High Holydays Childcare and Youth Services

Information about our Family and Youth Programming 5779/2018

Each year we strive to provide quality programming for our CDT families and kids, including family and youth services and High Holydays activities for kids aged 2-16, childcare for children aged 6 months +, food for kids during morning programming, and a “quiet room” for children who need a little space every now and then. We take on significant costs to provide both the space for all of this (we pay a rental fee for every room that we use) plus the staffing. We appreciate your understanding as we charge a nominal amount to our families to help meet a portion of those costs.

Family and Youth Services

We offer family and youth services on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur morning.

The program this year includes: a family service for parents and young children up to kindergarten age; a family service for students in grades 1-3; a family service for students in grades 4-6, and a program for high-school students. Programs this year are led by a wonderful group of educators including Tal Shalom-Kobi (young kids), Esther Kohn and Karen Engels (grades 1-3), Rabbi Shahar Colt (grades 4-7), and Vered Brooks (grades 8-12).

There will be no childcare before children’s services begin. *Arrive between 9:30-10:00am to register for children’s programming and childcare; kids and adults are welcome to join the service in the main sanctuary during this time (it’s the most music-filled part of the service!). Family and Children’s services will begin at 10:00am; if your child(ren) does not wish to attend their age-appropriate service, they must be with you in the main service. There will be childcare after these services, but no separate childcare before or during the youth services.

All children will join the main service for storytelling by the Rabbi on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur, and for the sounding of the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah. Of course, kids are welcome in the main sanctuary at any time.


During the first and second days of Rosh Hashanah, on Kol Nidre, on Yom Kippur morning and in the evening, we offer a structured childcare program for kids aged 6 months -13, including age-appropriate holiday crafts, stories and songs.

Childcare for children aged 6 months-3 years is available on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur morning only. There will also be available a “quiet room” for any young person who may find the activity rooms a bit overwhelming or need a quiet space for any part of the day.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: We regret that we CANNOT accept un-registered, “walk-in” children under the age of 3, NO EXCEPTIONS, as we need to ensure proper childcare/staff ratios for young children. If your child(ren) will be in childcare, completed registrations must be received by Wednesday, September 13th.


Absolutely NO FOOD can be brought into Gann Academy. Snacks and lunch will be provided.


It is enormously helpful for our planning if we know how many kids are attending our program. A fee is charged for each child who attends our High Holydays services, to help us defray the cost of our High Holydays programming, food and facilities rental. It is the same fee whether your child attends one session or all sessions. Please be sure to include your child(ren)’s name(s) and fee(s) when returning the general registration form, found on page 6. Thank you!

Registration forms MUST get back to us no later than Friday, August 31, 2018.