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"We all want to be together, to enjoy Jewish activities and watch our children enjoy them, too...
that's the spirit of the group." 

-Stephanie De Falco, founding FoRT Co-Chair

“FoRT was perfect for me to get to know other parents of young kids in a city where I had no family.
I want my kids to understand the meaning of a Jewish community.”

– Alexis Nordrum, former FoRT Co-Chair

Come into the FoRT! FoRT (young Families of Rockdale Temple) is in its eighth year as a growing community of Jewish families with children ages 0-6 (and older siblings) at Rockdale Temple. Building FoRT means offering family-friendly events, building connections among young families, and sharing resources for living Jewishly with little ones! We hope you'll join the FoRT--members and non-members alike are welcome.

upcoming fort events

Parent Gathering / FoRT Committee Meeting
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 - 5:30-7:00pm
MPH Brewing in Montgomery
RSVP to Rabbi Kahan

FoRT High Holy Day Services, Interactive Experiences, and Childcare
Rosh HaShanah morning: Monday, September 26, 2022 | Yom Kippur morning: Wednesday, October 5, 2022
9:30: FoRT Service / 10:00 Interactive Family Experience / 11:00 Childcare
Celebrate these holy days with meaningful, musical services in Rockdale's Messer chapel! Services are followed by special, FoRT-focused family experiences. At 11am, families may take advantage of childcare for their kids in order to attend Rockdale's main services (an adult must stay on campus). Registration is required for interactive experiences and childcare - REGISTER HERE!

FoRT Sukkot Playgroup
Sunday, October 9, 2022 - 10:00-11:00am
Rockdale Temple

Erev Simchat Torah with Consecration with Congregational Dinner
Sunday, October 16, 2022 - 5:30 dinner / 6:30 service
Celebrate with our kindergarteners and new students as we mark their official beginning of Jewish learning! This upbeat, interactive, musical service will engage the whole family. Join us prior to services for a congregational dinner! We'll have you home in time for bed.
Register for dinner (coming soon).

Challah! It's FoRT Shabbat & Brunch!
Saturday, November 12, 2022 - 10am-12pm
Braid and decorate your own challah, then let it bake while enjoing FoRT Shabbat services in the chapel. After prayer, music, and stories, eat your challah and enjoy brunch and casual playtime with other FoRT families.
Register (coming soon)

all about fort

FoRT Shabbat is held monthly on Friday evening, Saturday morning, or Saturday evening, giving every family the opportunity to find a Shabbat experience that fits their schedule. Our half-hour services are geared toward our youngest kids, but designed to engage the adults in their lives, too! Jewish music, dancing, rituals, and stories are at the center of every FoRT Shabbat. Kids are encouraged to be themselves--singing loudly, dancing in the aisles, sitting on the bimah with our rabbis, and participating in every aspect of the service. All FoRT Shabbat experiences include a free meal and time for open play, crafts, and community building. Past FoRT Shabbatot have featured superheroes, challah baking, and Havdalah PJ parties--just to name a few!

In addition to FoRT Shabbat, participants can enjoy activities like Spaghetti in the Sukkah, FoRT on the Farm, Sunday morning musical playgroups, Game Day gatherings, Shabbat meals in members' homes, and more. Many of our events begin with services or rituals, and a meal for the whole family, then split off into two tracks--activities and snacks for kids, and schmoozing and drinks for adults. We're dedicated to making space for parents to make community! 

Have an idea for a great FoRT event? Want to connect with other young families? Let us know! FoRT is led by Chair Jenae Jacobson, Rabbi Meredith Kahan, and a dedicated committee of parents of young children. We send periodic emails with our upcoming events and opportunities to connect, as well as let participants know via invitation, email, and Facebook of big programs and special projects. You can also stay updated with FoRT and connect with families in real time via our Facebook group. Contact the FoRT leadership team any time at

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