Children & Families


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 in the Parenting Center, stay with us for Preschool, and then join our fun and exciting Camp and After School Programs.

Upcoming Events

Lag B’Omer Park Playdate
May 19 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Come join us to celebrate Lag B’Omer at Mitchell Park! Join Melissa after work to hang out and enjoy s’mores, music, and bubbles. Lag B’Omer is celebrated on the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer, the period between Passover and Shavuot.

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.

Beyond the Bump
May 19 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

6 Thursdays, May 19-June 23, 6:30–7:30 PM
The group will meet in person on the first and last week, and the other sessions will be on Zoom.
$110 for the six-week session; EDCJCC Member Rate $92
Facilitated by Catherine Coogan, Ph.D.

Pregnant for the first time? Looking to create a community with other expecting moms to exchange ideas and find support? This group will meet weekly for six weeks to provide a safe and facilitated space for moms-to-be to discuss their experiences and learn from one another.  On the first and last weeks (May 19 and June 23), we will meet in person at the EDCJCC, and then we will meet virtually on Zoom for middle four weeks. We will explore several topics, including: concerns about childbirth and parenting; balancing family with work outside the home; navigating new relationships with your partner, parents, and in-laws; and recognizing post (and pre)-partum depression and anxiety.  The group will be kept small so that connections can be fostered easily, even in a virtual space.


Coffee & Convo
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

JFamily is treating you to coffee! Meet JFamily Ambassador Shoshana and fellow JFamily neighbors for an informal outdoor coffee break. Come on your own or with your little ones! This month we’re meeting at Bread Furst Bakery (4434 Connecticut Avenue NW). Weather permitting, we’ll sit outside to ensure COVID comfort levels.

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.

NESTED Childbirth Education Boot Camp (IN PERSON)
May 22 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Nested’s In-Person Childbirth Education (CBE) Boot Camp is a comprehensive class that will prepare you for your journey through labor, delivery, and the postpartum period!

In this class we will:

  • Review common third trimester issues and what to expect at your 36-week visit
  • Learn about the signs of labor, when to call your obstetrician, and what should be on your hospital bag packing list
  • Discuss each stage of labor and what can help alleviate and relax the mom, including options for pain management and potential interventions during the labor process
  • See what the hospital process will look like and what to expect from your healthcare team
  • Discuss the “typical” childbirth scenario  as well as how to prepare for the unexpected, including inductions, assisted vaginal births and c-sections.
  • Learn from experienced labor doulas as they demonstrate specialized comfort techniques to help with labor pain
  • Learn and practice tips, tricks and techniques for Prenatal Wellness: Pelvic Floor Health, Ergonomics & Exercises from a physical therapist

At Nested we know the importance of optimizing the physical and mental health of both parents during pregnancy and the postpartum period. With coping strategies, empowerment, education on diet & exercise and community resources, parents will leave feeling prepared for the doctor’s office, the delivery room and the trip back home.

We recommend taking this class on the earlier side of your pregnancy (24-39 weeks).

Note: 1 registration ticket allows for up to 2 people (1 ticket = 2 people) to attend the class and access the course resources.



Mishpacha Meet-Up: A Pre-Pride Parade LGBTQ Family Gathering
Jun 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

GLOE – The Kurlander Program for LGBTQ Outreach & Engagement at the Edlavitch DCJCC is proudly partnering with Adas Israel Congregation and PJ Library of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington to host a family-friendly gathering of the Jewish community – and our friends/allies – in the EDCJCC before marching as one at the Capital Pride Parade.

Beat the heat and join us for a short Shabbat program featuring Jewish reflections in support of LGBTQ inclusion, and enjoy snacks and fun activities for kids in addition to making signs we’ll carry in the parade! Afterwards, we’ll head over to our meet-up spot to queue for the parade together.

DC Capital Pride Parade 2022
Jun 11 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

March with GLOE at the Capital Pride Parade

Saturday, June 11, 4:00 PM
Color section/line-up details to be shared soon!

The Jewish community marches together at the Annual Capital Pride Parade! Let’s represent the love, equality, and inclusion that the Jewish community stands for, to all of DC.