Families with Young Children

We love sharing Jewish moments with Temple Emanuel's youngest community members!  Our aim is to offer programming and resources to help families experience the joy and richness of Jewish life.  

 Our families (members and non-members alike) come from over 20 zip codes around the St. Louis area.  

Since our founding, Temple Emanuel has been especially dedicated to

embracing and serving interfaith families – and doing so on their terms.

We send a few emails each month with upcoming events and resources. If you would like to be added to this list, please email Rabbi Janine Schloss, Rabbi Educator, at rabbijanine@testl.org or 314-432-5877.

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TE Tots

0-4-year-olds with their adult!

approx. every other Sunday morning

Breakfast 9:00 - 9:30 am

Class 9:30 - 10:30 am

TE Tots is a drop-in program (no registration required!) for 0-4-year-olds with a guardian! The program meets approximately every other week from 9:30 - 10:30 am and our time together is filled with stories, art, music, and movement. The TE Tots families are also invited to join the Religious School families for breakfast from 9:00 - 9:30 am (bagels, fruit, yogurt, and cereal).

 

TE Tots is open to Temple Emanuel members and non-members alike, so bring your friends!

This is also a great opportunity for grandparents to share with their grandchildren!

Click here for the year's TE Tots schedule!

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Tot Shabbat

0-4-year-olds with their adult (older siblings welcome!)

Friday nights

Light dinner 5:00 - 5:30 pm

Service 5:30 - 6:00 pm

Saturday mornings

Breakfast 9:00 - 9:30 am

Service 9:30 - 10:00 am

Tot Shabbat is a Shabbat service especially for our youngest 0-4-year-olds, with a guardian, but up through 2nd graders will also enjoy! Our Friday night services begin with a light dinner (e.g., mac n'cheese!), and our Saturday morning services begin with breakfast (bagels, fruit, yogurt, and cereal). The services have lots of music, great stories, and wonderful community-building for children and their adults. This is a drop-program so no registration is required.

 

Tot Shabbat is open to Temple Emanuel members and non-members alike, so bring your friends!

This is also a great opportunity for grandparents to share with their grandchildren!

Click here for the year's TE Tots schedule!

Resources for Families with Young Children

 

PJ Library

PJ Library sends families free Jewish books each month!  No strings attached (really!). Be sure to sign up at pjlibrary.org. Their website is also a treasure trove of resources for parents looking to learn more about Jewish topics and how to teach them to their children.  Recipes, book recommendations, a streaming radio station with Jewish children's music, and much more!  During the pandemic, PJ Library is also offering live virtual programming.  

18Doors (formerly Interfaith Family)

18Doors offers quality resources on Jewish holidays, lifecycle events, and general family life.  They are designed for people in interfaith relationships and families but are helpful and relevant to all. https://18doors.org/

RJ on the Go 

RJ on the Go offers live programs for Jewish families from early childhood through teens.  Created by the Union for Reform Judaism, RJ on the Go is your virtual home for interactive, meaningful, and joyous Jewish experiences. Explore your Judaism through science, art, text, and more from the comfort of your own home, and build your Jewish community as you go.  See the weekly schedule and sign up at onthego.reformjudaism.org/s/