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High Holiday Youth Services Frequently Asked Questions

 
Are children allowed in the sanctuary during High Holiday services?  
Yes.  Rodeph Sholom is a community for people of all ages.  Children are always welcomed at all services.  We don't mind if there is chatter from time to time and a crying baby reminds us of our future generations finding their home.  It is important to remember that services are not a performance and so talking is not forbidden.  Participation is the goal.
 
I'm interested in Babysitting but need to know the following information:
Who are the babysitters?
We hire teachers from the JCC preschool staff and other adult sitters.
Where are the kids during babysitting?
They are in classrooms in the Irving Cohen Center (JCC).  They will also spend time on the playground, so please dress them accordingly.
Will the kids be in mixed aged groups during babysitting?
We have three classrooms in which we divide the kids by age.
Will snacks/food be provided?
Yes!!!
How do I reserve babysitting?
To make reservations for babysitting click here.
How much does it cost?
The cost is $15 per child per day.
 
If my children are in babysitting, am I expected to go to the youth services which start at 10:00 a.m.? 
It is not required, but it is recommended. We do not think of our youth services as "Youth Services" so much as we think of them as family services.  Judaism is a lifelong conversation with God and that conversation is best conducted when we are surrounded by those we love the most (our families).
 
My children usually eat lunch by 12 p.m.  Should I pack a lunch?
Snacks are provided on all days, however, if you prefer, you can pack a dairy lunch for your child to enjoy at lunch time.
 
If I want to be with my children during the entire High Holiday services what do you recommend? 
You should plan on coming to shul at 10:00 a.m. for the Family Services located at the Irving Cohen (JCC preschool) for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  The rooms will be broken out by age groups and there will be staff on site to direct you to the correct room.  Family services are planned to last one hour.  We will be bringing the children and families into the sanctuary at around 11:10 a.m. to be part of the Shofar Service, children love to see and hear it and we want them to be included in our celebration.  After that, you can either stay in services (the Rabbi's sermon comes pretty soon after that) or you can take them back to babysitting and rejoin the main service.
 
Is there special seating inside the sanctuary for members who want to participate with children? 
There are no "special seats" for young families.  Rabbi Hearshen encourages people of all ages to be involved in services and our community enjoys seeing and hearing them as well.  You might be more comfortable in the back portion of the Social Hall because it will be closer to bathrooms and doors if your child needs a break.
 
What is the Tashlich service and is it something appropriate for children?  What time is it estimated to begin? 
Tashlich is one of the most enjoyable parts of the day for the kids.  Rabbi Hearshen has created an interactive service for all members of our community to enjoy.  During Tashlich we "throw away" our sins by tossing bread crumbs into the water.  But we do something more here.  In the week before Rosh Hashanah you will be receiving an envelope in the mail with a letter and some dissolvable paper for your children to write their "misdeeds" on and then at Tashlich they can watch their "misdeeds" disappear.  We estimate that it will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, September 10th (The first day of Rosh Hashanah).
 
Are High Holiday services open to anyone in the community?
Tickets to our High Holiday services are one of the perks of being a member of Rodeph Sholom.  Please contact the office if you are interested in making us your spiritual home.  If you would like to purchase tickets click here.  Erev Rosh Hashanah Youth Service, Second Day of Rosh Hashanah and the Yizkor Service on Yom Kippur are open to the entire community.
 
Will there be special parts of the main services for children and families?
Every year on Erev Rosh Hashanah (this year on Sunday, September 9th) at our congregational services, which will be at 6:30 p.m., we invite all children under 18 years of age up to the bimah to be blessed.  We hope you will consider joining us for this beautiful experience.
 
Where is the Erev Rosh Hashanah Sunday, September 9th Young Family Service (geared towards Second Grade and Under) being held and what time?
5:30 p.m. in the Chapel inside the main synagogue building.
 
Is it open to the community or do you need tickets?  It is open to the entire community, no tickets are necessary.
 
When will the rabbi be speaking?
Services are organic and so we cannot guarantee that timing will ever be exact.  With that said here are the estimated times of Rabbi Hearshen's sermons for the holidays:
Rosh Hashanah (Both Days) - 11:30 a.m.
Kol Nidre - 7:30 p.m.
Yom Kippur - 12:00 p.m.
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 
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