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


Family Events

Dinner at Our House

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.

Holiday Book Fair at Island Books

Thursday, November 30 | 9 am-7 pm
Island Books, 2014 78th Ave SE, Mercer Island

Start your holiday shopping and support the J! Stop by Island Books anytime on Thursday, November 30, and if you mention the J at checkout, 20% of your purchase will be donated to benefit our Early Childhood School. Refreshments will be provided between 9 am and 1:30 pm, so stop by to mingle with friends, grab a nosh, and shop for books, jewelry, toys, games, and gift cards for everyone on your list. 

Hands on Hanukkah

Sunday, December 3 | 11 am-1 pm
Northgate Mall (Seattle) and Crossroads Mall (Bellevue)
Make edible dreidels, decorate Hanukkah placemats, spin a giant dreidel, take pictures in the photo booth, get your face painted, win prizes, and much more.

Hanukkah Pajama Jam

Saturday, December 16 | 5:30-7:30 pm
FREE with donation of pajamas

Join us for our coziest community Hanukkah celebration yet!  Put on your pjs and enjoy great music from folk duo Josh & Chava, a Hanukkah story from PJ Library, food trucks (Napkin Friends and Delfino’s Pizza), Krispy Kreme doughnuts, make-your-own nightlight and other festive arts and crafts, olive oil press with Chabad, a menorah lighting and Havdalah, and more!

We’re collecting donations of new and gently used pajamas (size 2T-12) for Amara, an organization that works to ensure every child in foster care has the love and support of a committed family as quickly as possible and for as long as the child needs. Please help us out!

Thank you to our sponsors: Herzl-Ner TamidCamp Solomon SchechterJewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle, PJ LibraryChabad of Mercer Island,  American Israeli Council | Seattle

Shabbat Dinners

Friday, January 26
From meeting up at cool new restaurants to pajama Shabbats around town, the J’s Shabbat dinners are the place to be. Details to come.

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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