Jewish life programming for families is a high priority for the J. Our family events usually fall on Sundays or weekday evenings for working parents, and most are free of charge and centered around Jewish holidays and Shabbat in a way that is accessible for small children. We aim to create experiences that are hands-on, educational, and fun for the whole family (grandparents are always welcome!) The J partners with other great organizations such as PJ Library, the Jewish Federation, Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, local synagogues, the various Jewish preschools, and more to bring you the very best in family-friendly programming.
Upcoming Family Programs
Sunday, March 31, 2024
Families. Join us for a special showing of Prince of Egypt in preparation for Passover. We will provide floaties and kosher snacks. We will show the film in the indoor pool. Independent swimmers allowed without adults, children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.
Sunday, April 7 – Thursday, April 18, 2024
All are welcome. The J’s St. Louis Jewish Film Festival showcases national and international cinema that explores universal issues through traditional Jewish values, opposing viewpoints and new perspectives. The Jewish Film Festival now offers year-round opportunities to experience Jewish films from around the world.
Documentaries, drama and short films are presented at the Landmark Plaza Frontenac Cinema for five days in June, with introductions by filmmakers and experts on the issues the films bring forth. Jewish Films for young adults are also presented to the public in an effort to expand discussion and audiences for this age cohort.
Additionally, the Jewish Film Society presents three films in the fall and three in the spring. Each film is followed by lively discussion and is selected to present stimulating issues. New members are welcomed each year.
Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Staenberg Family Complex
Kids & Families. A fun, interactive and musical Passover Seder dinner experience led by the J’s Rabbi Brad Horwitz and a special song leader. Avoid all the cooking and cleaning and grab the family for this family Seder filled with music, food, activities and more.
Saturday, May 11
Preschool children and their guardians. Join us for the first of many pop-up Havdalah programs in the park. We will meet for Havdalah and bedtime yoga for kids and parents. Stay tuned for more upcoming Spark in the Park programs this summer in parks near you!
Sunday, May 12, 2024
All ages. Yom HaZikaron is an Israeli day of remembrance of fallen soldiers and victims of terror attacks. Join us in commemoration of our fallen brothers and sisters, their families, and all those impacted. This will be a ceremony for anyone who would like to show their solidarity. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the Israeli soldiers and all innocent civilians who are impacted by ongoing violence. May strength, resilience, and peace be with the people of Israel and our entire Jewish community.
Registration not required.
Tuesday, May 14, 2024
All ages. Celebrate Israel’s 76th Anniversary with the St. Louis Jewish community. Program includes children’s activities, Israeli dancing, food for purchase, and much more.
Check back later for location and details!
Thursday, June 6, 2024
Kids & Families. Join us as we celebrate Shavuot with art projects for the whole family!
Friday, June 14, 2024
All are welcome. June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, and the St. Louis Jewish community is coming together for a Pride Shabbat, Tel Aviv-style Beach Party! We’re inviting all who identify, their allies and families of all kinds to join us for a community-wide event with special concession snacks, games, music and a photo booth. Bring your towel and enjoy the “beach.” Pre-registration is encouraged.