Interfaith

The Jewish community of Greater Washington welcomes interfaith couples and families. The calendar listings below contain activities and programs targeted toward interfaith families and couples. We encourage you to browse the postings and explore organizations and events that may be relevant to you.

To find programs targeted to your other interests, search the full calendar of events by clicking on “View All Events” below, then sort by your interests.

If you need assistance or more information , please contact Jconnect at jconnect@shalomdc.org or through the Contact Us page.

Interfaith Discussion Groups

New discussion groups forming:
A Discussion Group on Interfaith Relationships with Parents of Young Adults
Facilitated by Marion L. Usher, Ph.D. creator of “Love and Religion: An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and Their Partners”

  • Is your young adult involved in a serious interfaith relationship?
  • Can you talk to him/her in an informed manner?
  • Does your young adult fly off the handle when you bring up the topic?

Come and learn helpful strategies for managing this complicated situation.

For further information Marion L. Usher 202-236-9495

Upcoming Events
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Sun
Feb
  25
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
 
Interfaith Families Project (IFFP) (Interfaith Families Project)
11135 Newport Mill Rd, Kensington MD 20895
Workshops in Growing as a Jewish/Christian Couple Are you in an interfaith marriage and want tools and support for living with two faiths? Are you in an interfaith relationship and trying to determine whether marriage will work? Do you have questions about how to raise your children? Deal with extended family? Celebrate both Christian and Jewish holidays? The series will be led by Rabbi Rain Zohav & Rev. Julia Jarvis, Spiritual Leaders of IFFP with Father Michael Kelly of St. Martin of Tours, ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Couples, Interfaith, Maryland, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, Counseling/Support, History/Education, Parenting
Event Cost:  more than $50; The cost is $300 per series for non-member couples

 
 
Sun
Feb
  25
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Tifereth Israel Congregation
7701 16th Street, NW, Washington DC 20012
Rabbi Eliezer Adam, sofer-in-residence of the recently-opened Museum of the Bible, will speak about his work as a sofer in Israel and about his experiences working at the museum. This event is free to attend, but RSVP by February 15. Questions? Contact the TI office at 202-882-1605 or shoshana@tifereth-israel.org
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Feb
  27
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
 
RespectAbilityUSA
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In honor of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, join us for a free webinar to learn how to make your faith institutions more inclusive and accepting of people with disabilities. February 27th 1:30pm Eastern Time / 12:30pm Central Time / 11:30am Mountain Time / 10:30am Pacific Time Live Captioning Provided. Free of Charge. Did you know that religious institutions are exempt from parts of the Americans with Disabilities Act? Today, sections of faith communities are working hard to c...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Interfaith, Special Needs, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Advocacy
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Feb
  28
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

 
 
Wed
Feb
  28
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Hill Havurah
212 East Capitol Street NE, Washington DC 20003
Join us on Erev Purim for a Havurah Purim Party on Wednesday, February 28th! We'll eat, drink, listen to a little megillah, and get a little silly.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Non-denominational, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Mar
  4
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jewish Food Experience)
4200 Connecticut Ave, NW , Washington MD 20008
Join Federation’s Jewish Food Experience® (JFE) and UDC’s College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences for a hands-on workshop. We will make tasty food utilizing seconds (imperfect, unsellable foods) recovered from UDC’s farms as well as from a local food distributor. The meals will then be delivered to Martha’s Table, serving neighbors in need. Please note: all food cooked will be vegetarian, but we will be working with dairy, so please do let us know if you have any...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Culinary, Volunteer
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Sun
Mar
  4
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (PJ Library in Greater Washington)
3935 Macomb St NW, Washington DC 20016
We will minimize the noise and other sensory input, but maximize the fun! Join us for crafts, an interactive reading of the Purim story (megillah), a mitzvah (good deed) project and treats to take home. Costumes encouraged but not required. Please pre-register as space is limited. Best for Kindergarten-Grade 4 FAQs about Sensory-Friendly Purim: https://www.jconnect.org/Home/Families/PJ-Library/PJ-Library-Blog/Sensory-Friendly-Purim-2018-Got-Questions-Get-Answers-Here?EntryId=10&tabid=405 Si...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Special Needs, DC, Non-denominational, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5 per family, plus bring a canned good to donate

 
 
