From tots to teens, our Youth programs enhance synagogue life for kids at Ahavat Achim. Programs include:


Shabbat Youth Groups 

  • Tot Shabbat Parents & Me (4 years and younger) @ 10:00 AM: Children 4 years and younger meet in the youth room to the left upon entry to the social hall at 10:00 AM. Tot Shabbat tefillah is led by Perri Mayer and begins at 10:30 AM.
  • Shabbat Groups (Kindergarten to 2nd Grade) @ 9:45 AM: Children in kindergarten to 2nd grade meet in the youth room to the right upon entry to the social hall at 9:45 AM. This group will be run by our wonderful youth leaders and includes Tefillah, Parsha questions, and games. Parents are encouraged to drop their children off.
  • Chaburah (3rd grade and older) @ 10:15 AM: Children in 3rd grade and older meet in the Beit Midrash at 10:15 AM. Come for Torah learning, Parsha questions, and games.


Teens are an essential part of the Hashkama Minyan, leading services, layning, and acting as gabbais.

Pirkei Avot By Teens For Teens gives teens a chance to prepare and present weekly shiurim on ethics following the Hashkama Minyan.

NCSY, Friday Night Lights, and special programs with Rabbi and Rebbetzin Shestack provide social and intellectual stimulation for teens and young adults home from college throughout the year.

Bar and Bat Mitzvah learning. Members’ children prepare for their Bar and Bat Mitzvah by learning a subject of their choice with Rabbi Shestack. The opportunity to learn with their rabbi not only deepens their Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience, but offers a unique chance to bond with a dynamic rabbi who is truly interested in their transition into full members of the Jewish community.

Congregation Ahavat Achim
18-25 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
Phone: (201) 797-0502