Jewish Values & Community

When you join Temple Emanuel Preschool, you become

part of a larger community.

As the only Conservative synagogue with a preschool in Newton, we are fully committed to a Judaica program that helps children learn about the Jewish part of their world and life. The customs and traditions of Shabbat and the holidays are experienced through the young child’s senses. Family participation is encouraged. An atmosphere of belonging is created through which the children and their families experience the joyfulness of Judaism. The highlight of the week is always our community Shabbat with the clergy on Fridays.

A strong play based secular curriculum is integrated with an enriching Jewish curriculum to introduce Judaism through Jewish rituals, celebrations, song and games to become part of everyday life.

Jewish preschools provide children with an understanding of their identity and community.  When Jewish rituals are learned at a young age, they become traditions that continue throughout their lifetime and provide a sense of comfort and belonging. Students are introduced to Judaism through Jewish rituals, celebrations, song and games to become part of everyday life.

Jewish values and concepts such as Tzedakah (charity),Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and Kavod (respect for one another) teach our children to be well-rounded adults.

Learning and hearing Hebrew through song and prayer can have a significant effect on cognitive development, improved listening skills and proficiency in another language later in life.

The Temple Emanuel Preschool Proudly:

  • Celebrates Shabbat on Friday mornings
  • Celebrates Havdalah on Mondays
  • Invites parents to watch their child shine as Shabbat Helper
  • Teaches cooking and bakes challah
  • Celebrates Jewish Holidays together
  • Teaches blessings, traditions and rituals for your child to feel fully a part of Jewish living
  • Instills a love of Israel in your child
  • Welcomes families to be a part of our warm community

Many of our programs are done in conjunction with our synagogue and temple tots community!

We also offer on-going classes such as baby boot camp, little beats music class, stroller walks, parenting classes and more! For more information, please contact our

Young Families & Youth Programming Coordinator, Cayla Berkowitz at (617) 558-8140.

Visit our Young Families Page on Facebook!

Preschool PTA

Temple Emanuel Preschool is fortunate to have a very active PTA. They help us build community, provide ways for parents to get involved, support teachers, welcome new students, host open houses, organize mitzvah projects and plan holiday celebration events.

Elie Wiesel

"The Jewish tradition of Learning – is Learning. Adam chose knowledge instead of immortality."