Family Programs

Family in Cafe 

The J offers families the opportunity to enjoy play dates, community events, and holiday celebrations that connect families and build friendships.  The goal is to foster family connections, enhance community ties, and introduce Jewish values through play-based programs.  There are programs for families with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary age children.   For questions and more information, please contact Andrea Wolfe at or 713.792.3200 ext. 3109.

Click here for registration for all family programs. 

Upcoming Programs

Yehudi Mercado, author of Chunky, in conversation with graphic novelist and cartoonist, Terri Libenson
Writer, artist, animator, and former Disney interactive art director, Yehudi Mercado joins us to discuss his hilarious and heartfelt graphic memoir novel for middle graders, Chunky, inspired by his childhood in Houston and his struggle with his weight while finding friendship with his imaginary mascot, Chunky, as he navigates growing up in a working class Mexican-Jewish family.

Yehudi will be in conversation with graphic novelist and cartoonist, Terri Libenson (TRULY TYLER). This event will include a drawing demonstration, so be ready to draw along with these two artists!

Tot Shabbat
Enjoy outdoor fun, a musical Shabbat service and delicious challah and grape juice as we welcome the Sabbath with friends and family.  Tot Shabbats will be held outdoors at the Merfish Teen Center.

Family and Sports
Your family can stay active and healthy while having FUN together playing basketball, tennis, golf or pickleball.  Reservations are required for all activities.  

Family Yoga on the Lawn
Family yoga is a class designed for parents and their children to experience a practical theory of yoga through a combination of play and fun postures.

Let’s Play at the J
Enjoy play time, outdoors, on the expansive Merfish lawn. Play games, kick a ball, listen to music, do some arts and crafts and have fun!

Shabbat Family Field Day
Enjoy field day fun with physical activities, crafts, and more, outdoors at the Merfish Teen Center. Play games, kick a ball, listen to music, do some arts and crafts and have fun!

Volunteer with Meals on Wheels
Sign up to volunteer with your family to deliver meals to homebound seniors this Spring Break.  This is a great way to give back to the community in a safe way. Register online to volunteer!