We are thrilled to offer these pandemic-safe ways for your family to engage with Temple Emanuel this fall and winter!
Tot Shabbat To Go
While we are sad we can’t gather at TE for Tot Shabbat this fall, we are still here to help your family experience the joy of Shabbat at home! On Tot Shabbat to Go weeks, families can pick up a Shabbat kit, complete with candles, grape juice, a challah, and other fun surprises. Then, at any time that works for your family, enjoy a pre-recorded story and blessings, as well as a playlist of favorite Tot Shabbat songs. If you’d like to learn more about Shabbat or get some ideas on how to create new traditions in your family, check out the resources below. Shabbat Shalom!
During a Shabbat Squad visit, one of TE's songleaders will come to your driveway loaded with songs, stories, and silliness for an outdoor, socially distanced 20-30 minute Shabbat experience for your family. It's like a personal Tot Shabbat in your driveway!
TE Reading Club for Children & Teens
Turn your reading time into an opportunity for Jewish learning! Similar to the Summer Reading Club at the library, TE challenges you to read 10 Jewish books. You can also count secular books where you find Jewish values or themes. Get creative! Here's how it works:
1. Read 10 Jewish books or find a Jewish value in a secular book.
2. Keep a record of the titles and authors for the books you read.
3. When you complete 10 books, email your list to email@example.com.
4. Emily will contact you to choose a gift card prize!
If you're looking for book recommendations, check out:
Once it is safe to gather in person again, we look forward to seeing you at TE Tots, our Sunday morning class for children 0-5 and their parents, grandparents, and other caregivers. A TE Tots session includes art, stories, music, dancing, and more! All families are welcome, no prior Jewish knowledge required.
Questions about any programs at TE for families with young children? Contact Emily Cohen, Director of Education & Community Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Families with Young Children
Resources for Families with Young Children
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.
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/