We help families make connections for life.

JFamily, a program of The J, proudly connects families to the Detroit Jewish community. We specialize in inclusive and innovative Jewish experiences that are fun for parents, grandparents and kids. We also provide meaningful support and community resources for parents and grandparents.

Find JFamily Events on Jlive
JFamily

7,025 people participated in JFamily programming last year.

What we do

  • Sharing Shabbat: Looking to build connection and community? Want to celebrate Shabbat with new family friends? JFamily has you covered with Sharing Shabbat. To learn more, email Shoshana Fain at [email protected].
  • Matzah Factory: The Barbara and Douglas Bloom Matzah Factory is an annual event for families to celebrate Passover. This large community-wide program at the J welcomes hundreds of families to enjoy a Passover play at the Berman Theater, hands-on activities, and of course, learn to make Matzah. Be sure to check out Jlive to find the event around Passover time.
  • Get Togethers: PJ Library Get Togethers are the perfect way to get together with old and new friends . Make plans with two or more other families for a Jewish holiday or around a Jewish theme, and PJ Library will help cover the costs up to $100. Need an idea? How about a hike and a picnic to celebrate the new year? Or get together with friends for a Rosh Hashanah potluck dinner? Learn more.

All aboard the Challah Train – Powered by PJ Library Detroit.

Every Friday, our Challah Train is offered to four JFamilies, who receive challah and other Shabbat goods delivered to their door. Members of our community can nominate someone they feel would benefit from a Challah Train delivery by emailing [email protected].

Meet our team and our JFamily Parent Connectors.

Our warm and welcoming staff and Parent Connectors are here to welcome you to our community and introduce you to other parents and community partners.

JFamily Team

Mikki Frank

Mikki Frank

Stephanie Erez

Stephanie Erez

Shoshana Fain

Shoshana Fain

Julie Rosenbaum

Julie Rosenbaum

Fachel Gerstein

Rachael Gerstein

Marni Morrison

Marni Morrison

JFamily Parent Connectors

Stacey Wiesenthal

Stacey Wiesenthal

Taylor Weintraub

Taylor Weintraub

JFamily Grandparent Ambassadors

Lysie Bright

Lysie Bright

Susan Gordon

Susie Gordon

JFamily programming is made possible by the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation, Barbara and Douglas (z”l) Bloom, as well as the generous supporters of PJ Library Detroit and JBaby.