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.

Pick a time slot now: Register Now

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.

Silly Sukkah Storytime & Show with Rachel Packer
Oct 2 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This program is Co-Presented by the Bender JCC of Greater Washington, Pozez JCC, and Edlavitch DCJCC.

Join Rachel Ornstein Packer for a silly and engaging performance of her book Sky High Sukkah-a PJ Library Selection. Her love of teaching and performing are the perfect combination for her storytime presentations which promise to be full of theatrics with healthy dose of shtick. Her book Sky High Sukkah is a delightful story about a city girl who wants to build a sukkah of her own and how her neighbors help her build it on the roof! You don’t want to miss it!

If you can, bring challah and juice. We’ll celebrate Shabbat at the end of the show with the blessings!

This interactive show is perfect for children 4 to 7 years old.

A Zoom link will be provided prior to the event

Taste The High Holidays: Apple Butter
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

apple butter

Celebrate the harvest season by learning to make your own apple butter with Amanda Herring. Jars of homemade apple butter make the perfect seasonal gift for friends and family. Combine apples, honey, and a couple spices to make the perfect spread for your holidays!

You will need:
Apple Cider

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

Love and Religion: A VIRTUAL Interfaith Workshop for Jews and Their Partners
Oct 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Facilitated by Marion Usher, Ph.D.
Tuesdays, October 13, 20, 27; November 10
NO CLASS November 3rd
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Being part of an interfaith couple can be challenging, but you don’t need to find the answers alone. For 20 years, our three-session workshop has been a model to guide couples in openly discussing issues they face as partners from two different backgrounds.

We offer you a safe environment to work on creating your religious lives together. You can make Jewish choices while still respecting your partner’s religion. Be part of our ever-expanding interfaith community.

Before registering, please make sure you are familiar with our registration policies.

How to Write a Psalm
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

how to write a psalm

This participatory course aims to help you analyze the Jewish text of Psalms, not simply as a liturgy, but as poetry that you can emulate and revitalize. Taught by Aaron Berkowitz – educator, cofounder of the Jewish Literary Journal; and author of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction – each class will be split into two sections: first, a dissection of the psalms and second, a writing workshop where you create your own spiritual texts.

Class on Wednesdays from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
October 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, 11

Teacher Bio: Aaron earned his Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and his Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the City College of New York. He is an educator living in New York City and is co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Jewish Literary Journal. He has published fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction in Kansas City Voices, Hektoen International, Rogue Agent Literary Magazine, Crack The Spine Literary Magazine, and Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, among others.

Presented by the Jewish Literary Journal JLJ

The Healing Power Of Marking Time During COVID-19: Cheshvan
Oct 19 @ 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.

Register for just one class or for all three at a discounted rate!
Monday October 19, Cheshvan
Monsay, November 16, Kislev
Tuesday, December 15, Tevet

Intro To Judaism 2.0
Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Intro to Judaism 2.0Building on an Introduction to Judaism, this class will delve into the Jewish values of social justice, righteous giving, compassion, sacred time, peoplehood as well as key events in Jewish history that have given shape to how Judaism continues to evolve over time and space. Participants will focus on creating their Jewish Life: Celebrating Jewish holidays that meld Jewish tradition and their own core Jewish values, marking life’s milestones in ways that add meaning and depth and reflect who they are, deepening an appreciation of Jewish history and how it has shaped diverse approaches to Judaism.

The class is an 8-week series of “text based” exploration of some topical issues – economic and social justice, forgiveness, anti-semitism, beyond Ashkenazic Judaism.

This Session
Dates: 8 Mondays, October 19 – December 7, 2020

Time: 7:30PM – 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? Ssend us an email to learn about special discounts for program participants.

Please contact Amanda Herring with any questions.

Before registering, make sure you are familiar with the JLL Registration Policies

Instructor: JoHanna Potts
The former director of The Department of Jewish Life and Learning at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and has been teaching Introduction to Judaism at the EDCJCC for six years. Her teaching passion is to bring enjoyment to Jewish learning with a view towards empowering individuals to create lives of meaning through Judaism.

Intro to Judaism
Oct 20 @ 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!

Tuesdays, October 20 – December 15, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
No Class: November 3rd

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.

Miriam Szubin has been teaching Introduction to Judaism at the EDCJCC since 2007, and has introduced over 400 students to Judaism in that time. She has a B.A from Yale and a Masters in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She spent several years teaching high school history and Jewish history at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and now works as the Director of the EDCJCC Parenting Center, where she creates and coordinates programming for infants, toddlers, parents and parents-to-be. She lives in Adams Morgan with her husband and three sons.

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