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B’nai Amoona offers a variety of options for families to spend time together as part of our community.

We offer family services for the Holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. In the fall, we celebrate Sukkot and Simchat Torah, and we celebrate Purim and Pesach in the spring.

Our families have a variety of options on Shabbat through Shabbat Spot.

For our B'nai Mitzvah families, the experience begins with the Third Grade B’nai Mitzvah Journey where the B’nai Mitzvah dates are handed out each year. During 6th grade, all our families including those enrolled in the Meyer Kranzberg Learning Center and Jewish day schools, participate in workshops which focus on this important milestone in our children's lives.

Holiday Celebrations

Take a look at all the exciting events we have planned each year!

Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

We have a 45 minute singing service just for you on both days of Rosh Hashanah as well as Yom Kippur. Your child can then continue on to participate in fun activities, crafts, stories and playtime all with supervision. You can choose to join your child or join the main sanctuary for some time to reflect on the holiday on your own.

Snacks for Rosh Hashanah and a light lunch for Yom Kippur are provided for participating children.

Sukkot 

B’nai Amoona celebrates Sukkot each  year with a congregational Sukkot dinner; along with a celebration specifically tailored to young families. This year, we are hosting a Shabbat B’yachad Sukkot Style. We will sing our way into Shabbat and then join together in the sukkah for a delicious dinner and activity time. The service and evening are geared for children 8 and under but everyone is welcome (including older siblings). 

 

 Simchat Torah

Torahs, flags, dancing, singing and candied apples. What could be better? Families, children and all are welcome for this festive celebration.

 

 

Chanukah Hoopla

Bring your Menorah and get ready for Latkes! Dinner, games, activities, Dreidels and gelt for all!

 

 

 Purim

Purim is a blast at B’nai Amoona! Everything fun shows up for all ages including the young ones! A “short” Megillah, lots of games and of breakfast for dinner. We also have a huge annual Purim Carnival sponsored by our USYer’s. Dress up as your favorite character and join us for a great time!

 

 

Pesach

Seder could not be easier or more fun than when participating in the B’nai Amoona second night seder! We offer a family friendly evening of song, story, and Matzah. Sitters are available for younger children who need to get up and move around.

New Baby Shabbat

New Baby Shabbat is a wonderful way to celebrate your newest member of your family with your B’nai Amoona Family. We celebrate all babies born between one Rosh Hashana to the next. We have a special family singing service in the Chapel and then move on to the big sanctuary where all the families stand under the chuppah on the bima. A gift bag is given to each family as well as a special Kiddush that day.

Ceremonies

We offer opportunities throughout the year for families to learn and celebrate together as a Kehillah, a community. We want your family to feel part of the B’nai Amoona family.

Kitah Bet Havdalah

For our students in our religious school, Kitah Bet culminates their study of Havdalah with a special Havdalah service. The students lead Havdalah for their family and friends. This year the ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2018.

Third Grade B’nai Mitzvah Journey

B’nai Mitzvah dates are handed out each year to our third graders. This is done during our B’nai Mitzvah Journey. Parents come together to begin the B’nai Mitzvah journey with a study opportunity with Rabbi Rose and Liessa Alperin. Families consider actions they can begin now in order to start their family on the best path for the B’nai Mitzvah experience they envision. Following the conversation the students begin their journey by receiving their date, a blessing and a book to help mark this important milestone. This year the ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 29, 2018.

Siddur Ceremony

At our Siddur Ceremony, we honor all of our 3rd grade students with their own siddur. This ceremony recognizes our students increased abilities to become active participants in the synagogue service. The Ceremony is followed by a family Shabbat dinner. This year the ceremony will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017.

Confirmation

Our 9th grade students are Confirmed during a Friday evening service. It is a time when our teens confirm their commitment to Jewish values and observances.  This year the ceremony will be on Friday, May 4, 2018.

Tikkun Olam Day

In honor of Martin Luther King Weekend, each year we hold a Tikkun Olam morning. All families with children in the Meyer Kranzberg Learning Center, Youth Groups, and Day School are invited to join together to help make a difference in our world. The activities change from year to year including cooking, painting, cleaning and running a fun, station-based morning for the children at Gateway180.

There are stations setup at B’nai Amoona to make soup packets, dog biscuits, and learn about what Tikkun Olam means. In the past, families also participated in a Family Trivia Morning where all the proceeds went to support scholarships to Camp Ramot Amoona. It is a fun morning where we help make our small corner of the world a little better through our actions.

In 2018, we honored Jan Baron for her many years of services to B'nai Amoona and the St. Louis Community. 

Tue, September 25 2018 16 Tishrei 5779