For Families with Children

PRIDE VIDEO QUILT: Calling Kids and their Families

Invitation to Participate in Pride Video Quilt (all age kids! with or without their adults!)
Deadline extended to June 7

CBST’s kids and their families are creating a virtual video quilt. We will stitch together CBST’s Pride Story through song, art, interviews and archival photographs. Be part of the fabric of our quilt by sending an easy-to-make, short video! We want to include as many families as possible!

Set up: Gather your kid(s) and find a well lit spot indoors or outdoors. Feel free to dress in rainbow inspired or colorful clothing. Record on a cell phone in horizontal/landscape mode.
Instructions: choose one, two, or all three of the options listed below and have fun!
1. Film a dance party to "At the Stonewall Inn" or any song you love!
2. Film yourselves shouting, "Happy Pride CBST!"
3. Draw a rainbow or make your own Pride flag. Take a photo and send it to us.
4. Once you create your content, upload it to this Google folder or email jkleinbaum@cbst.org before June  7. 

Under the Rainbow: A Pride Aggadah Adventure Watch Party! (ages 0-8)
Shabbat/Saturday, June 5, at 9:00 am
Come aboard the ark and brave the storm with Noah and his friends as they figure out the importance of sticking together when the going gets tough. A showing of this CBST original production with puppetry, music, storytelling and participation, this creative re-imagining of Noah's story (and the appearance of the world's first rainbow) is the perfect way to introduce your child to the special rainbow connection between our LGBTQ community and the Torah!  Watch together on Zoom and you can also sneak a peek.  
IF YOU MISSED IT ON ZOOM, WATCH IT HERE! >>

Weekly Pride Activities (ages 2-8)
Posted on Sundays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 
Complete one each week or do them all at once! Build a Safe Place; Create a Protest Sign; Interview your Family; Make a Rainbow. 

Alef-Bet Shabbat (ages 0-6)
Shabbatot/Saturdays, June 12, 26, & July 10 from 9:00-9:45 am
Drop-ins and new families encouraged! Free of charge.

March together on Zoom and celebrate Pride with an online Parade during our song-filled service designed especially for our youngest congregants and their families. Featuring music from our partner, Tkiya Music: The Jewish Music Community Initiative. Dance, cuddle, listen to stories, and observe Shabbat in an engaging and meaningful way. Children can choose to just watch, or join right in—whatever feels right. Zoom link to join (meeting ID: 81217775653)

PRIDE PARTY FOR KIDS & THEIR ADULTS (K-12)

Shabbat/Saturday morning, June 26th at 11:00 am
Celebrate and honor Pride with other CBST families with children. Sing and dance to "At the Stonewall Inn," watch the premiere of the CBST Pride Video Quilt, learn about the science of rainbows, kids-teach-kids the LGBTQ+ acronym, download the new CBST Pride Coloring and Activity Book, and more... Zoom link to join the party! (Meeting ID: 85768007630).


Holy Days 5782 for Families with Children
Rosh Hashanah Day 1 – Sept 7 (am)
Rosh Hashanah Day 2 – Sept 8 (am)
Yom Kippur – Sept 16 (am)
Sukkot – Sept 25 TBD
Simchat Torah – Sept 28 (pm)
Chanukah Candle Lighting – Nov 28-Dec 5 (pm)
MLK Social Action Weekend – Jan 15-17
Purim Party – March 16  (am)
Passover – TBD (first Seder April 15)
CBST Retreat – April 29-May 1
Pride Party – June 25  (am)


Passover Seders, The Aggadah of the Haggadah, Challenges, and Escape Room Puzzles

Family Seder: K'ilu Passover Adventure (families with kids 3-8)
Longtime CBST member, Jonathan Shmidt Chapman, creator of Aggadah Adventures, has a new project—K’ilu Passover Adventure! You can choose this experience OFFLINE as a family or ONLINE with other families on Zoom. To get your kit now, just email children@cbst.org with your name with the names and ages of your children. We’ll send you the link and password to access everything immediately.

OFFLINE SEDER with your family at home
At your convenience, anytime free of charge

The K’ilu Passover Adventure, is an interactive, audio and play-based experience to bring the Passover story to life with your family. Kids can find household items on a scavenger hunt, follow the cutout Moses basket puppet on the printable story map, make a burning bush paper lantern. They can even lead the Seder with a super short and accurate printable Haggadah!

ONLINE SEDER with other families on Zoom
Saturday/Shabbat, March 27, 9:00-9:45 am
Some grownup help needed. Free of charge.

