Parent and Child Programs

Enjoy a class with your child. Whether you’re clapping along with Monkey Rock or blowing bubbles in the SJCC salt water pool, parent and child programs offer special opportunities for fun and bonding with your little ones.

Contact Ella, edagan@jccottawa.comto get on our mailing list and receive emails about upcoming events for children.

Registration for these programs is through the SJCC unless otherwise indicated. Classes require a minimum of 4 participants in order to run so help spread the word.

Storytime at the Library

Read a book about the holidays and make a fun craft.

Special Holiday programs:

  • September 22
  • October 20
  • November 17
  • December 15

Sunday, 10:30 am
Greenberg Families Library
Free admission

Shabbat Shalom

Join us for a fun Friday morning Shabbat celebration and playgroup in the kid friendly SJCC space. Parents and children meet new friends and enjoy Shabbat in both English and Hebrew, sing and taste delicious challah.

Perfect for kids 4 and under. Open to all Jewish and Interfaith Families.

Fridays, 9:25 am – 10:00 am

  • September 13, 20 & 27
  • October 4, 11 & 18
  • November 1, 8, 15 & 22
  • December 6 & 13


Family Life Centre Parent & Tot Swim

3–15 months

This fun program structures in water interaction between parent and child. The emphasis is to reinforce the importance of play in developing a water-positive attitude and skills.

Mondays, 11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Fall: October 28December 16
$111 SJCC Members • $142 Non Members

Winter: January 6March 9
No class: February 17
$125 SJCC Members • $162 Non Members

Monkey Rock Music

Does your child rock? Then Monkey Rock Music is a must! During this 40-minute musical experience, you and your child will explore music and movement in a stimulating and fun atmosphere. Your child will develop a love of creating and experiencing music that will last a lifetime.

1-2 year-olds 10:00 am – 10:40 am
2-4 year-olds 10:45 am – 11:25 am
0-1 year-olds 11:30 am – 12:10 pm

Fall: September 11December 18
No class: October 9

Winter: January 8March 25

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NEW! Jewish Education Classes for Parents

Foundations of Jewish Family Living

Be a partner in your child’s Jewish education

Your formal Jewish education may have stopped after Hebrew School, but now you can study Jewish texts at an adult level with peers AND learn how to adapt them for your children.

The Ottawa Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning course Foundations of Jewish Family Living, is a sophisticated curriculum developed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Probe complex and meaningful Torah stories from a multi-denominational perspective and bring the lessons home to your children with short videos and PJ library books. For a full description visit

Join us for a free sample class with instructor Dara Lithwick

Thursday, October 3
7:30 pm at the Ottawa Jewish Community School, 31 Nadolny Sachs Private

Dara Lithwick is passionate about all things Jewish – the religion, the culture, and the people. A constitutional and parliamentary lawyer by day, Dara will be receiving smicha (ordination) as a rabbi in January, and is active at Temple Israel. She and her partner love chasing their two children around Ottawa.

Expanding the Circle

A program for interfaith families at the Soloway JCC

Join us for a series of discussions, hands-on workshops on holiday traditions and social events.

Explore ways that your family can be part of our community, puzzle over how the different traditions in your family co-exist and share experiences with other families,

First class Sunday, November 24, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Soloway JCC

Free program, babysitting available.

For information contact Maxine Miska, Assistant Executive Director, Soloway JCC at (613)798-9818 ext. 263,