Calendar

Jun
26
Sun
Handmade for the Homeless – June 2022
Jun 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

We are so excited to be together in person for the June Handmade for the Homeless! This month, we will be knitting and crocheting on the EDCJCC’s front steps!

Join fellow knitters and crocheters 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!

What should I bring?

Please bring 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 bring:

  • #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 in person, 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

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

REGISTER: Please click the red “Register” button to sign up for this free event!

If you have any questions about this event contact Chana at chanaengel@gmail.com.

MASK & VACCINATION POLICY:  Effective March 21, 2022, masking will be optional within the EDCJCC, except for in Goldman Theater and Cafritz Hall, as well as in any other program deemed necessary by the seating layout. Proof of vaccination is required for all individuals that are eligible for vaccines. In the case that this program meets indoors, the organizers of Handmade for the Homeless request that you wear a mask. Proof of vaccination is required to enter the building, even to use the bathroom. 

For more information, visit edcjcc.org/covidsafety.

Do you need any additional accommodations for this event? If so, please contact msmith@edcjcc.org

SUNDAY SYMPOSIUM: Fires In The Mirror
Jun 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

About the Sunday Symposium:

Join us for a post-show presentation following the 2:00 PM performance of Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Other Identities. We will delve deeper into the history and context of the Crown Heights Riots and how they changed the landscape of the neighborhoods where they occurred.

The Sunday Symposium will feature Dr. Jacques Berlinerblau and Dr. Terrence Johnson and will be moderated by Sonya Weisburd, Director of the EDCJCC’s Center for Social Responsibility.

About the performance:

Conceived, Written, and Originally Performed by Anna Deavere Smith
Co-Directed by Adam Immerwahr and January LaVoy
Produced in association with Theatrical Outfit in Atlanta, Georgia
Artistic Director Matt Torney, Managing Director Gretchen Butler

The groundbreaking documentary play starring January LaVoy

August 1991: simmering tensions in the racially polarized neighborhood of Crown Heights erupt into riots after a Black child was killed by a car in the Chabad-Lubavitcher Rebbe’s motorcade and a white Jewish scholar was slain in retaliation. Anna Deavere Smith’s groundbreaking documentary play uses verbatim testimony from individuals throughout the diverse community, creating a nuanced portrait of a shared but divided geography. This theatrical event – performed over 30 years after these life-changing riots – promises a tour-de-force solo performance and a story which touches upon every American regardless of race, color, or beliefs.

About the EDCJCC’s Center for Social Responsibility:

The Edlavitch DCJCC’s Morris Cafritz Center for Social Responsibility (MCCSR) offers both hands-on volunteer opportunities as well as learning about systemic inequality in our communities. At the core of our work is Judaism’s sacred mandate to create justice and repair the world.

Jun
29
Wed
Community Cares Night with Housing Up
Jun 29 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 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: Spend an evening playing games, doing arts & crafts, and leading programs for children and parents living at a Housing Up apartment complex. Volunteers will work with Housing Up staff to run activities and build relationships with the apartment residents. Program supplies will be provided by Housing Up.

Where: This opportunity is in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, DC. The exact address will be provided upon registration.

When: Wednesday, June 29, from 6:30-7:30pm.  This opportunity will occur monthly and volunteers must register for each event.

Safety: The EDCJCC is working with Housing Up to minimize risk for residents, staff, and volunteers. In accordance with Housing Up guidelines, all volunteers must submit proof of covid-19 vaccination to Mira Smith (msmith@edcjcc.org) 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.

Please note that volunteers must be at least 18 years old to participate, no exceptions. Please reach out to Mira Smith if you have any questions!

Do you need any additional accommodations for this event? If so, please contact msmith@edcjcc.org

Jul
6
Wed
EDCJCC Urban Garden Crew
Jul 6 @ 6:00 pm – 6:15 pm


WHAT: Join the Edlavitch DCJCC for a second season of maintaining an urban garden for our friends at the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)! Our garden brings fresh herbs and vegetables to youth at the LAYC Drop-in Center throughout the summer.

