22nd Annual Everything But The Turkey
A signature program of the Edlavitch DCJCC since 1996, Everything But The Turkey (EBTT) brings together hundreds of people to chop, mix, grate, and prepare over 13,000 servings of festive Thanksgiving food for people in need in the DC metro area. We make everything but the turkey, and DC Central Kitchen, our program partner, supplies delicious turkeys.
The food we make is distributed by DC Central Kitchen to over 100 local homeless shelters, transitional housing facilities, senior facilities, and community kitchens in the District.
This year’s event will be held on Sunday, November 18, and Monday, November 19, 2018 at Adas Israel Congregation.
Registration is now open! Space is limited, secure your spot today.
EBTT 2018 Program Options
EBTT PJ Library Edition
Sunday, November 18, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Join us for a program designed for families with children under the age of 8 for arts and crafts, story-time, and, of course, some light food preparation.
EBTT Young Professionals Edition
Sunday, November 18, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Join us for brunch and schmoozing at 1pm followed by food prep for DC Central Kitchen. For those in their 20s and 30s.
EBTT Community-wide Program
Monday, November 19, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Join us to chop, grate, peel, and mix to create 5 different delicious Thanksgiving dishes! Everyone is welcome but we don't recommend this option for families with children under the age of 5.
Want to learn more? Check out our 2018 FAQ:
EBTT is an event organized by the Edlavitch JCC’s Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service where volunteers prepare Thanksgiving-themed side dishes that help those experiencing hunger and homelessness in the District enjoy some Thanksgiving warmth and cheer the week of the Thanksgiving holiday.
We will be running the program for 2 days to allow more people to be able to enjoy it – including a special edition for families with small children and one just for young professionals in the city.
Yes! Volunteer opportunities are open to everyone.
We request a tax-deductible donation to help us cover the cost of food and supplies. Your donation is going directly towards the food we are preparing for those in need. If you would like to participate but are unable to make the donation, please contact Sonya and we will work with you to be able to take part in the event.
No, unfortunately we cannot accommodate any walk-ins. Please register online in advance.
Yes! Everyone is welcome. If your children are under the age of 5 we strongly recommend the Sunday EBTT PJ Library edition, designed specially for young children.
We request that all children under the age of 16 are accompanied by an adult. Parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring the safety of their children. Please remember that there are knives being used at many of the food preparation stations. Healthy snack bags and stuffing are great stations to sign up for if you have children under the age of 7.
We make coleslaw, green beans, stuffing, yams, and new this year a collard greens recipe.
For children under the age of 6 we recommend you participate in our special EBTT for young families program on Sunday, November 18th.
For children over the age of 6 we recommend the greens beans, stuffing, and collard greens recipes.
Adas Israel Congregation is located at 2850 Quebec Street, NW, in the Cleveland Park neighborhood. It is accessible by a number of buses and is just across the street from the Cleveland Park metro station (red line). Street parking is available in the neighborhood as well. You will be asked to sign in and wear a name-tag for the duration of the event.
All materials will be provided. Please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes. This is for your safety and because you will be up on your feet for two hours. We will provide hair nets but if you’d prefer you are welcome to wear your own hat. All longer hair must be pulled back.