Montclair Now Has a Jewish Family Concierge

Emmy and her family.

Montclair, and the surrounding towns, now have their own concierge for Jewish families and her name is Emmy Atlas. She’ll let you know about family programs and help you to make friends with others who share your interests.

Emmy was raised and lives in Livingston with her husband, 16 year old daughter and 13 year old son. They belong to Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston where Emmy has held PTA board, Sisterhood board and Temple Board of Trustees positions.  She teaches religious school at the Summit JCC and has spent eight summers working at the Gesher Summer camp in several different capacities. So if anyone was right for the Jewish Family Concierge position, it’s Emmy!

Emmy tells us that she hopes, “to be able to find many young Jewish families in the greater Montclair area who are not currently involved in Jewish life and connect them to each other as well as to the many opportunities, organizations and activities that the Jewish community has to offer.  I hope to put together playgroups, storytimes, and other activities which will give area Jewish families, both traditional and non traditional, with very young children, an opportunity to meet one another and create their own traditions and customs while fostering a positive Jewish identity for their families.”

The Jewish Family Concierge will be doing just that with many family events this summer. First up are the Picnic, Playtime and Popsicles events:

Picnic, Playtime &  Popsicles
Who: All ages
What: Pack a dairy picnic lunch and join us at a local park for PJ Library® story time and playtime. We’ll provide the popsicles!
When & Where: July 12 at 11:45 am  at Verona Park / July 18 at 11:45 am at Taylor Park in Millburn / July 24 at 11:45 am at Knoll Park, Parsippany
Cost: FREE!

On July 16, Jewish Family Concierge will offer a workshop at Watchung Booksellers, titled Is My Child “Normal?”:

Is My Child “Normal?”
Who: Open to all!
What: At this workshop we will explore typical development for preschool children. Facilitated by Tricia Stern, LCSW, MPH, JFS Coordinator of Child and Adolescent Services.
When: Monday, July 16 10:30-11:30am
Where: Watchung Booksellers, 54 Fairfield Street, Montclair
Cost: Event is free, but RSVP is appreciated. Contact Emmy Atlas, Jewish Family Concierge, Montclair and Surrounding Areas, for more information
Children are welcome and snacks will be provided! 973.929.2968.

On July 31, join the Family Fun Night at Gesher Camp:

Family Fun Night
 Your family, the grandparents, friends and neighbors (best for children up to age 8)
What: Enjoy an evening at camp featuring: Arts & Crafts, Camp-style song session, PJ Library Story Times,  Sports, Ga-Ga, PJ Library Camp Story Walk, Aero-Ball, Information on great Jewish day and overnight camps and a Camp-Style BBQ Dinner!
When: Tuesday, July 31 ~ 6:00-8:30pm ~ Rain or Shine
Where: Camp Gesher, 110 South Orange Avenue, Livingston
Cost: Pre-Register by July 17 ~ FREE After July 17 ~ $10 per family
FREE gift for pre-registered families! Register here.

Jewish Family Concierge is a collaborative MetroWest Initiative with The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life, JCC MetroWest and UJC MetroWest. You can contact Emmy Atlas through email here.

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