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Jewish Family Programs

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

Yom HaZikaron Ceremony

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.

Yom Ha'atzmaut Community Celebration

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

RSVP to Yom HA'Atzmaut

ShavuART

For the holiday of Shavuot, come check out MADE, the Makerspace by Magic House. We have booked the venue for our private use of the hands-on activities, snacks will be provided, and we will learn a bit more about Shavuot.

MADE for Kids is a 7,000 sq ft makerspace that features a makers workshop, artist studio, design lab, and entrepreneurs marketplace where kids can use their imaginations to create, invent, tinker, explore, and discover!

St. Louis’ Delmar Maker’s District
5127 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108

Pride Shabbat

June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, and the St. Louis Jewish community is coming together for a Pride Shabbat celebration! We’re inviting all who identify, their allies and families of all kinds to join us for a community-wide event with snacks, games, music, and other activities. Be prepared to tie-dye. Pre-registration is encouraged. The Pride Shabbat Picnic is made possible by support from the Helene Mirowitz Center of Jewish Community Life Fund and sponsored by the J, Jewish Federation of St. Louis, Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, and PJ Library.

RSVP to Pride Shabbat

Family Fun Day

An afternoon of summer water fun, activities, the bubble bus, Kona Ice for purchase and more! Come dressed for water sports and fun in the sun!

Family Play Date at the Pool with PJ Library

Sunday, July 7 | 10am-12pm

Families with children. An informal family meetup at the outdoor pool. Friends, grandparents, grownups etc. are all welcome.

Spark in the Park

Saturday, July 27 | 6pm

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!

End of Summer Bash at the Pool

Saturday, August 18 | 12-4pm

Families with children 14 and younger. Join the J and Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School for STEM activities taught by Mirowitz teachers and other fun stations at the outdoor pool. Catch some last rays before returning to school, enjoy special concessions and celebrate the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Av. Registration is encouraged.

Recurring Programs

Prince of Egypt in the Pool

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.

St. Louis Jewish Film Festival

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.

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Family Passover Seder

Families with children ages 5 to 15 (siblings are welcome). A fun, interactive and musical Passover Seder dinner experience led by The J’s Rabbi Brad Horwitz. Avoid all the cooking and cleaning and come to the J with your whole family for our family Seder filled with music, food, activities and more.

Contact

Avital Kadosh, 314-442-3172
Rabbi Brad Horwitz, 314-442-3271