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

Growing Grasshoppers
Jun 26 @ 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 Picnic
Jun 29 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Image is of a young girl on a swingMeet other local families while your children play in the playground, then enjoy dinner together. Pizza will be provided for families that register in advance, or you can bring your own meals. Please bring your own water and picnic blankets.

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.

Parenting With An Accent Author Talk and Reception
Jul 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm


Join Masha Rumer, author of Parenting With An Accent: How Immigrants Honor Their Heritage, Navigate Setbacks, and Chart New Paths for Their Children (Beacon Press, 2021) for a discussion about the joys and challenges of immigrant parenting, including bilingualism strategies and balancing traditions in multicultural and interfaith families. Masha will also present her findings, based on academic research, over sixty interviews with immigrants, and interviews with experts in language acquisition, psychology and more.

Masha’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Parents, Kveller, and others, winning awards from the New York Press Association. She is an immigrant from the former Soviet Union. You can find more about her work at

You can purchase Parenting With An Accent from the following local bookstores:
Lost City Books
Politics and Prose

7:30 PM  Reception and meet and greet with the author
8:00 PM  Program

Cost: $10 per family
Please email Sonya at if cost is a barrier – we want everyone to be able to attend.

At this time, masking is optional inside the Edlavitch DCJCC but we encourage and embrace everyone to do whatever is best for you. All visitors entering the EDCJCC’s building are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours. For more information, visit

Questions? Contact Sonya Weisburd at

Do you need any additional accommodations for this event? If so, please email Sonya.

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC Parenting Center and Morris Cafritz Center for Social Responsibility


The Balancing Act: Being a Jewish Parent
Sep 1 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Live Virtual Kickoff Session on Zoom: Thursday, September 1 at 8:00 PM
Weekly Learning with Chevruta (which you and your partner will schedule together): September 5-16
In-Person Closing Session: Thursday, September 22 at 8:00 PM
(Registration closes: Monday, August 29)

What does it mean to raise a child as Jewish?  What from your own parent(s) and family heritage are you trying to pass on to your kids? When should you prioritize yourself over your kids? How do you balance the multiple demands and values that are constantly tugging at Jewish parents?

Join the EDCJCC’s Director of Jewish Life, Amanda Herring, and Director of Children and Family Programming, Miriam Szubin, as we virtually kick off this four-part learning series that uses chevruta (paired learning) text-study as a mode to explore these questions of Jewish parenting. On September 1, we’ll learn together as a group on Zoom and then pair you with another parent to be your chevruta (learning partner).  For the next two sessions, you’ll meet with your partner on your own schedule, and then we’ll gather IRL at the EDCJCC on Thursday, September 22 for a final learning session and to discuss resources and ideas for celebrating the fall holidays with your family.

This course was created by Rabbi Avi Killip for Project Zug, an online learning platform from the Hadar Institute.

Interfaith and multifather families welcome! We define “Jewish parents” and “Jewish children” however you do!