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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!

For more information on any of our programs, please contact:
Shoshana Jacob,  Director of Youth & Family Programming:


Ongoing Events

Tot Shabbat - Join us every week except 11/27, 12/25 and 1/1 for Tot Shabbat.  
Tot Shabbat is a weekly service for families with children 0-5 years old.  There are songs, stories and even a Torah march!  Tot Shabbat takes place in the Goldberg Center Foyer with the doors open starting on Dec. 4th through the winter.  

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 will be led by Shoshana Jacob and High School students who have undergone training to be Junior Congregation Leaders.  

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 a snack and our three interactive Shabbat services/programs for kids and their families. 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, August 19 2022 22 Av 5782