A program for Jewish young adults in their 20s and 30s
EntryPointDC (EPDC) is committed to helping Jewish adults in their 20s and 30s in the DC metro-area build and maintain a Jewish identity and a connection to the community through social and educational programming.
New to the DC area or our Jewish community? We want to meet you! Call 202.777.3207 or email us to set up a time to meet up for coffee and a crash course in our local community.
In keeping with the recommendations by the DC Department of Health, and in an effort to do our part to protect the health and safety of our community, we will be closing the Edlavitch DCJCC building for all programs effective 11:00 PM this coming Sunday, March 16 which plans to reopen Wednesday, April 1. Details for all programs are listed below.
Preschool and Aftercare
Preschool will be closed until April 1. Starting March 23, students will participate in distance learning prepared by their teachers. There will no longer be a Spring Break period in April; however, we will still be closed on April 9, 10, 15, and 16 for Passover.
Early Childhood, Youth, and Family
All Early Childhood, Youth, and Family programs, including the Parenting Center, J Family Ambassadors, and After School program, are closed until April 1.
The Theater J productions of The Wanderers scheduled for this weekend, March 14-15, will go on as planned, and audiences are encouraged to practice social-distancing. This is in accordance with Mayor Bowser’s request not to hold gatherings of over 250 people.
The production of Becoming Dr. Ruth will begin previews on April 1, instead of March 27.
Starting today, March 13, all JxJ year-round screenings will be cancelled until April 1. As of today, there is no change to the schedule for the JxJ Festival.
Engagement and Social Responsibility Programs
All programs for EntryPointDC, Jewish Living & Learning, Inclusion & Disabilities, the Morris Cafritz Center for Social Responsibility, and GLOE – The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach and Engagement, are cancelled until April 1.
The Fitness Center and Pool are closed to all members until April 1. This includes personal training and group exercise classes.
Rentals & Worship Groups
All rentals will need to be postponed until a later date. Until April 1, we are unable to accommodate the worship groups that meet at the EDCJCC.
We will continue to pay our hourly and salaried employees during this closure.
We are not yet issuing refunds for programs. If you would like to convert your registration fee into a donation, please consider completing this form; otherwise, we will be in touch at a later date.
As we all know, this is a rapidly evolving situation. This decision has been made out of an abundance of caution. There have been no reported cases of any individuals who have visited the EDCJCC testing positive. We will continue to update you as the situation progresses, and urge you to visit www.edcjcc.org/covid19 for other actions we’ve taken and resources on how to prevent getting sick.
We thank you for your patience and understanding, and for helping us keep our community safe and healthy.
One in five individuals experiences mental illness in any given year. Learn how to identify the signs of mental health disorders and what to do if your friend or family member is struggling. We will also discuss community resources and how we can work to eliminate stigma in our community surrounding this topic.
In this free* workshop led by a licensed mental health professional, we will learn strategies for caring for ourselves and our friends and family.
*$10 deposit to reserve your space will be refunded after the program takes place.
EntryPointDC is our program for 20s and 30s.
Not making it home for Passover this year? Want to attend or host a seder?
Our Satellite Seders are Wednesday, April 8 and our EDCJCC Community Seder is Thursday, April 9. If you’re sticking around DC, you won’t be alone this Passover!
Register by March 30: http://bit.ly/satellite-seders-2020
EntryPointDC is once again running our Satellite Seder program! For the first night of Passover we’ll set you up with the other 20-and-30-somethings looking for a Seder around your age and near your neighborhood.
Satellite Seders are for people who:
- Want to attend a Seder at a 20-and-30 somethings home
- Want to host a Seder
- Want to do a mitzvah and include a new face (or several) at their Seder
Unsure about hosting? We can connect you with everything you need to host a Seder including: nourishment options to help provide ingredients and food items for your Seder through OneTable, suggestions about how to host a Passover potluck, and any Passover Seder materials you may need. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER:
- One person per registration form. Your friend/spouse/neighbor/cat/alien-from-outer-space must fill out their own form.
- If requesting to be placed with another person, that person must also request you. We will do our best to fulfill requests.
