Dear Friends and Community Members,

Here at the Edlavitch DCJCC, our programs and patrons have been growing over the years, and we are bursting at the seams. In order to move forward, we have been planning for a major renovation of our historic building. The renovation is designed to meet the needs of an expanding, diverse, and vibrant urban Jewish community.

Thanks to the many donors who made this possible, including a lead gift of $6.5 million from Ginny and Irwin Edlavitch, we will begin a 10-month renovation at the end of this summer. We will relocate our entire operations during that time. Our programs will continue as the EDCJCC operates “around town” in cultural destinations and neighborhood venues throughout the city. Theater J will present a full season in several outstanding sites: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Arena Stage, GALA Hispanic Theatre, and Georgetown University. The Film Festival will continue in longstanding locations like Bethesda Row and E Street Cinemas. Many of our programs, including Judaics courses, Community Service, Inclusion programs, Youth and Family classes and events, GLOE - The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement, and EntryPointDC will come to you at our temporary site at The Foundry Church on 16th Street, just across the street, and at other locations around the city. Many fitness classes will continue at The Foundry, and we are in the final stages of forming partnerships with local health clubs during our renovation. Our preschool, along with many of our early childhood programs, will operate at The Foundry Church and in mobile classrooms on our property. Our goal is to continue the EDCJCC’s excellent offerings in new and convenient neighborhood venues.

We will return to a renewed building that will enhance the experience of those who walk through our doors. The lobby will be more open, with gathering places for coffee and conversation. Our preschool will be consolidated into a distinct area of the building, and will enjoy new classrooms. There will be a new centrally-located arts box office, and updates to the Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater. A newly conceived space will allow for more film screenings, community service activities, and other large gatherings. The entire building will be refreshed and renewed, including major upgrades to our mechanical systems that will make the building more comfortable and modern.

It is a journey that we are all embarking upon together as we build and enter a new stage. We hope you'll join us as we continue to grow stronger and journey from strength to strength.

Carole R. Zawatsky
Chief Executive Officer

Jill Granader

Find answers to your questions about EDCJCC during the renovation year at