Families - Mishpacha

Programs for families and children

Got Shabbat?

Side by Side

JBOB (Jewish Babies of the Bay)  

Write Mama

Bagels and Babies

Mazel Tots!

Family Havurot

First Friday Shabbat Services

Simchat Shabbat Dinners

Babysitter List

Side By Side - Winter 2015

Two sessions per week  for 12 weeks (24 total sessions)
Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning January 13, Congregation Emanu-El


Congregation Emanu-El member price: $540/Price: $720

 Temple 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.

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JBOB (Jewish Babies of the Bay)  

We are a group of parents with pre-preschool children who are members of Congregation Emanu-El.  We gather together to build Jewish community and experience Jewish rituals and holidays together. Come join us to connect with other families and to make new friends for you and your little one.

Become The Write Mama

Join a group of new moms and explore together what matters about Motherhood.
Currently gathering interest. Date and Time TBD.

Let’s celebrate (and commiserate) in the caring company of others! Babies are welcome! Facilitated by fellow congregant, LCSW, Social Worker, mother, and writer, Nancy Alpert. Questions? Contact Jennifer Goldstein at (415) 751-2541 x171 or jgoldstein@emanuelsf.org.

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
Please note: there will not be a Bagels and Babies gathering on these dates: September 26, October 3  

Mazel Tots!

Mondays , 9:30 – 11:00 am


Programs for Families with Children of Any Ages

We are pleased to offer these groups that create smaller, more intimate communities within the larger Temple.

Participants in these "micro-communities" will build ongoing relationships and stronger bonds with the synagogue by celebrating Shabbat, holidays, life cycle events and Jewish service learning opportunities, beginning with preschool families, and continuing through 8th grade. 

We look forward to new relationships developing within our synagogue community, and invite you to be a part of these exciting new programs. If interested, please email Director of Community Engagement Sandy Rechtschaffen.

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Services and Dinners for Families

Family Service

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

No charge and no RSVP required for Shabbat service

Simchat Shabbat Dinner

First Friday of each month during the school year. The first dinner will be on Friday, November 7.

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

The cost is $12 for adults, $5.00 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

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 Sandy Rechtschaffen.  

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