The Reform Temple of Forest Hills

Young Families

Families with young children are always welcome at The Reform Temple of Forest Hills. Home to a vibrant, inclusive community that celebrates the next generation of Jewish families, we invite you to join us to make lasting connections, share in engaging Jewish experiences, and deepen your children’s connection with Judaism.

At RTFH, we recognize the unique joys and challenges of nurturing Jewish children in today’s world. We strive to offer dynamic, meaningful programs for children throughout the year.

Services for Children and Families

Families with children age 5 and younger are invited to join us for Temple Tots! These joyful and interactive sessions with our Rabbi, Cantor, and other members of the RTFH community are especially designed for our youngest congregants. 

High Holidays: On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we offer two special services for children and their families—Temple Tots for children 5 and younger and a Children’s Service for children age 5 and up. Both interactive services are open to the greater community (no ticket required).

Children of all ages and their families are especially welcome at Shabbat Reshon. These Shabbat family services are held on the first Friday of each month at an earlier time (6:15 pm) and feature our junior and teen choir. Each Shabbat Reshon, a different class from our Religious School helps to lead our community in prayer, song, and Jewish learning. Shabbat Reshon is always followed by a community dinner where we eat a delicious meal and celebrate Shabbat together.

In our RTFH Religious School, children in grades Pre-K through 7 forge lasting bonds with Jewish friends, explore Jewish teaching, and celebrate what it means to be Jewish. 

Teens: After their B’nai Mitzvah, teens at RTFH continue to connect with each other and with their Jewish identities through Confirmation with Rabbi and ToFHY (Temple of Forest Hills Youth). ToFHY teens meet regularly for engaging programs with their peers, special trips, mitzvah opportunities, and Jewish fun.