Sasha Bruce Youthwork: Notes of Encouragement
Oct 19 – Dec 31 all-day

Sasha Bruce Youthwork is one of the largest and most experienced providers of services to youth in Washington, DC. Their mission is to improve the lives of runaway, homeless, abused, and neglected at-risk youth and their families. They achieve this by providing shelter, counseling, life skills training and positive youth development activities to approximately 1,500 youth and 5,000 family members each year.

Covid19 has exacerbated the challenges of young people experiencing homelessness; opportunities for work and meaningful ways to occupy time have dried up and while many of us have our families to turn to for love and support in these difficult times, these young people unfortunately do not so we need your help to send them some love!

Sign up to write notes of encouragment for both the young clients of Sasha Bruce as well as the staff who work on the frontlines every day! Let them know that they are seen, valued, remembered, and loved. Remind them that they are brave, resilient, and strong. Help make them feel special and put a smile on their faces! Notes will be hung up on the walls of Sasha Bruce’s housing facilities and can be in the form of poems, drawings, letters, etc. They can be any size.

Click on the ticket icon to the right in order to register and receive more details.

**Please ignore the date set for the event below, this opportunity is ongoing**


Stories of Exclusion, Stories of Change: Jews of Color Speak about Moving from Welcoming to Belonging
Dec 6 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Welcome to our four-part racial justice series, Amplifying Voices.

As we seek to move ourselves both individually and collectively from non-racist to anti-racist beliefs and actions, we are witnessing a moment in history with the possibility for true change. Amplifying Voices marries internal t’shuva, personal pattern breaking, growth, and reckoning with a series of programs by artists and thought leaders inside and outside the Jewish community who will help us reflect on race, religion, and identity.  We invite everyone, both Jewish and non-Jewish, into authentic and meaningful conversation designed to move the needle on how we all engage in the world with sensitivity and compassion.

The first event in our series is Stories of Exclusion, Stories of Change: Jews of Color Speak about Moving from Welcoming to Belonging. Panelists April Baskin, Gamal Palmer, and Evan Traylor will be in discussion moderated by Candace Manriquez Wrenn about their experiences as Jews of Color and sharing strategies to combat racism and anti-Semitism.

Ticket sales will close 24 hours before the event begins. Once you have purchased your ticket, you will receive a one time non-shareable link to the Zoom conversation a few days before the event.

This program is brought to you in partnership with the Tucson Jewish Community Center

Hot Topics in Jewish Thought: 4 part virtual class series
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Join the Jewish Life & Learning Department and the Morris Cafritz Center for Social Responsibility for a four-part class series addressing Hot Topics in Jewish Thought.

Dive deep into ancient, mid-century, and modern Jewish texts as your learning cohort tackles a new social justice topic each week in December from housing rights, to reproductive justice, food equity, and climate justice. Go beyond the typical talking points and standard text study to grapple with how Jewish tradition has approached these relevant topics throughout time. Bring your critical thoughts, opinions, questions, and passion for each topic. Each session will include ways for participants to get involved with organizations doing important work on the ground both in our local DC community and beyond.

Class dates: December 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM EST.

Tuition for this session of classes is $80 per student. Each person must register individually, including those in the same household, to ensure the correct class size. This helps us maintain a level of in-class participation and intimacy, and enables us to pay our instructors equitably for each student. The EDCJCC reserves the right to cancel classes that do not have the minimum required number of students in order to proceed. We can refund tuition up to one week prior to the class starting. Tuition for classes that have already started is not refundable.

If you have any questions please contact Amanda Herring at

IMG_4884.jpgAbout the teacher: Rabbi Miriam Liebman is a graduate of the rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She served as the Senior Jewish Educator at the University of Maryland Hillel as well as the Rabbinic Intern at the NYU Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life. Miriam spent a summer with Kulanu as a Global Teaching Fellow where she worked with the Jewish community of Uganda. She was previously an Avodah: the Jewish Service Corps member in New Orleans, where she worked as an Outreach Assistant at the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center. She has also worked as a community organizer with low-income tenants and faith-based communities in Detroit. A native Detroiter, she graduated from the University of Michigan where she earned a BA in Middle East and North African Studies and spent a semester at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

December 25th Week of Service 2020
Dec 21 @ 9:00 am – Dec 25 @ 5:00 pm

December 25th Day of Service (D25) is the Edlavitch DCJCC’s largest volunteer event of the year. Every year, hundreds of people volunteer at a social service agencies 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.

Due to the pandemic, we are adapting the program since we are unable to come together in large groups. We will gather both virtually and in person (with all safety protocols in place) to make meals, create gifts, make deliveries, and bring cheer to guests at social service agencies around the DMV throughout the week of December 21-25, 2020.

Click on the red “tickets” button and then scroll down to “D25 2020 Registration Options” to check out the different ways you can get involved and find the ones that best fit your circumstances surrounding the pandemic. We hope you will join us for more than one!

Winter Blood Drive – D25 Edition
Dec 22 @ 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Help replenish the blood supply in the DC metro area!

Join us for our Winter Blood Drive, part of the EDCJCC’s December 25th Week of Service!

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. Our Winter Blood Drive will take place in a bloodmobile parked in front of the EDCJCC building (on the Q Street side of the building). Inova Blood Services follows all CDC and local guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety to ensure the health and well-being of all donors and staff. 

This drive will be by appointment only and no walk-ins are available, we apologize for the inconvenience.  Please note that appointments can be made up to 24 hours in advance.

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. Inova evaluates each potential donor, along with first taking a quick blood sample; it’s possible that due to a variety of factors (i.e. low iron levels), you will not able to donate blood. We are grateful to everyone who comes in to be a donor, whether you are able to make an actual donation or not.


VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Raising Anti-Racist Children
Jan 7 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 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, and not 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 (January 7, 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 (January 14, 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.

Part 3 (optional): As follow-up to Dr. Liebow’s sessions, we are offering a monthly 1-hour meeting for parents who have participated in this workshop to come together and follow up with each other, insure accountability, share thoughts and resources, and continue the work of anti-racist parenting. This monthly meeting will be facilitated by Sonya Weisburd, MSW, EDCJCC’s Director of Social Justice and Volunteer Programs.

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