Sholom Sprouts Fall 2018

Sholom Sprouts

Fall 2018

Introducing Sholom Sprouts, Congregation Rodeph Sholom’s newest initiative for young children and the grown-ups who care for them! Offered in our beautifully renovated fifth floor, we welcome you into our vibrant Jewish community through Shabbat and holiday celebrations, music, art, and fun for the whole family.

Sholom Sprouts presents High Holy Day Services for Families with Young Children ages 0‍–‍‍5.
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Singin’ Swingin’ Shabbat

(for children 0–5 years old)

Every Saturday beginning September 15th, 9:00–9:45 AM

Held in our beautiful new 5th floor chapel, this playful and joyous weekly Shabbat is especially for little ones. Come and dance, make happy noise with Tkiya, meet other parents and get to know our clergy.

PJ Challah for Hunger

Saturdays, 10:00–11:00 AM
Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8, Jan 12, Feb 9, Mar 9, Apr 13, May 11

Hungry for other ways to share Shabbat? Once a month, we follow Singin’ Swingin’ Shabbat with PJ Challah for Hunger. This challah baking experience offers a unique social action opportunity for little hands. In addition to storytelling and snacks, your family will braid two challahs—one for you to keep and one to give away to someone in need.

Sholom Sprouts Shabbat Dinner and Singalong

Fridays, 4:30–6:00 PM
Oct 5, Nov 2, Dec 7, Feb 1, Mar 1, Apr 5, May 3
Cost: $10 per adult, kids are free

Our new Friday evening Shabbat Dinner and Singalong feeds the whole family in every way. Conducted monthly by Rodeph Sholom clergy and a vibrant songleader from Tkiya, these family dinners allow you and your kids to get your Shabbat on before bedtime with songs, stories, and crafts. (Grown-ups even have their own special Kiddush—l’chaim!)

Junior Junior Choir

(for Pre-k, K and 1st grade)

Dec 7, Mar 8

The Junior Juniors sing at two of our Shir Chadash services during the year. Meet at 5:40 PM just before services begin. For more information, contact Cantor Shayna De Lowe at

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Classes will be repeated in the spring semester. Updated information posted by by November 15.

Baby and Me Yoga

(for children 6 weeks–6 months)

Wednesdays, 11:30 AM–12:15 PM
Section 1: Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (5 classes)
Section 2: Nov 7, 14, 28, Dec 5, 12 (5 classes)
Cost for each section: $200 for members/$225 for non-members

From asana to ahava (love), tree pose to Torah, this unique class combines yoga, play, and Jewish concepts. Strengthen the bond between you and your infant, build growing muscles, improve digestion and sleeping patterns, and help your baby reach the next stage of development. Taught by acclaimed instructors from Karma Kids Yoga. All levels encouraged.


Shabbat and Play

(for children 4–12 months)

Fridays, 11:15 AM–12:00 PM
Section 1: Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2 (5 classes)
Section 2: Nov 9, 16, 30, Dec 7, 14 (5 classes)
Cost for each section: $200 for members/$225 for non-members

Sing, dance, and play your way into Shabbat! Using music, stories, hands-on playtime in our mini gym and weekly visits from our clergy, this class will introduce your baby to the joy and spirit of this special time of the week.


Wee Jam Sholom

(for children 4–18 months)

Thursdays, 10:30–11:15 AM
Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec 6, 13 (10 classes)
Cost: $400 for members/$450 for non-members

Thursday mornings rock with Wee Jam Sholom—a fun and interactive singalong with a Jewish twist led by acclaimed songleaders from Tkiya. Each session is packed with singing, dancing, stories, parachute play, bubbles, and more!


Art for Little Jewish Hands

(for children 16 months–2 years)

Tuesdays, 11:30 AM–12:15 PM
Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, 27, Dec 4 (10 classes)
Cost: $400 for members/$450 for non-members

Everyone is an artist! Toddlerhood is just the right age to get creative with Jewish-themed art projects in our new specially-designed art room. Explore and make a mess with paint, glue, crayons, watercolor, and more. Taught by a professional art teacher, this class includes weekly stories and songs.


PJ Library Drop-in Story Time

(for children 2 and under)

Thursdays, 11:30 AM–12:15 PM
Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec 6, 13 (10 classes)
Cost: Free; no registration necessary

PJ Library is known and loved for providing free Jewish children’s books to families across the world every month. Join us at this FREE weekly story time drop-in event, where we’ll read, sing songs, make friends—and begin a lifetime of loving books!
Build your family’s Jewish library each month with PJ Library, offering free high-quality Jewish books and music (6-months–8 years old). Sign up at

Kindergarten Jewish Adventures *for kids only!*

Thursdays, 3:45–4:45 PM
Bi-Monthly: Oct 4, 25, Nov 1, 15, Dec 6, 20 (6 sessions)
Cost: $150 for members/$250 for non-members

Exciting Jewish adventures through stories, cooking, art and yoga. Make friends, explore Jewish values and holidays, and have fun!


Parent/Child Jewish Adventures

(for 3–4-year-olds)

Thursdays, 4:45–5:45 PM
Bi-monthly: Oct 4, 25, Nov 1, 15, Dec 6, 20, Jan 10, 24, Feb 7, 28, Mar 14, Apr 4 (12 sessions)
Cost: $300 for members/$500 for non-members

Families become Jewish explorers through cooking, storytelling, movement/yoga, and art while discovering and sharing Jewish holidays, rituals, and values. Meet new friends in this after-school program. Open to 3- and 4-year-olds with parent.


