Youth & Family Services

At Melville Jewish Center there is a strong partnership between home, school and Synagogue; our collective goal is to give our children the tools to live meaningful Jewish lives.

In the classroom we teach children about prayer and about belonging to a holy community, yet the classroom experience can never replace actively joining others in prayer on a regular basis. We believe it is vital that our children feel comfortable in the Synagogue and competent in leading, following and participating in Shabbat and holiday services.

It is our hope that Religious School students regularly attend Shabbat services either Friday night and/or Saturday morning with an adult family member. Prayers that are introduced in the classroom need to be practiced and reinforced in order to be learned. Throughout the year, there are special services led by our students to give them them the opportunity to show off their newly learned skills.