J Life: Family Engagement

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Welcoming and inclusive, J Life connects families with the joys of Jewish traditions and to new friends and community. J Life is designed to build meaningful memories for families as they celebrate Shabbat and Jewish holidays in fun and creative ways.

J Life supports individuals as they create new traditions within their family and community. Any and all families — including LGBTQ, multi-racial, and/or interfaith families are invited and welcome.

J Life’s on-campus programming and activities include a mix of larger community-wide signature events, smaller targeted programs, and events coordinated across different JCC departments. It also features community service opportunities, and the ability to connect families with a variety of Jewish community resources.

To learn more, contact Rabbi Ariel Platt, Director of J Life, at

J Life is made possible thanks to the generous support of The Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds

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Community Festivals

Join us for J Life community celebrations filled with family entertainment featuring light shows, music, inflatable playgrounds, bubbles, balloons, face painting and more.

Kids ready to celebrate a Jewish holiday.

Shabbat & Holiday Discoveries

Sing, dance, play, create and celebrate with us!

The Jewish calendar is rich with tradition and meaning. The J proudly serves as a destination for the community to gather for meaningful and engaging events and programs throughout the year. We also offer programs designed for families with young children including Hands on Holidays, Babies, Books & Bagels, and Shabbat events at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC.

Meet the J Life Team

Ariel Platt

Rabbi Ariel Platt

Director of J Life
Dept.: Outreach & Engagement
Melissa Seltzer

Melissa Seltzer

Senior Director, Arts & Culture
Dept.: Arts & Culture
Rachel Cohen

Rachel Cohen

J Life Coordinator
Dept.: Outreach & Engagement

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