Tue
Mar
  6
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Chabad of Olney
2001 Olney Sandy Spring Rd, Sandy spring MD 20832
Behind Enemy Lines: A French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany Tells Her Story Prepare to be inspired by a truly remarkable hero! Ninety-seven year old Holocaust survivor Marthe Cohn became a member of the intelligence service of the French First Army and was able to retrieve inside information about Nazi troop movements by slipping behind enemy lines. Hear her incredible story of courage, faith and espionage at this historic event. There will be an opportunity to purchase Mrs. Cohn’s thrilling book...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $5/ Students $10/General $36/Preferred

 
 
Wed
Mar
  7
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

 
 
Thu
Mar
  8
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
 
Charles E. Smith Life Communities
6121 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Faith Leaders luncheon seminar. This bi-annual event (held twice annually) will focus on how faith leaders can more effectively address the LGBTQ community.
Listed In:  GLBT, Interfaith, Maryland, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Leadership Development, Networking, Professional Development
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mar 8 - Mar 11
Multiple times available
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
This celebration of faith features award-winning films and will unfold over four days, Thursday, March 8 through Sunday, March 11. The films will be shown in the Kreeger Auditorium. Each film was carefully selected for its unique perspectives on identity and discover, common social and spiritual values and, perhaps most importantly, the intersectionality of the human experience. They remind us that we are, in fact, not so different after all. This film festival was crafted to promote peace, un...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, History/Education, Israel, Politics
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Mar
  8
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville MD 20852
The story is about an Israeli pediatric cardiologist who is sent to Africa to perform lifesaving operations in Tanzania, where children with serious heart conditions die, every where day five children die from heart conditions. Dr. Akiva Tamir and his team examine hundreds of children, although only a handful can receive the treatment which will save their lives. When 6 year-old Julius arrives to the clinic in critical condition, Dr. Tamir is forced to decide if he should operate on this child...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Fri
Mar
  9
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville MD 20852
This film examines the dramatic surge of interest among American Jews in the spiritual teachings of Buddhism. Jews, who make up 2% of the population, account for some 30% of non-Asian American Buddhists. Many of them are among the leading expositors and scholars of Buddhism in America. In practice, traditional Jewish ritual and liturgy are being modified in synagogues and among individuals seeking to incorporate the teachings of Buddhism into their spiritual lives. Jews and Buddhism is the f...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Mar
  9
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville MD 20852
In this riveting historical drama, 10 political activists (including Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters) face a possible death sentence for conspiracy to commit sabotage after they are arrested by the apartheid South African government during a raid in the town of Rivonia during the summer of 1963. Bram Fischer (exceptionally played by Peter Paul Muller), a sympathetic lawyer, risks his career and freedom to defend these men, attempting to hide the fact that he, t...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Sun
Mar
  11
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (PJ Library in Greater Washington)
4715 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20011
One special way to celebrate Purim—beyond all the amazing costume parades, parties and hamantaschen—is to “Do Good” and fulfill the Purim mitzvah of Matanot La'evyonim (gifts to the poor). Join us to celebrate Purim with an interactive learning project. We will be Doing Good to help children at the Covenant House Youth Shelter Daycare, a program for single mothers that offers a free on-site day care so that they can complete their education and hold a job. Best for ages 3 to 7.
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, DC, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Volunteer
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sun
Mar
  11
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville MD 20852
With the help of a prominent Israeli journalist, Precious Life chronicles the struggle of an Israeli pediatrician and a Palestinian mother to get treatment for her baby, who suffers from an incurable genetic disease. Each must face their most profound biases as they inch towards a possible friendship in an impossible reality. Discussion and light reception to follow
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Sun
Mar
  11
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
 
Interfaith Families Project (IFFP) (Interfaith Families Project)
11135 Newport Mill Rd, Kensington MD 20895
Workshops in Growing as a Jewish/Christian Couple Are you in an interfaith marriage and want tools and support for living with two faiths? Are you in an interfaith relationship and trying to determine whether marriage will work? Do you have questions about how to raise your children? Deal with extended family? Celebrate both Christian and Jewish holidays? The series will be led by Rabbi Rain Zohav & Rev. Julia Jarvis, Spiritual Leaders of IFFP with Father Michael Kelly of St. Martin of Tours,...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Couples, Interfaith, Maryland, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, Counseling/Support, History/Education, Parenting
Event Cost:  more than $50; The cost is $300 per series for non-member couples

 
 
Sun
Mar
  11
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville MD 20852
Adam is a Christian Arab living in Nazareth - member of a vanishing minority within a minority in the Holy Land and the Middle East. His wife Lamia is a strong, beautiful and progressive Arab woman, who runs a foundation for women's rights. When Adam hears that Lamia is pregnant and his father falls very ill, he evaluates his life and realizes that he has not achieved much. Despite all his business ideas failing so far, he gives one last try to make it big. And what's better to sell in the Holy ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Wed
Mar
  14
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

