Everything but the Turkey (EBTT) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is (EBTT)?
Everything...but the Turkey? Where's the turkey?
Can I bring my children to the event?
Why do we make the recipes we make?
Where is the event?
Is the Washington DCJCC accessible by public transportation? If I am driving, where should I park?
What should I do when I get to the Center?
I am not Jewish, can I participate?
Why is there a $15 charge?
Are walk-ins allowed on the day of the event?
Is there anything I need to bring with me to the event?
GREAT, I'm ready to register! Now What?


What is Everything but the Turkey (EBTT)?

EBTT is an event organized by the Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service of the DCJCC. The event is held the Monday and Tuesday evenings prior to Thanksgiving. Volunteers will prepare over 20,000 servings of food for the homeless and hungry in the DC area.

Everything but the Turkey? Why don't we make the turkey?
You may be wondering why we prepare everything but the turkey for a Thanksgiving feast.  Well, there are two reasons for this. First, this is necessary in order to keep with the Jewish dietary laws of the building (we do not bring unkosher meat into the building); it's not easy to get 1000s of Kosher turkeys. The second reason is that we don't have the space to cook such a large number of birds! The turkeys will be provided by our partner DC Central Kitchen.

Can I bring my children to the event?
YES! Everyone is welcome. We do request that youth under the age of 16 are accompanied by an adult. Parents/Guardians are responsible for ensuring the safety of their children. Please remember that there are knives being used at many of the food preparation stations. Healthy snack bags and Stuffing are great for families with young children.

Why do we make the recipes we make? 
All
of the food we prepare is donated to DC Central Kitchen and the close to 100 agencies they prepare food for. We consult with them on their needs and the needs of the shelters they provide for. 

Where is the event?
EBTT is held at the Washington DCJCC at the corner of 16th and Q (1529 16th Street NW). Please enter the building through the doors on Q Street.

Is the Washington DCJCC accessible by public transportation? If I am driving, where should I park?
The DCJCC is closest to the Dupont Circle Metro stop on the red line. Take the North exit and head east (right) on Q Street. If you choose to drive there is two-hour parking within a couple blocks of the Center.  For more information, please visit http://www.washingtondcjcc.org/about/ and scroll down to the “Directions and Parking” section.

What should I do when I get to the Center?
Please sign in at our check-in tables. They can remind you what table you are volunteering at, we'll do an introduction and welcome in the lobby and then you will join the other volunteers at your station to begin preparing food.

I am not Jewish, can I participate?
Anybody and everybody is welcome to volunteer with us. We encourage anyone interested in volunteering and wanting to celebrating the spirit of Thanksgiving to participate.

Why is there a $15 charge?
This event is expensive! There are a lot of supplies and food purchased to help this event be a success. $15 is going to help cover the cost of supplies and is a donation and tax-deductable. If you would like to participate and the fee is a hinderance please contact Erica at 202-777-3255. Thank you for your support.

Are walk-ins allowed on the day of the event?
NO, unfortunately we cannot accommodate any walk-ins. Please register online in advance.

Is there anything special I need to wear or bring with me to the event?
We will provide everything. Please wear closed toe shoes for safety reasons. Everyone must also cover their hair. We will provide hair nets but if you'd prefer you are welcome to wear your own hat. You are also welcome to bring your own knives, graters, etc. but the JCC is not responsible for them. The only other thing needed is your energy and the want to volunteer.

GREAT! I'm ready to register! Now what?
Click here to sign-up. We look forward to having you join us Monday, November 25 or Tuesday, November 26 from 6:30-8:30 pm.