Kids & Youth

We have services and regular activities for our younger SAMS members too. These range from events for the youngest toddlers, to young adults about to go out into the world! Read more to see what we can offer growing families.

 

Youth & Children’s Services

Children’s Services

Children’s services are held one Shabbat each month and on the major Festivals and High Holydays, usually starting at 11:00am and running for approximately one hour.

The Toddlers’ service for pre-school children is participatory (parents too!) and lively, including songs and stories.

For children of primary school age (5-10 years old), the service includes prayers as well as story-telling and singing. Both parents and our older teenagers (who have completed the Meltam youth leadership course) help out with this service.

Youth Services

For our young people in secondary school (ages 11 and up), a Youth service is held one Shabbat morning each month as well as on major Festivals and High Holy Days.

Led by our Noam Youth Worker, the service is highly participatory, including prayers, discussion, drama and songs.

 

SAMS Sunflowers

“On a recent visit I was so impressed to see the play group in action attracting local families from all faiths and none. The young children were clearly enjoying all the different activities on offer. This is exactly the type of initiative which strengthens community links. That is one of the principal reasons why I am so pleased that the Masorti Synagogue have been able to establish a flourishing home in the heart of Ashley Ward.”

Councillor Anthony Rowlands (Left to our co-chair Moira Hart)

Play activities to help your children grow!

Fun for 0-5 year olds*

Mondays 9:30am to 11:30am
(we don’t operate on bank holidays)

Mini soft play • Music & movement • Baby sign • Exciting toys

Creation station • Nutritious snacks • Tea & coffee

Seedlings: Music sessions for pre-walkers, includes baby sign and sensory activities

Everyone is welcome, including children with disabilities & special needs

Suggested donation: £3 per child, £1 for siblings and Seedlings

No need to book in advance for first timers and Seedlings

*All children must be accompanied by a parent or carer

SAMS Sunflowers is run by Hannah Morris, an educational psychologist, and a group of volunteers from within the community.

Sign Up For Sunflowers

For more information please contact the SAMS office on 01727 860642 or email at sunflowers@e-sams.org.

SAMS Tots

SAMS Tots puts on lots of fun activities for our 0-5 year olds. We enjoy monthly Tots services on the first Shabbat (Saturday) morning of every month from 10.45.  We organise interactive sessions for festivals on the festival itself or the Sunday afternoon before the festival. We enjoy making the most of the great outdoors with a matza ramble over Passover and an ice cream picnic for Shavuot.

 

If you enjoy being creative, getting to know other young families then please come to one of our arts and crafts sessions on a Sunday afternoon, Kabbalat Shabbat morning/lunch on a Friday and Havdallah service.

You can listen to more information about SAMS Tots in the audio version of our latest newsletter.

SAMS Tots is open to both members and non-members, so please contact the SAMS office for more details by calling us on 01727 860642 or using contact form.

Ketanim

The SAMS Ketanim group was launched at the end of 2011 to provide activities for children aged 5 to 8 in our community. We run special events to celebrate many of the Jewish holidays, such as a party at Chanukah, featuring stories, songs, colouring, biscuit decoration and Dreidel games, and fun activities at Pesach, including grandparents, picnics, movies, arts and crafts and more.

Noam

Noam is the youth movement of the Masorti synagogues. Events throughout the year include summer and winter camps, weekly clubs and Meltam/Masa, a 2-year youth leadership training programme. We pride ourselves in providing an exciting and engaging Jewish experiences in an informal atmosphere as well as high-quality leadership training for our young people.

At SAMS we run weekly clubs on Sunday evenings during term time for children in school years 3-4 (Tutim), years 5-6 (Shorashim) and years 7-8 (Nevatim). For years 9-10 (Nofim), a more informal programme runs about once a month, such as a pizza or film night.

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Noam summer camps are particularly popular: Kaytana, catering for years 1-6, runs for a week at a local Jewish primary school, and older children travel to Wales or France for a unique two-week camp experience. Older teenagers have the opportunity to go on Israel tour after year 11, train as youth leaders, attend Veida (Noam’s annual conference in December), take part in Drachim (the Masorti Gap Year programme) and much more.

New in September 2012 is the Merkaz Noam programme for years 9-12, which runs on Sunday mornings in Mill Hill for all young people around the Masorti movement:

  • Year 9: Mechina – Choose from a variety of electives on music, film, art and stories to discover ‘The Conflict’. Includes a European trip in February.
  • Year 10: Shnat Sherut – Learn how to become a social activist. Includes an Eco-weekend trip.
  • Year 11: Meltam – First year of youth leadership course. Includes a special leadership weekend.
  • Year 12: Masa – Second year of youth leadership course. Includes Graduation Weekend.
  • Year 13: Being a Noam madrich (leader) – Running a breakfast bar and café.

Marom

Marom – the Young Adults division of Masorti Judaism – facilitates social and educational events for young adults in both established and grassroots communities and on university campuses in the UK. It is also part of an international movement that strives to combine tradition and modernity into a meaningful way of living a Jewish life, encouraging young adults who have not yet started families to participate in Jewish events and to engage in leadership opportunities.

Marom is composed of two halves: ‘MAROM-on-Campus’ and ‘MAROM Young Adults’, run by a University Fieldworker and Young Adults Project Coordinator. Throughout the year, there are activities on various campuses, a European trip, a trip to the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, as well as events in the UK for all students.