Calendar

Sep
20
Mon
The Balancing Act: Being a Jewish Parent (Parent Chevruta Matching)
Sep 20 all-day

Learning in chevruta (partnership) is a Jewish tradition spanning back to the times of the Mishnaic scholars in the 1st century CE. It was highly encouraged that one learns Torah with a chevruta or peer and not only with a teacher. By debating and struggling with text alongside a peer, chevruta pairs are able to come to a totally new understanding of the text that neither person could have achieved on their own.

Fill out our carefully curated online chevruta matching survey to be paired with a partner matched based on your interests and background in studying Torah. You and your learning partner will gain access to Project Zug, an online learning platform from Hadar, and begin this year with a 4-session course that will allow you to connect with other parents. 

This 4-session course, taught by Rabbi Avi Killip, uses text study as a mode to explore the multiple demands and values that are constantly tugging at Jewish parents. What from your own parent(s) are you trying to pass on to your kids? When should you prioritize yourself over your kids? What does it mean to raise a child as Jewish?

Registration Closes: Monday, September 20, 2021
Receive Chevruta and Course Information: Sunday, October 3, 2021
Live Virtual Kickoff: Monday, October 4, 2021 at 8:00 PM
Weekly Learning with Chevruta ( which you and your partner will schedule together): October 11 – November 7
Final Live Virtual Closing: Monday, November 8, 2021 at 8:00 PM

Sep
21
Tue
Pickling for Sukkot
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Pickling in the Sukkah

As the leaves turn and temperatures drop we welcome the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, a harvest festival. With the summer’s bounty coming to an end, many people turn to pickling, canning, and otherwise preserving the flavors of summer for the winter months ahead.

Join Manager of Jewish life, Amanda Herring, in the Sukkah in the EDCJCC parking lot to learn all about pickling and preserving for the Sukkot holiday. Taste different kinds of pickles, and make your own garlic dilly beans and sauerkraut.

You will go home with jars containing the pickles you made which will be complete in about a week!

Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: If your plans need to change due to COVID concerns or local ordinance changes, we will work with you to exchange or credit your ticket toward a comparable program or activity on a future date. We know life is unpredictable these days, and the EDCJCC is here for you!
Sep
23
Thu
Israeli Dancing: Sukkot Edition
Sep 23 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

israeli dancing

Thursday, September 23 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
FREE
Markid (Instructor): Amanda Herring, Manager of Jewish Life and Learning

Are you looking to meet great people and have fun, all while getting a high-energy workout? Then this class is for you!

Get your feet moving to the energetic beats of rikudai-am (Israeli dance). Monthly drop-in session is high energy, attracting young people and families from all across the DC Metropolitan area. Instruction will only include line dance for the time being (no circle or couples dances). All are welcome, beginners and experienced dancers alike. No dance partner necessary.

Schmaltz Brothers food truck will be parked outside the JCC on Aug. 5th with yummy food for purchase, so come hungry!

Pre-register or just drop in!

There will also be activities for little ones including bubbles, chalk, and ice pops!

Sep
27
Mon
Fall Language Classes
Sep 27 all-day

Language classes at the edcjcc

Interested in learning or practicing a new language? You’re in the right place! Click here to meet our instructors, and please make sure to read our registration policies before registering for a class.

All language classes will be held virtually via Zoom.

Students are invited to a Kickoff Shabbat in the EDCJCC Parking Lot on Friday, October 1 at 6:30 PM to meet your classmates and Hebrew instructors in person!
Hebrew students are also invited to Hebrew at the Movies on Sunday, November 14, when JxJ screens the first three episodes of The Women’s Balcony. Join your classmates and instructors for this special showing, FREE for fall Hebrew students.

The deadline to register for fall language classes is Monday, September 27.

Learn more and register now.

Oct
4
Mon
Intro to Judaism
Oct 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Intro to Judaism - Spring Session

Come explore the rich fabric of Judaism! Using traditional texts and modern examples, we will cover the fundamentals of Jewish life, including Shabbat and holidays, prayer, lifecycle rituals, ethics, and beliefs.

This class is ideal for learners with questions – whether you’ve never studied Judaism before in your life, you’re looking for a Hebrew School refresher, or you’re somewhere in between!
This session will be 7 sessions on Zoom and one in person session, the instructor will be in touch to confirm the date and location of your in-person session.

Dates: 8 Mondays, October 4 – November 22, 2021

Cost:
General Registration: $200
Discounted Member: $170
Interfaith Couples Workshop Alumni: $150/couple
Did you go on Birthright or Honeymoon Israel in the past year? Send us an email to learn about special discounts for program participants.

Instructor: Rabbi JoHannah Potts
JoHanna Potts is the former director of The Department of Jewish Life and Learning at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Her teaching passion is to bring enjoyment to Jewish learning with a view towards empowering individuals to create lives of meaning through Judaism. Previously, she served as Director of Education at Temples Solel and Shalom, Director of The Primary School at Washington Hebrew Congregation, and Director of the Middle School at Gesher Jewish Day School. In 2006, she served as co-chair of the Conference for Alternatives in Jewish Education at Duke University. She has been involved with the DCJCC Jewish Women’s Project and helped coordinate and lead the group’s text study activities. JoHanna currently teaches the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, the Heritage series, a Women’s Torah Study Group, and conducts teacher training workshops.

