Young Families

Young Families

Families with young children enjoy many vibrant, casual programs at Temple Israel.

Our programs focus on connecting to all things Jewish while having fun and making friends.

Toddler Playgroup

A perennial favorite for generations of congregants, our Toddler Playgroup is held weekly, usually while the Early Learning Center Preschool is in session. Parents and their children, ages newborn to 3, are welcome to enjoy age-appropriate activities.

Tot Shabbat

These services, held on occasional Saturday mornings, offer families with young children an opportunity to celebrate Shabbat with song and become familiar with our prayers. Following services the families enjoy a family-friendly kiddush.

PJ Library

Temple Israel participates in the PJ Library program, which gives free monthly subscriptions of age-appropriate Jewish books, music, and more to New Hampshire children ages 6 months to 8 years.

PJ Library also hosts events on the Seacoast for Jewish families with young children. For more information or to sign up for PJ Library, contact pjlibrary@jewishnh.org. The program is through the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire.

The Early Learning Center Preschool

The Early Learning Center (ELC) welcomes all children ages 2 years 9 months up to age 6 with joy! Our program is grounded in the richness of Jewish values that speak to our shared humanity. We highlight Jewish traditions and celebrations in the curriculum throughout the school year. We are Montessori inspired, with a clean modern classroom and on-site playground. 

Kitah Gan (Kindergarten, Religious School)

Religious School at Temple Israel begins with Kitah Gan or Kindergarten. Kitah Gan is held in our modern, colorful preschool room, where we offer fun lessons about Jewish holidays, the aleph-bet (Hebrew alphabet), Torah, Israel and more. Classes feature Jewish crafts, music, cooking, dance, storytelling and other age-appropriate activities to engage young learners. Kitah Gan students also participate in Sunday morning community services. Learn more about enrolling your child in Kitah Gan.