Shabbat & Holidays

Shabbat and Holidays at the EDCJCC

Programs available for families and individuals of all ages.

Upcoming Events

EDCJCC Building Closed
Mar 16 – Mar 31 all-day

In keeping with the recommendations by the DC Department of Health, and in an effort to do our part to protect the health and safety of our community, we will be closing the Edlavitch DCJCC building for all programs effective 11:00 PM this coming Sunday, March 16 which plans to reopen Wednesday, April 1. Details for all programs are listed below.

Preschool and Aftercare
Preschool will be closed until April 1. Starting March 23, students will participate in distance learning prepared by their teachers. There will no longer be a Spring Break period in April; however, we will still be closed on April 9, 10, 15, and 16 for Passover.

Early Childhood, Youth, and Family
All Early Childhood, Youth, and Family programs, including the Parenting Center, J Family Ambassadors, and After School program, are closed until April 1.

Theater J
The Theater J productions of The Wanderers  scheduled for this weekend, March 14-15, will go on as planned, and audiences are encouraged to practice social-distancing. This is in accordance with Mayor Bowser’s request not to hold gatherings of over 250 people.

The production of Becoming Dr. Ruth will begin previews on April 1, instead of March 27.

Starting today, March 13, all JxJ year-round screenings will be cancelled until April 1. As of today, there is no change to the schedule for the JxJ Festival.

Engagement and Social Responsibility Programs
All programs for EntryPointDC, Jewish Living & Learning, Inclusion & Disabilities, the Morris Cafritz Center for Social Responsibility, and GLOE – The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach and Engagement, are cancelled until April 1.

Fitness Center
The Fitness Center and Pool are closed to all members until April 1. This includes personal training and group exercise classes.

Rentals & Worship Groups
All rentals will need to be postponed until a later date. Until April 1, we are unable to accommodate the worship groups that meet at the EDCJCC.

We will continue to pay our hourly and salaried employees during this closure.

We are not yet issuing refunds for programs. If you would like to convert your registration fee into a donation, please consider completing this form; otherwise, we will be in touch at a later date.

As we all know, this is a rapidly evolving situation.  This decision has been made out of an abundance of caution. There have been no reported cases of any individuals who have visited the EDCJCC testing positive.  We will continue to update you as the situation progresses, and urge you to visit for other actions we’ve taken and resources on how to prevent getting sick.

We thank you for your patience and understanding, and for helping us keep our community safe and healthy.

Redemption Comes At Night: A Pre-Pesah Learning and Singing Event with Rabbi Avi Strausberg and Rabbi Yosef Goldman
Mar 30 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm


Redemption comes at night

Redemption Comes At Night
When we think of redemption from Egypt, we may imagine the Israelites singing in gratitude after a narrow daytime escape through the Sea of Reeds.  But when did the act of redemption actually occur?  Does redemption refer to the moment in which we are actually made free or does it begin under the cover of night, the time of our deepest fear? This virtual session will span from Torah to Talmud to Hasidut as we dive into the darkness of night, looking for seeds of hope. After the text study, we will come together to sing as we explore the role opening our mouths and finding our voices plays in the process of redemption.

This program is in partnership with DC Minyan and Hadar.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Making a Seder – VIRTUAL!
Apr 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

seder plate

Marion Usher, Ph.D, author of One Couple Two Faiths: stories of live and religion
Amanda Herring, MA Manager of Jewish Life & Learning at the EDCJCC
Debra Beland Ackerman, Director of Education and Youth Activities at Congregation Olam Tikvah
Sarah Rabin Spira, Manager, PJ Library, at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

This year’s Seder may be a little different. With so many people self-isolated at home, how do we celebrate Passover?

We’ll cover selecting or creating your own Haggadah, creating a menu, tips for hosting digitally, and how to use items you can fin around your house to make your seder fun and interactive for all. There’s no one way to host a seder and we’ll make sure you leave feeling confident and ready to host your seder your own way, acknowledging tradition and your own personal Jewish identity.

You’ll receive Zoom information for the class upon registration and a document of resources after the call.

