Volunteer Night at the Capital Area Food Bank
Jan 25 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Volunteer your time at the Capital Area Food Bank! 

What: Join us for an evening of volunteering to support residents of the DMV. We will be working in the distribution center, which is a great way for volunteers to support the Capital Area Food Bank on the front lines of the distribution process. You’ll be helping to sort and pack donated food items along with other EDCJCC volunteers. No interaction with clients occurs at this project.

When: Tuesday, January 25 from 5:30-8:00pm. Please arrive 10 minutes early so you are prepared to start promptly at 5:30pm.

Where: 4900 Puerto Rico Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20017. Parking is available on site.

COVID-19 Requirements: All volunteers MUST BE VACCINATED and are required to wear a mask or face covering over their mouth and nose at all times in the Capital Area Food Bank facility.

Registration: Registration is required for this volunteer activity. Volunteers must be 12 years of age or older and those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times.

Raising Anti-Racist Children (VIRTUAL)
Feb 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Raising Anti-Racist Children
2 Thursdays, February 3 and 10, 8:00 PM

Raising children to build a just world is a life-long process, as well as a difficult challenge for parents to navigate. Join us for a two-part series with expert educator Dr. Nabina Liebow, who will take us through the learning and practical steps necessary to raise anti-racist children and help us create a cohort of race conscious parents in our community.

This workshop is designed for anyone who wants to understand how white supremacy and white privilege affect all parts of our lives and how to bring these ideas into conversation and action in parenting. It is meant as a beginning to this work, rather than to be comprehensive or all-encompassing.

Although we understand that life is unpredictable, we request that you commit to both Part 1 and Part 2 of this workshop in order to honor the learning process and receive the full benefit of this workshop. Attendance will be capped in order to create an intimate cohort of parents.

Part 1 (February 3, 8:00-9:30 PM): Discussing race and racism with your children is a vital part of antiracist and race conscious parenting. But some people might feel a little rusty on the basics! In the first part of the workshop, Dr. Liebow will give a “Crash Course in Racial Literacy” to provide an important framework and context for race conscious parenting. This session will go over the basics of anti-racist thought and ideology, as well as challenge participants to explore their own biases and thought processes before they are able to address these ideas with their children. By the end of this session, participants will gain a deeper understanding of race, white supremacy, white privilege, and antiracism.

Part 2 (February 10, 8:00-9:30 PM): In the second part of the workshop, parents will learn strategies for helping their child develop an antiracist consciousness and how to apply concepts learned in the first session to raising their children.

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC Parenting Center and Morris Cafritz Center for Social Responsibility


KindSoup for the Soul
Feb 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for this at-home activity to support recently arrived refugees and asylum seekers. Cook alongside a chef to prepare a culturally appropriate meal for newly arrived families in the DMV.

What: Volunteers receive a recipe and shop in advance for all of the ingredients necessary to make a specific soup. On February 7th, volunteers will join a zoom call to learn and prepare the recipe alongside a guest chef. After the lesson, volunteers will deliver the soup to one of many organizations requesting food donations.

When: Monday, February 7 5:30PM-6:30PM. You will receive the recipe and shopping list by January 31st.

Where: This event is virtual and the zoom link will be provided with registration. Soups can be donated to a variety of organizations located in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Donation locations will be provided with registration.

Registration: This event is free but registration is required to receive the link and instructions.

Click on the red “Register” button to proceed to registration.

Community Cares Night with Housing Up: EntryPoint Edition
Feb 13 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Community Cares Night with Housing Up

Housing Up, a new partner of the EDCJCC, builds thriving communities in Washington, DC by developing affordable housing and offering comprehensive support services to homeless and low-income families.

What: Celebrate Valentine’s Day by volunteering! Help us create Valentine’s Day care packages for families at Housing Up. We need folks to bake sweet treats and make Valentine’s Day cards to be delivered to the EDCJCC. On Valentine’s Day, families will receive care packages filled with the baked goods.

More information, including baking guidelines, will be provided upon registration.

