(Children up to age 6 and their families)

JTot offers opportunities for families to connect and form bonds through local fun, joyous, educational, spiritual, musical and social Jewish experiences all year round! Shabbat your thing? Try Shabbat in Bloom, a Spring and Summer parks program or get out with your family on a Saturday night in the Winter and join your community for a Havdalah PJ party! Not sure what your Jewish ‘thing’ is? You’ve come to the right place – Family Connectors in communities around Greater MetroWest can guide you and your family to identify the next step – or first step – along your Jewish journey!  Some families start a new Jewish holiday tradition, join a synagogue, become a member of a JCC or choose the right Jewish preschool or summer camp…we can help you identify what make most sense for you and your family.

Here Are Some Things The Jewish Learning and Life Committee Should Know About

A Continental Scan and a Local Chat About Jewish Early Childhood and Family Education

In the fall of 2017, The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life, a department of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, set out to understand some of the more complex dimensions of what people refer to as “early childhood education.” After reviewing literature and data suggested by peers in other Jewish communities we compiled this Summary document. We then invited Federation leaders to a moderated dialogue with two leading practitioners. As this was designed to inform a Federation planning and allocations process, we concluded with an exercise to understand how new learnings might inform such a process.

Here Are Some Things To Know About Jewish Early Childhood and Family Education (PDF)

Upcoming Events

  • JTot in the Park

    Sunday, August 12: 10 a.m.
    Ponderosa Park, Scotch Plains
    Join us for music and fun in the park for our signature PJ Library program. Don’t forget your picnic blanket! Best for children under 5. Siblings are welcome!

  • Night at the Ballpark

    Sunday, July 29: 4 p.m. Pre-game festivities • 5 p.m. First Pitch
    TD Bank Ballpark
    1 Patriots Place, Bridgewater
    Join your Jewish community for a fun summer family event! Experience the excitement throughout the evening on the field, on the concourse, and in the stands, with special activities just for us!

  • Contact

    Leemor Ellman
    Director of Empowerment for Families with Young Children
    Phone: (973) 929-2979
    Email: lellman@jfedgmw.org


  • Family Connectors

    Family Connectors are parents who can chat with you about how to navigate Judaism in our Greater MetroWest communities (including information about camps, synagogues, schools and other services), find Jewish family friends and create meaningful Jewish home rituals like celebrating Shabbat or an upcoming holiday. You don't have to be new to your community to contact one of these parents!


  • Advancing Professional Practice

    The place where Greater MetroWest early childhood educators in synagogues, day schools, camps, and JCCs can connect, network, learn, and grow together. Find out about the Annual Early Childhood and Family Empowerment Conference, Community of Practice, and Special Needs Consultative Services.


  • Shtick Together

    To create and nurture small groups of families that come together on a regular basis to celebrate Shabbat and create new friendships along the way.


  • Easy Jewish Family Fun

    Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, together with our friends at PJ Library and the excellent Jewish day schools in our community, welcome you to a range of FREE dynamic programs geared towards families with young children.




NIght at the Ballpark

Somerset Patriots BallPark



PJ Library's JTot in the Park - Ponderosa Farm Park, Scotch Plains

Ponderosa Farm Park 1600 Cooper Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076



FREE Family Fun Day at Camp

Camp Nah-Jee-Wah 570 Sawkill Road
Milford, PA 18337