Young 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 activites throughout the year. The Anshe Emet Young Families email listserv 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: [email protected] | Join our Facebook Group

Maxine Handelman is Anshe Emet's Director of Family Life & Learning and can be contacted at [email protected]/773-868-5121


Little Builders: Summer City Series 2019
Sundays | 10AM - 11AM

Families with children 2-4 year old are welcome to join in this Little Builders Summer City Series. Each playdate will feature plenty of time to play and schmooze, supplemented by bubbles and chalk and a short gathering to sing and share a story. We will meet in 3 different parks around the North Side. Siblings welcome.

Session Dates Include: 
July 7 • Senn Playlot Park 5887 N Ridge Ave.
July 28 • Gill Park, 825 W Sheridan Rd.
August 4 • Fellger Playground 2000 W. Belmont Ave. 

Click here to register today!

Any questions, contact Max Handelman at [email protected]/773-868-5121

Little Builders Winter Session is open for registration!

The Winter Little Builders class will immerse your family in the Jewish values of stories, blessings and gratitude, and will even help get you ready for Chanukah, 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. Winter dates are Sundays, November 3, 10, 17, 24 and December 8 & 15, 9:15-10:45, at Anshe Emet.

Space is limited, so register today

Shabbat Playdates:

On long Shabbat afternoons, join us to play and meet friends old and new! Anshe Emet invites all young families to bring a nut-free snack to share and come hang out in a local park. Shine only - there is no playdate if it's raining. No registration – just come!

June 29 • 4pm • Morie Mages Park, Irving Park and the Lake
July 20 • 4pm • Juniper Park, 3652 N. Greenview Ave *NEW LOCATION
August 24 • 4pm • Gil Park, 825 W Sheridan Rd





Anshe Emet Family Friday Kabbalat Shabbat Davening & Dinner in August

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 and then playtime in our gym for the kids. As always – our fabulous teen educators will be sharing story books with kids in small groups by age before dessert and play time in the gym.

This month's dinner is a delicious bar-b-que (veggie and gluten free options are always available). 

September’s dinner is delicious mac-n-cheese and lasagna, with ice cream for dessert! Early bird registration is available through May 28.

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 and we may not be able to accommodate the request.  Please list any allergy or dietary restrictions you or anyone in your party may have (i.e. allergies, gluten free, vegetarian) no later than July 26. Contact Kim Carter for question menu/allergies - [email protected]

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. 

Click here to register today!

Registration is required to attend the dinner, and we understand the challenges of planning with young children.  If you need to cancel your registration for any reason by July 29 we will refund your full payment.  Any cancellations after this date, will receive a 50% refund.

Early Bird Registration through July 23
Regular charge starting from July 24-July 30
Registration Closes EOB (end of business) July 30

Please contact Maxine Handelman [email protected] to register after registration has closed.

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 [email protected]  for more information! We would love to honor your special occasion!

Shabbat Morning Services: 

Anshe Emet offers services every week for children of all ages. Click here for more information.
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