Jewish Family Events and Programs

Explore the meaning and fun behind our favorite holidays, practice Jewish values through hands-on activities, and spend quality time with your family through meaningful Jewish experiences. All are welcome!

We regularly offer programs that support your family’s connection to Jewish life and culture.

Shabbat Tashlich Boating & Celebration

Friday, September 30 • 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Cast away your mistakes of the past year into the water, while enjoying a fun and relaxing tour of the lagoon on 6 electric “Duffy” boats. Then celebrate the first Shabbat after Rosh Hashanah with our community!

Note: Our Tashlich on the Boats experience is sold out, but you can still join the fun! Rabbi Lisa Kingston from PTBE is leading an “on-land” Tashlich ceremony at 5:00 pm at the Leo J. Ryan Park gazebo.

Then, we’ll all return to the PJCC Hamlin Garden for a community Shabbat celebration with Rabbi Lisa, Rabbi Laurie Matzkin (PJCC), and Cantor Doron Shapira (PSC) from 6:00-6:45 pm. All are welcome for these portions of the program.

Join PJCC, Peninsula Sinai Congregation, and Peninsula Temple Beth El in this exciting collaboration for all generations.

Space available for on-land Tashlich ceremony & Shabbat celebration! Registration required; sign up here.

4:00 pm: Meet in front of PJCC and walk to Leo Ryan Park boat launch

4:30-5:30 pm: Boating on the Lagoon including creative Tashlich ritual (Sold out)

5:00 “On-Land” Tashlich option with Rabbi Lisa Kingston at Leo Ryan Park Gazebo (Free)

5:30 pm: All walk back to PJCC

6:00-6:45 pm: Pluralistic, musical Shabbat service in the PJCC Hamlin Garden, led by Rabbi Laurie Matzkin, Rabbi Lisa Kingston, and Cantor Doron Shapira (Free and open to all)

6:45 pm: Oneg Snacks and Sweets

Snacks in the Sukkah

Tuesday, October 11 • 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Shake the lulav with other families! Join PJCC and PJ Library for a fun and relaxed Sukkot celebration. Enjoy etrog “shakes” (sorbet spritzers), edible graham cracker sukkahs, PJ Library holiday stories, and a chance to do the rituals of the holiday.

Geared towards families with children ages 0-8. Registration required. Sign up here.

PJCC Sukkah @ Filoli Harvest Celebration

Saturday & Sunday, October 15 and 16 • 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Filoli (86 Cañada Road, Woodside, CA)

Join PJCC and PJ Library at Filoli for a family-friendly, hands-on Sukkah experience. We’ll decorate paper chains with our hopes and dreams for the year, design edible sukkahs, shake the lulav, and enjoy PJ Library stories. Thank you to Filoli for including Sukkot in the Harvest Festival weekend!

While you’re at Filoli, experience live music and art, learn more about the harvest season, and spend time exploring the gorgeous house and grounds! Complete Harvest Celebration hours are 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Advanced purchase of tickets required. Reserve your tickets on the Filoli website; select the date (October 15 or 16) you plan to attend.

Filoli Public Admission: $25 Adult; $22 Senior (65+); $20 Student/Teacher/Military; $15 Child (5-17); Free for children under 5. Filoli Members: Check your membership for specific pricing.

Cooking in the Sukkah Event for 3-5 Year Olds and Families

Presented by Wornick Jewish Day School and PJ Library
Sunday, October 16 • 10:00-11:30 am • Wornick Jewish Day School
Join Wornick Jewish Day School and PJ Library for a free morning of fun hands-on activities, including cooking, art, and more! The event is scheduled to be outdoors. Advanced registration required by Wednesday, October 12 at 12:00 pm.

Jewish Baby Network Events

Sunday Funday in the Park

Sunday, October 2 • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm • Maddux Park (Maddux Drive & Kensington Road, Redwood City)
Bring a blanket and get together at Maddux Park in Redwood City for a Sunday playtime in the park with singing, movement, puppets, and a special Havdalah ceremony. Learn more & register!

JBN Sukkot Celebration

Sunday, October 16 • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm • Takes Place in a Private Residence (Address Provided After Registration)
Join Congregation Kol Emeth and JBN Director Carol Booth in her backyard Sukkah to celebrate the fabulous fall holiday Sukkot! Sing and dance in the sukkah, shake a lulav and etrog, and enjoy nature-themed crafts and snacks. Every family receives a complimentary Sukkot-themed gift bag. Register here.

Virtual Jewish Birth Prep Workshop

Sunday, October 30 • 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Learn about rituals during pregnancy, labor and delivery, choosing a Hebrew or Jewish name, circumcision/bris, naming and welcoming ceremonies, Jewish perspectives on parenting and more. This class will be facilitated by JBN Director Carol Booth, JBN Program Manager and doula Jen Altman, along with other rabbis and lay leaders. Become informed and make friends. This workshop is co-sponsored by Honeymoon Israel.

JBN programs are designed for families with children aged 0-36 months. Older siblings welcome. Everyone is welcome, including unaffiliated, single and multi-parent, multi-faith, multi-ethnic, multi-abled, and LGBTQ+ families.

Events are cosponsored by Congregations Beth Am, Beth Jacob, Kol Emeth, Or Shalom, Sherith Israel, and the PJCC. JBN Major Funders: The Koret Foundation, Rodan Family Foundation, and Leslie Family Foundation.

Jewish Baby Network is a program of Jewish Family and Children’s Services’ Center for Children and Youth.

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