This online Seder is appropriate for kids who like to dance and pretend, might fall asleep before the evening Seder is over, and might run around or ignore your Zoom Seder! zoom.us/j/81217775653

Passover Escape Room & Puzzle Experience: Exodus from Reality (Kids 10-18 and their families)
Sunday, March 28, 1:00–2:00 pm, Free of charge

Your journey begins in Egypt thousands of years ago and your team must work together to solve all the puzzles, clues, games and hints to complete the Exodus before time runs out. Make your own team of 3-5 people or we can match you! *Teams with kids ages 10-13 need an adult nearby to lend a hand or be on the team. To register, send all names and ages of participants by March 24th to jkleinbaum@cbst.org.

The Aggadah of the Haggadah - Daily Passover Activities and Challenges (Ages 2-7)
Monday, March 29 - Friday, April 2
Every day starting on Monday, we'll help kids and their grownups bring the Passover story to life at home. CBST's Aggadah Actors will release daily video clips with activities and challenges designed for young children and their grownups (or just invite the whole family!). Work on one challenge each day: Baby in the Basket, Burning Bush, Down the Nile, Let My People Go!, and The Sea.

Watch the Full Story - Down The Nile: A Passover Aggadah Adventure (Ages 2-7)
Wednesday, March 31

A basket carrying a baby floats down the Nile River…where is it going, and who will the baby become? Travel down the Nile, across Egypt, and through the Red Sea with us as CBST's Aggadah Actors will bring the theater experience to your home with interactive content and more challenges. Watch on Wed>>


Purim Party for Families with Kids!

Featuring the premiere of Zoom Shushan: A Virtual Purim Shpiel
CBST Exclusive Purim Theater Production!
Thursday, Feb. 25 at 5:30-6:00 pm
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81425409731

  • Watch the premiere of this socially distant retelling of the Purim story, which is brought to you by the CBST creative team of CBST’s Aggadah Adventures. Starring CBST babies, kids, teens, and their families!
  • Celebrate Esther's coming out as a Jew to the Persian King and saving our people with live Purim music.
  • In a spotlight, each child can show-off their costume and/or virtual filters and background.
  • Then stay for the next 30 minutes of the main service and costume party or stay for the whole megillah!

Hamantashen & Havdalah

Saturday, February 27, 5:00 pm
Berkshires Hills Culinary Camp will walk us through and provide tips and tricks for hamantashen baking. When shabbat ends, Shushan Purim begins! Join Principal Jennifer Kleinbaum, Songleader Rachel Chang, and Culinary Instructor Ben from the Berkshire Hills Culinary Camp. For families with children; instruction for children with supervision, teens, and children at heart!
- 5:00 Hamantashen making
- 6:00 Havdalah blessings (while they bake!)
- 6:15 Eat together
Easy sign-up for the recipe & Zoom link.
https://berkshirehills.formstack.com/forms/cbst

Early Childhood Programs

Our range of programs especially designed for our youngest Jews and their families. Dance, sing, and explore while building a connection to Judaism and each other.
Alef-Bet Shabbat - interactive services for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers with Tkiya Music
Aggadah Adventures - unique and original theater experiences with new online activities (ages 0-2 & 2-7 with babies, toddlers, siblings welcome)

Limmud b'Shabbat Programs

CBST is committed to providing a dynamic, inclusive and multifaceted Jewish education program for our families with children. Through learning and doing, our program builds and strengthens a contemporary, learned, relevant, ethical and deeply rooted sense of both Jewish and LGBTQ values and identity. This year, online sessions will connect families with children to each other, their classmates, and their Jewish identity.

Limmud  b'Shabbat -  Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 
B'nai Mitzvah Program - Grades 6, 7 

Teen Track: Jewish Resistance - Grades 8-12

High Holy Days Services & Programs 2020 (2021 details coming soon)

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are open to all and always free of charge. Registration is required; this enables CBST to provide the most engaging, meaningful and age-appropriate experiences. 

Rosh Hashanah Day One, Saturday, Sept. 19
  9:00 am (ages 0-5)  Infants, Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers with Tkiya Music
10:00 am (ages 6-12) Children's Service and Art Program
12:00 pm Teen Track: Jewish Resistance

 Rosh Hashanah Day Two, Sunday, Sept. 20
  9:00 am (ages 0-2)  Baby Aggadah Adventure: Let There Be Me!
10:00 am (ages 3-12) Children's Service and Tashlich

Yom Kippur, Monday, Sept. 28
  9:00 am (ages 0-7)  Children's Service with Tkiya Music and Aggadah Adventure: Inside the Whale
10:00 am (ages 8-12) Children's Service and Shofar Program
12:00 pm Teen Track: Jewish Resistance