Storytime: Yom Kippur Edition
Sep 21 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join JFamily Ambassador Shoshana for our weekly virtual story time. This week’s books will focus on Yom Kippur.

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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.



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.

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Contact Amanda Herring with any questions or concerns.


Sukkot To Go
Oct 2 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

Looking for a fun way to celebrate Sukkot at home this year? We have you covered. This bag will have a bracelet making kit, a build your own mini sukkah project, a PJ library book, Sukkah decorations to make and a few other fun surprises.

Pick up for these bags will be at the EDCJCC on Friday, October 2nd from 12:15pm – 12:45pm. If you can not make pick up at this time please email to schedule another time.

**Sukkot is the Jewish Holiday that commemorates the years that the Jews spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land, and celebrates the way in which God protected them under difficult desert conditions. Sukkot is also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, or the Feast of Booths. This year Sukkot is celebrated from Sundown on October 2nd till sundown October 9.

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.


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

When Home is a “Booth in the Desert”: Youth Homelessness in DC
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Sukkot, or the Biblical Festival of Booths, invites us to consider what it would be like if “home” was temporary, without the permanence of four sturdy walls and a roof that doesn’t let in rain and wind. As we sit in our own sukkah or that of our synagogue or neighbor, we invite you to meet Sasha Bruce Youthwork, one of the largest and most experienced providers of services to youth in the DC Metro region who are experiencing homelessness.

Learn about ways you can engage in both direct assistance as well as advocacy efforts on behalf of youth experiencing homelessness while exploring the themes of Sukkot and the various Biblical imperatives for eradicating homelessness from both the Jewish and Christian faith perspectives. This is an interfaith program and all are welcome!

Please register to receive the zoom link for this program.

In partnership with Temple Rodef Shalom, Foundry United Methodist Church, Temple Emanuel, Church of the Epiphany, Adas Israel Congregation, and Temple Micah