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Youth and Families

Dorshei Friends and Family Program

Dorshei “Friends and Family” program offers celebratory, engaging, and educational opportunities for children, families, and friends of Dorshei Emet throughout the year. Our regular programs include Family Shabbat, Kabbalat Mishpaha, and holiday celebrations. We seek to build connections among our youngest members and Jewish life that addresses young and old alike.


First and third Saturdays of each month

Upcoming Dates

  • June 2, 2018
  • September 1, 2018
  • October 6, 2018
  • October 20, 2018
  • November 3, 2018
  • December 1, 2018
  • February 2, 2019

Twice monthly, families gather in our upstairs Children’s Activity Room for Family Shabbat. Families are encouraged to attend the first thirty minutes of the main sanctuary service from 10:00 am – 10:30 am.

10:30 am – Family Service

11:00 am – We explore Jewish values, mitzvot, Shabbat, upcoming holidays and the weekly Torah portion using interactive drama, stories, crafts, games and discussion.

11:45 pm – Family Kiddush and snacks

12:15 pm – We join with the congregation in the main sanctuary for the closing prayers.

To keep up to date on weekly activities, join our Facebook group here.

For more information or ideas, please contact Oria at or (514) 486-9400


The Children's Havurah 


The Children's Havurah program is a child-centred communal learning experience for children in kindergarten to grade 5 who are not attending Jewish day schools. Through a series of weekly Sunday morning classes from October to June led by Carmela Aigen, the Havurah helps your child feel part of a Jewish community that reflects your values and approach to Judaism. Hebrew language, Torah stories, Jewish holidays and values, Israeli culture and more are all part of the curriculum. The environment is warm, welcoming, creative, educational, and participatory, with an emphasis on building friendships. Attention is given to the varying needs and levels of the children in the program with a hands-on approach to learning. An educational assistant provides additional classroom support and expertise.


The Children's Havurah is funded in part by Federation CJA. The program is welcoming of all families with a Jewish connection, and leads fluidly into the Pre B'nei Mitzvah Program. Registration is open throughout the year for both members and non-members of the synagogue. 


10 -10;25  Welcome and Tora time                                      

Parents are more than welcome to stay in the class and take part in our learning of 

Parashat ha Shavua (the Torah portion of the week).

This is the time we also introduce Jewish concepts and values, so that the children can relate to it from their point of view.

10;25 – 10;35  ten minutes of Hebrew activities  for transition time. 

10;35 – 10;45 Snack and Brachot over the food.

10;45 – 11 Introduction to Hebrew reading and vocabulary. 

11 -11;30  Activities in 2 station 

         station 1; practice their reading(  individual  support).

         Station 2: Art work related to our Jewish, Torah themes

11;30 Shalom Le hitraot ( au revoir,goodbye) 





Join us for a warm, casual and musical Kabbalat Shabbat experience designed especially for families and welcoming of all. We will begin with an upbeat musical service, share a potluck Shabbat dinner and spend time with new friends and old. New member families are especially encouraged to attend. For the potluck, please bring a vegetarian dish to share, cut and ready to serve, to feed at least 10 people. Also please bring hallah, candlesticks, and Kiddush wine for your family, as we will do table blessings together before dinner.

The 2017 dates are: January 27, April 28, and our Friends & Family end of the year BBQ is scheduled for June 11.  See your weekly emails for more details.

Please RSVP to Cynthia Weinstein at



Family-Friendly Facilities

Children are welcome in all our services, and we pride ourselves on embracing family participation. Through attending services with their families, children learn about Shabbat and holidays, hear the sacred music of our tradition, and learn how to behave in a sanctuary setting. Please be sure your child always knows where you are, and help them to understand that the sanctuary is a sacred space.

The Toddler Room, on our second floor balcony overlooking the main sanctuary, is always open for infants and small children accompanied by an adult. Toys and games are available, and the room is equipped with audio feed from the sanctuary.

Changing tables are located in the washroom on the second floor, outside of the Children’s Activity Room, and in the men’s and women’s washrooms downstairs. If you are looking for a quiet place to nurse or feed your baby, feel free to use the Library, located on the second floor outside of the Toddler Room.

Sun, September 23 2018 14 Tishrei 5779