ArtStream: Behind the Scenes
Oct 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 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 tour of Goldman Theater.

Sundays, October 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13, and 20
3:00 – 4:30 PM (except for Sunday, October 16, which will be held from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM)
$235 for seven classes

Learn more about ArtStream by visiting If you have any questions, please email Bini Silver at

Registration deadline: Sunday, October 2, 2022

JFamily Sukkot in the Beer Garden
Oct 12 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Celebrate Sukkot with fellow JFamilies under the Dacha pergola! Children of all ages welcome. We’ve secured space for 25 people, so please make sure to RSVP for the total number of children and adults you will be bringing. Free! Refreshments not included.

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.

Baby Lap Time
Oct 16 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am

A virtual lap time experience for our youngest JFamily members and their care providers. These 25 minute experiences introduce songs, rhymes, and developmentally appropriate movement. Come build a bond with your baby while meeting other caregivers. This program is meant for the baby to be in their caregiver’s lap with their grownup actively involved. (Best for children 0 – 18 months.)

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.

JFamily Sukkah Party
Oct 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join us in the EDCJCC Sukkah for a fun morning of stories, snacks, and friends. Geared toward ages 0-4, but all are welcome! Free to attend, but please RSVP so we know how many to expect.

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.

Fall Blood Drive
Oct 20 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Help replenish the blood supply in the DC metro area!

It’s safe, easy, confidential, and extremely rewarding. The EDCJCC partners with Inova Blood Services to bring skilled technicians and top-of-the-line equipment for our quarterly blood drives.

A few facts about donating blood:

  • One blood donation can save four lives
  • All donations stay in the Washington, DC area
  • Every 17 seconds, someone in the DC area needs a blood donation
  • One out of 10 people will need a donation before the age of 70
  • The body quickly replaces the amount of blood given during the donation

For more information and to see eligibility requirements for donating, please click here. Please plan on your blood donation to take about an hour from start to finish.

MASK & VACCINATION POLICY: All visitors above the age of 12 entering the EDCJCC’s building are required to show proof of full covid-19 vaccination. Mask-wearing inside of the blood drive is mandatory.

For more information, visit

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

 Please click on the “Register” button to make an appointment.

The Wexler Lecture on Jewish History
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Join us for the annual Wexler Lecture on Jewish History, featuring Mir Yarfitz, Associate Professor of History and Director of Jewish Studies at Wake Forest University and author of Impure Migrations: Jews and Sex Work in Golden Age Argentina.

In this virtual presentation, Professor Yarfitz will investigate the period from the 1890s until the 1930s, when prostitution was a legal institution in Argentina and its capital city Buenos Aires was known as the center of Jewish involvement in the sex industry. For many Jewish women, participation in prostitution was one of very few ways they could escape the limited options in their home countries, and Jewish men facilitated their transit and the organization of their work and social lives.

Instead of marginalizing this story or reading it as a degrading chapter in Latin American Jewish history, Yarfitz will explore the complicated social landscape to reveal that sex work is in fact a critical part of the histories of migration, labor, race, and sexuality.

This program is a part of the annual Wexler Lecture on Jewish History series made possible by the Edlavitch DCJCC’s Bernard Wexler Fund for Jewish History.

Behrend Builders at Bruce Monroe Elementary School
Oct 23 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Behrend Builders is back after a pandemic hiatus!

What: Spend your afternoon beautifying a space at Bruce Monroe Elementary School. Bruce-Monroe is a high-poverty, bilingual public school in Columbia Heights that serves a diverse student body. Built in 1916, the school is a historic landmark and the EDCJCC is thrilled to take part in maintaining so students can thrive.

Volunteers will work on painting an interior space. No previous experience is necessary.

Who: This project is open to volunteers ages 16 and up.

When: Sunday, October 23, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Where: We will meet at Bruce Monroe Elementary School. Exact address will be provided with registration.

Register: To supplement the cost of supplies, there is a program fee of $15 per participant. This fee is fully tax-deductible. Please register for each individual member of your family so we have an accurate head count. Click on the “Tickets” button to proceed to registration.

Do you need any additional accommodations for this event or have any questions? If so, please contact Mira Smith at

Tzedek B’nai Mitzvah Fellowship – Registration Deadline
Oct 25 all-day
Join the EDCJCC’s inaugural Tzedek B’nai Mitzvah Fellowship!

Organizing a bar/bat mitzvah is always exciting, sometimes stressful, and usually a ton of work. An important component of every teen’s journey to “Jewish adulthood” is a mitzvah project to connect their emerging Jewish identity to Judaism’s call to serve others. The EDCJCC’s Tzedek B’nai Mitzvah Fellowship is here to facilitate that process in a fun, engaging, and stress-free way!

Over the span of 5 Sunday group sessions and two optional mentorship sessions, teens will engage in hands-on volunteering at sites around the DC area, learn about systems of inequality and avenues for advocacy, and build friendships with their cohort. They will finish the fellowship with a greater understanding of equity issues in our community, Jewish teachings around service and social justice, and how they can use their own personal strengths and passions to engage in change-making beyond their bar/bat mitzvahs.

Participation in the fellowship also includes 2 optional personal mentorship sessions with a staff member from the EDCJCC’s Center for Social Responsibility* for teens who wish to construct mitzvah projects beyond the fellowship experience and/or to connect the fellowship to their specific bar/bat mitzvah learning.

Who: This program is open to teens ages 11-13 who are on their b’nai mitzvah journey.

When: The program will meet during the following times:

Sunday, November 6, 2:30 PM-5:00 PM
Sunday, December 4, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Sunday, January 22, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Sunday, February 12, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Sunday, March 19, 2:30 PM-5:00 PM

Where: Drop off and pick up for most sessions is at the EDCJCC located at 1529 16th St. NW. The EDCJCC will provide transportation to any service sites outside of Northwest DC.

Registration: The total cost for this program is $250. This program fee includes snacks, transportation to all volunteer sites outside of Northwest DC, and all materials needed for 5 meaningful service learning sessions.

Additional Info: Some of our social service partners require proof of Covid-19 vaccination so we ask that all participants in this program have proof of vaccination in order to participate. While masking at the EDCJCC is currently optional, we encourage each participant to do what is most comfortable for them. We will communicate individual requirements around masking at each of the service sites with you prior to each Sunday program.

*The EDCJCC’s Center for Social Responsibility has provided meaningful volunteer and learning opportunities in the DMV around topics including racial equity, affordable housing, refugee and asylum seeker issues, and food security for more than 35 years.

Winter Swim Lessons – Open Registration
Oct 28 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, November 12-December 18.

Open registration for the fall session begins on Friday, October 28, at 12:00 PM.

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

Tot Shabbat Songs in the Lot
Nov 4 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for Tot Shabbat in the EDCJCC Parking Lot. This lively 30-minute Shabbat song session is geared toward children under five years old and their parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Together we will sing, dance, say the Shabbat blessings together, and enjoy challah and snacks. Bring a blanket, and feel free to hang out and have a dinner picnic afterwards.

Have fun celebrating Shabbat and making new friends!

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.