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Celebrating the High Holidays

Rosh Hashanah apples honey and challahWe are compiling many family-friendly ways to celebrate the Chagim, including High Holidays, which are Rosh Hashanah (starts Sunday, October 2 at sundown) and Yom Kippur (starts at sundown, Tuesday, October 11), as well as Sukkot (starts Sunday, October 16 at sundown) and Shemini Atzeret (starts at sundown, Sunday, October 23) and Simchat Torah (starts at sundown, Tuesday, October 25). 

Each of these holidays has their own history and traditions and can also be a way to share the Jewish value of
hachnasat orchim (welcoming guests).  Inviting other families or accepting invitations to share Rosh Hashanah dinner, Yom Kippur Break Fast or a meal in a sukkah not only helps others--by having a warm, inviting environment and food on the table--but also enriches you as the host.

The Chagim, especially the Sukkot harvest festival, offer many opportunities for children to participate and contribute using all of their senses.


More about the Chagim
High Holiday Ideas on Pinterest
High Holiday Resources (including a listing of services) on Jconnect
Top 10 High Holiday Recipes from Jewish Food Experience
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Books from PJ Library
Sukkot and Simchat Torah Books from PJ Library
High Holiday Celebrations from the PJ Library Blog
Get a Taste for the New Year from the PJ Library Blog
Forgive for the High Holidays  from the PJ Library Blog
Jewish Values: Put Out Your Welcome Mat from Shalom Sesame
High Holidays--New Ideas for a New Year booklet from The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington


Family-Friendly High Holiday Events
We’ve put together a list of family-friendly High Holiday events all around the area.  These are perfect options for PJ families to celebrate the Chagim (High Holy Days, including Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah).  Find one that's right for your family!  The Jewish Year will be 5777.

Rosh Hashanah

apple and honeyRosh Hashanah (Hebrew: ראש השנה‎, translated "head of the year"), is the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora'im ("Days of Awe"). Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a ram’s horn blown like a trumpet) and eating apples or round raisin challah dipped in honey (both symbolizing sweetness and the circular nature of starting the year over).

Another aspect of the Days of Awe (Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur) is tashlich ("casting off"). Small pieces of bread are tossed into flowing water, such as a creek or river, symbolically casting off our sins.

The common greeting on Rosh Hashanah is "L’Shana Tova," which in Hebrew means, "(have) a good year." *

Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset on Sunday, October 2, and ends at nightfall Tuesday, October 4.

Pre-Holiday Events
Pop-Up Shofar Factory (Thursday, September 15, 6 pm, Dupont Circle), with the Edlavitch DCJCC
Apples and Honey Dish Open Studio Sunday
(Sunday, September 18, 10 am, 10:30 am and 1 pm, Kensington) with the Gary Rosenthal Collection 
Apple Picking and High Holiday Program, (Sunday, September 18, Markham, VA),a JCC of Northern Virginia (JCCNV) program
Pick n’ Picnic (Wednesday, September 21, Germantown), a Bender JCC of Greater Washington (JCCGW) and Shaare Torah program (note date change)
JPDS-NC Rosh Hashanah STEM and Story Hour (Sunday, September 25, 10:00 a.m., Washington), a JPDS-NC program

Holiday Services and Programs (October 2-4)

DC

Day of Awe-Some (Monday, October 3, Dupont Circle), an Edlavitch DCJCC (EDCJCC) program
GLOE Tashlich Picnic in Rock Creek Park (Sunday, October 9, Washington), an EDCJCC program

MD

Apples and Honeys (Monday, October 3, Rockville), a JCCGW program
Rosh Hashanah Family Service (Monday, October 3, 2:00 pm, Chevy Chase), a Temple Shalom service
Rosh Hashanah Tashlich Walk (Monday, October 3, 3:00 pm, Chevy Chase), a Temple Shalom service

Family Service (Monday, October 3, 2:45 pm, Rockville), a Bethesda-Chevy Chase Jewish Community Group service
Yom Tov Touch Football Game (Monday, October 3, 3:00 p.m., Silver Spring), a Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim program
Drop of Honey Rosh Hashanah Inclusive Service (Tuesday, October 4, 10:00 am, Silver Spring), a Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim service
Please check the event details for locations, time and registration information.  More events will be added!


VA
Family Service
  (Monday, October 3, 2:00 pm, Fairfax Station), a Temple B'nai Shalom service

For additional High Holiday services, please check out the Jconnect list of services open to families who aren't members of a congregation.

