Holiday celebrations, pool parties, hiking trips, and more! The J always has great activities that the whole family can enjoy together.

For more information about family programs, contact SJCC Director, Programs and Services Zach Duitch or call 206-388-1990.

Family Events

Dinner at Our House

March 19 and May 21

5-7 pm

Do you like to cook? How about helping those in need? We’re partnering with YouthCare, an organization working to fight homelessness among Seattle teens, to cook dinner for 20 in the SJCC kitchen. Dinner will then be delivered to YouthCare’s Jackson Street facility to be served that evening. Please join us for a couple hours to help battle food insecurity among homeless teens!

If you’re interested in participating, please email SJCC Community Connections Professional Ken Di Raimondo or call 206-388-0839.

Pajama Shabbat

Friday, March 3 | 6-7:30 p.m.
ECS Seattle/Temple Beth Am, 2618 NE 80th Street, Seattle
$30 per family

We’re having breakfast for dinner and celebrating Shabbat in our pjs! Join us at the ECS Seattle campus for a short kinder kabbalat service and Shabbat dinner. Come early (5:45 p.m.) to enjoy some nosh before the event. 


Purim in the Park

Sunday, March 5 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Bergen Place, 5420 22nd Ave NW, Ballard

Join us for Purim in the Park, as we meet some of the Purim story characters, enjoy some hamantashen, and do a Purim craft. Perfect for the whole family! Stop by the Ballard Farmers Market after the event for some goodies.

Hamantashen Make and Take

Friday, March 10 | 1-1:45 p.m.
University House, 22975 SE Black Nugget Road, Issaquah
Suggested donation $5

Join us for Tot Shabbat and make some hamantashen to bake at home. While we make the traditional Purim treat with some of the residents of University House, we’ll also enjoy a Purim story and songs.

Super Purim Carnival

Sunday, March 12
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Carnival

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no…it’s Super Purim! Join us for our greatest Purim carnival yet. We’ll have tons of awesome carnival games, art activities, a bouncy house, rides, and so much more. Superhero costumes encouraged! 

Games this year include 9-hole mini golf, mechanical bull riding, life-sized Twister, and more. We’ll also have Falafel Salam and Yummy Box food trucks on site 

Come early for the Hamatashen Hustle Fun Run – see details below.

The event is free, but please RSVP so we know to expect you.

Thank you to our event partners: Secular Jewish Circle, Camp Kalsman, B’nai B’rith Camp, Camp Solomon Schechter, Sephardic Adventure Camp, Jewish Student Union, Seattle NSCY, Bulgarian School, Jewish National Fund, Mercer Island Parks and Recreation, Herzl-Ner Tamid, PJ Library, BBYO, Seattle Kollel.

Hamantashen Hustle Fun Run

Sunday, March 12 10 a.m.
$30 per family (includes t-shirts)

Join us for a Purim family run: the Hamantashen Hustle! Run, walk, or dance your way through this one-mile race. The whole family is welcome. Don’t forget to wear your costume!


Shabbat Unplugged - Up Close with Reptiles

Saturday, March 18 | 10-11 a.m.
Woodland Park Zoo

Join us for a wild Shabbat Unplugged at the Woodland Park Zoo. We’ll  talk about our responsibility to treat animals and our ecosystem with compassion (rachum), and meet some of the zoo’s Ambassador Animals who will help illustrate the vast array of tools reptiles use to survive and thrive.

From the array of colors in a chameleon to the indeterminate lifespan of a tortoise, reptiles have truly amazing adaptations. With the Next Generation Science Standards in mind, zoo staff will teach us about what makes a reptile a reptile, how they use their environment to shape their needs, and how those very same environments have shaped their lives.

J Explorers

A program just for dads and their kindergarten through third graders. J Explorers play games, learn new skills, enjoy the great outdoors, and celebrate Jewish values with other dads and kids. Must be a J Explorers member to participate in events. 

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