DorWays – Young Families

DorWays is Kol Rinah’s group for young members and their families. Dor in Hebrew means generation and it is our hope that DorWays serves as an entry way for young members and their families into synagogue life at Kol Rinah! We currently have fifty member families, and many prospective families participating in our programs and enriching their lives and the lives around them. Please email DorWays coordinator Jessica Wax if you would like to be added to our contact list.

To join our contact list and to get an updated schedule of events email: DorWays Information

Latest News & Events for DorWays

Please join us in welcoming Tammy Arnow into her new role at Kol Rinah – Interim Family Programming Coordinator.  In this role, she will continue the wonderful programs for young families that we have offered in the past, including leading Tot Shabbat services, and will also work on developing new programming for young families. She also hopes to work with young families and the broader Kol Rinah community to explore new avenues for social action engagement. We are very fortunate that she has volunteered to take on this role until the position is filled on a permanent basis, in early to mid-2018.  She invites your thoughts and ideas!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer! 

Mark your calendar for our 2nd BBQ Bash on Sunday, August 27 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm! There will be great food and fun for everyone! Watch for more information and registration. Please contact me if you would like to help plan this great event.

It was wonderful seeing so many families at our Shavuot Family Picnic and first Kabbalat Shabbat at the park! We had a great time eating, schmoozing, praying and playing together. The fun continues at Villa Park as we welcome Shabbat together on Friday, August 11. Come at 5:30 to mingle and play, and services will take place at 6:00pm. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy after services. 

Join DorWays for Summer Shabbat open gym. We will be hosting open gym in the Kol Rinah gym on Saturday, July 22 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. The gym is appropriate for children 5 and under.

Summer is a busy time for planning for the next school year. Kol Rinah is excited to be continuing bi-weekly children’s services. Watch for the 2017-2018 children’s service calendar coming out shortly. There will be a variety of holiday and family programs throughout the year, and we look forward to having your family involved. If you have ideas of what you would like to see, or interested in helping plan a program, please let me know!

If you would like to receive emails and invitations regarding DorWays and family events at Kol Rinah, please contact me at jessica@kolrinahstl.org or 314.727.1747. 

I hope everyone had a nice Passover and that you are enjoying the beautiful spring weather. Join Kol Rinah families for a fun, laid back Shavuot picnic! We will meet at Mooney (Jackson) Park on Thursday, June 1 at 5:00pm. Please bring dinner for your family and a dessert to share.

DorWays families had a fun time preparing for Passover. We decorated matzah covers and Elijah’s cups and ate a fun Passover snack. We made “hurry, hurry cupcakes” based off of the book, Max Makes a Cake by Michelle Edwards.

It has been wonderful to see so many families participating in our young children’s services. Please join us on May 13 for Tot Shabbat and May 27 for Rhythm n’ Ruach. These are the last children’s services of this school year. We will also conclude our current Jewish Parenting discussion on May 27. Thank you to Rabbi Jessica Shafrin (and Laura Weinstock for filling in) for leading this class and everyone who participated. Watch for next year’s children service schedule coming out soon. These are a wonderful way to infuse Jewish music and prayer into your child’s life in a relaxed child friendly atmosphere.

Kol Rinah families will be volunteering on Sunday, June 25 at Covenant Place for their monthly Covenant Café. We will prep and serve lunch and bring entertainment and a smile to the residents. Please contact me if you are interested in this fun, family volunteer opportunity.

I hope everyone enjoyed all the Purim photos! Thank you to everyone who helped bake hamentashen, assemble and deliver mishloach manot, and celebrated Purim at Kol Rinah!

Mark your calendar for our BBQ Bash on Sunday, August 27 from 4-7pm. This will be a great event for our whole community!

Keep an eye out for information about summer programming. Email Jessica@kolrinahstl.org for more information or to be added to our mailing list.

B’Shalom

Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us last month! It was wonderful seeing our Kol Rinah community come together for two great events. We celebrated with a Pre-Hanukkah event with latkes, magic, mitzvah and fun! Thank you to Bill Solomon for sponsoring the Pre-Hanukkah event. We also enjoyed one last Kol Rinah party “B4” the end of 2016. A Mexican Fiesta with good food, Bingo, activities for kids and some FUNdraising was a great way to end our programming year. Your support, both financially and in action, is what makes Kol Rinah a wonderful community. I can’t wait to carry the fun and enthusiasm into 2017!

Please mark your calendar for Kol Rinah’s New Baby Shabbat on Saturday, January 14. This is a beautiful event where all Kol Rinah families with new babies join together on the Bimah for a special blessing. We hope you will join us to welcome our “newest” members. There will be a Totally Tot Shabbat service that morning, and the blessing over the new babies will take place on the bimah around 11:45.

Kol Rinah is excited to offer a new conversation series for Parents. This “book club” style discussion will take place on Shabbat mornings and kicks off in January. Rabbi Jessica Shafrin will lead the discussion. Please watch for more information and contact me if you are interested in participating.

Join DorWays for a fun way to get the energy out on Shabbat afternoons. We will be hosting open gym time in the Kol Rinah gym on Saturdays, January 7 and February 4 from 4:00 pm– 5:30pm. The gym is appropriate for children 5 and under.

On Sunday, February 12 at 9:30 join DorWays for a fun Tu B’Shevat program! Come get your hands dirty as we do a cool planting project and taste delicious fruits.

I hope your Hanukkah and the New Years was filled with laughter and light and reminded us of the miracles to be thankful for in our lives.

B’Shalom,

Jessica

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer! It was great seeing so many families at our Shavuot Family Picnic! We had a great time eating, schmoozing, and playing together. Join DorWays for more mingling and fun during Summer Shabbat open gym times. We will be hosting open gym in the Kol Rinah gym on Saturdays, July 16 and August 13 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. The gym is appropriate for children 5 and under.

Kol Rinah families are volunteering together to serve lunch at Covenant Place on Sunday, July 10. This is a great volunteer opportunity for families with school age children. We will serve lunch, mingle with residents, and do a simple craft together. Please let me know if you are interested in participating in this mitzvah.

Summer is a busy time for planning for the next school year. Kol Rinah is excited to be continuing bi-weekly children’s services. Watch for the 2016-2017 children’s service calendar coming out shortly. There will be a variety of holiday and family programs throughout the year, and we look forward to having your family involved. If you have ideas of what you would like to see, or interested in helping plan a program please let me know!

If you, or someone else, would like to receive emails and invitations regarding Kol Rinah DorWays and family events please contact me at 314.727.1747 or

jessica@kolrinahstl.org.

B’Shalom,

Jessica Wax