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 Laurie.Albert@jccnv.org, 703.537.3064.
Monday, January 21, 9:30am–4:30pm, the J
In conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and the spirit of community that this day inspires, Volunteer Fairfax proudly presents this program that gives families the opportunity to participate in a number of meaningful projects.
Visit volunteerfairfax.org to register.
Registration opens December 17th!
Sunday, March 10, 10am–11:30am
Whether you are a princess, pirate, king, queen, or superhero (or want to wear a costume of your choice, or come dressed as yourself), join Growing Jewish Families for a morning of Purim fun! Decorate hamantaschen (three cornered pastry), make cool masks and groggers (noisemakers), dance in the parade, enjoy a preschool friendly story of Purim and more!
Fee: $8/ $6 member/ 12 months and
under are FREE
Sunday, March 31, 3pm–5pm, the J
Enjoy an afternoon of hands-on Passover experiences, connect with other families and have tons of Passover fun! Matzah making — mix it, roll it, and we’ll bake it; create your own Seder plate and Elijah cup (wine cup); decorate an afikomen bag (special bag to hide a piece of matzah) and more!
Fee: $8 / $6 member/ 12 months and under are free
Registration required by March 27. After March 27, email Laurie.Albert@jccnv.org for ticket availability.
Sunday, April 7, 2pm–4pm
The Jewish community of Greater Washington will join Israel and other countries from around the globe for a day of service. Established in Israel in 2007, Good Deeds Day celebrates the value and importance of giving back to the community. Last year, in our area alone, we had more than 8,500 volunteers who took part in this initiative. This day offers a variety of hands-on volunteer projects that will make an impact throughout the community. There will be projects for even the youngest members of our community!
The J is proud to partner with Gesher Jewish Day School and several synagogues and organizations to provide a variety of volunteer opportunities for all ages. To register as a volunteer, please visit GoodDeedsDayGW.org. If you are interested in being involved with the event, contact Laurie.Albert@jccnv.org.
Good Deeds Day is presented by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
Sunday, May 5, 4:30pm–8:30pm, the J
This annual commemoration includes original music, art, and writing from professionals and youth as well as recitation of the Holocaust Kaddish, and the intergenerational candle lighting. The program welcomes elected officials, interfaith leaders, Holocaust survivors, youth, and community members to be on hand and explore this year’s theme of hate speech as a precursor to the Holocaust.
This program is co-hosted by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington, JCCNV, and Congregation Beth Emeth. Each year more than two dozen synagogues, houses of worship, and non-profits join us as co-sponsors and supporters. Details and registration at jcouncil.org/Holocaust.
Thursday, May 23, 5:30pm
Location: Chabad of Northern Virginia, 3939 Prince William Dr., Fairfax
Music, inflatables, food, and more! Please check back often for details and updates.
Presented to you by the J, Chabad of Northern Virginia, and Gesher Jewish Day School.
Sunday, June 2, noon–4pm
Celebrate Israel @ 71 with our community! Please check here often for details and updates.
Facilitated by: Dr. Rebecca Fleischer, Licensed Clinical Psychologist Meets Monthly on
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
Dec. 12th, Jan. 16th, Feb. 13th, Mar. 13th, Apr. 10th, May 15th
Wednesdays, 5:15pm - 6:30pm
For more information and to RSVP (recommended, but not required) contact Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org, 703.537.3045.
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: Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, 703.537.3045 for event dates and locations
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 Sara.Astrow@jccnv.org, 703.537.3046.
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 Carla.Rosenfeld@jccnv.org, 703.537.3060.