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

Fitness Open House
Nov 26 – Nov 28 all-day
Fitness Open House @ Edlavitch DCJCC

This Black Friday, opt into fitness with the EDCJCC!

Our newly-renovated facility includes all new Precor cardio & strength training equipment, group exercise studio, refreshed indoor lap pool, and brand new locker rooms. We’ll help you reach your health & fitness goals in a safe environment!


Tour & Tote Bag

Drop in for a tour of the Fitness Center and get a free EDCJCC tote bag (while supplies last)! Tours are available 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Friday-Sunday.

Free Group Classes

Want to get a taste of some of our excellent group exercise classes? Sign up now for one of these free classes:

Hatha Yoga
Friday, November 26, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
This traditional yoga practice promotes mental as well as physical health and well being. You’ll leave practice refreshed and ready to take on whatever the rest of your day has to offer.

Doonya Dance
Saturday, November 27, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
This Bollywood workout is a dance-based high-intensity interval training fitness program. Each heart-pounding routine targets a major muscle group through innovative choreography and body-weight and weighted movements.

Adult Karate
Friday, November 26, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Saturday, November 27, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Karate combines the best aspects of fitness workouts and pillar of values. In addition to establishing self-defense skills, martial arts training shapes the confidence and respect both for oneself and for others.

Swim Strokes Development Clinic
Friday, November 26, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Saturday, November 27, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Sunday, November 28, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
This special Open House Swim Stroke Development Clinic is for swimmers of all abilities. It will focus on front crawl, back crawl, and rotary breathing; the goal is for swimmers to improve their technique and learn drills that will help them continue to improve.

Free workouts

Prefer a solo workout or swim to a group class? Drop in for a free workout, lap swim, or family swim session.

No registration fee

Join the Fitness Center over Black Friday weekend and pay no registration fee!

Please email Christopher Sargent with any questions.
Hanukkah Film Festival
Nov 28 @ 5:00 pm – Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm

Celebrate Hanukkah with eight days and nights of award-winning films playing November 28 – December 5.

Night 1: Sunday, November 28, 5:00 PM
Xueta Island w/ Broken Candle and Unraveling
Fascinating documentary on the Chuetas of Majorca, who are believed to be descendants of the island’s Inquisition-era Jewish population, forced to renounce their Judaism by the Catholic Church in the 15th century. Plays with short films Unraveling and The Broken Candle.

Night 2: Monday, November 29, 7:00 PM
Kiss Me Kosher
Two generations of Israeli women fall for a German woman and a Palestinian man, in this comic love story full of misadventure and discovery.

Night 3: Tuesday, November 30, 7:00 PM
Mish Mish w/ The Tattooed Torah

In a basement near Paris, a treasure-trove of Egyptian animated films from the Frenkel brothers is discovered. The three creators of Mish-Mish Effendi, the region’s Mickey Mouse, reveal an Arab-Jewish golden age long-forgotten. Plays with short film The Tattooed Torah.

Night 4: Wednesday, December 1, 7:00 PM
Latter Day Jew
Meet H. Alan Scott – a gay, former Mormon / converted Jew / cancer survivor / writer-comedian searching for his spiritual path and preparing for his Bar Mitzvah at age 35.

Night 5: Thursday, December 2, 7:30 PM
Leona tells the story of a young Jewish woman from Mexico City who finds herself torn between her family and her forbidden love.

Day 6: Friday, December 3, 1:00 PM
The Crossing
In this film for the whole family, four courageous children flee the Nazi occupation for Sweden.

Night 7: Saturday, December 4
The Crossing, 6:00 PM
In this film for the whole family, four courageous children flee the Nazi occupation for Sweden.

A Starry Sky Above the Roman Ghetto, 8:10 PM
Past and present meet upon the discovery of an old, mysterious photograph that will end up tying together Christian and Jewish students in search of the truth.

Night 8: Sunday, December 5, 5:00 PM
Here We Are
Aharon has devoted his life to raising his autistic son, Uri. They live together in gentle harmony, finding comfort in a routine of their own making. But Uri is autistic, and now as a young adult, it might finally be time for him to move out.

JFamily Candle Lighting
Nov 29 @ 5:30 pm – 5:45 pm

Join us each night of Chanukah as we light up the night (virtually) around the DMV. The Pozez JCC, Bender JCCGW, Edlavitch DCJCC, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and more will lead menorah lightings each night of Chanukah! Have your Chanukiah (Menorah) handy to light with us and help spread the light to our community.

NOTE: Friday, December 3: Virtual lighting will occur at 4pm followed by a Shabbat candle lighting. Saturday, December 4 lighting will occur at 5:45pm with Havdalah, followed by lighting the Chanukah menorah.

Hanukkah Film Fest Night 2: Kiss Me Kosher
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hanukkah Film Fest Night 2: Kiss Me Kosher @ Cafritz Hall

Sparks fly when two families from wildly different cultural backgrounds collide to plan a same-sex wedding in this fun-filled screwball romantic comedy.

After a string of brief relationships, Shira has finally found real love and gets engaged to Maria, a German who has uprooted her life with a move to Tel Aviv. The two families awkwardly try to overcome their cultural and religious differences, with the exception of Shira’s headstrong and fiercely independent grandmother, Berta, who strongly disapproves of any marriage between Germans and Jews.

Berta will go to any length to break-up the happy couple, until her own love life gets complicated after she secretly starts seeing a Palestinian man. As Shira’s younger brother eagerly documents the family chaos for a school video project, Shira and Maria discover the road to happiness is filled with unexpected, but hilarious complications.

Chanukah Grandfriend Event
Nov 30 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Chanukah Grandfriend Event @ Zoom


Join us for a virtual, multi-generational event for PJ kids and their “grandfriends” to celebrate the Festival of Lights with stories, a de-light-ful craft project, and lighting the menorah (candelabrum used for Chanukah).

Tuesday, November 30th | 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Please register by Friday, November 17th to receive materials in the mail. Zoom link will be sent prior to the event.

 If logging in from a separate home than your grandchild or your child’s grandparent, please register each household separately. We will mail materials to each household.

This program is a collaboration of PJ Library, the Bender JCC, Edlavitch DCJCC, HoneymoonIsrael, Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

If the $8/screen registration fee poses a barrier to your participation, please email