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Sinai offers free Sunday School for young children

SPRINGFIELD As the school year is about to begin, Sinai Temple opens its doors in several ways for young families. The most exciting way to approach the congregation is by taking advantage of a new program at the congregation. Starting Sept. 10, Sinai will offer free Sunday School for Kindergarten age children. Parents can take advantage of this opportunity without even becoming members of the congregation.

The Kindergarten program meets from September through May between 9 and 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings. During the year, children will be introduced to the Jewish holidays and basic Torah stories through music, stories, and craft activities. Special family programs will also be part of the Kindergarten offering so that parents can have a taste of synagogue life too. Every morning session will also end with an all-school assembly led by Rabbi Mark Shapiro. "Our goal is that no one need be a stranger at Sinai," said Shapiro. "I see the children every week so that each of them feels they know me and I care about them."

Sinai also offers monthly Shabbat services specially designed for young families. The services begin at 7 p.m. and usually end by 8 p.m. followed by snacks and fun. The first "family" service of the year will take place on Sept. 1. Anyone interested in participating is welcome to come on that evening.

To learn more about free Kindergarten or Bagels and Blocks, please call Sinai's Director of Education, Sheila Shear at 413-736-3619. Sinai Temple is located at 1100 Dickinson Street, Springfield, right beside the JCC.