Creating strong foundations with Shabbat playgroup

January 29, 2018 by Leanne Shelton
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Our Jewish sense of identity starts from a young age, and Sydney’s North Shore Temple Emanuel’s Shabbat Playgroup aims to create those strong foundations early on in life.

Fruit picking at Canoelands

Taking place on Fridays from 9.30am to 11.30am during school term, the Playgroup has a critical role in fostering connections for young families on the north (including grandparents and carers) with its weekly activities. The program keeps up with the Jewish themes throughout the year with music, craft, and entertainment, along with ‘guest leaders’ from time to time.

Last year, the group was entertained by shadow puppets, a clown entertainer, and musicians to learn about Purim, celebrated Pesach with music and chocolate Matzah, enjoyed a Teddy Bears’ Picnic for Shavuot, and raised funds for the Cancer Council by hosting an event for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. In November, the Playgroup also went on an excursion to Canoelands Orchard where the children had the opportunity to pick their own juicy nectarines and ride on a tractor!

“All of the activities in 2017 were so exciting, with plans in place for a really enjoyable 2018,” says Shabbat Playgroup coordinator, Natalie Choo. “And the weekly rituals of Shabbat and baking most weeks means that the children feel comfortable and thrive with the routine. An example of this is watching one of our three-year-olds plaiting his own dough after seeing it done weekly!”

The group also makes frequent visits to the Apples and Honey Preschool on campus.

We return for the year on Friday 2 February 2018. New members are always welcome. First session is free.

For more details, please contact Natalie Choo at or call the North Shore Temple Emanuel office on 9419 7011


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