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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Tue
Nov
  20
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
 
B'nai Shalom of Olney (B'nai Shalom of Olney Early Childhood School)
18401 Burtfield Drive, Olney MD 20832
Looking for a fun, indoor playspace for your toddler or preschooler to get their wiggles out? Use our indoor gym! On Tuesdays, October 16, 2018 – June 11, 2019, the ECS will open our indoor playroom to babies and toddlers between ages 0-4 years. We happily invite you and your family to enjoy our open-gym time from 9:30am- 10:30am weekly. Caregiver supervision required at all times. Open gym is $5.00 per session OR purchase a 5-session “virtual” coupon book for $20.00. Please make checks payabl...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Parenting
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5

 
 
Tue
Nov
  20
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
Ready, Set, Go to the Chanukah Bazaar Sponsored by Women of TRS Sun Nov 11, 18 and Dec 2, 8:45 AM-2:00 PM; Tues Nov 13, 20, 27, 5:30 -7:30 PM; Wed Nov 14, 28, 4:15-6:30 PM Everything you could possibly want to celebrate the Festival of Lights will be on display in the Grand Foyer! Choose from a large assortment of menorahs, Safed and beeswax candles, dreidels, books, crafts and toys, party goods and nut-free gelt. Hot items such as Chanukah socks and slippers plus fun children’s menorahs have b...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Fair/Expo, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Nov
  22
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
 
B'nai Shalom of Olney (B'nai Shalom of Olney Early Childhood School)
18401 Burtfield Drive, Olney MD 20832
Toddler & Me is a fun, hands-on introduction to preschool experience for children ages 14 months – 2 years. A perfect chance for children to become comfortable going to school and make new friends, the children will explore and discover music, art, playground, and sensory exploration while playing, learning, and practicing social skills. Class activities will include art, cooking, story time, free play, circle and music time, snack, and playground/playroom time. Parents, grandparents, or a sp...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Parenting, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Sat
Nov
  24
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Congregation Adat Reyim
6500 Westbury Oaks Court, Springfield VA 22152
Join us for a family friendly shabbat where we encourage preschoolers and young children to celebrate the shabbat with us. Friendly songs, enjoyable music, and a welcoming atmosphere at Congregational Adat Reyim.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Nov
  27
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
 
B'nai Shalom of Olney (B'nai Shalom of Olney Early Childhood School)
18401 Burtfield Drive, Olney MD 20832
Looking for a fun, indoor playspace for your toddler or preschooler to get their wiggles out? Use our indoor gym! On Tuesdays, October 16, 2018 – June 11, 2019, the ECS will open our indoor playroom to babies and toddlers between ages 0-4 years. We happily invite you and your family to enjoy our open-gym time from 9:30am- 10:30am weekly. Caregiver supervision required at all times. Open gym is $5.00 per session OR purchase a 5-session “virtual” coupon book for $20.00. Please make checks payabl...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Parenting
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5

 
 
Tue
Nov
  27
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
Ready, Set, Go to the Chanukah Bazaar Sponsored by Women of TRS Sun Nov 11, 18 and Dec 2, 8:45 AM-2:00 PM; Tues Nov 13, 20, 27, 5:30 -7:30 PM; Wed Nov 14, 28, 4:15-6:30 PM Everything you could possibly want to celebrate the Festival of Lights will be on display in the Grand Foyer! Choose from a large assortment of menorahs, Safed and beeswax candles, dreidels, books, crafts and toys, party goods and nut-free gelt. Hot items such as Chanukah socks and slippers plus fun children’s menorahs have b...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Fair/Expo, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Nov
  28
4:15 PM - 6:30 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
Ready, Set, Go to the Chanukah Bazaar Sponsored by Women of TRS Sun Nov 11, 18 and Dec 2, 8:45 AM-2:00 PM; Tues Nov 13, 20, 27, 5:30 -7:30 PM; Wed Nov 14, 28, 4:15-6:30 PM Everything you could possibly want to celebrate the Festival of Lights will be on display in the Grand Foyer! Choose from a large assortment of menorahs, Safed and beeswax candles, dreidels, books, crafts and toys, party goods and nut-free gelt. Hot items such as Chanukah socks and slippers plus fun children’s menorahs have b...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Fair/Expo, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Nov
  29
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
 
B'nai Shalom of Olney (B'nai Shalom of Olney Early Childhood School)
18401 Burtfield Drive, Olney MD 20832
Toddler & Me is a fun, hands-on introduction to preschool experience for children ages 14 months – 2 years. A perfect chance for children to become comfortable going to school and make new friends, the children will explore and discover music, art, playground, and sensory exploration while playing, learning, and practicing social skills. Class activities will include art, cooking, story time, free play, circle and music time, snack, and playground/playroom time. Parents, grandparents, or a sp...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Parenting, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Thu
Nov
  29
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
4201 Fairfax Dr., Arlington VA 22203
Join us at CUMC’s soup kitchen to help feed Arlington’s homeless. Across the street from the Ballston Metro Station on the orange line (back of building).
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Volunteer
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Nov
  30
5:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
4201 Fairfax Dr., Arlington VA 22203
Join us at CUMC’s soup kitchen to help feed Arlington’s homeless. Across the street from the Ballston Metro Station on the orange line (back of building).
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Volunteer
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Nov
  30
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
 
Gesher Jewish Day School
4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax VA 22030
Monthly Playgroup for Children Ages 0 - 5 Open play for first 45 minutes and then join in the All School Kabbalat Shabbat, singing, dancing, and Birthday of the Month celebration. RSVP requested
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Nov
  30
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb St, NW, Washington DC 20016
Join us for a fun, fulfilling, engaging service perfect for families with young children (or grandchildren). We begin our evening with an engaging, interactive Tot Shabbat service that focuses on teaching Jewish prayers, traditions, and rituals through songs, stories, and art project. A family-style, family-friendly dinner follows the service.
Listed In:  Families, DC, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
Nov
  30
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb St, NW, Washington DC 20016
Led by our cantors, Shirei Shabbat is a spiritual, musical, and uplifting way to end the week. WIth upbeat tunes, some new music, and a little more English, this "Shabbat of Songs" is certain to engage and delight.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, DC, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Nov 30 - Dec 1
Multiple times available
 
Bethesda Jewish Congregation
6601 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda MD 20817
Jewish Renewal Shabbaton Weekend It will be a weekend like no other as we bring a 21st century focus to centuries-old spiritual traditions. Sing, pray, and learn with Rabbis Andrew Hahn and David Evan Markus, two of the Jewish Renewal movement’s most innovative leaders, and Rabbi Sunny Schnitzer, Bethesda Jewish Congregation’s spiritual leader. Rabbi David Evan Markus is a spiritual leader based in New York. He serves as Deputy Chief Counsel in the New York State Judiciary and is a syndicate...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Humanist, Reform, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; Sabbath service and dinner are free

 
 
Nov 30 - Dec 1
Multiple times available
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Joey Weisenberg, a multi-instrumental musician, singer, and composer, is the Creative Director of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute, which seeks to empower Jewish community building through music and the author of Building Singing Communities, and The Torah of Music (Fall 2017) winner of a National Jewish Book Award. Join Joey and the Clergy of Adat Shalom for a weekend of music, learning, and spiritual reflection. Friday, November 30th - Dinner at 6:30 PM (RSVP Required!) ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Arts & Culture, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  Free; Shabbat Dinner is $25

 

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