Mishpacha NEXT

For Jewish Families with Kids Going into K-5th Grade


Upcoming Programs

School's Out Day of Service with Act Now Houston and PJ Library
Mishpacha NEXT is partnering with PJ Library and Act Now Houston to create opportunities for families to come together and help our greater community.

Friday, Dec 21 | 12:00 PM | RSVP Here
Join us for a light lunch and Hermann Park clean up & train ride. The program begins at 12:00 PM at the J and will end no later than 4:00 PM. This event is also in partnership with URJ Greene Family Camp.

If you are arriving by car the address is:
Hermann Park Conservancy
1700 Herman Park Drive, 77004

Volunteers must wear closed toed shoes. They will also have gloves and tools but feel free to bring your own! We will also get to ride the train at the end for free!

Schedule of the Day
12:00 PM-12:45 PM - Sign in and Lunch at the J
1:30 PM-3:00 PM - Service Project (if going separately to the park, please arrive on time)
3:00 PM-3:30 PM - Train Ride
3:30 PM-4:00 PM - Arrive Back at the J 

Monday, Jan 21 | 11:00 AM
This event is also in partnership with Camp Young Judea-Texas
We will meet at the J for lunch and then head over to volunteer at the Houston Food Bank.

Limited bus transportation provided. RSVP needed - sign ups coming soon! 

Family Shabbat Happy Hour in the J Lobby

Second Fridays | 5:00 PM | Jan 11, Feb 8, March 8, April 12, May 10
Join other families and welcome Shabbat with blessings, songs and snacks.

Shabbatify with Bubbie's Kitchen
Saturday, Jan 12 | 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Merfish Teen Center | 9000 S. Rice
Program designed for families with children Kindergarten-5th Grade

Join us for some family cooking time using the national “Bubbie’s Kitchen” curriculum. This month's theme is food from Israel in honor of Tu Bishevat. Family cooking time to be followed by activities for children and parents-only time. Parents will get to do a fun cooking demo with Israeli Shlicha Hadas Levy.

The event is FREE, but we ask that you RSVP in advance.

4:00 PM-4:15 PM | Sign in and schmooze 
4:15 PM-5:00 PM | "Bubbie's Kitchen" Family Cooking Experience
5:00PM-5:40 PM- Parent only cooking with community Israeli Shlicha Hadas Levy
5:00 PM-5:40 PM- Kids activities and games with Camp/Kidzone staff 
5:40 PM-6:00 PM- Havdalah and Closing

Bubbie's Kitchen, an innovative program conceived and developed at the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, is designed to significantly deepen and enrich the Jewish educational experiences for children and their families and to create a sense of pride and connection to their Jewish heritage.

Mishpacha & Me, Mishpacha NEXT and PJ Library go to Family Camp at URJ Greene Family Camp
Feb 22-24
Bring your entire family to GFC for an incredible weekend of learning, bonding and a special literacy track brought to you by PJ Library. This retreat is heavily subsidized,  and we will have some Greater Houston Community time set aside to get to know each other better.


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For more information, please contact Rabbi Jill Levy at or 713.595.8186.


Funded in Part by the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston