BaBayit: The Jewish Time Experience
“Judaism teaches us to be attached to holiness in time.”
~ Abraham Joshua Heschel
Living in Jewish time adds meaning to our lives by bringing us joy, connection, and a sense of shalom.
Welcome to BaBayit: The Jewish Time Experience
BaBayit, meaning in the home, will inspire families and individuals (of all ages, life stages, sizes and structures) to take a deep dive into bringing the magic and meaning of the Jewish holidays into their homes while connecting deeply with a cohort of other participating families and individuals. The program will be staffed by TBE’s clergy and full-time learning team and will be linked to our community holiday celebrations throughout the year. Families will connect through periodic gatherings as a program cohort, centered around the ritual of Havdalah on Saturday evenings. While this program will include Zoom meetings, it will also include home observance, family activities, dinner discussions, and the option for distanced, in-person gatherings.
We welcome all family structures, ages, and cohorts to participate in this process of deepening Jewish connection. Empty nesters, interfaith families, young adults living together in a household, adults living on their own, couples young and old without children, families with a wide range of sibling ages—we encourage everyone to participate!
Registration is still open!
Click here to register BaBayit participants of all ages.
Connecting to Jewish Time
This program will follow the cycle of the Jewish year. Families will connect through periodic gatherings as a program cohort, centered around the ritual of Havdalah on Saturday evenings. While this program will include Zoom meetings, it will also include home observance, family activities, dinner discussions, and the option for distanced, in-person gatherings.
Each family will keep a scrapbook of their reflections throughout the year, where they will reflect on their experiences and document meaningful moments along the way.
BaBayit as a Community
In addition to holiday engagement and at-home learning and reflection, BaBayit participants will meet for periodic gatherings as a program cohort. Families will reflect and connect in a variety of small groups, everything from a pairing with a Chevrutah (partner) family to a larger Chavurah community that will become an extended deep community throughout the year. Older teens and adults will also have the option to meet for sessions with our TBE clergy and educators for deeper learning grounded in Jewish text.
Executive Director, Jewish Living and Learning
Hannah Richman Kearney
Director, BaBayit & Havayah
Dr. Judy Avnery
Interim Director, K–7 Learning Programs
For BaBayit Participants
Current Learning Guide
For each holiday unit, we will provide a booklet which will include resources for learning, discussion, reflection, and action. Some items are tailored to a particular age group, and others are more universal. We hope that you will find a way as a family to learn and connect in a way that feels authentic and meaningful to you.
Simchat Torah 5781
Past Learning Guides
BaBayit participants can access our past learning guides here.
BaBayit in Action
Tikkun Olam Connection: Simchat Torah
Social Justice Community Organizer Hannah Muhlfelder shares ways we can repair the world during Simchat Torah, including by joining our Climate Action for Environmental Justice and Pandemic Prevention event on October 22!
Simchat Torah Teachings
Rabbinic Intern Ryan Leszner teaches us about the Holiday of Simchat Torah.