Jewish Family Network
Metrowest Events & Activities
March 2017
  A collaboration of JFS of Metrowest 
and the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston

Building Community and Connections


Parents and kids 
had  a great time at 
Glow Havdalah!
Our Jewish Family Network Connector Team

Jewish Family Network (JFN) connects young families raising Jewish children ages 0-5 to each other and the Metrowest Jewish community.

Left: JFN Metrowest North Connector, 
      Right: JFN Metrowest South Connector,
Meet Your New Connector!
Nicki Ramshaw is taking over as the new Metrowest Central Connector. Here's a brief introduction. Stop by a playgroup or join us at an upcoming event to meet Nicki and say hello!

I live in Needham with my husband, David, and my two children , Lily (4) and Josh (2). Originally from Newton, I have spent the past fifteen years in the education field, teaching both early childhood and high school students.  I am also involved in community theater, and love to bring characters to life both on stage and at home with my kids as co-stars. Whenever I have the time, I enjoy writing children's stories, often with Jewish themes. I am excited to take on the role of JFN connector, and hope to help strengthen our community by building lasting friendships and supporting each other through our parenting journeys.

PJ Library Books and Blocks Drop-ins
Kids ages 0-5 with an adult
Includes snack and drink for the kids
FREE - NO RSVP'S needed!  

Metrowest North @ Temple Shir Tikva
9:30-11:30 AM
March 2
March 9
March 16
March 23
March 30

@ 141 Boston Post Rd (Route 20), Wayland

Join Connector Amanda and make new friends for you and your kids. Snacks provided.
Contact:  Amanda Glynn

Metrowest Central @ Temple Israel of Natick 
9:30-11:30 AM
March 3
March 10
March 17
March 24
March 31

@ 145 Hartford St, Natick -- Room 13

Join Connector Nicki for a special Shabbat version of our popular playgroup. We'll have challah and a drink and sing fun Shabbat songs.
Contact:    Nicki Ramshaw

Metrowest  South 
check this link for playgroup information:
Connector Jane will be rotating locations for now until a permanent location is determined

Upcoming Programs
PJ Library Celebrates Purim at the Boston Children's Museum
Sunday, March 5  10:00am to 1:30pm

For families with children 0-6

Come in costume and enjoy the Purim revelry! Rock out to award-winning performer Karen K and the Jitterbugs, design your wild and wacky Purim costume, go crazy at the costume ball, enjoy a PJ Storytime LIVE adaptation of "The Purim Superhero," gobble up hamentaschen (Purim pastries), assemble mishloach manot (Purim gift baskets) for friends and family, and much more! You can also enjoy all of your favorite museum exhibits. 

Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress St, Boston
Regular museum admission rates apply

Register here. For more information: or call 617-558-6587

JFN Silly Purim Shabbat Celebration
Friday, March 10  5:30pm to 7:30pm

For families with children 0-6

$20 per family

Get ready for lots of silliness! Dress in costume and end the week with a special Purim puppet show from SillySally's Entertainment. Create a mishloach manot (Purim gift basket) to give to someone special and enjoy a light dinner followed by delicious hamentaschen (Purim pastries). 

Community Room at Whitney Place
3 Vision Dr, Natick

Register here by March 5 - space is limited! I n case of inclement weather on the day of the event, call 508-879-3300 for update

Welcome Baby! Parents Night Out ( Adults only)
Thursday, March 16  7:30pm

Yearning for some adult time out? Join us for a fun and casual evening at Jack's Abby, a local favorite located in  downtown  Framingham. Meet other Metrowest parents with babies (up to one year of age), try some fresh local brews, and enjoy delicious pub fare. Cost is on your own.

100 Clinton St, Framingham

RSVP here by March 13
For more information, email or call 508-879-3300
A Jewish Family Network program, in collaboration with JCC of Greater Boston and Jewish Family Service of Metrowest.

Welcome  Baby! Brunch, First Year, First Foods
Sunday, April 2  10am to 11:30am
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Meet other parents and babies in your area at this casual Sunday brunch. Join nutrition expert and registered dietician Joanne L. Csaplar MS, Rd, LDN for an interactive discussion and demonstration on how to help your baby advance from a liquid diet to table foods. Get your questions answered about common food-related concerns and sensitivities. 
Community Room at  Whitney Place
3 Vision Dr, Natick

Register here by March 29. Contact or 508-879-3300 with questions.
A Jewish Family Network program, in collaboration with JCC of Greater Boston and Jewish Family Service of Metrowest

JFN Shabbat Getaway at Great Wolf Lodge
Friday, May 19 to Saturday, May 20

For Metrowest families with children 5-10 years (siblings welcome)

Come together and have a blast with other families at this overnight adventure to Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg, MA. JFN secured a fantastic package deal just for our group, including Friday Shabbat DINNER and Saturday BREAKFAST! Make sure to save your family's spot right away! Click here for more info and to register. Space is limited, subject to availability. 
This program is generously funded by a Combined Jewish Philanthropies Metrowest Community grant
Welcome Baby!
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If you are expecting or have recently delivered or adopted a new baby, you are eligible for  a special "Welcome Baby" visit and gift.  Click the link below to sign up or contact us by phone at 508-879-3300 or by  email .

Sign up below:

"Like"  Welcome Baby!  on  Facebook ! L ocal parenting information, and ways to connect with other families with babies during their first year of life. 

PJ Library
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Free Jewish books for children ages 0-6
  Book Clip Art
S elections feature a wide array of themes such as Jewish holidays, folktales and Jewish family life. Sign up to have your child receive a free Jewish book in the mail each month!
Register online, via email, or by phone at 617-558-6587.

March Birthdays
They grow up so fast...

JFN wishes all of our March little ones a very happy birthday!

**Due to privacy concerns, we will no longer be listing individual names and birthdates**
Tot Shabbat and Other Children's Services

Temple Beth Torah  Holliston March 11 at 7:00pm Community Purim Celebration 

Temple Shir Tikva Wayland March 4 at 9:30am Shabbat Yeladim  

Temple Beth Am  Framingham March 17 at 6:00pm Shabbat Family Potluck dinner followed by Shabbat Family Service 

Temple Israel of Natick  Natick March 3 Shabbat Across America; March 4 and March 18 at 10:30am Tot Shabbat

Temple Etz Chaim  Franklin  March 10 at 6:00pm Purim Dinner and Service 

Temple Beth Sholom Framingham March 3 at 6:00pm Shabbat Across America Shakin' Shabbat and Community Dinner 

Temple Kerem Shalom Concord March 12 at 10:30am Family Purim Celebration

This Month's FYI
Have fun creating these Purim crafts!

Purim Face Mask Printables

Coffee Cup Noisemaker

Purim Character Puppets

Easy Hamentaschen Recipe

Easy Home-made Noisemaker

Inside-Out Grogger

Color by Number Queen

Community Connections
Metrowest Synagogues-Nort h
Metrowest Synagogues-Central
Metrowest Synagogues-South
R=Union for Reform Judaism
C=United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

Important Resources

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Your one stop resource for all things Jewish in the Greater Boston area.

While browsing, check out Jewish Family Network's  blog  under Personal Stories, where you can find JFN profiles with some of the amazing people in our community, all in one place.  

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