Families - Mishpacha

Programs for families with young children:

Got Shabbat?

Side by Side

Bagels and Babies

Mazel Tots!

First Friday Shabbat Services

Simchat Shabbat Dinners

Babysitter List

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Join Congregation Emanu-El's 2016 Trip to Israel!
The 2016 trip Itinerary is up!

June 22 - July 4
Highlights include guided tour of Neot Kedumim, the Bilbical Nature Reserve, hiking up Masada in time for sunrise, floating in the Dead Sea, traveling along the Jordan River Valley to the Upper Galilee, optional wine tasting at the Bahat winery, swimming in the Kinneret at the "Luna Park," exploring the mystical city of Zefat, including ancient synagues and Jewish Quarter, and so much more!

See photos from the 2013 Emanu-El Israel trip!

sidebyside 2016 Side By Side - Winter 2016

Two sessions per week for 12 weeks (24 total sessions)
Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning January 19, Temple Emanu-El


Member price: $540/Price: $720; pro-rated for later enrollment

Emanu-El's Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool environment with their parent or caregiver by their side. Our Side by Side program is rich in Jewish content, celebrating Jewish traditions and holidays. This program will be a wonderful introduction to preschool that will deepen relationships in our community and launch a meaningful beginning to the school experience for both parents and children.

Questions? Please do not hesitate to email Mimi.  To register, please call the Preschool office at (415) 751-2541 x118

Learn more

 * No class on Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving)

 * Side By Side will also be on Winter Vacation from Dec. 21 to Jan. 4


Two Parent-Baby Groups Now Available - FREE OF CHARGE!

Drop in with your little one (birth to 30 months) and spend time with other parents. Join us as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays and celebrate Havdalah on Mondays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets and more with Early Childhood Educator Mimi Greisman. Take advantage of a wonderful opportunity to connect with other parents and create lasting friendships.

Bagels and Babies

Fridays, 9:30 – 11:00 am
No B&B on Friday, Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving)
Winter vacation from Dec. 21 to Jan. 4

Mazel Tots!

Mondays , 9:30 – 11:00 am
Winter vacation from Dec. 21 to Jan. 4


Services and Dinners for Families

Family Service

Join us in Martin Meyer Sanctuary on the first Friday of the month at 6:00 pm, during the school year
This service is musical, fun, short and perfect for families with young children.
During the school year, stay after for the reserve-ahead Simchat Shabbat dinner.

No charge and no RSVP required for Shabbat service

Chanukah Shabbat Dinner
December 11, 7:00 pm

Location: Guild Hall
Please register. 
Deadline is December 10, Noon.

Simchat Shabbat Dinner

First Friday of each month during the school year 

A festive community Shabbat dinner on the first Friday of the month, following the 6:00 pm service.  

The cost is $14 for adults, $5.50 for children 3 – 10, FREE for children under 3. RSVP for dinner early so that we know how much food to order. The deadline is the Thursday immediately preceding the dinner.

Registration Required

IMPORTANT!  There will be no Family Service or Simchat Shabbat dinner on December 4. Instead, please join us for Cantor Arik Luck's installation at 6:00 pm in the Main Sanctuary with a pre-oneg at 5:30 pm. Families are encouraged to bring their children. At the start of the service children will be encouraged to sing a Shabbat song. There will also be a family area with snacks in Martin Meyer Reception so that parents can take their children in and out of the service when they need to. 


Seeking Babysitters and Childcare Providers

Whether you are a teen, parent or grandparent, our congregants are looking for childcare help and we wish to reconnect them with you! If you are dependable, responsible, have a special interest in young children, and are safety conscious we would like to add you to our registry.

We will try to make introductions, whenever possible, between available babysitters and parents in need by neighborhood. To add your name to our Congregation-wide registry, please contact Jennifer Goldstein.  

For parents seeking babysitters: we do our best to keep an updated list. However, please note that many babysitters are students away at college with limited availability.


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Phone: (415) 751-2535
Fax: (415) 751-2511