For New Parents Living Downtown

New Family New Traditions

This fall, new and expectant parents living Downtown are invited to bring their babies for a new Sunday morning series at the Museum of Jewish Heritage starting this Sunday, October 2 at 11 AM.

Having a baby can be overwhelming and isolating, but it doesn’t have to be.  New Families, New Traditions is designed to create a welcoming space for Downtown Jewish and interfaith parents to share their experiences, create a community and learn from experts.

While children enjoy themselves in a safe play area within the room, moms and dads can chat over bagels and coffee and explore a range of topics that befuddle new parents, such as sleep (or lack thereof) and how to create an eco-friendly home. All families are welcome, including single, adoptive, LGBT and special-need parents. Tickets are $10 per family per program and include a light bagel brunch. Space is limited and pre-registration is preferred (, 646-437-4300). The museum is located in Battery Park City at 36 Battery Place. For more information, visit

The first three programs are:

October 2, 11 AM.
Sleep deprived? A sleep coach from Dream Team Baby teaches the latest tips for helping your infant or toddler nap and sleep through the night. Dream Team Baby has been featured on NBC’s “Today Show” (watch the video) and has a column on The Bump.

November 6, 11 AM.
Green-living expert Alexandra Zissu, author of The Complete Organic Pregnancy and The Conscious Kitchen, shares the latest information about the best environmentally friendly products and practices. Since babies put everything in their mouths, you need to know a lot about everything. From diapers to food to toys to setting up an organic nursery, find out the latest information about the best environmentally friendly products and practices for you and your baby.

December 4, 11 AM.
Julie Wiener—mother, writer, interfaith family columnist for The Jewish Weekhas experienced and written about many of the challenges that come from being in an interfaith marriage. With insight and humor, she’ll share some of her tips for navigating the holiday season with a minimum of stress.

Spring events will be announced at a later date. New Families, New Traditions is funded through generous support from the UJA-Federation of New York. Additional support is provided by the Margaret Neubart Foundation Trust.