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.
Family Holiday Programs
Holidays offer a unique opportunity for families to learn and have Jewish experiences together. Our family programs include:
- High Holy Days Family Workshop
- Spaghetti Under the Sukkah
- The Greatest Hanukkah On Earth!
- Tu B'Shevat Morning of Learning
- Purim Extravaganza
- Passover Model Seder and Matzah Making
Babies and Bagels
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.
A Taste of Judaism Family Class
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 and elevate the ordinary into the extraordinary. Jewish ritual can sometimes seem complex, and the "how" of Judaism can feel like something that was taught on the day that we missed class. This class is all about how to do ritual mitzvot, and how to fulfill the ritual aspects of Judaism. We will learn about mitzvot for the holidays and ways to make them meaningful and spiritual, from Shabbat to Passover to Hanukkah and more. We will explore the mitzvot for life cycle events such as weddings, funerals, brit milah, and baby naming. We will examine the mitzvah of tzedakah, charity. In each instance, we will be actively doing andpracticing each of these mitzvot as we learn about them and the vocabulary that surrounds them.
Registration Fees: $55 for members; $70 for non-members