Looking for some quality family time with the kids on Shabbat morning? Our popular Shabbat Katan, led by Miss Vivian, is an energetic and fun service for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers—accompanied by an adult, of course. Everyone joins in for singing and dancing, then Miss Vivian will lead us in storytime and a craft project.
Snacks for the kids and coffee for parents are always on hand, and you are invited to join the full congregational Kiddush immediately following Katan.
The indoor playroom is open before AND after the service for some extra play time!
Our Katan community prides itself on being warm and welcoming. You do not need to be a synagogue member to attend!
Katan meets EVERY Saturday from 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM. Check the calendar for special program dates.
Have questions? See our Katan FAQs below.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You have questions about Katan? We have answers!
Q: What if I don't know anyone?
A: Our community is dedicated to ensure that each family feels welcome. There's plenty of time for the kids to bond over snacks and songs, while the adults are encouraged to get to know one another on Shabbat morning. Coffee is also available.
Q: What if I don't know Hebrew?
A: No problem. This service is structured to be accessible and easily followed by kids and adults. We promise, you'll pick up everything you need to know quickly.
Q: What if I am part of an interfaith family?
A: We actively welcome interfaith families at Oheb Shalom and Shabbat Katan. Families of all diverse and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to join us.
Q: Where do I go when I arrive?
A: Directional signs are generally posted on the ground level, but Katan is held downstairs in the Youth Lounge.
Q: What do I wear?
A: Parents should wear "Shabbat casual," while kids should be dressed comfortably.
Q: Do I stay with my children during Shabbat Katan?
A: Yes, this service is designed for parents and kids alike. We promise, you'll have fun.
Q: Can my children come with me to the main service upstairs?
A: Yes! Children and families are always welcome at the main service.
Q: Who would I sit with at the Kiddush?
A: You are welcome to sit anywhere, but there are tables set aside for children that also have high chairs and seats for adults.
Q: What kind of food is provided?
A: Snacks during Katan include fruit, crackers, and challah, with juice, water, and coffee. The Kiddush is a full lunch with plenty of options for all.