Shabbat & Holidays

Shabbat and Holidays at the EDCJCC

Holiday programs available for families and individuals of all ages.

Upcoming Events

Vendor Application Deadline for Chanukah Holiday Market
Dec 2 all-day


Chanukah Holiday Market Call for Vendors:

Are you an artist, crafter, or baker – or do you know someone who is? We’re looking for craft and food vendors to sell their wares at our annual Chanukah holiday market. Click here to view the vendor application form and to learn more.

Tuesday, December 6
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm*
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center – 1529 16th St NW

Application is above, please sign up by December 2! You are accepted to participate as a vendor once you have filled out the form and paid.

Questions? Email Stacy, Director of EntryPointDC at

JFamily Donut-Making Class
Dec 4 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Learn to make sufganiyot (Chanukah Donuts), with JFamily Ambassador Hanna from the Pozez JCC in NoVA. Join her virtually and learn to make the dough and watch how to finish off the donuts. The simple recipe will be provided in advance. Happy Chanukah!

Chanukah Holiday Market
Dec 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Shop handmade goods from independent artists from holiday cards to jewelry to baked goods. It’s Etsy IRL! We are back at the EDCJCC and we’re taking over the whole building.


Musical performances | Hot chocolate bar | Dinner food


6:45-7:45 PM – Dried Flower Keepsake Class – $25

flowers.pngAmanda Bean of District Harvests will lead a 60 min dried flower keepsake class. Students can create an everlasting dried bouquet in a small vase or an everlasting flower bottle to take home. All materials are provided, and all flowers are grown and dried in Amanda’s DC garden.

7:45-8:30 PM – Babka Making Class – $30


Learn the best babka making techniques from professional chef Paula Shoyer, Author of The Kosher Baker, The Healthy Jewish Kitchen and more. You will be provided with dough and will learn how to fill and shape your babka to bake at home in this 45 min class!

KimB Pottery, District Harvests, Adah Rose gallery, Creations at Sunset, Renaissance Woman Kippot, Deni Flow Art, in-jeen-yuhs, Seven Sadie Lane, Happy Succulent Lady, Made by Miss Annie, DollyDoodleDesigns, Pagerock Productions, Abby Joy Jewelry, Lunch Buddies Crafting Co., Pretty Sweet Confections, Apple Tree Soapery, Icon Line Design, Relume LLC… AND MORE ANNOUNCED SOON.


EPDC Hipster Hannukah Holiday Market
Entrance: $6 – tickets also available at the door but recommend buying ahead of time to 

Want to come for free? Email Stacy at to find out how you can help at the event.

This event is for all ages

MASK & VACCINATION POLICY: Effective March 21, 2022, masking will be optional within the EDCJCC and we will not be checking vaccine cards. 

Presented by:EntryPoint Logothe young professionals program of the Edlvavitch DCJCC

Havdalah and Lantern Walk
Dec 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

As the days grow shorter and darkness increases, join JFamily to bring in some extra light with a special lantern-making havdalah experience! Each child will have a chance to create a lantern that we’ll use for a special pre-havdalah walk. Then, as a community, we’ll bid farewell to Shabbat and prepare for a wonderful new week through the sensory ritual of havdalah.

This program is geared towards families with children ages 0-6. We’ll have all the lantern supplies, but we encourage families to bring flashlights to add some extra light and fun as children explore!

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.

Chanukah with Grandfriends
Dec 13 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Join us for a virtual, multi-generational event for PJ kids and their “grandfriends” to celebrate the Festival of Lights with stories, a de-light-ful craft project, and lighting the menorah (candelabrum used for Chanukah).

Please register by Friday, December 7 to receive materials in the mail. Zoom link will be sent prior to the event.

If logging in from a separate home than your grandchild or your child’s grandparent, please register each household separately. We will mail materials to each household.

This program is a collaboration of PJ Library, the Bender JCC, Edlavitch DCJCC, HoneymoonIsrael, Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

JFamily Chanukah Party
Dec 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Celebrate Chanukah with the JFamily team at the EDCJCC! Our annual Chanukah party, held indoors, will feature a sing-along with children’s entertainer Mr. Ari; Chanukah-themed arts and crafts stations; story time; bouncing; seasonal treats; and more.

