Beyond the Bump
Feb 9 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

6 Thursdays, February 9-March 16, 6:30–7:30 PM
$152 for the six-week session; EDCJCC Member Rate $122
Facilitated by Catherine Coogan, Ph.D.

Pregnant for the first time? Looking to create a community with other expecting moms to exchange ideas and find support? This group will meet weekly in person at the EDCJCC for six weeks to provide a safe and facilitated space for moms-to-be to discuss their experiences and learn from one another.  We will explore several topics, including: concerns about childbirth and parenting; balancing family with work outside the home; navigating new relationships with your partner, parents, and in-laws; and recognizing post (and pre)-partum depression and anxiety.  The group will be kept small so that connections can be fostered and maintained easily.


Tot Shabbat
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join JFamily in partnership with Hill Havurah for a celebratory Tot Shabbat, featuring our favorite Shabbat songs and a story. Tot Shabbat will be held on Saturday, February 11 at 10:00 AM in the Shalom Room at Reformation (212 East Capitol Street, NE).

Please register in advance

Family-Friendly Klezmer Brunch with Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra (IN PERSON)
Feb 12 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Family-Friendly Klezmer Brunch with Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, January 29
Brunch will be available at 10:30 AM before the concert. The concert kicks off at 11:30 AM.
Kids under 7 years old attend free of charge.

Do your children (or you!) crank up the volume when playing a favorite video game?  If so, then this February’s edition of the JxJ Klezmer brunch is for you!  We’re bringing in some special guests from the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra (WMGSO) to present a unique program of video game music, all with Jewish connections.  There will be fun surprises for both gamers and lovers of music.  Ready, Player Echad!

There will be concert seating for those who want it, but children will not be expected to sit quietly — dancing is encouraged!

Presented in partnership with PJ Library

JFamily at the Phillips Collection
Feb 12 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

This event is now sold out!

Join us for a JFamily art experience at the Phillips Collection! Guided by a professional art educator, explore Intersections: Linling Lu through fun, hands-on activities. We’ll start with storytime in the gallery before heading to the workshop to make art inspired by the exhibition. Next to the workshop, there is a play space with additional creative toys and children’s books, if your family would like to take a break. This event is designed for families with children ages 0 to 6.

$10 for one adult and one child; free for one Phillips member and one child; $5 per additional child.

The Phillips Collection, founded in 1921, is America’s first museum of modern art. This event is presented in collaboration with JFamily, a program by the Edlavitch DCJCC, which provides inclusive Jewish family experiences for families with children under 6 years old.

ArtStream: Behind the Scenes
Feb 12 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

In this seven-week session, students will explore the different types of work involved in a stage production. Did you ever wonder what it’s like to be a stage manager, property master, music director, choreographer, or house manager? If so, this class is for you!

As a bonus, you will have the chance to hear from the Edlavitch DCJCC’s Theater J staff and have a backstage experience at the Goldman Theater.

Dates: Sundays, February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM (except for Sunday, March 5, which will be held from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM)
Cost: $235 for seven classes

Learn more about ArtStream by visiting If you have any questions, please email Maura Schmidt, Director of Inclusion and Disability Services at

Registration deadline: Sunday, February 5, 2023

Photo of six individuals with disabilities dressed in red and black on a stage

Housing Up Valentine’s Day Party
Feb 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Throw a festive Valentine’s Day party for Housing Up, a close partner of the EDCJCC! Housing Up builds thriving communities in Washington, DC by developing affordable housing and offering comprehensive support services to homeless and low-income families.

What: Spread the LOVE and help throw a party for the children and families at Housing Up! Volunteers will lead games, do crafts, and make sweet treats with the residents. All of the supplies will be provided.

When: Tuesday, February 14, from 6:00-7:30pm.

Who: This program is open to volunteers ages 18+. This program is great for volunteers that love working with kids.

Where: This opportunity is in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, DC. The exact address will be provided upon registration. The apartment is accessible by bus and is located .6 miles from the Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metro station. Street parking is available.

Covid-19 Safety: In accordance with Housing Up guidelines, all volunteers must submit proof of covid-19 vaccination to Mira Smith ( prior to the program. All participants are required to wear masks that cover nose and mouth, and are encouraged to maintain social distancing guidelines. We cannot disclose the vaccination status of program participants.

Sign up: Registration is required for this free program. Click the red “Register” button to proceed.

Do you need any additional accommodations for this event? If so, please contact

Parent Coffee: Gentle Sleep Secrets for Newborns (IN PERSON)
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Thursday, February 16, 10:00 AM

Join us for coffee, the company of other new parents, and a relaxed conversation about your baby’s sleep.  Gentle sleep coach Jessica Dodson of Starlight Sleep Coaching will discuss how sleep develops during infancy, why it can be so difficult and what you can do to make it easier for both you and your baby. Learn gentle steps you can take to help shape your child’s sleep from their earliest months and how to avoid common pitfalls that can lead to restless nights. Bring your questions – we’ll spend most of our time talking through participants’ specific situations.   Babies warmly welcomed!


Inclusion Family & Friends Pool Party
Feb 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Having the chance to swim in an indoor pool in the middle of the winter is such a treat! Join us to swim and splash with your family and friends in the EDCJCC’s pool. Snacks will be provided, and a lifeguard will be present. The pool is handicapped accessible.

Cost: $5.00 per individual attendee
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Individuals of all abilities are welcome to join us at any of these events. For more information on accessibility or any questions, please contact Maura Schmidt, Director of Inclusion and Disability Programs, at


Blending Traditions: A Workshop for Multiethnic Families
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Our Jewish community is diverse in many ways – including in cultural and ethnic background. This workshop helps couples from different cultural and/or ethnic backgrounds explore how they can blend their heritages together to create Jewish traditions that are meaningful to both of them. Like an ube hamantaschen, this process is unique to each couple and their journey. Join us for three facilitated sessions to explore the different strands of your identity and to create new aspects of Jewish practice that reflect your family’s story.

Week 1: February 22, 2023, 7:00-8:30 PM

Facilitator: Dee Sanae
Activist, community builder, and founder of Mosaic Visions Dee Sanae, a Black Japanese Jew, will lead a discussion about multifaceted identity and will help you create narratives of meaning around your own cultural and/or ethnic heritage(s).

Week 2: March 1, 2023 7:00-8:30 PM
Facilitator: Primrose Madayag Knazan
Food is an important component of cultural and ethnic identity. Hear from author, playwright, and foodie Primrose Madayag Knazan, a Filipinx-Canadian Jew, and create a unique family recipe that blends aspects of your cultures. This session will also include a cooking demo!

Although it isn’t required for the workshop we strongly recommend Ms. Knazan’s new book, Lessons in Fusion.

Week 3: March 15, 2023 7:00-8:30 PM
Facilitator: Dee Sanae
Ritual is deeply imbedded in all aspects of Jewish identity and many Jews perform Jewish rituals without necessarily attaching them to a belief in God. In this workshop, you will draw on the narratives that you created in the first week to design a ritual or a ritual object that brings together elements of your heritages.

While we understand that conflicts can come up we encourage every participating couple to do their best to attend all three workshops in this series.

Cost: $56 per couple
Please email Sonya at if cost is a barrier – we want everyone to be able to attend.

In partnership with the Bender JCC


Coffee & Convo
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

JFamily is treating you to coffee! Meet JFamily Ambassador Shoshana and fellow JFamily neighbors for an informal coffee break. Come on your own or with your little ones! This month, we’re meeting at Coffee Nature (4224 Fessenden Street NW). Weather-permitting, we will plan to sit outside.

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.