Fast of the Firstborn (Hebrew: תענית בכורות, Ta'anit B'khorot or תענית בכורים, Ta'anit B'khorim; is a unique fast day in Judaism which usually falls on the day before Passover (i.e. the fourteenth day of Nisan, a month in the Jewish calendar. Passover always begins on the fifteenth of the Hebrew month).
For children in grades 3, 4 and 5, Junior Congregation is a slightly more advanced version of Congregation Katan.
For children ages 6-10 or in our Religious School's Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades, Congregation Katan is a Shabbat morning experience that gives children the opportunity for movement, prayer and singing.
For children ages 5 and under, we offer Torah Tots, a Shabbat morning experience for the entire family that includes, music, movement and interactive activities. The Torah Tots service meets each Shabbat from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon, followed by Kiddush lunch with the congregation, and is led by members of the Congregation Habonim faculty. Children attending our Torah Tots service must be accompanied by parents or caregivers, and older siblings and other family members are also welcome.
Tot Shabbat (ages 5 & under, with parents/caregivers) - on the first Fridays of each month, September through June - is an opportunity for our youngest children to socialize in a community and to engage with other Jewish families. This is also an excellent opportunity for our non-member families to get to know us and to become familiar with our family and children's programming.
Join us for Hakafot (circling and dancing with the Torah), all ages welcome.
Ruth Messinger, recently named Global Ambassador for American Jewish World Service, and formerly its President, will be the guest speaker at a Sukkot dinner and program sponsored by Congregation Habonim.
Classical service with organ and choir at First Church, 10 W. 68th Street @ Central Park West. Contact Adina Rifkin for tickets and other information.
Yizkor will take place at approximately 11:30 am.