The EDCJCC is now open!
On September 5, the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (EDCJCC) reopened the doors of its storied Sixteenth Street building and unveiled newly renovated facilities to the public for the first time. After eleven months of construction and a multi-million-dollar Capital Campaign, the renovations used the building’s existing footprint to create new world-class arts and culture spaces, the Smith Kogod Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Wing, and even more programming possibilities for D.C.’s diverse community.
With these new improvements and possibilities, the EDCJCC is more prepared than ever before to continue cultivating a vibrant, diverse, and growing Jewish community in the nation’s capital.
Our $20+ Million Campaign focused on:
General Building Enhancements: A Modern Facility
Our plans include modernizing the building, enhancing operations and security, and making the building more energy efficient.
Early Childhood, Youth, and Family: Additional Space
This space will include new classrooms, a dedicated elevator and stairway to enhance security for the preschool, and indoor play spaces.
A Second Arts and Multi-Use Space
Plans include a second flexible arts space which will support our world-class culture and arts programs and offer the opportunity to expand other programming and revenue.
Endowing programs and ensuring the upkeep of our historic building for generations to come.
Renderings by Perkins Eastman
Dear Friends and Community Members,
Here at the Edlavitch DCJCC, our programs and patrons have been growing over the years, and we are bursting at the seams. In order to move forward, we have been planning for a major renovation of our historic building. The renovation is designed to meet the needs of an expanding, diverse, and vibrant urban Jewish community.
Thanks to the many donors who made this possible, including a lead gift of $6.5 million from Ginny and Irwin Edlavitch, we will begin a 10-month renovation at the end of this summer. We will relocate our entire operations during that time. Our programs will continue as the EDCJCC operates “around town” in cultural destinations and neighborhood venues throughout the city. Theater J will present a full season in several outstanding sites: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Arena Stage, GALA Hispanic Theatre, and Georgetown University. The Film Festival will continue in longstanding locations like Bethesda Row and E Street Cinemas. Many of our programs, including Judaics courses, Community Service, Inclusion programs, Youth and Family classes and events, GLOE – The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement, and EntryPointDC will come to you at our temporary site at The Foundry Church on 16th Street, just across the street, and at other locations around the city. Many fitness classes will continue at The Foundry, and we are in the final stages of forming partnerships with local health clubs during our renovation. Our preschool, along with many of our early childhood programs, will operate at The Foundry Church and in mobile classrooms on our property. Our goal is to continue the EDCJCC’s excellent offerings in new and convenient neighborhood venues.
We will return to a renewed building that will enhance the experience of those who walk through our doors. The lobby will be more open, with gathering places for coffee and conversation. Our preschool will be consolidated into a distinct area of the building, and will enjoy new classrooms. There will be a new centrally-located arts box office, and updates to the Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater. A newly conceived space will allow for more film screenings, community service activities, and other large gatherings. The entire building will be refreshed and renewed, including major upgrades to our mechanical systems that will make the building more comfortable and modern.
It is a journey that we are all embarking upon together as we build and enter a new stage. We hope you’ll join us as we continue to grow stronger and journey from strength to strength.
Carole R. Zawatsky
Chief Executive Officer
What will the renovation cover?
The Renovation will focus on three main items:
- General Building Enhancements: A Modern Facility
As our building welcomed more and more people of all ages through its doors, we needed to take steps to adapt. The renovation included modernizing the building, enhancing operations and security, and making the building more energy efficient.
- Early Childhood, Youth, and Family: Additional Space
WIth the creation of the Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Wing, we have increased capacity, improved security and technology, and enhanced operational efficiency.This space includes new classrooms, enhanced indoor and outdoor play spaces, and a dedicated elevator and stairway.
- Cafritz Hall: A Second Arts and Multi-Use Space
Before the renovation, theater, film, and music programming were limited by our single arts space. Our vision is for these programs to take place simultaneously throughout the building. Cafritz Hall will support our world-class culture and arts programs and offer the opportunity to expand other programming and revenue.
- General Building Enhancements: A Modern Facility
When will the building reopen?
The building is scheduled to reopen to the general public in early September 2019. Summer Camp will take place in the building beginning July 8.
How will I be updated on what’s going on while the EDCJCC is closed
The EDCJCC continues to rely heavily on digital communication, mostly through email and Facebook. To stay in the loop, sign up to receive the EDCJCC’s weekly email, The Shortlist, by clicking here or visiting www.edcjcc.org/shortlist.
Can I visit the building?
Throughout the summer, access to the building is restricted only to campers and their families. We will reach out to existing fitness members and incoming fall preschool families for orientation and private tours of the facility. The building will be open to the public beginning in early September 2019.
What will happen to the parking lot?
The parking lot remains closed for the duration of construction (September 2019); however, we have 5 additional drop off/pick-up spaces of 15 minutes duration, during the day, on Q Street in front of the EDCJCC. This will give us a total of 8 spaces directly in front of our building for drop-off/pick up.
Are the bike racks still accessible at the 16th Street Building?
Yes, you can park and lock your bike at the racks adjacent to our parking lot until further notice.
What about the other programs at the EDCJCC, including Theater J?
Until we reopen in September, the EDCJCC will continue to present programs “around town” in cultural destinations and neighborhood venues throughout the city. Theater J’s upcoming 19/20 Season will take place entirely in the EDCJCC’s Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater beginning on September 9. Year-round film screenings will premiere in Cafritz Hall beginning in October.
What happens to my fitness membership?
The Fitness Center and pool will reopen in September 2019. Until then, the EDCJCC’s partnerships with VIDA Fitness and the University Club remain active. To learn more, contact email@example.com.