Shalom Baby Monthly Newsletter

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The Shalom Baby newsletter shares wonderful programs for young families, children, and parents throughout the San Diego Jewish community.

For more information on Shalom Baby events, please call 858.362.1352 or email


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PJ Library San Diego

PJ Library San Diego: Thanks to the very generous funding of the Viterbi Family of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, Leichtag Foundation and Jewish Federation of San Diego County.

To receive a FREE high quality Jewish book or cd every month, register your child/children at

The selection and quality are amazing!

Need baby stuff? Have anything you no longer need? Post both on MyJList! This new website functions as our very own CraigsList, where only Shalom Baby and Nierman Preschool families can post their items. Use private discussion boards to share or discuss parenting issues with other parents. Secure, FREE, and it just makes sense!

Register now!

Questions or comments? Please reach out to:

Little Mensches (formerly Mitzvah Kids) aims to provide fun, engaging and enriching opportunities for children between the ages of 4 and 8 to give back to their community. The goal is to Make Kids Into Mensches by allowing "giving back" to become a regular part of these children's lives.

We are excited to announce our next event! We will be partnering with Friendship Circle of San Diego, an organization that enriches the lives of children, teens and adults with special needs through social and recreational experiences.

A representative of Friendship Circle first will do a brief, hands-on training with our Little Mensches to help the children understand - in an age-appropriate way - the limitations that some other children face. (For example, the children may be asked to put socks on their hands and then try to tie their shoelaces, or may be given a marshmallow to hold in their mouths and then try to answer questions.)

Then, we are going to have a big "field day" together, during which our Little Mensches can participate in games and other fun activities with children from Friendship Circle. Light refreshments will be provided. And, as always, we encourage the participation of older children who may want to act as "helpers" in running the games and activities. Please RSVP to We hope to see all of you there - and please feel free to spread the word to anyone else who might be interested. See attached flyer!

Shalom Baby/PJ Library Clothing and Gear Swap
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Item drop off: 9:30 - 10:30 am
Swapping: 10:30 - 11:30 am
Lawrence Family JCC - Details to follow

New Fitness Program at the JCC - Ready, Set, Stroll!
Classes every Friday and begin on Friday, January 9, 2015
The program will include walking/running, body toning and core strength. It's a great opportunity to meet other moms and their babies.
6 week session $60.00; JCC Member Price - FREE
For more information, contact: Click here for the flyer: Ready, Set, Stroll!

Infant Massage 
New session starts Monday, January 5, 12, 19, 26
More information 
Sign up:

Shalom Baby Visits Seacrest Village - Brighten the residents' day! 
Sunday, January 4, 2015 -10:00am - Katzin Residence
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 – 10:45am - Goldberg Residence 
Please call Cynthia at 619-200-6599

Sweet Sounds Music Together at JCC 
New session starting in January.
Please visit 

Shalom Baby Play Groups
A wonderful way to meet other parents and babies.
For more information, email:

Baby Book Club
Group storytelling, flannel board stories, and art projects.
Friday, January 9, 23, 2015
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Lawrence Family JCC
For ages 9 months - 2 years

Sleep Shaping
January dates to be Announced - Sleep Training: 6 months - 13 months 10:30am - 12:30pm
More information
Sign up:
Details to follow



Shalom Baby/ PJ Library and Soille Hebrew Day School Tu B'Shevat Celebration

Sunday, February 1, 2015
San Diego Botanic Garden - Hamilton Children's Garden.
More Details to Follow

Shalom Baby Visits Seacrest Village
Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 10:00am - Katzin Residence
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:45am - Goldberg Residence 
Please call Cynthia, 619-200-6599

PJ Library Storytime - B'nai Tikvah
Tuesday, January 13, 2015,  10:00 - 11 am
2510 Gateway Road, Carlsbad, CA 92009
For more information, please email Vivien Dean at



Nierman Preschool
at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
4125 Executive Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037

Registration Opens Monday, January 12th for the 2015-2016 School Year!
Shalom Baby Families receive PRIORITY during early registration.
Classes fill quickly, so don’t wait!

For information or to organize a tour call 858.362.1354. For information about Nierman Preschool 2014-2015:

Available Parent Participation Options for School
Tot N Company has a few spaces available.
Learn more:

The Language Connection and Enrichment Programs
Participate in our afterschool programs.
Learn more:

Congregation Beth El
8660 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037

Babysitting is now available during our Saturday morning Shabbat services,
from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon, at no charge!

Sorry, no diaper changing will be available.

Tot Shabbat and Potluck Dinner
Friday, January 16, 2015
6:30 p.m. in the Children’s Shul. Join Rabbi Graubart for a fun-filled Shabbat.

