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Family Programming

We offer a myriad of opportunities for the whole family (including the grandparents!) to make the most of the PJTC community. 

Sing Along Shabbat Services | Family-Friendly Holiday Programming | Home Hospitality | Israel Trip | Jr. Congregation/On-Site Babysitting | Parent/Caregiver & Me Classes

SING ALONG SHABBAT SERVICES

Saturday Mornings at 10AM

Short, engaging Shabbat services for kids and their adults, followed by schmoozing and snacks on the preschool playground. Tentative 2022-2023 dates are: 10/15, 11/19, 12/10, 2/4, 3/4, 4/15, 6/10. For more information or your chance to host an oneg, contact Rabbi Aimee Gerace.

FAMILY FRIENDLY HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING 

Children are always welcome at our holiday celebrations and services, and here’s a list of gatherings designed with families in mind.

  • Rosh Hashanah outdoor family service & Tashlich at the LA Arboretum (9/27)
  • Yom Kippur outdoor family service (10/5)
  • Religious School & Young Family BYO Dinner in the PJTC Sukkah (10/11)
  • Simchat Torah Party with DJ and dancing (10/18)
  • Family Havdalah with free dinner and bounce houses (11/12)
  • Whitman Family Hanukkah Dinner (12/18)
  • Purim Carnival & Mishloach Manot Deliveries (3/5)
  • Purim Megillah Reading (3/7)
  • Passover Young Families 2nd Night Seder (4/6)
     

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​For more information, contact Melissa Levy.

HOME HOSPITALITY

PJTC members host potluck meals at their homes during Sukkot, Hanukkah, and the Counting of the Omer (the 7 weeks after Passover). Several are specifically for families with young children!

For more information, or to offer to host a dinner, contact Melissa Levy.

PJTC's Trip to Israel

We are headed to Israel for two weeks in June 2023, and we’ve got several intergenerational families joining us! Contact Cantor Ruth for more information.

JR. CONGREGATION/ON-SITE BABYSITTING

Sometimes making the most of a program means making sure the kids are supervised! For Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, PJTC offers Jr. Congregation for older youth and babysitting for little ones ages 2+. New this year, we are also offering morning babysitting on certain Jewish holidays when our on-site preschool is closed but PJTC is open for religious services (the first two days of Sukkot, Sh’mini Atzeret, Simchat Torah, and Shavuot). Free for PJTC members!

For more information, contact Rabbi Aimee Gerace.

PARENT/CAREGIVER & ME CLASSES

PJTC members are welcome to join PJTC member and Director of B’nai Simcha Community Preschool, Chana Blugrind, for Caregiver & Me and Parenting classes. Classes begin Summer 2022. Contact Chana Blugrind, MAEd, for more information. 

Infant Classes 
For our youngest community members and their caregivers. Pre-walkers are welcome at any age. Learn about the developmental stages in the first year of life, how we can build secure attachment, and best support our children’s overall development. Sing, play, and have a parenting discussion in every class.


Toddler Classes
For our community toddlers (12 months+ or have begun walking) and their caregivers. We continue exploring how to best support development, how to set clear expectations and boundaries with our children, and create an environment that will support and encourage overall development. Play, explore, sing, and have a parenting discussion in every class.

Sensory Classes
For toddlers ages 18 to 36 months and their caregivers. Explore various sensory activities, sing educational songs, and discuss the benefits of the activities we do.


Music Classes
Coming soon!

B’nai Simcha Jewish Community Preschool

Located on PJTC’s campus, B’nai Simcha offers a warm and nurturing program and is the only Jewish preschool in the west San Gabriel Valley.

PJ Library sends free Jewish children’s books to families across the world every month. 

Camp Gan Shalom 

The Jewish Federation’s summer camp for local youth and teens.

Fri, December 9 2022 15 Kislev 5783