Summer Camps

Programs 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!

Location: Whole Foods Fair Lakes
4501 Market Commons Dr., Fairfax
Second Monday of the month, May–August
10am–11am
Fee: Free

Location: Whole Foods Arlington
2700 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
Sundays: May 14, July 30, August 27
10:30am-11:30am
Fee: Free

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

 

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.

Location: Fairfax Regional Library
10360 North St., Fairfax
First Monday of the month, May–August
(except for August, we’ll meet on Aug. 14)
10:30am–11:30am
Fee: Free

Location: Chantilly Public Library
4000 Stringfellow Rd., Chantilly
First Thursday of the month, May–August
10:30am–11:30am
Fee: Free

 

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.

Shalom Baby Playdates
Location: NoVA Playlabs
3656 Centerview Drive, Chantilly
Sundays, June 11, July 9, August 13, 10am-11am
Fee: FREE

Shalom Baby Playdates
Location: JCCNV
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax
Sundays, June 4, July 9, August 6, 10am–11:30am
Fee: Free

Interested in a Shalom Baby Playdate but want it closer to your neighborhood? Contact our Growing Jewish Families coordinators to help organize a play group near you! Email Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org or Rebecca.Greene@jccnv.org, or call 703.537.3019 for more information.

 

PJ Library Sweet Summer Series

It's time for the 4th annual Sweet Summer Series, with frozen treats, crafts, socializing and PJ Library story time coming to a neighborhood near you! Check out what's coming to your neighborhood.

Please pre-register so that we can know how many people to expect. You’ll get a thank you gift at the event for doing so!

All events are one hour long.

Tuesday, June 20, 5:30 p.m.
Ben and Jerry's (4205 Fairfax Corner E Ave, Fairfax, VA)
with Gesher JDS and JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families                                                   For information contact julie.rezmovic-tonti@jccnv.org       

Thursday, June 29, 6:30 p.m.
Milwaukee Custard (13934 Lee Highway, Chantilly)
with JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families and Temple Beth Torah                                     For information contact Michelle.Leichty@jccnv.org        

Sunday, July 23, 4:30 p.m.
The Meadows (One Loudoun, 20548 Easthampton Plz, Ashburn)
with JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families and Congregation Sha'are Shalom               For information contact Julie.Koppel@jccnv.org          

Tuesday, July 25, 6:30 p.m.
ColdStone Creamery (205 Maple Ave E, Vienna)
with JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families                                                                                 For information contact Rebecca.Greene@jccnv.org         

Thursday, July 27, 6:30 p.m.
Zinga Frozen Yogurt (8942 Burke Lake Road, Springfield)
With JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families and Temple B’nai Shalom                                For information contact Michelle.Leichty@jccnv.org or julie.rezmovic-tonti@jccnv.org       

Wednesday, August 2, 5:30 p.m.
YogiCastle (Village at Shirlington, 4014 Campbell Ave, Arlington)
with JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families and Agudas Achim Congregation                  For information contact Melissa.Weinstock@jccnv.org      

Thursday, August 3, 6:30 p.m.
Toby's Homemade (5849 Washington Blvd, Arlington)
with JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families                                                                                   For information contact Rebecca.Greene@jccnv.org   

Tuesday, August 15, 6:30 p.m.
Beth Emeth ECC Playground (12523 Lawyers Road, Herndon)
With JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families and Temple Beth Emeth                                  For information contact Michelle.Leichty@jccnv.org or julie.rezmovic-tonti@jccnv.org                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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@jccnv.org 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@jccnv.org, 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@jccnv.org, 703.537.3045 or Rebecca.Greene@jccnv.org, 703.537.3019.

Bagels, Schmear, and Schmooze Park Playdates

Location: EC Lawrence Park
5040 Walney Rd., Chantilly
Hosted by: Michelle Leichty, jfa
Thursday, May 11

10:30am–11:30am
Most enjoyed by children newborn–8yrs. (siblings welcome)
Fee: Free
Code: #8371

Location: Ben Brenman Park
4800 Brenman Park Dr., Alexandria
Hosted by: Rebecca Greene, jfa
Saturday, May13

10am–11:30am
Most enjoyed by children newborn–8yrs. (siblings welcome)
Fee: Free
Code: #8378

Location: Van Dyck Park Fairfax
3720 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax
Hosted by: Rebecca Greene, Community Engagement Coordinator
Saturday, June 24

10am–11:30am
Most enjoyed by children newborn–8yrs. (siblings welcome)
Fee: Free
Code: #8372

Fire House Tours

Location: Brambleton Arcola Fire Station
23675 Belmont Ridge Rd., Ashburn
Hosted by: Julie Koppel, jfa
Thursday, June 29

10am–11am
Most enjoyed by children newborn–8yrs. (siblings welcome)
Fee: Free
Code: #8373

Location: Fair Oaks Fire Station
12300 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax
Hosted by: Michelle Leichty, jfa
Sunday, July 30, 10am–11am
Most enjoyed by children newborn–8yrs. (siblings welcome)
Fee: Free
Code: #8374

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!

June
Playdate, Picnic & PJ Library®
Saturday, June 10
5pm–6:30pm
Location: The J
All ages welcome.
Fee: Free
Code: #8375

July
Playdate, Picnic & PJ Library®
Saturday, July 15
5pm–6:30pm
Location: The Winery at Bull Run
15950 Lee Hwy., Centreville
All ages welcome.
Fee: Free
Code: #8376

August
Playdate, Picnic & PJ Library®
Saturday, August 12
5pm–6:30pm
Location: Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland St., Falls Church
All ages welcome.

Event held rain or shine (we will move indoors in the event of inclement weather)

Fee: Free
Code: #8377 

Community Engagement

Contact Us

Growing Jewish Families, Events, Interfaith

For Inquiries

or email:
laurie.albert@jccnv.org
 

Israel Programming

For Inquiries

or email: 
naama.gold@jccnv.org  

Project Welcome Home

For Inquiries

or email: 
sara.astrow@jccnv.org  

Directory:

Community Engagement Director
Laurie Albert
703-537-3064
laurie.albert@jccnv.org 

Community Engagement Coordinators
Jennifer DeAngelis
703-537-3045
jennifer.deangelis@jccnv.org 

JCCNV-JAFI Shiri Rahamim
Shlichut 
Program Community Schlicha
Na'ama Gold 
703-217-5566
naama.gold@jccnv.org  

Project Welcome Home
Sara Astrow
703-537-3046
sara.astrow@jccnv.org 

 

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