Temple Emanu-El offers a variety of worship formats, programming and holiday experiences for families. Family programs are appropriate for a variety of ages in a welcoming and warm environment.
Shabbat Rocks! is our monthly family Shabbat Evening Service. Led by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon with the help of our Temple Emanu-El Youth Choir and Avanim Band, Shabbat Rocks! is a fun and interactive service. Each month a different class from the Kurn Religious School participates in the service with a special presentation based on their thematic units.
Our youth-led monthly Shabbat morning service begins with a family breakfast. Students of all ages help lead the service with special readings, Hebrew prayers and post-B'nai Mitzvah Torah readers.
Holidays offer a unique opportunity for families to learn and have Jewish experiences together. Our family programs include:
Temple Emanu-El's Babies and Bagels Club is a monthly program for families with young children. We do various family activities around town or at the Temple, we play, discuss parenting and ethical issues, explore Jewish holidays and values, eat, create and have fun together. Babies and Bagels events are open to all, and the events are designed to appeal to both younger and older children alike.
Babies & Bagels is provided by the Ruth F. and Samuel H. Cohen Outreach Program of Temple Emanu-El.
Tot Kabbalat Shabbat
5:30 pm Dinner
6:15 pm Service
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The most joyful Shabbat of all! Every first Friday of the month, families with preschool-aged children gather for Tot Kabbalat Shabbat. We start at 5:30 pm with a potluck Shabbat dinner (Temple provides kosher chicken, families bring a non-dairy side dish to share). We light candles, recite the blessing for kiddush, join in hamotzi over delicious challah, and relax from the week in the company of our friends. The dinner is $5 for adults, free for kids under 13. Please call 327-4501 to RSVP by the Wednesday prior.
After dinner at 6:15 pm, we head to the Schlanger Chapel for a fun, child-centered active Tot Kabbalat Shabbat service with songs, stories, and music. After the 25-minute service, we go to the playground for oneg and playtime. Families are invited to sponsor the oneg in honor of a child's birthday or other special occasion.
Temple Emanu-El's Taste of Judaism program offers free introductory classes that explore Judaism, Jews and Israel through learning, discussion, stories, jokes, and, of course, sampling of traditional Jewish foods. The class is in three 2-hour sessions and is open to the entire community.
Taste of Judaism classes are an open, interactive explortion of history and practice of Judaism in 3 sessions that discuss Jewish Spirituality, Values and Community, led by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon and Rabbi Batsheva Appel. This is an exciting learning opportunity for all who want to deepen their knowledge and understanding of Jewish culture, history, rituals and practice; who want to learn more about the Reform Jewish perspective; or are simply curious about Judaism. The classes are free, but pre-registration is required. Please call Mila Vasser at 327-4501 ext. 16 for more information and to register.
This class is provided by the Ruth F. and Samuel H. Cohen Outreach Program of Temple Emanu-El.
Registration Fees: FREE, but you must register by calling Mila at (520) 327-4501.
Through mitzvot, sacred Jewish obligations, we can change our lives, improve our community, heal the world, elevate the ordinary into the extraordinary, and transform special occasions into holy occasions. This is a class on both what it means to be a Jew and how to be a Jew. We will learn about mitzvot, like honoring one's parents, good stewardship of the world, and giving tzedakah, financial support for good causes. We will learn about the Sabbath and ways to make it a "palace in time" as Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel referred to it. We will also learn about the holidays and ways to make them meaningful and spiritual, from the High Holy Days to Hanukkah to Passover and more.
Registration Fees: $45 for members; $60 for non-members