Yaldeinu, Our Children

Yaldeinu logo

All families are welcome to participate in Yaldeinu (Community of Families with Young Children) events, whether or not you belong to TBE.  TBE's cohort of families with young children (ages 0-5) is bursting at the seams and so is our programming! From Tot Shabbat to parent education programs, a Dad's Night Out and more, we are working hard to help emphasize connections and community within this growing demographic.

For general questions about programming for Yaldeinu, Our Children, contact us at [email protected].

Temple Beth Elohim Preschool:

Gan Elohim Preschool

Current Events:​


Shabbat KIDdush
9:30 am - 10:30 am

Shabbat mornings. Please check the calendar for the most updated schedule.

Join us for an informal “drop-in” Shabbat playgroup on Saturday mornings with a challah snack. Meet upstairs in the Multi-Purpose Room. Shabbat KIDdush will not take place on Tot Shabbat Saturdays or holiday weekends.
Contact us with questions.

*Kiddush is the Hebrew word for “holiness” and refers to the blessing spoken over the wine on Shabbat and holidays to elevate the sanctity of the day. It may also refer to the oneg or joyous gathering around food on Shabbat. We hope our Shabbat KIDdush is a great way for you to share the joy of Shabbat with your kids in a playful, informal community setting.

2nd Annual Overnight Retreat
SAVE THE DATES: Saturday-Sunday, April 29-30

Join other families with young children for our 2nd Annual Overnight Retreat!
Click here for details and to register.
Contact us with questions.

Tot Shabbat
Saturday, May 6
9:30 am - 10:30 am

Join other families with young children for our child-friendly worship service composed of stories, songs and rituals led by our clergy. Stay to mingle and enjoy bagels and fruit.
Contact us with questions.


Young Children's (Yaldeinu) Shabbat and Bear Mitzvah*
Friday, May 12
5:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat prayers and songs
6:00 pm Casual family dinner

Our aim is to help your family celebrate Shabbat with other families with young children in a way that is comfortable for you.
$20 donation/family for dinner. Anyone wishing to attend but needing financial assistance, contact Nancy at [email protected] or (781) 235-8419 x230.
Registration required by May 5.

*Bear Mitzvah
Friday, May 12, following dinner

After Kabbalat Shabbat prayers and songs, join us for a hands-on mitzvah project where we will be making stuffed bears for children in need of comforting at Children’s Hospital in Boston. Children attending must be accompanied by an adult. $10/bear. Pay in advance in the Gan Elohim Preschool office or at the door with cash or check made out to Temple Beth Elohim.
Click here to print registration form and details.
RSVP to Courtney by April 28 at [email protected] with number of children participating.

Anyone wishing to participate in Bear Mitzvah but needing financial assistance may contact Nancy at [email protected] or call (781) 235-8419 x230.


End of Year Barbecue with Playground Time
Sunday, May 21
4:00 pm

Join us at TBE for playground play and a barbecue. Children will have an opportunity to do an activity connected with TBE’s Community Action Day.

Infant & Toddler Programs

katan-GADOL (little-BIG)
For all children ages 12-30 months and a parent/caregiver
Spring Session from April 28 through June 2
10:30 am - 11:30 am

The ideal program for parents/caregivers with children ages 12-30 months. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know other children and parents/caregivers who will be joining Gan Elohim Preschool in the fall of 2017 with you and your child(ren)! Facilitated by a professional instructor on Friday mornings, you (parent/caregiver) and your child will play, sing, hear stories and enjoy a Shabbat snack. The TBE Clergy will visit, we will do interactive art projects, other fun weekly activities and create lasting relationships for children and adults in a warm, welcoming and relaxed Jewish setting. Contact Yaldeinu@TBEWellesley.org with questions. 

Registration required.

Classes for Babies

We will be offering classes throughout the year for ages newborn-6 months and 6-12 months. These classes will provide a nurturing environment for parents, caregivers, and babies. Details coming soon.

Welcome, New Baby!

Are you are expecting a new baby? Let us know! We look forward to welcoming our newest community members. Together with our temple's Caring Community team, we provide a quick visit and some special gifts.

Contact [email protected] with news or questions.


Click here for Calendar of Events & Program Descriptions



For general questions about programming for Yaldeinu (Community of Families with Young Children), contact us at [email protected].