Community Connections

We miss seeing you all at the J every day! We know this community extends far beyond the walls of the J, and as we navigate these unusual times together (yet physically farther apart), we want to offer ways you can stay connected to the J — even when you’re at home. Check out how you can stay connected through Virtual SJCC and SJCC TV.

Virtual SJCC homepage button  

 

 

Check out our Virtual SJCC schedule for live online events, including our virtual Tot Shabbat, conversations thanks to partners like Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, and more. This schedule is just taking off, so check back often. Learn more >>


 

Pen Pal Project: Kids + Teens
We know kids are losing valuable writing skills while school is cancelled, so we’re pairing elementary schoolers with teen volunteer pen pals so they can keep practicing. Each pair will send hand-written letters back and forth — a great way to practice writing skills and build community! Learn more + sign up >>

Letters for Seniors
Let’s send love and words of encouragement to our friends in isolation at senior living facilities. Whether its through words or drawings, help us bring a smile to theirfaces. Learn more >>

Make Masks for Healthcare Workers
Local healthcare organizations, including all local hospitals, will shortly be (or already are) in desperate need of protective masks. Follow the instructions below for how to make and deliver masks to our health professionals. 

Completed masks must be washed and dried on Sanitize setting or with bleach and sent to:
Volunteer Mask Brigade
℅ Hannah Lewis
20935 NE 77th ST
Redmond, WA 98053

Please try to package the masks in bags of either 10 or 25. Any amount welcome, but try to send 100 if you can. Click here for instructions >>


 

LIVE: Navigating Without A Map 
Zoom Discussion: Monday, April 6, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Zoom Event Presented by Jewish Family Service and ParentMap
On April 6, join us for a special Zoom webinar with two local pediatricians, doctors Don Shifrin and Lelach Rave, who will provide tips and answer some of your most pressing questions about parenting in the time of COVID-19. More info >>

Little Coders Online Class
An online edition of the J’s Little Coders class for k-2nd grade, led by instructors from Coding with Kids. Class runs March 27-June 5. Details and registration here.

LIVE: PJ Library Song & Story Time
Move around, sing some songs, and hear new (or familiar stories) with Betsy and PJ Library. Tune in Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, at 11:30 am. Live on Zoom; or check PJ Library’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

LIVE: Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Let’s Doodle! The Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems (author of “Elephant & Piggie”, “Knuffle Bunny,” and more) is hosting lunchtime doodles in his home studio every day. Tune in at 10 am (1 pm EST). Draw, doodle, and explore new ways of writing! Start doodling >>

PJ Library March Madness
Lisa the Librarian leads you through a March Madness competition of Jewish kids books! Download and fill out your own bracket and then check out PJ Library’s Facebook and Instagram pages to see if your picks have made it to the next round.


 

Let Us Therefore Sing A New Song! 
Zoom Discussion: Thursday, April 2, noon-1:00 pm
Taught by Rabbi Samuel Klein, Jewish Federation and Beth Huppin, Jewish Family Service. Moderated by Tony Abrams, Jewish Federation.

We open the door in the middle of the night with a deep trust that no harm will befall us. Our singing is a call to all who are willing to join our ancestors leaving behind the darkness of Egypt as they crossed the sea. At this time, when we feel constricted, how might the ancient Hallel, these closing Songs of Praise, give voice to hopeful and redemptive stories in ways that are healing for our communities, our society and ourselves? Zoom link: https://zoom.us/s/618718296

Navigating Without A Map 
Zoom Discussion: Monday, April 6, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Zoom Event Presented by Jewish Family Service and ParentMap
On April 6, join us for a special Zoom webinar with two local pediatricians, doctors Don Shifrin and Lelach Rave, who will provide tips and answer some of your most pressing questions about parenting in the time of COVID-19. More info >>

“For In Haste You Left Egypt!” : An Un-Seder Experience
Zoom Discussion: Monday April 6, 7-8:30 PM

With JFS Educator Beth Huppin, Rabbi Samuel Klein, Jewish Federation and Musical Artist Chava Mirel. Moderated by Tony Abrams, Jewish Federation.

In keeping with the first question of the “Mah Nishtana,” what is fast becoming the “Zoom Pesach” will be a uniquely different Seder night from all other nights. The goal of the Seder is to feel as if we ourselves have come out of Egypt. In these times, how are we to bring this story to life? Join educator Beth Huppin (JFS), Rabbi Samuel Klein (Federation), and musical artist Chava Mirel as they weave stories and ritual for an unusual night of celebration and exodus from Egypt! Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/858215214 

 


 

ParentMap Resources for Families
At ParentMap, they know the struggle is real because they’re in it, too. They’re pulling together a go-to guide for resources for families during these uncertain times. Check back often for updates. Read more >>

23 Fun Activities To Do with Kids Using Stuff You Already Have at Home
How do you stay sane if you’re indefinitely stuck inside with toddlers in the house? The Seattle Times rounded up their best kid-tested activities with supplies you probably already have at home. Read more >>

Pacific Science Center: Curiosity at Home
Our amazing J Camp partners Pacific Science Center offers daily activities to ignite your curiosity at home – streaming live science shows, hands-on STEM activities, tutorials, and more. Get curious >>


SJCC TV homepage button

Plug in to the J community wherever you are!

Watch your favorite Arts + Ideas performances, binge Israeli TV shows and movies, get to know your community through our Faces of the J series, listen to your favorite books, and much more.

 

Watch all J Community videos >>

A Day in the Life of Modern Israel: Kibbutzim
The J’s shinshin (Israeli emissary), Abaye, talks about modern life in Israel. In this session, Abaye teaches us about the history of kibbutzim in Israel and what kibbutzim look like today in Israel. Watch now >>

Faces of the J Series
We love our community! From the happy families at Tot Shabbat to three generations of J Campers, meet some of the people who make the J great. Read more >>

Jessica Ost on The Seattle Limmudcast
The J’s Program Manager – Teen Philanthropy, Jessica Ost, spoke with The Seattle Limmudcast podcast about the Giving Initiative for Teens (GIFT) and how it helps teens explore their Jewish identity by incorporating charitable giving as a touchpoint in their connection to Judaism. Listen >>

Meet our New J Camp Director
We’re so excited to have our new J Camp Director, Dave Flagler here! Get to know Dave >>


 

Watch all J Kids videos >>

Cooking with Vance
Learn to make skillet cornbread. Watch now >>

Gardening with Vance
Head to Vance’s garden to see what he’s planting. Watch now >>

Hebrew Word of the Day with Jessica
Learn some Hebrew with these simple phrases!

Replay: Tot Shabbat with Dave
Sing and dance along at our virtual Tot Shabbat celebration. Watch now >>


 

ECS Storytime & Inside the Classroom
ECS teachers share some of their favorite stories, projects, and crafts with us. Watch now >>


 

Families + Young Children

Not only does the J offer a premier early childhood school, but also parenting classes, drop-in playtime, and more.

Upcoming Events

J Kids + Teens

Looking for engaging before and after school programs, fun activities during school breaks, and events just for you and your grade-schoolers? The J has it all!

J Kids Upcoming EventsTeens Upcoming Events

Seniors

From cooking classes and hikes to senior fitness and bridge, the J offers a variety of programs to meet friends and stay connected to Jewish life.

Upcoming Events

Holiday Celebrations

Come celebrate with us at one of our community holiday celebrations!

Upcoming Events
©2020 Stroum Jewish Community Center. All Rights Reserved. The SJCC is a non-profit organization open to everyone.
Site by Fireman Creative.
Site by Fireman Creative.