Jewish Life in Your Family Life

Bring your family together with fun activities anchored in Jewish values and join a community of families seeking to build a more compassionate world starting at home. For families of children in grades K-3, Jewish Life in Your Family Life provides structured activities for children and their grown-ups to join together. From art projects to science experiments, cooking demos to movement activities, Jewish Life in Your Family Life offers a chance for the whole family to try something new, have fun, and make memories together.

Each month, live virtual experiences focus on a theme or a character trait (middah) supporting compassionate growth.

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December Middah: Be the Shamash - Shine Your Light

Live Activities

December: Be The Shamash/Shine Your Light

The shamash is the helper candle used to light all the other candles on the hanukkiyahhanukkiyahחֲנֻכִּיָּהNine-branched candelabra used during Hanukkah – eight branches for each night of the holiday, plus another branch (often taller, central, or more prominently displayed) for the shamash (helper) candle, which is used to light the others. It spreads its light to others, steadily growing each night to push back the darkness. This month, let your inner light shine and be the shamash that kindles light in others. 

Shabbat ShaMorning Saturdays at 11am ET

Shabbat ShaMorning with ShirLaLa and Ellen Allard

Every Saturday
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT 

Join Shira Kline (aka ShirLaLa) and Ellen Allard on Saturday mornings for 30 minutes of song, dance, and love for families with young children. Tune in with your little ones for heartwarming time together and a weekly pause for collective joy. Enjoy from your kitchen table or high chair, dance around the living room or backyard. All are welcome to join us in the expansive garden of Shabbat. Brought to you in partnership with Lab/Shul and Ellen Allard.

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Hanukkah Celebration with ShirLaLa

Sunday, December 13
Choose the start time that works for your family!
4:00 PM Eastern, 4:00 PM Central, 4:00 PM Pacific

“This Little Light” is a 36 minute Hanukkah experience for families with young children. Join ShirLaLa for music, movement, story and art to spread the light of Hanukkah in your family and in our world.

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Hanukkah Fest with URJ Camps

Monday, December 14
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT 

Join URJ Camps Eisner, Crane Lake, 6 Points Sports Academy, 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy East, and 6 Points Creative Arts Academy for an evening of Hanukkah fun! Together we will light the Hanukkiah and sing songs. Participants will have the opportunity to choose two activities themed around the Festival of Lights.

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More Experiences

New virtual experiences are being added all the time! For the current schedule of activities, sign up for RJ on the Go.

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Hanukkah Candle light by Steven M. Isenberg, Temple Emanuel, Lowell, MA

Help Young Children Embrace the Spirit of Hanukkah

Watching these videos creates space for you and your children to talk about how to embrace the spirit of Hanukkah, inspired by our Jewish values.

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8 Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah That Don't Involve Gifts

My kids and I don't need any more stuff. Our family will exchange presents, but it will be a small piece of the Hanukkah memories we make together.