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young-families

This page describes programs and activities for the families with young children

It’s Fun to Be Young at ICCJ

The ICCJ Young Families Community is growing! Young families are joining ICCJ in record numbers. They come from Fresh Meadows, Flushing, Bayside, Bay Terrace, Hollis Hills, Oakland Gardens, Whitestone and Richmond Hill. They are straight and gay, single parents, multifaith and traditional.

What unites these families is the goal of children being part of a non judgmental, inclusive, pluralistic local Jewish community

Programs for Children of all ages include:

BIM BAM It's almost SHABBAT
Led by Rabbi Fryer Bodzin
First Friday of the month, from 11:15 am until noon.

This program is geared for children ages 0-3, to get ready for Shabbat. Make new friends with songs, stories and snacks and crafts. Children of all faith traditions are welcome. You do not need to be a member of ICCJ to particpate. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Grandparents are welcome!

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Dates for 2018-2019 are September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7, January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7.

Much of BIM BAM’s advertising is done on Facebook. In case of bad weather, make sure to check our Facebook event.

Mini Menschen

Mini Menschen is an informal, child-centered Shabbat service designed especially for children newborn to age five. It is usually on the third Shabbat morning of each month. Of course, grape juice, cookies and challah are served.

Youth and Family Coordinator

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Maddie Krupnick will be the Youth and Family Coordinator this year at ICCJ. She comes from Summit, New Jersey, where she spent a lot of her time in the shul and the bandroom. She grew up involved in her synagogue Congregation Ohr Shalom, where her mother is the Cantor. She worked as a teen staffer/teacher’s assistant in the religious school and also worked as an camp counselor in the congregation’s summer camp. Maddie is a sophomore at Queen’s College and is majoring in Middle Eastern Studies while also minoring in Korean.

She is involved in Hillel’s Egalitarian Initiative and has participated in the Jewish Learning Fellowship. Her favorite Jewish holiday is Tu B’Shvat because she loves to try new fruit and is interested in the reforestation of Israel. Maddie will be designing many programs this year for holidays, Shabbat and and fun! She is very excited to be joining ICCJ in the Fall!

If you want to reach out, she can be reached at by her email, which is: maddie.krupnick@gmail.com

Junior Congregation

For the last number of years, ICCJ has engaged Queens College students to lead our Junior Congregation. Therefore, it takes place whenever Queens College is in session. Starts at 10:45. Children join the rest of the community to sing Ein Keloheinu, Aleinu and Adon Olam on the bima.

Services will be led by Maddie Krupnick from September through December and by Leah Herzberg from January through May.

Please click here for the schedule.

For Teens
Bimonthly Rap with the rabbi for post Bar and Bat Mitzvah community

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Every other month, Rabbi Fryer Bodzin meets with our teens to discuss issues of the day and enjoy quality time together. This program begins at 6:30 PM and concludes so everyone can participate in evening minyan at 7:45.

The dates for 2018-2019 are Wednesday, October 10 Wednesday, December 5 Wednesday, February 13, and Wednesday, April 10.

Ohr Chadash Religious School

To visit the Ohr Chadash Religious School website, click here.