In addition to encouraging Judaic education through the religious school, CBS-CS transmits a love of Judaism to its children through enjoyable and meaningful activities for youth of all ages.
CBS-CS holds monthly Family Services called Shorashim, which means “roots” in Hebrew. Shorashim services include prayers from the Shabbat service and songs to encourage a joyous welcoming of Shabbat through community singing and dancing. Shorashim services, aimed primarily at Pre-Kindergarteners through fourth graders, give our younger members roots in Jewish prayer, Jewish learning and Jewish community.
Monthly Friday night Shorashim services are from 7:30 pm – 8:15 pm and are followed by an Ice Cream Oneg. On some Shorashim Friday nights, the service is preceded by a light dairy dinner. Monthly Saturday morning Shorashim services are from 10:30 am – 11:30 am and frequently scheduled when there is also a Shabbat Spot for the whole congregation, which includes a light lunch. USY teens help to organize activities and games for younger children.
Everyone is always welcome to join these services at any time.
Twice a year, brief Saturday evening PJ Havdalah services are held when families can attend in their pajamas (hence the nickname PJ Havdalah) to bid adieu to Shabbat as a community and share a story and light snack.
A special Shabbat service is held each year for high school graduates when they receive gifts from the congregation to enrich their Jewish experiences as they move forward. CBS-CS also keeps post-high school young adults connected to Jewish life with mailings on the Jewish holidays.