Everything But The Turkey
A signature program of the Edlavitch DCJCC since 1996, Everything But The Turkey (EBTT) brings together hundreds of people to chop, mix, grate, and prepare over 13,000 servings of festive Thanksgiving food for people in need in the DC metro area. We make everything but the turkey, and DC Central Kitchen, our program partner, supplies delicious turkeys.
The food we make is distributed by DC Central Kitchen to over 100 local homeless shelters, transitional housing facilities, senior facilities, and community kitchens in the District.
This year’s event will be held on Sunday, November 18, and Monday, November 19, 2018.
While the Edlavitch DCJCC building is under construction, EBTT will take place at Adas Israel Congregation, who has generously donated space for the event.
Registration for Everything But The Turkey 2018 will open on Monday, October 15, 2018 at 9:00 AM.
Want to learn more? Check out our 2018 FAQ:
What is Everything But The Turkey (EBTT)?
EBTT is an event organized by the Edlavitch JCC’s Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service where volunteers prepare Thanksgiving-themed side dishes that help those experiencing hunger and homelessness in the District enjoy some Thanksgiving warmth and cheer the week of the Thanksgiving holiday.
We will be running the program for 2 days to allow more people to be able to enjoy it – including a special edition for families with small children and one just for young professionals in the city.
I am not Jewish, can I participate?
Yes! Volunteer opportunities are open to everyone.
Why is there a charge to participate?
We request a tax-deductible donation to help us cover the cost of food and supplies. Your donation is going directly towards the food we are preparing for those in need. If you would like to participate but are unable to make the donation, please contact Sonya and we will work with you to be able to take part in the event.
Are walk-ins allowed on the day of the event?
No, unfortunately we cannot accommodate any walk-ins. Please register online in advance.
Can I bring my children to the event?
Yes! Everyone is welcome. If your children are under the age of 5 we strongly recommend the Sunday EBTT PJ Library edition, designed specially for young children.
We request that all children under the age of 16 are accompanied by an adult. Parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring the safety of their children. Please remember that there are knives being used at many of the food preparation stations. Healthy snack bags and stuffing are great stations to sign up for if you have children under the age of 7.
What recipes do volunteers make during EBTT?
We make coleslaw, green beans, stuffing, yams, and new this year a collard greens recipe.
What recipes are recommended for families with children?
For children under the age of 6 we recommend you participate in our special EBTT for young families program on Sunday, November 18th.
For children over the age of 6 we recommend the greens beans, stuffing, and collard greens recipes.
How do I get to Adas Israel Congregation and where do I go when I arrive?
Adas Israel Congregation is located at 2850 Quebec Street, NW, in the Cleveland Park neighborhood. It is accessible by a number of buses and is just across the street from the Cleveland Park metro station (red line). Street parking is available in the neighborhood as well. You will be asked to sign in and wear a name-tag for the duration of the event.
Is there anything special I need to wear or bring with me to the event?
All materials will be provided. Please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes. This is for your safety and because you will be up on your feet for two hours. We will provide hair nets but if you’d prefer you are welcome to wear your own hat. All longer hair must be pulled back.