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

Upcoming Programs and Events...

Babies & Bagels
Sunday, January 13 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM

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, but registration is requested. Click here to register


The Joint Young Families/Shachar Tu B’Shevat Seder
Sunday, January 20 | 12:15 -2:00pm

Families with children 4 years to 2nd grade are invited to join us for pizza, singing, planting and otherwise celebrating trees and our connection to Israel.  Click here to register


Little Builders: Winter Into Spring Series
Sundays | 9:15 - 10:45 AM

Beginning January 27, 2019, come be a part of the amazing community we BUILD at Anshe Emet. Families with 2-3 year olds dive into Jewish Experiences surrounding the celebration of Shabbat, connect with new friends and craft joyful memories. Each 6 week session includes one home-hosted class, which gives families deeper opportunities to play and connect. 
Session Dates Include: January 27, Feb 3, Feb 10, Feb 24, March 3, March 10 
Fees: $75 | Members ; $90 | Non-Members | 
Click here to register


Shabbat Services: 

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

First Friday Kabbalat Shabbat Davening & Dinner

We would love for you to join us for our monthly Shabbat service and dinner. At 5:45pm families with babies to kindergarten age will join Rabbi Donni Aaron and Max Handelman for a musical and story-filled service. Families with older elementary school students will gather with Rabbi David Russo for a spirited and extended Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming Shabbat) service. The services will each end at 6:30pm, followed by a delicious Shabbat dinner. After that, the gym will be open for some play time. 

February’s Service and dinner is a Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month bonanza! Hear a story that highlights strong characters with disabilities at the young family service for families with kids K and under, led by Rabbi Donni Aaron & Max Handelman, and engage in a Torah discussion about inclusion at the spirited Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming Shabbat) service for older elementary school students (grades 1-7), led by Rabbi David Russo.

This month's dinner is chilli and baked potato bar, with veggie and gluten free options to boot! 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.

If this is your first time joining us, use the code 1stTimeFam when you register, and dinner is on us. We'll even set you up with a buddy family to show you the way. 

Click here to register here for our February 1 Family Service & Dinner
Sign-up by Tuesday January 30 to avoid a late fee.


Coming May 19...
Putting Jewish Values into Action

a brand new experience for families with 4-5 year olds!

You want your kid to be a mentsch. Don’t miss this opportunity to ground your family’s Jewish behavior in Jewish wisdom and learning. We will learn and we will do. Classes meet May 19, June 2 and June 16, with optional social get-togethers on Memorial Day weekend and Shavuot.

For more information, contact Max Handelman.