Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival October 18-28 at Angelika Film Center & Cafe at Mosaic. Join us for films of all genres during our 18th (chai) year! See our festival line-up in the Cultural Arts tab below.

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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.

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.  

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


3rd Annual Northern Virginia Great Big Challah Bake

Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

Thursday, October 25th, 7:00pm 

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+ 

To register, visit: Great Big Challah Bake no later than Oct. 17th.
Register Early — this event sold out quickly last year (more than 250 girls and women attended)

For more information, contact or 


10th Annual Character Breakfast Mash-Up

Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

Sunday, November 18th, 9:30am - 11:30am

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! 

Non-member: $12 per person/ $55 maximum per family (up to 6 people)
Member: $10 per person/ $45 maximum per family (up to 5 people)

Advanced registration required by Nov. 11th at: 

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


Annual Latkes and Lights Chanukah Party


Sunday, December 2nd, 10:00am - 11:30am

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of food, Lego building, dreidel spinning, crafts galore, and more! 

Visit this page for updated program information.


Light Up the Night! Community Menorah Lighting

Mosaic District, 2901 District Avenue, Fairfax, VA

Wednesday, December 5th, 5:30pm

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! 

Fee: Free

For information contact 


Ongoing Programs

Widow/ Widower Support Group

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

  • 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.

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.

Congregation Beth Emeth 
12523 Lawyers Road 
Herndon, VA 20171 

Oct. 17th, Nov. 14th, Dec. 12th, Jan. 16th, Feb. 13th, Mar. 13th, Apr. 10th, May 15th
Wednesdays, 5:15pm - 6:30pm

Fee: Free

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


Divas and Diners

Ladies Night:

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!

Contact:, 703.537.3045 for event dates and locations


Project Welcome Home

Service Members and 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.

Community Engagement

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Growing Jewish Families, Events, Interfaith

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Israel Programming

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Project Welcome Home

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