Children's Programming

Malkhut's Youth Institute for Spirituality and Action

Mission: We aim to provide a safe and engaging space for the youngest members of our community to explore their multifaceted Jewish identities and connection to social justice. By hosting this programming on Saturday mornings, we envision the growth of a beloved and intergenerational Shabbat community, and the fostering of a spiritual practice of prayer, mindfulness, and social action.

We are devoted to exploring the diversity and plurality of what it means to be Jewish, and aim to do so through creating an inclusive and collaborative space. Payment plan options are available in order to make our educational offerings as accessible as possible.

Ages: The Youth Institute encompasses all of Malkhut's children's programming. Infants to Pre-K children can attend our Malkhut & Me program. Kindergarteners and 1st graders are part of our Shtilim or "Saplings" group. 2nd and 3rd graders are part of our Anafim or "Branches" group. 4th and 5th graders are part of our Mekhinim or "Preparers" group. And 6th graders and up are part of our Olim or "Going Up" BMitzvah program.

Educational Resources: Whether you join us for our monthly programming, intergenerational holiday programs, or are brand new to our community, we have free resources for you to take advantage of from the comfort of your own home!

Malkhut & Me

Join us to sing, celebrate Shabbat, and make new friends. Malkhut & Me is our monthly program for kids from birth through pre-K along with their grownups. It meets on the first Saturday of every month. Madricheh Stephen Figurasmith will lead an interactive musical session to help families celebrate Shabbat together.

Ages: Infants to Pre-K and their grownups
Dates: October 2, November 6, December 4, January 15, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Capacity is limited. A "Class Pass" for the entire season of Malkhut & Me guarantees your family a spot. A "Class Pass" is $50 for Malkhut Partners and $100 for everyone else. Register HERE

Shtilim, Anafim, Mekhinim Saplings, Branches, Preparers

Students will be separated into age-appropriate groups with a highly trained madricheh or educational guide. During their twice-monthly sessions, they will experience prayer, music, and mindfulness, while learning about Jewish holidays, Jewish values, the diversity of Jewish experience, and Jewish commitment to social justice.

Ages: Kindergarten - 5th Grade; At least one adult is required to attend Shabbat Morning Services
Dates: October 16, November 6 & 20, December 4 & 18, January 15, February 5, March 5 & 19, April 2, May 7 & 21, June 4 & 18
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Olim - A Group BMitzvah Experience

Olim means "going up." The Olim program provides a community-centered BMitzvah journey for Malkhut’s teen and tween members, instilling confidence in their multicultural and multiracial Jewish identities and experiences, and integrating them into our adult spiritual community with their parents and guardians. This journey includes prayer & mindfulness, Torah study, prayer book Hebrew and trope learning, social justice work, a weekday activism trip to Albany, and family retreats. Our first cohort will be beginning Olim in Fall 2021, with an expected culmination group BMitzvah celebration in Spring 2023.

Ages: 6th grade and up; Students will start Olim in their 6th or 7th grade year, and complete the program in 7th or 8th grade; Wiggle room will be given to slightly older students who have yet to experience a BMitzvah.

Shabbat Morning Schedule
Dates: October 16, November 6 & 20, December 4 & 18, January 15, February 5, March 5 & 19, April 2, May 7 & 21, June 4 & 18
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
*At least one adult is required to attend Shabbat Morning Services with their child.

Prayer Book Hebrew Schedule
Dates: Wednesdays, October 20, 27*, November 3, 10, 17*, December 1, 8, 15, 22*, January 5, 12, 19, 26*, February 2, 9, 16*, March 2, 9, 23*, 30, April 6, 13, 27*, May 4, 11, 18, 25*, June 1, 8, 15*
Time: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
*Prayer Book Hebrew + Social Justice: 5:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Holiday Programming

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