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Co-sponsored by Edlavitch DCJCC, Love and Religion – An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and their Partners, PJ Library in Greater Washington, and Congregation Olam Tikvah

Virtual Make Room for Matzah
Apr 5 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Make Room for Matzah

Join us for virtual Passover workshop to get ready for Passover and learn more about this tradition for your family. Make items to enliven your seder with hands-on projects, plus songs, stories and use-at-home guides.  Ms. Ellie will be joining us for the song session at 11:00 am!  Best for ages 2-6, though all are welcome.  Get your questions answered in our “4+ Questions” portion at 11:30 am.

We will be sending a Zoom link and other online resources to all those registered for the event on Friday, April 3rd.

Co-sponsored by PJ Library in Greater Washington, Edlavitch DCJCC, Love and Religion – An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and their Partners, the Capital Jewish Museum and JFamily Ambassadors at EDCJCC (This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.)Love and Religion logo

EDCJCC Virtual Second Night Seder 2020
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Due to COVID-19, we’ve had to rethink Seder 2020.

This year, Jewish Life & Learning and GLOE – the Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach and Engagement, have joined forces to bring our community seders to the safety of your homes. Our community seder will be the same open, welcoming, pluralistic celebration of freedom you’ve come to expect from the EDCJCC – but this year it’s virtual!

Throughout the seder, there will be opportunities for sharing in small groups, building community, and reflecting together or individually. Throughout the Seder, we will break out into small “tables” of people to allow for socializing. When you register, you will be able to request to be at an  EntryPointDC (20s and 30s young professionals) table or a GLOE table or to list another family/friend group.

As always, we welcome interfaith, LGBTQ, and other traditionally marginalized voices to our virtual seder table. This year’s seder will be led by Amanda Herring, Manager of Jewish Life and Learning at the EDCJCC; Ari Jacobson, song leader; and members of the GLOE Committee.

We will go through the steps of the Seder, skipping over the meal, and then break into our tables at 8:00 PM where you’ll have the chance to eat over video or go offline to eat with your household. We will provide resources for completing the prayer after the meal and the search for the Afikomen on your own after the meal.

Click on the TICKETS button to the right to register and get the login information!

Seder Leader Bio:

Amanda Herring, MA
Manager of Jewish Life and Learning

Amanda joined the EDCJCC in January 2020, she has been educating through immersive experiences and food-related programming for the past ten years in Virginia, DC, and New York. She completed her master’s in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts at the George Washington University and her undergraduate studies in Political Science, Jewish Studies, and International Studies at Virginia Tech. Amanda has worked at Hillel, Birthright, OneTable and most recently started a publishing company designing educational tools for Jewish Educators, she is the co-creator of The Jewish Planner. Amanda is thrilled to bring her passion for Jewish education, sustainability, and embodied experiences to the EDCJCC.

Seder FAQ

Joining by Zoom:
Try to log in about 5 minutes before Seder starts to ensure you’re all set up. Make sure you have adequate lighting on your face, not behind you creating shadows. You will be on mute when you enter, and unless you’ve been asked to lead a portion of the Seder, we ask you to remain on mute as long as we are in a full group. When you go to your breakout rooms, you’ll be unmuted and can share at your virtual “table”.

Do I have to be Jewish to attend? (Observant? Old? Young? Ashkenazi? Sephardic? etc.)
Nope. We welcome everyone who would like to join our community-wide Seder and celebrate Passover’s lessons of freedom! In fact, every year, we have a beautiful mix of people. Some are Jewish, some are not. All are welcome, and (if they choose) can easily participate in a variety of ways – singing, reading, discussing ideas, or just generally being among the community.

What if I don’t read Hebrew?
Not a problem. Most of the Seder is in English, and readings in Hebrew also appear in English transliteration.

Is there a dress code? What should I wear?
There is no official dress code. Most people dress as they would for a family Seder or holiday – dressed nicely, a little dressed up, but not overly formally. (For many people that could mean a button-down or sweater, a skirt/dress, a jacket, slacks, etc. Most people do not wear jeans.) Please wear what feels appropriate to you to celebrate the holiday.

Is it appropriate to have kids in the room?
Yes! The Seder is not specifically a “kids” Seder, but our atmosphere is fun and festive! We welcome all who would like to participate.

Was your question not answered? Email Amanda so we can help!