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Centertainment

Growing Jewish Families with Young Children

Monthly Programs:

Challah Tots

Most enjoyed by children up to age 8.
Start your own special Shabbat tradition with your little one(s)! Join Growing Jewish Families for a fun-filled morning of braiding challah and listening to a very special PJ Library story! Whole Foods provides the dough and you provide the smiles as we create the perfect challah to take home and bake for Shabbat!

Location: Whole Foods Reston Plaza America, 11660 Plaza America Drive Reston
Sundays, June 9, July 21, August 11
10am-11am
Fee: Free

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

 

PJ Library Book Buddies

Most enjoyed by children 12 months-8 years
We invite moms, dads, grandparents, and those who love books to bring your little ones to enjoy PJ Library story time. Each month, we also incorporate a different Jewish theme or holiday into multiple crafts projects for the kids to bring home.

Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax
Wednesdays, June 5, July 10, August 7, September 11
10:30am-11:30am
Fee: Free

Chantilly Public Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly
Thursdays, June 6, July 11, August 1, September 5
10:30am-11:30am
Fee: Free

For information and to RSVP contact Jennifer DeAngelis, 703.537.3045.

 

j.family Rosh Hashanah Supper Circles

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.

For more information, contact Amy Lummer, 703.537.3037.

 

Shalom Babies and Tots

Monthly Playdates. Two Opportunities for Fun!  MEET... CONNECT... PLAY! Little ones aren’t the only ones who want to have fun. Come meet friends and enjoy a morning of fun while the little ones play in a warm and safe environment.

Shalom Babies & Tots @ the J
Sundays, June 30
10am–11:30am, the J Romper Room (please bring socks for kids and adults)
Recommended for ages 0–3yrs

Shalom Babies & Tots @ NoVa Playlabs
Sundays, June 23
10am–11:30am
Address: 3656 Centerview Drive, Chantilly
Recommended for ages 0–5 years

Shalom Babies & Tots @ Agudas Achim
Sundays, June 2, July 7, August 4
11am–12pm
Address: 2908 Valley Dr., Alexandria
Recommended for ages 0–5 years

 

Connecting the Expecting

OMG! We're having a baby" and "Announcing the arrival of our newest family member," — let's get together! These gatherings at venues of your choice are designed to help you make Jewish connections in your neighborhood during your last two trimesters. Moms, dads, singles, couples, first timers, and ‘frequent fliers’... we’ve got you covered. Your group will meet socially a few times and will also be introduced to your j.family Ambassador who can be a wonderful resource for you in the Jewish community. Once connected, your group will determine how often and where you'd like to meet based on needs and schedules. No need to clean your house and prepare for guests! Everyone is responsible for their own tab at locations. All expecting parents are welcome: singles or couples, interfaith, multiple children, etc. 

For more information, contact Amy Lummer, 703.537.3037.

 

GJF Park Create ‘n Play Neighborhood Playdates

Come out and play in the park with Growing Jewish Families. These play dates are a great way to meet other families that live in your neighborhood! Be on the lookout for these when the weather is right for outdoor playtime. GJF and your local j.family Ambassadors are excited to help you connect with other Jewish families close to home.

Popsicle Park Play Date
Location: Ratcliffe Park
10300 Sager Ave., Fairfax
Wednesday, July 24
10am-11:30am

Summer Park Create 'n Play
Location: Dinosaur Park
43645 Partlow Road., Ashburn
Sunday, August 11
10am-11:30am

Tu b'av Day of Love Popsicle Play
Location: Frying Pan Park
2739 West Ox Rd., Herndon
Sunday, August 18
10am-11:30am

Please contact Jennifer DeAngelis, 703.537.3045, for information on how to start a playgroup in your neck of the woods! 

 

Mighty Mitzvah Makers
Family Social Action Experiences

Contact: Jennifer DeAngelis, 703.537.3045. 
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.

 

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 Jennifer DeAngelis, 703.537.3045, for information on how you can join a Shabbat Cluster.

 

Coffee and Convos

Looking to meet other Jewish families in your neighborhood? Join your local j.family Ambassador (jfa) for one of these drop-in events close to home. Stop by with or without your little ones, grab a 'cuppa' coffee and relax. We would love the chance to take a quick coffee break with you!

For details on upcoming C&Cs in your neighborhood, please contact your area jfa or the j.family Ambassador Program Manager at Amy Lummer, 703.537.3037.

 

All Aboard the GJF Tot Shabbat Train

Synagogue shopping? Meet up with local families from the J's GJF program and experience kid-friendly Shabbat services at various synagogues 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.

GJF Tot Shabbat Train @ Congregation Etz Hayim
Friday, May 31, 5:30pm
Address: 2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington

GJF Tot Shabbat Train @ Temple Rodef Shalom
Saturday, July 20, 10am
Address: 2100 Westmoreland St., Falls Church

For more information, contact Amy Lummer, 703.537.3037.

 

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 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 Amy Lummer, 703.537.3037.

 

Sweet Summer Series

Cool off with a sweet treat on a hot summer evening — dessert, stories and crafts! Join PJ Library® and our PJ Library® Community Partners as we celebrate summer, sweets, books and community across all of Northern Virginia! These events are co-sponsored by JCCNV’s GJF and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Visit jccnv.org/gjf.programs for the full schedule. 

Location: Mosaic District
2910 District Ave., Fairfax
Thursday, June 6
6pm–7pm
Fee: Pay your own tab

For information and to RSVP, contact Vered Harary Koslow, or
Amy Lummer, 703.537.3037.

Location: The Meadows Frozen Custard
20548 Easthampton Plaza, Ashburn
Sunday, June 23
3:30pm–4:30pm
Fee: Pay your own tab

For information and to RSVP, contact Julie Koppel, 703.537.3037.

Location: Milwaukee Custard
13934 Lee Jackson Hwy., Chantilly
Sunday, July 14
6pm–7pm
Fee: Pay your own tab

For information and to RSVP, contact Michelle Leichty, 703.537.3019.

Location: 520 Ice Cream and Tea
8324 #B Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield
Wednesday, July 17
6pm–7pm
Fee: Pay your own tab

For information and to RSVP, contact Amy Lummer, 703.537.3037.

Location: Congregation Beth Emeth
12523 Lawyers Rd, Herndon
Sunday, August 4
3:30pm–4:30pm
Free Admission

For information and to RSVP, contact Jennifer DeAngelis or Julie Koppel, 703.537.3037.

Location: Ben & Jerry’s
4205 Fairfax Corner E Ave., Fairfax
Sunday, August 14
6pm–7pm
Fee: Pay your own tab

For information and to RSVP, contact Michelle Leichty, 703.537.3019.

Community Engagement

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Growing Jewish Families, Events, Interfaith

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or email:
laurie.albert@theJ.org
 

Israel Programming

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or email: 
laurie.albert@theJ.org 

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or email: 
sara.astrow@theJ.org  

 

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