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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Thu
Oct
  18
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
 
Congregation Olam Tikvah (Congregation Olam Tikvah Preschool)
3800 Glenbrook Rd., Fairfax VA 22031
Meet Infant & Child Sleep Consultant Amy Bonsiero during OT's Baby & Me on Thursday, October 18 at 9:30am. We will chat about four keys to a better night's sleep. Bring questions for Q & A time at the end!
Listed In:  Couples, Families, Northern Virginia, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Oct
  18
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville MD 20852
Open House – featuring a gallery show, string trio and other live entertainment, along with a preview featuring the Cinema J season.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Oct
  18
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
2911 District Avenue, Fairfax VA 22031
For 18 years, Annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival has been celebrating the scope of Jewish life, culture, and identity on the big screen. Thanks to you, NVJFF is one of the largest cultural events in Northern Virginia. Single Tickets: $14 General Admission $12 J Members $9 Groups (15+ people, in advance only. Please call 703-537-3000) Passes: Festival Passes are available online and at the JCCNV Reception Desk until October 17th. Festival Pass: An all-inclusive festival experi...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $14 - General Admission $12 - J Members

 
 
Thu
Oct
  18
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Congregation Har Shalom (Peace Mountain Theatre Company)
11510 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
A Shayna Maidel tells the story of two sisters - one a survivor of Nazi concentration camps, the other brought up as an American - as they reunite in New York in 1946 after years of separation. In the course of a heartrending evening, they achieve the intimacy that transcends the theatrical event. Playwright Barbara Lebow's play is a deeply personalized story of sisterhood, family and a crisis of faith. A Shayna Maidel will be performed over three weekends in October: Thursday, October 11; Sat...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $24/door; $22/advance; $12/students; $18/groups

 
 
Fri
Oct
  19
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
2911 District Avenue, Fairfax VA 22031
For 18 years, Annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival has been celebrating the scope of Jewish life, culture, and identity on the big screen. Thanks to you, NVJFF is one of the largest cultural events in Northern Virginia. Single Tickets: $14 General Admission $12 J Members $9 Groups (15+ people, in advance only. Please call 703-537-3000) Passes: Festival Passes are available online and at the JCCNV Reception Desk until October 17th. Festival Pass: An all-inclusive festival experi...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $14 - General Admission $12 - J Members

 
 
Fri
Oct
  19
2:00 PM - 3:30 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
Oct
  19
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

 
 
Fri
Oct
  19
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb St, NW, Washington DC 20016
Through their voices and spirit, Cathedra, the professional choir of the Washington National Cathedral, will help bring attention to and show compassion for the families who now call America “home.” We will deepen our understanding of today’s global refugee crisis, connect with the Jewish movement for refugees, commit (or recommit) to taking action. National Refugee Shabbat is a project of HIAS.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, DC, Reform, Advocacy, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
Oct
  19
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
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Oct
  20
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia-Community Engagement Department)
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna VA 22182
Join Growing Jewish Families for a weekday fall nature walk and park playdate at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Meet your GJF host in the Visitor's Center. Fee payable on site, $5 per adult, kids 6 and under free. RSVP to Rebecca.Greene@jccnv.org
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5 per adult, kids under 6 free

 
 
Sat
Oct
  20
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia-Community Engagement Department)
2107 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna VA 22182
Join Growing Jewish Families for our monthly Tot Shabbat Hop series where we participate in different congregations' Tot Shabbats each month around the Northern Virginia area. This month we will join Chabad in Tysons for their Tot Shabbat. Tot Shabbat service is followed by a craft and child-friendly lunch. Dress code is casual and there is a parking lot right across the street from Chabad to park in. RSVP with Rebecca.Greene@jccnv.org
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Oct
  20
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
 
Shirat HaNefesh
8814 Kensington Parkway, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Come meet our Rabbi, board members, and members of our congregation. We are a “come as you are” non-denominational Jewish community. Come see what our Synagogue has to offer.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Non-denominational, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sat
Oct
  20
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Join us for a fun gala in honor of our new Senior Rabbi. Includes: Havdalah, yummy dinner, and music by the University of Maryland premier Jewish a cappella performers Kol Sasson. Free babysitting will be provided, including dinner for the kids
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Reform, Social Events
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $36/person

 
 
Sat
Oct
  20
7:30 PM - 9:15 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
2911 District Avenue, Fairfax VA 22031
For 18 years, Annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival has been celebrating the scope of Jewish life, culture, and identity on the big screen. Thanks to you, NVJFF is one of the largest cultural events in Northern Virginia. Single Tickets: $14 General Admission $12 J Members $9 Groups (15+ people, in advance only. Please call 703-537-3000) Passes: Festival Passes are available online and at the JCCNV Reception Desk until October 17th. Festival Pass: An all-inclusive festival experi...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $14 - General Admission $12 - J Members

 
 
Sun
Oct
  21
1:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
2911 District Avenue, Fairfax VA 22031
For 18 years, Annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival has been celebrating the scope of Jewish life, culture, and identity on the big screen. Thanks to you, NVJFF is one of the largest cultural events in Northern Virginia. Single Tickets: $14 General Admission $12 J Members $9 Groups (15+ people, in advance only. Please call 703-537-3000) Passes: Festival Passes are available online and at the JCCNV Reception Desk until October 17th. Festival Pass: An all-inclusive festival experi...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $14 - General Admission $12 - J Members

 

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