The DCJCC FAMILY PROGRAMS are designed with your family in mind. We merge high quality experiential activities with an informal camp-like atmosphere. Dedicated to serving and supporting our diverse community, we create safe space to explore Jewish values amidst the messy, joyful chaos that is raising kids in an urban environment in the modern world. Organized around the Jewish calendar and Shabbat we offer: monthly celebrations, pool parties, carnivals, story time and other kid friendly activities for children aged 2-8. All families are welcome -- you don't have to be Jewish to find a home at the DCJCC!

Tu B'shvat Family Seder

Monday, February 8th 5:45-6:45 PM

$10 per family (includes pizza dinner, organic fruit, and seder fruitsJoin us at the DCJCC for dinner and an exclusive pre-release screening of Shaboom!, an animated adventure series that inspires kids to make the world a better place through tikkun olam, or acts of kindness, that they can use in their everyday lives. Come celebrate the birthday of the trees, eat fruits of Israel, and enjoy meaningful Jewish screen time! Co-sponsored by G-dcast, Love and Religion, and InterfaithFamily/DC

Stars, Science and Separation: A Havdalah Program for Young Families

Saturday, February 6th 6:15-7:15 PM

$18 per family (Pizza and salad dinner included)

Join us for a hands-on science night exploring the stars through your senses with Dr. Alan Gersh! Bring your winter coat, your appetite and your sense of adventure to learn and star gaze together.

Searching for Crumbs 

Wednesday, April 20th 5:45-6:45 

$18 per family includes Bedikat Chamatz kit and dinner (Mac&Cheese, Pasta with Tomato Sauce, and Salad) 

Calling all Chametz (bread) detectives! Come with your family to investigate and create (or continue to celebrate) this fun family ritual:  searching for bread products in your home.  This ancient Jewish scavenger hunt-like activity is completely family oriented, hands-on and requires no knowledge of or prior experience with, Jewish tradition. Make your own Bedikat Chamtaz kit in order to clean your house for Passover! This tradition can be a great way for your family to prepare for Passover together. 

Post-Passover Pizza and Pyramids 

Sunday, May 1st 3:30-5:00 PM 

National Building museum

Ages 2-8 

$8 per person (includes PLAY WORK BUILD entry and pizza)

$3 for person for families that have a NBM membership (ticket just includes pizza) 

Sick of matzah and ready for the real thing? Join the DCJCC at the National Building Museum for Pizza, Passover story time, and an hour of pyramid making at the PLAY WORK BUILD exhibit. 

The Falafel Ball: An Israeli Dance Party for Young Families 

Thursday, May 12th 5:45-6:45 PM

$18 per family ticket (Includes Falafel, hummus, pita, and Israeli salad) 

Put on your dancing shoes and come celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel's Independence Day, with Israeli dancing, Israeli food, and story time! Come dressed in blue and white to commemorate this special day! 

Shabbat Clusters 

Family Shabbat Clusters are groups of 3-4 families who get together monthly for an informal potluck Shabbat dinner, a Shabbat afternoon playdate, or a Shabbat lunch.  This is a great, casual way to get to know more Jewish families with children in the DC metro area. Families sign-up and share information about different ways they would like to celebrate Shabbat. We at the DCJCC will pair you up with families that have similar interests, geographical location, and ages of children. Then, once a month a small group of families get together to experience Shabbat in the best way for your cluster. 

All participants who register for Shabbat clusters will be placed into groups that will meet at The Shabbat Cluster Kick-Off dinner on March 4th from 6:00-7:00 pm. Then, families will meet once a month from April-June. They will function very much like our Shabbat Clusters for young professionals, which you can read up on here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does it cost?

A: There is no fee for the Shabbat Clusters (other than the cost of the food you choose to bring to each dinner). There is a $36 fee that covers the Kick-Off dinner at the DCJCC and registration overall.

Q: Can I sign up for my friend's family?

A: No, each family must have a separate registration form. 

Q: Can I request another family be in our cluster? 

A: Yes, there is a section in the registration form to request this; both families must fill this section out in order for us to ensure the placement. 

Q: When does registration close?

A: Please sign up by February 28th, 2016.  

Q: When will I find out who is in my cluster?

A: Your family will know by Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016. 


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Xani Pollakoff
Director of Family Engagement 

f. (202) 518-9420