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.

Contact Us

Clergy Leader
Rabbi Amy B. Ehrlich

Staff Contact
Johnny Maldonado

Contact: [email protected]


Join the fun!

New in 2022!

Rooftop Party

Sunday, September 11 from 12:30 – 2:00 PM

Welcome back, welcome home! Start the new year with a reunion of your Emanu-El friends and make new ones on our rooftop play space, with water tables, fun food, and face painting! All families and their guests with kindergarten-age children (ages five and under) are welcome to join us. We can’t wait to see you! Register here.


NEW! Introducing Team Dad, one of our newest Gather Groups. This group is an inclusive, no-judgment space to share all your hopes, fears, expectations, wisdom, pro tips, and life hacks for Jewish fatherhood. Are you a new dad, an experienced dad, or a dad-to-be? Are you married to a dad? Do you have a dad? As long as you’d like to help others – and, maybe, yourself – in what might be the most meaningful work of our lives, then this is the group for you. We’ll meet each month, using a short reading or question as a prompt for thoughtful conversation. All genders and family types warmly welcomed. Click here to register.

Emanu-El 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.

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

20% early registration discount
Enter DOWNTOWN for select programs before
September 7

Gather Family

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. It’s a way to strengthen bonds your children have to other children in the congregation. Gather Family is a way to enhance your family’s connection to other families and the greater Temple community. This is an opportunity for members to have fun and get to know one another!

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

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

Mondays from 10:15 AM-11:15 AM
Fall 2022 Semester: September 12 – December 12 (11 sessions)
Spring 2023 Semester: January 9 – May 15 (15 sessions)

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.

Click here to register for the Fall 2022 Semester

Click here to register for the Spring 2023 Semester

Working Moms Group

Fall-Spring 2022-2023
Monthly, second Friday of each month (9 sessions) | 9:00-10:00 AM

September 9; October 14; November 11; December 9; January 13; February 10; March 10; April 14; May 12

Working Moms seem to do it all – or at least, they are expected to! Dr. Juliet Cooper will help you manage professional responsibilities along with those colleagues who don’t understand the realities of being a mother; navigate the world of co-parenting; deal with “mom guilt;” build a community with other working moms and families.

Grandparents Group

Four weeks, beginning October 21
Fridays from 9:15-10:15 AM, on Zoom
October 21 and 28, November 4 and 11

With Jackie Fisher and Rabbi Ehrlich. Grandparents will explore many ways to enhance their relationship with their adult children, as well as their grandchildren.

Toddlers and Twos

Fall 2022
Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00-10:00 AM
September 12 – December 14 (24 sessions)

Spring 2023
Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00-10:00 AM
January 9 – May 17 (30 sessions)

For parents with children 12 to 21 months old. 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.

This Parenting Group is currently full for the Fall 2022 semester. Click here to sign up for the waiting list.

Click here to register for the Spring 2023 Semester

Shabbat & Holiday Celebrations

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! The next Young Families Shabbat will be Friday, September 9 at 4:00 PM.

Bop With Us!

Join us for 35 minutes of music and educational fun, followed by ten minutes of free play. Class materials will be provided by the temple to families and will be labeled for ongoing personal use by each child. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver/parent. Keep checking for upcoming dates and registration.

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).

Families, what can we help you with today?

Have questions about family programming? Contact  – 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.