Shabbat & Holidays

Shabbat and Holidays at the EDCJCC

Holiday programs available for families and individuals of all ages.

Upcoming Events

Tu B’Shvat Family Park Cleanup
Feb 5 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Celebrate Tu B’Shvat by cleaning up a green space in DC!

What: Meet on the banks of the Anacostia River to learn about Tu B’Shvat – often referred to as Jewish Arbor Day – and participate in a clean up of Kingman and Heritage Island! We will be joined by educators from Living Classrooms, the organization working to manage and conserve the Island.

We’ll gather together at the beginning for an interactive learning and intention setting and divide into work groups. At the end, we’ll gather again for a group photo and to share some Tu B’Shvat themed snacks. Bring your kids to learn to appreciate all that trees do for us, and give back to the trees by making the park they live in clean and beautiful.

All clean-up supplies and snacks will be provided. In case of heavy rain or snow this program will be canceled.

Who: This event is geared towards families with children, but everyone is welcome.

When: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Where: Kingman and Heritage Islands. Exact location with map will be shared via email.

Registration: Registration for this project is free but required. Please register for each individual member of your family so we have an accurate head count by clicking on the red “register” button.

This program is brought to you in partnership with the Pozez JCC.

Living Classrooms is a nonprofit organization that is headquartered in Baltimore but has maintained a steady presence in the DMV for over 20 years. Living Classrooms’ work focuses on education, workforce development, and environmental stewardship, including the management of Kingman & Heritage Islands.

Cancelled – Tu B’Shvat: Plant Care Basics with ReWild DC
Feb 6 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Plabt Care Basics


Celebrate the Jewish holiday for the trees with Jewish Life Director, Amanda Herring and plant experts from REWILD! Learn about Tu B’Shvat, and embrace the Jewish Calendar’s teaching that a personal connection to the natural world is a deep form of self-care especially in this dark and cold time of year. You’ll learn the essentials of soil, watering, repotting, pruning, propagating, troubleshooting, and best practices for keeping your plants happy year-round. You’ll leave with your very own potted plant: which you will learn how to pot! Your plants will love you for it.

JFamily Virtual Hamantaschen Bake
Feb 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Join JFamily Ambassador Hanna (from the Pozez JCC in NoVA) to learn how to make Hamantaschen virtually! Recipes will be provided in advance.

Annual Second Night Community Sustainability Seder
Apr 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Image is of a stack of matzah above the text: Annual Second Night Community Seder (sustainability version). Saturday, April 16, 2022, 6:00 PM. EDCJCC Parking Lot.Join us for our wonderful Second Night Seder – the open, welcoming, pluralistic celebration of freedom you’ve come to expect from the EDCJCC.

Registration deadline, March 30th 8:00 AM

At the Seder, we find joy in intergenerational community, storytelling, and song. Join us to meet new friends, partake in joyous singing accompanied by a guitar, and have meaningful discussions with your friends, family, and neighbors.

Our Seder will feature a delicious kosher-for-Passover vegetarian meal. We’re serving DC rooftop-grown parsley, and 100% compostable plate ware with composting services generously provided by our sponsor CompostCab. Amanda Herring, Director of Jewish Life and Living, will guide you through the Seder accompanied by Ari Jacobson’s beautiful singing and guitar.

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

Seder Menu for 2023 (subject to change)

  • Gefilte Fish
  • Butternut Squash soup
  • Potato Kugel
  • Stuffed Peppers
  • Veggie Cutlets
  • Spring Salad
  • Seder Plate classics
  • Desert assortment

Ticket Prices:

Adult Ticket: $72.00
EntryPointDC/Young Adult: $54.00
Child (under 12): $36.00

Need assistance? We’re looking for volunteers to help set up and check folks in. We have limited volunteer pricing available. Please reach out to

Seder Leaders:

ARS_1286v2.jpgAmanda Herring is the Director of Jewish Life and Learning at the Edlavitch DCJCC. In 2018, Amanda received her Master’s in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts at GW, and completed the JOFEE Fellowship in Jewish, Outdoor, Food, Farming and Environmental Education. It was there that she combined her passions for Shabbat and sustainable food which together can nourish and heal communities and ecosystems. Amanda is also the CEO of Gold Herring, co-creater of the Jewish Planner and the Omer Self-Care Workbook, a dance instructor and pickler. Amanda lives in Northeast DC with her partner, Greg and their kids: Abraham, Simkha, and Mensch (the dog).


thumbnail_Austrian Embassy 2019 Square.pngSong leader Ari Jacobson has been involved in music, Judaism, education, and various overlaps of the three for as long as he can remember. While studying music and theatre at UMass Amherst, he honed his song leading skills at URJ’s Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, MA. Since moving to the DMV two years ago, Ari has been happily providing music for the EDCJCC’s programs for all ages, from baby classes with the parenting center to pre-school music to various community events like this one. Also an actor and a singer/songwriter, Ari can be seen as Mikey Thomas in The Kennedy Center’s Shear Madness, and his original music can be found on his website

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, and 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 with English transliteration.

What about dinner? Is it kosher?
There is a delicious catered Kosher-for-Passover dinner at the community-wide seder. This is a vegetarian meal – and of course we’ll have 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! This 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!

About our sponsor:

Compost Cab is providing their composting services for this event along with discounts for new home composting customers who attend!

Image is of the Compost Cab logo and it says: Community Composting Made Easy Since 2010