"Judaism has never been solely a religion to me. It’s a people, a culture, and a religion, kind of like a state of being. It helps me locate myself in the world."
Families & Youth
Many of us seek a way to provide our children with a solid ethical foundation and a sense of pride in their Jewish heritage – without an explicitly religious context. We can do a lot at home. But here at the Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice, Jewish identity and values deepen through communal rituals and structures that provide our children and families with a feeling of belonging. It’s about having a connection to each other, as well as to a shared history and shared values.
We are proud to be a community where families from a wide variety of religious and ethnic backgrounds, both Jewish and non-Jewish, feel welcome and participate in all levels of the organization. We are also proud to be an open and affirming community for LGBTQ families.
Whether your children are two, ten or eighteen years old, there are ways for them to participate.
- Our Jewish Cultural Sunday School engages children grades K-7 in an exploration of Jewish identity rooted in Jewish cultural literacy and traditions of social justice.
- Attend holiday celebrations and observances designed especially for families.
- Learn more about other family-friendly events throughout the year.
- Involve your pre-schoolers in fun activities in a Jewish context while meeting other parents of young children at our monthly Circle Playtime.
- Teens Acting for Social Change (TASC) is a different kind of youth group, where teens in grades 8 through 12 take action on social justice issues of their choice.
- Family Mitzvah Days provide an opportunity for families to volunteer together.