Children & Families

Family Connections

Creativity. Community. Connection.

The Edlavitch DCJCC is a warm and vibrant place for families of all types, colors, orientations, abilities, and religions. Grow with us, starting with the Parenting Center workshops for parents, parents-to-be, and folks who want to be parents, as well as Child-and-Caregiver Classes for infants and toddlers in art, movement, music, yoga, gymnastics, getting ready for preschool and more.

Stay with us through Preschool for children ages 2–5.  Our child-centered curriculum fosters an environment of open-ended exploration, curiosity and collaboration.

As our children grow older, we welcome them to join our fun and exciting Winter, Spring and Summer CampsNo School Today programs, and After School Enrichment Classes where they can learn new skills, meet new friends, and have fun at the EDCJCC.

Families can celebrate Shabbat and holidays, explore Jewish values, and build community with each other through our Family Programs.

Kids on the stairs of the EDCJCC

Upcoming Events

May
10
Mon
Holiday Story Time Series: Shavuot
May 10 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join JFamily Ambassador Shoshana as she reads books in celebration of the upcoming holiday of Shavuot. Best for Kids 1 – 6 years old.

Register at: https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZclfumoqzMrHNCSpevgLX2lkUQZ2_9zq39f

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.

 

May
11
Tue
Shavuot Grandfriend
May 11 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Join us online for a multi-generational event for PJ kids and their “grandfriends” to gather for Shavuot to share stories, create a collage, and celebrate togetherness.

Register by May 3 to receive art materials in the mail.


If logging in from a separate home than your grandchild or your child’s grandparent, please register each person separately.


This program is a collaboration of PJ Library Greater Washington, Bender JCC of Greater Washington, Edlavitch DCJCC, HoneymoonIsrael, Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia’s Growing Jewish Families in Northern Virginia, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

May
12
Wed
Baby Lap Time
May 12 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm


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 Kids 0 – 18 months)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpdu6prD4iHNLRqiaj7GDS2Lm-ToUEvmcc

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.

Cooking with the Kagins
May 12 @ 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Who likes pizza and fruit? What better way to eat both things and celebrate Shavuot than by making a Fruit Pizza! Join us for pre-Shavuot Cooking with the Kagins!

Register at: https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpdu6prD4iHNLRqiaj7GDS2Lm-ToUEvmcc

You will need:
18 ounces refrigerated sugar cookie dough
8 ounces cream cheese
7 ounces fluff or marshmallow creme
1 teaspoon lime zest
All your favorite fruits!

If you prefer to use a pre-made frosting you can buy one instead of the cream cheese, fluff, and lemon zest.

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

May
13
Thu
Bim Bom Bag: Shavuot Edition
May 13 @ 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm


The Edlavitch DCJCC presents a bagtastic and exciting opportunity to learn about Shavuot through arts & crafts, stories, and discussions. When you sign up you will receive a Jewish themed arts & crafts activities to work on independently with your kid(s). A few days later we will get together over zoom and share our creative crafts, read a story, and learn cool facts about the Shavuot (you do not need to attend the zoom to do the activities). This month’s bag includes the following crafts: DIY walking stick, DIY flower crowns, DIY Pin Wheel, Making your own Mt. Sinai, a yummy snack, as well as a Shavuot Activity book.

This program is perfect for children 3+ years old.
Registration cut off is on Sunday, May 9th.
Bag pick up will be at the Edlavitch DC JCC on Tuesday, May 11 between 12:15pm and 12:45pm and in Brookland (private home) on Tuesday, May 11. If these times or locations don’t work for you please e-mail Lindsay at lindsayk@edcjcc.org to arrange another pick up.

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.

May
14
Fri
OUTSIDE Flower arrangement and Tot Shabbat
May 14 @ 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm

Does your child love flowers and shabbat? So do we! Join us for a pre shabbat get together where we will make flower arrangements and sing shabbat songs. We will meet OUTSIDE at Hill Havurah (212 East Capitol St NE). Great for kids of all ages.

All family members over 2 years old must be wearing masks at all times. Please bring a blanket to sit on!

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC and Hill Havurah and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.