Families - Mishpacha

Programs for families and children

Got Shabbat?

Side by Side

JBOB (Jewish Babies of the Bay)  

Bagels and Babies

Mazel Tots!

First Friday Shabbat Services

Simchat Shabbat Dinners

Babysitter List

Side By Side - Spring 2015

Two sessions per week for 12 weeks (24 total sessions)
Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning April 14, Temple Emanu-El


Member price: $540/Price: $720

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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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

Mazel Tots!

Mondays , 9:30 – 11:00 am


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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