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

Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come to the newly renovated Edlavitch DCJCC for a morning of free music, games, moon bounce, food, holiday crafts, and fun! Rock out to the music of Jason Mesches, award-winning Jewish educator and performer, and his newest album Nosh Pit, and participate in a community service project benefitting local refugee families designed for all ages. Together, we’ll celebrate Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) in an atmosphere that welcomes everyone and caters to families.

Sponsored in memory of Elona Shaffert by the Shaffert/Brenner Family.

The Family Concert is presented by the Washington Jewish Music Festival as part of JxJ’s year-round programming. The Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation is the lead sponsor of The Washington Jewish Music Festival

JFamily new parents get together (parents with 0-3 month olds)
Oct 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Have a 0-3 month old? Looking to get out of your house and make new friends? Join us on Thursday, October 3 at 10am at the Pavilion Cafe (The Sculpture Garden, 7th Street & Constitution Avenue) at the Sculpture garden. Come unwind after Rosh Hashanah and before Yom Kippur, grab a coffee, meet new friends and if the weather is nice we will go for a walk.
JFamily A Toast to the New Year
Oct 6 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Come join the JFamily Ambassadors for a toast to the new year at this kid friendly brewery event. Bring your own picnic lunch. Each family pays for their own refreshments.

JFamily is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC and funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the United Jewish Endowment Fund.

JFamily and Hill Havurah Tot Shabbat and Sukkot Celebration
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

We’re joining in on Hill Havurah’s monthly Tot Shabbat to help learn some favorite Shabbat songs and get excited for the holiday of Sukkot. A light kiddush will be served. Come for the “Dinosaur Song,” stay for the “Sukkah Shake.”

Hosted by Jessica

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.

Behrend Builders Sukkah Build
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Behrend Builders as we build the community sukkah for the Edlavitch DCJCC.

In preparation for the festival of Sukkot we will be building the community sukkah and creating decorations for it! Come and be a part of the creation of this gorgeous structure for the Sukkot season. We will need builders and decorators so this project is open to people of all ages and experience!

Please sign up in advance, since we will not be able to accommodate walk-ins. No prior experience in sukkah building is required!

We will meet in the Edlavitch DCJCC parking lot. If you have any questions please email Randy Bacon at