The Tot Shabbat Handbook: A Practical Guide for Engaging Young Families in Congregational Life
Book and CD
Engaging and retaining young families is key to the life of every synagogue, big or small. "Tot Shabbat" worship has become almost universal, but many congregations depend on a single dynamic staff member or must start from scratch when beginning a new program. This long-awaited new resource presents ideas and real-world tips from experts in the field about the who, what, where, when, and why of worship experiences for young families. Features a CD of great music for Tot Shabbat and notes on how to use it, including teaching hand motions and bringing music into your services, even if you can't play a note!
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