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 how to bring about change on a systemic level. We focus on topics including racial equity, affordable housing, food security, climate justice, 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.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities and Events

Aug
17
Wed
EDCJCC Urban Garden Crew
Aug 17 @ 6:00 pm – 6:15 pm


WHAT: Join the Edlavitch DCJCC for a second season of maintaining an urban garden for our friends at the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)! Our garden brings fresh herbs and vegetables to youth at the LAYC Drop-in Center throughout the summer.

You do not have to have any gardening experience – just the desire to get your hands in the dirt and help grow some plants! Come down at the end of a long day to relax, unwind, get closer to Mother Nature, and make some friends.

Children of all ages are welcome but must be supervised closely by an adult. Children over the age of 16 can attend on their own.

WHEN: Volunteer days will occur every other Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:00 PM starting with Wednesday, April 27. After you register, you will receive a google spreadsheet to choose which Wednesdays throughout the month/over the summer you would like to come garden with us.

WHERE: The LAYC Drop-in Center is located in Columbia Heights. The exact address will be provided upon registration.

REGISTRATION: We request a one-time $10 registration fee to help us cover the costs of supplies and plants for the garden. Please click on the “TICKETS” button to proceed to registration.

Questions? Email Sonya at sonyaw@edcjcc.org

Do you need any additional accommodations for this event? If so, please contact sonyaw@edcjcc.org

Aug
22
Mon
Volunteer Night at the Capital Area Food Bank
Aug 22 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Volunteer your time at the Capital Area Food Bank! 

What: Join us for an evening of volunteering to support residents of the DMV. We will be working in the distribution center, which is a great way for volunteers to support the Capital Area Food Bank on the front lines of the distribution process. You’ll be helping to sort and pack donated food items along with other EDCJCC volunteers. No interaction with clients occurs at this project.

When: Monday, August 22nd from 5:30-8:00pm. Please arrive 10 minutes early so you are prepared to start promptly at 5:30pm.

Where: 4900 Puerto Rico Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20017. Parking is available on site.

COVID-19 Requirements: All volunteers MUST BE VACCINATED and are required to wear a mask or face covering over their mouth and nose at all times in the Capital Area Food Bank facility.

Registration: Registration is required for this volunteer activity. Volunteers must be 12 years of age or older and those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times.

Aug
28
Sun
Urban Gardening with the GroW Garden
Aug 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm


Join the EDCJCC for an evening of gardening!

PROJECT:  Help address food insecurity by volunteering at GW’s GroW Community Garden. The GroW Community Garden is a block-length plot of land supported by the George Washington University. Produce from the garden is donated to Miriam’s Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that aims to end chronic homelessness in Washington D.C. Come out to help with basic gardening tasks needed to keep the garden successful! Stay for a few minutes after to have snacks and get to know each other.

WHEN: Sunday, August 28, from 5:00 – 6:30 PM

WHO: This program is open to children of all ages but children under age 12 must have adult supervision at all times.

WHERE: The garden is located in Foggy Bottom. Exact address will be provided with registration.

REGISTRATION:
Registration is free but you must register in advance to ensure that we do not over-crowd the garden. Spots are limited so grab yours today!

Do you need any additional accommodations for this event? If so, please contact msmith@edcjcc.org.

Aug
31
Wed
EDCJCC Urban Garden Crew
Aug 31 @ 6:00 pm – 6:15 pm


WHAT: Join the Edlavitch DCJCC for a second season of maintaining an urban garden for our friends at the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)! Our garden brings fresh herbs and vegetables to youth at the LAYC Drop-in Center throughout the summer.

You do not have to have any gardening experience – just the desire to get your hands in the dirt and help grow some plants! Come down at the end of a long day to relax, unwind, get closer to Mother Nature, and make some friends.

Children of all ages are welcome but must be supervised closely by an adult. Children over the age of 16 can attend on their own.

WHEN: Volunteer days will occur every other Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:00 PM starting with Wednesday, April 27. After you register, you will receive a google spreadsheet to choose which Wednesdays throughout the month/over the summer you would like to come garden with us.

WHERE: The LAYC Drop-in Center is located in Columbia Heights. The exact address will be provided upon registration.

REGISTRATION: We request a one-time $10 registration fee to help us cover the costs of supplies and plants for the garden. Please click on the “TICKETS” button to proceed to registration.

Questions? Email Sonya at sonyaw@edcjcc.org

Do you need any additional accommodations for this event? If so, please contact sonyaw@edcjcc.org

Activating Justice Through Theater
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


What: Join the EDCJCC and Mosaic Theater for an evening of theater and conversation highlighting the themes of racial justice, American History, and community activism in Ifa Bayeza‘s epic The Till Trilogy, on the Mosaic Theater stage this fall. A series of plays reflecting on the life, death, and legacy of Emmett Till, whose murder in 1955 ignited the Civil Rights Movement, The Till Trilogy will offer audiences of all backgrounds an opportunity for collective reckoning, reflection, and response.

This special event will introduce you to the plays through a sneak peek of scenes from the show and remarks from playwright Ifa Bayeza and Mosaic Theater’s Artistic Director Reginald L. Douglas.

Following the reading will be a panel discussion led by Amir Ali, Executive Director of MacArthur Justice Center, exploring his work fighting for racial and economic justice and the play’s urgent call for change.

When: Wednesday, August 31, 7:00 PM

Where: The program will take place inside the EDCJCC located at 1529 16th Street NW. 

Tickets: Tickets are $14. 

Covid-19: 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 edcjcc.org/covidsafety

Questions? Email Sonya at sweisburd@edcjcc.org.

