Families

Anshe Emet is blessed with a strong, vibrant community of young families…

Families with children ages 8 and under are full participants in the life of Anshe Emet, and have a number of opportunities to socialize and engage in fun activities throughout the year. The Anshe Emet Young Families email group is a tremendous resource for finding out what is going on at Anshe Emet and in the community, and also for finding a nanny and swapping baby stuff.

To join, send us an email to: AEYF-subscribe@yahoogroups.com or join our Facebook Group!

Maxine Handelman is Anshe Emet’s Director of Family Life & Learning and can be contacted at mhandelman@ansheemet.org / 773-868-5121.

First Friday Family Shabbat Service & Dinner

March 6 @ 5:45PM – PJ Library Shabbat!
Families with babies to kindergarten age will join Rabbi Donni Aaron & Max Handelman for a musical, story-filled service. Older school students will gather with Rabbi David Russo for a spirited Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming Shabbat) service. Each service ends at 6:30pm, followed by a delicious Shabbat dinner. As always – our fabulous teen educators will be sharing story books with kids before dessert and play time in the gym.

Food allergies or restrictions?
We will accommodate Gluten Free and Vegetarian meal options; other allergies or restrictions will be handled on a case by case basis.  Please list any allergy or dietary restrictions you or anyone in your party may have (i.e. allergies, gluten free, vegetarian) no later than February 28. Contact Kim Carter for question menu/allergies – kcarter@ansheemet.org

If this is your first time joining us, dinner is on us. We’ll even set you up with a buddy family to show you the way.

Register here!

*Please note Anshe Emet strives to be an accessible and welcoming resource for the community by offering affordable experiences, including Shabbat dinners. The price of dinner does not reflect the true cost of the meal and service provided. If you are able, please consider covering the full cost of your Shabbat meal, or helping to cover the cost of someone else. Options are listed in the registration link.

Would you like to become a sponsor of a Young Family Dinner in honor of a special event or simcha? Please contact Maxine Handelman at mhandelman@ansheemet.org  for more information! We would love to honor your special occasion!

Check Out Our Upcoming Programs

Purim Young Family Dinner
Monday, March 9
5:45pm

Join the Anshe Emet Young Families Community for dinner and a special Megillah Telling specifically for families with kids 4 and under! Dinner opens at 5:45 and is free to members who sign up by March 3.

Register here!
Following the dinner, immerse your family in Purim song and story, 6:30-7pm.
No registration required.


Little Builders Spring Session
Sundays, February 2 – March 22
9:15AM – 10:45AM

Our amazing class for families with 2-3 year olds, Little Builders class will immerse your family in the Jewish values and fun of community and the Spring holidays, with song, stories, art and cooking. The 6-session class includes one home-hosted session, which gives your family deeper opportunities to play and build community.

Little Builders is taught by Anshe Emet’s Director of Family Life & Learning, Maxine Handelman. Spring dates are Feb. 2, 9, 2, March 1, 15 (home hosted) and 22, 9:15-10:45, at Anshe Emet. Space is limited, so

Register here!


Babies & Bagels
Sunday, March 1
3:30pM – 5pM

Families with children 2 years old and under and invited to join Max Handelman and Miss Aimee for songs, story and schmoozing. A great way to connect with other families with kids the same age as yours! The program is free to members.

Register here!


Anshe Emet also offers Shabbat morning services every Saturday for families and children of all ages. Click here for more information.