Community Celebrations

Throughout the year, the J invites the community to join us for holiday celebrations.

Hundreds of people dress up and play at our Purim Carnival and celebrate Hanukkah Under the Stars with us every year. We also have a Sukkot dinner in the Kesher Community Garden every fall, community Hanukkah candle lightings in the winter, and family Passover Seders in the spring, and more.

On select Fridays—on both our Mercer Island and Seattle campuses—newborns, babies, toddlers, and their parents are welcome to join friends for Tot Shabbat with songs and challah. During the summer, families are encouraged to join their kids as they celebrate Shabbat with the entire SJCC Summer Camp.

Sukkah Building and Bagels

Sunday, October 9 | 10 am-12:30 pm
FREE

For the holiday of Sukkot, help us build and decorate our sukkah in the SJCC Kesher Community Garden. Everyone who helps build this temporary shelter will get FREE tickets to the Sukkot Family Dinner.

Sukkot Family Dinner

Sunday, October 16, 5:30-7 pm
$30 per family

Join us for dinner in the sukkah in the SJCC Kesher Community Garden. We’ll celebrate Sukkot with a fall-inspired meal, activities for the kids, a special dessert treat, and a story around the campfire.

Sukkot in Ballard: Film & Sukkah Celebration

Sunday, October 23
Film 10 a.m. | Sukkah Celebration 11 a.m.
Majestic Bay Theatres
Free

Celebrate Sukkot with a free screening of the film SUKKAH CITY and then join us for a family learning experience in our pop-up sukkah in Bergen Place Park.

SUKKAH CITY follows twelve contemporary architects and designers who are challenged to rethink the sukkah (the temporary hut for the holiday of Sukkot) and the concept of home, both Jewish and secular. Rated G.

Following the movie, join us across the street in our sukkah in Bergen Place Park. Taste Israel’s Seven Species and celebrate with music and art. Includes bagels. For families of all ages.

Family Pre-Hanukkah Celebration

Saturday, December 17
5:30-7:30 pm
FREE for the entire community

Join us for our annual community-wide Hanukkah celebration featuring delicious food vendors, Hanukkah games and crafts, and a concert with the Klezmatics.

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