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STUFF is a committee that organizes and offers Jewish experiences designed specifically for the youngest members of our congregation and their families. It is an expansion of the formerly named “tot” programming. STUFF also refers to all families with children or grandchildren 0-5 years old at Sinai Temple.


View our STUFF Flyer for Dates and Info!


Tot Shabbat and Dinner

Tot Shabbat is a special, musical, and interactive service (about 30 minutes) designed especially for young children.  Babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and young school-aged children are welcome to attend this service with their siblings and families.  The service includes a “Kid’s Kiddush” with challah, juice, candlelighting, and blessings.   Tot Shabbat is held at 6:00pm on Friday nights on a monthly basis with a child-friendly dinner following the service.  There is no charge for Tot Shabbat, but there may be a small cost for dinner. You do not need to be a current member of Sinai Temple to attend Tot Shabbat.


Shalom Sundays

Shalom Sundays is a holiday-themed morning program for children and their parents (or other grown-ups) on Sunday mornings from 10:00-11:30am. This special time is filled with holiday-themed arts and crafts, games, activities, songs, and stories. Children ages 0-5 years old and their siblings are welcome to attend this program, but please note that some of the activities within this program are intended for children older than 18 months (i.e. craft). You do not need to be a current member of Sinai Temple to attend these programs.


Esther Pachman Fund for Children Under Five
The Esther Pachman Fund for Programming for Children Under Five makes it possible for Sinai Temple to provide Tot Shabbat Services and other meaningful and engaging experiences for our youngest congregants (0-5 years old) and their families.


The fund was established by the Courtemanche Family in memory of Melanie Courtemanche’s grandmother, Esther Pachman, who would have loved to have been a part of STUFF. This fund is now another option when making a contribution to Sinai and is an excellent way to celebrate a birth, an adoption, a birthday, a B’nai Mitzvah or other milestone, or to honor or remember a loved one.


To make an online donation to support STUFF programs and activities please click here and select EP Fund for Children Under 5 (at the bottom of the form). To send in a donation to support STUFF programs and activities, please click here and select Esther Pachman Fund for Children Under Five from the list and mail the form along with your contribution to Sinai Temple.


Internet Resources for Families with Young Children


Parents’ section on the URJ website has lots of fabulous ideas for morning/bedtime rituals, Shabbat, and other holidays 

Jewish Culture Connect lists events and programs in our area



For more information regarding events and activities for STUFF or to be on the STUFF Committee, please contact:

Melanie Courtemanche
Alisha Snow

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