Yom Kippur

shofarYom Kippur (Hebrew: יוֹם כִּפּוּר, translated, “Day of Atonement”), is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. According to Jewish tradition, fervent prayer and honest soul searching lead to repentance and forgiveness.  We can get the gift of a clean slate for the new year.  Therefore, Yom Kippur is a day of prayer and introspection, observed through fasting and attending services. It is considered the most solemn day on the Jewish calendar.*

Yom Kippur begins at sunset Tuesday, October 11, and ends at nightfall Wednesday, October 12.

 

MD
Erev Sukkot and Blessing of the Animals (Monday, October 10, 5:30 p.m., Chevy Chase), a Temple Shalom service
I Am Sorry Day (Wednesday, October 12, 10:00 a.m., Rockville), a JCCGW program
Afternoon Family Service (Wednesday, October 12, 2:00 pm, Chevy Chase), a Temple Shalom service

Please check the event details for locations, time and registration information.  More events will be added!
For additional High Holiday services, please check out the Jconnect list of services open to families who aren't members of a congregation.

Sukkot
lulav and etrogSukkot (Hebrew: סוכות‎ or סֻכּוֹת sukkot or sukkos, Feast of Booths, Feast of Tabernacles) is one of the three biblically mandated festivals (Passover and Shavuot are the other two) when Jews were required to make a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem. The holiday lasts seven days. The Hebrew word sukkot is the plural of sukkah ("booth” or “tabernacle” ), which is a temporary walled structure covered with schach (plant material such as leafy tree overgrowth or palm leaves).

The holiday of Sukkot is named after the booths or huts in which Jews are supposed to live during this week-long festival. The huts are supposed to remind us of the flimsy houses our ancestors lived in as they traveled through the desert heading towards Israel.

Throughout the holiday, meals are eaten inside the sukkah, and some may sleep there as well. On each day of the holiday, members of the household recite a blessing over the lulav (a frond from a date palm tree, tied with branches of the willow and myrtle trees) and etrog (yellow citron).*

Sukkot begins at sunset Sunday, October 16, and ends at nightfall Sunday, October 23.

DC
Sukkot Get Together
(Sunday, October 23, Washington), an EDCJCC program

MD
Erev Sukkot (Monday, October 10, Chevy Chase), a Temple Shalom program
Sukkot Family Brunch (Monday, October 17, 10:30 a.m., Rockville), a B'nai Israel Congregation program

Please check the event details for locations, time and registration information.  More events will be added!

Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

torah scrollThere is much debate over the exact meaning of
Shemini Atzeret ("Eighth Day of Assembly").  While it seems to be the eighth day of Sukkot, many commentaries see it as a holiday by itself.  The distinguishing feature is the prayer for rain.  Rain and water are the real key to survival in the Middle East, from the days of the Israelites through today.

Simchat Torah (Hebrew: שִׂמְחַת תּוֹרָה, translated "Rejoicing with/of the Torah,") is a celebration marking the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings and the beginning of a new cycle.

The main celebration of Simchat Torah takes place in the synagogue; the last parashah (“portion” of the Torah) of Deuteronomy and the first parashah of Genesis are read in the synagogue. Simchat Torah begins in the evening and involves raucous dancing and singing with Torah scrolls. Children are paraded around on their parents' shoulders and wave homemade flags. The idea is to focus on how central the Torah is to Jewish life and the joy that the Torah can bring to the Jewish community.*

You may want to research an appropriate service that works for your child(ren)'s ability to deal with noise and semi-chaotic celebrating.

Shemini Atzeret begins at sunset, Sunday, October 23 and ends at nightfall, Monday, October 24. Simchat Torah begins at sunset, Monday, October 24, and ends at nightfall Tuesday, October 25.

Bookmark this page as we will keep adding more Chagim programs to the list!


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Challah Tots

Maryland Locations

Whole Foods Bethesda (5269 River Road, Bethesda)
Register for Challah Tots Bethesda

  • Wednesday, September 21, 4:30 p.m.

Whole Foods Friendship Heights (4420 Willard Ave, Chevy Chase)
Register for Challah Tots Friendship Heights (September)
 

  • Wednesday, September 14, 4:30 p.m.

Whole Foods Kentlands, 316 Kentlands Boulevard, Gaithersburg
Register for Challah Tots Kentlands

  • Thursday, September 22, 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 20, 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 17, 4:00 p.m.

Whole Foods Rockville (11355 Woodglen Dr, Rockville)
Register for Challah Tots Rockville

  • Thursday, September 8, 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, October 6, 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 3, 10:00 a.m.
Virginia Locations

Whole Foods Alexandria (1700 Duke St, Alexandria)
Register for Challah Tots Alexandria

  • Wednesday, September 28, 10:30 a.m.

Whole Foods Arlington (2700 Wilson Blvd, Arlington)
Register for Challah Tots Arlington

  • Sunday, September 25, 10:30 a.m.

