It’s never a dull moment with kids on board. From newborn to high school years, parents are on the clock. Jewish Tucson is here to help, with family-fun programming, age-specific events and activities, support groups, and opportunities to make new friends among other parent and family groups. We’ve got resources for every age and stage of family life. Use our Calendar or program-specific links to find a wide range of opportunities from our synagogues, the JCC, Jewish Family & Children Service, and Federation’s Shalom Baby and PJ Library programs, Tucson Hebrew Academy, and others. Let us welcome your family into ours.
Families and Children
Babyccino – Times vary
A Chic Meet for Mod Moms and Their Tots! Join your teeny friends on a journey way back to the beginning! Learn and explore the many wondrous elements of the 6 days of creation and the 7th day of rest! 8 week-classes. For more information, contact Feigie Ceitlin at [email protected] or (520) 869-4971.
Congregation Anshei Israel
Parent-Tot Class, Tuesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 A.M.
Free and open to the public, this class for children 9 to 24 months in age and their parent(s) is fun and educational. Led by educator Heather Gordon, participants sing songs, make art projects, read stories, have a snack, and share parenting advice with each other. Occasional guest speakers help tackle specific issues such as: food allergies, sun safety, baby sign language and more. Water play is included in May and September. For more information, contact Lynne Falkow-Strauss at (520) 745-5550.
Congregation Or Chadash
Tot Shabbat (up to age 6) 6:00 P.M. 2nd Friday of the Month (September - May)
Join Rabbi Thomas A. Louchheim and Cantor Janece Cohen for a delightful experience with stories, songs, crafts and snacks as part of the Tot Shabbat. Membership is not required. Contact the Office at Congregation Or Chadash at 520-512-8500.
A Baby Welcome Bag for You
If you, or someone you know, is expecting or has had a baby within the past six months, Shalom Baby would like to welcome your little one to Tucson’s Jewish community. Whether this is your first baby, or you’ve experienced this wonderful joy before, a Welcome Gift Bag is waiting to be delivered by our Concierge or one of our Shalom Baby ambassadors. Items in the Welcome Bag include gifts for your baby, a handy magnetic babysitter board, a Resource Guide for parents, and information about your Jewish community. Shalom Baby is a program of the Jewish Community Roundtable Committee a joint program of the synagogues, agencies and organizations in Tucson. Our goal is to help you connect to Jewish Tucson. To receive your Welcome Bag, just call the Shalom Baby Hotline at 520-299-3000 x241.
Shabbat and Me Shabbat on the Go - JCC - Every other Friday at 10:00 A.M.
Come with your baby or toddler to the Jewish Community Center (JCC) Gallery for wonderful Shabbat singing led by Shabbat Scott. Then shmooze with other parents or grandparents as the children play on the outdoor equipment of the JCC Early Childhood Center. Moms, dads, grandparents, and babies are all welcome! No fee but RSVP’s are appreciated, to Ori Parnaby – [email protected] or (520) 299-3000 x241.
Babies and Bagels
Temple Emanu-El's Babies and Bagels Club is a monthly program for families with young children. They do various family activities around town or at the Temple; they play, discuss parenting and ethical issues, explore Jewish holidays and values, eat, create and have fun together. Babies and Bagels events are open to all, and the events are designed to appeal to both younger and older children alike. Everyone is welcome - Temple members and non-members, Jewish and non-Jewish. There is no charge. Mila Vasser Anderson at 327-4501 ext. 16 or email [email protected] for more information and R.S.V.P.