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The Voice

Growing Jewish Families with Young Children

Monthly Programs:

NEW! Rhythm n Ruach

Led by Andrea Cate, certified Rhythm 'n' Ruach Facilitator.
Most enjoyed by children birth-5yrs.
Each week, you and your child will have a musical Shabbat adventure including a variety of hands-on experiences including: exploring exciting musical instruments; learning a Hebrew word; singing and dancing to Jewish and secular music; and learning Jewish values. A fun and joyful Jewish experience for little ones and their loving adults! For sibling discount, please contact call to register.
Code: 9640

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, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 19, June 9
Fee: Free

For more information anad to RSVP, contact, 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.

Barnes and Noble Arlington, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington

Dates and Times TBD
Fee: Free

Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax
Wednesdays, January 9, February 6, March 6, April 10, May 8, June 5
Fee: Free

Chantilly Public Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly
Dates and Times TBD
Fee: Free

For information and to RSVP contact Jennifer DeAngelis, 703.537.3045.

NEW! Socials

Sundays, January 13, April 28, July 21, 9:30am–11am
Location: the J
The Ambassador program cordially invites you to our new quarterly socials for local families wanting to deepen their Jewish connections and meet other families with children ages 0-36 months. Not a member of the Ambassador program yet? Not a problem! Visit our website and complete our fast and easy sign up to receive updates on these events throughout the year. Please add these to dates to your calendar. Email and stay tuned to GJF for more details. We look forward to schmoozing with you! 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

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, January 27, February 10, April 14, May 19, June 30, Saturday, March 2
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, January 6, February 3, March 31, April 14, May 5 and June 23
Address: 3656 Centerview Drive, Chantilly
Recommended for ages 0–5 years

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 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 Ambassadors are excited to help you connect with other Jewish families close to home.

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

Passover Park Create ‘n Play
Lyon Village Park, Arlington
Date: TBA

Passover Park Create ‘n Play
Frying Pan Park, 2739 West Ox Rd., Herndon
Date: TBA

Passover Park Create ‘n Play
Dinosaur Park, 43645 Partlow Rd., Ashburn
Date: TBA

Bagels, Schmear, and Schmooze Park Playdate
Cherry Hill Park, 312 Park Ave., Falls Church
Date: TBA

Create ‘n Play Fun Day - Monday Park Playdate
Bready Park, 814 Ferndale Ave., Herndon
Date: TBA

Mighty Mitzvah Makers
Family Social Action Experiences

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 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 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 Ambassador Program Manager at or 703.537.3037.

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

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.

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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