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

Aug
10
Mon
JFamily Story Time: “Around the World” Edition
Aug 10 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join your local JFamily Ambassador for a fun, virtual story time. This week we will read books from Around the World!

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkf-ChrT8tGNCji_g4onNdZBLqfpgamkWm

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.

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Toilet Training Without Tears
Aug 10 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Learn how to approach toilet training in a way that is developmentally appropriate and respectful to your child’s growing need to feel in control of his or her body, without unnecessary parental stress and anxiety.  The workshop will also address ways to manage typical challenges that arise during the process. Led by Claire Lerner, a licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist.

Aug
16
Sun
Bedtime & Blessings Bag
Aug 16 @ 11:00 am – 11:15 am

Looking to add to your bedtime routine or just for a fun activity or two, JFamily has you covered. This Bedtime & Blessings Bag comes with a pillowcase to decorate (including fabric markers), Jewish bedtime song sheet, a bedtime snack, PJ Library book and DC as well as a Shema Bedside card for the kids to decorate.

Pick up will be in front of the EDCJCC on Aug. 16th from 11am – 11:15am. Bags need to be ordered by Aug. 7th.

If this time does not work for you, please email Lindsayk@edcjcc.org to set up another time. 

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.

Bedtime & Blessings Sing Along
Aug 16 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Join JFamily and Rabbi Rachel Schmelkin for a fun afternoon of learning new Jewish Bedtime songs.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwoc-6qpz4oHNWeZsKMc4NkjnK9aNwJmsRz

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.

Aug
20
Thu
Summer Sweetness
Aug 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The beloved Sweet Summer Series program has gone online, and we are partnering with community organizations to bring your family together with other neighborhood families for stories and hands-on activities around Jewish values. Join us to spread more kindness, gratitude, and friendship in the world. Good for all ages; ice cream optional. We will be making challah together, so please gather your ingredients and join us!

Please register in advance: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpc-6urDwsG9W0zEcAJg5aCnZbFghvBdNy

Co-sponsored by Hill Havurah, Edlavitch DCJCC, Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School, and PJ Library of Greater Washington.

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.

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon + 3/4 tsp yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 3/4 cup warm-ish water
1/2 cup vegetable oil, plus a bit ore for bowl
4 eggs
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon salt
6-8 cups flour (you’ll judge based on how it feels — I like to use two cups of whole wheat)

Supplies:
Two big mixing bowls (unless you want to wash one in the middle)
Tablespoon measure
Quarter-teaspoon measure
Half-cup measure
One-cup measure
Measuring cup for water
Mixing spoon
Damp dish towel

Aug
30
Sun
Taste The High Holidays: Honey Cake Pops with Baked By Yael
Aug 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Have your cake and eat it, too, at a virtual Baked by Yael Rosh Hashanah cakepop class!

Classes last approximately one hour. We’ll teach you how to crumble the cake, mix it with frosting, and then roll, dip, and decorate your cakepops. You’ll get to take home everything you make, and we’ll clean up!

The exact number of cakepops will vary depending on what size you choose to make your cakeballs.  Some people end up with 12+ cakepops!

Registration fee includes materials for one participant:  baked cake, frosting, candy melts, cakepop sticks, and cakepop drying stand.

Baked by Yael will donate 20% of each registration fee to the EDCJCC!

During checkout, you’ll be asked to select whether you’d like to pick up your class supplies at Baked by Yael (we offer curbside pickup) or have them delivered to your home.