Growing Jewish Families
Growing Jewish Families cultivates community by connecting a large network of families raising Jewish children in Northern Virginia by sponsoring play dates and community events, organizing neighborhood groups, and maintaining social networking groups on Yahoo and Facebook — all to help you connect and stay connected with families in your area. As a part of this network, you will have access to educational and social opportunities in your own backyard. You will receive regular e-newsletters chock full of educational information and links, announcements of upcoming local children’s programs, family events, and more.
Growing Jewish Families continues to broaden its reach to serve even more areas throughout Northern Virginia. Programming sites include the areas of Alexandria, Arlington, Ashburn, Burke, Chantilly, Centreville, Fairfax, Gainesville, Herndon, Manassas, Leesburg, Reston, and Sterling.
Maybe your family has recently grown, or your friends are just about to welcome a little one into their lives. Shalom Baby welcomes parents, their newborns and newly adopted children into the Northern Virginia Jewish community and invites families to our free, monthly Shalom Baby play dates. This is a wonderful way for you to meet new people, make new friends and learn about your Jewish community and resources available to you. Please contact Jennifer DeAngelis to register. For additional resources visit: http://jconnect.org/resources/new-baby-information.
Shalom Baby families become part of Growing Jewish Families, a large network of families raising Jewish children in Northern Virginia. If you know someone who is expecting a child, please let Jennifer Kanarek or Jennifer DeAngelis know so we can officially welcome them into the Jewish community and invite them to be part of the Shalom Baby family.
Get Connected with Shalom Baby!
Ages: newborn–3 years old and their parents (siblings welcome)
Calling all moms and dads — play dates aren’t just for kids! While the kids play, the grown-ups get to schmooze and meet other families with young children. Come out and meet up with old friends, and make some new friends, too!
Location I: JCCNV Romper Room
Sundays, June 7, July 12, August 2
RSVP: Samantha.Brown@jccnv.org, 703.537.3045
Location II: My Gym Chantilly
4300 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly
RSVP required 3 days prior to the event: Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, 703.537.3045
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is thrilled to offer PJ Library® (PJ, as in “pajamas”) to our entire community based on our successful Northern Virginia pilot! This program provides families raising Jewish children from 6 months–8 years old with a FREE treasury of Jewish books and music! As a gift from the community, every month, families enrolled in PJ Library® receive a high-quality, expertly-selected and kid-tested Jewish book or CD.
Through the generosity of the United Jewish Endowment Fund, the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation, the Perlin Family Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is offering one subscription per family in the Greater Washington area on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you have children 6 months–8 years old, we invite you to sign up today and join a growing global community of more than 500,000 PJ Library® families throughout North America and Israel. Then, invite friends and neighbors to enroll and share in the PJ Library® experience. To register, simply go to www.shalomdc.org/PJLibrary.
PJ Library® Book Buddies!
Moms, dads, grandparents and anyone who loves books — you are invited to bring your children to enjoy PJ Library® story time and arts and crafts. Check below for updates on special PJ Library® events happening throughout Northern Virginia.
For all programs below, please RSVP to Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, 703.537.3045.
Location I: Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North Street, Fairfax
Mondays, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10
Location II: Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke
Wednesdays, May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19
Location III: Chantilly Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly
Thursday, May 7, July 2, August 6
Sunday, June 7
Offered in collaboration with PJ Library® and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation
Meet JCCNV Growing Jewish Families at Whole Foods for a fun-filled morning of preschool-friendly challah making, crafts, and a PJ Library® story time in preparation for Shabbat. Whole Foods will provide the dough, and you come with your creativity to make the perfect challah to take home and bake for Shabbat!
Location I: Whole Foods, Vienna
143 Maple Avenue E., Vienna
Thursdays, May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6
RSVP to Samantha
Location II: Whole Foods, Fair Lakes
4501 Market Commons Drive, Fairfax
Thursdays, May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20
RSVP to Jennifer
Location III: Whole Foods, Arlington
2700 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington
Wednesdays, May 27, June 24, July 22, August 26
10:30am–11:30am (please note slightly later start time)
RSVP to Samantha