The Happy Minyan provides free, daytime childcare programming on Shabbat and High Holidays. Our childcare facility is loving called The Loft – a clean, bright and safe space located just above the shul at 9214 West Pico Blvd. Access is limited to childcare providers and the children and parents of the childcare program. We currently provide two age groups, our Simcha Buddies (ages 6 months to 5 years) and our Pre-Teens (ages 6 to 11 years old).
Morah Jenna Rubin, Simcha Buddies Madricha and Head of childcare programming. Our warm and safe childcare program is run by Morah Jenna Rubin. Jenna has her Masters in Education and has been working in the field of Jewish Early Childhood Education for over 15 years. She has been a Nursery School Director, a Jewish Curriculum Specialist and a teacher of young children in the Los Angeles area. She currently teaches kindergarten at Hillel Hebrew Academy while raising three little ones of her own along with her husband, Seth. Gavi Kollin, Pre-Teen Head Madrich Gave is a Senior High School student who previously worked in childcare at Temple Beth Am. He leads our pre-teens with a big smile and lots of great energy!Sample of our Shabbat Day Childcare schedule:Simcha Buddies:9:30-10:30 Free play
10:30-11:00 Snack and story time with Parasha
11:30-11:50 Circle time and davening
11:50-12:00 Kiddish and oneg
12:00-12:20 Movement games / yoga12:20-12:30 Clean upPre-Teens:9:30-10:00 Free Play (board & card games)
10:00-10:30 Davening, led by Madrich
10:30-11:10 Snack & sports outside
11:10-11:40 Parsha review, game and discussion11:40-12:20 Free play12:20-12:30 Clean up
From mid October to mid March we begin our Leil Shabbat service when Shabbat begins. During these months Mincha on Fridays will always begin at the candle lighting time for that week, followed by Kabbalat Shabbat and maariv.