New York Families: Add Some Jewish Culture to Your July

It’s July and you have probably settled into some sort of summer groove. In the midst of the sunscreen, broad-brimmed hats, and endless chlorinated and sweaty laundry, it can be hard to fit something Jewish into the mix. Whether you are looking to assuage your Jewish mama guilt or just have some fun, this list of summer events in New York will help you out.

Shabbat Under the Bridge
Welcome Shabbat under the Brooklyn Bridge with live music, challah, grape juice, and a BYO picnic dinner.
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 Bridge View Lawn
Friday, July 17, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Hidden Spaces and (kind of) Creepy Places!
Explore this 128-year-old restored synagogue/museum and track down clues about the building’s past. Share your findings as part of a new interactive exhibit and create your own art project to take home.
Eldridge Street Synagogue, 12 Eldridge Street, Lower East Side
Sunday, July 12, 11 a.m.-Noon

Long Island
Shabbat on the Beach
Bring the whole family and welcome Shabbat on the beach with the Jewish Center of the Hamptons.
Main Beach, East Hampton
Fridays, July 10-Sept. 4, 6 p.m.

Shabbat Under the Stars
Celebrate Shabbat in the garden with singing, dancing, and playground time. Enjoy challah, grape juice, and dessert. Eat first or BYO picnic dinner. Free
Sid Jacobson JCC,
340 Wheatly Road, Old Westbury
Friday, July 17, 5:15-7 p.m.

Shabbat Shaboom
A musical sing-a-long Shabbat celebration for children ages 2 and under and their parents or caregivers. Free. RSVP Requested.
Beth El Synagogue Center, 1324 North Ave, New Rochelle
Friday, July 17, Noon-12:45 p.m.

Shabbat Shabooty
Kick off Shabbat with challah, a sing-along, and camp activities including playtime in a giant sandbox. For babies through preschoolers. Free. RSVP requested.
Camp Discovery, 500 Yorktown Road (Route 129), Croton On Hudson
Friday, July 24, 10-11:30 a.m.

If this list doesn’t work with your calendar or pique your interest, you can still work in a good dose of Jewish culture with our list of of Jewish-themed outings in New York or by checking out the best bagels, deli, and challah our area has to offer.

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