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Young Families of Alexandria/Arlington

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Join us for our Young Families Shabbat Experience!

   We know that all families have different rhythms and routines, so we wanted to offer you several different ways to celebrate Shabbat with your friends at Agudas Achim. As always, ALL families are welcome, regardless of synagogue membership or affiliation.  
Shabbat Picnic Dinner & Playground playdate
Friday, June 23 | 5 p.m.
Join other Young Families for a playground playdate and Shabbat Picnic dinner on the Agudas Achim playground. We'll welcome in Shabbat with some grape juice and challah and enjoy our own picnic dinners (please remember: no meat, poultry, or shellfish). Morah Jen will serve up some frozen treats for dessert.    This event is weather-dependent.

- Find songs, blessings and readings in this benscher/Shabbat booklet
- Watch this video to learn songs and blessings with Hazzan Elisheva Dienstfrey and Rabbi Steven Rein   
Shabbat Family Jam
April 22, 29; May 13, 20| 11 a.m.
   Unless it's a federal holiday weekend or school vacation, families with children birth to age 5 are invited to join Morah Ariel for a Rhythm N' Ruach family Shabbat service. Outdoors if possible; indoors if necessary.
   Bring a snack to enjoy after the program. All are welcome on the playground after the program.
Resource: Feel free to print this family-friendly siddur for your personal use.
Gan Shabbat 
May 6 | 11 a.m.
Join Morah Jen for the first Shabbat of every month at 11 a.m. for Gan Shabbat.
   We'll sing some songs and prayers and learn a Torah story. We'll enjoy some challah and grape juice and time with our friends. Bring lunch and stay and play on the playground after the service. We'll meet outdoors when possible, indoors when necessary.
Havdalah Resources
Young Families Havdalah
Check back later for future dates!
Don your warmest, coziest pajamas and join Morah Jen and other Young Families to bid farewell to Shabbat. We'll gather around the firepit to make s'mores, sing some songs, tell a fun story or two, and make new friends as we welcome in a brand new week.
Learn more about Havdalah and download a blessings booklet. (Flip on the short side if printing double sided.)
   Learn the Havdalah songs and blessings along with Hazzan Elisheva Dienstfrey:
Sat, June 3 2023 14 Sivan 5783