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By developing programming that is both within and beyond the walls of the JCCNV, the Community Engagement Department strives to inspire Jewish journeys and serve as a catalyst for families in Northern Virginia to seek out deeper participation in Jewish life. Extensive outreach efforts support programs that are designed to emphasize Jewish culture, identity and values to people of all ages and backgrounds. Often, these programs are in partnership with area synagogues and Jewish agencies, including The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.



For more information on any of the programs mentioned below, please contact Laurie Albert, Community Engagement Director, at, 703.537.3064.

Discounted Program and Class Rates. The J offers member discounts on classes and programs. In order for membership rates to apply, membership must remain current throughout the duration of the class/program.  

A Taste of Apples & Honey: Community Apple Picking

Sunday, September 9, 2:30pm–4:30pm
Location: Stribling Orchard, 11587 Poverty Hollow Lane, Markham
Get ready for Rosh Hashanah with a morning of picking delicious apples to go with your honey at this local family-owned 8th generation orchard! Bring a picnic and enjoy breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. All ages welcome. Kids enjoy PJ Library® stories and fun apple crafts. Adults enjoy a honey tasting and apple picking. Do a mitzvah (good deed) and donate a portion of your picked apples to Food for Others, a local food pantry in Fairfax. Please register by September 6.
Fee: Program and entrance to orchard free. You pay for your apples.
Code: #9389

Fall into the Jewish Holidays
A Cosmic Adventure!

Sunday, September 16, 10am–noon
Location: the J
All ages welcome!
Go on a special adventure with Growing Jewish Families as we learn about the night sky with Cosmic Adventure’s mobile planetarium. Do you ever wonder why Jewish holidays begin at sunset? How do you know when sunset begins? Discover how to spot the first stars in the evening sky. Come along with us as we embark on both a cosmic & musical journey through the Jewish holidays. From Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to Sukkot and Simchat Torah — we’ll do it all. We provide exciting hands-on experiences — you provide the wonder! Please register by September 13. Visit
Fee: $9/ $7 J member/ FREE under 2 yrs. old
$10 additional for shofar making experience per shofar (event ticket holders only)

3rd Annual Northern Virginia Great Big Challah Bake

Thursday, October 25, 7pm
Location: The J
Contact or Raizel Deitsch at 
A community-wide empowering evening for girls and women of all ages who come together to make challah, sing, and dance! Bring your daughters, mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, and friends as we participate in this worldwide challah-making event. For complete details, visit
Fee: $18/ $10 per youth ages 10 yrs.+
To register, visit: no later than Oct. 17.
Register Early — this event sold out quickly last year (more than 250 girls and women attended)


10th Annual Character Breakfast Mash-Up!

Sunday, November 18, 9:30am–11:30am

A jaw dropping, camera flashing celebration! A magical morning for children and their families — join us as we celebrate 10 years of bringing you amazing storybook characters. Get ready to meet up with old friends such as Curious George & the Man in the Yellow Hat; the Very Hungry Caterpillar and your Paw Patrol Friends. Meet new friends – the Minions; Pete the Cat; Clifford the Big Red Dog and more! Be sure to bring your appetite, because we’re serving up a pancake breakfast bar, along with lots of other delicious breakfast treats; beverages included along with a heaping helping of fun! A morning of crafts and stories with plenty of photo ops to remember this incredible day at the J – bring your camera!

Kids and/or adults are invited to dress up in their favorite costume! Be sure to register quickly as this program is usually a sell-out!
Fee: $12 per person/ $55 maximum per family (up to 6 people)
$10 member per person/ $45 maximum per family (up to 5 people)

Advanced registration required by Nov. 11 at: 

In partnership with JCCNV‘s Growing Jewish Families program, ECLC, Cultural Arts, Health, Fitness, & Membership departments, and PJ Library®.


Annual Latkes and Lights Chanukah Party!

Sunday, December 2, 10am–11:30am
Location: TBD

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of food, Legos® building, dreidel spinning, crafts galore, and more! Visit for updated program information.


Light Up the Night! Community Menorah Lighting

Wednesday, December 5, 5:30pm
Location: Mosaic District, 2901 District Avenue, Fairfax

It’s Chanukah time — and we’re bringing the celebration to you! Join us as we light the candles, sing songs, enjoy entertainment, feast on sufganiyot (donuts), and spin the dreidel and more!
For information contact  
Fee: Free


Ongoing Programs


Widow/ Widower Support Group

Facilitated by: Dr. Rebecca Fleischer, Licensed Clinical Psychologist Meets Monthly on

Wednesdays (Sept. 12; Oct. 17; Nov. 14; Dec. 12; Jan. 16; Feb. 13; Mar. 13;                  Apr. 10; May 15)                          

5:15pm – 6:30pm

Location: Congregation Beth Emeth 
12523 Lawyers Road 
Herndon, VA 20171 


This FREE monthly support group is for anyone who has recently and not-so-recently lost a husband, wife, or partner. Join us for an open forum for frank discussion with a focus on grief, bereavement and continuing on after great loss.

FEE: Free

For more information and to RSVP (recommended, but not required) contact,  703.537.3045.


Dr. Rebecca Fleischer Bio 

A licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia since 1997, Dr. Fleischer currently practices in Fairfax, VA where she sees individuals, couples and families with a wide range of diagnostic and clinical concerns. Throughout her career she has facilitated many psychotherapy and support groups and understands the complex and often long-term consequences of losing one’s spouse. Dr. Fleischer holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and an MS in Psychology from Yeshiva University and a BA from Emory University.



Divas and Diners

Ladies Night

Contact:, 703.537.3045 for event dates and locations

Schmooze and laugh over dinner, dessert and/or drinks — at locations near your neighborhood — with women of all ages and stages! Need a break from your regular routine? Looking for ways to connect with other women? Come out for this monthly gathering — bring a friend, and meet new ones too!

Project Welcome Home

Service Members & Veterans,
The JCC of Northern Virginia thanks you wholeheartedly for your service and wants you to feel supported and a part of our community. In 2015, we were selected as one of just six JCCs across the country to pilot Project Welcome Home, a JCC Association initiative that addresses the needs of active duty service members, recent veterans, and their families. We are proud to continue this important program and hope that you will reach out to us so we can contact you with special programs and discounts being offered to service members and veterans in our community.

If you’d like to be added to our Project Welcome Home distribution list, or want more information, contact, 703.537.3046.


Mitzvah Program (ongoing)

Committee Chair: Gail Gurin

The J's Mitzvah Program provides support to those who are in need in our community. Please join fellow members, friends, and staff, as we volunteer on a number of social action projects, including making casseroles for the homeless each month, packing food boxes at an emergency food warehouse, visiting Jewish residents in retirement homes, collecting shoes for our shoebox recycling program, donating food for Thanksgiving baskets, and volunteering during our hypothermia prevention program. If you would like more details about our social action programs, please contact, 703.537.3060.

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