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High Holiday Youth Programs and Family Services (2023/5784)

In-Person Family Services

Join us for a musical, interactive, playful, and spiritual service, in person at SAJ in the Social Hall.
When you register, you will be able to sign up for specific services:

  • Families – meaning parent/s with babies, or youth up through 2nd grade, on both Rosh Hashanah Day and Yom Kippur Day.
    Families – meaning parent/s with youth in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grade, on both Rosh Hashanah Day and Yom Kippur Day.
    7th-12th graders are also welcome and could be involved in honorary roles.

If you have a family that spans many grades, please choose whichever experience is right for you. Contact Debra Fricano with any questions.




For any of the “Chaperoned Youth Programs” parents who will remain in the SAJ building are welcome to leave their child (Kindergarten through 12th grade) with our complementary child care and holiday themed activities. This includes: Rosh Hashanah Evening, Rosh Hashanah Morning after the family services, Rosh Hashanah 2nd day, Yom Kippur Evening/Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur Morning after the family services, and Yom Kippur afternoon leading into Neilah.

New this year:

*Change as of 9/5* 7th-8th Graders are welcome in the evening Teen experiences, and in either the Family Services or the main Sanctuary services. 
The Chaperoned Youth Program during the day will also include (after 11am), board games, craft projects, and half hour slots for an Escape the Room!.

Beginning at noon, parents who leave their children in the Chaperoned Youth Program may fill in any available seats in the Sanctuary or Balcony – registration is not required!




T(w)eens in *7th,* 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade are invited to a T(w)een-only experience in the Social Hall on Erev Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre/Erev Yom Kippur. This programming loosely inspired by services and themes of the holy-days, will be a reflective, and interactive social experience.

T(w)eens are also invited to a chaperoned Teen Lounge throughout the morning services.




  • Tashlich and Picnic at the Boat Basin.
  • Pre Kol Nidre walk around the Reservoir.
  • Yom Kippur afternoon Parents Only Conversation led by the Mental Health and Resilience Task Force.
  • Havdallah with Shofar sounding before break-fast.




Registering for Family Services and childcare will give you access to all of the SAJ online links, including meditation programs, and streaming of the multi-access Sanctuary services.


Each service will be at capacity at 150 participants. We will infer adult attendance at specific services based on the youth signups.
We appreciate donations of any amount, proportional to the amount of programs you participate in.

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