Do you need any additional accommodations for this event? If so, please contact Sonya at sweisburd@edcjcc.org

The Till Trilogy is being produced by Mosaic Theater Company of DC and will run October 4 – November 17 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Tickets  for the plays can be purchased at www.MosaicTheater.org.

Sep
11
Sun
Handmade for the Homeless – September 2022
Sep 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

We are so excited to be together in person for the September Handmade for the Homeless! This month, we will be knitting and crocheting inside the EDCJCC!

Join fellow knitters and crocheters 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!

What should I bring?

Please bring 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 bring:

  • #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 in person, 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

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

REGISTER: Please click the red “Register” button to sign up for this free event!

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

MASK & VACCINATION POLICY:  Effective March 21, 2022, masking will be optional within the EDCJCC, except for in Goldman Theater and Cafritz Hall, as well as in any other program deemed necessary by the seating layout. Proof of vaccination is required for all individuals that are eligible for vaccines. The organizers of Handmade for the Homeless request that you wear a mask.

For more information, visit edcjcc.org/covidsafety.

Do you need any additional accommodations for this event? If so, please contact msmith@edcjcc.org

Families Serving Together: Activity Kits for Refugees
Sep 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Help welcome newly arrived refugee children to the DMV!

What: Spend your morning supporting our closer partner organization, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area. LSS supports refugee and immigrant families through a range of services from resettlement, to youth education, and workforce development. Together, we will learn about the Jewish value of “welcoming the stranger” and how it applies to our lives. Volunteers will then create and decorate activity packs to go to children in LSS programs.

Who: This program is open to families with children of all ages!

When: 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Where: The program will take place inside the EDCJCC located at 1529 Sixteenth Street NW. 

Registration: To cover the cost of supplies, registration costs $5 per participant. This fee is fully tax-deductible. Please register for each individual member of your family so we have an accurate head count. Click on the Tickets button to proceed to registration.

Covid-19: 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 edcjcc.org/covidsafety

Questions? Email Mira Smith at mirasmith@edcjcc.org.

Do you need any additional accommodations for this event? If so, please contact msmith@edcjcc.org

Sep
12
Mon
Local Perspectives on the Global Refugee Crisis
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


The number of people forced to flee conflict, violence, human rights violations, and persecution has now crossed the staggering milestone of 100 million for the first time on record, exacerbated by the war in Ukraine and other conflicts. While this number is hard to even comprehend, it is made up of individual human beings with hopes, dreams, and realities that must be faced every day. So where do we find hope?

To complement our Theater J production of Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story we invite you to hear from a panel of speakers presenting different perspectives on the refugee crisis the world is experiencing – from a former UNICEF staff member who lived in a refugee camp to a personal account of arriving in the US on a refugee visa, to how a restaurant owner uses food to advocate for and educate on immigrant issues right here in DC.

When: Monday, September 12, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Where: The Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center

COVID-19 Info: All visitors entering the EDCJCC’s building are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours. At this time, masking is optional inside the Edlavitch DCJCC but we encourage and embrace everyone to do whatever is best for you. For more information, visit edcjcc.org/covidsafety.

Questions? Contact Sonya Weisburd at sonyaw@edcjcc.org

Tickets: Tickets for this event are $5. Walk-ins to the event are welcome and we will be able to take either cash or credit card.

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC Morris Cafritz Center for Social Responsibility in partnership with KAMA DC.

Sep
14
Wed
EDCJCC Urban Garden Crew
Sep 14 @ 6:00 pm – 6:15 pm


WHAT: Join the Edlavitch DCJCC for a second season of maintaining an urban garden for our friends at the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)! Our garden brings fresh herbs and vegetables to youth at the LAYC Drop-in Center throughout the summer.

You do not have to have any gardening experience – just the desire to get your hands in the dirt and help grow some plants! Come down at the end of a long day to relax, unwind, get closer to Mother Nature, and make some friends.

Children of all ages are welcome but must be supervised closely by an adult. Children over the age of 16 can attend on their own.

WHEN: Volunteer days will occur every other Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:00 PM starting with Wednesday, April 27. After you register, you will receive a google spreadsheet to choose which Wednesdays throughout the month/over the summer you would like to come garden with us.

WHERE: The LAYC Drop-in Center is located in Columbia Heights. The exact address will be provided upon registration.

REGISTRATION: We request a one-time $10 registration fee to help us cover the costs of supplies and plants for the garden. Please click on the “TICKETS” button to proceed to registration.

Questions? Email Sonya at sonyaw@edcjcc.org

Do you need any additional accommodations for this event? If so, please contact sonyaw@edcjcc.org

Sep
18
Sun
Hunger Action at DC Central Kitchen
Sep 18 @ 8:45 am – 12:00 pm

The EDCJCC is so excited to return to volunteering at DC Central Kitchen after a long hiatus!

What: Join us for a morning of volunteering with our close partner organization, DC Central Kitchen. Volunteers will work in the professional kitchen to chop vegetables, sort fresh produce, mix salads, portion meals, and more! DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) is an iconic nonprofit and social enterprise that combats hunger and poverty through job training and job creation. DCCK’s social ventures include serving scratch-cooked farm-to-school meals in DC schools, delivering fresh, affordable produce to corner stores in neighborhoods without supermarkets, and operating a fast-casual cafe.

Who: This program is open to volunteers ages 13 and older. All volunteers must be fully vaccinated against covid-19.

When: Sunday, September 18 from 8:45AM – 12:00PM.

Where: We will meet at DC Central Kitchen. The exact location will be provided with registration.

Register: There is limited space for this program and registration is required for participation.

Do you need additional accommodations for this event? If so, please reach out to msmith@edcjcc.org.