Central Tots

At Central Synagogue

We are thrilled to offer interactive and engaging classes led by warm and experienced early childhood educators. Any questions? Please contact Tamar Davis.


Central Babies

Drop in with your baby for discussion and expert guidance.

January 11, 2018 through June 7, 2018
Summer Session: June 28, 2018 through August 9, 2018
Thursdays, 12:15-1:00pm, with the exception of holidays and school vacations.
Children Birth-12 Mos. with a Parent
Thinking about establishing routines? Find it hard to commit to a class every week? Come to Central Babies, one of Central Tots’ drop-in classes for parents who are expecting or have a new baby, where you pay as you go. Each session is facilitated by an expert on families with infants and toddlers and includes engaging discussions on topics such as:

  • Life with an Infant
  • Who is your child? (Nature vs. Nurture)
  • Sleep (or Lack of Sleep!)
  • Birth Order
  • The Social World of an Infant
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    Baby Book Club

    Drop in with your baby for story time fun.

    September 27, 2017 through June 6, 2018
    Summer Session: June 27, 2018 through August 8, 2018
    Wednesdays, 12:15-1:00pm, with the exception of holidays and school vacations.
    Children Birth-12 Mos. with a Parent or Trusted Grown-Up
    Baby Book Club is one of Central Tots’ drop-in classes for babies where you pay as you go. It is an engaging story time led by warm and experienced early childhood educators. Each session includes stories, songs, play time for children, and opportunities for adults to learn about age appropriate books, finger plays and songs to share with your baby. Leave each session with a new book!

    No RSVP Required • Pay as you go, $20/session
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    Single and five session packages are available.


    Midday Music (2018-19)

    Drop in with your baby to sing and play with Shira.

    Summer Session: June 26, 2018 through August 7, 2018
    Tuesdays from 12:15 pm – 1:00pm, with the exception of holidays and school vacations.
    Children Birth-12 Mos. with a Parent or Trusted Grown-Up
    Bring your little ones to sing and play with Central Synagogue children’s music specialist Shira Kobren Wasserman. Shira is our much loved music teacher in our Nursery School, older Central Tots classes and Shabbat Central programs. We are delighted that she is teaching this fun-filled class for children under 12 months too!

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    Early Explorers (2018-19)

    As your baby gets older, it’s time to explore!

    Mondays, 11:00am-12:00pm
    Children 12-18 Mos. with a Parent or Trusted Grown-Up
    In this Central Tots class children from 12 - 18 months (and their grown up) will create new friendships, learn how to be part of a group, and grow together as they become accustomed to classroom routines while exploring a variety of materials, listening to stories, and experimenting with art, music, puppets and movement. Jewish Holidays and Shabbat are an important part of the classroom experience.

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    Toddler Time (2018-19)

    Introduce your toddler to school.

    Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:00-10:30am
    Children 18-24 Mos. with a Parent or Trusted Grown-Up
    In this interactive and fun filled Central Tots class, children are introduced to school through engagement with blocks, puzzles, art materials, music, movement and stories. While parallel play is the norm at this age, children enjoy being together, and begin to learn how to be part of a group under the guidance of experienced infant and toddler specialists on the Central Synagogue early childhood team. Throughout the year, Jewish holidays and Shabbat are brought to life and celebrated in meaningful, age-appropriate ways.

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    Shabbat A Lot (2018-19)

    Celebrate Shabbat with your child.

    Fridays, 9:00-10:00am or 11:00am-12:00pm
    Children 12-36 Mos. with a Parent or Trusted Grown-Up
    Central Synagogue’s Shabbat A Lot class, taught by children’s music specialist Shira Kobren Wasserman, is the place to come for an interactive Central Tots Shabbat experience each week. This class includes a hands-on art activity, playtime, singing, dancing and Shabbat blessings. Each child will take home a delicious challah every week to celebrate Shabbat at home. Jewish holidays will also be woven into the class sessions throughout the year with age-appropriate toys, songs and storytelling.

    Children enrolled in Section 1 are invited to stay to participate in the Nursery School’s Shabbat celebration with Central Synagogue clergy. It takes place in Beir Chapel (below the lobby level) from 11:00-11:30 am every week.

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    Toddlers Turning Two (2018-19)

    Get a jump start on Nursery School!

    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:00-11:30am
    For children born Sept 1-Dec 31, 2016
    Is your child not quite two? This class is ideal for children who are not quite old enough to enroll in our Nursery School in September but are ready for a robust program. Meeting two mornings each week for 2.5 hours, this early school experience includes socialization with other children, exploring materials, art, movement and story time. Children enjoy playing together, and begin to learn how to be part of a group under the guidance of experienced and warm Central Synagogue teachers.

    Children begin the year accompanied by a trusted grownup. Separation begins in January 2019.  It is not necessary to re-apply to the Nursery School for the 2019-20 school year.

    Registration is full for the 2018-2019 school year.

    These classes are open to both members and non-members. Spots are limited – registration is first-come, first-served. Once a class is filled, we will start a wait list.

    Our People

    Cindy Grebow

    Cindy Grebow

    Early Childhood Director

    Sasha Kopp

    Sasha Kopp

    Assistant Early Childhood Director

    Tamar Davis

    Tamar Davis

    Central Tots Coordinator

    Shira Kobren Wasserman

    Shira Kobren Wasserman

    Family Engagement Music Coordinator