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Welcome to Family First at Temple Emanu-El: your destination for exciting, educational, and experiential family programming!

Connect with other families and celebrate Shabbat, holidays, and other Jewish experiences together throughout the year. 

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our dynamic events all year long!

[photo] Rachel CohnFor more information on any of our programs, please contact:
Rachel Cohn  
Director of Youth & Family Programming


Upcoming Events

FridayFri, 5 AprApril, 2024

Family Shabbaton

Friday, Apr 5th (All day)Register for the Temple Emanu-El Family Shabbaton on April 5-7th. Three days and two nights at the beautiful Camp Ramah New England!


Ongoing Events

Tot Shabbat
(ages birth-5) – 11:15 AM 
Tot Shabbat is a weekly service for families with young children.  There are songs, stories and even a Torah march!  

Junior Congregation
(ages 6–11) – 11:15 AM

Come and enjoy a weekly interactive service designed especially for elementary school aged students. Each Shabbat morning your children will be taken on a journey through parts of the service, complete with different games and activities designed to teach about the prayers while also being lots of fun! Services are led by Rachel Cohn and High School students who have undergone training to be Junior Congregation Leaders along with adult supervision.  

Shabbat B’Yahad
Learning Experiences for the Whole Family – 10:15 AM
Calling all kids in Kindergarten-7th Grade and their parents! Join us every month to learn, play, pray, and celebrate Shabbat together! We will begin with a Torah Parade in the Main Sanctuary, followed by interactive Shabbat services/programs for kids and their families available for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6/7. After these services, we will conclude in the Main Sanctuary, where kids will help to lead Adon Olam, followed by Kiddush lunch, board games, gym play, and more!

Open Play:
Join us every Shabbat from 12:30-1:30 for open play in the Goldberg Auditorium. Every child must have an adult supervising them (parent, friend, etc). Games include basketball, corn hole, tumbling mats, wood blocks and more!

Fri, February 23 2024 14 Adar I 5784