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

Bedtime & Blessings Bag
Aug 16 @ 11:00 am – 11:15 am

Looking to add to your bedtime routine or just for a fun activity or two, JFamily has you covered. This Bedtime & Blessings Bag comes with a pillowcase to decorate (including fabric markers), Jewish bedtime song sheet, a bedtime snack, PJ Library book and DC as well as a Shema Bedside card for the kids to decorate.

Pick up will be in front of the EDCJCC on Aug. 16th from 11am – 11:15am. Bags need to be ordered by Aug. 7th.

If this time does not work for you, please email to set up another 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.

Bedtime & Blessings Sing Along
Aug 16 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Join JFamily and Rabbi Rachel Schmelkin for a fun afternoon of learning new Jewish Bedtime songs.

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.

Summer Sweetness
Aug 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The beloved Sweet Summer Series program has gone online, and we are partnering with community organizations to bring your family together with other neighborhood families for stories and hands-on activities around Jewish values. Join us to spread more kindness, gratitude, and friendship in the world. Good for all ages; ice cream optional. We will be making challah together, so please gather your ingredients and join us!

Please register in advance:

Co-sponsored by Hill Havurah, Edlavitch DCJCC, Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School, and PJ Library of Greater Washington.

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.

1 tablespoon + 3/4 tsp yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 3/4 cup warm-ish water
1/2 cup vegetable oil, plus a bit ore for bowl
4 eggs
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon salt
6-8 cups flour (you’ll judge based on how it feels — I like to use two cups of whole wheat)

Two big mixing bowls (unless you want to wash one in the middle)
Tablespoon measure
Quarter-teaspoon measure
Half-cup measure
One-cup measure
Measuring cup for water
Mixing spoon
Damp dish towel

Taste The High Holidays: Honey Cake Pops with Baked By Yael
Aug 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Have your cake and eat it, too, at a virtual Baked by Yael Rosh Hashanah cakepop class!

Classes last approximately one hour. We’ll teach you how to crumble the cake, mix it with frosting, and then roll, dip, and decorate your cakepops. You’ll get to take home everything you make, and we’ll clean up!

The exact number of cakepops will vary depending on what size you choose to make your cakeballs.  Some people end up with 12+ cakepops!

Registration fee includes materials for one participant:  baked cake, frosting, candy melts, cakepop sticks, and cakepop drying stand.

Baked by Yael will donate 20% of each registration fee to the EDCJCC!

During checkout, you’ll be asked to select whether you’d like to pick up your class supplies at Baked by Yael (we offer curbside pickup) or have them delivered to your home.

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Raising Anti-Racist Children (SOLD OUT)
Sep 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Email to be added to the Waitlist
Raising children to build a just world is a life-long process, as well as a difficult challenge for parents to navigate. Join us for a two-part series with expert educator Dr. Nabina Liebow, who will take us through the learning and practical steps necessary to raise anti-racist children and help us create a cohort of race conscious parents in our community.

Although we understand that life is unpredictable, we request that you commit to both parts of this workshop in order to honor the learning process and receive the full benefit of this workshop. Attendance will be capped in order to create an intimate cohort of parents.

Part 1 (September 3, 8:00-9:30 PM): Discussing race and racism with your children is a vital part of antiracist and race conscious parenting. But some people might feel a little rusty on the basics! In the first part of the workshop, Dr. Liebow will give a “Crash Course in Racial Literacy” to familiarize us with important concepts in practicing race-conscious parenting. By the end of this session, participants will gain a deeper understanding of race conscious parenting, race, white supremacy, white privilege, and antiracism.

Part 2 (September 10, 8:00-9:30 PM): In the second part of the workshop, parents will learn strategies for helping their child develop an antiracist consciousness and get a chance to role-play and practice talking about race with their kids.

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC Parenting Center and Morris Cafritz Center for Social Responsibility