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This Week at the J

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. – What a first full week of October we have at the Stroum Jewish Community Center. Highlighting our week is the return of Arts+Ideas programs to the stage, School’s Out J Camp returns this Friday and Kids’ Night In makes its debut on Saturday. Our featured event for the week is journalist Mark Oppenheimer live on stage at the J discussing his newest book.

What’s Coming-up:

See our full line-up of events with our community calendar >>

Featured Event:

On Sunday, Oct. 10 join us for an in-person Book Fest event live at the SJCC theater. We are excited to have our first live author talk at the J since 2019 as journalist Mark Oppenheimer discusses his powerful new book “Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood.”

A piercing portrait of the struggles and triumphs of one of America’s renowned Jewish neighborhoods in the wake of unspeakable tragedy that highlights the hopes, fears, and tensions all Americans must confront on the road to healing. Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, is one of the oldest Jewish neighborhoods in the country, known for its tight-knit community of multigenerational families. On October 27, 2018, a gunman killed eleven Jews worshipping at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill–the most deadly anti-Semitic attack in American history.

Enjoy this event live in person at the J or join us live online. Get tickets today:

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Mark Oppenheimer directs the Yale Journalism Initiative and is a lecturer in Yale’s English department, political science department, and Divinity Schools. He received his B.A. and his Ph.D. in religious studies from Yale. He was the religion columnist for The New York Times from 2010 to 2016 and has written for The New York Times Magazine, GQ, The Washington Post, Slate, Mother Jones, The Nation, and The Believer, among others. He has been a commentator on NPR and is also the host of Tablet magazine’s podcast, Unorthodox. He is the author of four books, including The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.


For the Entire Family

This week with J Kids we have our first School’s Out J Camp on Friday, Oct. 8, followed by our brand new program, Kids Night In at the J.

School’s Out J Camp
When school is out, the J is the place to be. On days when there’s no school, J Camp is offering special camp experiences. From a space theme camp day on Veteran’s Day to a Service Day as part of MLK Day, we provide a Summer J Camp experience all year long. We’ll have activities, games, crafts, and more. Oh, and swimming! Join us for School’s Out J Camp this 2021-22 school year.

Ages: K-5th grade
Cost: Members: $65 per day | Guests: $75 per day
Camp Hours: 9 am-4 pm

Kids Night In

Bring your kids to the J for a fun-filled costume party. They’ll get pizza, games, movies, and more with their friends while you enjoy a night off! Go ahead and RSVP to that girls’ night, queue up Netflix, or make a reservation at that restaurant you love – the JCC has you covered.

Each J Kids Night In has a fun theme that will guide our games, arts and crafts projects, movies, and activities for the evening. Pizza and beverages provided.

Ages: K-5th grade
Time: 5-10 pm
Cost: $45 members | $55 guests (cost per child)