Kick-Off Dinner: Friday, September 8, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

FAMILY SHABBAT CLUSTERS
Clusters are a great, casual way to get to know more Jewish families with children in the DC metro area. We will pair you up with families who have similar interests, geographical location, and ages of children. Then, once a month from March to August, a small group of families get together to experience Shabbat in the best way for your cluster.  We welcome all kinds of families including interfaith families interested in exploring Shabbat in a safe, joyful, family focused environment.

Sunday, September 10, 2:00 – 5:00 PM

REPENTANCE, FORGIVENESS, PERSONAL CHANGE: ENTERING THE DAYS OF AWE WITH MECHON HADAR
Join the EDCJCC as we welcome Mechon Hadar into our Center for a half-day workshop. Mechon Hadar is an educational institution that empowers Jews to create and sustain vibrant, practicing communities of Torah learning, prayer, and service. This learning program will include a panel and breakout sessions. Each session will bring open-hearted and passionate discussions coupled with deep classical text study and new interpretations for a modern age.

Wednesday, September 13 – Sunday, September 17
5777: A YEAR IN REVIEW
As Rosh Hashanah—the Jewish New Year—approaches, we take a look back at the incredible cinematic contributions of major Jewish artists who have passed away in 5777 (the Hebrew calendar year), as well as offer encore screenings of audience award winners from the 27th Annual Washington Jewish Film Festival.

Registration Deadline:
Rosh Hashanah - Friday, September 15
Yom Kippur - Monday, September 25
HIGH HOLIDAY TICKETS
In town for Rosh Hashanah and/or Yom Kippur this year? Let us help you out! EntryPointDC has arranged for discounted and free High Holiday tickets for young professionals from congregations across DC, Maryland, and Virginia. This program is intended for those in the 20s and 30s.

Tuesday, September 19, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
THE GREAT KUGEL-OFF
KUGEL! Noodle-y goodness that is the staple dish at any Rosh Hashanah dinner. We can’t get enough and know you can’t either! Compete in our Kugel-Off competition and get voted DC Kugel Champ in sweet, savory, and unique categories. Not a top chef? Taste-test our competitors dishes and learn to make kugel while giving back—all kugels made at the Kugel-Off will be donated to our hot lunch program for Seniors. This program is intended for those in the 20s and 30s.

Wednesday, September 20, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
DAY OF AWE-SOME: ROSH HASHANAH FOR FAMILIES
Want to provide a meaningful way for your young children to connect with the holiday of Rosh Hashanah? Join us for Day of AWE-some to hear the shofar, taste apples and honey, and start off a near year of beautiful wishes through songs, crafts, and stories in an atmosphere that welcomes everyone and caters to kids.

Sunday, September 24, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
APPLES FOR EVERYONE! A FAMILY FOOD JUSTICE PROGRAM
Join us as we get our hands dirty and learn about food access with Everybody Grows, an organization that inspires people to grow their own food in home gardens. We will compost, weed, plant, and harvest. Afterwards, we will learn about food waste and food accessibility with Darya Watnick, Director of Jewish Engagement at the EDCJCC, as well as Jewish Outdoor, Food/Farming, and Environmental Education Fellow with Hazon. Since this program will be happening on the Sunday between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur we will also be honoring tashlich, the casting away of negativities, with an activity to reflect on our hopes for ourselves, our families, and our communities in the coming year.
This program is sponsored by the Gendler Grapevine Project. Co-presented with the Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service, and GLOE Youth & Family – a project of The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement (GLOE) at the Edlavitch DCJCC.

Sunday, October 1, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
COMMUNITY-WIDE SUKKAH BUILD AND DECORATING
Help us decorate the EDCJCC’s sukkah! We need adult volunteers to help us build and friends of all ages to help us make and put up decorations. Join us for some fun fall crafts, for all ages, and some delicious autumn-inspired snacks.
Co-presented with Behrend Builders.

Sunday, October 1, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
DIY SIP & SPIN IN THE SUKKAH
Hang in our sukkah with DJ MDot of Community Mixtape as she leads us in a Sukkot themed DJ workshop that blends the art of DJing (learn basic skills!) with musical storytelling.  After you help us create our collaborative mixtape, craft your own harvest theme cocktail and unwind with some chill beats. Space is limited!

Wednesday, October 4, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

STORY TIME IN THE SUKKAH
Join us in the EDCJCC’s sukkah for a morning of stories, songs, crafts, and snacks to prepare us for the holiday of Sukkot. We will learn about Sukkot’s connection to agriculture and the cycle of seasons and growing.

Saturday, October 7, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
5TH ANNUAL DAY IN THE PARK
Bring your whole family to the park for a Sukkot celebration featuring games, fun activities, an musical performances by Mister G and Joanie Leeds!
Sponsored in memory of Elona Shaffert by the Shaffert/Brenner Family.

Questions? Contact us for more information on any Jewish Life program, event, or class.

Darya Watnick
Jewish Engagement Manager
202-777-3259

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