Whole Foods Ashburn (19800 Belmont Chase Dr, Suite 160)
Register for Challah Tots Ashburn

  • Monday, September 19, 10:30 a.m.

Whole Foods Fair Lakes (4501 Market Commons Drive, Fairfax)
Register for Challah Tots Fair Lakes

  • Monday, September 26, 10:00 a.m.

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 Month’s Book Buddies Schedule
Run by JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families
  • Thursday, September 8, 10:30 a.m.:  Chantilly Library (4000 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly)
  • Monday, September 12, 10:30 a.m.:  Burke Centre Library (5935 Freds Oak Rd., Burke)

All parents, grandparents, caregivers and children who love books are welcome to join us for fun stories and movement activities that relate to Jewish culture, traditions and holidays.

Dinosaur on Shabbat book coverPJ-Cosponsored Shabbat Programs

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Sat
Oct
  1
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
 
 
Mon
Oct
  3
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (JCCGW: Children & Family Programs)
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Celebrate the New Year with ShirSynergy’s Lisa Baydush for a kid-friendly, music-filled Rosh Hashanah complete with apples, honey and mini shofars! 10-10:45 a.m. Musical Family Program 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Snacks and Crafts Purchase tickets at http://www.jccgw.org/event/apples-honeys/ $80 Family ticket – 4 or more $30 Adults $15 Children (1-18 years) Free Infants under 1 year Contact Lauren Dworkin (301.348.3837) with questions.
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  more than $50; $80 Family ticket – 4 or more
 
 
Mon
Oct
  3
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Family Engagement at the EDCJCC)
1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Want to provide a meaningful way for your young children to connect with the holiday of Rosh Hashanah? Come to Day of Awe-Some: Rosh Hashanah for Families to hear the shofar, taste apples and honey, and the start off a new year of beautiful wishes through songs, crafts and stories in an atmosphere that welcomes everyone and caters to kids. Co-sponsored by PJ Library.
Listed In:  Families, DC, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $36 per family online; $40 at the door
 
 
Mon
Oct
  3
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim (Congregation Har Tzeon Agudath Achim)
1700 University Blvd W., Silver Spring MD 20902
Join the HTAA Men's Club for a fun touch football game before Tashlich on Rosh Hashanah! Fun for all ages. Located at the Wheaton Forest Park, near Sligo Creek. Contact info@htaa.org for more information.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Maryland, Conservative, Fitness & Wellness, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Mon
Oct
  3
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
 
Tikvat Israel Congregation
2200 Baltimore Road, Rockville MD 20851
Join us for a StoryWalk featuring PJ Library Selection "Tashlich at Turtle Rock" following by Family-friendly Tashlich in nearby Rock Creek Park. Families are invited to gather at Tikvat Israel Congregation promptly at 5 pm so that we may walk together as a community from the synagogue adjacent Rock Creek Park. We will cross Baltimore Road and continue along the paved pathways traversing through Rock Creek Park to our destination at the place we affectionately know as the 'Taslich Bridge' insid...
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Fri
Oct
  7
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
 
 
Sat
Oct
  8
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
 
 
Sun
Oct
  9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Agudas Achim Congregation
2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
Young Families Oh Say Shalom Sing-a-Long and Playgroup: Hazzan Elisheva Dienstfrey leads songs for the first half hour with free play after. No Jewish knowledge or experience necessary. Each child requires a grownup. Geared toward families with kids 0-5.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  
 
 
Mon
Oct
  10
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
We come together for an early, family-style Erev Sukkot Service under the Sukkah at 5:30 PM, followed by Blessing of the Animals at 6:15 PM. Bring dogs, cats, other pets, for a creative connection between the holiday of Sukkot and all of God’s creatures. Bring your own picnic dinner, under the Sukkah, 6:30 PM.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Maryland, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Wed
Oct
  12
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (JCCGW: Children & Family Programs)
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Explore the Yom Kippur holiday in a kid-friendly and musical way, in which the whole family can participate and find meaning. 10-10:45 a.m. Musical Family Program 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Snacks and Crafts Purchase Tickets at http://www.jccgw.org/event/im-sorry-day/ $80 Family ticket – 4 or more $30 Adults $15 Children (1-18 years) Free Infants under 1 year Contact Lauren Dworkin (301.348.3837) with questions.
Listed In:  Families, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  more than $50; $80 Family ticket – 4 or more
 
