Parenting Program


We offer classes for families and their children from birth to 18 months as well as parent workshops throughout the year. Each class is facilitated by an early childhood professional and is structured to highlight child development, explore the joys and challenges of parenting, and foster a sense of community. Jewish traditions and values are woven into each class.

Priority for admission is given to:

  1. Children and families currently enrolled in the Parenting Program.
  2. Temple members (within this group, priority is given according to the length of your membership).
  3. Non-members through a random selection.

Parents and/or caregivers can join children for the Boker and Gesher “bridge” classes which offer gentle separation for older toddlers. Learn more on our Nursery School page »

Learn more about our 2018-19 programs for...

Parents & Infants
Parents & Babies
Parents & Toddlers



For Parents and infants 0-5 months old as of January 1, 2019
Day/Time: Tuesdays @11:15am
2018 Class Dates: 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18
2019 Class Date: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26,3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21 (no class 2/9 and 4/23)
Cost (non-refundable): $250 10-class pack for Session II; $150 5-class pack for Session II; $35 Single Class

Connect with other parents as you participate in facilitated discussions each week. Feel supported by the guidance and expertise of our staff during this transitional moment as you explore topics like nursing or bottle, to schedule or not to schedule, nutrition, returning to work after leave, sleep, baby products/gear, choosing childcare, and more. Each class includes time for parents to ask questions and share their own personal experiences with members of the group.

Limit of 10 children/parents in each class. Advanced registration is required and subject to availability and enrollment is confirmed upon receipt of payment.

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Bim Bam

For parents and babies 4-8 months (Born January to May 2018)
Day/Time: Tuesdays @10:45-11:30am or Thursdays @11:00-11:45am
Class Dates: 16 sessions meeting weekly between September 25, 2018-January 22, 2019
Cost: $650 for members, $720 for non-members

Help support your baby's growth and development through play as teachers lead parents through activities and experiences using a variety of materials. Special focus is paid to developing the relationship between parents and their children. Class time is spent in guided exploration, tummy time, music and discussion. Weekly themes rotate throughout the semester and may include acoustic stimulation (music and sounds), visual stimulation (lights, shadow, and reflections), balance (rolling and rocking), tactile stimulation (textures), and more.

Both sessions are at capacity. Please contact Sue Yulis at 212-535-2146 to be placed on a waitlist.

Mini Met

For Parents and babies 9-14 months (born between July-December 2017)
Day/Time: Fridays @10:45-11:30am
Dates Semester I: 15 weekly sessions from September 21, 2018-January 25, 2019
Dates Semester II: 15 weekly sessions from February 16, 2019 to May 31, 2019
Dates Semester I & II: 30 weekly sessions from September 21, 2018-May 31, 2019
Cost: $650 for members, $720 for non-members for one semester; $1,235 for members, $1,395 for non-members for both semesters

Enjoy playing in a classroom setting at Shaaray Tefila in this weekly facilitated playgroup. While exploring different activities with your child, parents discuss a variety of topics focused on child development and parenting. Class topics and themes include sensory exploration, music’s connection to literacy, cause and effect, physical development/body awareness, supporting language development through play, Jewish holidays, and more.

Semester I is at capacity. Please contact Sue Yulis at 212-535-2146 to be placed on a waitlist.

Limited to 12 participants. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Keshet & Aleph-bet

For parents and toddlers 14-20 months by September 30, 2018
Day/Time Keshet: Tuesdays @9:15-10:15am
Day/Time Aleph-bet: Fridays @9:15-10:15am
Dates: Weekly sessions from September 2018-May 2019
Cost: $1,900 for members, $2,400 for non-members

Engage with your child in free play, singing, movement and story time. A variety of materials are carefully chosen to provide toddlers with a developmentally appropriate opportunity to explore. Parent discussions are scheduled twice a month with an experienced parent educator. Shabbat and Jewish holidays are woven into the curriculum using songs, art materials, and traditional treats. Visits from our Rabbis, Cantor, and Music Teacher add to this exciting program.

The Friday Aleph-bet session is at capacity. Please contact Sue Yulis at 212-535-2146 to be placed on a waitlist.


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Instructions Not Included (NEW)

For Parents of children age 1-3
Day/Time: Thursdays @5:30-6:30pm, monthly
Class Dates: 10/18, 11/15, 12/6, 1/17, 2/28, 3/21, 4/11, 5/16
Cost: $45 Temple Members, $55 Guests, Walk-Ins Welcome (+$10 at the Door)

Join us at this monthly discussion for a little wine, a light nosh, and to tackle topics that highlight the joys and challenges of parenting in today’s world.

Advance registration preferred

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