ALBANY–B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany will continue its monthly “Tot Shabbat” with a program on Friday, Dec. 14, and has announced plans to continue the program through 2019. Held the second Friday of each month, each Tot Shabbat features songs, dancing, a story from a “PJ Library” book and basic prayers for children age 5 and under. The half-hour service at 5:30 p.m. is preceded by an informal reception at 5 p.m. with food and drink and an opportunity for tots and parents to socialize. Rabbi Donald P. Cashman will continue to lead most of the services, with assistance from congregants and lay leaders. B’nai Sholom is located at 420 Whitehall Rd., Albany.
The congregation began its Tot Shabbat program in the summer of 2018 at the suggestion of a congregant who was eager for a program that would benefit her twin daughters.
Each service features a story read from a PJ Library book. tThe Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library sends thousands of books free to Jewish children in the U.S. and Canada each month. Interested Jewish families simply sign up to receive an age-appropriate book for each child between 6 months and 8 years of age. In the Capital Region, PJ Library partners with, and is run by the United Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York.
Dates for 2019 are: Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, Aug. 19, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, and Dec. 13
A new dues structure put in place by B’nai Sholom earlier this year to help draw more young families to the congregation. The congregation has reduced its dues for younger and first-time members. Families and individuals age 35 and under may join for free. Beginning at age 36, a member’s dues obligation will increase 20 percent each year until the congregant owes the full dues amount at age 40. Membership for new congregants of any age is free for the first year.
Details are available at www.bnaisholomalbany.org, or by contacting the B’nai Sholom office at 518-482-5283 or email@example.com.