Members are always encouraged to bring guests to enjoy the J at any time! New this year, we are opening our doors to anyone who would like to drop-in to enjoy our facilities, unaccompanied by a member.
Daily Fee: $15/ $10 accompanied by member
Passes may be purchased through the front desk. Saturday passes must be paid in advance.
Full cash refunds will be given if the JCCNV cancels an activity due to insufficient enrollment. Cancellation prior to the first day of the session will incur a $7 handling charge* that is deducted from any refund. No refunds will be processed for one-time programs after the program has begun.
Credit is given for classes if one cancels after the first meeting and before the second. The credit amount is prorated, less a $7 processing fee*. Credits must be presented at the time of use to be valid. Credits cannot be used toward membership, preschool tuition, day care or camp fees. Other restrictions may apply.
*handling charge/processing fee may vary with each department
The JCCNV observes kashruth, which requires a strict separation of meat and dairy foods. All food and drink brought into the Center must be dairy or parve. For information, please call the JCCNV.
When it comes to Passover, Ashkenazi Jews and Sephardic Jews have very different food traditions. All Jews, both Sephardic and Ashkenazi, prohibit the eating of chametz during Passover as directed in the Torah. Chametz items include the following grains: wheat, oats, rye, barley, spelt. These grains are prohibited if they’ve had any contact with water/moisture, which leads to rising or “leavening.” Leavening agents like yeast and sourdough are also considered chametz.
In addition to chametz, Ashkenazi Jews traditionally prohibit the consumption of kitniyot during Passover. These items, known commonly as rice, corn, millet and legumes, have been banned for centuries by Ashkenazi Jews. The origin of the ban is unclear; it’s thought that perhaps kitniyot were considered too similar to grains. Grains and kitniyot often shared the same storage bags, so it’s possible there was concern that chametz might accidentally be mixed in with the kitniyot and consumed during Passover. Another theory is that kitniyot expand when immersed in water, which may have been perceived by the early rabbis as a form of rising or leavening. Whatever the reason, most Ashkenazi Jews today stick to the ban on kitniyot, even though it’s not technically prohibited by Torah law.
Sephardic Jews do consume kitniyot during Passover. They are, however, careful about ingredients co-mingling. In the Middle East, it’s not uncommon to see Sephardic women sifting through bags of rice and lentils repeatedly, going through grain by grain to ensure no chametz is mixed in.
Items included in the kitniyot category are: rice, corn, millet, dried beans and lentils, peas, green beans, soybeans, peanuts, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, mustard. Here at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, we follow the Ashkenazi tradition of avoiding kitniyot during Pesach, and will continue to do so, when providing food items such as snacks during childcare hours or other food items shared with our members. We do, however, recognize and respect that there are other Jewish traditions followed by some of our members that do permit the consumption of kitniyot during Passover. With this in mind we are expanding our current Pesach Kashrut policy to include the consumption of kitniyot in personal lunches or snacks. It is our goal to be inclusive and welcoming to all Jewish traditions at this special time of the year. As always, please feel free to reach out to us with questions or for menu suggestions during the Passover season.
In observance of Shabbat, the JCCNV does not handle money or conduct business transactions on Friday night and Saturdays. For the convenience of members and guests who would like to make a payment during Shabbat, forms and money may be deposited in the Shabbat drop box at the front desk. All forms and payment submitted will be processed during regular business hours.