Children and Families

Temple Beth Israel welcomes families. We engage people of all ages in our Shabbat and holiday observance and provide children’s programming.

Led by Aki Yonekawa, our monthly children’s service includes singing, storytelling and movement and provides an opportunity to meet other families in the greater Waltham area.  Children join the main service for Adon Olam, and the congregation then enjoys kiddush, challah and a light lunch.  While program is geared for children ages 2-7, all ages are welcome.

Temple Beth Israel provides babysitting every Shabbat from 10 a.m to Noon.  We have a large, carpeted playroom downstairs with a variety of books, toys and games and sufficient space for both quiet and active play.  Children are also joyfully welcome in the main service and often move between the playroom and services.

We prepare children of all abilities for Bar and Bat Mitzvah and look forward to welcoming them to the bima on this important day in their lives, and we encourage the continued participation in services after they complete this milestone.

Questions about children’s programming? Contact the TBI office at 781 894 5146 or

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