Community Events

What’s going on in the DC Area Jewish Community:

Upcoming Film and Music at the Edlavitch DCJCC 
Klezmer Brunch (Concert) Sunday, February 18, 11:00 AM - Our every-other-month Klezmer Brunch pairs fantastic music led by Seth Kibel, with a delicious kosher buffet. Bring the family! Kids under the age of 7 eat free and don’t need a ticket.

Naples ‘44 (Film) Tuesday, February 20, 7:30 PM - Benedict Cumberbatch gives life to the words of British soldier Norman Lewis, whose remarkable memoir of post-World War II Naples form the basis for this haunting evocation of a ravaged land, and later a city of infinite charm. Screening followed by a conversation with Dr. Sheldon A. Goldberg, a Docent and Historian at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History.

Taking Leonard Downtown (Concert) Monday, March 5, 7:30 PM - Levine Music presents a traditional jazz organ combo performing the works of Leonard  Bernstein music in a way that preserves the musical integrity of his work with a mix of funk, gospel, go-go, boogaloo, soul, and jazz.

Itzhak (Film) Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 PM - Alison Chernick’s Itzhak showcases the life and music of Itzhak Perlman, widely considered one of the world’s greatest living violinists.

28th Washington Jewish Film Festival May 2-13 - Save the date for the biggest Jewish cultural event of the DC area!

Capital Kosher Pantry Food Drive:  The Capital Kosher Pantry of Yad Yehuda is launching a food drive in support of the many in our community who struggle to afford to feed their families, especially during this particularly financially challenging time, as well as throughout the year.  Everyone is encouraged to assist the CKP in this cause by dropping off kosher, non-perishable food items in factory sealed containers in the collection box, thereby helping the dozens of local families who benefit from this service.  For more information, please consult the flier and the CKP wish list. Thank you for your participation in this worthy and necessary endeavor.

Parkinson's Support Meeting: First Tuesday of every month at 2:30pm. This is open to anyone in our community. It has been meeting for over one year. It is a friendly group of men and women. Email Jack Neufeld for more information

Since 1909 the Hebrew Free Loan Association has been offering interest-free loans to members of the Greater Washington DC Jewish community to help them meet their financial needs with dignity. This philanthropic organization is maintained by the Jewish community of Greater Washington, DC. Loans are available for a range of legitimate needs, including, but not limited to, school or camp tuition, medical bills, emergency bills, and credit card debts. Student loans are available for students in their junior and senior years of college and graduate students. The Hebrew Free Loan Association exists to enable individuals to meet financial challenges and advance their ability to support themselves and their families. Visit for more information.

Are you a senior looking for volunteer opportunities? Do you have computer skills you can share with others? Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA) is looking for senior volunteers to teach and coach computer classes at our site in Rockville and Gaithersburg. Classes are designed to help seniors refresh or advance computer skills and learn to use social media. Courses being offered are beginner and intermediate Windows 7, Microsoft Excel, creating photo books and videos, IPad and more. Do you have a specific expertise with computers? Contact us! We are open to new ideas for our classes! Visit our website at If interested, contact Robin Blackman at 240-396-0916 or via email at .

Does Mom need to move into assisted living? Does Dad need help with in-home care? If you or a loved one needs options for home care, housing, transportation, or senior lifestyle issues, call the Senior HelpLine (301-255-4200). This free service, offered by the Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA) and open to everyone, provides expert referrals to more than 4000 resources in the greater Washington, D.C. area.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is proud to announce that PJ Library ® (PJ as in “pajamas”) is expanding to Greater Washington!
FREE Jewish children’s books will be delivered every month to families who sign up. All families in the Greater Washington area with at least one Jewish parent and children under the age of 8 are eligible to enroll. We are mailing a sample book and invitation, but you don’t have to wait to sign up! Visit and register today. PJ Library will send one book per family, and enrollment is open on a first-come, first-served basis.If you have any questions about PJ Library, please contact our PJ Library Outreach Associate, Sarah Rabin Spira, at 301-230-7243 or