Parenting & Young Families Programs

Find community and support as you navigate the epic journey and joys of parenthood.

Children bring a unique blessing into the world. Temple Emanu-El offers a number of engaging and entertaining opportunities to share the wonders of Jewish culture and holidays together as a family.

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Clergy Leader
Rabbi Amy B. Ehrlich

Staff Contact
Marni Turner-Serbin


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Parenting Groups & Classes

Please note: Many of these classes and programs are on pause through the summer. Please email us at for more information.

Our parenting groups and classes provide a safe discussion space for you to connect with other parents and offer your children a rich experience as they engage in guided developmental play. Our parenting staff works together to create fun, informative and Judaism-focused programming for the many young families at Emanu-El.

Working Moms Group

This class focuses on the nuances of balancing personal and professional responsibilities.

New Parents Group

A supportive, caring group for new parents and children 2 to 12 months old.

Twos Group

Children 21 to 28 months old participate in a stimulating structured playgroup, and parents participate in discussions intended to help them gain insight into their parenting choices.

Toddlers Group

Explore with children 12 to 21 months old and share helpful parenting skills with others in our community.

New Dads Group

A new supportive, caring group for fathers. More information coming soon. 

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Our Growing Families

Welcoming younger siblings: This new group focuses on discussing challenges and issues that arise in shifting family dynamics and relationships when new siblings are born.

Shabbat & Holiday Celebrations

Tot Shabbat

Jewish educator and Rabbi Amy Ehrlich partners with early learning specialist Shira Kline to make each Tot Shabbat “singing service” memorable. Tot Shabbat is geared specifically for preschool and Nursery School students and their families. There is no charge for this program, but please register in advance.

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Baby Shabbat

Introduce your baby to the music and blessing of Shabbat and a taste of challah with Rabbi Amy Ehrlich and early childhood specialist and musician Hadar Orshalimy. Proud grandparents are welcome to join us, too! There is no charge for this program, but please register in advance.

Holidays & Special Events

Join in on all that Young Families has to offer! Sing, dance and play with us during holidays and special parties just for you and your family. Find out what events and holidays are coming up by viewing our Young Families calendar (click below).

Weekly & Monthly Groups

Baby Fingers

Baby Fingers will return as part of a baby sign language mini-series. Whether you intend to incorporate sign language in your life for the long term or simply during this pre-verbal and developing verbal time, watch in awe as your child discovers the world of language.

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Jewish Storytime: Babies of the Book

A place for children up to age three (with their favorite adult) to join us for stories, songs and fun at the Temple Emanu-El Stettenheim Library. Each session focuses on a specific theme or a Jewish holiday. There is no charge for this program, but please register in advance.

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Baby Yoga

Karma Kids Yoga studio comes to Emanu-El with a monthly series where children are encouraged to “play” yoga and experience how their breath and body move together in a fun-filled way.  There is no fee for this program, but please register in advance. For ages 3-18 months.

Grandparents Program

Be the grandparents you want to be! Led by Ellen Davis, Director of the Temple Emanu-El Nursery School, and Rabbi Amy Ehrlich, grandparents will discuss and explore the many ways to support and provide structure for their grandchildren (and adult children). Please note: This program is open to Temple Members only.

Expectant Parents Group

Prepare for parenthood by taking part in a dynamic lecture series focusing on topics ranging from labor and delivery, healthy sleep habits, developmental milestones, infant CPR and postpartum health, to the unique joys and rituals of welcoming a Jewish child. Sessions will help you feel informed, empowered and ready for this next chapter. Click below to email Marni at for special member pricing. To learn more, visit

Baby Bop

Baby Bop introduces toddlers, with their favorite adults, to Jewish holidays, a bit of Hebrew, and free play. Early childhood specialist and musician Hadar Orshalimy leads these small groups with her enchanting voice and engaging style. 

Families, what can we help you with today?

Have questions about family programming? Contact Young Families – 212-507-9515

PJ Library

Temple Emanu-El partners with PJ Library for a number of our Young Families programs. For more information about PJ Library and to request free Jewish books for your children, click here.