Shabbat Clusters
Celebrate Shabbat your way! Shabbat Clusters are groups of people that get together to celebrate Shabbat once a month. From dinners, lunches, and brunches to playdates and happy hours, Shabbat Clusters are a great way to make new friends and start traditions. Every Shabbat Cluster season starts with a Kickoff Dinner at the EDCJCC for all participants.

EntryPointDC Shabbat Clusters for Young Professionals
Registration deadline September 14 || Kickoff Dinner September 23

Family Shabbat Clusters for Young Families
Registration deadline September 10 || Kickoff Dinner September 16


From classical Jewish Text, to Yoga and Spiritual Practice, to film, music and community service, preparing for and celebrating the High Holidays at the J has never been more fun, meaningful and content rich.  Events for young families, singles and couples, and 50+. Find us at the center.

High Holiday Registration
Registration Deadline: Rosh Hashanah - September 29, Yom Kippur - October 6

In town for Rosh Hashanah and/or Yom Kippur this year? Let us help you out! EPDC has arranged for discounted and free High Holiday tickets for young professionals from congregations across DC, Maryland, and Virginia. We’ll help you find the service that’s right for you!
Registration Coming Soon

GLOE and Learning
High Holigays: New Year’s Liturgy Text Study
Monday, September 12, 7:00 pm
Teacher: Rabbi Gil Steinlauf of Adas Israel Congregation
All those sins? Shame? Starting over? Do they mean the same thing for LGBTQ folks?
Discover the services of the Jewish New Year in a whole new way, and see the holidays through an LGBTQ lens. We’ll explore the texts of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, with new insights, stories, and perspectives that don’t usually make it to the pulpit. All backgrounds welcome; no previous knowledge of Hebrew or Jewish texts needed.

Fall-ing for Foodies: A High Holiday Cooking Mixer for Singles & Couples
Wednesday, September 14, 7:00 pm

Cuffing season is almost upon us, the time of the year when everyone is looking to be paired up.  Prepare for the high holidays and a romance filled winter with a Rosh Hashanah themed interactive cooking class;  singles mingle with singles and couples mingle with couples as you come together to make a delicious meal. Limited space available as we will have an even ratio of single men, single women, and couples looking to meet other couple friends!
Registration Coming Soon

Reflection and Intention: An Embodied High Holiday Preparation Workshop
Sunday, September 18, 2:00 pm

Facilitators: Sara Shalva, Rabbi Benjamin Shalva, and Rabbi Sarah Tasman
Join us at the EDCJCC for an afternoon of mindfulness, spirituality, and embodied Jewish practice.

Repentence, Forgiveness, Personal Change: Entering the Days of Awe
Sunday, September 25, 1:00 pm

Facilitators: Rabbis Elie Kaunfer and Shai Held
Mechon Hadar is an educational institution that empowers Jews to create and sustain vibrant, practicing communities of Torah learning, prayer, and service. Join the EDCJCC and Mechon Hadar for a half-day workshop of passionate and open-hearted discussions about many of the most crucial questions Jews ask during the High Holidays. Co-hosted with Mechon Hadar

Apples and Honey Sale
Thursday, September 28, 2016, 4:00 pm

Make your High Holidays sweeter by adding locally sourced, organic, and sustainably produced apples and honey from Earth Spring Farm this year. Find us in the Q Street Lobby at the EDCJCC!

Community Service
High Holiday Sock Drive
October 1 – November 30

Help individuals experiencing homelessness keep their feet warm and dry this winter. The Edlavitch DCJCC is collecting NEW wool or wool-blend socks in adult sizes. Wool keeps feet warm, and most importantly, dry. Men’s sizes are particularly in need! Socks will be distributed during our December 25th Day of Service (D25).

Day of Awe-some
Monday, October 3, 10:00 am

Want to provide a meaningful way for your young children to connect with the holiday of Rosh Hashanah? Come hear the shofar, taste apples and honey, and the start off a new year of beautiful wishes through songs, crafts and stories in an atmosphere that welcomes everyone and caters to kids. Co-sponsored by PJ Library

One Week and a Day
Wednesday, October 5, 6:45 pm
A black comedy that borrows from the best traditions of stoner comedies and family dramas, One Week and A Day is in the end a therapeutic journey full of laughs and genuine, unadulterated responses to the deepest loss imaginable.
Winner of the Gan Foundation Award at the 2016 Cannes Critics Week, and the Best Israeli Feature prize, Best Israeli debut, and Best Script at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

GLOE & Family Engagement
Tashlich Picnic at Rock Creek Park
Sunday, October 9, 10:30 am

Celebrate the New Year with other LGBTQ parents, friends, teens, kids and families! We'll gather in Rock Creek Park at Miller Cabin for a casual afternoon of community, games and tashlich, the High Holiday tradition of casting off the negatives of the past year and reflecting on our hopes for the coming year. The wonderful Rabbi Sarah Tasman, of InterfaithFamily DC, will lead us through fun New Year’s activities for the whole family.

Family Engagement
Sukkot Get Together
Sunday, October 23, 10:30 am

You are invited to Storytime in the sukkah.  In addition to enjoying a Sukkah themed story together, we will have arts and crafts, snacks and songs!
Registration Coming Soon

GLOE & Community Service
Sukkot & Queer Youth Homelessness Building Project
Sunday, October 23, 12:00 pm

LGBTQ youth make up 40% of homeless youth in DC– putting them at significantly higher risk of becoming homeless than their straight peers. Sukkot reminds us of that time when we also had no stable home, no solid roof overhead. We’re coming together to help Casa Ruby, the only bilingual, multicultural, LGBTQ organization providing life-saving services and programs to the most vulnerable in the LGBTQ community in DC, with a construction project. All skill levels welcome!

Questions? Contact us for more information on any Jewish Life program, event, or class.

Sara Shalva

Director of Jewish Innovation
(202) 777-3249

Tami Wolf
Associate Director of Jewish Life
(202) 777-3259

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