Who We Are

Guided by Jewish values and heritage, the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center engages individuals and families through its cultural, recreational, educational, and social justice programs by welcoming people of all backgrounds to connect, learn, serve and be entertained together in ways that reflect the unique role of the Center in the nation’s capital.

Our History

The origins of the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center date back to 1911, when Eastern European Jewish immigrants formed the Young Men’s Hebrew Association. As the DC Jewish community expanded in the years leading up to World War I, the Jewish Community Center moved to its current location at 16th and Q Streets, NW, with a formal opening in 1926.

The Values We Stand By



We are committed to enhancing the vitality of Jewish life.



We strive to be a vital force in the major communities we serve.



We conduct ourselves ethically at all times.



We welcome all members of the community regardless of race, religion, economic situation, sexual orientation, marital status or any other characteristics.


Personal Development

We encourage our staff, leadership, and volunteers to truly enjoy their work. We believe in continuous learning, personal development, recognition, and rewards.



The staff and leadership of the Center are a team. We seek to use the strengths of each of our members to reach our goals. We help each other.



We set high standards for ourselves. We strive for excellence in all we do. We are proud of our work and our accomplishments.



We seek to be known for our friendliness, courtesy, and helpfulness. All who enter the facility are our honored guests.

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging

The EDCJCC holds a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and repairing the cracks we see in ourselves and our society as a core value. As an organization that strives to build community, it is crucial that everyone entering through our doors feels safe, respected, and honored.

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We are proud to have received the Hazon Seal of Sustainability since 2018. Our participation in this initiative signifies that, along with two dozen other Jewish organizations, we are a national leader in the realm of sustainable practices.

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