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!


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!

Family 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. We welcome all kinds of families including interfaith and non-Jewish families interested in exploring Shabbat in a safe, joyful, family focused environment.

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?
 No, each family must have a separate registration form.

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

Sign Up for FREE Jewish songs and stories sent to your home! The DCJCC is a proud community partner with PJ Library® in Greater Washington.
Enroll today for free books!

Follow the DCJCC on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on all of our programs and events!


Xani Pollakoff
Director of Family Engagement 

f. (202) 518-9420