You do not have to have any gardening experience – just the desire to get your hands in the dirt and help grow some plants! Come down at the end of a long day to relax, unwind, get closer to Mother Nature, and make some friends.

Children of all ages are welcome but must be supervised closely by an adult. Children over the age of 16 can attend on their own.

WHEN: Volunteer days will occur every other Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:00 PM starting with Wednesday, April 27. After you register, you will receive a google spreadsheet to choose which Wednesdays throughout the month/over the summer you would like to come garden with us.

WHERE: The LAYC Drop-in Center is located in Columbia Heights. The exact address will be provided upon registration.

REGISTRATION: We request a one-time $10 registration fee to help us cover the costs of supplies and plants for the garden. Please click on the “TICKETS” button to proceed to registration.

Questions? Email Sonya at sonyaw@edcjcc.org

Do you need any additional accommodations for this event? If so, please contact sonyaw@edcjcc.org

Jul
10
Sun
Gardening for Good
Jul 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Join the EDCJCC for an evening of gardening!

PROJECT:  Help address food insecurity by volunteering at GW’s GroW Community Garden. The GroW Community Garden is a block-length plot of land supported by the George Washington University. Produce from the garden is donated to Miriam’s Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that aims to end chronic homelessness in Washington D.C. Come out to help with basic gardening tasks needed to keep the garden successful!

WHEN: Sunday, July 10, from 5:00 – 6:00 PM

WHO: This program is open to children of all ages but children under age 12 must have adult supervision at all times.

WHERE: The garden is located in Foggy Bottom. Exact address will be provided with registration.

REGISTRATION:
Registration is free but you must register in advance to ensure that we do not over-crowd the garden. Spots are limited so grab yours today!

Do you need any additional accommodations for this event? If so, please contact msmith@edcjcc.org.

Jul
11
Mon
School Supplies Drive for Community of Hope
Jul 11 – Jul 28 all-day

Join us to provide school supplies for students at Community of Hope!

What: As schools prepare to reopen this fall, we want to help students served by our close partner organization, Community of Hope get a head start with the proper school supplies they need.

We’re recruiting volunteers to create backpacks filled with the essential items students need to be successful! These backpacks will go directly to Community of Hope’s housing and healthcare clients. Scroll down to view the full shopping list.

Where: Gather the materials, put the backpacks together at home, and then simply drop them off at the EDCJCC.

When: This project is ongoing from July 11th through July 28th. All backpacks dropped off at the EDCJCC during this timeframe will be delivered to Community of Hope.

Registration: Please register for this event to receive instructions on backpack packing and drop-off.

Shopping List: Each donated backpack must include the following items:

  • 12-pack of No. 2 pencils
  • Safety scissors
  •  Box of 24 crayons
  • 2-pocket folder (x5)
  • Pink erasers (x2)
  • Glue stick (x3)
  • Composition notebook
  • Wide-ruled spiral notebook
  • 100-sheet pack/wide-ruled filler paper
  • Box of 10 markers
  • Pencil case
  • Highlighters (x3)

Questions: Please reach out to Mira Smith at msmith@edcjcc.org

Jul
20
Wed
EDCJCC Urban Garden Crew
Jul 20 @ 6:00 pm – 6:15 pm


WHAT: Join the Edlavitch DCJCC for a second season of maintaining an urban garden for our friends at the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)! Our garden brings fresh herbs and vegetables to youth at the LAYC Drop-in Center throughout the summer.

You do not have to have any gardening experience – just the desire to get your hands in the dirt and help grow some plants! Come down at the end of a long day to relax, unwind, get closer to Mother Nature, and make some friends.

Children of all ages are welcome but must be supervised closely by an adult. Children over the age of 16 can attend on their own.

WHEN: Volunteer days will occur every other Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:00 PM starting with Wednesday, April 27. After you register, you will receive a google spreadsheet to choose which Wednesdays throughout the month/over the summer you would like to come garden with us.

