Annual Jewish Book Fair and Chanukah Sale Sunday-Wednesday, November 18-21, 9am-noon, 4pm-7pm. Check out our book and author programs by visiting the Literary tab of this website.


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 and you provide the smiles as we create the perfect challah to take home and bake for Shabbat!

Location #1:
Whole Foods Reston, 
11660 Plaza America Dr., Reston, VA

November 4th, December 9th;
Sundays, 10:00am - 11:00am
Fee: Free

For information and to RSVP contact Jennifer DeAngelis, 703.537.3045.


Location #2:
Whole Foods Ashburn
19800 Belmont Chase Dr., Unit 160, Ashburn, VA

November 5th, December 10th
Mondays, 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 months - 8 years

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 #1:
Barnes and Noble Arlington
Dates and Times TBD

Fee: Free

For information and to RSVP, contact Jennifer DeAngelis, 703.537.3045.

Location #2:
Fairfax Regional Library
10360 North St., Fairfax

 November 7th, December 5th
Wednesdays, 10:30am - 11:30am

Fee: Free

For information and to RSVP contact Rebecca Greene, 703.537.3019.

Location #3:
Chantilly Public Library
4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly

November 8th, December 6th
Thursdays, 10:30am - 11:30am


For information and to RSVP contact Jennifer DeAngelis, 703.537.3045.

Location #4:
Lovettsville Library
12 N. Light Street, Lovettsville

Saturday, December 8th
2:00pm - 3:00pm

Fee: Free

For information and to RSVP, contact Jennifer DeAngelis, 703.537.3045.


NEW! Socials

Did you know that the Ambassador program includes hundreds of families throughout the Northern Virginia area? We are bursting with families looking to connect and share Jewish experiences with others in the midst of baby and toddler hoopla – families like yours who want to create special memories and a sense of community for their little ones.

We would like to provide an opportunity for families with children ages 0 – 36 months to connect at quarterly Socials.  These events are open to anyone currently signed up with our ambassador program. If you are not signed up yet and would like to be – please contact the Ambassador Program Manager. 

Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

January 13th, April 28th
Sundays, 9:30am - 11:00am

For more information, contact Rosh Hashanah Supper Circles

Calling all Ambassador families: start a new tradition for your growing family! Meals are more fun and a lot less work when you share the experience with friends. Stay tuned for sign up information in late August to link up with other families with young children from your area.

For more information, contact


Shalom Babies and Tots Playgroups

Ages: 0 - 3 years

Little ones aren’t the only ones who want to have fun. Come meet other families and enjoy a morning of fun while the littles play in a warm and safe environment.

Shalom Babies and Tots:

Location #1:
The J Romper Room (please bring socks for kids and adults)

Once a month on Saturday or Sunday
 November 11th, December 9th
10:00am - 11:30am

Shalom Babies and Tots:

0 - 5 years

Location #2:
NoVa Playlabs
3656 Centerview Drive, Chantilly, VA

Once a month on Sundays
November 11th, December 16th
10:00am - 11:30am


New! Connecting the Expecting Dinner Clubs

Our dinner clubs are a perfect way to share the amazing experience between “ohmmigosh....a baby?!” and “announcing the arrival of our newest family member!” with other expecting parents in the area. Moms, dads, singles, couples, first timers and ‘frequent fliers’... we’ve got you covered.

These adult-only dinner nights are designed to meet at least three times throughout your last trimester and one time for a Baby Bump Shabbat Dinner with a Ambassador (j.fa) to answer any questions you might have about Jewish community resources in Northern Virginia.

Assistance with matching families and initial introductions will be provided through the j.fa program-but once connected, your club will determine how often and where you’d like to meet based on participants’ needs and schedules. Meetings will occur at local restaurants convenient to the group — so no need to clean your house for these fabulous dinners. So easy! Each participant will be responsible for his or her own tab.

For more information, contact


GJF Neighborhood Playdates

Come out and play at Growing Jewish Families park play dates this fall. These groups are a great way to meet other families that live near your neighborhood! GJF and your local Ambassadors are excited to help you connect with other Jewish families close to home.

Please contact or for information on how to start a playgroup in your neck of the woods!

Fun Day Monday Park Playdate

Bready Park
814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA

Monday, October 15th
10:30am - 11:30am



New! Family Social Action Club

Connect with other families interested in social justice issues and introduce your kids to family-friendly ways to give back to their communities - from counting diapers to sorting food, look for family opportunities to give back to the community every other month. Email Jennifer to be included on the GJF Social Action Club email list and/or to email her with ideas and suggestions.

For more information, contact 


Family Chavurot (Group of Friends)

Looking for opportunities to get to know families living near you with similar interests, ages of children or a desire to connect with other Jewish families in Northern Virginia? GJF is here to help! Let us help you find your village.

For information on how you can find a family Chavurot, contact one of our Community Engagement Coordinators, or


Shabbat Clusters

Celebrate Shabbat with your family and with friends new and not so new! Growing Jewish Families would love to help you connect with families who live near you to share a family-friendly meal with other folks from your neighborhood.

Contact for information on how you can join a Shabbat Cluster.


Coffee and Convos (C&C)

Need a break and looking for an opportunity to meet other Jewish families in your neighborhood? Join your local 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 Ambassador Program Manager at Amy.Lummer@jccnv.orgor 703.537.3037.

C&C with Rebecca Greene, jfa
Various locations throughout Annandale, Oakton, Vienna, West Falls Church
For parents and children ages 0 - 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 0 - 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 0 - 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 0 - 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 0 - 18 months

Fee: Each family pays for their own refreshments

Summer Stroller

Walk n’ Talks

Ages: 0 - 18 months.

Having a hard time fitting in a bit of exercise since your little one’s arrival? No problem! Meet your local 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! 

Fee: Free 

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 , or 703.537.3037. 


All About Town: Helpers and Healers

Ages: 12 months - 8 years

Have your children ever wondered what our local helpers and healers do in our community? If so, you’ll want to bring them on a GJF adventure through Northern Virginia as we explore and learn about these very special people. Some places we visit might include a fire station, Whitehall Farm, police station, synagogues around town, grocery store, post office, or even a veterinarian’s office! 


All Aboard the GJF Tot Shabbat Train

Share Shabbat with families from the J’s GJF program and visit different synagogues services around NoVA. While Tot Shabbats are designed for toddlers and preschoolers, the whole family is invited to attend. RSVP strongly requested due to space and security reasons.

For more information, contact


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 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 you're schmoozing, picnicking, or just chillin’, be sure to join us for tons of family fun!

Fee: Free

For information on upcoming Havdalah Hangouts, contact, or 703.537.3037. 

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