created at: 2013-05-02There are approximately 12,000 young children in Jewish households in the Greater Boston Jewish community. Parents are looking for fun, low cost, high-quality activities to do together as a family, parenting advice, and informal, easy opportunities to make connections and friends. While they can easily find these opportunities in the secular world, there is also opportunity in the Jewish community.

Focusing on the needs of these families is crucial because when parents form positive connections to Jewish organizations and other new parents, they are much more likely to make Jewish choices for their children as they grow. National research shows that many parents who form connections through Jewish playgroups will often choose the same Jewish preschools, day schools, camps and Israel experiences as their new friends. Since the majority of young children in the Jewish community today have one parent born into a religion other than Judaism, it is critically important that we strengthen our community’s efforts to engage these interfaith families.

The Greater Boston Jewish community is now faced with the significant and exciting challenge of identifying, connecting and engaging families with young children to grow and sustain ourselves for the future. CJP has created a comprehensive guide with successful strategies and case examples describing important steps toward making your congregation a place that families with young children call home. We discuss social media marketing efforts, programming ideas, congregational leadership and more. Download the guide below and let us know what you think! We’re always looking for new ideas, strategies and success stories.

Click to download CJP’s Guide to Engaging Families with Young Children in Jewish Life: A Guide for Synagogues.