Who: This program is in partnership with the EDJCC’s EntryPoint program for young adults in their 20s and 30s.

Where: Participants will bake treats and make cards in their homes and deliver them to the EDCJCC.

When: All baked goods and cards must be delivered to the EDCJCC on Sunday, February 13, between 10:00AM-3:00PM. “Community Cares Night” is the name of the EDCJCC’s partnership with Housing Up, and this program will not take place at night.

Registration: The program is free but registration is required to participate. Click on the red “Register” button to sign up.


Handmade for the Homeless – February 2022
Feb 13 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Join fellow knitters and crocheters over Zoom to make handmade goodies for a great cause! Our goal is to contribute as many warm winter items as possible to distribute to individuals experiencing homelessness in the DC area.

All levels of knitters and crocheters are welcome.  Don’t know how to knit or crochet? We’ll teach you!

Please email Chana at to register and receive the link to this event.

What should I have with me at home?

Please have your own needles/crochet hooks. If you are not already working on a warm winter item and are looking for a great project or just starting out, please have:

  • #8 or #10 knitting needles (circular or straight) or a size H crochet hook
  • Patterns you’re working on or want to start

What do you supply?

We provide lots of beautiful yarn, several patterns including hat patterns using #17 needles or a size N crochet hook, and experienced knitters and crocheters to teach anyone who would like to learn how to knit or crochet.

If you can’t join us over Zoom, join us in spirit by knitting or crocheting:

  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Gloves and Mittens
  • Socks or slippers
  • Other items to keep people warm during the cold winter months

Please hold onto finished items at this time. If you do not have the space to store finished items, please contact Sonya at to make arrangements for a pick-up. Thank you!

Want to know more or join our virtual community? Like us on Facebook!

If you have any questions about this event contact Chana at


Chevruta Study – Social Responsibility and Jewish Tradition with Project Zug
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm


WHAT: Learning with a partner, or a chevrutah (in Hebrew) is a Jewish tradition spanning back to the times of the rabbinic scholars in the 1st century CE. It was highly encouraged that one learn Torah with a chevruta or peer, not only with a teacher. By debating and discussing text together, chevruta pairs can gain new understanding of the text that neither person could have achieved on their own.

The EDCJCC’s Center for Social Responsibility and our Center for Jewish Living and Learning are organizing a special 10-week session of chevrutah study through Project Zug that will focus entirely on social justice and social responsibility and what our Jewish tradition says about them, both ancient and modern.

Come with a partner or get matched with someone in our community to learn together. You and your study partner will gain access to a curated 10-week learning session you will engage in together through Project Zug, an online learning platform. You will choose your own weekly meeting time and format (we’ll provide some guidance and suggestions if you are new to this!)

WHEN: We are kicking off this round of chevrutah study on Thursday, February 17 with an online meeting for everyone who signs up for this session. We will get to know each other and go over the format of the 10-week learning session before sending you off with your study partners.

REGISTRATION: Sign up now to get matched with your perfect study partner to begin your learning journey! We request a $10 administrative program fee for this program.

QUESTIONS? Contact Amanda at


VIRTUAL SERIES: Navigating Support Services for School-Aged Children in DC
Mar 1 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

THREE TUESDAYS, MARCH 1, 8, and 15, 8:00-9:00 PM
FREE but registration is required
Led by Maria Blaeuer, Director of Programs and Outreach at Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE) and Lauren Siegel, Psy.D, Director of Clinical Services at the Kingsbury Wellness & Learning Group

This interactive three-part series is for DC families of school-aged children (ages 4-12) who suspect that their child might benefit from learning and/or behavioral supports. We will discuss what rights you have in terms of accessing support, how to obtain an evaluation through both public and private channels, what the evaluation process actually looks like, how to understand the landscape of available educational and behavioral support structures, and how to use your evaluation results to acquire support services, including through the DC public school system.  Led by experts in the fields of neuropsychological assessments and education law and advocacy, each part of the series will include a formal presentation followed by lots of time for questions and discussion.