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North Shore Temple Emanuel

a Progressive Jewish Congregation

Kids at North Shore Temple Emanuel

At North Shore Temple Emanuel, we value our role as a centre for lifelong Jewish learning and spiritual development within the synagogue, the community, and the home - and we know that it all starts by engaging with our youth!

We have a variety of activities available for children, from newborns to post B'nei Mitzvah. See below to find out more!


Shabbat Playgroup (0-4 years old)

Held from 9:30am to 11:30am on Fridays during school term, Shabbat Playgroup is a wonderful program for families with young children.

Playgroup has a critical role in fostering connections for our young families (including grandparents) with its weekly activities and routines - and we have lots of fun too! Find out more


Apples & Honey Pre-School (3-5 years old)

Apples and Honey Preschool offers a caring and nurturing environment for preschool-aged children. We are an inclusive, community-based preschool providing children with quality, meaningful and inspiring education in a multicultural and progressive Jewish environment. Our Preschool community is diverse as we welcome children and families from all cultures, religions, and nationalities into our intimate 40 place setting.

We are open 50 weeks a year, Monday – Thursday 8am-6pm and Friday 8am-4pm and are closed on NSW Public Holidays, and for Jewish festivals. We do not charge for days where the preschool is closed. Find out more


Bagels & Brachas Family Shabbat (Up to 8 years old)

Once a month, our Bagels & Brachas Family Shabbat provides the opportunity for kids and their parents to enjoy the first 45 minutes (approx.) of the Shabbat morning service (which includes adapted opening prayers, having the children stand alongside Rabbi Nicole and participate in the service, kids joining in the hakafah, and a special blessing over the parents and children), before they head off to a craft activity led by Kids Circle, PJ Library, or our Apples & Honey Pre-School.

The kids are then kept engaged with the themed craft, while the parents enjoy some breakfast and chat with one another.  Find out more


Kids Circle (5-12 year olds)

Run by NSTE member, Grace Lazzeri and Carolina Velasquez, Kids Circle offers a different After School Program where extracurricular classes taught by specialised teachers are included as part of it all under one roof. 

Our proposition is completely different to an after-school care.

We offer different structured extracurricular classes each day, as part of our After School Program and also as Single Classes to give your children the opportunity to explore a variety of programmed activities, making their after-school time enjoyable and productive.  Find out more


Meah Hebrew & Religion School (5 years to b'mitzvah)

Catering for children in Kindergarten through to Year 7, our Education Director, Cantor Ted Labow, and his team of teachers are passionate about creating an environment for our students that will encourage them to strive for their personal best and develop their interpersonal skills.

We aim to nurture and motivate our students and encourage positive interactions with their teachers and fellow students.  Find out more


'Hands-Free' Tefilah (All Ages)

A joy for all ages, our quarterly 'Hands Free' Tefilah service is an engaging, innovative, liberating worship experience that frees participants from the printed page.  Held in the Valerie Jaye Hall on a Friday night, these services utilise our state-of-the-art audio visual resources to project blessings and beautiful photos as a backdrop to our (even more beautiful) children, who lead the service along with Rabbi Nicole.

Each quarter we celebrate the children’s birthdays with blessings, singing, and chocolate cake at KiddushFind out more


Bar & Bat Mitzvah Education

There are few things as joyful and soul-satisfying for a parent as watching a son or daughter take hold of the Torah and carry it through the congregation on the day of bar/bat mitzvah. It is a sublime moment. But it does not happen miraculously!

At NSTE, we believe the preparation for that moment is key to its magic. It is also the key to a lifetime of engagement with Jewish community, as it affords our children the skills they need to participate meaningfully in Jewish life cycle events of their own and of their loved ones, and starts them on a path of lifelong Jewish learning and lifelong Jewish living.  Find out more


Post B'nei Mitzvah Engagement 

Every six weeks or so, our NSTE teenagers who form our Teen Torah Tag Team conduct the entire Torah and Haftarah reading for the congregation, while also sharing “words of the wise” (inspiration and encouragement) with our current B’nei Mitzvah students. Their participation is an inspiration!  

Teens are welcomed onto the Team immediately following Bar or Bat Mitzvah.   Find out more


If you have any questions about these activities, feel free to contact us on 02 9419 7011 or

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