BIG NEWS! The Edlavitch DCJCC began a 10-month renovation of its historic building this September.
Our vision is to create a world-class facility that is a “town square” for everyone. We want to do more of what we do best — early childhood education and programs for children and their families, community service projects and volunteer opportunities for all ages, and cultural and arts programming with high-level offerings. We will expand our classes and workshops, refresh our health and fitness center, enhance spaces for cultural programs that connect adults of all ages and backgrounds to one another, and continue to be a welcoming place for all. The Edlavitch DCJCC will continue to write the Jewish story in the nation’s capital and help secure a strong Jewish future.
Join us for programs around town in cultural destinations and neighborhood venues throughout the city.
Our $20+ Million Campaign focuses 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 Campaign/Renovation will focus on three main items:
- General Building Enhancements: A Modern Facility
As our building welcomes more and more people of all ages through its doors, we must take steps to adapt. This is a building for the 21st century and it needs to grow with the times. We need space to gather, connect over coffee, and collaborate as a community. Our plans include modernizing the building, enhancing operations and security, and making the building more energy efficient.
- Early Childhood, Youth, and Family: Additional Space
The continued growth of young professionals in the city has led to a burgeoning of families interested in the EDCJCC’s Early Childhood, Youth, and Family (ECYF) program. We plan to increase capacity, augment security, improve technology, and enhance operational efficiency by consolidating and expanding space for ECYF programming. 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
Theater, film, and music—we bring it all to the community. In our current building, programming is limited by our single arts space. Our vision is to have theater, film, and music simultaneously taking place throughout the building. 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.
- General Building Enhancements: A Modern Facility
When will the closure begin, and when will the J reopen?
The tentative schedule is that the building will close at the end of August, renovations beginning shortly thereafer, and reopen 8 – 10 months later – Spring 2019.
How will I be updated on what’s going on while the J is closed?
The EDCJCC will rely heavily on digital communication, mostly in the forms of email and Facebook. We encourage you to register for the EDCJCC’s weekly email, The Shortlist, by clicking here or visiting www.edcjcc.org/shortlist.
UPDATED! What will happen to the parking lot?
As of Thursday, August 2, the parking lot will be closed for the duration of the construction period. We have been working closely with DDOT in order to have 5 additional drop off/pick-up spaces of 15 minutes duration, during the day, on Q Street in front of the JCC. This will give us a total of 8 spaces directly in front of our building for drop-off/pick up. We expect the change of signage for this to be taking place in the very near future, and these additional drop-off/pick-up spots will remain not only during the construction period but also after we return to the building. We would like to remind everyone to please not park in the alley across from the EDCJCC, and to carefully follow all traffic and parking signs in the neighborhood.
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?
The EDCJCC is thrilled to be presenting all programs “around town” in cultural destinations and neighborhood venues throughout the city.
Programs include, but are not limited to, Theater J, the Washington Jewish Film and Music Festivals, GLOE (LGBTQ), EntryPointDC (young professionals), Judaics, the Parenting Center, Family Programs, After-School, Inclusion & Disabilities, Community Service, Aquatics & Fitness (including Group Exercise), Workshops & Talks, and Social Justice. In addition to signing up for the Shortlist, we strongly encourage signing up for the individual programmatic emails so you can stay in the loop with your favorite EDCJCC programs. You can do so by visiting www.edcjcc.org/signup.
Where are programs taking place during the renovation period?
The EDCJCC is thrilled to present programs around town at cultural destinations and neighborhood venues throughout the city, including but not limited to:
|Adas Israel Congregation
2850 Quebec Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008Arena Stage
1101 6th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024DC Central Kitchen
425 2nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001Decades DC
1219 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036Edlavitch DCJCC Townhouse
a.k.a. EDCJCC Townhouse
1534 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036Foundry United Methodist Church
a.k.a. The Foundry
1500 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
|GALA Hispanic Theatre
3333 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010Hyatt Regency Washington
on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001Mary’s Center
2333 Ontario Road
Washington, DC 20009
Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School
of the Nation’s Capital
6045 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011The Parc Somerset
5630 Wisconsin Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
What happens to my fitness membership?
We’ve been working closely with community partners to ensure you continue to have access to quality fitness options — including a fitness center, pool, and group exercise classes — all within a quick walk of the EDCJCC. To learn more, please visit EDCJCC Membership Renovation FAQs or contact email@example.com.