Jewish Family engagement

Jewish Family engagement

However you define your Jewish family, let us help you find community and develop meaningful Jewish experiences for you and your children. Join us at the EDCJCC for monthly Tot Shabbat programs, year-round holiday celebrations, and opportunities for service learning and community-building around Jewish traditions and values. Plus, connect with other parents raising Jewish children in your neighborhood through our JFamily Ambassadors Program.

About JFamily

If your family is raising a Jewish newborn or child up to 6 years old, one of our JFamily Ambassadors is here to help you get connected! Your neighborhood JFamily Ambassador is ready to meet with you and your family over coffee (our treat!), at a play space, at a park, or virtually to learn about you and your interests. Each family will also receive a welcome gift of our favorite gear! If you are interested in meeting your JFamily Ambassador, please fill out this short survey, and we will be in touch soon.

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.Jewish Federation Logo

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Upcoming Events

Sep
6
Mon
High Holidays Scavenger Hunt
Sep 6 – Sep 30 all-day

Event dates September 6-30, Register by September 5
Most enjoyed by ages 3+ (fun for the whole family!)

When you go on the JCC’s community-wide virtual scavenger hunt you are sure to have fun! From Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) to Simchat Torah (celebrating the Torah) we have it covered. If you choose to accept this challenge, you will be given a list of missions (things you may find at home, in your neighborhood, in your community or online) to complete using the free online app called Goose Chase.

Our Chase will run from September 6th to September 30th. Sign up by September 5th to reserve your spot!


During a Goose Chase scavenger hunt, you will be asked to complete missions that range from taking pictures to answering questions. All ages can participate in the hunt and the best way to win is through teamwork. The hunt is creative, interactive and fun. Think of it as a crazy game show and YOU are the contestant! The hunt will take you approximately 2 hours but you don’t have to do it all in one day. Leading up to the event, you will receive an email with a link to the app and instructions on playing.

To Register: https://forms.gle/jY25Pu49yrRnddjA9

Hosted by the Bender JCCGW, Edlavitch DCJCC, Pozez JCC of Northern VA, PJ Library, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

Sep
23
Thu
Israeli Dancing: Sukkot Edition
Sep 23 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

israeli dancing

Thursday, September 23 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
FREE
Markid (Instructor): Amanda Herring, Manager of Jewish Life and Learning

Are you looking to meet great people and have fun, all while getting a high-energy workout? Then this class is for you!

Get your feet moving to the energetic beats of rikudai-am (Israeli dance). Monthly drop-in session is high energy, attracting young people and families from all across the DC Metropolitan area. Instruction will only include line dance for the time being (no circle or couples dances). All are welcome, beginners and experienced dancers alike. No dance partner necessary.

Schmaltz Brothers food truck will be parked outside the JCC on Aug. 5th with yummy food for purchase, so come hungry!

Pre-register or just drop in!

There will also be activities for little ones including bubbles, chalk, and ice pops!

Sep
24
Fri
Family Shabbat in the Lot
Sep 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for Shabbat in the Lot of the EDCJCC.

To start the night we will have a lively 30-minute Shabbat song session which is geared toward children under six years old and their parents, grandparents, or caregivers. Together we sing, dance, and enjoy a story. (Free)

Following Shabbat songs stay for a picnic dinner. Enjoy celebrating shabbat and making new friends. We will have candles, grape juice and wine, challah, and dessert. Each family will need to bring blanket/chairs and their own dinner. We will also have Magician Drew Blue Shoes on site entertaining us all!  ! (FEE: $18.00 per family)

Registration is required to attend.

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.

Effective September 1, all visitors over the age of 12 entering the EDCJCC’s building are required to show proof of vaccination. Participants at outdoor events will not be checked for vaccination status, but it is our hope that regardless of where we gather, we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community. For more information, visit edcjcc.org/covidsafety.

Sep
26
Sun
Family Sukkot Festival
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us in the EDCJCC’s sukkah for a fun morning of stories, crafts and snacks!

Fee: $18.00 per family

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.

Effective September 1, all visitors over the age of 12 entering the EDCJCC’s building are required to show proof of vaccination. Participants at outdoor events will not be checked for vaccination status, but it is our hope that regardless of where we gather, we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community. For more information, visit edcjcc.org/covidsafety.

Oct
21
Thu
Bim Bom Bags: Fall Flavors
Oct 21 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.

Shabbat/Havdalah: Buy your bag by Wednesday 10/13 for pick up between 10/17 – 10/21, online gathering Thursday 10/21 @4:30

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

Oct
22
Fri
Family Shabbat in the Lot
Oct 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for Shabbat in the Lot of the EDCJCC.

To start the night we will have a lively 30-minute Shabbat song session which is geared toward children under six years old and their parents, grandparents, or caregivers. Together we sing, dance, and enjoy a story. (Free)

Following Shabbat songs stay for a picnic dinner. Enjoy celebrating shabbat and making new friends. We will have candles, grape juice and wine, challah, and dessert. Each family will need to bring blanket/chairs and their own dinner. We will also have Miss Mollie – Dynamic and Energetic Children’s Entertainer on site to entertain us all with bubbles! (FEE $18.00 per family)

Registration is required to attend.

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.

