FAMILY PROGRAMS

The Edlavitch 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 EDCJCC.

Tuesday, August 29, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
CHALLAH TOTS AT WHOLE FOODS MARKET ON P STREET
At Challah Tots, you will enjoy a storytime, craft and braiding a challah to take home to bake for Shabbat!
Whole Foods Market provides the dough, and the Edlavitch DCJCC, PJ Library and our partners will provide the actvities and the braiding help (if you'd like). It's fun, easy and free!

SHABBAT
Kickoff Dinner: Friday, September 8, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
FAMILY SHABBAT CLUSTERS

Clusters are a great, casual way to get to know more Jewish families with children in the DC metro area. We will pair you up with families who have similar interests, geographical location, and ages of children. Then, once a month from October to February, your small group of families will get together to experience Shabbat in the best way for your cluster.  We welcome all kinds of families including interfaith families interested in exploring Shabbat in a safe, joyful, family focused environment.

ROSH HASHANAH - JEWISH NEW YEAR
Wednesday, September 20, 4:00 - 5:30 PM
DAY OF AWE-SOME

Want to provide a meaningful way for your young children to connect with the holiday of Rosh Hashanah?  Come to Day of AWE-some: Rosh Hashanah for Families, to 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. 

SPECIAL EVENTS
Sunday, September 24, 11 AM – 2 PM
APPLES FOR EVERYONE: A FAMILY FOOD JUSTICE PROGRAM

Join other Edlavitch DCJCC families to get our hands dirty and learn about food access with Everybody Grows, an organization that inspires people to grow their own food in home gardens. We will compost, weed, plant, and harvest!

This program is sponsored by the Gendler Grapevine Project.
Co-presented with the Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service, and GLOE Youth & Family – a project of The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement (GLOE) at the Edlavitch DCJCC.


SUKKOT
Sunday, October 1, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
COMMUNITY-WIDE SUKKAH BUILD AND DECORATING
Help us decorate the EDCJCC’s sukkah! We need adult volunteers to help us build and friends of all ages to help us make and put up decorations. Join us for some fun fall crafts, for all ages, and some delicious autumn-inspired snacks.
Co-presented with Behrend Builders.


Wednesday, October 4, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
STORY TIME IN THE SUKKAH
Join us in the EDCJCC’s sukkah for a morning of stories, songs, crafts, and snacks to prepare us for the holiday of Sukkot. We will learn about Sukkot’s connection to agriculture and the cycle of seasons and growing.


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PJ LIBRARY
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CONTACT

Darya Watnick
Jewish Engagement Manager
202-777-3259