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Family and Informal Programs

Beth Ahabah is continually developing fun ways for families to be together. We want the Temple to be a home for families to make friends with each other and strive to actively involve the entire family in deepening their Jewish experience. Some of our programs cater to adults, with the intention of building bonds among Beth Ahabah parents.


Gesher Program

Gesher is the Hebrew word for “bridge” or “connection.” Adults meet on assigned Sundays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Goldburg Auditorium, study first with Rabbi Beifield and then join their children for a meaningful family education experience. Classes are open to all adults.

The Family Connection Chavurah

Groups of families celebrate Shabbat in each other’s homes, ideally sharing a meal together. It is an informal and relaxing way to observe Shabbat and develop a connection to a small group of families. Most groups consist of four to six families, where each family hosts the group once during the year. Groups also may choose to get together for additional social events outside of the home. If you are interested in participating or forming a group, please contact Joel Silverman.

Parent Socials

Parents from each grade get together for brunch in the Joel House one Sunday during the academic year. It’s a time to socialize and connect with other parents from your child’s class. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share; we provide orange juice and coffee.

Sunday, October 30th: 7th Grade

Sunday, November 6th: 5th-6th Grade

Sunday, December 4th: K-2nd Grade

Sunday, February 5th: 3rd-4th Grade

Tot Shabbat

A Saturday morning Shabbat celebration for young children and their families (newborn-young elementary students) is scheduled once a month during the academic year. The morning begins with a musical interactive service in the Gumenick Chapel, followed by a snack and activities in the Joel House.

Saturday, October 29th

Saturday, November 19th

Saturday, December, 17th

Saturday, January 21st

Saturday, February 25th

Saturday, March 25th

Saturday, April 22nd

Saturday, May 27th

Sunday Morning Yoga

Sunday Morning Yoga is returning in the fall of 2016. It will be offered at 9:30am on:

Sunday, September 18th

Sunday, September 25th

Sunday, November 13th

Sunday, November 20th

Congregational Picnic

Beth Ahabah celebrates the first day of religious school with an annual picnic, starting at noon at Deep Run Park. The Brotherhood grills lunch for the congregation, and we have face painting, snow cones and contests for the whole family.

Holiday Family Events

Throughout the year, Beth Ahabah hosts family celebrations for Sukkot, Chanukah, Tu B’shevat, Purim and Passover. Check the congregational calendar here for days and times of these events.

Mitzvah Day

This is an opportunity for the entire family to participate in good deeds that benefit many groups in our community, usually held the beginning of May.

Other Family Programs

Events throughout the year include Shabbat in the Park, Havdallah programs, interfaith programs and many more. Check the congregational calendar here for days and times of these events.


Photos: Sara Jane Longstaff (Girlfriends), Peter Heyman (CBA Picnic)

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