Effective September 1, all visitors over the age of 12 entering the EDCJCC’s building are required to show proof of vaccination. Participants at outdoor events will not be checked for vaccination status, but it is our hope that regardless of where we gather, we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community. For more information, visit edcjcc.org/covidsafety.

Oct
28
Thu
Parent Coffee: Gentle Sleep Secrets for Newborns (IN PERSON)
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join us for coffee, the company of other new parents, and a relaxed conversation about your baby’s sleep.  Gentle sleep coach Jessica Dodson of Starlight Sleep Coaching will discuss how sleep develops during infancy, why it can be so difficult and what you can do to make it easier for both you and your baby. Learn gentle steps you can take to help shape your child’s sleep from their earliest months and how to avoid common pitfalls that can lead to restless nights. Bring your questions – we’ll spend most of our time talking through participants’ specific situations.   Babies warmly welcomed!


MASK AND VACCINATION POLICY:
 Effective September 1, all visitors entering the EDCJCC’s building are required to show proof of vaccination. Participants at outdoor events will not be checked for vaccination status, but it is our hope that regardless of where we gather, we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community. Additionally, mask wearing inside of the EDCJCC will also be always required by everyone, except while eating or drinking in designated locations. For more information, visit edcjcc.org/covidsafety.

Nov
12
Fri
Fall Family Shabbat Clusters
Nov 12 all-day

Family Shabbat Clusters are groups of 3-4 families who get together monthly to celebrate Shabbat together around for meals and/or playdates. This is a great, casual way to get to know more families raising Jewish children in the DC metro area (Please note that we define “Jewish child” however you do!). Families sign up and share information about different ways they would like to celebrate Shabbat. We at the EDCJCC will pair you up with families who have similar interests, geographical location, and/or ages of children. Then, once a month, a small group of families get together to experience Shabbat in the best way for your cluster.  We welcome ALL kinds of families, including interfaith families interested in exploring Shabbat in a safe, joyful, family-focused environment.  

 

All participants who register for the Shabbat Clusters program will be placed into clusters of 3-4 families. Clusters will organize themselves to meet once a month from November through January (or beyond, if desired!).

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does it cost?

A: There is a $18 fee for the Shabbat Cluster Matching, including registration and a shabbat bag for your clusters first meet up that includes: Challah, Grape Juice, Wine, Dessert and Shabbat Candles. This does not include the cost of any food that families bring to their own cluster events.

 

Q: Can I sign up for my friend’s family?

A: No, each family must have a separate registration form.  

 

Q: Can I request another family be in our cluster?

A: Yes, there is a section in the registration form to request this; both families must fill this section out in order for us to ensure the placement. 

 

Q: When does registration close?

A: Please sign up by October 20

 

Q: When will I find out who is in my cluster?

A: Your family will notified by October 29

 

Q: How do Shabbat Clusters work?

A: Clusters will meet once a month on Friday evenings or during the day on Saturdays, based on the the groups’ preferences.  Clusters can decide the location and nature of the gathering, but please adhere to best practices around Covid safety.

 

Q: What happens at Shabbat Clusters?

A:Shabbat cluster gatherings usually include traditional Shabbat rituals like prayers for candles, grape juice, and challah bread.  Each cluster can decide what they want to include and how they want to celebrate Shabbat with their group. After that it is up to each group how they want to handle the rest. 

 

Q: What do Shabbat Clusters offer? 

A: Opportunities for community and connection. 

 

Suggested Dates: Friday dinner or Saturday morning/afternoon

November 12 or 13

December 10 or 11 

January 7 or 8

 

How to Register:

Please fill out the form and register for this session of Family Shabbat Clusters on the next page. We offer groups for all families and will match you into a group based on where you live, your children’s age, and level of observance.

 

The registration deadline for our first round of sign-ups is October 20 so we have enough time to put together groups before our first gathering. Registration is rolling after this deadline based on availability in groups formed. Email Lindsay at lindsayk@edcjcc.org to sign up past the deadline.

Remember, each family must complete their own registration form. If you would like to be placed with a friend, make sure you both request each other on the form. We will do our best to fulfill all requests.

VACCINATION POLICY: Effective September 1, all visitors entering the EDCJCC’s building are required to show proof of vaccination. Participants at outdoor events will not be checked for vaccination status, but it is our hope that regardless of where we gather, we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community. For more information, visit edcjcc.org/covidsafety.

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.

Shabbat/Havdalah: Buy your bag by Wednesday 10/13 for pick up between 10/17 – 10/21, online gathering Thursday 10/21 @4:30

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

Dec
8
Wed
Welcoming Jewish Children
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

How do I welcome my baby into the Jewish community? What’s a mohel and how do I find one? How are the traditional welcoming rituals similar and different for boys and girls? When and how do I announce the baby’s name?  Join EDCJCC Children and Families staff Lindsay Kagin and Miriam Szubin — who have welcomed two girl and three boy babies between them — for a virtual workshop on Jewish rituals, traditions, and options for a bris (a Jewish religious male circumcision ceremony) and simchat bat (celebration of a daughter). You’ll walk away with information, resources, and connections to a community of other parents-to-be of Jewish babies.

Please note that we define “Jewish baby” however you do! All are welcome.  


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