Families

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Upcoming Events
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Tue
Dec
  11
7:15 PM - 9:15 PM
 
Tifereth Israel Congregation
7701 16th Street, NW, Washington DC 20012
Livestream from the Jewish Theological Seminary, with introduction and discussion at TI Free to attend and open to all RSVP so we know how many to expect: www.tinyurl.com/JTS1218 Gerson D. Cohen Memorial Lecture What explains the persistence of anti-Semitism through the ages - even here, today, in the United States? Our noted experts will explore anti-Semitism's historical and theological origins and trace its changing nature over time. They will also discuss efforts to counter its pernicious...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education, Politics
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Dec
  12
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Temple Sinai
3100 Military Road, NW, Washington DC 20015
The Temple Sinai Israel Affairs Committee will open an exhibit of winning Israeli art work, in the form of posters, on the subject of tolerance, equality, accepting the other, and valuing a shared society. Nathan Guttman will discuss the state of diversity in Israel. Jewish and Arab elementary and secondary school youths, as well as children of foreign workers in the greater Tel Aviv area, participated in the contest which was judged by a professional public committee. The blown-up posters were...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Reform, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Dec
  13
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County (Congregation Beth El Preschool)
8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD 20814
No School? We’ve got you covered! Join us for a rocking’ performance by the Kidville Rockin’ Railroad Ban. The show will be followed by lunch including pizza, fruit and more. Sign up at http://bepskidsday2018.eventbrite.com.
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Social Events
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5-$10

 
 
Fri
Dec
  14
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, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
Dec
  14
6:15 PM - 7:45 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
On the 2nd Friday of each month, join us at 6:15 p.m. for an evening of melodic worship with a little groove thrown in by our own congregational band! This event is especially fun for families with young children. Kosher kiddush follows services. (No musical Shabbat in July - Normal Shabbat services will be held at 6:15pm).
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Dec
  14
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 Sheldon Low. 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), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
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Sun
Dec
  16
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (PJ Library in Greater Washington)
8300 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase MD 20815
All are welcome! Join us for tons of Hanukkah activities, as we make edible dreidels, play dreidel, listen and dance to live music, climb on soft play toys, eat snacks, drink coffee, face painting, do a community service project and make an arts and crafts activity. This event is for kids ages 0-8. Kids over 8 are invited to volunteer at the different centers. Please RSVP to Peggy Sachs or Amy Herman by December 10th via these email amyhlevine@gmail.com or mburns.peggy@gmail.com. Sponsored by...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sun
Dec
  16
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia-Community Engagement Department)
3656 Centerview Dr, Chantilly VA 20151
Join Growing Jewish Families for a fun and free playdate at NoVA Playlabs in Chantilly! Kids can play while parents socialize and make new friends. Perfect for ages 0 - 5 years. Please bring socks for kids and adults. RSVP with jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Dec
  21
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
Dec
  21
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
555 Water St. SW, Washington DC 20024
District Shabbat combines the high energy of Washington and the deep spirituality of Reform Judaism to create this all-ages downtown Shabbat experience along the beautiful Southwest Waterfront. Tot Shabbat & Family Dinner (perfect for families with young children) 5:30 pm Cost: Free Shot of Torah (A spirited discussion with WHC’s rabbis fueled by soft drinks, adult beverages, and hors d’oeuvres) 6:15 pm Cost: Free Shabbat Service featuring WHC’s clergy and internationally celebrated musician...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, DC, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; $18 for dinner

 
 
Sat
Dec
  22
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
Dec
  25
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
 
D25
400 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington DC 20001
December 25th Day of Service (D25) is the Edlavitch DCJCC’s largest volunteer event of the year. Join hundreds of volunteers at a social service agency in the metro-DC area to prepare and serve meals, sing carols, visit home-bound seniors, throw holiday parties, play bingo, and deliver holiday cheer to those in need. This year, while the EDCJCC building is undergoing renovation, the Hyatt Regency will be D25’s home base. Several ways to give back will be available on-site at the Hyatt Regency, ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Teens, DC, Volunteer
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $20/person

 
 
Thu
Dec
  27
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
Dec
  28
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
Jan
  4
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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