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Childcare for the High Holidays 2022

We are pleased to announce our exciting children’s programming for the High Holidays for children, 0 – 6th grade. Experienced teachers, mothers and caregivers will lead all groups. The programs will include age appropriate prayers, games, stories, and songs.

The program this year will differ slightly than previous years. In past years, the number of willing mothers that volunteered from the membership was enough to staff all our child care groups and times. However, due to changes in the demographics of our shul, this year there will be a need to require any parent that wants to send their children to childcare to take a slot.

On Rosh Hashana, we will continue to have a combination of mothers from the shul and hired help watching and educating the children. We very much value the love, care and education that only the mothers from the community can provide and therefore offer, as in years past, incentives for the mothers to volunteer.

  • When a mother volunteers for 1 time slot on Rosh Hashana, her family will be granted free child care for her children on Rosh Hashana.
  • If a mother volunteers for 2 time slots on Rosh Hashana, her family will be granted free child care for her children on Rosh Hashana and one free seat for both Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

Childcare for Yom Kippur will be all hired caregivers. As such, we will be charging a separate fee for Yom Kippur child care.

In addition, each of the upstairs classrooms will be available to be reserved by a pair/group of mothers that wish to switch off at shul, as opposed to at home. Those that reserve a classroom will have exclusive access to that room for the hours of 10 am - 2 pm. Their names will be posted on the door. The reservations will be granted on a first come first serve basis. There will be a $20 fee per group to cover the cost of the clean up afterwards. Kindly contact R’ Hillel Muller directly to reserve a room.

Rosh Hashana Child Care Fees:

  • $50 for one child.
  • $25 for each additional child.

Yom Kippur Child Care Fees:

  • $50 for one child.
  • $25 for each additional child.

Ohr HaTorah strives to offer the best program possible, weighing all the variables involved. It is difficult to design a system that works well for different types of families and different age groups. As in previous years, the shul offers the child care program only to aid families get the most out of the High Holidays and therefore does not encourage members to participate in the program should it not be ideal for them. We recognize that some families would rather switch off with friends at their own homes or hire their own help in their homes and that is another great option.


Guidelines for High Holiday Child Care:

We request that parents remain on the shul premises while their children are in childcare. The caregivers will come and get you if your child is very unhappy.

Before Yom Tov, please put your child’s name on 2 bags for their lunch, bottle, blanket, etc.

Please provide your own children with a parve or dairy lunch. NO MEAT. Please do not send anything that contains peanuts or tree nuts. (This includes, but is not limited to, peanut butter, Bamba and Honey Nut Cheerios.) The shul will provide snacks.


Child Care Times:

Rosh Hashana: Monday, September 26th and Tuesday, September 27th                                                                                           

Session I:        9:15 AM – 11:45AM     

Session II:       11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

Yom Kippur: Tuesday Night, October 4th and Wednesday, October 5th

Kol Nidre:       7:15 PM – 9:15 PM

Session I:        10:00 AM – 12:00 PM   

Session II:       12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Neilah:            6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Reservations can be made for childcare and to volunteer through the childcare option on the High Holiday reservation form.

Mothers that wish to volunteer may also contact R’ Hillel Muller directly to request specific days and times. 

Wed, September 27 2023 12 Tishrei 5784