Calendar

Oct
5
Wed
Yom Kippur Mindfulness Hike
Oct 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Yom Kippur Mindfulness Hike

Due to last year’s success, the Mindfulness Hike is returning!

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 services, or seeking an alternative, this self-guided outdoor experience will offer points of connection for individuals of all ages and levels of observance.

Walkers can begin their hike anytime between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM, the walk will take approximately 15-30 minutes.

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 if it is in your practice to listen to recorded music on Yom Kippur, though it will not be necessary to participate in the full experience.

Contact AHerring@edcjcc.org with any questions or concerns.

Oct
6
Thu
Israeli Dancing in the Parking Lot
Oct 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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). Free to attend and open to all, beginner and experienced dancers alike. No dance partner necessary.

Markid (Instructor): Amanda Herring, Director of Jewish Life and Learning

Oct
11
Tue
Pickling for Sukkot
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
pickling

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.

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

Date: Tuesday, October 11
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!
Oct
13
Thu
Intro to Judaism
Oct 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Intro to Judaism - Spring SessionCome 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 Thursdays, October 13 – December 8 (no class November 24)

Cost:
General Registration: $210
Discounted Member: $180
Couple’s Price: $318

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
20
Thu
The Wexler Lecture on Jewish History
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Join us for the annual Wexler Lecture on Jewish History, featuring Mir Yarfitz, Associate Professor of History and Director of Jewish Studies at Wake Forest University and author of Impure Migrations: Jews and Sex Work in Golden Age Argentina.

In this virtual presentation, Professor Yarfitz will investigate the period from the 1890s until the 1930s, when prostitution was a legal institution in Argentina and its capital city Buenos Aires was known as the center of Jewish involvement in the sex industry. For many Jewish women, participation in prostitution was one of very few ways they could escape the limited options in their home countries, and Jewish men facilitated their transit and the organization of their work and social lives.

Instead of marginalizing this story or reading it as a degrading chapter in Latin American Jewish history, Yarfitz will explore the complicated social landscape to reveal that sex work is in fact a critical part of the histories of migration, labor, race, and sexuality.

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

Oct
25
Tue
Tzedek B’nai Mitzvah Fellowship – Registration Deadline
Oct 25 all-day
Join the EDCJCC’s inaugural Tzedek B’nai Mitzvah Fellowship!

Organizing a bar/bat mitzvah is always exciting, sometimes stressful, and usually a ton of work. An important component of every teen’s journey to “Jewish adulthood” is a mitzvah project to connect their emerging Jewish identity to Judaism’s call to serve others. The EDCJCC’s Tzedek B’nai Mitzvah Fellowship is here to facilitate that process in a fun, engaging, and stress-free way!

Over the span of 5 Sunday group sessions and two optional mentorship sessions, teens will engage in hands-on volunteering at sites around the DC area, learn about systems of inequality and avenues for advocacy, and build friendships with their cohort. They will finish the fellowship with a greater understanding of equity issues in our community, Jewish teachings around service and social justice, and how they can use their own personal strengths and passions to engage in change-making beyond their bar/bat mitzvahs.

Participation in the fellowship also includes 2 optional personal mentorship sessions with a staff member from the EDCJCC’s Center for Social Responsibility* for teens who wish to construct mitzvah projects beyond the fellowship experience and/or to connect the fellowship to their specific bar/bat mitzvah learning.

Who: This program is open to teens ages 11-13 who are on their b’nai mitzvah journey.

When: The program will meet during the following times:

Sunday, November 6, 2:30 PM-5:00 PM
Sunday, December 4, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Sunday, January 22, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Sunday, February 12, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Sunday, March 19, 2:30 PM-5:00 PM

Where: Drop off and pick up for most sessions is at the EDCJCC located at 1529 16th St. NW. The EDCJCC will provide transportation to any service sites outside of Northwest DC.

Registration: The total cost for this program is $250. This program fee includes snacks, transportation to all volunteer sites outside of Northwest DC, and all materials needed for 5 meaningful service learning sessions.

Additional Info: Some of our social service partners require proof of Covid-19 vaccination so we ask that all participants in this program have proof of vaccination in order to participate. While masking at the EDCJCC is currently optional, we encourage each participant to do what is most comfortable for them. We will communicate individual requirements around masking at each of the service sites with you prior to each Sunday program.

*The EDCJCC’s Center for Social Responsibility has provided meaningful volunteer and learning opportunities in the DMV around topics including racial equity, affordable housing, refugee and asylum seeker issues, and food security for more than 35 years.

Nov
3
Thu
Israeli Dancing in the Parking Lot
Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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). Free to attend and open to all, beginner and experienced dancers alike. No dance partner necessary.

Markid (Instructor): Amanda Herring, Director of Jewish Life and Learning

Dec
1
Thu
Israeli Dancing in the Parking Lot
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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). Free to attend and open to all, beginner and experienced dancers alike. No dance partner necessary.

Markid (Instructor): Amanda Herring, Director of Jewish Life and Learning

Jan
5
Thu
Israeli Dancing in the Parking Lot
Jan 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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). Free to attend and open to all, beginner and experienced dancers alike. No dance partner necessary.

Markid (Instructor): Amanda Herring, Director of Jewish Life and Learning

Feb
2
Thu
Israeli Dancing in the Parking Lot
Feb 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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). Free to attend and open to all, beginner and experienced dancers alike. No dance partner necessary.

Markid (Instructor): Amanda Herring, Director of Jewish Life and Learning