Parenting Center

Parenting Center

The Parenting Center provides families with the support, guidance, and enrichment needed to raise young children in the city.  LGBTQ and straight, couples and single parents, Jewish and non-Jewish, biological and adoptive, people of all colors and abilities — all families are warmly welcomed.

Classes and programs are designed to meet the developmental and social needs of infants and toddlers (newborns through age 4), to create meaningful bonding experiences for caregivers, to provide Jewish family engagement opportunities, and to provide practical skills and solutions, advice, and community-building opportunities for parents and parents-to-be.

We offer a wide variety of Sunday and weekday classes for children ages 0-4 and their caregivers, Jewish family engagement programs, and workshops for parents, parents-to-be, and folks who want to be parents.

Upcoming Workshops

Nov
29
Mon
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.

Nov
30
Tue
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
$8.00/screen

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 sarah.rabinspira@shalomdc.org.

 

JFamily Candle Lighting
Nov 30 @ 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.

Dec
1
Wed
JFamily Candle Lighting
Dec 1 @ 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.

Dec
2
Thu
Bim Bom Bags: Fall Flavors
Dec 2 all-day

Bim Bom Bags: Fall Flavors
Optional Zoom events will be Thursday  October 21, December 2 at 4:30 PM
Best for Ages 2-6

The Edlavitch DC JCC is proud to present Bim Bom Bags, fall flavors! We will be delivering bags full of Jewish themed crafts, learning and more. In October, receive a bag full of Shabbat and Havdalah awesomeness. Our fall finale will be a Chanukah bag with contents to light up your holiday. We hope you will then join us for an online gathering (optional) to share your work and learn more about the holidays with families from across the DMV! Email lindsayk@edcjcc.org if you have questions.

Chanukah: Buy your bag by Wednesday 11/24 for pick up between 11/28 – 12/2, Online gathering Thursday 12/2 @4:30

Fee: Each bag is $18

 

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC, Bender JCCGW, and Pozez JCC of NoVA along with PJ Library Greater Washington.

The Parenting Center at the Edlavitch DCJCC has been my hub for everything kid-related from early pregnancy to post-delivery and now into the toddler years. In a transient city like DC, the EDCJCC plays a crucial role in fostering a sense of community among new parents. The people I met in my Beyond the Bump group and in classes such as Musical Infants, are some of my closest friends today. I love that our kids have been playing together from the very beginning and some of them are now entering preschool together. The resources the Parenting Center offers are phenomenal -- offering a supportive environment and much needed advice, holding helpful workshops for navigating parenting challenges, and providing engaging activities for infants and toddlers. I feel incredibly fortunate to have benefited from all that the EDCJCC has to offer!
Shannon, mom to a 4 year old