PJ Shabbat (No Potluck Dinner)
Friday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Children's Shul. Join Rabii Libman and Craig Parks for an evening of Shabbat songs and fun!

Beth El Babies Farmer's Market Picnic
January 11, 2015 - 10 a.m. stroll through the farmer's market - 11 a.m. picnic on the grassy area behind the market. Spend the morning meandering through La Jolla’s Open Air Market. Meet up with other families at 11am for a picnic lunch. Grab something from the Farmer’s Market Food Court or pick up some fresh produce while wandering around.

Beth Montessori at Beth El
8660 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037

Beth Montessori is a Jewish preschool open to children ages nine months through six years, with Infant Community, Toddler, and Primary Programs. Beth Montessori features a bilingual program where children are exposed to both English and Spanish. This preschool is rich in Jewish values, culture, and traditions.

Supporting Jewish Single Parents
a program of Jewish Family Service
Single Parent Baby Playgroup
Turk Family Center
8804 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123

SJSP Discussion/Networking Group
Thursday, January 8, 2015, 6:00-7:30pm
JFS Turk Family Center, 8804 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123

Meet with other Jewish single parents encountering the issues, challenges, and triumphs of raising a child on their own. Newcomers welcome! A light dinner is provided and a Child Activity Program is available. Space is limited. RSVP to Stephanie Rogart at (858) 637-3080 or

Dudes to Dads
Tuesday, January 6 and January 27, 2015, 5:45 - 7:15 p.m.
JFS North Coastal Office, 285 N. El Camino Real, Suite 215, Encinitas, CA 92024

Led by Jason Kreidman, this meetup is for San Diego dads to discuss, learn, and share experiences on the transition from single man to family man. It's difficult to balance everything: work, kids, and marriage. We all want to be the best at all of them but it's not easy, and not always realistic. Get together with other fathers and discuss parenting techniques, ways to improve your marriage, and tips to enhance the overall quality of your life. Click Here to RSVP. For more information, email

Jewish Family Service of San Diego
8804 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123

Pachie's Place
Jewish Family Service of San Diego
8804 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123

Hand Up Food Pantry
Jewish Family Service Food Bank
Turk Family Center
8804 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123

The Jewish Family Service Food Pantry provides food bags to those in need due to the homelessness, financial difficulties, transitional issues, and other crises. Food bags are available to any person regardless of race, age, gender, or religion. Any individual is eligible to receive food bags from the JFS Food Bank, and must simply complete an Emergency Food Assistance Intake Form.

Congregation Dor Hadash
San Diego Jewish Academy Campus
11860 Carmel Creek Road
San Diego, CA 92130

Creating Jewish Memories at Congregation Dor Hadas in Carmel Valley

Did your child leave a Jewish Preschool?
Are you looking for a fun place for your family to experience Judaism?

Join us on Sunday mornings as we create Jewish memories at Gesher School.
(beginning in Pre-K, for 4 years olds).

Contact Betsy Schneider for details about Gesher School and Dor Hadash or 858-268-3674

And visit our Shalom Baby webpage:

Young Adult Division
Jewish Federation of San Diego County
858.571.3444 x 275

Jewish Federation of San Diego County
4950 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92123

Jewish National Fund

Beth Israel
9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122

Bill and Sid Rubin Preschool
Early Childhood Department

858.900.2530 x 2531
Visit us on the web at
All Early Childhood Programs are open to the entire community.

Bill and Sid Rubin Preschool

Opening Soon: a new Toddler Class this Spring 2015!
Children ages 18 monthes - 2 years are eligible

Applications for the 2015-2016 school year will be available February 1, 2015! Our early childhood education department provides a warm, nurturing experience for the whole family. Please call the Early Childhood Education Office to set up a meeting and tour of our school, or stop by for paperwork. All are welcome.

Parent & Child Programming
All info can be found here:

Songbirds Music
The Fall Session is in progress. You can still join us! Or, plan ahead to the new year! Our Winter Session runs for 10 weeks, beginning on January 8, 2015. Thursdays, 9:15-10 a.m.

Open House
Save the Date! Our 1st Preschool Open House for the 2015-16 School Year will be Wednesday morning, February 11, 2015, 9:30-10:30am. If you can't make this one, join us on March 11th!
Register Here:

Tot Shabbat
Join us for a family-friendly, age-appropriate Shabbat Service at 6pm on February 6th followed by dinner.
To RSVP for the dinner:

Preschool Playdate in the Park
Join the Preschool Community for a Playdate at Nobel Park on January 10, 2015, from 12 - 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the entire community: bring your friends and come make some new ones.
More Info:

Chabad of University City
3813 Governor Drive
San Diego, CA 92122


Congregation Beth Am
5050 Del Mar Heights Road
San Diego, CA 92130

The new Beth Am website is under construction! Please contact the preschool or synagogue for any additional information.

