Submitted by: Wise Temple


Raising young kids can be quite a rollercoaster ride. A Jewish community of people who are on the same ride can sure make it easier. Wise Temple’s Young Family Involvement program (YoFI) is such a community. 

Navigating the twists and turns and laughter and stomach drops of the rollercoaster, YoFI is a place where young families are understood, known, welcomed, and can enjoy the ride together. A distinct benefit of the YoFI program is its inclusion of non-members, as well as grandparents, siblings, other relatives and family friends. (”Yofi” is also an informal Hebrew word that means “good,” “cute,” or “way to go.”)

YoFI provides young families opportunities to grow with other Jewish families, explore and nurture the faith of children, make memories through celebration, and build connections with others. There are benefits for both kids and grown-ups. YoFI provides kids with the chance to play with other Jewish children. There are fun ways to pray and learn about God, and lots of chances to move around and celebrate being Jewish.

For grown-ups, there is time (already organized) to make friends, socialize, and confer with other parents who understand the concerns and issues of raising young children.

There are multiple opportunities to engage with other YoFI families this fall.

On the second and fourth Saturdays of most months at 10 a.m., Wise Center hosts Shababa at Wise, a Young Family Shabbat Service and more. Co-led by Zoe McCoon, this Shabbat morning experience includes a half hour service that is geared toward the youngest children yet is designed for parents and grandparents too. 

Shababa means an open space where children are encouraged to be who they are and grow at their own pace. Music, ritual, and community building are at the core of this special Shabbat morning. Following the service, opportunities for snacks, crafts, and open play abound. 

The Shababa community at Wise is open to members and non-members alike. The Shababa services are created by YoFI, the Young Family Involvement program, and sponsored by the Wise Temple Sisterhood.

Shababa services this fall at Wise Center will be held on Sept. 14, Oct. 12 and 26, and Nov. 9, at 10 a.m.

A special YoFI Rosh Hashanah Service will be held on Monday, Sept. 30 at Wise Center. This adorable service is geared especially toward the youngest children, (0–5), with a special place for their parents, older siblings, and grandparents. The brief service includes music, movement, and a special story. It’s a perfect time to invite young families who are new to the community. Apple-themed snacks and New Year crafts begin at 3:30 p.m., and the Rosh Hashanah worship experience starts at 4 p.m. Tickets not required but please RSVP at Wise Temple’s website. 

YoFI has organized a Rosh Hashanah playdate on Tuesday, Oct. 1 (the second day of Rosh Hashanah) at Blooms & Berries Farm Market in Loveland from 10 a.m.-noon. Back by popular demand, YoFI families are invited for play, an apple-themed snack, and a Rosh Hashanah song session. There is an admission charge which includes admission, hayride, unlimited play (bounce pad, sound garden, duck races, giant slide, spider web, barnyard animals), a small pumpkin from the patch, snacks and cider. 

Cow train and corn maze are an additional fee, paid by attendee. No coupons or season passes for this event.

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