Family Programs


The Edlavitch DCJCC FAMILY PROGRAMS are designed with your family in mind. We merge high quality experiential activities with an informal camp-like atmosphere. Dedicated to serving and supporting our diverse community, we create safe space to explore Jewish values amidst the messy, joyful chaos that is raising kids in an urban environment in the modern world. Organized around the Jewish calendar and Shabbat we offer: monthly celebrations, pool parties, carnivals, story time and other kid friendly activities for children aged 2-8. All families are welcome—you don’t have to be Jewish to find a home at the EDCJCC.

Upcoming Events

High Holidays Scavenger Hunt
Sep 6 – Sep 30 all-day

Event dates September 6-30, Register by September 5
Most enjoyed by ages 3+ (fun for the whole family!)

When you go on the JCC’s community-wide virtual scavenger hunt you are sure to have fun! From Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) to Simchat Torah (celebrating the Torah) we have it covered. If you choose to accept this challenge, you will be given a list of missions (things you may find at home, in your neighborhood, in your community or online) to complete using the free online app called Goose Chase.

Our Chase will run from September 6th to September 30th. Sign up by September 5th to reserve your spot!

During a Goose Chase scavenger hunt, you will be asked to complete missions that range from taking pictures to answering questions. All ages can participate in the hunt and the best way to win is through teamwork. The hunt is creative, interactive and fun. Think of it as a crazy game show and YOU are the contestant! The hunt will take you approximately 2 hours but you don’t have to do it all in one day. Leading up to the event, you will receive an email with a link to the app and instructions on playing.

To Register:

Hosted by the Bender JCCGW, Edlavitch DCJCC, Pozez JCC of Northern VA, PJ Library, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

EDCJCC Sukkot Shoe Drive
Sep 13 – Sep 30 all-day
This year, help us make Sukkot not only an opportunity for gathering and celebration, but also an opportunity for community building and giving back.

As part of our Sukkot celebrations, we are collecting children and adult size shoes to benefit the clients of Martha’s Table, a local organization dedicated to supporting children, families, and communities in Washington, DC. Adult-sized shoes appropriate for professional work settings or those good for everyday wear are particularly requested. Shoes can be dropped off in the EDCJCC’s front vestibule from Monday, September 13 through Thursday, September 30. Shoes must either be new or very gently worn. Each pair of shoes should be tied together or donated in separate bags.

This shoe drive is presented as part of the installation of A. Robert Zweig Architecture & Design’s Sukkah City x DC installation, located in the EDCJCC’s Q Street, NW Parking lot.

“Based in traditional definition and function — primitive hut, temporary shelter — the Sukkah honors its roots as a simple structure by using readily available, standard building elements configured with a modern sensibility and current-day purpose. The open walls and ceiling provide a clear view inside, welcoming the visitor to enter – not only to enjoy, but to participate in its transformation…”

“As each inhabitant arrives, they are invited to leave a pair of shoes for the wanderer who may soon be passing through. Each box of shoes becomes a building block which, when placed within the exterior grid of the ‘hut’, transforms the character of the structure, changes its texture and alters both the view in and the light within. Perpetually evolving, the Sukkah becomes a place of gathering for celebration while also serving as center of community building.”

About Sukkah City x DC

In collaboration with the Capital Jewish Museum and the National Building Museum, the EDCJCC is proud to co-host Sukkah City x DC, a free public display of creative sukkahs designed by notable architects, on view at the National Building Museum’s West Lawn and at the EDCJCC from September 18 – October 3, 2021. Featuring seven sukkahs, each structure will interpret the theme of “welcoming the stranger” while exploring the traditions of Sukkot.

In addition to taking part in the EDCJCC’s Sukkot events listed at, enjoy these other events as part of Sukkah City x DC:

Community Day
National Building Museum’s West Lawn
Sunday, September 19, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Meet the architects and explore the public display of creative sukkahs on view outdoors while you learn about and celebrate the holiday of Sukkot. Free, but registration is encouraged.

Panel Program
Thursday, September 23, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Hear from the notable architects behind Sukkah City x DC, their inspiration and design process, and how the built environment can impact and inspire a community to reconsider who is welcome. Free, but registration is required.

The Balancing Act: Being a Jewish Parent (Parent Chevruta Matching)
Sep 20 all-day

Learning in chevruta (partnership) is a Jewish tradition spanning back to the times of the Mishnaic scholars in the 1st century CE. It was highly encouraged that one learns Torah with a chevruta or peer and not only with a teacher. By debating and struggling with text alongside a peer, chevruta pairs are able to come to a totally new understanding of the text that neither person could have achieved on their own.

Fill out our carefully curated online chevruta matching survey to be paired with a partner matched based on your interests and background in studying Torah. You and your learning partner will gain access to Project Zug, an online learning platform from Hadar, and begin this year with a 4-session course that will allow you to connect with other parents. 

This 4-session course, taught by Rabbi Avi Killip, uses text study as a mode to explore the multiple demands and values that are constantly tugging at Jewish parents. What from your own parent(s) are you trying to pass on to your kids? When should you prioritize yourself over your kids? What does it mean to raise a child as Jewish?

Registration Closes: Monday, September 20, 2021
Receive Chevruta and Course Information: Sunday, October 3, 2021
Live Virtual Kickoff: Monday, October 4, 2021 at 8:00 PM
Weekly Learning with Chevruta ( which you and your partner will schedule together): October 11 – November 7
Final Live Virtual Closing: Monday, November 8, 2021 at 8:00 PM

Sep 20 @ 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm

An energizing, weight-based group exercise class set to motivating, high energy music.

Click here to learn more about Group Exercise classes.

Sep 21 @ 6:15 am – 7:15 am

An energizing, weight-based group exercise class set to motivating, high energy music.

Click here to learn more about Group Exercise classes.