This Fall at the J

The J is celebrating 50 years in Mercer Island, and 70 years in greater Seattle. Take a look at all the wonderful classes, events, and programs we’ve got for you and your family. 

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The J’s Fall Kids’ Program Offerings Announced

The J’s Fall Kids’ Program Offerings Announced 

SJCC’s fall programs for kids, including Kidstown, After School Classes and swim lessons, begin following Labor Day. 

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. (Aug. 1, 2019)— With the new school year approaching, the Stroum Jewish Community Center announced today (Thursday, August 1) the fall 2019 schedule for our J Kids’ programming, including the after school care program Kidstown (K to 2nd grade) and Kids City (3rd to 5th grade), After School Classes (K-5th grade), swim lessons (6 months to 12 years), and Enrichment Classes (pre-k). 


The 2019 fall schedule begins following Labor Day with Kidstown and Kids City beginning Sept. 4. Swim lessons for the fall session begin Sept. 7, while the After School Classes and Enrichment Classes begin Sept. 9.  

The biggest change to the J Kids’ programming heading into 2019 is simplicity. All programs offered are more integrated with one another, making choices for the entire season simpler. In addition, we have added a new area to Kidstown called Kids City. This is an area just for 3rd-5th graders.  

Our After School Classes for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade once again include fun and engaging options for kids to learn and explore after their school day.  

Classes this year include Hip Hop Dance, STEAM Maker: Space Travel Puppet Show (new), Watts Basketball Academy, Cooking Up Knowledge, Trendy Crafts, STEM Sports: Multi-Sport, Karate-X, Little Coders: Coding Class, and Creative Art Network: Comic Books (new).  

Our Enrichment Classes are designed in conjunction with our Early Childhood School and include classes designed specifically for preschoolers (ages 3-4) and pre-k students. Classes include Mindful Monkeys, Gymnastics, Cooking Up Knowledge, Itty Bitty Athletes, Creative Movement, Discovering Science, Trendy Crafts, Supreme Sports, and Karate X. 

Once again, transportation will be offered from all four Mercer Island Elementary Schools. Buses pick kids up in the morning at the J and drop them off in the afternoon. 

Registration opens on August 5. The J Kids’ Fall Programming runs through Thanksgiving break. The J Kids’ Winter Programs begin Jan. 6 with Spring Programs beginning March 30. For more information, visit 


About Stroum Jewish Community Center  
The Stroum Jewish Community Center inspires connections to build community and ensure Jewish continuity. Together we create outstanding programs, partnerships and spaces that welcome everyone to learn, grow and celebrate Jewish life and culture. Learn more at 

Media Contact: John Shaffer, Director, Marketing & Public Relations | 206-232-7117 

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Modified Hours: Feb 5

SJCC will be open on a modified schedule today, from 11:15 am to 4 pm. Come workout, watch a family-friendly movie, or run around with your kids and blow off some cabin fever. 

11:15-4 pm: SJCC Open

  • Kids zones (require parent supervision) – 3 and under; 5 and under, pre-K through age 11 with activities, crafts, games, and more
  • Fitness Center open (no fitness classes)
  • Basketball gym open (1/2 for lunchtime hoops from 12 pm-1:30 pm)

Noon-3:45 pm: Pool Open

  • Pool open with 2 lap lanes and 2 open swim lanes
  • No scheduled aquatics programs, lessons, or classes

1 pm: family-friendly movie in the auditorium

If the roads you travel to get to the J are unsafe, please don’t venture out; we’ll see you when the weather is better. If you do come, please exercise caution in the parking lot; it has been de-iced but may remain slick in some spots. 

We hope to see you soon!

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Fall 2018 Registration

As fall approaches, get ready for a season of great classes and programs at the J! 

We’re offering tons of great enrichment classes, including new art, language, and science classes for kids ages 3-5; plus Minecraft, coding, and hip hop dance for kids ages 5-12. We also have swim lessons every day for kids ages 6 months to 12 years old. And there’s still space available in our Kidstown before- and after-school care program.

Plus check out our happy hours around town, holiday celebrations for the whole family, and the full lineup of music, film, and more in our Arts+Ideas season.

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