Fall Swim Lessons – Open Registration
Aug 17 all-day
Fall Swim Lessons - Open Registration

Group swim lessons at the EDCJCC are open to children ages 6 months-12 years of all skill levels. The fall session runs on Saturdays or Sundays, September 10-October 23.

Priority registration for EDCJCC members opens on Wednesday, August 10, at 12:00 PM. Registration for students enrolled in the summer session opens on Thursday, August 11, at 12:00 PM.

Open registration for the fall session begins on Wednesday, August 17, at 12:00 PM.

Click here to learn more about our swim classes and how to sign up!

Activating Justice Through Theater
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

What: Join the EDCJCC and Mosaic Theater for an evening of theater and conversation highlighting the themes of racial justice, American History, and community activism in Ifa Bayeza‘s epic The Till Trilogy, on the Mosaic Theater stage this fall. A series of plays reflecting on the life, death, and legacy of Emmett Till, whose murder in 1955 ignited the Civil Rights Movement, The Till Trilogy will offer audiences of all backgrounds an opportunity for collective reckoning, reflection, and response.

This special event will introduce you to the plays through a sneak peek of scenes from the show and remarks from playwright Ifa Bayeza and Mosaic Theater’s Artistic Director Reginald L. Douglas.

Following the reading will be a panel discussion led by Amir Ali, Executive Director of MacArthur Justice Center, exploring his work fighting for racial and economic justice and the play’s urgent call for change.

When: Wednesday, August 31, 7:00 PM

Where: The program will take place inside the EDCJCC located at 1529 16th Street NW. 

Tickets: Tickets are $14. 

Covid-19: At this time, masking is optional inside the Edlavitch DCJCC but we encourage and embrace everyone to do whatever is best for you. All visitors entering the EDCJCC’s building are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours. For more information, visit

Questions? Email Sonya at

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

The Till Trilogy is being produced by Mosaic Theater Company of DC and will run October 4 – November 17 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Tickets  for the plays can be purchased at

The Balancing Act: Being a Jewish Parent
Sep 1 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Live Virtual Kickoff Session on Zoom: Thursday, September 1 at 8:00 PM
Weekly Learning with Chevruta (which you and your partner will schedule together): September 5-16
In-Person Closing Session: Thursday, September 22 at 8:00 PM
(Registration closes: Monday, August 29)

What does it mean to raise a child as Jewish?  What from your own parent(s) and family heritage are you trying to pass on to your kids? When should you prioritize yourself over your kids? How do you balance the multiple demands and values that are constantly tugging at Jewish parents?

Join the EDCJCC’s Director of Jewish Life, Amanda Herring, and Director of Children and Family Programming, Miriam Szubin, as we virtually kick off this four-part learning series that uses chevruta (paired learning) text-study as a mode to explore these questions of Jewish parenting. On September 1, we’ll learn together as a group on Zoom and then pair you with another parent to be your chevruta (learning partner).  For the next two sessions, you’ll meet with your partner on your own schedule, and then we’ll gather IRL at the EDCJCC on Thursday, September 22 for a final learning session and to discuss resources and ideas for celebrating the fall holidays with your family.

This course was created by Rabbi Avi Killip for Project Zug, an online learning platform from the Hadar Institute.

Interfaith and multifaith families welcome! We define “Jewish parents” and “Jewish children” however you do!


September Fitness Open House
Sep 2 – Sep 4 all-day
September Fitness Open House @ Edlavitch DCJCC Fitness Center

Visit the EDCJCC Fitness Center for a tour, workout, swim, or group exercise class! Join during your visit and pay no registration fee!

Our newly-renovated facility includes all new Precor cardio & strength training equipment, group exercise studio, refreshed indoor lap pool, and brand new locker rooms. We’ll help you reach your health & fitness goals in a safe environment.

Tour & Tote Bag

Book an in-person or virtual tour of the Fitness Center and get a free EDCJCC Tote Bag (while supplies last)! Tours are available 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Friday-Sunday. You’ll meet one-on-one with a membership representative who can answer all of your questions.

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Join the Fitness Center during the open house and pay no registration fee (up to $150 value)!

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Free workouts

Drop in for a free workout, lap swim, or family swim session. Contact Christopher Sargent to reserve a space in advance or drop in. Reservations are encouraged for Lap Swim and Family Swim.

