Youth & Family
Programs for members from birth to 22 years old
During the physical shutdown necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to offer a variety of virtual programs that facilitate Jewish experiences and inspire families, from all backgrounds, to seek out and create their own points of Jewish connection, both individually and as a family unit.
For Central Members
A Family Affair (Elementary School Family Seder)
Saturday, March 27, 5:00 pm
Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal and Jeremy Sipe will lead families with kids in grades K-6 for a seder where we will sing, celebrate, and hit all the seder highlights. We will have about an hour long seder, and then we will let you go to eat dinner with your household or other friends over zoom. Who will find the afikomen? Can we find the youngest child to ask the four questions, even over Zoom? Why is this night different from all other nights? Find out all this and more as we celebrate Passover at a seder unlike any other.
Saturday, March 27, 4:30 pm
Join Shira Kobren Wasserman and Rabbi Dan Ross for a bite-size seder perfect for families with kids ages 5 and under. We will hit all the highlights, sing your favorite songs, and find the afikoman in an hour or less and then send families off to have dinner. Grandparents and other special guests are welcome to join this seder too -please make sure to register for them as well.
The Amazing Race
Sunday, March 21, 2021, 3:00—4:45 pm
Two different 45 minute sessions for varying age groups
Children in grades 3 and up are invited to join Central’s YFE department for a virtual, Passover-themed scavenger hunt. The Amazing Race will have you searching for pyramids, chametz (bread), and even some of the 10 Plagues through the Goosechase app, which needs to be downloaded ahead of time. A second device is needed for Zoom so we can all scavenge together.
REGISTER FOR GRADES 3 & 4
Crowd-Sourced Family Haggadah
Submissions due by Friday, March 12
This year, more than ever, we feel grateful for our close Central Community. At this unprecedented time, let’s come together to create a Haggadah to mark this time and deepen our experience of Passover through each other’s ideas, artwork, and family traditions. This Haggadah will be available on Central’s website as a public resource for family seders. In order to do so, we hope that you will contribute by submitting.
Click here to see more details on the Family Haggadah and what you can submit. Please send all submissions to [email protected].
April 8–April 16, 2021
Be a part of the UJA’s social media challenge and share a photo of your tasty matzah creation (think matzah avocado toast, matzah pizza, etc.), and make sure to include “#MatzahChallenge” in your post. Each hashtagged post on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok will be matched with an $18 donation to UJA. Post as many times as you’d like and nominate friends to partake in the challenge.
Rock Havdalah With Shira & Friends
Rock along with Shira Kobren and her band “Shira & Friends” as they lead a special “Rock Havdalah,” live from our Sanctuary.
Lese Center for Living Judaism (LCLJ)
Check out the Full House-themed music video introducing this year’s staff.
May Family Nursery School
Central Synagogue’s community for families with children from birth–2 years old continues to run some programs virtually. Registered families should check their inboxes for more information and non-members can check back on this page for those being offered to the public.
Please also note that Central Tots registration is currently open for Fall 2020! You can find registration information here.
Youth & Family Highlights
See for yourself the incredible impact music has on the littlest members of our community.