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High Holiday Family Services and Activities with Jewish Gateways
two young girls hugging during High Holidays

Family services are led by Rabbi Steph Kennedy and Cantorial Soloist Judith-Kate Friedman.

 

These interactive services are designed for children under the age of 9 and their families.

 

Services engage children with singing, movement, and holiday stories.

Check out our Guide to Celebrating High Holidays with Kids!

Schedule of Family Services and  Activities

Saturday, September 16 • Rosh Hashanah Day

9 am - 9:45 am PT: Rosh Hashanah Family Service with Rabbi Steph Kennedy and Cantorial Soloist Judith-Kate Friedman for children under 9 and their families

10:15 am - 12 pm PT: Hands-on holiday activities for children of all ages

1:15 pm - 2 pm PT: Join us at Live Oak Park for a relaxed picnic (bring your own) and Tashlich, a ritual for tossing away regrets

Monday, September 25 • Yom Kippur

9 am - 9:45 am PT: Yom Kippur Family Service with Rabbi Steph Kennedy and Cantorial Soloist Judith-Kate Friedman for children under 9 and their families

10:15 am - 12 pm PT: Hands-on holiday activities for children of all ages

Young child blowing paper shofar
Young child apple and honey tasting for Rosh Hashanah

​"My children found the service 'relaxing, moving, insightful.' I was surprised at their response, and they want to attend more."

"The family service was perfect for my kids. I like the openness, the message, and the great music."

"I was smiling and learning at the same time, along with my son. He and I had so much fun together."

High Holiday craft activities for children of all ages are led by teachers close to adult services. Children old enough to participate independently are welcome to do so while adults attend services. Younger children who need an adult with them are invited to join along with an adult caregiver.

 

We also provide books and art supplies for everyone to enjoy! 

If children need to move around or take a break, there are a playground and picnic tables nearby. 

A young toddler smiling during High Holidays

Questions about High Holidays with Jewish Gateways? Stephanie is available to answer your questions between 10 am - 3 pm PT Mon-Fri by email or phone 510-619-0399

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