Everything But the Turkey FAQ


What is EBTT?

Everything...but the Turkey? Where's the turkey?
I am not Jewish, can I participate?
Why is there a $20 charge to participate?
Are walk-ins allowed on the day of the event?
Can I bring my children to the event?
How do I get to the DCJCC and where do I go when I arrive?
Is there anything I need to bring with me to the event?


What is Everything But The Turkey (EBTT)?

EBTT is an event organized by the Edlavitch JCC's Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service where volunteers prepare Thanksgiving-themed side dishes that help those experiencing hunger and homelessness in the District enjoy some Thanksgiving warmth and cheer the week of the Thanksgiving holiday.

We run the program for two days to allow more people to be able to enjoy it - but there is absolutely no difference between the first and second night so feel free to sign up for the date that is most convenient for you.


Everything...but the turkey? Why don't we make the turkey?

We make the side dishes that are paired with turkeys provided by our partner organization, DC Central Kitchen.


I am not Jewish, can I participate?

Yes! Volunteer opportunities are open to everyone. 


Why is there a $20 charge to participate?

We request a tax-deductible donation to help us cover the cost of food and supplies. Your donation is going directly towards the food we are preparing for those in need. If you would like to participate but are unable to make the donation, please contact Sonya and we will work with you to be able to take part in the event.


Are walk-ins allowed on the day of the event?

No, unfortunately we cannot accommodate any walk-ins. Please register online in advance.


Can I bring my children to the event?

Yes! Everyone is welcome. We request that children 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 stations to sign up for if you are a family with young children.


How do I get to the EDCJCC and where do I go when I arrive?

The EDCJCC is located at 1529 16th Street, NW, in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. It is accessible by a number of buses as well as being a 10-minute walk from the Dupont Circle metro station (red line). Limited street parking is available in the neighborhood as well. Please enter the building through the Q Street Lobby enterance and be prepared to sign-in.


Is there anything special I need to wear or bring with me to the event?

All materials will be provided. Please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes since you will be standing for two hours as well as for safety reasons. 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. 

Randy Bacon
Director, Behrend Builders
Co-Director, Days of Service
(202) 777-3244

Sonya Weisburd, MSW
Associate Director, Volunteer Programs
(202) 777-3269

Peter Luck
Coordinator, Behrend Builders
(202) 777-3245