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, starting with our Parenting Center programs including workshops for parents, parents-to-be, and folks who want to be parents, Jewish Family Engagement programs, and 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 School Year and Summer Camps and After School Programs where they can learn new skills, meet new friends, and have fun at the EDCJCC.

Kids on the stairs of the EDCJCC

Upcoming Events

Welcoming Jewish Children
Jul 28 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

How do I welcome my baby into the Jewish community? What’s a mohel and how do I find one? How are the welcoming rituals similar and different for boys and girls? When and how do I announce the baby’s name?  Join EDCJCC Children and Families staff Lindsay Kagin and Miriam Szubin — who have welcomed two girl and three boy babies between them — for a virtual workshop on Jewish rituals, traditions, and options for a bris (a Jewish religious male circumcision ceremony) and simchat bat (celebration of a daughter). You’ll walk away with information, resources, and connections to a community of other parents-to-be of Jewish babies.

Grandfriend Sweet Summer series (Virtual)
Aug 2 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

PJ kids and their “grandfriends” can be part of the Sweet Summer Series, too! Join us for a special afternoon of stories and fun.

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

Register in advance:

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

Israeli Dancing – JCC Parking Lot
Aug 5 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
israeli dancing 

Thursday, August 5th 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
FREE for the summer
Markid (Instructor): Amanda Herring, Manager of Jewish Life and Learning

Are you looking to meet great people and have fun, all while getting a high-energy workout? Then this class is for you!

Get your feet moving to the energetic beats of rikudai-am (Israeli dance). Monthly drop-in session is high energy, attracting young people and families from all across the DC Metropolitan area. Instruction will only include line dance for the time being (no circle or couples dances). All are welcome, beginners and experienced dancers alike. No dance partner necessary.

Schmaltz Brothers food truck will be parked outside the JCC on Aug. 5th with yummy food for purchase, so come hungry!

Pre-register or just drop in!

There will also be activities for little ones including bubbles, chalk, and ice pops!

Shabbat at City-State Brewing Co.
Aug 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join your neighbors to welcome Shabbat at City-State Brewing. Bring your dinner or purchase from one of the food trucks on hand. JFamily will provide a shabbat tea light, challah and grape juice, you bring the rest!

We will have reserved picnic tables next to the wide-open doors. You are also welcome to bring your own chairs to sit outside.

Please note that everyone 2+ must be wearing masks when not eating or drinking.

There is a parking lot on top of the brewery and additional street parking close by.


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.

Sweet Summer Series : Kalorama Park
Aug 12 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for playtime and popsicles! We’ll gather with other families to socialize while social distancing.

Thursday, August 12, 5:00-6:00 PM Kalorama Park 1865 Kalorama Rd NW, Washington, DC

Pre-registration is required as attendance numbers are limited.

Good for all ages but most appreciated by kids 3-7 years old.

Cosponsored by PJ Library, EDCJCC, Honeymoon Israel, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

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Growing Grasshoppers
Aug 15 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 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!

Register in advance for this meeting:

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.