Shabbat & Holidays

Shabbat and Holidays at the EDCJCC

Programs available for families and individuals of all ages.

Upcoming Events

JFamily clothing swap and Tu B’Shvat celebration
Feb 2 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Families will gather to mingle, swap baby clothes, and engage in a craft with their little ones in honor of Tu B’Shevat. Best for kids 0 – 5.

Meet us in the basement of the library. Look for Ambassador Jessica.

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.

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

seder plate

The seder plate, the Hagaddah, the guest list, the menu!  There’s so much to consider when creating your own Seder experience, although Passover is the most commonly observed Jewish holiday among American Jews, there’s no one way to host a seder!  Explore all the parts of creating a seder experience, and leave feeling confident and ready to host your first or fiftieth seder your own way, acknowledging tradition and your own personal Jewish identity.

We’ll cover selecting or creating your own Haggadah, menu selection, hosting tips and how to make your seder fun and interactive for all!

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Cost: $22 non-member / $18 member

Please contact Amanda Herring at (202) 777-3253 or send an email with any questions. Before registering, make sure you are familiar with the JLL Registration Policies.

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

At the Seder, we find joy in intergenerational community, storytelling and song. This year, please join our wonderful community-wide Seder, the open, welcoming, pluralistic celebration of freedom you’ve come to expect from the EDCJCC.

Join us to meet new friends, partake in joyous singing accompanied by a guitar, and fascinating discussions. The Seder will also feature a delicious (and kosher) traditional Passover meal with special, locally sourced ingredients to bring sustainability and attention to food sourcing o our table. Whether you know all the customs and stories of Passover, or you are just learning what questions to ask, there is a place for you at our seder table.

We’ve set the Seder to start earlier to make it easier for families with young children to join us, and as always, we welcome interfaith, LGBTQ, and other traditionally marginalized voices to our Seder table. This year our seder will be led by Amanda Herring, Manager of Jewish Life and Learning at the EDCJCC.

Whether this is your first Seder or your 100th, there’s a place at our Passover table for you!

Click on the TICKETS button to the right to register!

Tickets Costs:
General Registration: $60.00
Young Professionals/Student: $45.00
Children (under 12): $20.00

Jewish life and ritual should never be cost-prohibitive. If the cost prevents you from registering, please contact Amanda Herring at to discuss payment plans or other alternatives.

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

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 most readings in Hebrew also appear in English transliteration.

What about dinner? Is it kosher?
There is a delicious catered dinner at the community wide Seder. As with all Edlavitch DCJCC events, the food we serve is kosher, as well as this meal being kosher-for-Passover. It is a meat meal. And of course, dessert! Please let us know about any allergies in your registration.

We’re happy to provide ASL or other interpretation upon advance notice. The Edlavitch DCJCC building is wheelchair/mobility device accessible. If you need other accommodations to allow you to fully participate in the Seder (or simply have questions), please let us know in advance and we’ll be happy to help.

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 bring kids?
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!