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Apr
5
Sun
Virtual Make Room for Matzah
Apr 5 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Make Room for Matzah

Join us for virtual Passover workshop to get ready for Passover and learn more about this tradition for your family. Make items to enliven your seder with hands-on projects, plus songs, stories and use-at-home guides.  Ms. Ellie will be joining us for the song session at 11:00 am!  Best for ages 2-6, though all are welcome.  Get your questions answered in our “4+ Questions” portion at 11:30 am.

We will be sending a Zoom link and other online resources to all those registered for the event on Friday, April 3rd.

Co-sponsored by PJ Library in Greater Washington, Edlavitch DCJCC, Love and Religion – An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and their Partners, the Capital Jewish Museum and JFamily Ambassadors at EDCJCC (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.)Love and Religion logo

Apr
9
Thu
EDCJCC Virtual Second Night Seder 2020
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Due to COVID-19, we’ve had to rethink Seder 2020.

This year, Jewish Life & Learning and GLOE – the Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach and Engagement, have joined forces to bring our community seders to the safety of your homes. Our community seder will be the same open, welcoming, pluralistic celebration of freedom you’ve come to expect from the EDCJCC – but this year it’s virtual!

Throughout the seder, there will be opportunities for sharing in small groups, building community, and reflecting together or individually. Throughout the Seder, we will break out into small “tables” of people to allow for socializing. When you register, you will be able to request to be at an  EntryPointDC (20s and 30s young professionals) table or a GLOE table or to list another family/friend group.

As always, we welcome interfaith, LGBTQ, and other traditionally marginalized voices to our virtual seder table. This year’s seder will be led by Amanda Herring, Manager of Jewish Life and Learning at the EDCJCC; Ari Jacobson, song leader; and members of the GLOE Committee.

We will go through the steps of the Seder, skipping over the meal, and then break into our tables at 8:00 PM where you’ll have the chance to eat over video or go offline to eat with your household. We will provide resources for completing the prayer after the meal and the search for the Afikomen on your own after the meal.

Click on the TICKETS button to the right to register and get the login information!

Seder Leader Bio:

Amanda Herring, MA
Manager of Jewish Life and Learning

Amanda joined the EDCJCC in January 2020, she has been educating through immersive experiences and food-related programming for the past ten years in Virginia, DC, and New York. She completed her master’s in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts at the George Washington University and her undergraduate studies in Political Science, Jewish Studies, and International Studies at Virginia Tech. Amanda has worked at Hillel, Birthright, OneTable and most recently started a publishing company designing educational tools for Jewish Educators, she is the co-creator of The Jewish Planner. Amanda is thrilled to bring her passion for Jewish education, sustainability, and embodied experiences to the EDCJCC.

Seder FAQ

Joining by Zoom:
Try to log in about 5 minutes before Seder starts to ensure you’re all set up. Make sure you have adequate lighting on your face, not behind you creating shadows. You will be on mute when you enter, and unless you’ve been asked to lead a portion of the Seder, we ask you to remain on mute as long as we are in a full group. When you go to your breakout rooms, you’ll be unmuted and can share at your virtual “table”.

Do I have to be Jewish to attend? (Observant? Old? Young? Ashkenazi? Sephardic? etc.)
Nope. We welcome everyone who would like to join our community-wide Seder and celebrate Passover’s lessons of freedom! In fact, every year, we have a beautiful mix of people. Some are Jewish, some are not. All are welcome, and (if they choose) can easily participate in a variety of ways – singing, reading, discussing ideas, or just generally being among the community.

What if I don’t read Hebrew?
Not a problem. Most of the Seder is in English, and readings in Hebrew also appear in English transliteration.

Is there a dress code? What should I wear?
There is no official dress code. Most people dress as they would for a family Seder or holiday – dressed nicely, a little dressed up, but not overly formally. (For many people that could mean a button-down or sweater, a skirt/dress, a jacket, slacks, etc. Most people do not wear jeans.) Please wear what feels appropriate to you to celebrate the holiday.

Is it appropriate to have kids in the room?
Yes! The Seder is not specifically a “kids” Seder, but our atmosphere is fun and festive! We welcome all who would like to participate.

Was your question not answered? Email Amanda so we can help!

