As a new mother, Lynne found herself longing to connect with other new parents—and with her Jewish community. She was able to blend her love of parenting with her passion for Jewish communal work by becoming the outreach coordinator of Temple Ner Tamid’s and Temple Beth Shalom’s North Shore Jewish Families with Young Children programs. Funded by CJP, this new collaboration helps hundreds of families engage in and explore Jewish life together.
“One of the first things I did as outreach coordinator was to start a Bagels and Babies meet-up on the weekends,” says Lynne. “We wanted to be sensitive to families’ busy schedules and offer low-key ways to become involved and meet one another. Parents want to connect with one another and find Jewish meaning and a sense of belonging. We plan so many different types of programs—everyone can get involved!”
CJP provides funding for fun ‘Tot Shabbats’ and other informal family programs.
North Shore Jewish Families also offers Tot Shabbats, holiday programs, Campfire Havdalahs, Shabbat Sing-Alongs and more. It’s just one of the many ways CJP engages families in Jewish life. Last year, nearly 7,000 people throughout Greater Boston participated in our Families with Young Children programs. CJP’s Family Connections e-newsletter list now includes 4,500 subscribers, many of whom also attend our family programming.
“Participants tell us all the time how much they love these programs and enjoy meeting other Jewish families. A few families who attended the Tot Shabbats are now getting together regularly. And one parent recently told me that she had to drag her husband to the Tot Shabbat at first, but now he can't stop talking about how great it is!”