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

Second Thoughts: Adjusting to Baby #2 (SOLD OUT)
Mar 4 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

SOLD OUT; email to be added to the waitlist in case of cancellations
3 Thursdays: March 4, March 11, and March 18
8:00-9:00 PM
$62 for the three-week session
Facilitated by Taylor Lerner, Psy.D

Are you expecting baby #2? Looking to create a community with other second time parents to exchange ideas and find support? This group will meet weekly via Zoom for three weeks to provide a safe space for second time parents-to-be to discuss their experiences and learn from one another. We will explore several topics, including: managing your big kid’s (big!) feelings before, during, and after welcoming the new baby; kid-care and self-care with two; navigating new relationships and new roles; and the complicating factors of Covid-19. The group will be kept small so that connections can be fostered easily, even in a virtual space, and also so that in-person outdoor meet-ups can be organized safely if the group wants.

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.