Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Upheaval @ Cafritz Hall

A proud yet scarred leader haunted by the Holocaust and decades of war, former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin struggled to balance history and heroism to make peace with his greatest enemy and cement a legacy long misunderstood.


Following the screening, join us for a discussion with Upheaval director Jonathan Gruber and Senior Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Ghaith al-Omari. The evening will be moderated by Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen Director of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Program at the United States Institute For Peace.

Special presentation on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Pajama Havdalah
Jan 29 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

This is a pajama party to say goodbye to Shabbat and hello to a great new week. Families will participate in the traditional Havdalah candle lighting, munch down on some tasty treats, and have a great time doing an art project and participate in bed time meditations. Don’t forget to wear your Pajamas.

This event is best for kids 5 – 8 years old and only open to those that are full vaccinated.
This event will take place INSIDE the EDCJCC.

Effective September 1, all visitors over the age of 12 entering the EDCJCC’s building are required to show proof of vaccination. Participants at outdoor events will not be checked for vaccination status, but it is our hope that regardless of where we gather, we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community. For more information, visit

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.

Practicing Mussar With Rabbi Steinlauf
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


The Mussar is a Jewish ethical education approach based on a branch of study which was popularized in the 11th century. It is a practice aimed at refining one’s character to become a better person through deep study and personal reflection centered on a set of Middot (soul traits) like humility, patience, and gratitude. Join Rabbi Steinlauf in a monthly Zoom room to learn about  two Middot each month, each participant will be matched with an accountability partner, or chevruta, who you will be asked to check in with mid-way through each month.

The book Everyday Holiness is recommended reading for this course, but not required.

This course begins on February 8, 2022 and will meet every month for five months (Feb 8, Mar 8, Apr 5, May 3, Jun 7 )

Class size is limited, so register early!

Chevruta Study – Social Responsibility and Jewish Tradition with Project Zug
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm


WHAT: Learning with a partner, or a chevrutah (in Hebrew) is a Jewish tradition spanning back to the times of the rabbinic scholars in the 1st century CE. It was highly encouraged that one learn Torah with a chevruta or peer, not only with a teacher. By debating and discussing text together, chevruta pairs can gain new understanding of the text that neither person could have achieved on their own.

The EDCJCC’s Center for Social Responsibility and our Center for Jewish Living and Learning are organizing a special 10-week session of chevrutah study through Project Zug that will focus entirely on social justice and social responsibility and what our Jewish tradition says about them, both ancient and modern.

Come with a partner or get matched with someone in our community to learn together. You and your study partner will gain access to a curated 10-week learning session you will engage in together through Project Zug, an online learning platform. You will choose your own weekly meeting time and format (we’ll provide some guidance and suggestions if you are new to this!)

WHEN: We are kicking off this round of chevrutah study on Thursday, February 17 with an online meeting for everyone who signs up for this session. We will get to know each other and go over the format of the 10-week learning session before sending you off with your study partners.

REGISTRATION: Sign up now to get matched with your perfect study partner to begin your learning journey! We request a $10 administrative program fee for this program.

QUESTIONS? Contact Amanda at