All members are important to us at Ohr Chadash; we strive to welcome everyone, including the very youngest of our members. We do this by:
Providing age-appropriate programming
Creating comfortable and positive spaces
Relying on parents to provide supervision when children are not in programming
Communicating with and listening to feedback from parents
Asking for patience as we adapt to the needs of our minyan
Promoting safety awareness when children transition from room to room
We currently offer classrooms for three age groups for our pre-teenaged children:
children ages 0-3
We have a room conveniently located off the Lobby in which parents may supervise children. This room is equipped with couches, books, and toys with which you can engage the children. Feel bring to bring your own labeled toys, especially for the youngest in the room.
children ages 3-6
Our Prachim (Flowers) are 3-6-year-olds who are supervised by a Senior Advisor with a Counselor-in-Training or a parent. The children have opportunities to play inside and outside (weather permitting), share in a circle time, experience tefillah, enjoy snacks, and more! Our Parent Point Person for this group, which meets at the far end of the youth hallway downstairs, is Jason Shindler.
children ages 6+
Eitzim (Trees) are children who are aged six and up. Along with indoor and outdoor play, they share a more formal tefillah experience, and snacks. This group is supervised by two counselors and a ShinShin who is from Israel (during the school year). David Kogut is our Eitzim Tefillah Coordinator; he guides the counselors and davens with the children on occasion. Our Parent Point Person for this group, which meets in the first room of the youth hallway downstairs, is Zev Feuer.
Please visit our youth bulletin board for more information regarding Shabbat and other programming.
Parents are welcome to bring children into the Minyan during tefillah; they are reminded to please be cognizant of the noise level of their child(ren) in consideration of the adults who have come to daven, hear the Baalei Tefillah, and listen to the D’var Torah.
Parents are encouraged to bring favorite books or quiet toys from home for their child(ren) who will be spending time in services and are too young to participate in the formal tefillah. Some youth siddurim are available.
Children who participate for the entire morning’s youth program will benefit from the balanced schedule we have developed.
Parents leaving children in our programs must be available in our Minyan.
Children in our program do play outside, so they should be dressed appropriately, bring a jacket, and come “sunscreened.” Personal items should be labeled.
Parents are asked to walk children to the their appropriate groups. If supervision is provided, be sure your child’s presence has been noted.
Children and counselors may be on the playground if they are not in their designated rooms.
Taking a child out from a classroom? Be sure the care giver knows you are taking her/him. Eitzim may leave, one at a time on their own, after they have notified a care giver.
Parents will provide diapering needs. Diapering and toileting of young children who need a potty seat will take place in the bathrooms off the lobby. Please use the disinfecting wipes when you are done. There is a bathroom downstairs with no changing table or potty seat currently.
There is no charge to those attending our Shabbat morning programming however we do offer reasonable rates for High Holiday Child Care. Information and a registration form will be available on our website and FB page a few weeks prior.
In consideration of others, children who are not well should stay home. Children must be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before coming to shul.