For Families with Kids going into K-5th Grade

Family Together

Shabbatify brings together elementary school families for meaningful and fun-filled Shabbat and Sunday afternoons, with activities for kids and parents to enjoy both as a family and separately. 

Make Breakfast Bags for Seniors with Interfaith Ministries

Sunday, Feb 26 | 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Interfaith Ministries | 3202 San Jacinto St. Houston

Families will create Breakfast Bags for Meals on Wheels seniors. Each bag will provide one week's worth of breakfasts for each recipient. These clients are people who cannot do their own cooking and do not have anyone to cook for them.

This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to learn about giving back, and to see how their effort can really make an impact on someone's daily life.
This project is for kids ages 6 & up, and their parents. Babysitting will not be provided for younger siblings.

Free & open to the public

Space is limited | RSVP

Shabbatify Goes to the Movies!

Sunday, March 5 | 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Family Film Screening with Shabbatify: "Guavas"
Part of the Houston Jewish Film Festival
For Families with Children Ages 6 and Older 

Billie and her parents have moved to an apartment house in a new town. Billie’s new home is populated by a group of most peculiar types, human, animal, and puppets: Pertchik, a puppet and building superintendent, Giovanni and Yardus, the hairdresser and his assistant, and Shlihta, the dog.

Outside is a guava tree containing a treehouse and a hammock that the mayor’s assistant threatens to cut down. Billie is called to action and leads the social protest movement to save the tree.

Families will make Mishloach Manot (festive gifts for the holiday of Purim) and enjoy popcorn and other movie snacks during the film.

$10 Family Ticket | Purchase Tickets

Shabbatify Goes to the Nature Discovery Center!

Saturday, March 18
Spend Shabbat afternoon with us out in nature. Kids will enjoy a Back to the Bone animal lesson while parents have fun with an outdoor scavenger hunt. Then the whole family will come back together for a brief hike in the woods.


Save the Date

Tuesday, April 11
Shabbatify and Mishpacha & Me will hold a joint Second Night Seder for the whole family to enjoy. Kids will learn about the Passover story in a fun way.

Saturday, May 13-Sunday, May 14
Shabbatify goes camping! Families will celebrate L'ag B'Omer with a campout at the Merfish. Everyone can take part in sports, swimming and of course s'mores!

Saturday, June 17 | 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
It’s time for the 2nd Annual Shabbatify Pool Party! Everyone will swim, climb and slide after hours at the pool. There will be frozen treats and poolside Havdalah, too. FREE.


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Meet Our Family Outreach Specialist
Rachel Teichman

Rachel TeichmanRachel Teichman has a BA from the University of California, San Diego, and an MBA from San Diego State University. She has spent much of her career in the arts and writing fields, and all of her volunteer work has involved Jewish and educational organizations.

She moved to Houston two years ago, and has been an active member of the Mishpacha & Me committee. A mother of two, she has been enjoying exploring Texas with her family, and is excited about launching Shabbatify! Please feel free to contact her with with any comments or suggestions.


For more information about Shabbatify, please contact Rachel at or 832.408.3510, ext. 3259.


Funded in Part by the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston