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Shabbat Morning Children's Groups

Shabbat Morning Children's Groups

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At Lubavitch Chabad of Skokie, we are committed to providing a meaningful Shabbat experience for all our congregants, including children. Our Shabbat Kid’s Club is designed to make shul-going enjoyable for parents and kids alike.

Our Kids Room is outfitted with a broad array of games, toys and books geared to all ages and interests.

We use the exclusive kid-tested and educator-approved CKIDS curriculum! Every Shabbat, the counselors bring in colorful and exciting games, activities, and songs. Our group leaders are prepared to engage the kids in relevant ways and with fresh and exciting well-designed material each week.

The Shabbat morning schedule begins with directed “free” play. Children are encouraged to connect with each other across all age ranges. This mixed environment allows them to develop relationships with their shul friends in a family-like manner, and everyone learns and benefits from each other’s' company. Children then separate into groups by age. Each group’s programming is carefully planned to engage children at their level of interest. After group time, there is more free play.

We are sure that your children will love joining in with our many fun activities. Please support and encourage them to join their groups, or to accompany you into shul, so they are not drifting around the building unattended.

The schedule/locations of groups are listed below. Please note that your children are welcome and encouraged to join you in Shul and davening at any time.

9:00-10:30

All Ages in Kids Room

Our kids’ room is supplied with a great selection of games, toys, and books to suit a range of ages. Our warm staff ensures that children are engaged and happy. We supervise the transition of the kids to their respective rooms when group time begins. If your family’s Shabbat morning pace is more leisurely, and your child is not at shul by 10:30 when all of the kids are brought to their rooms, you may take your child to his or her respective room by yourself. Please respect the decorum of the classroom and knock on the door, and make sure the teacher is aware that you are dropping off your child, and able to incorporate him/her into the activities
10:30 – 11:30
Ages 0 –Nursery/Pre-K

Located in the Kids’ Room

“Tot Shabbat”: This group, led by acclaimed childhood expert Mrs. Zeesy Posner, is a warm, gentle environment where younger children enjoy age-appropriate davening, songs, stories and activities. Healthy snacks are served. Children can attend with or without parents, as necessary. Children choose prizes once a month on Prize Week.
10:30 – 11:30
Kindergarten
Located at 4049 Dempster Street
(entrance off the alley)

This group, led by trained group leaders, is a fun environment where children enjoy age-appropriate davening, songs, stories, and games and activities from the CKIDS curriculum. Healthy snacks are served. Children choose prizes once a month on Prize Week.

10:30 – 11:30
Boys Grades 1 - 5
Located at 4049 Dempster Street,
(entrance off the alley)
Children in this group enjoy fun and activities based on the CKIDS curriculum, which has the weekly Torah portion embedded in the games. This older boys in this group join the congregation for Musaf, at which time the younger boys daven with their group. The children earn prize tokens for arrival at 10:30, for davening, and for general participation and behavior. Tokens are redeemed once a month on Prize Week.
10:30 – 11:30
Girls Grades 1 - 5
Located in the Kiddush Room
Children in this group enjoy fun and activities based on the CKIDS curriculum, which has the weekly Torah portion embedded in the games. This older girls in this group join the congregation for Musaf, at which time the younger girls daven with their group. The children earn prize tokens for arrival at 10:30, for davening, and for general participation and behavior. Tokens are redeemed once a month on Prize Week.
Boys & Girls 6th grade and up Boys and girls 6th grade and up are expected to participate in davening as adults. This is meant to complement the education given by the girls’ parents and to facilitate a smooth transition into the Bar/Bat Mitzvah and adult stage of Shul participation.
11:30-1:30 All Ages in the kids' room
Supervised play in kids’ room

Remember to check up on your child at regular intervals during davening and kiddush time, so that they know and understand that you care about their location, well-being, and general decorum.

There is no charge for children to participate but there are significant costs. We would very much appreciate your contributions earmarked especially towards helping to cover the costs of the Children’s programming. Please click here and check off “Shabbat Children's Room Program.”

Mrs. Zeesy Posner is the interim director of the Shabbat Morning children’s program, and responsible for hiring and overseeing the teachers. If you have any suggestions, comments or questions regarding this, please feel free to contact her at 847 677 1770 x 1.

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