Community Events


Tuesday, Mar 2nd 8:00pm - 9:20pm


Monday, Mar 8th 8:00pm - 9:30pm


Tuesday, Mar 9th 8:00pm - 9:30pm


Tuesday, Mar 16th 8:00pm - 9:30pm


Tuesday, Mar 23rd 8:00pm - 9:20pm


Tuesday, Apr 6th 8:00pm - 9:20pm


Tuesday, Apr 27th 8:00pm - 9:20pm

Family Education and Programs

The Family Education Committee seeks to encourage spiritual and religious growth in families, and to assist families in building connections and community within Temple Emunah. Our programs strive to enable parents to strengthen themselves to be the Jewish educators of their children and to support families in the observance of Jewish traditions within their homes.  We invite you to join us in our planning! Email Jodie Parmer at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more.

The Family Education Committee sponsors and co-sponsors activities such as:

  • Family-oriented Shabbat and Holiday services and programs
    • Tot Shabbat - Saturday mornings, 2x month.
    • High Holiday Services - Tot Services, K-2 Services, and Family Services
    • Sukkot - Lulav Shake / Sukkot Marketplace, Open Sukkah Party, Progressive Sukkot Lunch 
    • Hanukkah Events - Simhat Tot, Community Dinner, Story Time at Barnes and Noble
    • Purim Programs - Purim Night Celebration, Simhat Tot & Carnival!
    • Passover Events - Pesah Simhat Tot, Matzah Meal Passover Dinner
  • Friday Night Programs - BBQ and Barekhu Nights and Pasta and Prayers 
  • Sundaes on Shabbat with Rabbi Lerner
  • Programs for Families with Young Children  
  • Parenting Class for Caregivers of Toddlers 
  • Classes for babies / toddlers on various subjects. 

This year we are starting a Kids Care Club! This series of monthly sessions combines learning, connecting, and family activities on various social action themes (the environment, kindness, protecting animals, hunger, etc.). Each event will include stories and crafts or activities centered on the theme of the month, as well as learning about the issue from a Jewish perspective, play time, and snacks. The whole family is welcome to attend any session; temple membership is not required! This program is supported by a grant from CJP. Click HERE to see our upcoming schedule. More details coming soon!

- Tots in the Garden, Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 4:30 - 6:00 PM

- Honey and Hearts, Sunday, September 8, 2019, 10:00 AM



Once again we are working on a number of programs geared towards families with young children (ages 0-5 years old). We hope you join us for some of these wonderful opportunities to celebrate Judaism, enjoy a warm and engaging community, and meet other families! These programs are open to everyone (Temple Membership is NOT required!).


Tot Shabbat: Join families of children ages 0-5 as we share Shabbat together! Led by our lay leaders or rabbis, this one-hour experience (11:00 AM-Noon) allows families with young children to connect with each other while singing, praying, hearing stories, and marching with the Torah! The service concludes with hallah and juice, before everyone is invited to our communal kiddush lunch. We typically meet the 1st and 3rd Shabbat mornings of the month. This program is free and no RSVP is necessary


High Holidays for Tots: Every year we have special services on both days of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur, just for families with young children! These services are in our Main Sanctuary, led by Sharon Levin, and include singing, stories, a few prayers, and lots of fun. A small oneg of kid-friendly snacks is provided on both days of Rosh Hashanah. These services are 9:30 - 10:15 AM and are FREE of charge and open to the public - Temple Membership is NOT required! You must RSVP in advance, however, to Jodie Parmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Simhat Tot: Celebrating the Holidays: Simhat Tot is an experiential holiday program geared towards families with children ages 0-5 years old (siblings are welcome to attend!). We gather throughout the year on Sunday mornings  to prepare for upcoming Jewish holidays through crafts, songs, stories, and fun! Simhat Tot is a wonderful way to bring in the joy and excitement of our holidays to our little ones. UPCOMING EVENT: SUKKOT SIMHAT TOT ON SUNDAY, September 23, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30 AM.


Sign and Play! Each year we collaborate with Sign and Play for a fun course for babies and toddlers (0-2 years old) and their care-givers to learn sign language in this fun, interactive, musical play group! Sign language engages your whole body in learning. It helps infants & toddlers communicate, and preschoolers build their literacy skills. Each week in this class we will have fun reading, signing, and playing games to learn American Sign Language vocabulary with Jillian Berlinski, who has a Masters of Education and is a certified elementary and special education teacher. Our next class will start Thursday, March 1st, 2018. Click HERE for more information!


Pasta and Prayers: Temple Emunah invites all families with young children for a special Friday night Shabbat experience and dinner. We will start with a casual pasta dinner with lots of salads and sides, then come together for musical services with songs, stories, dancing, and more! After services we will do Shabbat rituals and have a yummy dessert. The whole event takes place in our Social Hall. Cost is just $10/Adult, $5/Kid, Free for 0-3 year olds. All are welcome!


Music Together at Temple Emunah: Music is a universal language. It transcends boundaries and reaches beyond culture to touch the depths of our souls, express our common emotions, and inspire us all. When you join Joyful Music of Music Together at Temple Emunah each semester you’ll learn twenty-five new songs and activities that your family will enjoy in class and at home. Each session of Music Together is 10 Weeks and costs $220 for 1 child ($110 for a second child). Registration is done through the Joyful Music website. Questions? Contact Joyful Music Director Karen Pokross at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Yeladim Yoga: Every Winter we are thrilled to offer this class for toddlers and their caregivers. Together, we practice yoga, learn breathing and calming techniques, improve strength and balance, and have fun! Our next session is a 4 week class with teacher Janine Duffy, April  23, 30, and May 7, 14, 2018, 10:00 AM. We hope you can join us! More details HERE.


Mitzvah Mouse Club: With this initiative we hope to engage families in a series of Mitzvah projects in which even the youngest can participate! We hope you can join us on one, two, or all three of our programs! At each event families will receive Mitzvah Mouse stickers, a book relating to a Mitzvah, and a packet of ideas for future Mitzvah projects! Details TBD.


Safta Story Time: Join us for stories, songs, and fun! Hebrew Teacher, Speech/Language Pathologist, Educational Specialist, and Safta (grandma) Sharon Zirkin-Dagan will lead us in a casual morning for all families with children ages 0-3 years old, 11:00 AM - Noon. After our stories and songs, we will have a kid-friendly snack and time to play and schmooze. FREE and open to all! Stay tuned for upcoming dates.


Playground Meet ups: Meet other families with young children and have a blast at various playgrounds in different local towns! This is a fun way to meet new friends in a casual setting. Stay tuned for more details for the coming year! 


Watermelon Wednesdays: Each summer we host our popular Watermelon Wednesday series! For 6 Wednesdays we meet in front of our building from 1:00 until 1:30 PM for ice cold watermelon, music, and fun! Schmooze with our rabbis and staff and have a blast! Kids are welcome to play in our playground as well. No RSVP necessary!


Events Co-Sponsored with the JCC: Throughout the year we team up with the JCC to bring fun, family programs to the community! We meet at local venues such as libraries, play spaces, and more, to celebrate Shabbat and other holidays. On Friday, April 13 our own Rabbi Michael Fel will be at the JCC in Arlington to celebrate Passover at their weekly Drop-in Play



These programs are made possible through generous grants from Combined Jewish Philanthropies and by CJP's Innovation Grants Committee.

See the Events page for upcoming programs, or the Services page (within the Worship menu) for a list of youth and famiily services.

For more information please contact Jodie Parmer, Program Director and Family Educator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..