The Morris Cafritz Center for social responsibility

the Morris Cafritz Center for Social Responsibility

The Edlavitch DCJCC’s Morris Cafritz Center for Social Responsibility (MCCSR) offers both hands-on volunteer opportunities as well as learning about systemic inequality in our communities. At the core of our work is Judaism’s sacred mandate to create justice and repair the world.

Our volunteer opportunities are designed to be family-friendly, flexible, and accessible whether you can commit one hour a month or a few hours a week. We offer our volunteers the opportunity to build lasting relationships with agencies and clients over the span of years, or volunteer once and try a different project the next time. Come by yourself, with a friend, or bring a group of colleagues!

In order to affect true change, we must also correct the systemic injustices prevalent in many sectors of our society, so come learn with us about the root causes of inequality and what actions you can take to get rid of them. We focus on topics including racial equity, affordable housing, food security, climate change, immigration and refugees, and many other topics.

While we are neither a social service agency nor an advocacy organization, we hope to empower you and provide you with the tools to go out and make our city a more just, inclusive, and livable place for all.

Resources, projects, and learning to keep social responsibility a part of your routine while staying at home

To respond to the immediate needs of our social service partners, we’ve developed several different opportunities for you and our community to address their direct requests. If you’re looking to help others from home and learn more about systemic social justice issues facing our neighbors, we hope you’ll find these resources useful. Live, virtual events are listed below as well.

At-home mitzvot (good deeds):
Welcome messages for newly arrived refugees 

Toiletry kits for those experiencing homelessness
Food packages for Charlie’s Place
Face coverings for Catholic Charities
Trail mix for So Others Might Eat

In-person volunteering (all safety precautions strictly followed):
So What Else Inc. 

So Others Might Eat (SOME)
Martha’s Table
Donate blood at Children’s National Hospital
Donate blood at Inova Blood Services (NoVa)

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities and Events

Jan
17
Sun
Handmade for the Homeless – January 2021
Jan 17 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Join fellow knitters and crocheters over Zoom to make handmade goodies for a great cause! Our goal is to contribute as many warm winter items as possible to distribute to individuals experiencing homelessness in the DC area.

All levels of knitters and crocheters are welcome.  Don’t know how to knit or crochet? We’ll teach you!

Please email Chana at chanaengel@gmail.com to register and receive the link to this event.

What should I have with me at home?

Please have your own needles/crochet hooks. If you are not already working on a warm winter item and are looking for a great project or just starting out, please have:

  • #8 or #10 knitting needles (circular or straight) or a size H crochet hook
  • Patterns you’re working on or want to start

What do you supply?

We provide lots of beautiful yarn, several patterns including hat patterns using #17 needles or a size N crochet hook, and experienced knitters and crocheters to teach anyone who would like to learn how to knit or crochet.

If you can’t join us over Zoom, join us in spirit by knitting or crocheting:

  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Gloves and Mittens
  • Socks or slippers
  • Other items to keep people warm during the cold winter months

Please hold onto finished items at this time. If you do not have the space to store finished items, please contact Sonya at sonyaw@edcjcc.org to make arrangements for a pick-up. Thank you!

Want to know more or join our virtual community? Like us on Facebook!

If you have any questions about this event contact Chana at chanaengel@gmail.com.

 

Jan
31
Sun
Learning the Land: A Virtual Civil Rights Tour
Jan 31 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm


Welcome to our four-part racial justice series, Amplifying Voices.

As we seek to move ourselves both individually and collectively from non-racist to anti-racist beliefs and actions, we are witnessing a moment in history with the possibility for true change. Amplifying Voices marries internal t’shuva, personal pattern breaking, growth, and reckoning with a series of programs by artists and thought leaders inside and outside the Jewish community who will help us reflect on race, religion, and identity.  We invite everyone, both Jewish and non-Jewish, into authentic and meaningful conversation designed to move the needle on how we all engage in the world with sensitivity and compassion.

