There is nothing that brings a bigger smile to my face than a gurgling baby. So when Sarah and her beautiful daughter came into my house a few weeks ago, I was delighted to see them both. In a nanosecond, we were settled around my kitchen table, and the baby was cooing away and batting her precious little hand at the toy suspended from her carrying basket. What a wonderful way to start a week!


Sarah and I were meeting to see how we could do some programming together. She is now the DCJCC’s director of community outreach to families, and she was very interested in providing more services to the interfaith families that use our JCC. I was thrilled to hear of her interest. After reviewing many ideas and options, we settled on doing a “hands-on” project for families that included both the parents and the children, had a learning component, and also a “take home” for both the parents as well as the children.

I love this kind of project, and I’m sure that this activity will be appealing to families that already use the DCJCC and also to new families who have not yet stepped into the building. With that in mind, we brainstormed about all the social media available to us including the DC parent list-servs, blogs, Google ads, our own DCJCC website (, my web site and many other web locations which might get to our target audience.

Here is the workshop:


Make Room for Matzah
Families Together Learning about the Passover Seder.
March 17, 2013, 10:30 am–Noon
Ages 2 and up

Come and learn how to create a fun experience for your family. Parents will leave this experience with new ideas to implement and a complete book of tried and true recipes.

Children will take home special hand make objects to use during the Seder.

We welcome all families with young children, especially interfaith families.

Facilitated by Sarah Rabin Spira, Director of Family Enrichment and Community Outreach and Marion L. Usher, Ph.D., creator of “Love and Religion: An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and Their Partners.”

Cost: $18/family