2018-2019 Parenting Program

***New for the 2019-2020 School Year***

Beginning on September 4, 2018, children who will turn two years old between July 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 should apply directly to the Nursery School for one of our bridge classes (Boker Twos & Gesher). Children who attend one of the bridge classes will automatically be admitted to the Nursery School the following school year. Parenting Program descriptions for children 4-18 months can be found in the sections below.

Parenting Program Contact Info:

212-535-2146 ext. 248 

[email protected] 

The Parenting Program offers classes which explore the wonders of child development and the joy of parent participation with fun and sensitivity.  Within a Jewish setting, we seek to nurture your child's curiosity through play.  With the expert assistance of our parent educator, children and parents meet weekly to share and discuss different views concerning life's stages, developmental issues and personal growth.  In addition to this, parents and/or caregivers can join children for the Boker and Gesher classes which offer gentle separation for older toddlers. 

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.


Tinok or “baby” is open to all parents of children ages 1-5 months old.  Facilitated by Dana Rosenbloom M.S. Ed, parents will meet weekly to discuss various topics while connecting with other parents within the community. Meet new friends and gain support during this transitional time in your lives with the guidance of our professional staff. Classes are offered in 10 week sessions and limited to 10 children/parents per class. Class meets weekly with time provided for discussion as well as beginning activities such as circle time.  Materials and activities are designed to introduce you and your baby to new experiences as they transition from infanthood. Sign up for the entire semester, a few classes or drop in for a class.  A sample of topics are included below.  Each class includes time for parents to ask questions and share their own personal experiences with members of the group. 

•    Getting to know your baby
•    To Schedule or Not to Schedule, Reflecting on natural rhythm
•    Sleep
•    Nursing or Bottle, How to make it work for you
•    Ways to play/Ways to Soothe
•    Baby Inc. What products do I need and when?
•    Transition to Motherhood
•    Returning to Work? Making choices that are right for you and your family
•    Choosing Childcare, Relationships and Communication with Caregivers
•    Navigating Classes and Playgroups
•    Nutrition, how to evaluate choices
•    Relationships with Spouses, Family and Friends

Tinok II: Tuesdays, 11:00am 
For parents and children ages 1-5 months old (as of October 1, 2018). 

Fall dates will be announced September 4, 2018.

Advanced registration required and subject to availability; enrollment is confirmed upon receipt of payment. 

$250  10-class pack for Session II (non-refundable, due upon registration)
$150  5-class pack for Session II (based on availability, non-refundable and due upon registration)
$35 Single Class (based on availability, non-refundable and due upon registration)

click here to register for semester ii of tinok

2018-2019 Parenting Program 

Aleph-bet: Fridays, 9:15-10:15 am:   

Keshet: Tuesdays, 9:15-10:15 am:                               

For parents and children 14 - 20 months by September 30th 2018                          

An interactive time for parents and toddlers. Children and parents engage together 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 the Rabbi, Cantor, and Music Teacher add to this exciting program.  

***FEE: $ 1,900 for members, $2,400 for non-members (weekly sessions from September 2018 through May 2019)                    

Mini Met is limited to 12 participants. Spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis. 

Mini Met: Fridays, 10:45-11:30 am (This session is at capacity; please call Sue Yulis at 212-535-2146 to be placed on a wait list): 

For Parents and their children ages 9 - 14 months (Born: July-December 2017). 

Mini Met is a weekly facilitated playgroup in which parents and their babies, ages 9-14 months, can come together and enjoy playing in a classroom setting at Shaaray Tefila. While exploring different activities with your child, parents discuss a variety of topics focused on child development and parenting.  A sample of class topics and themes include: Sensory Exploration, Music and the Connection to Literacy, Cause and Effect, Physical Development/Body Awareness, Supporting Language Development through Play, Jewish Holiday Traditions and more. 


Semester I -  $650 for members, $720 for non-members (15 weekly sessions from September 21, 2018 to January 25, 2019)

Semester II -  $650 for members, $720 for non-members (15 weekly sessions from February 16, 2019 to May 31, 2019)

Semester I & II - $1,235 for members, $1,395 for non-members

(30 weekly sessions from September to May)

Bim Bam I: Tuesdays, 10:45-11:30am and Thursdays, 11:00-11:45am (Both sessions are at capacity; please call Sue Yulis at 212-535-2146 to be placed on a wait list):

For parents and their children, ages 4-8 months (Born: January to May 2018)

Bim Bam is a weekly class designed to help support your baby's growth and development through play.  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: Cause/Effect/Baby Games, Music and Sounds/Acoustic Stimulation, Rolling/Rocking/Balance, Lights/Shadow/Reflections/Visual Stimulation, and Tactile Stimulation and Textures. 

September 25, 2018 - January 22, 2019 (16 weekly session)

*** FEE: $650 for members, $720 for non-members

click here to fill out an application for aleph-bet or keshet