Looking for a place to swim? Come swim laps or take a water aerobics class in our 25-meter, heated, indoor pool. Take a membership tour and see all the J has to offer!


For Families with Young Children

Connecting Through Growing Jewish Families

Click here for the full Growing Jewish Families Summer 2018 Calendar of Events.

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 Reston
Sundays, October 14, November 4, December 9; 10am-11am
11660 Plaza America Dr., Reston           
Fee: Free
For information and to RSVP contact Jennifer DeAngelis, 703.537.3045.


Location: Whole Foods Ashburn
Mondays, September 17, October 8, November 5, December 10
19800 Belmont Chase Dr., Unit 160, Ashburn

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.

Location: Barnes and Noble Arlington
Dates and Times TBD

Location: Ashburn Library
43316 Hay Road, Ashburn
Tuesday, September 25
Fee Free
For information and to RSVP, contact Jennifer DeAngelis, 703.537.3045.

Location: Fairfax Regional Library
10360 North St., Fairfax
Mondays, August 6, September 24
Wednesdays, October 10, November 7, December 5

Fee: Free
For information and to RSVP contact Rebecca Greene, 703.537.3019.

Location: Chantilly Public Library
4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly
Thursdays, October 4, November 8, December 6

Fee: Free
For information and to RSVP contact Jennifer DeAngelis, 703.537.3045.

Location: Lovettsville Library
12 N. Light Street, Lovettsville
Saturdays, September 29, December 8
Fee: Free
For information and to RSVP, contact Jennifer DeAngelis, 703.537.3045.


NEW! j.family Socials

Sundays, October 21, January 13, April 28
9:30am–11am at the J
Contact: Amy.Lummer@jccnv.org

Did you know that the j.family 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 j.family Socials.  These events are open to anyone currently signed up with our j.family ambassador program. If you are not signed up yet and would like to be – please contact the j.family Ambassador Program Manager. 


j.family Rosh Hashanah Supper Circles

Contact: Amy.Lummer@jccnv.org

Calling all j.family 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.


Shalom Babies & Tots Playgroups

2 Opportunities for Fun !
MEET... CONNECT... PLAY! 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 & Tots
Once a month on Saturday or Sunday
September 15, October 14, November 11, December 9
Location: the J Romper Room (please bring socks for kids and adults)
Recommended for ages 0–3yrs

Shalom Babies & Tots
Once a month on Sundays
October 7, November 11, December 16
Location: NoVa Playlabs
3656 Centerview Drive, Chantilly
Recommended for ages 0–5 years


New! Connecting the Expecting Dinner Clubs

Contact: Amy.Lummer@jccnv.org 
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 j.family 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.


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 j.family Ambassadors are excited to help you connect with other Jewish families close to home. Please contact Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org or Rebecca.Greene@jccnv.org for information on how to start a playgroup in your neck of the woods!


Apples, Honey & Schmooze Park Playdates

Frying Pan Park - Cancelled due to ground conditions and inclement weather forecast
2739 West Ox Rd., Herndon
Friday, September 14
RSVP: Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org 


Sukkot Park Playdate

Dinosaur Park, 43645 Partlow Rd., Ashburn
Thursday, September 27
RSVP: Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org


Bagels, Schmear, and Schmooze Park Playdate

Cherry Hill Park
312 Park Ave, Falls Church
Sunday, October 7
RSVP: Rebecca.Greene@jccnv.org 


Fun Day Monday Park Playdate

Bready Park
814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon
Monday, October 15
RSVP: Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org 


New! Family Social Action Club

Contact: Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org 
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.


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, Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org 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 Amy.Lummer@jccnv.org for information on how you can join a Shabbat Cluster.


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 Amy.Lummer@jccnv.org, or 703.537.3037.

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 Amy.Lummer@jccnv.org , or 703.537.3037.
Fee: Free


All About Town: Helpers and Healers

Most appreciated by ages 12 months–8yrs.
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 Rebecca.Greene@jccnv.org


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 Amy.Lummer@jccnv.org, or 703.537.3037. 
Fee: Free

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