An enjoyable introduction to temple for children ages 7 and younger. Older siblings are welcome to attend and participate with their families. This monthly program takes place the first Friday of the month. The evening begins with a complimentary pizza and pasta dinner at 5:30 p.m. At 6:00 p.m. we gather for an age appropriate worship experience which includes singing, a story and an introduction to basic prayers. The evening concludes with a craft project and Oneg where young families can meet and mingle, and still get their children home for 7:30 p.m. bedtimes. .
Shabbat Family Service
This one-hour service beginning at 7:00 pm, is directed toward families with elementary school age children and includes music (both guitar and singing), a story and blessings for children celebrating birthdays during the month. Our Shir Energy children's choir adds fun and excitement to our service as well as special guest participants. Usually held the third Friday of the month. Check our calendar for exact dates.
Family Holiday Service
Fun celebrations occur year long with a variety of activities, services and programs to excite young families and young at heart. During Sukkot we decorate our Temple's Sukkah and then enjoy dinner and family services together. On Simchat Torah we dance with the Torah and consecrate our new Kindergarten through 2nd grader students. Chanukah is celebrated each year in a variety of exciting and fun ways from storytellers to music programs and sometimes a Chanukah Chinese dinner. Purim would not be complete without our famous Purim carnival and musical Purim spiel.
Board of Jewish Eduction Early Childhood Center
Temple Beth-El is home to the Board of Jewish Education Early Childhood Center's Northbrook location. The BJE have been providing and developing Jewish preschool education since 1972. Their educators are trained in both secular and Jewish early childhood education. They prepare your children to be successful for life...learners for life. Please go to their website, click here, for more information or contact Sharon Gross, onsite director, at
Every summer, Temple Beth-El offers a summer camp for pre-school children. It is a summer filled with water activities, art projects, drama, and both indoor and outdoor programs. Camp is available for children ages 2-5.Click here to view the 2014 brochure