Centertainment

For Families with Young Children

Connecting Through Growing Jewish Families

 

Challah Tots

Most enjoyed by children up to age 8.
Begin your own special Shabbat tradition with your little one(s)! Join Growing Jewish Families for a fun-filled morning of braiding preschool-friendly challah and listening to a very special PJ Library® story time! Whole Foods will provide the dough — you provide the smiles as we create the perfect challah to take home and bake for Shabbat!

September - December

Location: Whole Foods Fair Lakes
4501 Market Commons Dr., Fairfax
First Monday of the Month, September–December
10:30am–11:30am
Fee: Free
For information and to RSVP, contact Jennifer DeAngelis, 703.537.3045.

Location: Whole Foods Arlington
2700 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
Select Sundays, September–December (time of program TBD)
Fee: Free
For information and to RSVP, contact Rebecca Greene, 703.537.3019.

Location: Whole Foods Ashburn
19800 Belmont Chase Dr., Unit 160, Ashburn
Third Monday of the month, September–December
10:30am–11:30am
Fee: Free

For information and to RSVP contact Jennifer DeAngelis, 703.537.3045.

 

PJ Library® Book Buddies

Most enjoyed by children 12 mos.–8 yrs.
Moms, dads, grandparents, and anyone who loves books — you are invited to bring your children to enjoy PJ Library® story time. Each month we focus on a different Jewish theme or holiday to incorporate into multiple arts and crafts projects for the kids to bring home.

September - December

Location: Fairfax Regional Library
10360 North St., Fairfax
Second Monday of the month (Oct. 16*, Nov. 13, Dec. 11)
10:30am–11:30am
Fee: Free
For information and to RSVP contact Rebecca Greene , 703.537.3019.
*This is the third Monday

Location: Chantilly Public Library
4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly
First Thursday of the month (Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7)
10:30am–11:30am
Fee: Free
For information and to RSVP contact Jennifer DeAngelis , 703.537.3045.

 

Shalom Baby Playgroups

Connect with other families in the Northern Virginia Jewish community by attending these play groups for children ages 5 and under. This is a wonderful way to meet new people, make new friends, and learn about the local Jewish community.

Interested in a Shalom Baby Playdate? Contact our Growing Jewish Families coordinators to help organize a play group near you! Email Jennifer DeAngelis  or Rebecca Greene, or call 703.537.3019 for more information.

 

PJ Library® Sweet Summer Series

Frozen treats, crafts, socializing and PJ Library story time in a neighborhood near you! Check back here again for the next Sweet Summer Series.                         

For information contact Michelle Leichty  or Julie Rezmovic-Tonti                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Fee: Each family pays for sweet treat purchases; crafts, story time & smiles are free!

To register for one or more events click here

 

Coffee and Convos (C&C)

Need a break and looking for an opportunity to meet other Jewish families in your neighborhood? Join your local j.family Ambassador (jfa) for this drop-in event close to home! Stop by with your little ones or without, grab a ‘cuppa’ coffee and relax! We would love the chance to take a quick coffee break with you!

For details on upcoming C&C in your neighborhood, please contact your area jfa or the j.family Ambassador Program Manager at Kyla Hartunian, or 703.537.3018.

C&C with Rebecca Greene, jfa
Various locations throughout Annandale, Oakton, Vienna, West Falls Church
For parents and children ages newborn–18 months
Fee: Each family pays for their own refreshments

C&C with Julie Koppel, jfa
Various locations throughout Ashburn, Herndon, Leesburg, Reston, Sterling
For parents and children ages newborn–18 months.
Fee: Each family pays for their own refreshments

C&C with Michelle Leichty, jfa
Various locations throughout Centreville, Chantilly, Gainesville, Manassas, South Riding
For parents and children ages newborn–18 months.
Fee: Each family pays for their own refreshments

C&C with Julie Rezmovic-Tonti, jfa
Various locations throughout Burke, Fairfax, Lorton, Springfield
For parents and children ages newborn–18 months.
Fee: Each family pays for their own refreshments

C&C with Melissa Weinstock, jfa
Various locations throughout Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, McLean
For parents and children ages newborn–18 months.
Fee: Each family pays for their own refreshments

 

Summer Stroller

Walk n’ Talks
For parents and children ages newborn–18 months.
Having a hard time fitting in a bit of exercise since your little one’s arrival? No problem! Meet your local j.family Ambassador (jfa) at a park or indoor location NEAR YOU for a fun, low-stress stroll! Buckle in your kiddo and prepare to be amazed at how fast an hour flies by as you zip around with other Jewish families in your area! Bring snacks and a water bottle — and enjoy a fun way to log some steps! For information on the next Walk n’ Talk in your neighborhood, email your area jfa; check out the Growing Jewish Families Facebook page, or email the j.family Ambassador Program Manager Kyla Hartunian , or 703.537.3018.
Fee: Free

 

About Town Playdates

Growing Jewish Families and your local j.family Ambassadors (jfa) are excited to invite you to check out a wide variety of playdate options to help you and your family get out and about town this summer! Whether you are looking for an invigorating morning activity for your little one’s boundless energy or an afternoon energy purge before winding down your day, About Town Playdates give you plenty of options and a chance to connect with other local Jewish families in your area. So, whether you enjoy a bagel while the kids play in the park or visit a local fire station, plan to grab your gear and your kids and meet us all about town!

