Mission & History
The JCC of Northern Virginia is dedicated to offering quality programs, activities and services which emphasize Jewish culture, identity and values to people of all ages and backgrounds. The Center is a nonprofit social service organization committed to providing social, educational, fitness & wellness programs guided by Jewish values. We operate in a fiscally sound manner to ensure long-term viability.
It all began in the fall of 1969 when 14 Northern Virginians met to discuss the idea of a Jewish Community Center in Northern Virginia. Originally served by outreach programs based at the JCC of Greater Washington in Rockville, the growth of the Jewish population in Northern Virginia indicated a need for a home base on the other side of the Nation’s Capital. By the late 1970’s, interest increased and residents reached consensus. The time had come for a Northern Virginia Jewish Community Center.
On May 9, 1980, the JCCNV officially began operation, receiving a certificate of incorporation from the State Corporation Commission. Later that fall, the Center’s Board of Directors moved to purchase a temporary building on Little River Turnpike, now affectionately known as “The White House,” to serve as an interim facility until funds could be raised for a permanent structure. For 10 years, the temporary building housed the Jewish Social Service Agency, the Council for the Aging, and Senior Adult Services.
In 1985, the Jewish Community Foundation identified the construction of a permanent JCCNV building as a major component of the “Capital Campaign of the 80s.” With the support of the Greater Washington Jewish community, construction began on the building we still call home in the spring of 1989. In December 1990, the Henry S. Reich building celebrated its grand opening, a community-wide event including a dedication by then-Governor Douglas Wilder.
The JCCNV quickly became a vibrant hub of activity which continues to this day. The connection people feel to the Center has been, in large part, due to the JCCNV’s dedication to offering quality programs, activities and services that emphasize Jewish culture, identity and values to people of all ages and backgrounds. Just to name a few of our award-winning programs: Going Places! social clubs for individuals with Asperger’s syndrome and related disorders, early childhood and school-age enrichment programs, senior adult activities including our annual Positive Aging Fair, summer camp, the Northern Virginia Jewish film and book festivals and the JCCNV Dance Academy. Additionally, emphasizing health and wellness, the Sports, Fitness and Aquatics department has a plethora of group exercise classes, certified personal trainers, classes that explore weight management, swim lessons, swim teams, sports leagues and more.
Membership dues and generous support from agencies and corporations help the JCCNV to provide ongoing programs like those named above, as well as to introduce a myriad of new classes and programs that keep the Center vital and relevant. To make a donation, click here.
In 1969, a Northern Virginia JCC was just a dream. Today, it is a reality, a true center of Judaism, education, wellness, and good spirit.