WHERE: The LAYC Drop-in Center is located in Columbia Heights. The exact address will be provided upon registration.

REGISTRATION: We request a one-time $10 registration fee to help us cover the costs of supplies and plants for the garden. Please click on the “TICKETS” button to proceed to registration.

Questions? Email Sonya at sonyaw@edcjcc.org

Do you need any additional accommodations for this event? If so, please contact sonyaw@edcjcc.org

Jul
21
Thu
Parenting With An Accent Author Talk and Reception
Jul 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

IN PERSON, AT THE EDCJCC!

Join Masha Rumer, author of Parenting With An Accent: How Immigrants Honor Their Heritage, Navigate Setbacks, and Chart New Paths for Their Children (Beacon Press, 2021) for a discussion about the joys and challenges of immigrant parenting, including bilingualism strategies and balancing traditions in multicultural and interfaith families. Masha will also present her findings, based on academic research, over sixty interviews with immigrants, and interviews with experts in language acquisition, psychology and more.

Masha’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Parents, Kveller, and others, winning awards from the New York Press Association. She is an immigrant from the former Soviet Union. You can find more about her work at www.masharumer.com.

You can purchase Parenting With An Accent from the following local bookstores:
Lost City Books
Politics and Prose

TIME:
7:30 PM  Reception and meet and greet with the author
8:00 PM  Program

TICKETS:
Cost: $10 per family
Please email Sonya at if cost is a barrier – we want everyone to be able to attend.

COVID-19 SAFETY:
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 edcjcc.org/covidsafety.

Questions? Contact Sonya Weisburd at sonyaw@edcjcc.org

Do you need any additional accommodations for this event? If so, please email Sonya.

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

 

Aug
3
Wed
EDCJCC Urban Garden Crew
Aug 3 @ 6:00 pm – 6:15 pm


WHAT: Join the Edlavitch DCJCC for a second season of maintaining an urban garden for our friends at the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)! Our garden brings fresh herbs and vegetables to youth at the LAYC Drop-in Center throughout the summer.

You do not have to have any gardening experience – just the desire to get your hands in the dirt and help grow some plants! Come down at the end of a long day to relax, unwind, get closer to Mother Nature, and make some friends.

Children of all ages are welcome but must be supervised closely by an adult. Children over the age of 16 can attend on their own.

WHEN: Volunteer days will occur every other Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:00 PM starting with Wednesday, April 27. After you register, you will receive a google spreadsheet to choose which Wednesdays throughout the month/over the summer you would like to come garden with us.

WHERE: The LAYC Drop-in Center is located in Columbia Heights. The exact address will be provided upon registration.

REGISTRATION: We request a one-time $10 registration fee to help us cover the costs of supplies and plants for the garden. Please click on the “TICKETS” button to proceed to registration.

Questions? Email Sonya at sonyaw@edcjcc.org

Do you need any additional accommodations for this event? If so, please contact sonyaw@edcjcc.org

Aug
7
Sun
Handmade for the Homeless – August 2022
Aug 7 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

We are so excited to be together in person for the August Handmade for the Homeless! This month, we will be knitting and crocheting in the EDCJCC Library!

Join fellow knitters and crocheters 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!

What should I bring?

Please bring 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 bring:

  • #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 in person, 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

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

REGISTER: Please click the red “Register” button to sign up for this free event!

If you have any questions about this event contact Chana at chanaengel@gmail.com.

MASK & VACCINATION POLICY:  Effective March 21, 2022, masking will be optional within the EDCJCC, except for in Goldman Theater and Cafritz Hall, as well as in any other program deemed necessary by the seating layout. Proof of vaccination is required for all individuals that are eligible for vaccines. In the case that this program meets indoors, the organizers of Handmade for the Homeless request that you wear a mask.

For more information, visit edcjcc.org/covidsafety.

Do you need any additional accommodations for this event? If so, please contact msmith@edcjcc.org