PROGRAMMING FOR active retirees

The Edlavitch DCJCC warmly welcomes adults of all ages and life stages to join us for nourishing your mind, body, and spirit.

Whether it’s watching powerful films, attending live theater and music, joining us in holiday celebrations, engaging in deep learning through several language and other classes, or getting a workout in our fitness center and pool, we hope you will join us!

As we have operated since the very beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, your health and safety are ALWAYS our top priority. See the EDCJCC’s Covid-19 policies and safety measures for more information.

Upcoming Events

Active Retirees Club reception after Two Jews Walk into a War Matinee
Feb 1 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Join other active retirees for a dessert and tea reception after the matinee performance of Two Jews Walk Into a War…. Meet new friends, discuss the show, and enjoy a little nosh! Please note that tickets must be purchased separately.

Purchase film tickets here and then RSVP to the reception here

Soul Writing Circle – Three part class series for our Active Retirees Club (ARC)
Feb 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Soul Writing Circles – Three part class series for our Active Retirees Club (ARC)

What is it? A weekly in-person community Soul Writer’s Circle that brings members of the community together, so they can use the joint space to write. The method is based on the guidance of Rabbi Tamara Miller who will facilitate the writer’s circle by providing a meaningful prompt using Jewish texts. This prompt then encourages the individual to write freely in an unconstrained way. Participants will be encouraged to read their writing out loud to the group.

What is it not: It is not a place to critique someone’s writing style, thoughts, or to give opinions on someone’s actual writing, it rather is a safe shared physical and spiritual space, where people that usually wouldn’t write, are given this opportunity to take pen to paper and to physically engage in the cathartic and explorative writing process.

Dates: Tuesdays: February 7, February 14, February 21

Teacher Bio

Rabbi Tamara Miller is a community rabbi and the author of You are the Book: A Spiritual Memoir. She believes that the act of writing is a holy endeavor.

Bible Class with Norman Shore
Feb 9 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Dates: 10 weeks, Thursdays 12:15 – 1:15 PM February 9th – April 27th (no class April 6th and April 13 for Passover)

Class is currently meeting virtually, and will discuss the possibility of returning to in-person sessions this Spring as a group.

Join our long-standing cohort of Torah learners to discuss Torah each week.
The class is currently studying Genesis at a leisurely pace. We discuss up to a chapter of text each week and will be focusing on the life of Jacob, Rachel, Leah and their family. This small group of learners has been meeting together for many years and is excited to welcome some new faces into their close-knit community. Resources include traditional rabbinic literature, art, modern scholarship and translations, etc.

Community educator Norman Shore is a graduate of Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts, and has studied at the Hayim Greenberg Institute and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. A founder of the Jewish Study Center in Washington, DC, since 1978 he has taught in many adult education programs throughout the Washington Jewish community. He has been teaching at the DCJCC for over thirty years.

Active Retirees Club Social Hour
Feb 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join other active retirees for a dessert and tea reception…. Meet new friends and enjoy a little nosh!

Senior Swim Stroke Clinic
Feb 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Are you ready to improve your swimming technique in 2023? Wish you could swim more efficiently and confidently? Want to learn new strokes? Join Lisa for eight one-hour sessions of guided, personal instruction in a small group setting at the pool.

Each session will be structured to permit engagement, instruction, and time to practice newly-acquired skills. While focused on crawl techniques, we encourage students to provide details for skills they are looking to build and grow.

Meet and Greet: Monday, February 13, 1:15-1:45 PM
Class: Mondays and Wednesdays, February 13, 15, 22, and 27; March 1, 6, 8, and 13; 2:00-3:00 PM

Full Session (8 classes): $40 senior members / $60 senior non-members
1 class drop-in: $15 members / $20 non-members

Learn more:
If you are interested in joining this program, please reach out to the Aquatics department for details at either or 202.777.3219. We look forward to helping you reach all your aquatic goals!