Baruch HaShem

A Messianic Synagogue

Shabbat Services 10:40am

6304 Belt Line Rd, Dallas TX 75254

Junior Shabbat Discipline System

A Note to Parents:

Dear Parents,

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your children’s spiritual education! It is a blessing to see them growing and learning in the L-RD.  Junior Shabbat has a very simple vision,  we can most successfully accomplish this vision when we partner with you.

Junior Shabbat ministers to about 60 children, ages 6 to 10 years old, each week! As you can imagine, maintaining order and discipline can be challenging.  To help the children stay focused on good behavior, we review five simple rules in Junior Shabbat. The children are reminded of these rules each time we say “Give Me Five.”  The children respond with a raised hand, which helps to remind them of these five important things:

  1. DON’T TALK WITHOUT PERMISSION
  2. WATCH THE SPEAKER
  3. LISTEN TO THE SPEAKER
  4. THINK ABOUT WHAT THE SPEAKER IS SAYING
  5. KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF

We have developed a “ticket” system (sort of like traffic tickets) to reinforce these rules. To keep our children orderly and accountable, we need your cooperation! To correct inappropriate behavior, one or more of the following steps may be taken:

FIRST Incident: The child will be told that they have had their first (and last) warning.

SECOND Incident: A ticket will be given to the parent/guardian after service.

THIRD Incident (during the same Shabbat service): The child will be escorted to the parent/guardian and a ticket will be issued to the parent/guardian immediately.  The child will sit with their parent/guardian in the adult service for the remainder of that Shabbat and, in addition, a subsequent Shabbat service.

NOTE: The ticket must be presented by a parent/guardian to one of our team members on a subsequent Shabbat and the child must then sit with the parent/guardian for that Shabbat service.

Please help children to understand that participation in Junior Shabbat is a privilege. We believe this system will help the children to learn how to behave in an assembly structure.  Ultimately, an orderly Junior Shabbat will benefit all children and allow us to accomplish even more!

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the BHS office.

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