Young Families

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.

Join Us This Fall!

A Letter from Rabbi Amy Ehrlich

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! I hope the coming year will be filled with family, health and wonderful experiences of growth.

As the virus persists, we are dedicated to doing our best to help keep your children safe, so we have pushed the starting date of our programs back. Bop With Us returns in March, when we’ll resume our in-person Young Family Shabbat gatherings and introduce other classes, as well. Of course, as the weeks pass, we’ll continue to reassess transmission rates and health concerns.

While we are not offering in-person experiences in the coming weeks, you and your family might enjoy connecting with a few other Young Families. Whether you prefer to meet in person or on-line, this is a wonderful time to get to know other families with children in the same age and stage. Click here to learn more about Gather Family! Be sure to indicate your preference about how you wish to Gather!

In the meantime, join us on-line for a Bedtime Story. Sign up for PJ Library so your child can receive a Jewish book each month at no cost. Our Grandparents Group returns in the Spring. Be sure to sign up your parents to help them grow into their role, and stay in touch until we can gather in person again.

Wishing you joy and discovery, and health!

Rabbi Amy Ehrlich

New and Upcoming Programs in 2023

Shiru Iti, Sing with Me!
Classes Start in February

For ages 6-24 months
With Hadar Orshalimy

Tuesdays from 10:15-11:00 AM
February 7-May 23 (12 classes)
No classes on February 21, March 21, March 28 and April 4

Temple Members: $360
Non-Members: $420

Tinokim, toddlers, and their grownups learn Hebrew through song, dance, and visuals in this joyous and interactive class led by musician, early-childhood educator and new Ima HADAR. Whether you’re a native Israeli or just want to expose your child to Ivrit – this class is for you!

Baby Shabbat

Baby Shabbat is a 30-minute program designed for younger siblings of Nursery School children, although all children younger than 18 months are welcome to attend. Once a month, from 9:15 AM to 9:45 AM, enjoy the company of other families as we anticipate Shabbat with music, blessings and a taste of challah. There is no charge for this program. The next Baby Shabbat will be on Friday, February 3.

Baby Shabbats (up to 18 months) are held in the Library. Enter through 1 East 65th Street.

Dates for Baby Shabbat in 2023:
January 6
February 3
March 10
May 19

Young Families Shabbat

Young Families Shabbat is created just for preschool and nursery school-aged students and their families. Join Rabbi Amy Ehrlich and Hadar Orshalimy to share joyful music and meaningful rituals in your growing family’s life. Be sure to invite grandparents and other loved ones to join us! Babies are welcome, too! There is no charge for this program. The next Young Families Shabbat will be Saturday, February 11.

Enter through 1 East 65th Street.

Saturdays from 9:00-9:30 AM
Young Families Shabbat 2023 Dates:
January 21
February 11
March 4
April 22
May 6

Boker Tov, Baby!
Register for the Spring Semester

Wednesdays from 10:15-11:00 AM
April 19-May 24 (6 sessions)

Temple Members: $180
Non-Members: $210

Join early childhood specialist and musician Hadar Orshalimy for a lively 45-minute program for children 6 to 24 months and their grownups; each week is filled with music, movement, Jewish holidays, a taste of Hebrew, and free time to make friends and connect with other families.

Emanu-El Downtown

Temple Emanu-El is proud to present Emanu-El Downtown, a new satellite location to connect with and serve families with babies, toddlers, and young children in downtown neighborhoods including Chelsea, the West Village, TriBeCa, and the Flatiron. Emanu-El Downtown will offer educational programs, special events, drop-in classes, and holiday celebrations for young families.

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

Gather & Gather Family

Gather is Emanu-El’s small groups initiative, bringing together congregants from across our community to learn, connect, and grow. These lay-led groups are based upon a range of topics, igniting marvelous conversations and dialogue. In these small groups, meaningful friendships are formed and congregants truly get to know one another.

Gather Family is Temple Emanu-El’s small groups initiative for families with children of the same age and stage. Gather Family is a way to meet new Temple families and deepen existing relationships, as well as an opportunity for members to have fun and get to know one another!

Parenting Groups

Our parenting groups 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, Judaism-focused programming for the many young families at Emanu-El. Please email us at with any questions.

New Parents Group

Stay tuned for upcoming programs for New Parents

Grandparents Group

With Jackie Fisher and Rabbi Ehrlich
Fridays at 10:15 AM, on Zoom
February 17, March 3, 10 and 17
$100 to register for all sessions

Together, we’ll explore the many ways to enhance relationships between the generations: grandparents and their adult children – and grandchildren. This program is open to temple members and grandparents of member families. Register Here.

Toddlers and Twos

Spring 2023 registration for this Parenting Group has closed.

For parents with children 6 months and older. Come explore helpful parenting skills with Dr. Juliet Cooper, 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.

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.