We will also be collecting donations of new, never-worn kids gloves/mittens (all sizes and colors welcomed) in partnership with D25 Day of Service to help families with young kids who are either currently experiencing homelessness or have transitioned out of homelessness.

$18/family ($15 for EDCJCC members)

Questions? Please email Shoshana Parker at

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.

Global LGBTQ Chanukah Eve Virtual Speed Dating 
Dec 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Global LGBTQ Chanukah Eve Virtual Speed Dating
Sunday, December 18th – 4:00 PM


Proudly presented by Tribe 12, Keshet, Eshel, Dayneu, and GLOE – the GLBTQ Program of the Edlavitch DCJCC!

It’s nearly Hanukkah, the festival of lights — so come spark with someone!

This event is for anyone who identifies as part of the queer and LGBTQIA+ Jewish community — all genders, sexualities, relationship types, plus all ages, locations, levels of observance and backgrounds!

How does it work? The format of the event will allow you to meet people who are appropriate matches, with rounds divided up by demographics like age, location, gender identity, sexual identity, and religious practice. Each round you’ll have an opportunity to meet a brand new group of people!

Whether you’re interested in a relationship, friendship, networking, or something in between, this fun and low-pressure riff on speed dating is for you.

This event will take place on Zoom. While it is scheduled with the timezones of the presenting organizations in mind, people from anywhere in the world are invited to attend. The event duration is one hour.

Questions about timing? Email

Chanukah Happy Hour: Hora & Heat with EntryPointDC & Partners
Dec 19 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Join EntryPointDC, our partners, and Jewish young professionals from all over the DC area for the biggest party of the year!

The largest Chanukah happy hour in the DC area is taking place at Franklin Hall this year. We will have the entire venue to ourselves, a large indoor space with some tables outdoors.

Our theme this year is HORA & HEAT… come out for Israeli dancing lessons, speciality drinks, spicy olive oil tasting, hot sauce contest, candle lighting, sufganiyot, and more!


5:30 PM – doors open, happy hour drink & food specials until 7:00 PM

7:00 PM – Candle Lighting

7:30 PM – Hot Sauce Competition 

8:00 PM – Israeli Dance Lessons 

5:30-9:00 PM – Chanukah speciality drinks, spicy olive oil tasting, sufganiyot, dreidels & gelt

Be sure to bring warm winter items such as socks and gloves for our clothing drive for D25 Day of Service.

This event is 21+ and is for young professionals 21-45

* Venue is easily accessible from the U street metro

* Street parking

Presented by EntryPointDC, the 20s and 30s program of the Edlavitch DCJCC

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Presented in partnership with:
Adas Israel Congregation, 2239 of Washington Hebrew Congregation, Jewish National Fund, Moishe House Columbia Heights, Israeli House, Moishe House Bethesda, NOVA Tribe Series, and more announced soon! 

Celebrate Chanukah with Jews of Color and their Families
Dec 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come light the menorah, eat delicious latkes, spin some dreidels, and have a great time creating community with other Jews of Color and their families!

Please note this holiday celebration is specifically curated for community members who identify as Jews of Color and for their families. If you do not identify as being part of this community, we invite you to attend a different Chanukah event happening at the EDCJCC instead.

When: Thursday, December 22, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Where: The Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center

COVID-19 Info: Currently, masks in public spaces at the EDCJCC are optional but we encourage and embrace everyone to do what feels best and most safe for themselves and their families. Proof of vaccination is no longer required to enter the building.

Questions? Contact Sonya Weisburd at

RSVP: This event is free but we kindly request you RSVP to help us ensure we have enough food! Click on the red “Register” button to proceed to registration.

This event is brought to you in partnership with Khazbar, Mosaic Visions, Washington Hebrew Congregation’s JOC Affinity Group, and Adas Israel Congregation’s Jews of Color Affinity Group.