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Upcoming Events
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Wed
Nov
  29
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Congregation B'nai Tzedek (Congregation B'nai Tzedek Laura & Joel Greenzaid Early Childhood Center)
10621 South Glen Rd. , Potomac MD 20854
Congregation B'nai Tzedek's Laura & Joel Greenzaid Early Childhood Center (GECC) Baby Play Group. Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, beginning September 13. FREE! A fun, clean environment for babies with their loving adults to play in and hang out. Make new friends in our special baby classroom. For toddlers, explore age appropriate toys, informal play time for children and caregivers, meet current GECC families and get to know our amazing community. Please register at GECCDirector@bnaitzedek....
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
Dec
  1
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim Preschool)
2920 Arlington Blvd, Arlington VA 22204
Join us on on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at 11am for our Shabbat Play Group! Play time, music, schmoozing and a nosh are all on the schedule. Then join the Rabbi and the preschool for Kabbalat Shabbat at noon. Appropriate for children 2 and under and their parents/caregivers.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Dec
  1
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Dear Temple Shalom Families, We are very excited for our next First Friday Shabbat Family Service. The deadline to register for our congregational potluck is Wednesday, November 29. Please register with the names of or number of people in your party and the (vegetarian, dairy, or fish) dish you are bringing. NO MEATS OR DESSERTS PLEASE! The dish should serve at least 8 people. Also, please remember to bring serving utensils! You do not need to post your phone number or email. We encourage yo...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
Dec
  1
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC 20016
This musical service at Washington Hebrew Congregation on Friday, December 1 at 6:00 pm will feature our talented junior choir, JAM (Jewish American Music), and a small instrumental ensemble. JAM will join Cantors Manevich and Bortnick on the bimah to lead the service, singing contemporary Jewish music selections for our prayers, and presenting a sermon-in-song of music they perform at the Washington Area Jewish Youth Choral Festival.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, DC, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
Dec
  1
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Temple B'nai Shalom
7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
Jewish rocker extraordinaire Sheldon Low will be with us to rock in Shabbat! Please don't miss this very musical and special service. Bring your friends!
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Dec
  2
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Agudas Achim Congregation
2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
Join Agudas Achim Young Families for a weekly, volunteer led service for kids ages 0-5, accompanied by an adult. Congregational kiddush follows.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Dec
  2
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation (Julia Bindeman Suburban Center)
11810 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
Bring your friends, aunts/uncles/cousins, and grandparents, too, and prepare to throw out the rules when Billy Jonas hits the stage. A Billy Jonas concert is funky folk music for the whole family. It's a musical conversation, a sonic celebration, and a splendiferous gathering of young and old. Get ready to participate, because at a Billy Jonas concert, the ensemble is…everyone! Learn more and purchase tickets at www.whctemple.org/Hanukkah.
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $20 per Family

 
 
Sun
Dec
  3
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
Judy's Place - Where Children shop for Holiday Gifts This unique, non-denominational shopping experience for children ages 2-13 lets your child surprise Mom, Dad, siblings, grandparents and pets with holiday gifts. Children will shop with volunteers to choose from over 100 different gift options ranging from $1 to $15. Judy's Place enables the children to make their own shopping decisions, surprise friends and family and experience the joy of giving to others. Shop early for best selection.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Dec
  3
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
The annual Chanukah Bazaar will take place in the TRS Grand Foyer from 8:30am to 2:00pm on November 19, December 3 and December 19. Shop our enormous selection of menorahs, candles, driedels, gelt, gift wrap, entertaining needs, books, games and toys. If you are buying for your child's school classroom, we are fully stocked in inexpensive dreidels and nut-free chocolate gelt. Contact: Shellie at shellieabel@gmail.com, 703-827-0130.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Fundraising/Philanthropy
Event Cost:  Free; Cost of items purchased

 
 
Sun
Dec
  3
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
 
Congregation Beth Emeth (Marilyn Rosenberg Sisterhood Gift Shop)
12523 Lawyers Road, Herndon VA 20171
Our Hanukkah Boutique will be open Sundays November 19 & December 3, 9 AM -2 PM. The place for all your Hanukkah gifts and decorations: children’s and baby toys, menorahs, dreidels, Hanukkah candles wrapping paper, nut-free dairy and parve gelt, jewelry, hostess gifts, grown-up coloring books, sudoku books, mezzuzot, kippot, judaica, and more. Local artisans will also present their creations. Be ready to light the first candle on Tuesday, December 12! Questions? Email Gift-shop@bethemeth.org.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Fair/Expo, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Dec
  3
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Exploring Mindfulness in Jewish Life - A Day Retreat Join esteemed meditation instructor Sylvia Boorstein for a day of learning about mindfulness and meditation. Boorstein's teachings are based in both Jewish and Buddhist traditions. A boxed lunch option is available, or you may bring your own.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Adult Education, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Dec
  3
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia-Community Engagement Department)
11660 Plaza America Drive, Reston VA 20190
Come join Growing Jewish Families for a fun morning of PJ Library stories about the upcoming Jewish holiday of Chanukah and braid your own challah to take home and bake. Whole Foods provides the dough. You provide the creativity and sense of adventure. Bring your dough home to bake. RSVP with Jennifer.DeAngelis@Jccnv.org
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Dec
  3
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Family Engagement at the EDCJCC)
1529 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036
This Chanukah we’re making room for latkes AND dosas! Come meet Pamela Ehrenberg, author of the new PJ Library® book, The Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas, and enjoy hands-on activities, crafts, cooking, singing, food, a mitzvah (good deed) project and take-home goodies. It’s a perfect morning for Jewish and interfaith families with children ages 3 and older. Brought to you by PJ Library, the Edlavitch DCJCC, Federation’s Jewish Food Experience®, Love and Religion interfaith programs and Milton Got...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, DC, Non-denominational, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Culinary, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10, $15 after December 1

 
 
Sun
Dec
  3
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Agudas Achim Congregation
2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
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.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Dec
  3
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
 
Congregation Har Shalom
11510 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
Sheldon Low is one of the brightest young stars in Jewish rock music today performing rock concerts, ‘Light Up Shabbat’ services, seminars, and leading Artist-in-Residency weekends in Jewish communities throughout North America. Low has a strong fan base among youth audiences, playing over 100 shows per year and appearing at conventions, conferences, and Jewish festivals, as well as dozens of Jewish camps each summer. Widely known for his exhilarating live performances and services, Low regularl...
Listed In:  Families, Teens, Maryland, Conservative, Arts & Culture, Parenting, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10 pp /$20 per family/ $5 each for group of 20

 

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