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 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

Dec
4
Sun
Family-Friendly Boogie-Woogie Klezmer Brunch (IN PERSON)
Dec 4 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Boogie-Woogie Klezmer Brunch with The Music Pilgrim Trio & Daryl Davis

Sunday, December 4
Brunch will be available at 10:30 AM before the concert. The concert kicks off at 11:30 AM.
Kids under 7 years old attend free of charge.

Klezmer brunch is back and family friendly this December! Music lovers of all ages are welcome to join us for Boogie-Woogie Klezmer Brunch with Seth Kibel paired with the Music Pilgrim Trio & Daryl Davis. There will be concert seating for those who want it, but children will not be expected to sit quietly — dancing is encouraged!

Presented in partnership with PJ library

 

Growing Grasshoppers
Dec 4 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Is your little one on the move and no longer content to just sit on your lap and play? We are looking for some grasshoppers who like to wiggle, jiggle, and move! Join our J-Family Ambassadors Tracy and Shoshana to get those wiggles out with music, stories, dancing, and more! A great way to spend your morning and meet other families for some FUN!

Pre-registration is required.

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC, Pozez JCC and Bender JCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

JFamily Donut-Making Class
Dec 4 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Learn to make sufganiyot (Chanukah Donuts), with JFamily Ambassador Hanna from the Pozez JCC in NoVA. Join her virtually and learn to make the dough and watch how to finish off the donuts. The simple recipe will be provided in advance. Happy Chanukah!

Dec
10
Sat
Havdalah and Lantern Walk
Dec 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

As the days grow shorter and darkness increases, join JFamily to bring in some extra light with a special lantern-making havdalah experience! Each child will have a chance to create a lantern that we’ll use for a special pre-havdalah walk. Then, as a community, we’ll bid farewell to Shabbat and prepare for a wonderful new week through the sensory ritual of havdalah.

This program is geared towards families with children ages 0-6. We’ll have all the lantern supplies, but we encourage families to bring flashlights to add some extra light and fun as children explore!

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.

Dec
11
Sun
Baby Lap Time
Dec 11 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am

A virtual lap time experience for our youngest JFamily members and their care providers. These 25 minute experiences introduce songs, rhymes, and developmentally appropriate movement. Come build a bond with your baby while meeting other caregivers. This program is meant for the baby to be in their caregiver’s lap with their grownup actively involved. (Best for children 0 – 18 months.)

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.

Dec
13
Tue
Chanukah with Grandfriends
Dec 13 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

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).

Please register by Friday, December 7 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.

Dec
14
Wed
JFamily Breakfast and Story Time
Dec 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Image is of a little girl reading a bookJoin JFamily Ambassador Shoshana and other neighborhood families for breakfast at Baked by Yael, followed by Story Time at the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library. JFamily will pay for everyone’s coffee, but each individual will pay for their own breakfast.

 

Timing:
Breakfast will be from roughly 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM, at which point we’ll walk over to the library for Story Time, which begins at 10:30 AM.

Feel free to come for just breakfast (either solo or with your little ones!), just Story Time, or both!

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.

Dec
18
Sun
JFamily Chanukah Party
Dec 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Celebrate Chanukah with the JFamily team at the EDCJCC! Our annual Chanukah party, held indoors, will feature a sing-along with children’s entertainer Mr. Ari; Chanukah-themed arts and crafts stations; story time; bouncing; seasonal treats; and more.

We will also be collecting donations of new, never-worn kids gloves/mittens (all sizes and colors welcomed) in partnership with D25 Day of Service to help families with young kids who are either currently experiencing homelessness or have transitioned out of homelessness.

$18/family ($15 for EDCJCC members)

Questions? Please email Shoshana Parker at sparker@edcjcc.org.

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.

Dec
22
Thu
Celebrate Chanukah with Jews of Color and their Families
Dec 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come light the menorah, eat delicious latkes, spin some dreidels, and have a great time creating community with other Jews of Color and their families!

Please note this holiday celebration is specifically curated for community members who identify as Jews of Color and for their families. If you do not identify as being part of this community, we invite you to attend a different Chanukah event happening at the EDCJCC instead.

When: Thursday, December 22, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Where: The Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center

COVID-19 Info: Currently, masks in public spaces at the EDCJCC are optional but we encourage and embrace everyone to do what feels best and most safe for themselves and their families. Proof of vaccination is no longer required to enter the building.

Questions? Contact Sonya Weisburd at sonyaw@edcjcc.org

RSVP: This event is free but we kindly request you RSVP to help us ensure we have enough food! Click on the red “Register” button to proceed to registration.

This event is brought to you in partnership with Khazbar, Mosaic Visions, Washington Hebrew Congregation’s JOC Affinity Group, and Adas Israel Congregation’s Jews of Color Affinity Group.

Jan
29
Sun
Family-Friendly Klezmer Brunch with Nefesh Mountain Duo (IN PERSON)
Jan 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Family-Friendly Klezmer Brunch with Nefesh Mountain Duo

Sunday, January 29
Brunch will be available at 10:30 AM before the concert. The concert kicks off at 11:30 AM.
Kids under 7 years old attend free of charge.

Klezmer brunch is back and family friendly! Music lovers of all ages are welcome to join us for Klezmer Brunch with Seth Kibel paired with the Nefesh Mountain, one of the formative boundary-pushing groups in roots music. The band’s creators and husband and wife team Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff have created a world and sound all their own; blurring the lines between Bluegrass, Folk, Americana, Jazz and Blues with a masterful hand as songwriters, instrumentalists and composers alike.  There will be concert seating for those who want it, but children will not be expected to sit quietly — dancing is encouraged!

Presented in partnership with PJ Library


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