 
Sat
Oct
  15
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
 
 
Sun
Oct
  16
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Kids' Time trial classes 3rd Sunday of the Month 9:15 AM- 10:45 AM Join babies and toddlers up to PreK for a joy and spirit filled time together. singing - dancing - stories - art - Hebrew Interested in being in the class full time email Rabbi Rachel Ackerman at rabbiackerman@templeshalom.net
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Sun
Oct
  16
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Shaare Tefila Congregation
16620 Georgia Avenue, Olney MD 20832
Join families with children in Kindergarten through 2nd Grade to meet PJ Library and children's book author, Rachel Packer. She will read her newest book: Sky High Sukkah.
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
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Fri
Oct
  21
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
 
Agudas Achim Congregation
2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
Friday night service for kids 0-5 and parents with songs, instruments, scarves, dancing parachutes, challah and juice
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
Oct
  22
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
Oct
  29
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
Oct
  29
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
 
Temple B'nai Shalom
7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
Please join us for a special Saturday Tot Shabbat. Tot Shabbat is especially for newborns through second graders, and their parents. The 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. We will look forward to seeing you at this wonderful service!
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  
 
 
Fri
Nov
  4
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
 
 
Sat
Nov
  5
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
 
 
Fri
Nov
  11
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
 
Temple B'nai Shalom
7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
Please join us for Tot Shabbat. Tot Shabbat is especially for newborns through second graders, and their parents. The 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. We will look forward to seeing you at this wonderful service!
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sat
Nov
  12
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
 
 
Sun
Nov
  13
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Agudas Achim Congregation
2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
Young Families Oh Say Shalom Sing-a-Long and Playgroup: Hazzan Elisheva Dienstfrey leads songs for the first half hour with free play after. No Jewish knowledge or experience necessary. Each child requires a grownup. Geared toward families with kids 0-5.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  
 
 
Fri
Nov
  18
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
 
Agudas Achim Congregation
2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
Friday night service for kids 0-5 and parents with songs, instruments, scarves, dancing parachutes, challah and juice
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
Nov
  19
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
 
 
Sun
Nov
  20
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Kids' Time trial classes 3rd Sunday of the Month 9:15 AM- 10:45 AM Join babies and toddlers up to PreK for a joy and spirit filled time together. singing - dancing - stories - art - Hebrew Interested in being in the class full time email Rabbi Rachel Ackerman at rabbiackerman@templeshalom.net
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Fri
Dec
  2
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
 
 
Sat
Dec
  3
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
 
 
Fri
Dec
  9
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. Jewish rocker extraordinaire Sheldon Low will be with us to rock in Shabbat! Tot Shabbat is especially for newborns through second graders, and their parents. The 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. We will look forward to seeing you at this wonderful service!
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  
 
 
Fri
Dec
  9
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Temple B'nai Shalom
7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
Jewish rocker-extraordinaire Sheldon Low will rock in Shabbat at TBS. Please join us for this very special service!
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sat
Dec
  10
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
 
 
Sun
Dec
  11
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Agudas Achim Congregation
2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
Young Families Oh Say Shalom Sing-a-Long and Playgroup: Hazzan Elisheva Dienstfrey leads songs for the first half hour with free play after. No Jewish knowledge or experience necessary. Each child requires a grownup. Geared toward families with kids 0-5.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sun
Dec
  11
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax VA 22030
We’re celebrating the festival of lights with a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) Party. The celebration will include a latke (potato pancake) bar and sufganiyot (donuts), experiments, buildings and lots of fun! Fee: $4 This event is in partnership with the JCCNV Growing Jewish Families, Gesher Jewish Day School, and PJ Library®
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Northern Virginia, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $4
 
 
Fri
Dec
  16
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
 
Agudas Achim Congregation
2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
Friday night service for kids 0-5 and parents with songs, instruments, scarves, dancing parachutes, challah and juice
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
Dec
  17
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
 
 
Sun
Dec
  18
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Kids' Time trial classes 3rd Sunday of the Month 9:15 AM- 10:45 AM Join babies and toddlers up to PreK for a joy and spirit filled time together. singing - dancing - stories - art - Hebrew Interested in being in the class full time email Rabbi Rachel Ackerman at rabbiackerman@templeshalom.net
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Sat
Dec
  24
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
 
 
Fri
Jan
  6
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
Jan
  6
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Temple B'nai Shalom
7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
Jewish rocker-extraordinaire Sheldon Low will rock in Shabbat at TBS. Please join us for this very special service!
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sat
Jan
  7
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
 
 
Sun
Jan
  8
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Agudas Achim Congregation
2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
Young Families Oh Say Shalom Sing-a-Long and Playgroup: Hazzan Elisheva Dienstfrey leads songs for the first half hour with free play after. No Jewish knowledge or experience necessary. Each child requires a grownup. Geared toward families with kids 0-5.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  
 
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