Parent & Baby/Toddler

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.

Mimi is well known in the Bay Area for her musical talents with babies and toddlers. She has three children with Irving and five grandchildren. Mimi has a Master’s degree in education with an emphasis in early childhood, psychology, and counseling, and is also a preschool teacher at Temple Emanu-El Preschool.

Oy Bay: Jewish Babies of the Bay (JBOB) at Emanu-El  

Saturday, September 6, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Martin Meyer Sanctuary  

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.

Elul Reflections: The month of Elul leading up to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is a time to prepare spiritually for the High Holy Days. We will take the time as families to reflect on this past year. Bring with your baby books, scrapbooks, etc. and a snack to share.

 Register for September 6

Save the dates below!

Saturday, October 11 – Sukkot in the Singers’ Sukkah

Sunday, October 26 – Shabbat Noah event at Zoo led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer

November – Date TBD  Intimate gathering in a private home in San Francisco

Saturday, December 13 – Chanukah Party

Now at no charge!

Bagels and Babies 

Fridays, 9:30 – 11:00 am 
Martin Meyer Reception
Ongoing weekly drop-in 
Please note: there will not be a Bagels and Babies gathering on Friday, August 15  

Thanks to a generous underwriter, we are now able to offer Bagels and Babies weekly at no charge. Create lasting friendships for you AND your baby. This is a weekly musical playgroup and a parenting class all in one! Bring your bundle of joy (birth to 30 months) and spend time with other parents. Join us as we prepare to welcome Shabbat with Mimi Greisman. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, and more.

Becoming a parent is a monumental milestone, marked by joy and unexpected challenges. Join us as we explore and share helpful skills with other parents in our Emanu-El community. Topics to be discussed include adjusting to parenthood, negotiating family roles, establishing positive and consistent routines, incorporating Jewish ritual into your family life and finding a healthy balance as a parent. Your baby will enjoy age appropriate toys, music, stories, and games.  

Now at no charge!

Mazel Tots!

Mondays , 9:30 – 11:00 am
Martin Meyer Reception
Ongoing weekly drop-in  

Please note: there will not be a Mazel Tots gathering on Monday, August 11

Thanks to a generous underwriter, we are now able to offer Mazel Tots weekly at no charge. Join other parents and little ones and welcome the new week with Havdalah and Mimi Greisman. This group will provide a wonderful opportunity to connect with other parents and create lasting friendships. We hope you can participate in this musical play group that focuses on parenting your baby or toddler. We will talk about language development, making friends, starting preschool, finding time for you, siblings, physical development, new-found autonomy, and any topic identified by the group. We will have guest speakers from time to time as well as celebrate Jewish holidays and traditions. Enjoy a relaxed setting filled with music, puppets, and more, while you and your little one can play and meet other parents and kids!  

Second Saturday Got Shabbat? Service

10:15 – 11:30 am on the second Saturday of the month
This service is perfect for families with children under the age of 5.

Questions? Contact Liz Jaroslow.  


Cooking For Congregants

2nd Thursday of each month beginning July 10, 9:00 - 11:00 am, Emanu-El Kitchen

Mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner, Gail Laghi. Gail has volunteered to run a two-hour cooking session with up to ten congregant volunteers to make meals for future mealtrain needs. All congregants are invited to help out on the second Thursday of each month. Menu, ingredients, and storage containers are provided. Questions? Contact Jennifer Goldstein at (415) 751-2541 x 171 or


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

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