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

JFamily and EDCJCC Preschool Tot Shabbat
Dec 13 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join the JFamily Ambassadors and the Edlavitch DCJCC Preschool for Tot Shabbat program at the Edlavitch DCJCC. We will sing songs, read stories, and share snacks to bring in Shabbat. This kid friendly program is open to all, no JCC membership is required.

5:30pm – Tot Shabbat service

6:00pm – Snacks and social time

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.

Make Room for Latkes 2019
Dec 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Chanukah is coming and with it, eight nights of family fun! Bring your family for hands-on Chanukah activities including crafts, cooking, singing, stories, latkes, mitzvah (good deed) projects and take-home goodies.  It’s a perfect morning for Jewish and interfaith families with children ages 2 and older. Tickets will be $18.00 per family at the door.

This program is brought to you by PJ Library, the Edlavitch DCJCC, JFamily Ambassadors, the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital, Love and Religion, the Capital Jewish Museum and Jews United for Justice.  It is supported by the Marion Usher Fund for Interfaith programs at the EDCJCC.

JFamily and Honeymoon Israel Chanukah Celebration
Dec 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Join JFamily and Honeymoon Israel for a fun afternoon Chanukah Celebration. Ms. Ellie will sing songs, we’ll read Chanukah books, and enjoy some delicious treats!

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 as well as Honeymoon Israel. 

Community Chanukah Candle Lighting
Dec 23 @ 5:30 pm – Dec 29 @ 5:30 pm

Stop by the Q Street Lobby for every night of Chanukah to light the candles, recite the blessings and sing together, play dreidel games, and enjoy gelt and other delicious Chanukah treats!

5:30PM – Monday, December 23
4:00PM – Tuesday, December 24
5:30PM – Thursday, December 26
5:30PM – Friday, December 27
5:30PM (before JxJ film, Uncut Gems at 6:10PM) – Sunday, December 29

(December 23, 24, 26 and 27 – Parents picking their kids up from Winter Fun Camp are encouraged to stay for our festive Chanukah lighting gatherings each day)

Find more holiday programming here

December 25 Day of Service
Dec 25 @ 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

December 25th Day of Service (D25) is the Edlavitch DCJCC’s largest volunteer event of the year. Hundreds of volunteers will deliver holiday cheer to those in need at social service agencies across the metro-DC area! Projects include preparing and serving meals, singing carols, visiting home-bound seniors, throwing holiday parties, and more. Choose from over 40 different projects based on location, type of activity, or time of day.

Projects that will take place at the Edlavitch DCJCC include the Winter Blood Drive, making instant meal kits, creating cards for emergency personnel working on Christmas Day, and more.

Many of the projects are family-friendly, so please read individual project descriptions carefully for the minimum age to volunteer.

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