Learning Together

Learning Together classes introduce children to the richness of a school setting. Each session children experience different classroom activities, including free choice, group time, and play in the mini gym. All classes incorporate celebrations of Jewish holidays and Friday classes celebrate Shabbat with a special visit from Rabbi Greg Weitzman. For more information, visit

12–18 Month-Olds

Wednesdays, 8:45–9:45 AM
Oct 3–Jan 23 (14 sessions)
Cost: $630 for members/$730 for non-members

Fridays, 10:30–11:30 AM
Oct 5–Jan 25 (14 sessions)
Cost: $630 for members/$730 for non-members

One additional section is available this spring:

Fridays, 11:15 AM–12:15 PM
Feb 1–May 31 (15 sessions)
Cost: $675 for members/$775 for non-members

16–24 Month-Olds

Mondays, 8:45–9:45 AM
Oct 15–Jan 14 (12 sessions)
Cost: $540 for members/ $640 for non-members

Fridays: 8:45–9:45 AM
Oct 5–Jan 25 (14 sessions)
Cost: $630 for members/$730 for non-members


Fridays: 9:00–10:00 AM
Oct 5–Jan 25 (14 sessions)
Cost: $630 for members/$730 for non-members


Learning Together sessions continue in the spring with classes beginning the week of January 28.

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For the Grownups

Birth, Rituals, and Creating Holiness in the Delivery Room

Thursday, Dec 6, 7:00PM
Cost: FREE

How do you make the delivery room a space of wholeness and holiness? Rabbi Greg Weitzman and Dr. Helen Towers Weiss, MD, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), will share a wide range of ceremonial practices to take you from birth to bris to baby naming.

Jewish Parenthood

Tuesday, Jun 11 at 7:00 PM
Cost: FREE

Holy Jewish texts often highlight the negative and challenging aspects of parenthood—things like favoritism, sacrifice, or fighting. But reading between the lines yields much more wisdom. After all, we’ve been at this for millennia, and may have learned a thing or two! Using humor, Talmudic insight, and some old-fashioned common sense, Rabbi Greg Weitzman talks Jewish parenthood—and all that comes with it.

New Moms Group

Tuesdays, 1:00–2:30 PM
Oct 9–Nov 13 (6 sessions)
Cost: $150 for members/$180 for non-members

2019 dates TBA

Led by Rabbi Juliana Karol with Hannah Lavan, LMSW, this group meets weekly to discuss what is relevant to you—recovery from childbirth, bottle and breastfeeding, and the anxieties and pleasures of these early days. Our conversation is grounded in Jewish values, but is open to all. Bring your newborn (0–16 weeks) and enjoy a nosh, some social time and a safe space to discuss new motherhood. Let’s navigate this journey together.


New Dads Drop-in Get Togethers

(6 weeks–18 months)

Saturdays, 12:30 PM
Oct 13, Dec 8, Mar 16, May 11
Cost: FREE

While your baby gurgles, naps, and cries (we understand!) here’s your chance to share a casual Shabbat brunch and conversation with Rabbi Greg Weitzman and other new dads and their babies.

RSS Admissions Open House

2s, 3s Pre-K/K and Up: Tuesday, Oct 30th at 6:30 PM

RSVP at To set up a school tour, please call the Office of Admissions at 646-438-8600.

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Holiday Celebrations

What’s a holiday without music, friends, and fun? Rodeph Sholom celebrates Jewish holidays with crafts, snacks, and activities guaranteed to make you smile! Come to one, come to some, come to all.

Ages 0–5, except where otherwise noted


Harvest Festival
Sunday, Sep 23
4:00–4:45 PM (0–3 years)
4:45–6:00 PM (Ages 3+)


Artist-Led Make your Own Menorah Project
Tuesday, Nov 27, 4:30–6:00 PM

Family Chanukah Party with Dreidels, Latkes, and More!
Sunday, Dec 2, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM

Tu B’Shevat

Nature-Themed Seder
Thursday, Jan 17, 4:30–6:00 PM


PJ Havdalah and Hamantaschen Making
Saturday, Mar 9, 4:30–6:00 PM

Congregational Celebration
Wednesday, Mar 20

Megillah for Littles
4:30–5:15 PM (0–5 years)

Shpiel and Carnival
5:30–7:00 PM (ages 5+)


Grandparents Seder Plate Project
Thursday, Apr 11, 4:30–6:00 PM

Chocolate Seder
Thursday, Apr 18, 4:30–6:00 PM

Yom HaAtzmaut

(Pretend) Trip to Israel
Thursday, May 9, 4:30–6:00 PM


Ice Cream Celebration
Thursday, Jun 6, 4:30–6:00 PM

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For Children Ages 6 & Up

For those families with children 6+, we also offer:

Shir Chadash

(All Ages)

2nd Friday of the month, 6:00 PM
Nov 9–Jun 14

(December Shir Chadash is December 7 to coincide with our congregational Chanukah Latke Party.)

A lively, musical, song-filled service led by our wonderful cantors and clergy alongside our outstanding instrumentalists on keyboard, wind instruments and drums.

Junior Congregation

(6–13 years old)

1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 10:00–11:00 AM
Begins October 6th

Our clergy, a song leader, and your kids will rock through a Shabbat service that’s fun (and meaningful) for the whole family. Children lead prayers, chant Torah, and find their own voice in the Rodeph Sholom community; parents kvell, pray, chant, and sing.

The Children’s Choir

(2nd-6th grade)

Rehearsals Monday at 6:00 PM (Except Holidays)
Oct 15–May 20

The Children’s Choir sings during the year at services and special concerts throughout NYC. For more information, contact Cantor Rebecca Garfein at

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