Family Programs


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

Tot Shabbat & Open Gym
Celebrate Shabbat with your friends and family with open gym in the pre-school gym followed by musical services.  Open gym will begin at 10:30 AM in the preschool gym, followed by music and services at 11:30 AM. 

Play Around Town
Explore a new park each week with your friends at the J!

  • Oct 26 | Linkwood Park
  • Nov 2 | Ware Park
  • Nov 9 | Levy Park
  • Nov 16 | Huffington Park

Havdallah Hike @ the Willow Waterhole
5300 Dryad Dr.
Presented in partership with Cub Scout Pack 806

Learn the Jewish value of Ahavat Habriyot, the love of nature with a hike at the Willow Waterhole Greenway followed by a musical Havdallah program.  Pack leaders from Cub Scout Pack 806 will lead participants on an hour long nature walk though trails that wind along the lakes through the greenway.

Please wear appropriate footwear and bring enough water for your family.  Trails are paved and can accomodate strollers/wagons.  Please note that there are no bathroom facilities at the park.

Mom's Night Out: Hip Hop & Sip
Hop into fall with a Hip Hop class and cocktail demo! Join other mom's and sip on cocktails with a demo by Mommy Mixology. Then lace up those dancing shoes and hit the dance floor for a fun, high energy, low expectation hip hop class! Moms just wanna have fun! This class is for beginners all the way to professional hip hoppers!

Handstands & Havdallah
Close out the end of Shabbat and welcome a new week with HANDSTANDS & HAVDALLAH! Run, stretch and tumble in the gymnastics center followed by a musical havdallah program.

15 Minutes of Fame Party
Get your 15 minutes of fame! The Evelyn Rubenstein JCC is hosting a Fame Party. This is a perfect opportunity for holiday photos. Grab your family and friends for a professional photo shoot in a fun, low-pressure setting. Then browse the bookstore for holiday gifts!

Oliver Lapin Family Day
A Snowy Day @ the J with Music, Real Snow, Crafts & More
Endowed in loving memory of Oliver Lapin by his family

Ages 0-4 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Experience Sing! Move ! Play! with Houston Grand Opera's teaching artists and A Snowy Day reading and book signing by Andrea Davis Pinkney.  

Ages 5-7 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 
Enjoy Storybook Opera, along with A Snowy Day reading and book signing by Andrea Davis Pinkney.   

Ages 8-10 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 
See A Poem for Peter come to life with Houston Grand Opera and Andrea Davis Pinkney, followed by a book signing. 

Family Craft Day with Rustic Brush
Celebrate Thanksgiving and Hanukkah by spending time as a family during Thanksgiving break with the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC and the Rustic Brush with a social crafting experience.  No artistic experience required.

Create a personalized Hanukkah display board centerpiece, or youth board!

Deliver Meals on Wheels For Thanksgiving
Sign up to deliver Meals on Wheels as a family and bring warm meals to seniors during this special time of year.
Delivery options available on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday.

Fall Challah Bake with Laykie
We are thankful for the opportunity to bake challah together as a family and community!

Bring your family to the J and create a beautiful challah for your Thanksgiving or Shabbat table with a Fall Family Challah Bake with Laykie from Laykie's Gourmet Cafe at the J.  Laykie will guide is through the steps to create the challah dough, teach us how to braid the dough, and top it off with unique and interesting fall toppings.  Every family will get to take home their own challah and your Thanskgiving and Shabbat guests will be amazed by your creative and delicious fall treat!  No baking experience necessary.