Master of Education in Counseling and a Master of Science in Psychology, and has worked with children in many different capacities throughout her education and professional careers. Jocelyn is a native Washingtonian and is thrilled to be a part of the Adas community and to create meaningful experiences with our littlest learners.

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