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Upcoming Events
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Mon
Apr
  22
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender Early Childhood Center)
7101 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda MD 20817
Come celebrate Yom - Kadur - Haaretz (Earth Day) with the Bender JCC and PJ Library! Join us for a fun-filled morning of Yom - Kadur - Haaretz themed PJ Library® story time and crafts. Light snacks will also be provided. Please register all adults and children attending the event. We will be meeting at the indoor playground right outside of Sears. For more information, please e-mail Jennifer Radosh at jradosh@benderjccgw.org.
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
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Thu
Apr
  25
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender Early Childhood Center)
11355 Woodglen Drive, Rockville MD 20852
Join the Bender JCC and PJ Library for preschool-friendly challah making, activities, and a PJ Library story time in preparation for Shabbat. Whole Foods will provide the dough, you bring your creativity to make the perfect challah to take home and bake for Shabbat! We request you download Whole Foods Market’s App in order to continue enjoying this free program. Whole Foods Market 11355 Woodglen Dr, Rockville, MD 20852: (Partnered with PJ Library) •January 31 | 10 – 11 AM •February 28 | 4 – 5 ...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sat
Apr
  27
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
 
CORE Foundations at Kennedy Krieger Institute
13401 Beaver Dam Road,, Cockeysville MD 21030
Each year, Kennedy Krieger Institute holds a 5k/1 mile fun run/walk called ROAR. This year it will be held April 27th at 8:30 a.m. at Oregon Ridge Park. On behalf of the Project SEARCH Interns, I am inviting you to join us to ROAR that day! Please feel free to invite your friends, family members and colleagues to participate by registering to be part of our team. If you would like to fundraise on our behalf, please do so! If not, your entrance fee will help us for sure. If you can’t join us...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Special Needs, Maryland, Fitness & Wellness, Social Events
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Sun
Apr
  28
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Temple Emanuel
10101 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington MD 20895
Please join Temple Emanuel Religious School for a Kindergarten Open House. The morning will feature one of our innovative ethical wisdom camps, which are a fun way for K-2nd graders to explore Jewish values. Prospective kindergarten students will visit a classroom and participate in hands-on activities designed to teach them the value of tzedek (justice). While their children are engaged in class, parents will have an opportunity to meet with Rabbi Mark and discuss religious education at Temple...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education, Parenting
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Sun
Apr
  28
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County
8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD 20814
Come see what makes Beth El Religious School a dynamic and engaging Jewish educational program. Join us to meet with the Education Director and BERS parents and learn about our program and community. BERS fosters a positive Jewish identity and nurtures a love of Jewish life and learning through the multifaceted lens of art, music, movement, storytelling, and so much more. For more information and to RSVP, contact Shoshana Sherman, BERS Office Manager, at ssherman@bethelmc.org.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sun
Apr
  28
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia-Community Engagement Department)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Join Growing Jewish Families for a NEW program called Rhythm 'n Ruach! Led by Andrea Cate, certified Rhythm 'n Ruach facilitator, each week, you and your child will have a musical Shabbat adventure including a variety of hands-on experiences including: exploring exciting musical instruments, learning a Hebrew word, singing and dancing to Jewish and secular music, and learning Jewish values....
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $180/child, $108/second child

 
 
Fri
May
  3
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim Preschool)
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Join us on the first and third Friday mornings of each month for a Shabbat-themed hour of play and song. Contact Preschool Director Alexis Joyce at preschool@etzhayim.net for more information or to tour our school. There is NO PLAYGROUP on the following Fridays: 11/16/18 12/21/18 4/19/19
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
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Fri
May
  3
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Temple Shalom First Fridays Tot Shabbat 5:30 PM Congregational Potluck 6:15 PM Erev Shabbat Family Service 7:30 PM
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
May
  3
6:15 PM - 8:15 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Join us for a delicious and vibrant potluck dinner on the first Friday of every month following the Kabbalat Shabbat service. This is one of our most popular events, especially with families with young children. Services start at 6:15pm. Dinner starts at approximately 7:30pm. Potluck Guidelines Food should be vegetarian (dairy or pareve ), made using hekshered ingredients, and brought in a disposable pan/container. Food cannot be heated in our kitchen. Not a home cook? Pick up something heksh...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
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Fri
May
  3
8:00 PM - 9:15 PM
 
Temple B'nai Shalom
7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
Please join us our Family Shabbat Service featuring Jewish rocker Sheldon Low!  This worship service is designed especially for families with school-aged children.  We will hope to see you then!
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
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Sat
May
  4
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
This is not your average Shabbat morning service! This is a learning service (plus donuts and juice!) designed for students in Grades 2-6. CEH Director of Religious Education and congregants lead the service. We emphasize learning the service (order of prayers, choreography of worship) and a foster a high level of participation, including a lively discussion of the weekly parsha (Torah portion). With active learning, song, and prayer our students learn both "keva" (order of the service) and "ka...
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
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Sat
May
  4
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah
11825 Seven Locks Road, Potomac MD 20854
Shoah Shabbat: Holocaust Commemoration Program Join us for morning services followed by special Holocaust programming, lunch followed by informative Panel Discussion. Keynote speaker, Greek Holocaust survivor & author, Yolanda Willis, will share what it was like living in Greece during the persecution of Jews during the Holocaust. We will have a special program honoring our survivors, followed by Greek inspired lunch. Panel discussion after lunch 2:30-4pm: 'Young Jews facing anti-semitism in U...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Orthodox, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $25 for adults but free for survivors

 
 
Sun
May
  5
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Congregation Olam Tikvah
10735 West Drive, Fairfax VA 22030
Please join the OT Young Families for a play date at Providence Park. We will provide snacks, such as pirates booty, veggie straws, clementines, water, etc. To RSVP, please contact Michelle Silberman (mcdsilberman@gmail.com) by May 1, so we can have enough food. Please feel free to forward this to anyone you think may be interested. Young Families events focus on children ages newborn to 5 and are open to all, regardless of synagogue membership.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Children/Teens/Family, Social Events
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Sun
May
  5
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia-Community Engagement Department)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Join Growing Jewish Families for a NEW program called Rhythm 'n Ruach! Led by Andrea Cate, certified Rhythm 'n Ruach facilitator, each week, you and your child will have a musical Shabbat adventure including a variety of hands-on experiences including: exploring exciting musical instruments, learning a Hebrew word, singing and dancing to Jewish and secular music, and learning Jewish values....
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $180/child, $108/second child

 
 
Sun
May
  5
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
 
Temple Emanuel
10101 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington MD 20895
Temple Emanuel's Global Mitzvah Team is thrilled to present The Albert Einstein High School (AEHS) Jazz Ensemble at their Global Mitzvah Concert. The AEHS Jazz Ensemble is the premiere performing ensemble and is comprised of students in grades 9-12. They perform throughout the year at a variety of music venues including the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, Strathmore Music Center, and in NYC. A dessert reception in their honor after the concert for donating their time and talent. Cost is $15/person...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Teens, Maryland, Reform, Arts & Culture, Fundraising/Philanthropy
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $15/person

 

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