Family Center

Rodef Shalom's Family Center provides programs tailored to the needs of children under 6 years old and their families. In addition to hosting our preschool, the Center is the site for a variety of programs designed to enrich, entertain, and educate the youngest members of our community.

Summer Day Camp takes place for six weeks in June and July. Children aged 18 months to 5 years may participate on a week-to-week basis, allowing families to fit day camp into their summer schedules.

Tot Shabbat is an informal way to welcome Shabbat with music, prayer, and stories. The evening starts at 6 p.m. on the first Friday of each month in Freehof Hall with candle lighting, kiddush, and motzi. Dinner, with potluck salads and sides, follows and the evening is rounded out with a brief, age-appropriate worship service will be held after dinner. Stay for dessert and socializing. No charge. RSVP to Mimsie Leyton required.

Mishpacha Musica (Family Music) is a brief, musical children’s service facilitated by Jewish educator and songleader Beth Goldstein. Free drop-in babysitting is offered afterward for parents who would like to continue their Shabbat worship. Sessions are held on the second Saturday of the month from 9:30 until 10 a.m. in the Multi Purpose Room. 

Mishpacha Mornings is a family education program is designed for children 2 to 5 years who are accompanied by an adult. Participants meet one Sunday each month from September through May (10:30-11:30 a.m.) to learn about holidays and explore Jewish values through hands-on activities.

Parenting Series promotes healthy families by providing adults with a monthly opportunity to meet to discuss parenting from both a Jewish and developmental perspective. Sessions are co-led by a rabbi and child development specialist. While parents meet, children can play, sing, and cook in a nearby preschool classroom. Meetings are held Sunday mornings from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m. For more information, please contact: Mimsie Leyton, Family Center Director, at (412) 621-6566 or by email.

First Friends is designed for infants and toddlers accompanied by a caring adult. It meets once a week over two eight-week sessions. While the children play, adults can discuss child development and parenting issues. Evening meetings, which include dinner, are offered to accommodate working parents.