13 Detroit Jewish Family Events to Check Out This Spring – Kveller
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13 Detroit Jewish Family Events to Check Out This Spring

Spring has arrived in the D and we have a great line up of family events to keep you busy as the weather gets warmer—including Shabbat celebrations, an evening at the zoo, a family festival and bonfire, and more. Beginning in early June, jbabydetroit! is starting another prenatal class series for parents-to-be (or those needing a refresher), so spread the word!


Friday Night Lights
Appetizers and schmoozing, followed by a participatory Shabbat evening service and a catered dinner (gluten-free and vegetarian options available). After dinner activities for kids and adults. RSVP required.
Shaarey Zedek, 27375 Bell Rd, Southfield
Friday, May 13, 5:45 p.m.

Temple Beth El – Road Rally
Grab a carload of friends and follow the clues around town to get points; cars with the most points will win prizes at the post-rally dessert gathering. RSVP requested.
Temple Beth El, 7400 Telegraph Rd, Bloomfield Hills
Saturday, May 14, 7 – 9 p.m.

Bookstock Used Book & Media Sale
Shop for a cause at Detroit’s biggest used book and media sale. Proceeds will fund literacy projects in Metro Detroit.
Laurel Place Mall, 37700 Six Mile Rd, Livonia
Sunday, May 15 – Sunday, May 22

Walk & Run for Israel
Celebrate Israel with a 5K Family Fun Run followed by an AIPAC community event, guest speaker, kosher lunch, and parade. Free, registration requested.
Temple Shir Shalom, 3999 Walnut Lake Rd, West Bloomfield
Sunday, May 15, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Tamarack Camps – Dad & Me Family Camp
Dads can spend a relaxing weekend at camp—no moms allowed! Traditional camp activities, campfire, s’mores, and evening childcare. Best for families with kids ages 4 – 12, registration required, limited space available.
Tamarack Camps, 4361 Perryville Rd, Ortonville
Friday, May 20 – Sunday, May 22

Lenny K Day at the J
Family activities and a chance to meet, and take a picture with four-time Olympic medalist Lenny Krayzelburg.
JCC of Metro Detroit, 6000 W. Maple Rd
Sunday, May 22, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Taste of Tamarack
First-time campers are invited to spend a day at camp with camp tours, arts & crafts, sports, rock climbing, and other camp favorites. Snacks and drinks provided, advance registration requested, free.
Bus departs from Temple Israel, 5725 Walnut Lake Rd, West Bloomfield
Sunday, May 22, 1 – 5:30 p.m.

Talkin’ Tamarack
After the camp bus leaves, parents are invited to meet the camp leadership and learn all of the important details about camp including how to prepare and what to pack. RSVP requested.
Temple Israel, 5725 Walnut Lake Rd, West Bloomfield
Sunday, May 22, 1 – 3 p.m.

The Great Jewish Family Festival
Celebrate Lag B’omer with family activities including archery, face painting, bounce houses, sports, crafts, a bonfire, and live music. Free and fun for the whole family. Kosher BBQ will be available for purchase.
Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Rd, Farmington Hills
Thursday, May 26, 5 p.m.

SpringElation @ the Detroit Zoo
A family-friendly evening at the zoo with carousel rides, arts & crafts, music, dancing, railroad rides, and a kosher picnic dinner. Proceeds will support JARC services for individuals with disabilities. Purchase tickets in advance or at the door.
Detroit Zoo, Woodward Ave, Royal Oak
Wednesday, June 1, 6 – 9 p.m.

Summer Kick-off BBQ & Musical Shabbat Service
Get ready for summer with a BBQ dinner, games, and ice cream cart followed by a musical Shabbat service with live music. RSVP requested.
Temple Beth El, 7400 Telegraph Rd, Bloomfield Hills
Friday, June 3, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Tot Shabbat in the D
Kids ages six and under along with their favorite grown-ups are invited to a special tot Shabbat with singing, garden activities, grape juice, challah, and snacks. RSVP requested. Hosted by the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue and The Well.
Eden Gardens, 12155 Glenfield, Detroit (Rain venue- Downtown Synagogue, 1457 Gridwold, Detroit)
Saturday, June 4, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

jbabydetroit! Summer Prenatal Class
A 5-week prenatal class focusing on labor, delivery, birthing techniques, and newborn care, all with a Jewish twist. Click here to register.
Thursdays, June 9 – July 7, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Jewish Federation of
Metropolitan Detroit, 6735 Telegraph Rd, Bloomfield Hills

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