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Upcoming Events

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Sat
Feb
  25
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
 
Ohr Kodesh Congregation
8300 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase MD 20815
In recognition of February being “Jewish Disabilities Month,” Ohr Kodesh and its newly-formed Accessibility Committee has invited Liz Weintraub, of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), to speak about the challenges, and rewards, of disability inclusion. She will discuss her own journey as a person with a disability as well as the work she does to encourage others with disabilities to become “self-advocates.” Liz Weintraub is a faculty member of the National Leadership C...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Special Needs, Teens, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Advocacy, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Sat
Feb
  25
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Agudas Achim Congregation
2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
Join young families (with kids 0-5) for a volunteer led Shabbat service. Stay for congregational kiddush
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Sat
Feb
  25
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
 
Bethesda Jewish Congregation
6601 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda MD 20817
Musical Pajama Havdalah - Pre-K to 3rd grade Family Program: Wear your PJs and bring your favorite stuffed animal, a sleeping bag, and 2 new or gently used bedtime books. One will be donated to a local book drive, and one will traded with a BJC friend. Pizza and ice cream for dinner.
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Non-denominational, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  
 
 
Thu
Mar
  2
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (PJ Library in Greater Washington)
4420 Willard Ave, Chevy Chase MD 20814
At Challah Tots, you will enjoy a storytime, craft and braiding challah to take home to bake for Shabbat! Whole Foods Markets provides the dough, and PJ Library and our partners will provide the activities and the braiding help (if you'd like). It's fun, easy and free! Please RSVP so that we have enough dough available. This Challah Tots is cosponsored by the Bender JCCGW and Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County. Note: the dough is prepared by Whole Foods, which is not a kosher facili...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, DC, Maryland, Culinary, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Fri
Mar
  3
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
  3
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Family Engagement at the EDCJCC)
1529 16th Street, NW, Washington DC 20036
Family Shabbat Clusters are groups of 3-4 families who get together monthly for an informal potluck Shabbat dinner, a Shabbat afternoon playdate, or a Shabbat lunch. This a great, casual way to get to know more Jewish families with children in the DC metro area. Families sign up and share information about different ways they would like to celebrate Shabbat. We at the EDCJCC will pair you up with families who have similar interests, geographical location, and ages of children. Then, once a mont...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, DC, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $36 for Kick-off Dinner and Cluster Registration
 
 
Sat
Mar
  4
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
Mar
  5
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jconnect)
4715 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20011
Celebrate Purim with your family as the kids learn that there is nothing stopping them from Doing Good themselves.
Listed In:  Families, DC, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Volunteer
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sun
Mar
  5
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation (B'nai Israel Congregation Adult Education)
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Registration: Free Increase the feeling of “blessing” in your child’s bar or bat mitzvah process—from getting the date, to the actual date. Learn more about what it means to become bar and bat mitzvah. Increase familiarity with the Shabbat service and make the Torah portion more accessible. Learn how to assist your child in writing a meaningful d’var Torah. Parents will have the opportunity to share questions and concerns, and also to get to know each other better.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Tue
Mar
  7
7:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036
"You need to eat four more pieces!" . . . "Bedtime NOW" . . . "NO! I do it!" Power struggles are maddening for parents, and, it turns out, not good for children either. Putting these struggles in a developmental context, this workshop will provide strategies for how to encourage your child's growing need to assert independence while still maintaining your control and authority. Struggles around mealtime, potty training, cooperation and others will be addressed.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Couples, DC, Adult Education, Parenting
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sat
Mar
  11
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Bethesda Jewish Congregation
6601 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda MD 20817
Dolly, Reba, Willie 'n Patsy wanna show off their sangin' for ya ... yee haw! Thank God I'm a Country Jew: A Pig in a Poke Purim (Spiel) Vittles, Moonshine and Hay Included Bring yer friends! Boot scoot boogie attire. Support BJC - buy a whole dang table and have a song sung for ya! You comin'? Give us a holler by March 6th.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Maryland, Non-denominational, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $45 member; $50 non; $25 show only
 
 
Sat
Mar
  11
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
 
Tikvat Israel Congregation
2200 Baltimore Road, Rockville MD 20851
Purim Services and more Ma’ariv and full Megillah Reading Nosh 'n Shpiel after services: alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and refreshments Featuring "On The Persian Red Carpet: A Purim Broadway Review" for more information visit http://tikvatisrael.org/
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sun
Mar
  12
8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Tikvat Israel Congregation
2200 Baltimore Road, Rockville MD 20851
Purim Morning Services with full Megillah reading at 8:45 am Puppet Production and Family Celebration at 11:00 am Wear costumes, bring tzedekah, enjoy Purim
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sun
Mar
  12
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036
When was the last time you dressed up like a queen or king? Now is your chance – the EDCJCC’s Purim Carnival is the perfect time for children and adults to dress up and celebrate this festive annual holiday! Join us on March 12 and enjoy carnival games, arts & crafts, hamantaschen, music and a Purim play! Don't forget your costume! We are thrilled to host a teen Jewish a cappella group from Congregation Beth El called Marak HaYom, which means "soup of the day" in Hebrew. Babies are welcome at th...
Listed In:  Families, DC, Children/Teens/Family, Community-Wide/Festivals, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $18 EDCJCC members, $23 non-members
 
 
Sun
Mar
  12
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (PJ Library in Greater Washington)
see description for details, Washington DC 20009
Locations: Congregation B’nai Tzedek (Potomac, MD) @ 1:30 p.m. Congregation Olam Tikvah (Fairfax, VA) @ 1:30 p.m. Washington Hebrew Congregation (Washington, DC) @ 10:30 a.m. Offered with partners in three locations, this authentic Purim experience is accessible for all families who would like to celebrate Purim in a “softer” way. We will minimize the noise and other sensory input, but maximize the fun! There will be crafts, an interactive reading of the Purim story (megillah), quiet areas to ...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Special Needs, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Non-denominational, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5 per family, plus bring a canned good to donate
 

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