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

JxJ Festival
May 12 – May 22 all-day
JxJ Festival @ Throughout DC and Maryland

Presented by the Edlavitch DCJCC, JxJ is a multidisciplinary arts project that encompasses the Washington Jewish Film and Music Festivals, alongside hybrid arts programming.

See the full line-up and get your tickets today!

About the Festival

One of the largest and most respected Jewish film festivals in North America, the Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) is an international exhibition of cinema that celebrates the diversity of Jewish history, culture and experience through the moving image. The WJFF was founded in 1990.

Established in 1999 with a lead gift from the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation, the Washington Jewish Music Festival (WJMF) promotes a broad appreciation of Jewish culture through presentations of extraordinary performing artists who preserve and invigorate Jewish music in contemporary culture.

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.

That Orchestra With The Broken Instruments
May 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Dir. Yuval Hameiri | 79 min
Documentary Israel  2021
English Arabic Hebrew with English subtitles  Mid-Atlantic Premiere

An orchestra of 100 professional and amateur musicians, young and old, sets out on a journey against all odds to a one-time concert. They speak different languages. Their instruments are broken.

One brilliant conductor, three gifted composers, and musicians from different backgrounds meet for four days of rehearsals to pull off a concert unlike any other: a concert played in Jerusalem on broken instruments. A poetic, engaging look at the broken and the whole through characters determined to create, if only for a moment, harmony in a discordant city.

Part of the BEATSxJ: Movies about Music series.

Shalom Putti
May 19 @ 6:10 pm – 7:45 pm
Dir. Tamás Wormser | 90 min
Documentary Canada  2022
English  International Premiere

When a little-known Jewish community in rural Uganda encounters a group of Orthodox Israeli rabbis, everyone is destined to be transformed.

Director Tamás Wormser documents the extraordinary encounter over seven years, crafting a nuanced and visually arresting documentary reflection on identity, religion, and the long shadow of colonialism.

This poignant look at the lives and religious practice of the Abayudaya touches on the very definition of what it is to be Jewish, while raising timely questions about wealth inequality and the relationship between Israel and the African diaspora.

Screening followed by a conversation with director Tamás Wormser.

Part of the Jews of Color series: Programs Centering Jews of Color.

May 19 @ 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Dir. Roberta Grossman | 74 min
Documentary USA  2022
English  Sneak Preview

They met in secret to negotiate the unthinkable—compensation for the survivors of the largest mass genocide in history. Survivors were in urgent need of help, but how could reparations be determined for the unprecedented destruction and suffering of a people?

Directed by 2018 Washington Jewish Film Festival Visionary Award Winner Roberta Grossman (Who Will Write our History, Blessed is the Match: Hannah Senesh), Reckonings recounts the tense negotiations between Jewish and German leaders.

Under the constant threat of violence, they forged ahead, knowing that the size of the settlement would never be enough but hoping it could at least be an acknowledgement and a step towards healing.