The J-Kids Families Club for pre-schoolers (but children of all ages are welcome to accompany their family to any of our J-Kids events) meets regularly in locations throughout the greater Mansfield area.  Families can choose from a variety of fun, social, cultural and spiritual/religious offerings that welcome the region’s wide diversity of multi-faith, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic Jewish homes.

Community outings include:

*Apple picking at Buell’s Orchards

*A tour of UConn Animal Barns with a local veterinarian who will share the inside scoop on farm animal life

*Frog Poster Workshop and the WAIM Walk for Warmth

*Mask-making for Purim at the Ballard Institute of Puppetry

*A hands-on project about local history at the Windham Mill Museum

*A visit to the Wickware Planetarium to learn about the Moon, Judaism’s lunar calendar, and the monthly holiday of Rosh Chodesh

The Club also meets monthly for Friday night pot-lucks and Saturday children-inspired Shabbat programs, as well as for Jewish holidays throughout the year.

J-Kids Families Club is a great way to make new friends and enjoy new experiences!  For more information, please e-mail Children and Families Coordinator Nancy Beller-Krieger at nancybk@templebnaiisrael.org, call 860-423-3742, or visit our Facebook page.

J-Kids Families Club is funded by a grant from the Mansfield United Jewish Communities and is hosted with great enthusiasm by Temple Bnai Israel in Willimantic. 

JOIN US IN MARCH of 2019 FOR:

On Sunday March 3rd at 10:00 a.m. RSVP REQUIRED  nancybk@templebnaiisrael.org.  We will meet at the Ballard Institute of Puppetry to create hand puppets of characters in the Purim story.  This workshop is open to children of all ages, from J-Kids and the Jewish Explorations (Temple Bnai Israel’s post pre-school religious school students) group.

Saturday March 9th, 4:00 p.m. is our second family Havdalah of the season, with a hamentaschen bake, yum!  Host family needed.

Our monthly family Shabbat takes place on Saturday March 16th, from 11:00 a.m. to noon at the Temple.  We will learn Purim songs for the holiday.

 Wednesday, March 20th, 5:31 p.m., we read the Megillah, break out our puppets and songs and celebrate Purim!

Sunday, March 24th, 8:00 a.m. baking at the Covenant Soup Kitchen as part of our Bread and Torah weekend; in the afternoon, an informal Torah hide-sanding as well as a parchment making workshop.