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21 Jewish Ways for Families to Say Farewell to Summer in Baltimore

Portrait of smiling family with children at beach in car

Once the first-day-of-school pictures start flooding your Facebook feed, it is safe to say that summer’s days are officially numbered. To help smooth the transition from sandals and beach towels to backpacks and three-ring binders, we’ve put together a list of family events – and a few just for grown-ups – to add some extra fun to the next few weeks.

Ner Tamid End of Summer Bash
Family fun with carnival games, a petting zoo, crafts, an obstacle course, and more. RSVP online or pay at the door.
Ner Tamid, 6214 Pimlico Rd
Sunday, August 27, 3 – 6 p.m.

Shalom, Shalom Shinshinim
Welcome our new Israeli friends Avia and Benny who will be bringing Israeli fun to synagogues and schools throughout the Baltimore area, and bid a fond shalom to Itay, who is returning to Israel. Advance registration required.
Park Heights JCC Conference Room, 5700 Park Heights
Sunday, August 27, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

School’s Out, Camp’s Out – Story Time @ Jump Zone
Let the kids bounce to their hearts’ content, listen to a story, and nosh on some kosher snacks. Advance registration requested.
JumpZone, 12400 Owings Mills Blvd. Suite A
Tuesday, August 29, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

PJ Our Way Open House
Learn more about PJ Our Way, which provides free Jewish-themed books for kids ages 8.5 – 12 years and fun local events. Have some dinner and help plan this years’ fun. Advance registration required. Free.
Park Heights JCC Community Room, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Tuesday, August 29, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Hands on Holidays
Get ready for Rosh Hashanah and the fall Jewish holidays with a free, drop-in storytime, songs, and a take-home craft. Organized by the JCC and Enoch Pratt Library, best for ages 5 and under with a caregiver. Choose from multiple dates and locations.
Roland Park Library, 5108 Roland Ave
Tuesday, Sept. 5, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Enoch Pratt Library, 1251 Light St
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 11:15 a.m. – Noon
Enoch Pratt Library-Canton, 1030 S. Ellwood Ave
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Enoch Pratt Library-Central, 400 Cathedral. St
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Karma Dogs
Kids ages 5 – 12 years can practice reading aloud to the Karma Dogs from H.E.A.R.T.S—they’re great listeners! Adult supervision required.
CJE Library, 5708 Park Heights Ave
Tuesday, Sept. 5, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Jungle Jam @ J Town
Let your little ones ages 3 and under burn off some energy and have fun in the best Jewish indoor play space in town.
J Town, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2 p.m.

Har Sinai Congregation Family BBQ
Get ready for the new school year by reconnecting with familiar faces and welcoming new ones. Prospective members welcome.
Har Sinai Congregation, 2905 Walnut Ave
Sunday, Sept. 10, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tailgate with a Purpose @ the JCC
Celebrate the beginning of football season and watch the game while participating in a variety of volunteer activities organized by Jewish Volunteer Connection. All ages.
Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Sunday, Sept. 10, 12:30 p.m.

Tiyul Adventure Year
Join the new, immersive, Jewish, earth-based program for kids in grades 2 – 6. Meeting twice a month from September through April, participants will learn about nature and connect to Judaism through storytelling, food, music, and ritual. Attend one session, or sign up for all.
Pearlstone Center, 5425 Mount Gilead Rd, Reisterstown
Sunday, Sept. 10, 2 – 5 p.m.

Jewish Super Stars – Grandparent’s Day @ J Town
Kids ages 3 and up and their grandparents for interactive activities based on Jewish values.
J Town, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Monday, Sept. 11, 2 p.m.

Packing “Blessing Bags”
Baltimore residents of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds will gather to make care packages for the homeless. Advance registration required.
Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N Charles St
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Just for Grown-Ups

Introduction to Judaism
An experiential 16-week course taught by local Rabbis introducing the basic principles, theology, and practices of Judaism. Advance registration required, sponsored by Interfaith Baltimore.
Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Tuesdays, Sept. 5 – Dec. 19, 6:45 – 9:15 p.m.

US Navy Band Brass Quintet
Enjoy a performance by the U.S. Navy Brass Band Quintet which has been performing at the White House, Pentagon, State Department, Navy Yard and other venues, since 1971.
Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Modern Hebrew Classes
Whether you’re a complete beginner or looking to improve your language skills, A 10-session non-credit adult education class organized by Baltimore Hebrew University for all levels from complete beginner to those looking to improve their language skills.
Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave, Pikesville
Wednesdays, Sept. 6 – Dec. 13, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Melton Class for Parents of Young Children: Foundations of Jewish Living
Learn about Jewish holidays and values and ways to incorporate them into your family’s life during this 10-session course. Financial incentives available. Advance registration required.
Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Ave
Wednesdays, Beginning on Sept. 6, 7 – 8 p.m.

A Bald Eagle on the Ketubah: Jewish Marriage in 19th Century America
Learn how 19th-century Jewish immigrants utilized and shaped the Jewish marriage practices as part of their assimilation into American life.
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St
Sunday, Sept. 10, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

 

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