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

Paddle with the J

Select summer Thursdays (see below)
$10 SJCC members; $15 guests

Meet us at the Herzl waterfront (across the street from the J) to spend an evening on the water! We’ll get out the J’s kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards and enjoy some sunshine, get exercise, and meet new friends. Each trip is two hours. There will be a lifeguard on duty.

Thursday, July 27 | 5:30-7:30 pm
Thursday, August 10 | 5:30-7:30 pm
Thursday, August 31 | 5:30-7:30 pm

Contact SJCC Community Connections Professional Ken Di Raimondo or call 206-388-0839 for more information.

Summer Hikes

Do you like to hike, but don’t get a chance to do it as often as you’d like? Come hike with the J! We will meet in the SJCC parking lot, carpool to the trailhead, and head out on a hike.  Enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise, and meet new friends! On each hike, participants will decide where to grab a well-deserved treat on the way home!

All hikes listed below are within 1.5 hours of Seattle proper. Departure and return times will vary based on proximity and length of the hike itself. Generally all trips will leave the J parking lot between 8-9 am the day the hike is listed.

  • Each hike can accommodate a group of 10 participants maximum. First come, first served basis.
  • Please bring your own lunch, good hiking shoes, and plenty of water.
  • All hikes suitable for participants ages 13+
  • Please be sure to consider the length, elevation gain, and difficulty when choosing your hike

For more information contact Community Connections Professional Ken Di Raimondo or call 206-388-0839,

Mt Pilchuck
Saturday, July 29 

  • Distance: 5.4 miles roundtrip
  • Gain: 2300 ft.
  • Highest Point: 5327 ft.
  • Location: Mountain Loop HWY – Granite Falls area
  • Difficulty: moderate to difficult

Annette Lake
Sunday, August 13 

  • Distance: 7.5 miles roundtrip
  • Gain: 1800 ft.
  • Highest Point: 3600 ft.
  • Location: Snoqualmie region
  • Difficulty: moderate

Mailbox Peak
Saturday, September 9

  • Distance: 9.4 miles roundtrip
  • Gain: 4000 ft.
  • Highest Point: 4822 ft.
  • Location: Snoqualmie region
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Dinner at Our House

July 16 (FULL), August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19, and December 17

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.

Shabbat Unplugged: Blueberry Picking

Saturday, July 22 | 10 am-noon
Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm | 700 148th Avenue SE, Bellevue

Come join us for some Shabbat learning and blueberry picking! Register so we know to expect you. Look for staff in the JCC t-shirts to say hello!


Shabbat Dinners in the Garden

Friday, July 28 (in partnership with Herzl-Ner Tamid)
Friday, August 18 (in partnership with Temple De Hirsch Sinai)
5:30-8 pm

Join us in the J’s beautiful Kesher Garden for Shabbat, songs, s’mores, and togetherness! You can purchase your meal at a food truck at the J’s shuk open air market. Then bring a blanket and find a cozy spot in our garden, joining other families for a meaningful and fun night filled with Shabbat joy. We will top off the night with s’mores!

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

Family Shabbat Dinner @ Tutta Bella

Friday, August 4 | 6:30 pm
Tutta Bella | 715 NW Gilman Blvd, Issaquah
$30 per person

We’ll welcome in Shabbat together with songs and classic Italian fare served family-style. We’ll nosh on a variety of delicious appetizers, pizzas, salads, and desserts. 


Shabbat Unplugged: Havdalah and Kayak Tour

Saturday, August 5 | 5:30-8 pm
$53 per person
For kids 10+

Shilshole Bay Marina, W Dock, 7001 Seaview Ave NW

Enjoy the rich ecosystem of the Puget Sound on this two-hour kayak tour featuring a short Havdalah service. This is a great chance to sea seals, sea lions, great herons, and more. The route of the tour will vary based on recent sightings of local wildlife. Whether you want to drift among the bull kelp or paddle hard along the shore, this tour is for you. 

What to bring:

  • Warm clothes, preferably non-cotton (fleece, capilene, nylon, and wool are all good options)
  • Water-appropriate shoes (sandals that strap to your feet or water shoes)
  • Water-proof, wind-proof layer (i.e. rain jacket)
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • If you want to bring electronics, make sure to carry them in a water-tight container

Please note, tickets are non-refundable.

Tu B'Av Garden Tea Party

Sunday, August 13 | 2-4 pm
SJCC members $8 | guests $10

Join the ones you love for tea, sandwiches, and dessert in the Kesher Community Garden. Together, we’ll celebrate the Jewish day of love, Tu B’Av. Taste the garden in every bite!

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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