BZBI, where you learn

Beyond the Classroom

Youth & Family Programs

There are many special Youth and Family programs throughout the year. Some of these programs include

Shabbat Dinners

All BZBI families are invited to join us for First Fridays, yummy catered Shabbat dinners and Friday night services that take place on the first Friday of every month during the year. Registration is required and up-to-date information can be found on the Events page of the BZBI website.

Coffee and Conversation

A great opportunity to socialize with fellow parents, engage in thought-provoking conversation with clergy, and nosh on pastries and coffee while children are downstairs learning. These take place on five Shabbat mornings throughout the year, while Hebrew School is in session.

Sleep Under / Parents Night Out

BZBI children in grades Second through Seventh are invited to spend a Saturday evening of fun at the synagogue, while parents spend some time together at a nearby restaurant.

Holiday Programs

Members of all ages come together to celebrate holidays with special meals and fun programs throughout the year. 

USY and Kadima Youth Group

Kadima (5th-7th grade) and USY (8th grade – high school) offer kids and teens at BZBI an opportunity to build meaningful relationship with their peers at BZBI and partner synagogues. Our goal is to work with kids and teens to build a stronger sense of community so that BZBI feels like home!

Programs last roughly two hours on one Sunday per month. Contact Larry Kaplan to learn more.

Getting Involved as a Parent

As a parent, we consider you a part of our community and offer various ways for you to be engaged. You can do so by being a Parent Ambassador, joining the PTA, attending “Coffee & Conversation” or getting involved in the Education Committee.

What is a Parent Ambassador?   

A Parent Ambassador helps connect the Youth and Family office with the parents of their child’s class. Over the course of the year, we offer several social events, holiday programs, and special school days, and our Parent Ambassadors help the Youth and Family office get the word out. You can indicate if you want to be one on the registration form.   

Are there any opportunities for parents to learn and socialize with other adults?

Absolutely! Adults can engage with each other during our PTA Coffee & Conversation and Parents Night Out, as well as some of our special events and holiday programs. Of course, you are always welcome to participate in any of the adult classes offered by BZBI and keep an eye open for updates on additional opportunities that are specific to Youth and Family.   

My child attends a Jewish Day School. Can s/he attend any of your programs?

Yes! We consider BZBI children who attend Jewish Day School to be an integral part of our family, and welcome you to participate in any and all parts of our programs. Outside of the classroom, you can sign up for one our Youth Groups and/or join us for holiday programs and special events. In the classroom, you have the option of registering for Shabbat mornings at a prorated rate for Day School families attending Shabbat only. Finally, Day School children are welcome to join us for Community Avodah youth services on Shabbat mornings, and you and your children are invited to join us for our monthly Family Avodah Shabbat service, which takes place once a month on Saturday morning.