- Registration closes Monday, March 30. No late registrations will be accepted.
- If your situation changes please let me know immediately so the groups are accurate. We will not be able to make changes after groups have been assigned.
- Note all Seders may not start at 7:00 pm, times will vary depending on host
The EDCJCC is also hosting our annual Second Night Community Seder on Thursday, April 9. There will limited tickets at a special young professionals rate and we will seat all young professionals together at tables. Register Here.
Satellite Seders has a $5 administrative fee as we personally match our groups based on age, location, and observance level. If this would prevent you from participating please email me.
Due to COVID-19, we’ve had to rethink Seder 2020.
This year, Jewish Life & Learning and GLOE – the Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach and Engagement, have joined forces to bring our community seders to the safety of your homes. Our community seder will be the same open, welcoming, pluralistic celebration of freedom you’ve come to expect from the EDCJCC – but this year it’s virtual!
Throughout the seder, there will be opportunities for sharing in small groups, building community, and reflecting together or individually. Throughout the Seder, we will break out into small “tables” of people to allow for socializing. When you register, you will be able to request to be at an EntryPointDC (20s and 30s young professionals) table or a GLOE table or to list another family/friend group.
As always, we welcome interfaith, LGBTQ, and other traditionally marginalized voices to our virtual seder table. This year’s seder will be led by Amanda Herring, Manager of Jewish Life and Learning at the EDCJCC; Ari Jacobson, song leader; and members of the GLOE Committee.
We will go through the steps of the Seder, skipping over the meal, and then break into our tables at 8:00 PM where you’ll have the chance to eat over video or go offline to eat with your household. We will provide resources for completing the prayer after the meal and the search for the Afikomen on your own after the meal.
Click on the TICKETS button to the right to register and get the login information!
Seder Leader Bio:
Amanda Herring, MA
Manager of Jewish Life and Learning
Amanda joined the EDCJCC in January 2020, she has been educating through immersive experiences and food-related programming for the past ten years in Virginia, DC, and New York. She completed her master’s in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts at the George Washington University and her undergraduate studies in Political Science, Jewish Studies, and International Studies at Virginia Tech. Amanda has worked at Hillel, Birthright, OneTable and most recently started a publishing company designing educational tools for Jewish Educators, she is the co-creator of The Jewish Planner. Amanda is thrilled to bring her passion for Jewish education, sustainability, and embodied experiences to the EDCJCC.
Joining by Zoom:
Try to log in about 5 minutes before Seder starts to ensure you’re all set up. Make sure you have adequate lighting on your face, not behind you creating shadows. You will be on mute when you enter, and unless you’ve been asked to lead a portion of the Seder, we ask you to remain on mute as long as we are in a full group. When you go to your breakout rooms, you’ll be unmuted and can share at your virtual “table”.
Do I have to be Jewish to attend? (Observant? Old? Young? Ashkenazi? Sephardic? etc.)
Nope. We welcome everyone who would like to join our community-wide Seder and celebrate Passover’s lessons of freedom! In fact, every year, we have a beautiful mix of people. Some are Jewish, some are not. All are welcome, and (if they choose) can easily participate in a variety of ways – singing, reading, discussing ideas, or just generally being among the community.
What if I don’t read Hebrew?
Not a problem. Most of the Seder is in English, and readings in Hebrew also appear in English transliteration.
Is there a dress code? What should I wear?
There is no official dress code. Most people dress as they would for a family Seder or holiday – dressed nicely, a little dressed up, but not overly formally. (For many people that could mean a button-down or sweater, a skirt/dress, a jacket, slacks, etc. Most people do not wear jeans.) Please wear what feels appropriate to you to celebrate the holiday.
Is it appropriate to have kids in the room?
Yes! The Seder is not specifically a “kids” Seder, but our atmosphere is fun and festive! We welcome all who would like to participate.
Was your question not answered? Email Amanda so we can help!
The EPDC Book Club meets monthly to schmooze, snack, and discuss that month’s book. Join the Google Group to stay up-to-date on books and meeting times.