Make Room for Latkes
Dec 6 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Make your Chanukah de-light-ful at Make Room for Latkes! Receive a kit with supplies to play games, make a craft, and learn ways to make the Festival of Lights meaningful and joyful for your family. (Best for ages 3-8.)

Register by December 2 to receive a kit. Pick-up your activity kit, filled with goodies for the program and throughout the holiday, on Friday, December 4. Pick up will be on Friday, December 4th from 12:15 – 12:45pm at either the EDCJCC or Milton Gottesman North Campus. If this time or location does not work for you please email to set up another time.

This program is a collaboration of PJ Library, the Edlavitch DCJCC, the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital, and Jewish Interfaith Couples.

Chanukah Cake Pops with Baked By Yael
Dec 6 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

chanukah cake pops

Have your cake and eat it, too, at a virtual Baked by Yael Hanukkah cakepop class, with special guests EDCJCC CEO, Dava Schub and her daughter Benna! Class includes blue and white edible glitter for the cakepops.

Classes last approximately one hour.

We’ll teach you how to crumble the cake, mix it with frosting, and then roll, dip, and decorate your cakepops.

The exact number of cakepops will vary depending on what size you choose to make your cakeballs.  Some people end up with 12+ cakepops! Registration fee includes materials for one participant:  baked cake, frosting, candy melts, cakepop sticks, and cakepop drying stand.

Baked by Yael will donate 20% of each registration fee to the EDCJCC! 

During checkout, you’ll be asked to select whether you’d like to pick up your class supplies at Baked by Yael (we offer curbside pickup) or have them delivered to your home.

Kids Chanukah Activity Bag!
Dec 9 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

Celebrate the Holidays with the EDCJCC! Grab our Chanukah at Home Holiday and Activity swag bag and get ready for a week of light and miracles. During our class on December 10th at 4pm we will share some of our art projects, read books together and sing some songs. This bag will include candles, dreidels, several Chanukah art projects, a few treats and a Tikkun Olam project.

Bag pick-up will take place on Wednesday, December 9th between 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM. If this time does not work for you please email Lindsay Kagin at to set up an alternative bag pick up/delivery.

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.

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

hot topics

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.

Chanukah Activity Kit and Infusions Class
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Celebrate the Holidays with the DCJCC! Grab our Chanukah at Home Holiday and Activity swag bag and get ready for a week of light and miracles. During our class on December 9th we will learn to make infused oil and vodka for your Hanukkah table. We’ll also be teaching a quick and easy Hanukkah craft project for bringing light and joy into your home, and talking about how to take part in Tikkun Olam this holiday season.

For $25.00, add on a custom High Holiday swag bag complete with recipe ingredients (minus the vodka and oil) to enhance your virtual experience. Contactless pickup will be held outside the JCC on Wednesday, December 9th 5PM – 6PM, join us virtually for the class at 8:00 PM.

Swag Bag includes:

  • Materials for making your own glowing Hanukkah tassel banner
  • Two glass bottles for DIY infusions, decorative tags and craft supplies
  • Rosemary and citrus to make infused oil and vodka (oil and vodka not included)
  • Fair Trade Chocolate Gelt
  • Dreidles
  • Hanukkah candles
  • Recipe cards for both activities
  • Blessing card for the Holiday
  • Learning from the social responsibility team about Tikkun Olam

This program is co-hosted with EntryPointDC, the 20s and 30s program of the EDCJCC.

Family Chanukah Celebration: Parking Lot Edition
Dec 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

parking lot

Join us in the EDCJCC parking lot for a sweet socially distanced Chanukah family sing-a-long celebration! EDCJCC favorite, Ari Jacobson will lead you and your family in holiday songs for Chanukah.

Each pod (up to 4 family members) will have their own parking spot in which to stand, and will receive a goody bag containing glow sticks, hand warmers, Krispy Kreme Kosher jelly donuts, a sing-a-long sheet, and magic technicolor glasses.

SAFETY: All family members must be wearing masks at all times. You will be asked to sign a community health pledge before the event which can be found here

Amanda Herring and Lindsay Kagin of the Jewish Life and Learning Department will lead candle lighting.

Sunday, December 13th 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Sunday, December 13th 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Rain plan – bags will be available for pickup at the JCC, and Ari will perform via Zoom

The Healing Power Of Marking Time During COVID-19: Tevet
Dec 15 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join the Manager of Jewish Life & Learning, Amanda Herring, to learn about each month of the Hebrew calendar on Rosh Chodesh, the first day of the new month.

During this unprecedented time when our regular schedules and ways of marking time have been disrupted, it is more important than ever to be in touch with the calendar and its wisdom. Dive into the themes of each lunar month, learn how they helped our ancestors track time agriculturally, and keep hold of important events in the Jewish people’s history.

We will take time to relate the month’s themes to our own lives in small groups, focusing on individual wellness during this stressful time. Participants will leave with tools to tackle the month ahead with purpose and the ability to plan for what’s to come.

Tuesday, December 15, Tevet

Intro to Judaism
Feb 1 @ 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!

Mondays, February 1 – March 22, 2021, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

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.