Emanu-El is Heading Downtown

In Fall 2022, Emanu-El will open a satellite location within the General Theological Seminary at 440 West 21st Street (between Ninth and Tenth Avenues) in Chelsea. We hope you’ll join us at this new campus for semester-long and drop-in programs for young families.

Downtown events are open to Emanu-El members and non-members.

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Join us downtown for:

  • Let’s Play! at Emanu-El Downtown (starting September 14)
  • Emanu-El Downtown Parenting Groups: New Parents and Toddlers and Twos Parent Group (starting September 15)
  • Drop-In Programs: Music classes, Baby Yoga, Baby Sign Language and more
  • Shabbat Programs: Storytime, Music, Arts & Crafts

and more programming coming soon.

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Emanu-El Downtown: New Year Festival

Sunday, September 18 | 3:00 – 5:oo PM

Join us for a New Year Festival for kids and their grown-ups. Enjoy Ramblin’ Dan, apple and honey tasting, arts and crafts, and more.

Admission is free, advanced reservation is required. 5+ must have proof of vaccination.

This event is open to members and non-members.

NEW! 20% early registration discount
Enter DOWNTOWN for the following programs before September 7

Shabbat Together!

For 12 months to 3 years
Friday: 9:30 AM-10:15 AM
Friday: 10:30 AM-11:15 AM
September 9-December 9, 2022

Join us for a little bim-bam and challah to get kids into the Shabbat spirit. Through movement, music, and crafts, children and their parents/caregivers will come together as a community to celebrate Shabbat.

Those registered for Let’s Play! will automatically be registered for Shabbat Together!

Let’s Play! at Emanu-El Downtown

Mondays and Wednesdays
from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM


Mondays and Wednesdays
from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Fall: September 12 – December 14
Spring: January 9, 2023 – May 24, 2023

For caregivers and children. Children must be 18-26 months as of September 1, 2022

Religious School at Emanu-El Downtown

Wednesdays | 3:30 – 5:00 PM
(with early drop-in from 2:50 PM)

At our school, Jewish learning is always meaningful, relevant, and empowering. And we have a lot of fun! Join the Religious School at Emanu-El Downtown. For learners in grades Pre-K-2.

Downtown New Parents Group

Thursdays | 9:00 – 10:00 AM
September 15 – December 8

A supportive group for new parents of children up to 12 months old. There is no bigger change in life than the experience of becoming a parent, but with the abundance of joy that new babies bring to our lives, there are also challenges! We invite you to join in this supportive, warm environment with other new parents.

Registration is required for the entire semester.

Downtown Toddlers and Twos Group

Thursdays | 10:30 – 11:30 AM
September 15 – December 8

For parents with children 12 to 21 months old. Come explore helpful parenting skills, such as negotiating family roles, effective co-parenting, establishing positive and consistent routines, incorporating Jewish ritual into your family life and finding a healthy balance as a parent.

Registration is required for the entire semester.

And don’t miss these programs for Young Families:

Ramblin’ Dan’s Freewheelin’ Band

Thursdays with Bandleader CJ
10:00 – 10:45 AM (0-4 years)
11:00 – 11:45 AM (0-4 years)
12:00 – 12:45 PM (0-24 months)
4:00 – 4:45 PM (0-24 months)
September 15 – December 15

A longtime New York Family Favorite, Ramblin’ Dan’s Freewheelin’ Band provides high-energy and engaging classes driven by playful musicality and skillful guitar work. Our priorities are having fun, providing a pressure-free and comforting atmosphere, and helping kids gain confidence. You’ll hear everything from Rock ‘n’ Roll, Reggae, Funk, Hip Hop, Folk and Bluegrass. Using music to lead the way, kids will jam along on instruments, use various props for activities, read song-based books, learn sign language, do animal and imaginative play, and, of course, clap, dance and sing along.

Baby Fingers SIGN & SONG at Emanu-El Downtown

Mondays | 1:00 – 1:45 PM
September 12 – December 5 (10-class workshop)

Except: Monday, September 26 (Rosh HaShana), Monday, October 10 (Sukkot, also Columbus Day), Monday, October 17 (Sh’mini Atzeret/Simchat Torah)

Learn new songs and sing your favorites as you learn signs from ASL to support language development, self-expression, and bilingualism. See the research come to life, as music and sign language both aid in the development of language and literacy; these classes are designed for babies and toddlers who are hearing and Deaf, with and without special needs. Give the gift of communication and bond with your baby at Baby Fingers. Come sing & sign with us! www.mybabyfingers.com

Look Who’s Talking

Tuesdays | 4:00 PM
September 6 – November 22 (11-class workshop)

Get an early start exposing your child to language through songs, play, and language development techniques with certified speech-language pathologists! Use learned techniques from the class to enhance your child’s communication skills in their everyday environment. Learn more here.

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