In this program, you will get to participate in a virtual Civil Rights Tour and interactive discussion with an emphasis on the cities of Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma with T. Marie King. This workshop will be moderated by Samantha Dubrinsky.

About T. Marie King: T. Marie King is an activist, facilitator, organizer, and volunteer. Serving on the core coalition for the Jefferson County Memorial Project and the board of the Greater Birmingham Arts Education Collaborative, T. Marie has combined her passion for the arts with her purpose of advocating for social change. Her most recent venture is Local Voices Network, a community-driven platform that shares the stories of those whose voices often go unheard.

Ticket sales will close 24 hours before the event begins. Once you have purchased your ticket, you will receive a one time non-shareable link to the Zoom conversation a few days before the event.

This program is brought to you in partnership with the Tucson JCC and the Capital Jewish Museum.

 

 

Feb
3
Wed
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Navigating Early Intervention in DC: How the Strong Start and Early Stages Programs Support Families
Feb 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

NAVIGATING EARLY INTERVENTION IN DC: HOW THE STRONG START AND EARLY STAGES PROGRAMS SUPPORT FAMILIES
FREE but registration is required
Led by Maria Blaeuer, Director of Programs and Outreach at Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE), DC’s federally designated Parent Training and Information Center

This workshop is for DC families of infants, toddlers and preschoolers who are concerned about their child’s development or who suspect that their child may benefit from early intervention services. We will discuss when and how to reach out to DC’s Strong Start or Early Stages programs; what to expect when you contact them and who is eligible for services; what to do if you don’t agree with the approach/intervention offered by them; and where to find additional resources.

ABOUT AJE – Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE) is the federally designated Parent Training & Information Center for Washington D.C. AJE’s mission is to empower families, youth, and the community to be effective advocates to ensure that children and youth, particularly those who have special needs, receive access to appropriate education and health services. Read more at https://www.aje-dc.org/

Feb
16
Tue
Conversations on Theater: Race, Jewish Identity, and Justice
Feb 16 @ 3:30 pm

CONVERSATIONS ON THEATER: RACE, JEWISH IDENTITY, AND JUSTICE
Taught by Adam Immerwahr, Katherine MacHolmes, and Rachel Grossman
February 16 to March 16, 2021 | 5 Sessions
Tuesdays, 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Makeup Date: March 23
Price: $169 Regular / $149 Theater J Subscriber and/or Angel Donor
Registration closes Noon, February 15

Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr teams up with Katherine MacHolmes and Rachel Grossman for this once-in-a-lifetime series of candid and probing conversations about theater, race, Jewish identity and justice. The world is changing quickly, as industries throughout the country try to rise to meet the moment of social change around diversity, inclusion, and equity. MacHolmes and Grossman, industry-renowned experts, will introduce us to current thinking on anti-racism and anti-oppression, and then challenge Immerwahr in what it means to run a theater (and particularly a Jewish theater) in this moment.

These frank and vulnerable conversations will wrestle with both the particular and the universal in the ultimate insider’s access to how an institution strives to serve its mission. We’ll unpack “whiteness,” who gets to tell the story, allyship, and more in these dialogues that will leave you with fascinating ideas to grapple with (and discuss) for months. And don’t worry, there’ll be time for lots of your questions and thoughts every week!

Feb
21
Sun
Handmade for the Homeless – February 2021
Feb 21 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Join fellow knitters and crocheters over Zoom to make handmade goodies for a great cause! Our goal is to contribute as many warm winter items as possible to distribute to individuals experiencing homelessness in the DC area.

All levels of knitters and crocheters are welcome.  Don’t know how to knit or crochet? We’ll teach you!

Please email Chana at chanaengel@gmail.com to register and receive the link to this event.


What should I have with me at home?

Please have your own needles/crochet hooks. If you are not already working on a warm winter item and are looking for a great project or just starting out, please have:

  • #8 or #10 knitting needles (circular or straight) or a size H crochet hook
  • Patterns you’re working on or want to start

What do you supply?

