Parenting Program
Parenting Program

What We Offer

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.

Learn more about our programs for…

  • Tinok

    For parents and infants 0-5 months old as of January 1, 2019
    Day/Time: Tuesdays @11:15am
    2018 Dates: 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18
    2019 Dates: 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
    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.

    Register for Tinok »

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

  • Bim Bam

    For parents and babies 4-8 months (Born January to May 2019)
    Day/Time: Tuesdays @10:45-11:30am 
    Class Dates: 9/24, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28
    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.

    Apply for Bim Bam »
    This class is 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 2018)
    Day/Time: Fridays @10:45-11:30am
    Dates Semester I: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/10, 1/17 (15 sessions)
    Dates Semester II: 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22 (15 sessions)
    Dates Semester I & II: All dates noted above (30 sessions)
    Cost: $690 for members, $750 for non-members for one semester; $1,300 for members, $1,420 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.

    Apply for Mini Met »

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

    Classes are at capacity. Please contact Sue Yulis at 212-535-2146 to be placed on a waitlist.
  • Keshet & Aleph-bet

    For parents and toddlers 14-20 months by September 30, 2019
    Day/Time Keshet: Tuesdays @9:15-10:15am
    Day/Time Aleph-bet: Fridays @9:15-10:15am (This class is at capacity – see note below for waitlist info.)
    Dates: Weekly sessions from September 2019-May 2020
    Cost: $2,000 for members, $2,500 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. If you’d liked to be placed on the waitlist, please contact Sue Yulis at 212-535-2146.

    Apply for Keshet »
  • 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.

    Register for Instructions Not Included »

    Advance registration preferred.

  • Bridge Classes 2019-2020

    Parents and/or caregivers can join children for the Gesher and Boker “bridge” classes which offer gentle separation for older toddlers.

    Children turning two years old between 10/1/2019 and 12/31/2019
    Tuesday/Thursday, 9:00-10:30am

    Boker Twos
    3 day (children turning two years old between 7/1/2019 and 9/30/2019)
    Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00-11:00am

    Boker Twos
    2 day (children turning two years old between 4/1/2019 and 9/30/2019)
    Tuesday/Thursday, 9:00am-12:00pm

    Learn more on our Nursery School page »