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Family Center – Family Programs

The Family Center collaborates with other great organizations such as PJ Library, the Jewish Federation’s Concierge for Young Families, Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, Epstein Hebrew Academy, Chabad, the various Jewish preschools and more to bring you the very best in family programming. Our family events usually fall on Sundays for working parents, and most of them are free of charge and centered around the Jewish holidays in a way that is accessible for small children.

Presented by The Ruth & Harold Sher Center of Jewish Life

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For more information about our program, visit the full Family Center page.

First Fridays at Fox

18 months – 5 years with an adult

Join us for a new once-a-month special family event. Every month features a different activity, including music, art, special guests and more. Pre-registration is preferred, but drop-ins welcome.

Presented by The Ruth & Harold Sher Center of Jewish Life.

Monthly on the 1st Friday

Upcoming Events:
January 5: Family Fitness at the J
February 2: Jam with Rhythm ‘n’ Ruach
March 2: Paint a Masterpiece
May 4: Magic with Abra-Kid-Abra

No program April 4.

Register Online

Contact: Emilie Brockman, 314.442.3267

Passover Family Seder

Families w/children ages 5-15 (siblings welcome)
A fun and interactive Passover Seder dinner experience led by Rabbi Brad Horwitz and catered by Simon Kohn’s. Avoid all the cooking and cleaning and come to the J with your whole family for the fourth annual family Seder – filled with music, food, activities and more.

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Saturday, March 31, 6pm
$25/adult • $15/child (age 13 and under)

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Contact: Rabbi Brad Horwitz, 314.442.3271,

Reading Rabbis

2 to 4 years old with adult. Join us for the second series of Reading Rabbis! In this exciting six-week program, we are focusing on character-building values with the help of six guest Rabbis from across the community and the wonderful stories of PJ Library. Come listen to stories, sing, create and play with us each week. Everyone is welcome! Pre-registration is required.

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Mondays, March 26 – April 30, 5-6pm

Contact: Leah Frankel, 314.442.3454

Playground Playdates

Families w/ children 5 and younger (siblings welcome)
Meet at the J for playground fun! This informal playdate is a great way to meet others, while your children have fun, make new friends and run around our amazing playgrounds.

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Sundays, April 29 & May 20, 10am-12pm

Marilyn Fox Building/Chesterfield
Sundays, April 15 & May 20, 10am-12pm


Creve Coeur: Leah Frankel, 314.442.3454
Chesterfield: Emilie Brockman, 314.442.3267

Together Time

2 years and younger

Together time is a unique opportunity for parents to learn and play alongside their little one(s). Connect with your child using music, play and touch while learning about their social and emotional development, asking parenting questions in a supportive and nurturing environment with other parents.

Presented by The Ruth & Harold Sher Center of Jewish Life.

Thursdays, 9:30-10:30am
April 19 – May 24

Contact: Leah Frankel, 314.442.3454


Moms & babies

Interested in joining a playgroup with your newborn? Playgroups for Jewish and interfaith families are held at various times and organized around children’s ages and family location. Make a connection and meet new friends. Groups are available for working and second-time moms as well.

Presented by The Ruth & Harold Sher Center of Jewish Life.

FREE members/$18 public one time placement fee
Locations vary by group

Contact: Emilie Brockman, 314.442.3267

Tour de Fun

Families of all ages. Bring the family and enjoy the event that has everything kids love, including inflatables, a ninja obstacle course, rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, vehicles to explore, entertainment, food, hands-on activity booths, sports challenges and more! Make this your back-to-school celebration for the kids as they run, laugh and play at the J!

Proceeds from Tour de Fun support early childhood, youth and family programming, and scholarships to the J.

Visit for more details.

Creve Coeur/Staenberg Family Complex
Sunday, August 26

Presented by The Ruth & Harold Sher Center of Jewish Life. 


Marilyn Fox Building/Chesterfield
Emilie Brockman
Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Leah Frankel