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

Inclusion Bingo Night
Feb 16 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join your friends for Bingo night! We will send each participant a bingo card via email. Bingo is virtual so enjoy playing from the comfort of your home! Make sure to have coins or other objects to cover each space.

Be sure to register by 5:00 PM on the Wednesday before the event to make sure you get a bingo card and the Zoom link.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Maura Schmidt at 202-777-3276 or

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


Inclusion Bowling Night
Feb 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Work on your bowling skills while socializing with friends! All abilities welcome, and participants may bring a friend for support if needed. Optional dinner and snacks will be available for individual purchase from the snack bar.

Cost: $27 per person for two hours of bowling and shoe rental

Please register by: Friday, February 24. Hope to see you there!

Bowling group

SPIRIT Club Group Fitness Classes – March Sign Up!
Mar 1 all-day

Join SPIRIT Club Fitness in an engaging group class work out!
To join, contact SPIRIT Club Fitness at or call (301) 933-3722 or click “tickets” and scroll down to the “Become a Member!” on SPIRIT club’s website.
The first 3 Inclusion program members who sign up and note that they are from the EDCJCC will receive a discounted rate. 

Classes offered this month:
SPIRIT Flex: Improve your flexibility, balance, and mood!
Wednesdays, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM 

SPIRIT Move: Have a blast improving your strength & coordination paired with energizing music!
Fridays, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

SPIRIT Fitness: Strengthen your muscles while getting your heart rate up!
Sundays, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM 

SPIRIT Club is an organization that creates accessible and supportive fitness for people with and without disabilities, allowing people of varying needs and backgrounds to be a part of an inclusive fitness community. Classes are led by certified fitness professionals who have also received additional support counselor/behavioral training. Classes feature an adaptive design that offers modifications dependent on individuals’ needs and goals.

SPIRIT Club is an approved provider for DDS. To learn more, visit



Inclusion Game Night/Purim Celebration
Mar 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come and join us for a night of friends and fun. We’ll play rounds of checkers, Sorry, hangman, Uno, cards or, if you have a different game you’d like to play, bring it along! Also, at this game night we’ll be celebrating the Jewish holiday, Purim, so wear a costume and get ready to eat some treats!

All are welcome, just bring a smile and your friendly, competitive spirit. Suitable for ages 15+.

If you have any questions, please contact Maura Schmidt, Director of Inclusion and Disability Programs, at

Annual Second Night Community Sustainability Seder
Apr 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Annual Second Night Community Seder

Join us for our wonderful Second Night Seder – the open, welcoming, pluralistic celebration of freedom you’ve come to expect from the EDCJCC.

Registration deadline, March 30th 8:00 AM

At the Seder, we find joy in intergenerational community, storytelling, and song. Join us to meet new friends, partake in joyous singing accompanied by a guitar, and have meaningful discussions with your friends, family, and neighbors.

Our Seder will feature a delicious kosher-for-Passover vegetarian meal. We’re serving DC rooftop-grown parsley, and 100% compostable plate ware with composting services generously provided by our sponsor CompostCab. Amanda Herring, Director of Jewish Life and Living, will guide you through the Seder accompanied by Ari Jacobson’s beautiful singing and guitar.

Whether this is your first Seder or your 100th, there’s a place at our Passover table for you!

Seder Menu for 2023 (subject to change)

  • Gefilte Fish
  • Butternut Squash soup
  • Potato Kugel
  • Stuffed Peppers
  • Veggie Cutlets
  • Spring Salad
  • Seder Plate classics
  • Desert assortment

Ticket Prices:

Adult Ticket: $72.00
EntryPointDC/Young Adult: $54.00
Child (under 12): $36.00

Need assistance? We’re looking for volunteers to help set up and check folks in. We have limited volunteer pricing available. Please reach out to

Seder Leaders:

ARS_1286v2.jpgAmanda Herring is the Director of Jewish Life and Learning at the Edlavitch DCJCC. In 2018, Amanda received her Master’s in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts at GW, and completed the JOFEE Fellowship in Jewish, Outdoor, Food, Farming and Environmental Education. It was there that she combined her passions for Shabbat and sustainable food which together can nourish and heal communities and ecosystems. Amanda is also the CEO of Gold Herring, co-creater of the Jewish Planner and the Omer Self-Care Workbook, a dance instructor and pickler. Amanda lives in Northeast DC with her partner, Greg and their kids: Abraham, Simkha, and Mensch (the dog).



thumbnail_Austrian Embassy 2019 Square.pngSong leader Ari Jacobson has been involved in music, Judaism, education, and various overlaps of the three for as long as he can remember. While studying music and theatre at UMass Amherst, he honed his song leading skills at URJ’s Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, MA. Since moving to the DMV two years ago, Ari has been happily providing music for the EDCJCC’s programs for all ages, from baby classes with the parenting center to pre-school music to various community events like this one. Also an actor and a singer/songwriter, Ari can be seen as Mikey Thomas in The Kennedy Center’s Shear Madness, and his original music can be found on his website

Seder FAQ:

Do I have to be Jewish to attend? (Observant? Old? Young? Ashkenazi? Sephardic? etc.)
Nope. We welcome everyone who would like to join our community-wide seder and celebrate Passover’s lessons of freedom! In fact, every year, we have a beautiful mix of people. Some are Jewish, and some are not. All are welcome, and (if they choose) can easily participate in a variety of ways – singing, reading, discussing ideas, or just generally being among the community.

What if I don’t read Hebrew?
Not a problem. Most of the seder is in English, and most readings in Hebrew also appear with English transliteration.

What about dinner? Is it kosher?
There is a delicious catered Kosher-for-Passover dinner at the community-wide seder. This is a vegetarian meal – and of course we’ll have dessert! Please let us know about any allergies in your registration.

We’re happy to provide ASL or other interpretation upon advance notice. The Edlavitch DCJCC building is wheelchair/mobility device accessible. If you need other accommodations to allow you to fully participate in the Seder (or simply have questions), please let us know in advance and we’ll be happy to help.

Is there a dress code? What should I wear?
There is no official dress code. Most people dress as they would for a family Seder or holiday – dressed nicely, a little dressed up, but not overly formally. (For many people that could mean a button-down or sweater, a skirt/dress, a jacket, slacks, etc. Most people do not wear jeans.) Please wear what feels appropriate to you to celebrate the holiday.

Is it appropriate to bring kids?
Yes! This is not specifically a “kids” Seder, but our atmosphere is fun and festive! We welcome all who would like to participate.

Was your question not answered? Email Amanda so we can help!

About our sponsor:

Compost Cab is providing their composting services for this event along with discounts for new home composting customers who attend!

Image is of the Compost Cab logo and it says: Community Composting Made Easy Since 2010