We provide lots of beautiful yarn, several patterns including hat patterns using #17 needles or a size N crochet hook, and experienced knitters and crocheters to teach anyone who would like to learn how to knit or crochet.

If you can’t join us over Zoom, join us in spirit by knitting or crocheting:

  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Gloves and Mittens
  • Socks or slippers
  • Other items to keep people warm during the cold winter months

Please hold onto finished items at this time. If you do not have the space to store finished items, please contact Sonya at sonyaw@edcjcc.org to make arrangements for a pick-up. Thank you!

Want to know more or join our virtual community? Like us on Facebook!

If you have any questions about this event contact Chana at chanaengel@gmail.com.

 

Feb
23
Tue
Conversations on Theater: Race, Jewish Identity, and Justice
Feb 23 @ 3:30 pm

CONVERSATIONS ON THEATER: RACE, JEWISH IDENTITY, AND JUSTICE
Taught by Adam Immerwahr, Katherine MacHolmes, and Rachel Grossman
February 16 to March 16, 2021 | 5 Sessions
Tuesdays, 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Makeup Date: March 23
Price: $169 Regular / $149 Theater J Subscriber and/or Angel Donor
Registration closes Noon, February 15

Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr teams up with Katherine MacHolmes and Rachel Grossman for this once-in-a-lifetime series of candid and probing conversations about theater, race, Jewish identity and justice. The world is changing quickly, as industries throughout the country try to rise to meet the moment of social change around diversity, inclusion, and equity. MacHolmes and Grossman, industry-renowned experts, will introduce us to current thinking on anti-racism and anti-oppression, and then challenge Immerwahr in what it means to run a theater (and particularly a Jewish theater) in this moment.

These frank and vulnerable conversations will wrestle with both the particular and the universal in the ultimate insider’s access to how an institution strives to serve its mission. We’ll unpack “whiteness,” who gets to tell the story, allyship, and more in these dialogues that will leave you with fascinating ideas to grapple with (and discuss) for months. And don’t worry, there’ll be time for lots of your questions and thoughts every week!

Mar
2
Tue
Conversations on Theater: Race, Jewish Identity, and Justice
Mar 2 @ 3:30 pm

CONVERSATIONS ON THEATER: RACE, JEWISH IDENTITY, AND JUSTICE
Taught by Adam Immerwahr, Katherine MacHolmes, and Rachel Grossman
February 16 to March 16, 2021 | 5 Sessions
Tuesdays, 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Makeup Date: March 23
Price: $169 Regular / $149 Theater J Subscriber and/or Angel Donor
Registration closes Noon, February 15

Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr teams up with Katherine MacHolmes and Rachel Grossman for this once-in-a-lifetime series of candid and probing conversations about theater, race, Jewish identity and justice. The world is changing quickly, as industries throughout the country try to rise to meet the moment of social change around diversity, inclusion, and equity. MacHolmes and Grossman, industry-renowned experts, will introduce us to current thinking on anti-racism and anti-oppression, and then challenge Immerwahr in what it means to run a theater (and particularly a Jewish theater) in this moment.

These frank and vulnerable conversations will wrestle with both the particular and the universal in the ultimate insider’s access to how an institution strives to serve its mission. We’ll unpack “whiteness,” who gets to tell the story, allyship, and more in these dialogues that will leave you with fascinating ideas to grapple with (and discuss) for months. And don’t worry, there’ll be time for lots of your questions and thoughts every week!

Mar
9
Tue
Conversations on Theater: Race, Jewish Identity, and Justice
Mar 9 @ 3:30 pm

CONVERSATIONS ON THEATER: RACE, JEWISH IDENTITY, AND JUSTICE
Taught by Adam Immerwahr, Katherine MacHolmes, and Rachel Grossman
February 16 to March 16, 2021 | 5 Sessions
Tuesdays, 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Makeup Date: March 23
Price: $169 Regular / $149 Theater J Subscriber and/or Angel Donor
Registration closes Noon, February 15

Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr teams up with Katherine MacHolmes and Rachel Grossman for this once-in-a-lifetime series of candid and probing conversations about theater, race, Jewish identity and justice. The world is changing quickly, as industries throughout the country try to rise to meet the moment of social change around diversity, inclusion, and equity. MacHolmes and Grossman, industry-renowned experts, will introduce us to current thinking on anti-racism and anti-oppression, and then challenge Immerwahr in what it means to run a theater (and particularly a Jewish theater) in this moment.

