Mishpachot (Families): Programs for Families and Children
Families are the roots of Emanu-El! We know that these first few years of your child’s life are such an essential time to find your kehillah (community) and believe that we are always stronger together. Our goal is to cultivate environments for families to meet, nosh and pray, so that you can find lasting connections with one another. Our hope is that you will find other families to enjoy Shabbat dinners with, celebrate lifecycle events, have meaningful conversations with and to build a sense of community that will help shape who your children become!
Please take a look below at several opportunities to find your people.
You can reach out to Sarah Balagey for more information!
First Friday of the month! Next Tot Shabbat is December 2, 5:00-6:00 pm.
Join us on our beautiful courtyard for kid’s dinner & teen-led activities at 5:00 pm, followed by a joyful and engaging 30-minute service geared toward children 6 and under (older siblings welcome) in Martin Meyer Sanctuary. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas, so they’ll be ready for bedtime!
*Registration required, preferably in advance but, if unable to register, please come and we will take your information at the gate.*
Light of Giving
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Light Of Giving 2022 will benefit Hamilton Families, whose goal is to spark real change in ending family homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area. Join us for a celebratory event that will help support families settling into a new community. We will have some food to nosh, art to create, and good to do.
Please see our website here. If you are unable to attend the event, but still want to contribute, we welcome monetary donations that will be used to purchase bedding on your behalf.
To make a monetary contribution, please click link here.
Sunday, December 18, 2022
Join us for our fantastic Chanukah Festival leading up to the first night!
A Chanukah Event for the entire Family!
Please join Congregation Emanu-El for a fun family-friendly Chanukah festival, where will learn about this light-filled holiday through arts, story time, sufganiyot and games! Wear your PJs and come hungry. Participants will decorate their own menorah and dreidel and have tons of fun. The day festival will end with a candle lighting.
Registration required! RSVP Here.
Coming Soon! Emanu-El Baby Groups
We are revamping our baby groups for in-person opportunities – stay tuned!
B’Bayit Groups (Small Groups)
Are you a new parent looking to build a sense of community, develop lifelong friendships and connections, get advice from fellow parents? Look no further than our B’Bayit small groups!
- Expecting Parents Full
- Building Families Through Adoption Space Available
- Families w/ Elementary Aged Children (NOPA/Alamo Square) Space Available
- Parenting Without Parents Space Available
- New Parents Mission Dolores Hangout Space Available
- SF Young Families (2016-2020 Babies) Space Available
Contact Sarah Balagey for more details!
Jewish Baby Network
The Jewish Baby Network San Francisco (JBNSF) is a pluralistic community where parents of babies and toddlers from all kinds of families and backgrounds connect, share, and celebrate together. We often partner for Shabbat activities.
If you would like more information about events or would like to be added to the newsletter, feel free to reach out to the JBNSF program manager, Alyssa Zagorie. Follow this link to sign up for a FREE membership!
Free Jewish Books
Sign up for the PJ Library, and receive free, award-winning books that celebrate Jewish values and culture for families with children from birth through 12 years old.
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