Family Programs

JFamily

JFamily (Enriching Jewish Experiences for Families)

What IS JFamily? Think of us as the umbrella . . . a connector . . . a concierge to Jewish family education for the Metropolitan Detroit Jewish community. We are here for you and your family.

JFamily, a part of Federation’s Alliance for Jewish education, provides consultation and mentoring to individual families to help them navigate their Jewish journey. eMail JFamily to a set up a one-on-one consultation.

JFamily serves over 3,500 families directly, and—through support of Jewish Family Educators and Jewish family education grants—serves more than 8,000 families indirectly!

JFamily provides funding for the JFEs in seven sites, funded in partnership with the JFMD. JFEs provide positive information Jewish educational opportunities to thousands of families each year. Berman JFE Grants provide $30,000 of funding for new and innovative Jewish family education programming, family camp and collaborative programming for the community. Thanks to the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation for funding our community’s family educators and grants.

JFamily provides Jewish family education consultation and mentoring to preschool directors, education directors, and teachers through JFamily staff for those sites that do not have a funded Jewish Family Educator (JFE). Please contact JFamily if you would like to set up a consultation.

JFamily creates linkages and partnerships in the community through community-wide JFamily programs such as the Tzedakah Experience, the Great Purim Parcel Project and the Barbara and Douglas Bloom Matzah Factory.

Federation and generous donors are the primary funders of the PJ Library program which brings Jewish literature to over 1,800 children (and their parents) and connects families to congregational and community-wide programs. Books are FREE for children aged 6 months through age 8. Find our more about PJ Library and sign up at pjlibrary.org.

For the newest chapter of PJ Library—for children aged 9 to 11 years—check out www.pjourway.org to sign up for FREE books! Pick your own books! Create a trailer! Write a review!

Through SPARC (Single Parent Alliance and Resource Connection), JFamily connects single-parent families to education, fun programs and serves as a concierge to valuable community resources. If you’re interested in participating, click here for the SPARC signup form.

Through jbabydetroit!, JFamily connects Jewish families from bump to birth and beyond! The program is for parents to be and parents of newborns to age 2.

JFamily creates high-quality educational materials for distribution in every congregation (JFamily Holiday Guides, 14-week Countdown to Passover, Sh’ma and Sweet Dreams Songbook and CD, and Parsha books.)

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Upcoming Events

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Dec
19

NEXTGen Detroit Pride Presents Hot Topics and Hot Latkes

  December 19th | 6:30 -8:30 PM Motor City Gas 325 E 4th Street, Royal Oak, MI Get festive and join us for some hotness…hot topics and hot latkes, that is. We’ll be exploring issues like Jews and tattoos, who should be allowed to donate blood and issues facing transgender service people in the military. […]

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Dec
20

NEXTGen Detroit at Detroit Axe

Join us for an axe-trodinary event at the new Detroit Axe in Ferndale. Come channel your inner lumber jack while learning how to throw axes at this axe-clusive event. December 20th, 2017 | 7-9:30 PM Detroit Axe 344 W Nine Mile Rd. Ferndale, MI 48220 *flannel attire encouraged Fee: $15 if you register before noon […]

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Dec
25

Mitzvah Day

Monday, December 25 The tradition continues Click here to register

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Jan
12

Introduction to Jewish Genealogy

January 12, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Max M. Fisher Federation Building Calling all genealogy enthusiasts! Interested in mapping your family history but don’t know where to start? Hit a dead end and don’t know where to go next? This program will discuss genealogy research resources that you can use to uncover your […]

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