Calendar

Feb
11
Sat
Tot Shabbat
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join JFamily in partnership with Hill Havurah for a celebratory Tot Shabbat, featuring our favorite Shabbat songs and a story. Tot Shabbat will be held on Saturday, February 11 at 10:00 AM in the Shalom Room at Reformation (212 East Capitol Street, NE).

Please register in advance

Feb
12
Sun
Baby Lap Time
Feb 12 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am

A virtual lap time experience for our youngest JFamily members and their care providers. These 25 minute experiences introduce songs, rhymes, and developmentally appropriate movement. Come build a bond with your baby while meeting other caregivers. This program is meant for the baby to be in their caregiver’s lap with their grownup actively involved. (Best for children 0 – 18 months.)

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.

Family-Friendly Klezmer Brunch with Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra (IN PERSON)
Feb 12 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Family-Friendly Klezmer Brunch with Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, January 29
Brunch will be available at 10:30 AM before the concert. The concert kicks off at 11:30 AM.
Kids under 7 years old attend free of charge.

Do your children (or you!) crank up the volume when playing a favorite video game?  If so, then this February’s edition of the JxJ Klezmer brunch is for you!  We’re bringing in some special guests from the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra (WMGSO) to present a unique program of video game music, all with Jewish connections.  There will be fun surprises for both gamers and lovers of music.  Ready, Player Echad!

There will be concert seating for those who want it, but children will not be expected to sit quietly — dancing is encouraged!

Presented in partnership with PJ Library

JFamily at the Phillips Collection
Feb 12 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

This event is now sold out!

Join us for a JFamily art experience at the Phillips Collection! Guided by a professional art educator, explore Intersections: Linling Lu through fun, hands-on activities. We’ll start with storytime in the gallery before heading to the workshop to make art inspired by the exhibition. Next to the workshop, there is a play space with additional creative toys and children’s books, if your family would like to take a break. This event is designed for families with children ages 0 to 6.

$10 for one adult and one child; free for one Phillips member and one child; $5 per additional child.

The Phillips Collection, founded in 1921, is America’s first museum of modern art. This event is presented in collaboration with JFamily, a program by the Edlavitch DCJCC, which provides inclusive Jewish family experiences for families with children under 6 years old.

Feb
22
Wed
Blending Traditions: A Workshop for Multiethnic Families
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Our Jewish community is diverse in many ways – including in cultural and ethnic background. This workshop helps couples from different cultural and/or ethnic backgrounds explore how they can blend their heritages together to create Jewish traditions that are meaningful to both of them. Like an ube hamantaschen, this process is unique to each couple and their journey. Join us for three facilitated sessions to explore the different strands of your identity and to create new aspects of Jewish practice that reflect your family’s story.

Week 1: February 22, 2023, 7:00-8:30 PM

Facilitator: Dee Sanae
Activist, community builder, and founder of Mosaic Visions Dee Sanae, a Black Japanese Jew, will lead a discussion about multifaceted identity and will help you create narratives of meaning around your own cultural and/or ethnic heritage(s).

Week 2: March 1, 2023 7:00-8:30 PM
Facilitator: Primrose Madayag Knazan
Food is an important component of cultural and ethnic identity. Hear from author, playwright, and foodie Primrose Madayag Knazan, a Filipinx-Canadian Jew, and create a unique family recipe that blends aspects of your cultures. This session will also include a cooking demo!

Although it isn’t required for the workshop we strongly recommend Ms. Knazan’s new book, Lessons in Fusion.

Week 3: March 15, 2023 7:00-8:30 PM
Facilitator: Dee Sanae
Ritual is deeply imbedded in all aspects of Jewish identity and many Jews perform Jewish rituals without necessarily attaching them to a belief in God. In this workshop, you will draw on the narratives that you created in the first week to design a ritual or a ritual object that brings together elements of your heritages.

While we understand that conflicts can come up we encourage every participating couple to do their best to attend all three workshops in this series.

Registration:
Cost: $56 per couple
Please email Sonya at sweisburd@edcjcc.org if cost is a barrier – we want everyone to be able to attend.

In partnership with the Bender JCC

 

Feb
24
Fri
Coffee & Convo
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

JFamily is treating you to coffee! Meet JFamily Ambassador Shoshana and fellow JFamily neighbors for an informal coffee break. Come on your own or with your little ones! This month, we’re meeting at Coffee Nature (4224 Fessenden Street NW). Weather-permitting, we will plan to sit outside.

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.

Feb
26
Sun
JFamily Virtual Hamantaschen Bake
Feb 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Join JFamily Ambassador Hanna (from the Pozez JCC in NoVA) to learn how to make Hamantaschen virtually! Recipes will be provided in advance.

Mar
5
Sun
Baby Lap Time
Mar 5 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am

A virtual lap time experience for our youngest JFamily members and their care providers. These 25 minute experiences introduce songs, rhymes, and developmentally appropriate movement. Come build a bond with your baby while meeting other caregivers. This program is meant for the baby to be in their caregiver’s lap with their grownup actively involved. (Best for children 0 – 18 months.)

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.

JFamily Purim Celebration
Mar 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come celebrate Purim with the JFamily team outdoors in the EDCJCC Parking Lot! This year’s party will feature fun performances, including a variety show filled with music, magic, juggling, and circus acts; a balloon artist; Purim-themed arts and crafts stations; story time; hamantaschen; and more.

Guests of all ages are encouraged to attend in costume.

Price: $18 per family ($15 for EDCJCC members)

NOTE: In case of inclement weather, the party will take place indoors on the first floor of the EDCJCC.

Growing Grasshoppers
Mar 5 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Is your little one on the move and no longer content to just sit on your lap and play? We are looking for some grasshoppers who like to wiggle, jiggle, and move! Join our J-Family Ambassadors Tracy and Shoshana to get those wiggles out with music, stories, dancing, and more! A great way to spend your morning and meet other families for some FUN!

Pre-registration is required.

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC, Pozez JCC and Bender JCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.