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


Ellen Leventhal, author of A Flood of Kindness
Presented in partnership with PJ Library, a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston.


Spread kindness with local author and educator, Ellen Leventhal, and her new book, A Flood of Kindness.

Charlotte, a young girl, watches floodwaters rise in her home and is forced to evacuate to a shelter with her parents. Kind people she doesn't know give her food, socks and shoes to keep her feet warm, and a place to sleep. As Charlotte adjusts to the shelter she grapples with feelings of anger and sadness. But as the days go by, one small act of kindness helps Charlotte realize that she has the power to help others, and only then does she begin to heal.

This is a Houston story, a Texas story, and ultimately, a universal story about the healing power of kindness.

Ellen will do a presentation for all children, and afterwards participants will have the opportunity to make kindness crafts or participate in a mitzvah writing workshop with Ellen.  Learn the writing process from a professional author, from idea to publication, and go home with a book. 

This even is FREE! Register Now

$15 pre-sale book/ticket bundle

Pre-purchase a signed copy of A Flood of Kindness now and pick it up at the event.  

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!