Infant Center Now Open!
Infant and toddler care (6 weeks – 2 year)!  For further information, contact Beth Am Preschool at (858) 481-2893 or

Winter Parent Participation Classes
Weekly Friday classes for infants and Toddlers with their parents (newborn – 2 years).
Beth am Babes (Newborn – 8 months) – Noon – 1:00pm
Tiny Tots (9-15 months) – 10:45am – 11:45am
Kids in Motion (16-24 months) – 9:15am – 1030am
Classes are be taught by Laura Kaufer, former Director of San Diego Music Together.
For further information and enrollment form: Parent Particpation Classes

FREE Infant & Mommy Class
A FREE weekly Friday program is offered for newborns and a caregiver (newborn – 8 months) at noon.  The class is taught by Laura Kaufer, former Director of San Diego Music Together
For further information and enrollment form: Parent Particpation Classes

Playgroup Space Available
Shalom Baby groups invited to use one of our preschool classrooms for morning meeting times.  To schedule your group for a specific time and day please call (858) 481-2893 or email

2015 - 2016 Preschool Registration & Private Tours
Enrollment for the 2015-2016 preschool-year opens in January!
To schedule a tour please call (858) 481-2893 or email

Campfire Shabbat
First Friday of every month. Next service is on Friday, January 2, 2015 @ 7:00pm
For further information: Campfire Shabbat

Rock'n Tots Shabbat
New musical Shabbat service at Beth Am. Service led Rabbi Earne.
Friday, January 23, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
For further information:Rock'n Tots Shabbat

Waters of Eden
441 Saxony Rd
Encinitas, CA 92024

Congregation B'nai Tikvah
at our Convenient North County Coastal location:
2510 Gateway Road, Carlsbad, CA 92009
Visit bnaitikvahsd.comor email

January Family Service - A Musical Family Service with Rabbi Ben & Cantor Larry
Friday, January 9th, 6:30pm - Dairy Dessert Kiddush
Open to the community – Children participate in the service – “Welcome Back after Winter Break”
Visit our Activities Page on the B’nai Tikvah website

Religious School
Tuesday Afternoons
Enrollment Open to Grades 1 - 8
More info: or 760-650-2262 / 858-472-0303

Class for Parents about Judaism
For more information, call Rabbi Ben 760-727-5333 

PJ Library - Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 10:00 am - 11:00 am - stories & songs for young children & parents

San Diego Jewish Academy
11860 Carmel Creek Road
San Diego, CA 92130

Parent Participation class - every Friday  with Teacher Lee - from 9:00 am till 10:30 am. Birth to 18 months accompanied by an adult. Free. Contact Yael Edelstein, Preschool Director at 858-704 3815 or

Prospective Parents Open House - January 14, 2015, from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. Registration is required. Space is limited. RSVP to or call 858-704-3717

Parent Workshop - “Understanding Your Child”- conducted by speaker, author and lower school head Kelley King Wednesday, January 21, 2015, from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. Registration is required. Space is limited. from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Registration is required. RSVP to or call 858-704-3717

Kehillat Ahavat Yisrael
Services Held at San Diego Jewish Academy Moadon
11860 Carmel Creek Road
San Diego, CA 92130

Rabbi Baruch Rock can be reached at

Friday Night Services: 6:30 p.m.
Saturday Morning Services: 9:30 a.m.
Babysitting services Shabbat morning.
Information at

United Jewish Community of Carmel Valley Services held in San Diego Jewish Academy Moadon 11860 Carmel Creek Road San Diego CA 92130 For more info call (858) 633-0181 Email

Chabad Of Carmel Valley
11410 Carmel Country Road
San Diego, CA 92130

Hebrew School (grades k-1)
Sunday Mornings
More info:

Chabad Tutorial Program
One-on-one learning with a skilled educator.
More info:

Mommy & Me Programs and Activities
More info:

Temple Solel
3575 Manchester Ave.
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007

Temple Solel Early Childhood Center
Our mission at Temple Solel Early Childhood Center is to provide a nurturing, stimulating and safe environment in which our children can grow socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically and spiritually every day. Within a framework rich in Jewish values, we strive to nurture, guide and encourage each child according to his or her stage of development and individual learning style. We adhere to an integrated and hands-on approach aimed at fostering self-esteem, creative expression and a lifelong love of learning. For more information

Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2014 Enrollment
Birth –2 with Parent participation
2-4 year old preschool
4-5 year old Junior Kindergarten
5-6 year old Kindergarten

Shabbat Unplugged with Congregational Band
Come to Temple Solel and celebrate a fabulous musical Shabbat Service with us. Our Shabbat Unplugged band will lead a service using contemporary and traditional melodies. For additional information, please go to

Kahal Am: Humanistic Jewish Community of San Diego

Toddler Playgroup
Meets twice a month on Sundays in Encinitas.
Families are friendly and enjoy the experience of cultural Judaism.
More info: Beverly Zarnow, or 858.549.3088.

