Everything But the Turkey – PJ Library Edition
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

22nd Annual Everything But the Turkey – PJ Library Edition

This Thanksgiving, show your kids the Jewish value of tikkun olam (repairing the world) by working together to help those facing hunger and homelessness in our community. Join PJ Library and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington at the Edlavitch DCJCC’s annual Everything But The Turkey (EBTT).

Come for a morning of making healthy snack bags, creating a gift for families in DC shelters and learning during story time.  These will connect your children to the Jewish values of gratitude and giving back to those less fortunate. Everything we make will be donated to those in need through DC Central Kitchen.

Pre-registration is required for this program, and we expect it to fill up quickly! We request a $20 per family registration fee to help offset the cost of food and supplies. Please also bring a canned good for every child to make into a fantastic turkey centerpiece. These will also be donated to DC Central Kitchen.

Please note: we will be using products that contain gluten, raisins, and/or dairy. No nut products will be used.

Everything But the Turkey – Young Professionals
Nov 18 @ 1:15 pm – 4:00 pm

22nd Annual Everything But the Turkey – Young Professionals Edition

Calling all young professionals!

Join the Edlavitch DCJCC’s EntryPointDC and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Young Leadership to prepare delicious and nutritious Thanksgiving side dishes for people facing hunger and homelessness in our community.

Come chop, mix, and prepare Thanksgiving-themed dishes that will be distributed by DC Central Kitchen to those in need in the DC area. We will be preparing green beans, yams, and collard greens.

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Everything But the Turkey SET-UP CREW
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

22nd Annual Everything But the Turkey

Everything But The Turkey would not be possible without the help of dedicated volunteers in advance of the program. Want to help us make the event happen? Join us to set up tables, count out ingredients, arrange utensils, and hang up signs.

Thank you in advance for your help!


Everything But the Turkey – Community Wide Program
Nov 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

22nd Annual Everything But the Turkey

Join hundreds of volunteers over 2 days to prepare thousands of Thanksgiving meals for those in need at local community kitchens, transitional housing facilities and homeless shelters.
In partnership with DC Central Kitchen.

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Handmade for the Homeless – THE BIG COUNT
Dec 2 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join Handmade for the Homeless for our special December session – the BIG COUNT! We have been working hard all year to create hundreds of beautiful warm winter items to benefit those experiencing poverty and homelessness in the DC area, and now it’s time to inventory the end result.

Please also note that we will spend most of this session counting and taking an inventory of all items knitted and crocheted this year. If you have finished items at home, this is the deadline to get them into this year’s count so please bring them with you!

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December 25th Day of Service
Dec 25 @ 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

December 25th Day of Service (D25) is the Edlavitch DCJCC’s largest volunteer event of the year. Join over 1,000 volunteers at a social service agency in the metro-DC area to prepare and serve meals, sing carols, visit home-bound seniors, throw holiday parties, play bingo, and deliver holiday cheer to those in need.

This year, while the EDCJCC building is undergoing renovation, the Hyatt Regency will be D25’s home base. Several ways to give back will be available on-site at the Hyatt Regency, including our Winter Blood Drive, making instant meal kits, creating cards for emergency personnel working on Christmas Day, and many others. Registration and check-in will also take place at the Hyatt Regency this year.

Many of the projects are family-friendly – please read individual project descriptions carefully for the minimum age to volunteer at each site.

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