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

JFamily Challah Train
Nov 2 – Nov 30 all-day

Choo Choo! All aboard the challah train!

Join the JFamily team in connecting neighbors together with challah. A JFamily team member will start the train by dropping off a challah and a train bag to the first conductors home before Shabbat. The next week you pay it forward as the conductor by bringing challah to another neighbor, and then they become the conductor to pass it forward to the next neighbor. Everything you need to know about what to do, including challah recipes and places to buy challah will be in the train bag.

Click here to sign up!

Story Time: Mitzvot Edition
Nov 30 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join JFamily Ambassador Shoshana for our weekly virtual story time. This week we’ll be reading books about doing mitzvot (good deeds)! Best for Kids 1 – 6 years old.

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.


Virtual Havdalah
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

If you register by November 27th we will send you an envelope with spices, candles and the activity sheet enclosed. If you register after that time, please gather a candle with 2 wicks of more (or put 2 candle wicks together) spices and grape juice and print the activity sheet ( which will be emailed 2 days before the event).

Zoom link will be sent 2 days before the event.

This program is brought to you by Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital and the Edlavitch DCJCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

Make Room for Latkes
Dec 6 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Make your Chanukah de-light-ful at Make Room for Latkes! Receive a kit with supplies to play games, make a craft, and learn ways to make the Festival of Lights meaningful and joyful for your family. (Best for ages 3-8.)

Register by December 2 to receive a kit. Pick-up your activity kit, filled with goodies for the program and throughout the holiday, on Friday, December 4. Pick up will be on Friday, December 4th from 12:15 – 12:45pm at either the EDCJCC or Milton Gottesman North Campus. If this time or location does not work for you please email to set up another time.

This program is a collaboration of PJ Library, the Edlavitch DCJCC, the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital, and Jewish Interfaith Couples.

Chanukah Cake Pops with Baked By Yael
Dec 6 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

chanukah cake pops

Have your cake and eat it, too, at a virtual Baked by Yael Hanukkah cakepop class, with special guests EDCJCC CEO, Dava Schub and her daughter Benna! Class includes blue and white edible glitter for the cakepops.

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.

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.

Grandfriend Chanukah Celebration
Dec 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Gather around the menorah for a multi-generational event for kids and their “grandfriends.” We will make Chanukah-inspired churros and dipping sauces, hear a story, and celebrate joyfully together.

When you register, we will share the recipe and ingredients list to bake along with us.

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

Registration link: