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Rimonim Logo: A Family Learning Environment

Rimonim (which means "pomegranates") is the growing model for family and youth education at the Fort Tryon Jewish Center. Below you can find information about programs for each age cohort and additional family experiences.

Zera’im / זרעים / Seeds (Ages 0 - 3)

Weekly Saturday Morning Tefillah / Prayer - Zera’im weekly Shabbat morning tefillah / prayer, “Seeds of Prayer,” takes place at 10:40 AM in The Penthouse. Until then Zer'aim children are welcome to free play in Classroom 1 from 9:00-10:40 AM (with supervision from their grownups).

Seeds of Shabbat - monthly gatherings for children 0-3 and their grown-ups: Join us for a Shabbat experience filled with songs, stories, hands-on activities and community-building as we teach our children about Shabbat and upcoming holidays. Please check the calendar for all dates.


Nitzanim / ניצנים / Sprouts (Pre-K - 2nd Grade)

Shabbat in Motion:  Join Nitzanim twice a month for Shabbat in Motion in Hebrew Tabernacle's Penthouse from 9:45-10:30.  Shabbat in Motion will be an opportunity for our Nitzanim to learn more about this week's Parsha or upcoming holidays through movement and games.  Please check the calendar and mark the dates for the year! 

Weekly Shabbat Morning Tefillah / Prayer - Nitzanim weekly Shabbat morning tefillah takes place at 10:40 AM in Classroom 1 preceded by snack.

Growing into Jewish Holidays - Join us for our "Growing into Jewish Holidays" monthly experiential learning program about Jewish Holidays.  Programs will incorporate key Hebrew words and phrases, arts and crafts, Torah learning, and mitzvot.  Please note, this program will take place alternatively on Shabbat and Sunday afternoons to allow for a wide range of meaningful and interactive ways of learning.  Please check the calendar and mark the dates for the year.


Shorashim / שורשים / Roots (3rd - 5th Grade)

Weekly Shabbat Morning Tefillah / Prayer - Shorashim weekly Shabbat morning tefillah takes place at 9:45 AM in the Library followed by snack.

Weekly Limmud: "Torah Stories" - Shorashim meets weekly at 10:40 in the Penthouse to learn, play, and think about the stories and lessons in the Book of Numbers (Sefer Bamidbar). Torah Stories will include  acting, playing games, having debates, and engaging with Torah in age-appropriate ways.

Shorashim Kulanu: Jewish Cultures - Join us for "Kulanu: Jewish Cultures" our Sunday afternoon monthly program where our Shorashim students will learn about Jewish diversity around the world through hands on hearning such as music, arts and crafts, cooking and storytelling.  Please check the calendar and mark the dates for the year!


Anafim / ענפים / Branches (6th - 8th Grade)

As our Anafim students are approaching their B'nei Mitzvah years, they are invited to join the congreation during davening on Shabbat mornings.  Anafim can become "Minyanairs if they participate in 10 Torah Services in entirety with the congregation by December 14th. “Minyanairs” will be able to go together on a field trip to a location of their choosing (bowling, sports game, trampoline park etc.) Anafim will also be given the opportunity to join the “Chai Club” if they attend 18 services by May 30th.  Members of the “Chai Club” will celebrate the end of the year with a Pizza Party and another field trip on their choosing!


This year, we are teaming up with Hebrew Tabernacle for a month Havdallah Hang.  Come for Havdallah, games, snacks, and hanging out with other Jewish teens in the neighborhood!  Please check the calendar and mark the dates for the year!

Join us for a monthly Sunday Pre-B'nei Mitzvah Brunch and Minyan.  This will be a fantastic opportunity to build community and learn important B'nei Mitzvah skills.  Please check the calendar and mark the dates for the year!  

Family Experiences

Mishpacha Minyan - Our family minyan meets seasonally to bring in Kabbalat Shabbat together Chavurot / Family Learning Groups - this year we are hoping to build family learning experiences that cater to family needs and desires on a small scale. If you are interested in joining with other families in the community to participate in guided learning, please contact Mira, our Youth & Family Community Organizer at                                     

Resources for Family Learning - we are working to build our resources to help families learn together at home. Please check back for our growing resource library, and for now enjoy the following helpful tefillah / prayer resources:

Modeh Ani - I Give Thanks

Blessing Children

Blessings before & after eating

Ritual Ideas

Zera'im Siddur


Shabbat & Holiday Programming

FTJC welcomes families of all kinds into our community. Each Shabbat at  beginning at 9:45am, we hold age-appropriate children’s services and programs that are warm, vibrant and accessible, whether you are new to Shabbat services or familiar with them. Come for singing, grape juice, and challah. All are welcome!

We offer holiday programming that helps children and their grownups become familiar with key symbols, rituals, and practices of major holidays. Check the FTJC Calendar for updated information about holiday programming.

Do you want to find out more about Rimonim? Please sign up here to help us get in touch with you, or email our Youth & Family Educator & Community Organizer, Mira Kessler.


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