Everything But The Turkey

Everything But The Turkey 2020 Edition

A signature program of the Edlavitch DCJCC since 1996, Everything But The Turkey (EBTT) brings together hundreds of volunteers to chop, mix, grate, and prepare over 13,000 servings of festive Thanksgiving food for people experiencing hunger and homelessness in the DC area. The presenting sponsor of Everything But the Turkey is The Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Foundation.

This year, we are adapting the program due to the pandemic since we are unable to come together in large groups.
We will gather both virtually and in person (with all safety protocols in place) to fight hunger and benefit our longtime partner DC Central Kitchen; learn about food justice; and commit ourselves to creating more equity in our community.

Check out the different ways you can get involved and find the ones that best fit your circumstances surrounding the pandemic. We hope you will join us for more than one!

Individuals of all abilities are welcome to join us at any of the below events. Anyone who needs support at the in-person volunteer program is welcome to bring a friend who will provide assistance during the event. For more information about accessibility, including to request ASL translation, please contact Joy Stein at joys@edcjcc.org at least 7 days prior to the event.

Please consider supporting our hunger relief efforts by making a donation at edcjcc.org/supportEBTT

EBTT 2020 registration Options

Sunday, November 22, (3 shifts available)
Help us package hundreds of bags of dry goods for clients at DC Central Kitchen in the EDCJCC parking lot. Registration required.

Sunday, November 22
Drop off bags of dried goods you make on your own by following careful instructions from the EDCJCC. Registration required. This project is in partnership with PJ Library.

Monday, November 23, 7PM
Join a conversation with Michael W. Twitty, a Black Jewish culinary historian, educator, living history interpreter, and award-winning author. Registration required.

Thursday, November 26 and throughout the week
Help end food insecurity by completing a short advocacy activity with MAZON, the Jewish Response to Hunger, around your Thanksgiving table.

Friday, November 27, 10AM
Join us for a workshop that will take your family through an exploration of your own values, what Judaism says about giving, and choosing an organization you'll make a donation to as a family.

Sunday, November 22, 1:45 PM
Calling all young professionals! Join us for a special shift of in-person food packaging in the EDCJCC parking lot to benefit DC Central Kitchen. Registration required.

Thank you to our 2020 sponsors!


Shelly and Joe Galli
Susie and Kenton Campbell
Janet B. Abrams
Jordan Lloyd Bookey and Felix Lloyd
Nancy and Marc Duber



Melanie and Larry Nussdorf



Jill and Robert Granader
Saul and Nancy Pilchen
Jeannien Berkman
Stacy Samet
Anoop Dava
Brad Sherman and Family