For questions about Growing Jewish Families, please contact Community Engagement Coordinators Jennifer DeAngelis , 703.537.3045 or Rebecca Greene, 703.537.3019.

Bagels, Schmear, and Schmooze Park Playdates

 

Havdalah Hangouts

Looking for a gentle, low-stress way to introduce a beautiful Jewish tradition into your family’s summer? Do you and your family enjoy long, lazy summer evenings hanging out with friends just as the stars begin to light up the sky? Please join Growing Jewish Families and your local j.family Ambassadors for three different Havdalah Hangout events this summer, as we say farewell to Shabbat and begin our new week in the company of wonderful friends — new and old! Whether schmoozing, picnicking, or just chillin’… be sure to join us for tons of family fun!

For information on upcoming Havdalah Hangouts, contact Kyla Hartunian, or 703.537.3018. 

Fee: Free

 

Special Events

October

 

Baby2Tot Fest
Sunday, October 22, 11am–3:30pm
Location: The J
Most enjoyed by expecting parents, grandparents, children ages 0-4 years & their siblings
Contact: Kyla Hartunian , 703.537.3018
Get ready for an exciting event featuring all things babies and toddlers! From vendors and parenting workshops to LIVE entertainment and interactive activities provided by the J’s Growing Jewish Families program. The Baby2Tot Fest is an event all new or expecting parents will want to attend! Click here to learn more.

This is event is in partnership with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the United Jewish Endowment Fund; the J’s Growing Jewish Family program; and in collaboration with area synagogues and organizations.

2nd Annual Northern Virginia Great Big Challah Bake
Thursday, October 26, 7pm 
Location: TBA
An empowering evening for girls and women and of all ages who are coming together to make challah, sing, and dance. Bring your daughters, mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, and friends as we participate in this worldwide challah-making event. For details, visit jccnv.org/challahbake2017, or contact
Laurie Albert  or Raizel Deitsch at RaizelG@gmail.com.  
Register Early – this event sold out quickly last year.

Presented by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia and Chabad of Northern Virginia, in collaboration with area synagogues and organizations.

November

Celebrate Jewish Book Month!
Character Breakfast!
Sunday, November 5, 9:30am–11am
Join one of your favorite storybook characters (TBA) as you feast on breakfast treats with your family! Enjoy a morning filled with fun, crafts, and stories. There will also be plenty of photo ops to remember this special day at the J — bring your camera! Be sure to register quickly as this program is usually a sell-out!
Fee: $10 per person/ $45 maximum per family (up to 5 people)
 $9 per member/ $40 maximum per family (up to 5 people)

In partnership with JCCNV‘s Growing Jewish Families program and PJ Library®, and partially supported by Gesher Jewish Day School.

December

Hands on Chanukah!
Sunday, December 3, 11am–3pm
Location: Barnes and Noble, Tysons Corner Center (children’s section
2nd floor)
1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean
Get ready for lots of Chanukah fun — music, arts and crafts, dreidel spinning, face painting, entertainment, story time, and books galore! Whether you celebrate Chanukah, want to learn more about this exciting holiday, or just want to have fun — this is the place to be. For information contact Laurie Albert.
Fee:   Free

Annual Latkes, Lights & Legos Chanukah Party!
Sunday, December 10, 3pm–5pm
Location: Gesher Jewish Day School, Fairfax
Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of food, Legos® building, dreidel spinning, crafts galore, and more! Details coming soon. Visit jccnv.org for updates.

Light Up the Night!
Community Menorah Lighting at Mosaic
Sunday, December 17, 4pm
Location: Mosaic District, Fairfax
For Chanukah, we’re bringing the celebration to you! Join us as we celebrate the holiday together by lighting candles, singing songs, enjoying entertainment, eating sufganiyroundtot (donuts), and spinning the dreidel! For information contact Laurie Albert.
Fee: Free

Keep an eye out for these exciting new programs!

Coming your way soon!
Family Social Action Club
Chavurot (groups for parents/families with common interests)
Rosh Hashanah Supper Circles (popular last year — returning this fall)
Shabbat Clusters
Book Buddies, Grow with Me classes and other programs coming soon to Arlington, Gainesville and the Leesburg/Ashburn area

Community Engagement

Contact Us

Growing Jewish Families, Events, Interfaith

For Inquiries

or email:
laurie.albert@jccnv.org
 

Israel Programming

For Inquiries

or email: 
liat.lisha@jccnv.org   

Project Welcome Home

For Inquiries

or email: 
sara.astrow@jccnv.org  

 

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