The Parenting Center at the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue is a place for children age 0-3 and their parents to come together for support, education, community and fun!
More than just a playgroup, we offer ongoing and one-time programs, lectures and classes designed to provide resources for the unique challenges faced by anyone raising young children in NYC and provide opportunities for families to engage with Jewish holidays, traditions and values. The BHS Parenting Center programs are open to both members and nonmembers. We invite you and your child to become part of this lively community!
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This is a weekly, 1 hour class for grown-ups and children together. The thoughtful, innovative curriculum includes structured free-play, along with art projects, music, movement, snack and circle time, giving our students the chance to explore the classroom experience within a safe, nurturing environment. Jewish holiday celebrations and cultural themes are carefully integrated into each week’s program.
This program is for: Children who will be 15-17 months in September.
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This is a year-long partial separation class designed to expose children to the preschool and to provide a bridge between “play classes” and school. Children and caregivers join our educators for a 90-minute interactive and engaging Jewish experience that incorporates music, movement, art, literacy and Jewish holidays and values. Towards the winter, we begin a gentle separation that meets the needs of each child.
This program is for: Children who are between 18-26 months in September.
Mondays & Wednesdays 9:30-11:00 (FULL)
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:15-10:45
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Offers a weekly Shabbat program in a small group setting. We’ll sing songs, play instruments, dance, have story time and Challah!
This program is for: Children ages 1-3
This program is offered: Fridays 9:15-10 am
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Join parents and babies under 18 months for an informal, drop in gathering. We have coffee, a soft rug and toys for the “older” babies. Suggested donation $5.
This program is for: For parents and little ones under 18 months
This program is offered: Wednesdays 9:00-11:00
This is a free weekly drop in program. Children of all ages, parents, grandparents, caregivers and friends are all invited to come together for this sing-along Shabbat led by Rabbi Serge Lippe! Each Friday morning, we meet in the Parenting Center on the synagogue’s lower level, and after we sing Shabbat songs, say the Blessings and share a special kiddush of grape juice and challah together!
This program is for: For parents and caregivers with children of all ages
This program is offered: Fridays 11:00am – 11:30am.
Join us on the first Shabbat of each month for music, stories, dancing and prayer. Song leader, Lauren Dubin, takes us through a tot service that incorporates traditional and modern looks at Shabbat celebration followed by a delicious oneg and free play in our “big room”.
This program is for: Children 0-5 years
This program is offered: First Saturday of the month 9:30am – 10:30 am
Join Bubbie and friends each month for an exciting program including the book of the month, games, songs, free play and a special book-themed activity. This program is free.
This program is for: Children ages 0-2
This program is offered one Sunday per month, 9:30am – 10:15am
2016-2017 Dates: 9/18, 10/23, 11/13 12/11, 1/29, 2/12, 3/19, 4/23, 5/7
A playful approach to “building” Jewish holiday experiences with your child. Ever been to a Havdalah Pajamarama? Why not jump in to our Leapin’ Latke Party? This year, Bagels and Blocks programming will provide several weekend opportunities to gather and celebrate! All programs are specially designed for children aged 2-4 and their adults. Children and parents are able to learn, create and celebrate together through stories, music, art projects, movement, special snacks and more surprises along the way.