Central Tots

At Central Synagogue

Welcome to Central Tots – Central Synagogue’s community for families with children from Birth – 2 years old! We offer both enrollment-based and drop-in classes, led by warm and experienced early childhood educators. Our 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. Any questions? Please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Early Explorers

12–18 months | In this introduction to a classroom setting, children will create new friendships, learn how to be part of a group, and become accustomed to routines. Our teachers spark their interest with activities such as story time, art, music, puppets, and movement.

September 2020 - June 2021:
Mondays, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Tuesdays, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
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Shabbat A Lot

12–24 months | Give your child an interactive Shabbat experience each week.

At Shabbat A Lot, our students explore Shabbat through singing, dancing, and playing. Children prepare together for Shabbat using props and toys.

Each session ends with a Shabbat celebration, complete with blessings and a taste of delicious challah and grape juice. Every child will take home a challah for his/her family’s Shabbat celebration each week.

September 2020 - June 2021:
Section 1 - Children 18-24 Months: Fridays, 9:30-10:30 am
Section 2 - Children 12-18 Months: Fridays, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
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Children enrolled in the 9:30 am class 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.

Toddler Time

18–24 months | 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 are brought to life and celebrated in meaningful, age-appropriate ways.

September 2020 - June 2021:
Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:00-10:30 am
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:00-10:30 am
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Toddlers Turning Two (2020-21)

Get a jump start on Nursery School!

Is your child not quite two? This class is ideal for children who are not quite old enough to enroll in our May Family Nursery School, which begins 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. Once enrolled in this class, it is not necessary to re-apply to the Nursery School for the following school year.
For children who were born September 1–December 31 and are not old enough to begin nursery school in September.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:00-11:30 am

Registration is closed for the year.

Baby Book Club

Birth–12 months | Whether you’re looking to develop an early love of reading or just get out of the house with your new baby (or both!), join us for an engaging story time plus songs and play.

Led by warm and experienced early childhood educators from Central Synagogue’s Nursery School, it’s also a great time to ask your top infant questions in a relaxed and supportive setting.

Wednesdays, 12:15-1:00 pm, with the exception of holidays and school vacations

No RSVP Required • Pay as you go, $20/session • 5 session package available
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Midday Music (and Movement for Walkers)

Birth–12 months | Introduce your baby to the fun of making music! Central’s beloved, guitar-playing music specialists guide grown-ups in making music with their little ones using puppets, simple percussion instruments, parachutes, and other props.

As your baby learns to walk, transition into our Midday Music and Movement for Walkers, and watch your tot take advantage of his or her new skills.

Tuesdays, 12:15-1:00 pm, with the exception of holidays and school vacations

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Our People

Shira Kobren Wasserman

Shira Kobren Wasserman

Manager of Family Engagement Music & Central Tots

Cindy Grebow

Early Childhood Director

Watch the video to hear Shira sing some reminders about Central Tots classes.