 
 
Wed
Mar
  14
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Interfaith Families Project (IFFP) (Interfaith Families Project)
310 Tulip Avenue, Takoma Park MD 20912
Workshops in Growing as a Jewish/Christian Couple Are you in an interfaith marriage and want tools and support for living with two faiths? Are you in an interfaith relationship and trying to determine whether marriage will work? Do you have questions about how to raise your children? Deal with extended family? Celebrate both Christian and Jewish holidays? The series will be led by Rabbi Rain Zohav & Rev. Julia Jarvis, Spiritual Leaders of IFFP with Father Michael Kelly of St. Martin of Tours, ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Couples, Interfaith, Maryland, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, Counseling/Support, History/Education, Parenting
Event Cost:  more than $50; The cost is $300 per series for non-member couples

 
 
Wed
Mar
  14
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
 
Jewish Study Center
2850 Quebec St, NW, Washington DC 20008
Scientists tell us that power plant pollution and car exhaust contain toxic chemicals such as mercury, fine particulates, and gases that cause sicknesses to people around the world, including lung cancer, birth defects, and more—not to mention carbon pollution and climate change As Jews, how should we respond to these facts?  What do the Sages say about responsibility for actions that may cause harm to others? Secular law may permit these activities even if the pollution is toxic and harmful to...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Adult Education, History/Education, Politics
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; JSC, Adas members $15, others $20

 
 
Sun
Mar
  18
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Beginning this fall, Adat Shalom member and clinical social worker Fran Zamore will co-facilitate a monthly Adat Shalom discussion of racial justice issues, with an emphasis on the effects of unconscious bias and systemic racism on the African American community. Each month, participants will be asked to consider and discuss suggested readings and videos. The group will be open to anyone (mature teens and adults) interested in exploring racial justice issues. Although the sessions will build ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Adult Education, Advocacy
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Mar
  21
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

 
 
Sun
Mar
  25
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (PJ Library in Greater Washington)
1529 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Join us for hands-on Passover activities including crafts, cooking, stories, and doing a mitzvah (good deed) project. It’s a perfect morning for Jewish and interfaith families with children ages 3 and older. Co-sponsored by PJ Library, the Edlavitch DCJCC, Jewish Food Experience®, Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School, and Love and Religion interfaith programs. Sign up by March 23, and it’s just $10. All registrations after March 23rd will be $15/family and can be paid at the door.
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, DC, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10/family in advance; $15 at the door

 
 
Sun
Mar
  25
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Capital Camps & Retreat Center (Capital Camps )
12750 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro PA 17268
Join us at camp and see the magic up close! These walking tours lead by our Camp Team, include plenty of opportunities to ask questions and soak in the atmosphere. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Register online at https://capitalcamps.org/tours/?t=new. See you at camp!
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, GLBT, Interfaith, Special Needs, Women & Girls, Teens, Early Childhood Educators, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Mar
  28
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

 
 
Sat
Mar
  31
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Edlavitch DCJCC Preschool)
1529 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036
At the Seder we find joy in intergenerational community, storytelling and song. This year, please join our wonderful community-wide Seder, the open, welcoming, pluralistic celebration of freedom you’ve come to expect from the EDCJCC. Join us to meet new friends, partake in joyous singing accompanied by a guitar, and fascinating discussions. The Seder will also feature a delicious (and kosher) traditional Passover meal. Whether you know all the customs and stories of Passover, or you are just l...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Couples, Families, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, DC, Non-denominational, Community-Wide/Festivals, Culinary, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  more than $50; $60

 
 
Sat
Mar
  31
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Kol Ami (Kol Ami: Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community)
4444 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington VA 22204
This is an extremely participatory, hands on, all kinds of families-friendly, mostly pot luck progressive Seder. Food will be dairy vegetarian, Kosher for Passover.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reconstructionist, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $20 adults $5 kids

 
 
Sun
Apr
  1
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Machar - The Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism
9601 Cedar Lane , Bethesda MD 20814
Machar the Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism is preparing our annual community seder with our Rabbi Jeremy Kridel. Highlights of the evening will be reading of Machar’s Humanist Haggadah, telling of the Passover story, asking the “Four Questions,” and hunting for the famous afikomen. You can expect fantastic food and good company.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Humanist, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $28 nonmember adults; $8 children 5-13 (under 5 fr

 
 
Wed
Apr
  11
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