Get Enlightened!


Be creative in your Jewish expression, find Jewish community and connect to all things Jewish at the Washington DCJCC’s

Leo & Anna Smilow Center for
Jewish Living and Learning


Open University

Learn Hebrew, join a Hebrew or Yiddish reading group, delve into a holy book, bring new rituals into your home, learn to play Mah Jongg,
experience the joys of Jewish cooking 
and more  
with classes, workshops and one-day programs

Make sure you read our new registration policies.

Interfaith Connections

Join us for classes and programs based on respect for the heritage,
tradition and the spirituality of both partners.


Behrend-Adas Senior Lunch Fellowship

Exciting activities, classes and a nutritious kosher lunch
plus great friends
it’s all here every weekday.
Yoga with Sally Craig every Monday & Wednesday, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm.



JCC Travel

Take a trip to Cuba, Egypt, Israel and other countries
in adventurous travel with a Jewish flavor.

Metro DC Women's Trip to Israel

Join us October 19-30 to explore Israel in new ways! Learn more and reserve your spot today!
A jeep ride in the Ramon Crater, a vsit to Bislach, explore Israeli cuisine through hands-on cooking
with an Israeli chef and much, much more

  Special Events 

Whether it’s a special guest speaker or 
our popular annual Community Second Night Seder, 
we offer you out of the ordinary ways to experience Judaism.


We welcome new ideas for classes and programs.
Click here and tell us what you want to do.

Get Enlightened

The Smilow Center's mission is to offer opportunities to open your mind, heart and soul to a variety of Jewish ideas, thoughts, and experiences. Our doorway will lead you to a vibrant community of learners.

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The one place you can go to find information on EVERYTHING Jewish in the Greater Washington DC area.
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(703) 286-1022

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Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington (JHSGW)
Object of the Month
Every month highlights a local Jewish artifact and its historical significance.

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Center for Online Judaic Studies- where the Past Meets the Present to Build for the Future

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Hear and Now: Jewish Downloads to Go-
Let Judaism come to you, where you are. From Jews in sports to foreign policy to Jewish prayer, short podcasts to grow your inner wisdom.

Israel 21C for the Reality of Everyday Life in Israel

Project Open Book
a new, non-denominational online learning resource. Browse, study, watch, listen and participate.

- a blog reporting from the frontlines of the Jewish world.

Tablet Magazine 
A New Read on Jewish Life

Yad Vashem - do you know of a Holocaust victim? Preserve their memory for future generations. Click here to search the online Database or submit unregistered names or visit the site at

Jerusalem Pedia The free Jerusalem Encyclopedia


Erica Steen
Director, Community Engagement
(202) 777-3255

Aviva Atkin, Program Coordinator
Behrend-Adas Senior Fellowship
(202) 669-2891