Tarbuton™ Israeli Cultural Center
11860 Carmel Creek Road
San Diego, CA 92130

Mondays in Encinitas@ Barnes and Noble, Monthly, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. RSVP Here
Fridays in Del Mar@ Del Mar Public Library, Monthly, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. RSVP Here

English and Hebrew speakers welcome! Featuring free books from SP-BA and other classic Israeli Authors and fun activities. Join us for a fun free event.

Questions? Please contact


Temple Adat Shalom
15905 Pomerado Rd
Poway, CA 92064

Ganon Gil Early Childhood Center
15905 Pomerado Rd.
Poway, CA 92064
(858) 451-6558

Developmentally appropriate preschool program for children ages 2-5 years,
which includes arts, crafts, music, science and daily Judaica learning.

Chai Preschool & Infant Center
16934 Chabad Way
Poway, CA 92064
858.451.0455 x 13

Chai Preschool & Infant Center - "Poway’s Best Kept Secret"
Classes/Programs from ages 6 wks - 5yrs of age
Program includes Cooking/Baking, Hebrew, Spanish, Science and Children's Sports
Our ratios are the lowest around, giving the children the highest quality care/learning possible.
Call for a tour now 858-451-0455 x13 or go online to and check us out!

Chabad Hebrew Academy Preschool Village
10785 Pomerado Rd.
Scripps Ranch, CA 92131
858.566.1996 x 1204

Chabad Hebrew Academy Preschool Village has 2 openings in our Infant program and limited openings in 18 Month through Junior Kindergarten programs for the 2013-3014 School Year. CHA is recognized throughout the region as an educational institution of the highest quality with families from all backgrounds and persuasions traveling from across the county to be part of the CHA magical learning environment. Contact our Admissions Office at  858-566-1996 x 1203 and arrange a tour with Ms. Cindee Sutton.

Ner Tamid
15318 Pomerado Road
Poway, CA 92064


Ohr Shalom Synagogue
2512 Third Ave (at Laurel)
San Diego, CA 92103

Tifereth Israel Synagogue
6660 Cowles Mountain Blvd
San Diego, CA 92119

Young Israel of San Diego
7289 Navajo Road
San Diego, CA 92119

Young Israel of San Diego offers family friendly Shabbat services.

Temple Emanu-El of San Diego
6299 Capri Drive
San Diego, CA 92120

Temple Emanu-El is a Reform Jewish synagogue, affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism.
More info: Jessica Kort,

Price Family Preschool of Temple Emanu-El of San Diego
6299 Capri Drive
San Diego, CA 92120

Shabbat Shalom Tot Program:
Fridays 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Join our engaging, interactive Shabbat program for 12-24 month old children who, together with their special adult, will be introduced to the joys of Shabbat. This is a wonderful opportunity for grandparents,  parents, and children to connect  and become part of our preschool community.

Please email for further information.

Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School & Paula Tannen Preschool
3630 Afton Rd.
San Diego, CA 92123
858.279.3300 x 109

Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School & Paula Tannen Preschool
Educating, Nurturing, Inspiring and Connecting the Jewish Youth of San Diego for 52 years
Serving Jewish Families with Children 6 weeks old - 8th Grade
Contact Beth Licha, Director of Admissions, to schedule your tour: , 858-279-3300, x109
Please visit our website at:

Hadassah San Diego
7220 Trade Street, Suite 104
San Diego, CA 92121

Kavod Elementary Charter School
201 Marathon Drive
San Diego, CA 92123

Application Deadline for 2015-2016 - January 30, 2015
More Information and Site Tour Sign Ups at:


Temple Beth Shalom
208 Madrona Street
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Beth Shalom is the South Bay's Conservative Jewish congregation, with a progressive world view and a rapidly growing, multi-cultural, multi-generational membership.

Sefi Day School
380 Telegraph Canyon Rd.
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Sefi Day School is a bilingual Jewish Preschool in Chula Vista. We offer winter camps, spring camps, and a fantastic summer camp.