Youth and Family Services

Shabbat Evening • 1st Shabbat of the month

Anshe Emet Family Shabbat Service & Dinner • 5:45pm

March Anshe Emet Family First Friday Kabbalat Shabbat Davening and Dinner

March 1 we gather at 5:45 with song and community! Start preparing for Purim with a festive story 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 this week’s parsha at the spirited Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming Shabbat) service for older elementary school students (grades 1-7), led by Rabbi David Russo.

After Services, everyone comes together for a delicious community dinner. This month's dinner is deli, wings and chicken nuggets, 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.

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 February 22. Contact Kim Carter for question menu/allergies - [email protected]

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. 

Register for our March 1 Family Service & Dinner
Sign-up by Wednesday, February 20 avoid a late fee.

Please note new registration deadlines

Registration is required to attend dinner, and we understand the challenges of planning with young children.  If you need to cancel your registration for any reason by February 26,2019, we will refund your full payment. Cancellations after this date, will receive a 50% refund.

Regular Registration until Tuesday February 19
Late charge from Wednesday February 20
Registration Closes on Tuesday February 26

We will accommodate late sign ups as best as we can but we recommend that everyone registers in advance.

Anshe Emet strives to be an accessible and welcoming resource for the community by offering affordable experiences, including Shabbat dinners. The price of $18 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!

Save these dates

Join the entire Anshe Emet community for AEShares Shabbat on Friday, April 5. Sign up here to host or be hosted.
Our next Anshe Emet Family First Friday Kabbalat Shabbat Davening and Dinner May 17 (Not the 1st Friday)!

Note New Youth Tefillah Times on Saturday Mornings

Beginning March 2:
Shalom Shabbat, our well loved service for families with babies-4 year olds is moving to 11am!
We hope that this time change will enable morning nappers to come to play, and that more families will be able to stick around for Kiddush lunch (a great chance to nosh and schmooze).

Shachar, for families with K-2nd graders, will remain at 11am.

Ruach, our musical service for families with 3rd-6th graders, and Jr. Congregation, our kid-led Shacharit service for 3rd-6th graders, will both begin at 10:45am,
to give kids more time to learn tefillot (prayers) and read Torah.

Questions or comments? Please contact Max Handelman, Dir. of Family Life & Learning at [email protected].

Shabbat Mornings

Shalom Shabbat (up to 4 years old) • 11am - 12am

An interactive Shabbat worship experience for families with children four years old and younger with High School Leaders and Max Handelman every Shabbat morning in the Rose Crown Room. Sing, dance, and hear stories as you celebrate Shabbat with your children. 

Shachar Service (K - 2nd Grades) • 11:00am – 12:00pm 

The Shachar Service incorporates tefillah, stories and music with Max Handelman and a Madrikhim in the Rose Crown Room. Children are invited to read Torah in English or Hebrew and parents and children learn together. 

Ruach Service (3rd - 7th Grades; All are welcome) • 10:45am – 12:00pm

A musical service designed for families with children in 3rd – 7th grades with Rabbi Donni in the Reich Room. It is also enthusiastically open to all who are looking for a service filled with traditional tefillah, music, discussion and learning. Students will also have the opportunity to read/chant Torah.

Junior Congregation (3rd – 7th Grades) • 10:45am – 12:00pm

A traditional student-led Shachrit service that will run parallel with the Ruach Service in the Bennett Library. At 11:45am, the two services will combine for a student led Torah service. Students from both services will have the opportunity to read/chant Torah.