Apr
16
Thu
Third Thursday Book Group
Apr 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join a group of book lovers at the EDCJCC. We meet on the third Thursday of every month (except July and August) from 10:30 AM to 12 PM for a lively discussion of one book. The group chooses our readings which include both fiction and non-fiction. Participants are welcome to attend as many or few sessions as they can. The schedule for the next six months is:

1/16: Sally Mann, Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs
2/20: Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies
3/19: Herta Muëller, The Appointment
4/23: Steve Stern, Book of Mischief
5/21: Jacquelin Woodson, Another Brooklyn
6/18: James H. Cone, The Cross and the Lynching Tree

All meetings except 2/20 will be in the Polinger Room. 2/20 will be in the Salzberg library.  For further information contact janeflax@gmail.com

Apr
19
Sun
JFamily Brunch / Discussion – Raising Kids in an Interfaith family / Predominantly Non-Jewish Community
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for a brunch and discussion about the challenges of raising Jewish Children in an interfaith family / predominantly non – Jewsh community.

The brunch is adult focused but childcare/kids program will be available in another room.

The discussion is geared toward interfaith families but ALL Families are welcome. 

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.

Apr
21
Tue
Intro to Judaism Online
Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:15 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. Topics will include Shabbat and holidays, prayer, lifecycle rituals, ethics, and beliefs.

This class is ideal for all learners with questions. Whether you’ve never studied Judaism before or you’re looking for a Hebrew School refresher – or you’re somewhere in between – this class is for you.

Dates:
Tuesdays, April 21-June 9, 2020; 7:30 PM – 9:15 PM

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? Contact us to learn about special discounts for program participants.

JoHanna Potts is 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.

Please contact Amanda Herring at (202) 777-3253 or send an email with any questions. Before registering, make sure you are familiar with the JLL Registration Policies.

Apr
30
Thu
We Are The Weather: Book Discussion
Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the Manager of Jewish Life and Learning, Amanda Herring, in exploring Jonathan Safran Foer’s latest book We Are The Weather. The first 10 people to register will recieve a free copy of the book. We will discuss the book in relationship to Jewish text, and discuss our reaction’s to the book’s striking message:

“The task of saving the planet will involve a great reckoning with ourselves—with our all-too-human reluctance to sacrifice immediate comfort for the sake of the future. We have, he reveals, turned our planet into a farm for growing animal products, and the consequences are catastrophic. Only collective action will save our home and way of life. And it all starts with what we eat—and don’t eat—for breakfast.”

We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Hazon

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May
5
Tue
Love and Religion: A VIRTUAL Interfaith Workshop for Jews and Their Partners
May 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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Love & Religion: An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and their Partners On-Line

Facilitated by Marion Usher, Ph.D.
Tuesdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26
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.

May
21
Thu
Third Thursday Book Group
May 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join a group of book lovers at the EDCJCC. We meet on the third Thursday of every month (except July and August) from 10:30 AM to 12 PM for a lively discussion of one book. The group chooses our readings which include both fiction and non-fiction. Participants are welcome to attend as many or few sessions as they can. The schedule for the next six months is:

1/16: Sally Mann, Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs
2/20: Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies
3/19: Herta Muëller, The Appointment
4/23: Steve Stern, Book of Mischief
5/21: Jacquelin Woodson, Another Brooklyn
6/18: James H. Cone, The Cross and the Lynching Tree

All meetings except 2/20 will be in the Polinger Room. 2/20 will be in the Salzberg library.  For further information contact janeflax@gmail.com

Jun
11
Thu
Getting Started in Jewish Geneology
Jun 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Learn what you need to begin exploring your family history, plus all the tools and resources that are available for Jewish geneology searches specifically. Members of the Jewish Geneology Society of Greater Washington will discuss how to get started, and also share their personal experience in exploring genealogy.

JGSGW will also offers the just released 2020 edition of “Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy” book from Avotaynu, a leading publisher of Jewish genealogical materials $15.

https://jgsgw.org/

Jun
18
Thu
Third Thursday Book Group
Jun 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join a group of book lovers at the EDCJCC. We meet on the third Thursday of every month (except July and August) from 10:30 AM to 12 PM for a lively discussion of one book. The group chooses our readings which include both fiction and non-fiction. Participants are welcome to attend as many or few sessions as they can. The schedule for the next six months is:

1/16: Sally Mann, Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs
2/20: Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies
3/19: Herta Muëller, The Appointment
4/23: Steve Stern, Book of Mischief
5/21: Jacquelin Woodson, Another Brooklyn
6/18: James H. Cone, The Cross and the Lynching Tree

All meetings except 2/20 will be in the Polinger Room. 2/20 will be in the Salzberg library.  For further information contact janeflax@gmail.com