Young Families

Here at Chizuk Amuno, we are fortunate to have a vibrant community of families with younger children - the Young Families of Chizuk Amuno, or YF of CA.  As a Young Families community, we come together regularly for Shabbat services and lunches, holiday programs, social events, and more!  

Please join us for one of our upcoming programs - they're a great way to meet other families, share special times together, and be welcomed into the greater Chizuk Amuno family.

For more information about YF of CA programs and events, or to share a suggestion, please contact Rabbi Marci Jacobs Aronchick, Director of Teen and  Family Engagement, at bWFyb25jaGlja0BjaGl6dWthbXVuby5vcmc= or 410-486-6400 x305.  I'd love to hear from you!

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YF of CA Events and Family Programs

Shabbat Services

Join us as we share Shabbat together. There's something going on for families nearly every week!

Torah for Tots - Shabbat mornings - 10:30 AM

Torah for Tots is an interactive family service for children up to age 5 and their grown-ups. Singing, dancing, snacks, stories, and so much  more! T4T meets on the 2nd and 4th Shabbat of most months, as well as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Upcoming T4T meetings: October 11, 25; November 8, 15; December 13; January 10, 24; February 22; March 14, 28; April 11, 25; May 9, 30.

The Family Service - Shabbat mornings - 10:30 AM

Join us most every Shabbat for a lively service geared toward families with school-age children.  Children have the opportunity to put their learning into practice by leading parts of the service, learning new melodies, and exploring Shabbat teachings and stories.

*Each week after services, we come together for Kiddush and open play time in the gym.  Once per month, we also enjoy a festive Shabbat lunch together!  Upcoming Shabbat lunch dates: October 25; November 15 (part of Getaway Shabbat); December 13; January 24; February 28 (together with the congregation); March 14; April 11 (together with the congregation); May 30

Holiday Programs

Over the course of the year, we'll gather to celebrate these special times on the Jewish calendar with engaging, meaningful programs for the whole family!  Here's what's happening this year:

Sukkot Sojourn - Thursday, October 9 - 10:30 AM

Join us as we commemorate the Israelites' journey through the wilderness just as they did, by dwelling in sukkot.  Led by our ancestors from the Torah, we'll retrace our people's journey through the desert, searching for the 4 species that make up the Lulav and Etrog, and join with the congregation for Hoshanot, the special Sukkot parade we have each day of the holiday.

Rock n' Scroll - Friday, October 17 - 10:30 AM

Join us for a rocking celebration of Torah, including spirited tefillot and a chance to experience the whole Torah, from its very beginning to its last words.  Bring your dancing shoes and prepare to be amazed by the story of our people!

Keep an eye out for information about future holiday programs for YF of CA!

Shabbat Programs

In addition to our weekly services, we have a number of opportunities for families to come together in celebration of Shabbat - dinners, Havdalah events, and more!

Family Feud: Shabbat Style! - Saturday, November 15

As a part of our whole community's Shabbat Getway, with a full day of special activities, join us for a fun-filled post-Kiddush trivia tournament for parents and kids alike.  There will be plenty of snacks, laughter, and Shabbat delight!

Community Havdalah - Saturday, December 6 - 6:00 PM

Take advantage of the early end of winter Shabbat and join us for a meaningful and fun family evening. We'll experience together the special moment of Havdalah, as we bid farewell to Shabbat, then enjoy a casual evening with dinner and board games.  Think of it as a fun night at home with your family - in your synagogue home, with your Chizuk Amuno family!

GECEC and Young Family Havdalah Celebration - Saturday, February 7

Join with the youngest members fo our congregation as they help to say goodbye to Shabbat and get ready for a new week.

Check back soon for more fabulous Shabbat events!

Social Programs

Sometimes, we come together just to enjoy each other's company. Join us for game nights, parent versus children football games, picnics, bonfires, karaoke nights and other events that give our families time to meet and schmooze both at Chizuk Amuno and throughout our community.

Parents' Night Out

Get a babysitter, and come out to join other Chizuk Amuno parents for a fabulous and fun night out.  We'll be serving snacks, drinks, and a great time for all!

Chanukah Cooking Demo - Saturday December 13 - 8:00 PM

TBD - Saturday, January 24 - 8:00 PM