LH Spotlight: Tot Shabbat

United Synagogue of Hoboken is home to the popular preschool program, Kaplan Cooperative Preschool. If you want to expose your child to Jewish traditions, but don't want to send your child to a Jewish preschool (or just want to take advantage of the amazing preschool program offered by the Hoboken Public Schools), then Tot Shabbat might be exactly what you are looking for!

Tot Shabbat is an adorable class where kids light the candles (the pretend ones!), sing Shabbat songs, dance, and eat some Challah. I visited the class with Eliza, and we had a blast. I felt like I was brought back to my childhood with all the singing and dancing, and was kvelling as I watched Eliza shake her tuchus.

I was raised with a strong Jewish faith and foundation. I went to public school all my life, but was immersed in Judaism through Hebrew school and summer camps. I even met my Italian husband on J-Date, but that's another story for another post!

As my husband and I think about what we want for our children, we agree that giving her the same foundation is important to us. We live in a diverse community, and we want her to appreciate and embrace the various cultures that surround us, while having an understanding of her own. Programs like Tot Shabbat are the perfect way to do that!

TOT SHABBAT is for kids ages 0-3 (with a caregiver) and is taught in 4 different locations around Hoboken & Jersey City.


USH (115 Park Ave) 9:30-10:30am

Hudson's House of Play (40 Riverwalk Pl) 11-11:45am Hamilton House, Jersey City (255 Brunswick Street) 3:45-4:30


Urban Jungle (1140 Maxwell La) 4pm


Monroe Movement (720 Monroe Street) from 3:45-4:30pm.

Want some for your older kids?? USH also offers Shalom Chavarim, a 1 hour drop-off program for children 3-5. This is offered at 3 locations:

USH Mondays 4-5pm

Urban Jungle Tuesdays 4-5pm

Monroe Movement Thursdays 3:3-4:30pm


For more information, visit USH/Kaplan website,

or contact Marcy Goldman or Rachelle Grossman


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