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, June 10, July 15, August 19; 10am-11am
11660 Plaza America Dr., Reston           
Fee: Free
For information and to RSVP contact Jennifer DeAngelis, 703.537.3045.

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

Location: Whole Foods Ashburn
Mondays, June 18, July 23, August 20
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: Fairfax Regional Library
10360 North St., Fairfax
Mondays, June 11, July 9, August 6

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

Location: Chantilly Public Library
4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly
Thursdays, June, July, August

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.

Sundays, June 9, July 15, August 5
10am-11:30am in the romper room at the J                                         

Sundays, June TBA, July 8, August 12
10am-11:30am at NOVA Playlabs (3656 Centerview Dr Unit #10, Chantilly)


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 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 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 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 Ambassador Program Manager Kyla Hartunian , or 703.537.3018.
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.

Summer Train Schedule
Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, Reston
Saturday, June 2, 9am

For information on additional stops this summer, please visit


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

Havdalah at the Winery
June 23, 4:30pm-6pm

Location: Goomba Quattros Winery, 22860 James Monroe Highway, Aldie, VA

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

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