Storytime: Yom Kippur Edition
Sep 21 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join JFamily Ambassador Shoshana for our weekly virtual story time. This week’s books will focus on Yom Kippur.

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This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.



Tot Shabbat
Sep 25 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Join us for a virtual Tot Shabbat. Same great songs just a different place. Bring your shabbat candles, challah and grape juices to join us in saying the blessings at the end. Rabbi Rachel will be leading us this week in Tot Shabbat.

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This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

Yom Kippur Mindfulness Hike at Rock Creek Park
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Yom Kippur Mindfulness Hike

Looking for a way to slow down, reflect, and connect to the themes of repentance, introspection, and new beginnings this season?

Join the EDCJCC at Rock Creek Park on Yom Kippur afternoon. Whether you are fasting, attending virtual services, or seeking an in-person alternative, this self-guided outdoor experience will offer points of connection for individuals of all ages and levels of observance.

Choose a 10-minute time slot to begin your journey, to ensure social distancing.

Amanda Herring, Manager of Jewish Life & Learning, will greet you at the trailhead, give you a guide book, and help you set an intention for your journey. Throughout the hike, you’ll find signs prompting moments of reflection, stories, and opportunities to connect with yourself, your family, and the themes of the holiday. There will be an optional playlist to accompany your walk and optional writing activities if it is in your practice to listen to recorded music or write on Yom Kippur, though neither one will be necessary to participate in the full experience.

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Contact Amanda Herring with any questions or concerns.


Finding My Father – Deborah Tannen in conversation with CEO, Dava Schub
Sep 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Deborah Tannen

Deborah Tannen, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, and EDCJCC community member traces her father’s life from turn-of-the-century Warsaw to New York City in an intimate memoir about family, memory, and the stories we tell. Her book Finding My Father will be published on September 15th, and has already been declared a top pick for September in Good Morning America’s online book roundup.

Join the Edlavitch DC JCC virtually on September 30th at 7:00 PM for an exclusive interview by the EDCJCC’s new CEO, Dava Schub, as she dives into Deborah’s poignant, yet perilous quest to piece together the puzzle of her father’s life.

Her father’s story begins with his astonishingly vivid memories of the Hasidic community in Warsaw, where he was born in 1908; she traces his journey: from arriving in New York City in 1920 to quitting high school at fourteen to support his mother and sister, through a vast array of jobs, including prison guard and gun-toting alcohol tax inspector, to eventually establishing the largest workers’ compensation law practice in New York and running for Congress. As Tannen comes to better understand her father’s—and her own—relationship to Judaism, she uncovers aspects of his life she would never have imagined.

Finding My Father is a memoir of Eli Tannen’s life and the ways in which it reflects the near century that he lived. Even more than that, it’s an unflinching account of a daughter’s struggle to see her father clearly, to know him more deeply, and to find a more truthful story about her family and herself.

Taste The High Holidays: Pickling, Preserving, and Food Waste
Oct 6 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

pickling and food waste

Join Manager of Jewish life, Amanda Herring, and Director of Social Justice and Volunteer Programs, Sonya Weisburd to learn all about pickling and preserving for the Sukkot harvest festival! We’ll also be talking about food waste in the DC area and what you can do to take action!

Recommended Materials:
Pickling Cucumbers or Green beans or any vegetable you want to pickle!
Water and kosher salt
A clean, empty jar
Whole Garlic Cloves
Whole Peppercorns
Bay Leaves
Mustard Seed