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

Shavuot Grandfriend Cooking Together Program
May 27 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Eating dairy foods is an essential part of celebrating Shavuot (a springtime harvest holiday that also celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai). We love ice cream and want to make it with you! Grab a grandparent or special grownup friend, have them meet you on our zoom call, and make Ice Cream in a bag.

You will need: 1 cup half and half, 1.5 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tbsp sugar, ice, 1/4 cup salt, and two Ziploc bags (1 small, 1 large)

Register in advance for this meeting:

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC and PJ Library in Greater Washington and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.


VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Building a Parent Community in Quarantine
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

As if preparing to become a parent wasn’t stressful enough, pandemic precautions bring new uncertainties and require creative thinking around how to build community and get support. Rabbi Shira Stutman of Sixth & I and Miriam Szubin, Director of the EDCJCC Parenting Center, invite you to a wide-ranging workshop for brand-new parents and parents-to-be, touching on subjects like reconfigured relationships, managing uncertainty, Jewish life cycle rituals, and creating virtual and socially distanced support networks. Study Jewish texts and be in community with people who have some of the same questions, even if we don’t have all the answers.

This event is presented in partnership with Sixth & I

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Parenting in the Age of Coronavirus (Still!)
Jun 4 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

It’s been over two months since we began parenting in the changed landscape of an unprecedented global pandemic.  Working from home while providing childcare, managing our own anxieties while trying to project calm, not knowing when  or if things will return to normal  . . . . all of this is really hard.  Join psychotherapist and mom Meira Ellias via ZOOM for a discussion about parenting struggles, particularly managing your and your children’s anxieties, in this time of social distancing.

More information about Meira and her work can be found at

VIRTUAL: Taking Your Own Newborn Photos — Learning from a Pro
Jun 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Just because a professional photographer can’t visit your home at this time, doesn’t mean you can’t learn to capture beautiful, natural light portraits of your newborn in your own home using your phone or camera. Join us online for the company of other new parents and a relaxed conversation about to take your own newborn photos. Kimberly Goldwein, newborn and family photographer of Kimberly Goldwein Photography, will walk you through the basics of newborn portrait photography, and then assist you virtually in taking photos of your newborns. Q&A is encouraged!

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Estate Planning 101 for New Families and Couples
Jun 18 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

These days, so much is out of our control. In the midst of this pandemic, there is no better time to educate yourself about estate planning for you and your loved ones. Taught by Andrew Friedman, an estate planning attorney and first-time father-to-be, this hour-long virtual meeting will cover the basics of estate planning, what documents you need (wills, trusts, powers of attorney), how to protect your family in case of unforeseen circumstances, and how you can execute your Will and estate planning documents while practicing “social distancing.” Bring your questions!