These frank and vulnerable conversations will wrestle with both the particular and the universal in the ultimate insider’s access to how an institution strives to serve its mission. We’ll unpack “whiteness,” who gets to tell the story, allyship, and more in these dialogues that will leave you with fascinating ideas to grapple with (and discuss) for months. And don’t worry, there’ll be time for lots of your questions and thoughts every week!

Mar
16
Tue
Conversations on Theater: Race, Jewish Identity, and Justice
Mar 16 @ 3:30 pm

CONVERSATIONS ON THEATER: RACE, JEWISH IDENTITY, AND JUSTICE
Taught by Adam Immerwahr, Katherine MacHolmes, and Rachel Grossman
February 16 to March 16, 2021 | 5 Sessions
Tuesdays, 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Makeup Date: March 23
Price: $169 Regular / $149 Theater J Subscriber and/or Angel Donor
Registration closes Noon, February 15

Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr teams up with Katherine MacHolmes and Rachel Grossman for this once-in-a-lifetime series of candid and probing conversations about theater, race, Jewish identity and justice. The world is changing quickly, as industries throughout the country try to rise to meet the moment of social change around diversity, inclusion, and equity. MacHolmes and Grossman, industry-renowned experts, will introduce us to current thinking on anti-racism and anti-oppression, and then challenge Immerwahr in what it means to run a theater (and particularly a Jewish theater) in this moment.

These frank and vulnerable conversations will wrestle with both the particular and the universal in the ultimate insider’s access to how an institution strives to serve its mission. We’ll unpack “whiteness,” who gets to tell the story, allyship, and more in these dialogues that will leave you with fascinating ideas to grapple with (and discuss) for months. And don’t worry, there’ll be time for lots of your questions and thoughts every week!

May
4
Tue
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Raising Anti-Racist Children
May 4 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Raising children to build a just world is a life-long process, as well as a difficult challenge for parents to navigate. Join us for a two-part series with expert educator Dr. Nabina Liebow, who will take us through the learning and practical steps necessary to raise anti-racist children and help us create a cohort of race conscious parents in our community.

This workshop is designed for anyone who wants to understand how white supremacy and white privilege affect all parts of our lives and how to bring these ideas into conversation and action in parenting. It is meant as a beginning, and not to be comprehensive or all-encompassing.

Although we understand that life is unpredictable, we request that you commit to both Part 1 and Part 2 of this workshop in order to honor the learning process and receive the full benefit of this workshop. Attendance will be capped in order to create an intimate cohort of parents.

Part 1 (May 4, 8:00-9:30 PM): Discussing race and racism with your children is a vital part of antiracist and race conscious parenting. But some people might feel a little rusty on the basics! In the first part of the workshop, Dr. Liebow will give a “Crash Course in Racial Literacy” to provide an important framework and context for race conscious parenting. This session will go over the basics of anti-racist thought and ideology, as well as challenge participants to explore their own biases and thought processes before they are able to address these ideas with their children. By the end of this session, participants will gain a deeper understanding of race, white supremacy, white privilege, and antiracism.

Part 2 (May 11, 8:00-9:30 PM): In the second part of the workshop, parents will learn strategies for helping their child develop an antiracist consciousness and how to apply concepts learned in the first session to raising their children.

Part 3 (optional): As follow-up to Dr. Liebow’s sessions, we are offering a monthly 1-hour meeting for parents who have participated in this workshop to come together and follow up with each other, insure accountability, share thoughts and resources, and continue the work of anti-racist parenting. This monthly meeting will be facilitated by Sonya Weisburd, MSW, EDCJCC’s Director of Social Justice and Volunteer Programs.

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