Beloved Community Services: Join us for joyful, musical, come-as-you-are Beloved Community Shabbat services for adults and families with JCC Harlem rabbi-in-residence Mira Rivera. The first Filipina-American woman to be ordained at The Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Mira is dedicated to generating leadership opportunities for Jews of Color and allies, and to partnering with JCC Harlem to build inclusive, joyful Jewish life representing the vibrancy and complexity of Harlem.
ShaJam with Tkiya: Join Tkiya on Friday afternoons for a fun and interactive Shabbat experience, where we welcome Shabbat with singing, movement, stories, puppets, bubbles, and more. Best for ages 0-5 and their families.
Wine Down Shabbat with Embrace Harlem: Join Embrace Harlem for Shabbat gatherings for children and families full of music, in-person connection, and wine (for the adults, naturally). Wine Down incorporates Shabbat-inspired music, dancing and singalongs, children's crafts, blessings, and a casual family-style dinner. It is a playful experience that incorporates the themes of Shabbat, weaving Jewish tradition with contemporary perspectives, and interlacing Hebrew and English in a way that is accessible to all.
CHILDREN'S JEWISH LEARNING
Fig Tree: We are thrilled to team up with Fig Tree, an independent Jewish education program for children ages 3 – 13, which provides rich and accessible Jewish education to families seeking a Hebrew School alternative. Learners explore Jewish culture, values, ritual, holidays, and Hebrew language in a fun, relatable way. In small weekly classes led by experienced teachers, Fig Tree incorporates elements of art, music, drama, and movement to foster a meaningful learning experience and deepened sense of Jewish identity for each student.
Hebrew Club: Hebrew Club is our weekly, playful Hebrew language experience that feels like summer camp, where kids are introduced to conversational Hebrew through games, movement, art, and song. No prior Hebrew experience required. This club is for everyone.
Shabbat Show with Embrace Harlem: The Shabbat Show is a Jewish musical theater experience where children ages 5-8 meet weekly to learn together and co-create musical, sketch-comedy performances based on Jewish stories. With guidance from professional artists and educators, the troupe explores Jewish traditions and experiments with theatrical improv to create an original telling, along with songs whose original lyrics are set to pop songs and Broadway show tunes. Each learning cycle culminates in a 'World Premiere' celebration, where the troupe performs with family and community.
We are a home for the Jewish holidays.
Every year, we are proud to offer financially and religiously accessible, family-friendly High Holiday services. Regardless of your level of observance, denominational knowledge, or religious background, we hope that you will find our services to be a meaningful and engaging experience.