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]

212-507-9515

Join the fun!

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 in 2022!

Bop With Us!

A Young Families Music Class
(for children under 4 and their
parent/adult caregiver)
Tuesdays, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Members: $30 per session
Non-members: $40 per session
All sessions: $400 for members
$560 for non-members

Click here to view all dates and register.

Summer 2022: Free Play on the Rooftop

Wednesday afternoons on June 8, June 22, July 6, and July 20 | 3:30-5:00 PM

Water tables and play equipment. No rain dates.

Enter through 10 East 66th Street.

Saturday, August 13 | Hamptons Pre-Sunset Picnic on the Beach

Bring a picnic dinner and end the day with a sandcastle building contest!

Meet us at the Main Beach in East Hampton at 6:00 PM.

Email for more information.

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!  Click here to learn more about Gather Family.

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

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.

Register for the Fall 2022 Semester

Register for the Spring 2023 Semester

Toddlers and Twos

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.

Register for the Fall 2022 Semester

Register for the Spring 2023 Semester

Working Moms Group

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. Registration is now open for the Fall 2022-Spring 2023 session.

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! Click the link below to view and register for all dates.

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. Click the link below to view and register for all Spring 2022 dates.

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.