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.





Anshe Emet Family Friday Kabbalat Shabbat Davening & Dinner: November 1 @ 5:45PM

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 Chicken and Veggie soup bar, chicken and mashed potatoes!​

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 is through Wednesday, October 23.
Regular Registration begins Thursday, October 24.

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!


Little Builders Winter Session is open for registration!
Sundays | 9:15AM - 10:45AM

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

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


New class 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 Sundays 12:30-2 Nov 10, 17, 24, December 8 and 15. Classes start with lunch, and will meet at Anshe Emet and off site, around town, where we can learn about Jewish values with our whole bodies, as a family. This class is designed for four to five year olds and their adults.

Register here


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

Shabbat Morning Services: 

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