Please contact Amanda Herring by email with any questions. Before registering, make sure you are familiar with the JLL Registration Policies.

Oct
12
Tue
The Wexler Lecture on Jewish History
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

 

wexler

Free lecture with Professor Laura Arnold Leibman, Reed College 
The Art of The Jewish Family (Bard Graduate Center – Cultural Histories of the Material World, 2020) & Once We Were Slaves (Oxford UP, 2021) 

In this talk, Laura Arnold Leibman examines five objects owned by a diverse group of Jewish women who all lived in New York in the years between 1750 and 1850: a letter from impoverished Hannah Louzada seeking assistance; a set of silver cups owned by Reyna Levy Moses; an ivory miniature owned by Sarah Brandon Moses, who was born enslaved and became one of the wealthiest Jewish women in New York; a book created by Sarah Ann Hays Mordecai; and a family silhouette owned by Rebbetzin Jane Symons Isaacs. These objects offer intimate and tangible views into the lives of Jewish American women from a range of statuses, beliefs, and lifestyles—both rich and poor, Sephardi and Ashkenazi, slaves and slaveowners. Special attention is paid to Sarah Brandon Moses and her ivory miniature, who are the subject of Laura’s latest book Once We Were Slaves: The Extraordinary Journey of a Multi-Racial Jewish Family (2021)

About the Author:

Laura Arnold Leibman is Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College and the author of The Art of the Jewish Family: A History of Women in Early New York in Five Objects (Bard Graduate Center, 2020) which won three National Jewish Book Awards. She held visiting positions at Bard Graduate Center, Oxford University, University of Utrecht, University of Panama. Her latest book Once We Were Slaves (Oxford UP, 2021) is about an early multiracial Jewish family who began their lives enslaved in the Caribbean and became some of the wealthiest Jews in New York.

This program is a part of the annual Wexler Lecture series made possible by the Edlavitch DCJCC’s Bernard Wexler Fund for Jewish History.

 

Oct
21
Thu
Bim Bom Bags: Fall Flavors
Oct 21 all-day

Bim Bom Bags: Fall Flavors
Optional Zoom events will be Thursday  October 21, December 2 at 4:30 PM
Best for Ages 2-6

The Edlavitch DC JCC is proud to present Bim Bom Bags, fall flavors! We will be delivering bags full of Jewish themed crafts, learning and more. In October, receive a bag full of Shabbat and Havdalah awesomeness. Our fall finale will be a Chanukah bag with contents to light up your holiday. We hope you will then join us for an online gathering (optional) to share your work and learn more about the holidays with families from across the DMV! Email lindsayk@edcjcc.org if you have questions.

Shabbat/Havdalah: Buy your bag by Wednesday 10/13 for pick up between 10/17 – 10/21, online gathering Thursday 10/21 @4:30

Chanukah: Buy your bag by Wednesday 11/24 for pick up between 11/28 – 12/2, Online gathering Thursday 12/2 @4:30

Fee: Each bag is $18

Dec
2
Thu
Bim Bom Bags: Fall Flavors
Dec 2 all-day

Bim Bom Bags: Fall Flavors
Optional Zoom events will be Thursday  October 21, December 2 at 4:30 PM
Best for Ages 2-6

The Edlavitch DC JCC is proud to present Bim Bom Bags, fall flavors! We will be delivering bags full of Jewish themed crafts, learning and more. In October, receive a bag full of Shabbat and Havdalah awesomeness. Our fall finale will be a Chanukah bag with contents to light up your holiday. We hope you will then join us for an online gathering (optional) to share your work and learn more about the holidays with families from across the DMV! Email lindsayk@edcjcc.org if you have questions.

Shabbat/Havdalah: Buy your bag by Wednesday 10/13 for pick up between 10/17 – 10/21, online gathering Thursday 10/21 @4:30

Chanukah: Buy your bag by Wednesday 11/24 for pick up between 11/28 – 12/2, Online gathering Thursday 12/2 @4:30

Fee: Each bag is $18

Dec
8
Wed
Welcoming Jewish Children
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

How do I welcome my baby into the Jewish community? What’s a mohel and how do I find one? How are the traditional welcoming rituals similar and different for boys and girls? When and how do I announce the baby’s name?  Join EDCJCC Children and Families staff Lindsay Kagin and Miriam Szubin — who have welcomed two girl and three boy babies between them — for a virtual workshop on Jewish rituals, traditions, and options for a bris (a Jewish religious male circumcision ceremony) and simchat bat (celebration of a daughter). You’ll walk away with information, resources, and connections to a community of other parents-to-be of Jewish babies.

Please note that we define “Jewish baby” however you do! All are welcome.