Official EDCJCC Communications About COVID-19

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email and we will respond as best and as quickly as possible. In addition, we’ve provided some resources below about COVID-19 which can help you and your family stay prepared and up-to-date as the situation evolves.

Please click here for a lineup of virtual programming at the Edlavitch DCJCC.

Updated March 23, 2020
Dear EDCJCC Community Members,

The strength and resiliency of our community has never been clearer, or more inspiring, than during these unprecedented times. We are proud to stand by you during these challenging times, and do what we can to help you make it through your days with continued ways to engage with the EDCJCC and community-at-large. Most importantly, we are thinking of you and your families, and hope you are staying healthy and as positive as possible.

As of this evening, we have made the decision to close our building through April 26, which is in keeping with many local institutions in our area, including DC Public Schools. Leading up to this date, we will continue to assess the health and safety of our community, along with recommendations from DC Public Health and the CDC, to determine a final reopening date.

The staff of the Edlavitch DCJCC has been hard at work on ways for you to stay connected with us – and each other – during this time of social distancing. All of these programs can be found here, and we’ve included an abridged list below. To stay up-to-date on all of these online offerings, sign up to receive programmatic newsletters, and follow us Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

  • Theater J is offering their popular Beyond the Script class virtually. Led by Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr, this class takes a deep dive in the 20-21 Season plays in a friendly, book-club like setting.
  • JxJ has prepared a What to Watch list curated by Artistic and Managing Director Ilya Tovbis, and is preparing to roll-out a slew of online offerings such as cinema clubs and virtual screenings.
  • Celebrate Passover alone, together! The EDCJCC is your source for a variety of Passover programs for families and individuals of all ages, including a Virtual Second Night Community Seder with GLOE – The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement; Make Room for Matzah, a family Passover celebration; the Everything You Wanted to Know About Hosting a Seder workshop; and more. Learn more and register at
  • Fitness and Membership is working hard to roll out a series of online classes taught by our own personal trainers and group exercise instructors. You can check out a video from personal trainer Kuti Mack here – and stay tuned for more content to keep you moving and active in the comfort of your own home.
  • The Morris Cafritz Center for Social Responsibility team is committed to providing you with opportunities to learn about social issues in our city, as well as ways to give back from your home. Last week’s focus was on Food Insecurity – you can check out their guide and suggestions for ways to give back here.
  • The Inclusion & Disabilities community is holding virtual game time every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoon at 1:00 PM. Email Joy Stein, Director of Inclusion & Disabilities Programming, for more information.
  • Early Childhood, Youth, and Family: In addition to providing distance-learning content for all our our Preschool families, the EDCJCC is continuing to provide virtual classes and Parent Coffees through our Parenting Center, virtual family gatherings such as Make Room for Matzah, and ongoing resources and tips for parents with children of all ages.
  • Stay connected to other young professionals through virtual coffee dates with Stacy Miller, Director of EntryPointDC. On March 30, join us for Mental Health Monday, a virtual chat led by Lisa Luce, MSW, which will help us navigate these challenging times through techniques that ease symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.

We continue to monitor this situation as it unfolds, and will continue to be in touch with updates and changes as they come to fruition. For all of the information on the EDCJCC’s response to COVID-19, please visit

Thank you for all you are doing to help keep our community safe. We wish you and yours peace and health during this time.

With gratitude,
Jill Granader, Board President
Carole Zawatsky, Chief Executive Officer

Messages to Our Community About COVID-19

What COVID-19 Preventive Measures Can You Take?

DC Health continues to recommend the same precautions that help to prevent the spread of those common illnesses:

What Preventative Measures and Precautions is the EDCJCC Taking?

In addition to implementing the measures suggested by the CDC and other authorities, the EDCJCC is taking these specific precautions within our building:

  • Working to place hand sanitizers in all public areas and high touch areas, including but not limited to the Preschool and other ECYF spaces, Cafritz Hall, Goldman Theater, the Fitness Center, in restrooms, and throughout the main lobby.
  • Placing signage in all restrooms encouraging visitors to wash their hands according to CDC guidelines.
  • Implementing additional cleaning and disinfectant procedures throughout the building during the day.
  • Encouraging all staff to stay home if they are displaying any of the symptoms listed above.

Additional External Resources About COVID-19