Emanuel Synagogue has a vibrant and active community of families with young children who are welcome at all synagogue activities and services. We also offer a separate babysitting area as well as a parent/child Early Childhood Center play-space with games, a puppet theater, dress-up area, baby area, reading corner, etc. Our Early Childhood Center is open and available for children and parents together during all service times.
ChallahPalooza: For Children 5 and younger, 11:00 am Saturdays. Interactive Parent/Child program. Meets in our Early Childhood Center, where participants sing songs and prayers, dance, read stories and play shabbat friendly games. The program concludes with Adon Olam on the bima followed by kiddush with the entire Emanuel community. This program is free and open to all.
Bagels, Blocks, and Beyond: For Children 5 and younger; scheduled Sundays 10:30 – noon. A themebased program for pre-school aged children and their parents. Through music, art, and stories, these programs teach about Jewish holidays and values such as Tzedakah, Shabbat, Passover, Hanukah etc . B, B and B is free and open to the community.
In addition to all the activities happening in the synagogue, The Emanuel has an active social group called Young Families at Emanuel Synagogue. This lay led group comprised of both members and potential members, hosts social gatherings outside of the synagogue three to six times a year. Activities include Jewish programs like Shabbat dinner picnics and Hanukkah parties as well as non-religious activities that are purely social.
For more information of any of these programs or about other opportunities for families with young children at the Emanuel Synagogue, please contact The Emanuel Synagogue’s Religious School Principal