Shabbat & Holidays

Shabbat and Holidays at the EDCJCC

Holiday programs available for families and individuals of all ages.

Upcoming Events

Virtual Matzah Factory
Mar 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Receive everything you need to make your very own Matzah! (Note: This matzah is for educational purposes only and not Kosher for Passover.)

Join us for a hands-on Passover experience! You can choose to purchase a kit with all necessary supplies (matzah ingredients, rolling pin, apron, and Matzah Baker hat and special surprise activity!),or gather your own supplies at home and join us over Zoom for a Matzah Bakery workshop! Test your knowledge and leave with your very own Matzah!

Fun for all ages! (Adult supervision recommended)

Matzah Bakery boxes can be picked up from Woodley Park or on the Hill – 630 Massachusetts Ave. NE on Friday, March 12 from 12-4 or Sunday morning, March 14, from 10-1.

Delivery is also available anywhere on the Hill for a $5 fee.

This event is in collaboration with Chabad and JFamily.

JFamily is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

Inclusion Passover Program
Mar 16 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tonight, you will learn about the history and traditions of Passover. Did you ever wonder what happens at a Seder? Do you know why we eat matzoh on Passover? Can you name any of the ten plagues? We will answer these and other questions at this event. This program is open to all – you do not need to celebrate Passover to participate.

For those who would like to get into the Passover spirit, here are some different recipes to make charoset, one of the traditional foods eaten at the Passover seder.

If you have any questions, please contact Joy Stein, Director of Inclusion and Disability Programs, at

Passover Story time with guest author
Mar 18 @ 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for a reading and discussion of the new book THE PASSOVER GUEST by Susan Kusel. Susan and Sean, the illustrator will be joining us for this fun event. (Best for Kids 3 – 8 years old)

THE PASSOVER GUEST is a fresh retelling of a classic I. L. Peretz story. It’s the spring of 1933 in Washington, D.C., and the Great Depression is hitting young Muriel’s family hard. Muriel assumes her family is too poor to hold a Passover Seder this year, but an act of kindness and a mysterious magician change everything. Susan and Sean, who are both from the D.C. area, did a tremendous amount of research to accurately capture Washington, D.C. in the 1930s.

Register in advance for this meeting:

Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia’s Growing Jewish Families, Bender JCC and the Edlavitch EDCJCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

Make Room for Matzah
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Make Room for Matzah

Sunday, March 21, 10:00  – 11:00 AM

Cost: $10/kit (recommend one kit per child, family max cost is $20), includes the program

$5 per family, just for the program (no kit)

Join us for virtual Passover workshop with PJ Library author and illustrator Alan Silberberg! He will premiere his hilarious new book, Meet the Matzah, and teach a doodling class to explore the foods and symbolism of Passover. Order a kit to have more fun Passover projects at home. Most appreciated by ages 4-7, though all are welcome.

Kit pick-up information:

DC locations – EDCJCC, Milton and Capitol Hill (address shared after registration) on Thursday, March 18, 12:15 ? 12:45 PM

VA location – Pozez JCC on Thursday, March 18, 12:15 ? 12:45 PM

MD location – Bender JCC on Thursday, March 18, 12:15 ? 12:45 PM

If you cannot make this time, please email Lindsay Kagin at for another arrangement.

Kits need to be purchase by March 14th.

Co-sponsored by PJ Library Greater Washington, Love and Religion – An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and their Partners, Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital, Capital Jewish Museum, Bender JCC, Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families, and Jews United for Justice.

Virtual National Rainbow Seder
Mar 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Join GLOE and Rabbi Jake Singer-Beilin of Bet Mishpachah for this 13th annual event to celebrate Passover through an LGBTQ lens.

Now in its thirteenth year, the National Rainbow Seder is one of the nation’s largest and longest-running Passover Seders for the queer Jewish community and its allies. It is presented by GLOE – GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement at the Edlavitch DCJCC and co-sponsored by Human Rights Campaign’s Religion & Faith program, Embassy of Israel, and Bet Mishpachah Congregation.

This year’s Seder will be virtual and our theme is Renewal & Resilience: A Journey Toward Liberation. Our program will feature reflections from guest speakers, an opportunity to discuss thought provoking topics in small curated, breakout rooms,  and a specially-commissioned Haggadah (the Jewish text containing the Passover story) retelling the traditional tale of Jewish triumphs of resistance alongside the hard-fought progress made by the LGBTQ equality movement over the past decade since the National Rainbow Seder’s inception.

Learn more on our ticket page – register by March 7th to receive a hard copy of our Haggadah!

Passover scavenger hunt!
Mar 22 all-day

Have fun for Passover! We’ve created a fun community-wide virtual scavenger hunt! If you choose to accept this challenge, you will be given a list of missions (things you may find at home, in your neighborhood, in your community or online) to complete using the free online app called Goose Chase. Our Chase will run from March 26th to April 5th. Sign up by March 22nd to reserve your spot!

During a Goose Chase scavenger hunt, you will be asked to complete missions that range from taking pictures to answering questions. All ages can participate in the hunt and the best way to win is through teamwork. The hunt is creative, interactive and fun. Think of it as a crazy game show and YOU are the contestant! The hunt will take you approximately 2 hours but you don’t have to do it all in one day. Leading up to the event, you will receive an email with a link to the app and instructions on playing.

Co-hosted by the Bender JCCGW, Edlavitch DCJCC, Pozez JCC of Northern VA, PJ Library, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

Holiday Story Time Series: Passover
Mar 22 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join JFamily Ambassador Shoshana as she reads books to celebrate the upcoming holiday of Passover. Best for Kids 1 – 6 years old.

Register in advance for this meeting:

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.

Bim Bom Passover Bag
Mar 23 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

We are excited to offer an exciting gift bag full of Passover themed arts & crafts activities to work on independently with your kid(s), a virtual place to share our creative crafts, read a story, and learn all about Passover.

Please note: In order to fulfill Bim Bom bag orders, registration closes firmly on March 18th at 11:30pm.

Bag pick-up will take place on Tuesday, March 23 between 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM at the EDCJCC. If this time does not work for you please email Lindsay Kagin at to set up an alternative bag pick up/delivery.

The Zoom call will take place on Wednesday, March 24 at 4:30 PM. A zoom link will be sent out a few days before hand to all who purchased a bag.

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.

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