Families

Seeking an exciting and meaningful Jewish experience for your family in Greater Washington?

Explore the calendar listings below to find the family activities that are right for you. Search the full calendar by clicking on “View All Events” below, then select specific ages or interests to sort by.

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Upcoming Events

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Thu
Mar
  30
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
5100 Meadowside Lane, Derwood  MD 20855
Admission is Free! Register below: http://www.benderjccgw.org/event/fun-in-the-forest-tzaar-baalei-chayim/ Let’s meet at the Curiosity Corner inside the Meadowside Nature Center for a fun-filled morning celebrating the Jewish value – Tza’ar Ba’alei Chayim – kindness to animals. Enjoy crafts, PJ Library® story time, songs, and exploration around the center. At the center you can listen to songbirds sing overhead, crawl through a cave, feel the fur of woodland animals and enjoy the fragrances o...
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Fri
Mar
  31
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Children are always welcome at all of our services, but the first Friday night of each month is especially designed for families. Tot Shabbat introduces Judaism to children not yet old enough to read. Our Family Services last about one hour, followed by a festive Oneg Shabbat, and feature a different religious school grade as well as our fabulous TSY Choir. Our monthly birthday blessing occurs as part of the service, and camp-style music, led by Cantor Lisa on guitar, engages and uplifts the con...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Fri
Mar
  31
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
 
Temple B'nai Shalom
7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
Please join us for a very special Tot Shabbat, featuring Jewish rocker Rick Recht! Tot Shabbat is for babies through second graders and their parents. This wonderful service includes lots of music, child-friendly prayers, and stories and activities. It lasts about a half hour and is followed by a special kid-friendly oneg.
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Fri
Mar
  31
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Bethesda Jewish Congregation
6601 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda MD 20817
Welcome Shabbat in the company of family and friends and surrounded by Mother Nature, a guitar-toting Rabbi Sunny Sxhnitzer and a heavenly vocal ensemble. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be indoors.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Non-denominational, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sat
Apr
  1
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Join us for a fun Shabbat morning experience for families with young children.
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sat
Apr
  1
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
A fun exploration of Passover and its traditions for families with young children. Please arrive promptly at 10:30 AM so as not to miss Moses' appearance!
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sat
Apr
  1
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
B'nai Shalom of Olney
18401 Burtfield Drive, Olney MD 20832
Geared for families with pre-school age children. This monthly Shabbat morning service begins at 11:00 am (runs approximately 40 minutes) and combines song, prayer, and bible stories.
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Sun
Apr
  2
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jconnect)
6101 Executive Blvd, North Bethesda MD 20852
Join the Greater Washington community, along with 930,000 volunteers from around the world, in a day of service on April 2, 2017. Projects for all ages are available in DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Teens, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Volunteer
Event Cost:  
 
 
Tue
Apr
  4
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
Food 4 Thought: A Cantor of Many Hats If you don’t see Cantor Shochet on the bimah, you may see him riding in a police car in the McLean area, working side by side with Fairfax County Police Officers. At our April 4 Food for Thought program, come hear about the different hats that Cantor Shochet wears. As a former police officer, Cantor Shochet serves as the Chaplain for the Fairfax County Police, the CIA and runs a community chaplain program for the county. He teaches about spirituality in la...
Listed In:  Boomers, Families, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, History/Education
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Wed
Apr
  5
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
New Israel Fund
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda,  MD 20817
The last few years have awakened the world to the tragic reality of displacement and exile. Stories and pictures across social media have put faces on the millions of people who have fled their homes or been forcibly moved. The Jewish people are all too familiar with these stories. From crossing deserts in search of a home to fleeing genocide, we have relived the experience of exodus time and again. How do we translate our Jewish values and traditions to actions in the current reality? How can ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Maryland, Advocacy, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  
 
 
Wed
Apr
  5
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Join the EDCJCC’s Before Baby team for an evening of connecting around impending parenthood. Learn about prenatal self-care, post-partum red flags, childbirth and baby care basics, activities and support for after the baby arrives, and more, while meeting local experts and forming community with other new parents-to-be. Participants who complete a short online education program in advance will each receive a free Baby Box, an eco-friendly new baby starter kit that doubles as a safe sleep space...
Listed In:  Couples, DC, Adult Education, Parenting
Event Cost:  
 
 
Wed
Apr
  5
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
Coming of age may not be easy—but it sure can be hilarious. Eugene Morris Jerome is 15, lives in 1930’s Brooklyn and thinks of little else but playing for the Yankees… and girls. Eugene’s witty commentary about his life, his overworked father, his overbearing mother, his overconfident brother and his overly gorgeous cousin, makes this tender journey through young adulthood both poignant and joyful.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $47
 
 
Thu
Apr
  6
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
Coming of age may not be easy—but it sure can be hilarious. Eugene Morris Jerome is 15, lives in 1930’s Brooklyn and thinks of little else but playing for the Yankees… and girls. Eugene’s witty commentary about his life, his overworked father, his overbearing mother, his overconfident brother and his overly gorgeous cousin, makes this tender journey through young adulthood both poignant and joyful.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $47
 
 
Fri
Apr
  7
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
Coming of age may not be easy—but it sure can be hilarious. Eugene Morris Jerome is 15, lives in 1930’s Brooklyn and thinks of little else but playing for the Yankees… and girls. Eugene’s witty commentary about his life, his overworked father, his overbearing mother, his overconfident brother and his overly gorgeous cousin, makes this tender journey through young adulthood both poignant and joyful.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $47
 
 
Sat
Apr
  8
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Join us for a fun Shabbat morning experience for families with young children.
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting
Event Cost:  
 

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