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High Holydays Family and Teen Programming 5782

Bring in the new year with Dorshei Tzedek! Join us for family and teen services led by a wonderful group of educators on the first and second day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur morning. 

All of our youth and family programming will take place outside. Masks are required for the duration of the program, with snack as the exception. During the snack break children will be physically distanced while eating.

Family services will take place outdoors whether adult services are happening in person or entirely virtually. In the case of inclement weather we will move all family services onto Zoom.

Child care* 

We will provide childcare after both the Shorashim (families with children 6 y/o and younger) and the Family Service (families with children 7-12 y/o), enabling parents to join the main service for the Torah service and Rabbi Toba’s talk. Childcare will include a hardy snack and activities connected with High Holyday themes. 

Rosh Hashanah childcare will include a shofar service and activity with Earnest. Yom Kippur childcare will include a hike for children in 4th grade and older with CDT educator Sarah Serrano. 

*Childcare plans are subject to change based on adult services. If adult services are entirely virtual, there will be no childcare after family outdoor services. 

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah Shorashim (Roots) Service - ages 6 and younger 
 

When: September 7th, 10:00-10:45am
Where: Under a shade structure in the Gann Academy Field (no livestream)
Who: Families with children ages 6 and younger

Families with children aged 2-6 are invited to celebrate the birthday of the world with fabulous songleader and experienced Jewish early childhood educator, Abbi Hirschfeld (see bio below)! We will celebrate the creation of the world and this new year with songs, stories, and movement. This service is for our youngest learners and their grownups! Invite your friends and family to join us as well! 

Rosh Hashanah Family Service 

When: September 7th, 10:00-11am
Where: Under a shade structure in the Gann Academy Garden + livestream
Who: Children ages 7-12 years old & their grown-ups

Join CDT Director of Congregation Learning, Earnest Vener, and member and educator Esther Kohn and her father Ammi Kohn for an interactive Rosh Hashanah celebration. There will be movement, song, stories, and opportunities to reflect on the new year. 

Register for the livestreamed webinar HERE.

Rosh Hashanah Teen Program for 8th Grade and Up

When: September 7th, 10:00-11:00am
Where: Gann Academy - exact location tbd
Who: Preteens/teens in 8th grade or older

Join CDT member and educator Ayelet Lipton to connect with other teens and explore how High Holyday themes connect to important issues in our society. 

Rosh Hashanah Day Two

Rosh Hashanah Day Two Nature Walk Service

When: September 8th, 10:00-11:30am
Where: The Cove at Auburndale Cove
Who: All Ages - this is a family friendly event

Join CDT Director of Congregation Learning, Earnest Vener, and CDT member and song leader Ora Gladstone for a Rosh Hashanah nature walk service. Rosh Hashanah celebrates the birthday of the world. We will gather at Auburndale Cove and celebrate the earth through prayer, movement, mindfulness, and community building.

Make sure to type in "The Cove" on West Pine St. in your GPS to get to the correct part of the park.

Please park in the parking lot on West Pine St. We will gather in the big field there. Please come prepared! Wear rain boots, with all this wet weather we should be prepared for puddles. Bug spray is also recommended

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur Shorashim (Roots) Service - ages 6 and younger 

When: September 16th, 10:00-10:45am
Where: Under a shade structure in the Gann Academy Field (no livestream)
Who: Families with children ages 6 and younger

Families with children aged 2-6 are invited to join fabulous songleader and experienced Jewish early childhood educator, Abbi Hirschfeld, for an interactive Yom Kippur experience! Families will explore the idea of being our best selves and shining our light in the new year. 

In case of rain, this program will be via Zoom. Please register HERE.

Yom Kippur Family Service 

When: September 16th, 10:00-11am
Where: Under a shade structure in the Gann Academy Garden + livestream
Who: Children ages 7-12 years old & their grown-ups

Join CDT Director of Congregation Learning, Earnest Vener, and member and educator Esther Kohn and her father Ammi Kohn for an interactive Yom Kippur Service. There will be movement, song, stories, and opportunities to reflect on Yom Kippur themes. 

Register for the livestream (webinar format) HERE.

Yom Kippur Teen Program for 8th Grade and Up

When: September 16th, 10:00-11:00am
Where: Gann Academy - exact location tbd
Who: Preteens/teens in 8th grade or older

Join CDT member and educator Ayelet Lipton to connect with other teens and explore how High Holyday themes connect to important issues in our society. 

High Holyday Leaders 5782

Abbi Hirschfeld recently moved from San Diego, California to Boston to earn her Master's in Social Work at Boston University. Wherever she goes, she finds ways to share her love of Jewish music. For the past fifteen years, Abbi has played her guitar and sung Jewish music with children and adults of all ages. She believes that music brings people together, creates an environment of joy, and helps create a deep and meaningful connection to Judaism. You can find her strumming her guitar on the floor with toddlers, celebrating Passover with seniors, and leading song-sessions on zoom. When she's not song-leading, you can find Abbi studying, teaching Hebrew school, and spending time with her cat, Birdie.

Esther Kohn has been an educator for over 35 years in a variety of settings including schools, museums, and community centers. A member of Congregation Dorshei Tzedek since 1999, she and (often) her father Ammi Kohn have been leading high holiday children’s services at CDT since 2014. Ammi relocated to the Boston area in 2018 from the mountain village of Crestone, Colorado where he created, directed, and performed in theater and storytelling projects. A former social services administrator, Ammi has taught environmental education with Nature’s Classroom and the National Park Service. Co-leading CDT’s children’s holiday services is one of Ammi and Esther’s favorite father/daughter collaborations (as well as hosting quarterly “Kohnhead Poetry Nights” for Hebrew Senior Life and travel adventures.)

Ora Gladstone

A member of CDT since (almost) it’s inception Ora is very active with Tikkun Olam initiatives and work related to recognizing and focusing on issues related to race and economic justice inequality.  She was the assistant director of the Hillel at Brandeis for over 2 decades and spent another decade heading up an interfaith dialogue at MIT while teaching music and employed as the music therapist for the Waltham Schools. Her fully grown up kids are “graduates" of CDT and the family as a whole splits it’s alliance with Boston Workers Circle. She is delighted to be using her music skills again these yamim noraim (days of awe) working with Earnest on the high holiday Family service.

Mon, September 27 2021 21 Tishrei 5782