Friday, September 2
Fitness Center 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Lap Swim 6:00 AM – 10:30 AM; 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Tours 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturday, September 3 & Sunday, September 4
Fitness Center 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Lap Swim 8:00 AM -9:00 AM; 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Family Swim 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Free Group Classes

Want to get a taste of some of our excellent group exercise classes? Check out the group exercise class schedule online. Our membership staff would be glad to book you for a free class anytime this week!

Please email Christopher Sargent with any questions.
NESTED Childbirth Education Boot Camp (IN PERSON)
Sep 11 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Nested’s In-Person Childbirth Education (CBE) Boot Camp is a comprehensive class that will prepare you for your journey through labor, delivery, and the postpartum period!

In this class we will:

  • Review common third trimester issues and what to expect at your 36-week visit
  • Learn about the signs of labor, when to call your obstetrician, and what should be on your hospital bag packing list
  • Discuss each stage of labor and what can help alleviate and relax the mom, including options for pain management and potential interventions during the labor process
  • See what the hospital process will look like and what to expect from your healthcare team
  • Discuss the “typical” childbirth scenario  as well as how to prepare for the unexpected, including inductions, assisted vaginal births and c-sections.
  • Learn from experienced labor doulas as they demonstrate specialized comfort techniques to help with labor pain
  • Learn and practice tips, tricks and techniques for Prenatal Wellness: Pelvic Floor Health, Ergonomics & Exercises from a physical therapist

At Nested we know the importance of optimizing the physical and mental health of both parents during pregnancy and the postpartum period. With coping strategies, empowerment, education on diet & exercise and community resources, parents will leave feeling prepared for the doctor’s office, the delivery room and the trip back home.

We recommend taking this class on the earlier side of your pregnancy (24-39 weeks).

Note: 1 registration ticket allows for up to 2 people (1 ticket = 2 people) to attend the class and access the course resources.



Rosh Hashanah Family Story Time
Sep 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Happy New Year! Let’s celebrate Rosh Hashanah with a story time and a craft. Fun for the entire family, this 30-minute story time is packed full of books and activities designed to be enjoyed by all ages. Join us in the beautifully renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s new Children’s Room for this event in partnership with DC Public Library.

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.

Local Perspectives on the Global Refugee Crisis
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The number of people forced to flee conflict, violence, human rights violations, and persecution has now crossed the staggering milestone of 100 million for the first time on record, exacerbated by the war in Ukraine and other conflicts. While this number is hard to even comprehend, it is made up of individual human beings with hopes, dreams, and realities that must be faced every day. So where do we find hope?

To complement our Theater J production of Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story we invite you to hear from a panel of speakers presenting different perspectives on the refugee crisis the world is experiencing – from a former UNICEF staff member who lived in a refugee camp to a personal account of arriving in the US on a refugee visa, to how a restaurant owner uses food to advocate for and educate on immigrant issues right here in DC.

When: Monday, September 12, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Where: The Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center

COVID-19 Info: All visitors entering the EDCJCC’s building are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours. At this time, masking is optional inside the Edlavitch DCJCC but we encourage and embrace everyone to do whatever is best for you. For more information, visit

Questions? Contact Sonya Weisburd at

Tickets: Tickets for this event are $5. Walk-ins to the event are welcome and we will be able to take either cash or credit card.

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC Morris Cafritz Center for Social Responsibility in partnership with KAMA DC.

Day of Awesome
Sep 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kick off the High Holiday season with the JFamily team at the EDCJCC!

Join us in the EDCJCC Parking Lot for our annual Day of Awesome event featuring live music from children’s entertainer Auntie A, dancing, instruments, yoga; Rosh Hashanah-themed arts and crafts stations; story time featuring books about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur; and snacks and drinks.

This program is geared toward children under 6, but we welcome all families!

The cost of this program is $10 per family.

Beyond the Bump
Oct 6 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

6 Thursdays, October 6-November 10, 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.


Winter Swim Lessons – Open Registration
Oct 14 all-day
Winter Swim Lessons - Open Registration

Group swim lessons at the EDCJCC are open to children ages 6 months-12 years of all skill levels. The winter session runs on Saturdays or Sundays, October 29-December 11.

Open registration for the fall session begins on Friday, October 14, at 12:00 PM.

Click here to learn more about our swim classes and how to sign up!