Thank you to the 800+ volunteers who made over 2,200 healthy snack bags and 552 trays of Thanksgiving dishes for those in need during this year's EBTT!

A signature program of the Edlavitch DCJCC since 1996, Everything But The Turkey (EBTT) brings together hundreds of people over three days to chop, mix, grate, and prepare over 13,000 servings of festive Thanksgiving food for people in need in the DC metro area. We make everything but the turkey, and DC Central Kitchen, our program partner, supplies delicious turkeys.

The food we make is distributed by DC Central Kitchen to over 88 local homeless shelters, transitional housing facilities, and community kitchens in the District.

Want to learn more? Check out our FAQ:

 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 three days to allow more people to be able to enjoy it - including a special edition for families with small children and one just for young professionals in the city.

 I am not Jewish, can I participate?

Yes! Volunteer opportunities are open to everyone. 

 Why is there a 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. If your children are under the age of 5 we strongly recommend the Sunday EBTT PJ Library edition, designed specially for young children.

We request that all 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 have children under the age of 7.

 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 entrance 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. This is for your safety and because you will be up on your feet for two hours. We will provide hair nets but if you'd prefer you are welcome to wear your own hat. All longer hair must be pulled back.

THANK YOU TO OUR 2017 EBTT Sponsors!


Elise and Marc Lefkowitz
and Family

Melanie and Larry Nussdorf and Family

Tina and Albert Small, Jr. and Family


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

Sonya Weisburd, MSW
Director, Social Justice and Volunteer Programs
(202) 777-3269