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

Baby Lap Time
Mar 10 @ 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:

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.

RBG Book Club
Mar 14 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Are you a tween who is passionate about changing the world and did you receive either Who Was Ruth Bader Ginsburg? from PJ Our Way or I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark from PJ Library? Do you want to talk about her inspiring life and learn how you can follow in Justice Ginsburg’s footsteps? Join us to talk with other tweens about RBG’s legacy and how you can also advocate for justice. (Best for ages 8-12.)

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This Women’s History Month program is a collaboration of PJ Our Way, Gesher Jewish Day School, the Capital Jewish Museum, Edlavitch DCJCC and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

Virtual Matzah Factory
Mar 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Receive everything you need to make your very own Matzah! (Note: This matzah is for educational purposes only and not Kosher for Passover.)

Join us for a hands-on Passover experience! You can choose to purchase a kit with all necessary supplies (matzah ingredients, rolling pin, apron, and Matzah Baker hat and special surprise activity!),or gather your own supplies at home and join us over Zoom for a Matzah Bakery workshop! Test your knowledge and leave with your very own Matzah!

Fun for all ages! (Adult supervision recommended)

Matzah Bakery boxes can be picked up from Woodley Park or on the Hill – 630 Massachusetts Ave. NE on Friday, March 12 from 12-4 or Sunday morning, March 14, from 10-1.

Delivery is also available anywhere on the Hill for a $5 fee.

This event is in collaboration with Chabad and JFamily.

JFamily 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: Enhancing Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence
Mar 17 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Emotional Intelligence is essential for academic and life success, perhaps even more so than cognitive ability.  This involves awareness and understanding of one’s own feelings, skills to manage strong emotions, and the ability to relate to the emotions of others. Join a Kingsbury psychologist (virtually) to learn how parents can coach their children through the turbulent world of childhood emotions to develop stronger emotional awareness, greater self-control, and closer connections with others.

Passover Story time with guest author
Mar 18 @ 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for a reading and discussion of the new book THE PASSOVER GUEST by Susan Kusel. Susan and Sean, the illustrator will be joining us for this fun event. (Best for Kids 3 – 8 years old)

THE PASSOVER GUEST is a fresh retelling of a classic I. L. Peretz story. It’s the spring of 1933 in Washington, D.C., and the Great Depression is hitting young Muriel’s family hard. Muriel assumes her family is too poor to hold a Passover Seder this year, but an act of kindness and a mysterious magician change everything. Susan and Sean, who are both from the D.C. area, did a tremendous amount of research to accurately capture Washington, D.C. in the 1930s.

Register in advance for this meeting:

Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia’s Growing Jewish Families, Bender JCC and the Edlavitch EDCJCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

Make Room for Matzah
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Make Room for Matzah

Sunday, March 21, 10:00  – 11:00 AM

Cost: $10/kit (recommend one kit per child, family max cost is $20), includes the program

$5 per family, just for the program (no kit)

Join us for virtual Passover workshop with PJ Library author and illustrator Alan Silberberg! He will premiere his hilarious new book, Meet the Matzah, and teach a doodling class to explore the foods and symbolism of Passover. Order a kit to have more fun Passover projects at home. Most appreciated by ages 4-7, though all are welcome.

Kit pick-up information:

DC locations – EDCJCC, Milton and Capitol Hill (address shared after registration) on Thursday, March 18, 12:15 ? 12:45 PM

VA location – Pozez JCC on Thursday, March 18, 12:15 ? 12:45 PM

MD location – Bender JCC on Thursday, March 18, 12:15 ? 12:45 PM

If you cannot make this time, please email Lindsay Kagin at for another arrangement.

Kits need to be purchase by March 14th.

Co-sponsored by PJ Library Greater Washington, Love and Religion – An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and their Partners, Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital, Capital Jewish Museum, Bender JCC, Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families, and Jews United for Justice.