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Upcoming Events
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Mon
Feb
  18
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation (Washington Hebrew Congregation Rabbi Joseph Weinberg Early Childhood Center)
11810 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
It's an international adventure with food, activities, stories, and more! School may be closed, but you and your child can get a taste of what’s to come this summer at Camp Keetov as we explore different countries across the globe. It's a great way for families with young children to spend Presidents' Day morning. Invite your friends, our camp morning is free and open to the community. RSVP preferred: whctemple.org/campmd
Listed In:  Families, DC, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
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Fri
Feb
  22
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC: Children & Family Programs)
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Join us for a monthly challah-making and music-filled session to share joyful Judaism from generation to generation. Connect with other grandparents while bonding with your grandbabies and having fun! Every month will offer different activities such as art and tikkun olam — but making challah and music making will always be included!
Listed In:  Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Culinary, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; Members: $10, General Public: $15

 
 
Fri
Feb
  22
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
 
Gesher Jewish Day School
4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax VA 22030
Join us for our Monthly Children's Romp and Sing Playgroup. We will have open/free play for the first 45 minutes and then join in the All school Musical, dancing Kabbalat Shabbat. We will also celebrate your child's birthday. RSVP requested
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
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Fri
Feb
  22
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), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
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Fri
Feb
  22
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Temple Beth Ami
14330 Travilah Road, Rockville MD 20850
Temple Beth Ami’s Inclusion Committee invites the congregation and extended community for an evening of inspiration and education on Jewish Disabilities Awareness & Inclusion Shabbat. We welcome as our guest Aaron Kaufman, who joined the DC office of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) in 2016 as a Senior Legislative Associate, focusing on disability and poverty issues. Having cerebral palsy, Aaron feels he brings a unique perspective to JFNA’s efforts on behalf of people with disab...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
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Sat
Feb
  23
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Shabbat with Liz Savage, Attorney-Advisor Disability Rights Section, U.S. Department of Justice Join us for Shabbat morning services as we celebrate our congregation’s commitment to inclusion and honor our community members with disabilities. Liz Savage, who has committed her life to working on behalf of individuals with disabilities, will address the community about the intersection between Jewish values and disability inclusion.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Advocacy
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Sat
Feb
  23
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Congregation Adat Reyim
6500 Westbury Oaks Court, Springfield VA 22152
Introducing Shabbat Family Jam -- a new full-bodied, joyful, family Shabbat experience at Congregation Adat Reyim. Together, we will enjoy a unique Shabbat learning and worship experience full of gratitude, Ruach and Jewish experiences to treasure together! Bring family and friends! Stay to enjoy a nosh afterwards - Kosher oneg noshes and treats are provided. Perfect for 1-8 year olds and their loving adults.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Interfaith, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
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Sat
Feb
  23
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Rd , Rockville MD 20852
Adults will join us for the screening of an episode from the hit Israeli series, When Heroes Fly. Four friends, veterans of a special force unit, reunite for one final rescue mission. Find, 11 years after their service in the Second Lebanon War, learn about the baggage they carry from that experience. Following the screening, Shana Frenkel, LCSW-C, our JSSA Synagogue Liaison, will speak about PTSD and the impact it has had on Israeli society. Children can choose from an Israeli movie (to be an...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5

 
 
Sun
Feb
  24
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Congregation Olam Tikvah
3800 Glenbrook Rd., Fairfax VA 22031
Parents socialize while kids play. Meet us this month at OT. Young Families events focus on children ages newborn to 5. The Young Families group provides Jewish families (members and non-members of OT) with the opportunity to get together with their peers, allow children to develop relationships, and enjoy each other’s company. Events focus on families with young children between the ages of newborn-five. The event is free, but to ensure that we have enough snacks, please RSVP to Michelle Silbe...
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sun
Feb
  24
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
Feb
  24
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Congregation Olam Tikvah
3800 Glenbrook Rd., Fairfax VA 22031
February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). Join ReelAbilities Film Festival - Northern Virginia for a pre-festival screening of "My Feral Heart", presented in partnership with Congregation Olam Tikvah and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Synopsis: A sudden bereavement throws Luke, a fiercely independent young man with Down syndrome, into a group home—a daunting new environment where he finds unexpected support from his feisty, streetwise caretaker and a ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5

 
 
Thu
Feb
  28
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

 
 
Fri
Mar
  1
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
Mar
  1
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street, NW, Washington DC 20016
Join us for this social gathering, where an emphasis is placed on building community through the beauty of Shabbat. Together, we will braid, bake (and enjoy!) challah and share in the Shabbat blessings through song and some movement. All participants are expected to be accompanied by an adult or caregiver. RSVP by February 22. Food note: we observe "Kosher-style" If accommodations are needed for individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired, please make note of this in the RSVP so we ensure we ...
Listed In:  College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Special Needs, Teens, DC, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; $18 suggested donation

 
 
Fri
Mar
  1
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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