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January 2015

Theater J – Life Sucks

January 14 @ 7:30 pm - February 15 @ 11:30 pm
Theater J,
1529 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 United States

A World Premiere LIFE SUCKS (OR THE PRESENT RIDICULOUS) January 14 – February 15, 2015 Written and Directed by Aaron Posner Loosely based on Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov Featuring Eric Hissom and Sasha Olinick It’s tough being the gorgeous woman desired by all but understood by none. Or the homely girl with a heart of gold. Or the middle-aged man insightful enough to see the depth of his own failings. In fact, Life Sucks for everyone in Aaron Posner’s…

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$20

Feminist Readings of the Talmud

January 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Every week until January 27, 2015
American Jewish Military Museum,
1811 R Street Northwest, Washington, DC United States
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What does it mean to read Talmud from a feminist perspective? Nothing less than bringing our whole selves to the study of the text. Plenty of feminist analysis has been done of biblical stories and of Jewish law, but what does a feminist perspective have to offer on a more unexpected topic: the rabbinic response when the rains fail to fall? We’ll spend all three sessions looking at a set of passages in tractate Taanit about asking for rain–a text…

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Hebrew Classes

January 28 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Every week for 8 weeks
DCJCC,
16th and Q Sts. NW, Washington, United States

Want to learn Hebrew? Whether you’re starting from scratch, need a refresher, or just want to improve your skills we’ve got you covered. The DCJCC offers six levels of conversational Hebrew, from learning the aleph bet to reading advanced literature, with native Israeli speakers. This 8-week session begins January 14. Learn more here.

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35-45

AJC ACCESS DC 6th Annual Winter Party

January 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Brixton,
901 U Street NW, Washington, DC United States

Join AJC ACCESS DC, AJC’s young professional program, in celebrating ACCESS at our 6th Annual Winter Party on January 28th. Wednesday, January 28, 2014 Brixton | 901 U Street NW. Washington DC 20001 6:30- 8:30 PM Ticket prices will increase this Friday, January 9th. Buy your tickets here. December 9- January 8: $35 January 9- January 28: $45 Admission includes 2 drink tickets and vegetarian hors d’ouevres. For questions, please contact Cassie Chesley, Goldman Bridge Fellow at chesleyc.fellow@ajc.org

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English/Civics Tutoring at CARECEN inspired by HIAS’ mission

January 28 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
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Every 2 weeks on Wednesday until March 11, 2015
CARECEN,
1460 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009 United States

HIAS-inspired English/civics tutoring for aspiring American citizens TONIGHT at CARECEN is a commitment of a little over an hour and makes an IMMENSE impact on the students, many of whom don’t have much time the rest of the week to practice their English and prepare for the citizenship exam. We gather at 6:45 or so at 1460 Columbia Road NW, and head into the classrooms from 7 to 8. There are 2 classes, comprised of individuals with low and moderate-to-high…

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120-160

Beginner’s Guide to Jewish History

January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Every week until February 11, 2015
Tifereth Israel Congretation,
7701 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20012 United States
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Are you afraid to admit you don’t know the significance of the year 70? 1492? Don’t know Mendelssohn from Maimonides? Then this is the course for you! Tifereth Israel Congregation By Cynthia Peterman The course will cover Ancient Jewish History through Modern Israel Wednesdays from 7 – 9:00 p.m. Four session course from January 7 through February 11th January 7, 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11 Pricing: $120 members / $160 non-members Cynthia is the former chairperson of the Jewish…

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$15/20

Global Jewish Cultures: Jews Of Cape Verde and Jews in a Changing Cuba

January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
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Every week until January 28, 2015
Adas Israel Congregation,
2850 Quebec Street NW, Washington, DC United States
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Jan. 21 - Jews Of Cape VerdeFew people know that Cape Verde, a beautiful island nation off the coast of Senegal, was home for centuries to a Sephardic Jewish community whose founding members fled the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal, with a second wave coming from Morocco and Gibraltar in the 1800s. Come learn about this rich history and efforts to preserve it. Instructor Carol Castiel, director of public affairs programming at the Voice of America, has played a central role in efforts to rediscover and…

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Free

Kemp Mill Toastmasters Club Meeting

January 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Every week for 10 weeks
Young Israel Shomrai Emunah of Greater Washington (Social Hall),
1132 Arcola Avenue, Silver Spring, 20902 United States

Kemp Mills Toastmasters Club provides an inclusive and supportive environment for members of all professions (and religions) to develop communication and leadership skills. We meet every Wednesday from 8 to 9 pm. Guests are always welcome.

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Free

Talmud and Tequila

January 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Moishe House Arlington,
Arlington, VA United States
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Nothing spices up discussing religious texts like a little you know what!  Join us as we discuss the finer points of Talmud over some choice alcoholic beverages!  Come prepared to drink, talk, and drink some more!

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$15/20

Some of Their Best Friends: Righteous Gentiles of the Bible

January 28 @ 8:15 pm - 9:25 pm
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Every week until February 18, 2015
Adas Israel Congregation,
2850 Quebec Street NW, Washington, DC United States
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Jewish tradition is filled with “righteous Gentiles,” friendly or supportive non-Jews from Pharaoh’s daughter to the sailors who were so reluctant to throw Jonah off the boat. The class will read passages on some of the positive characters from the Bible who are not part of the covenant with Abraham.  In addition to biblical texts, we will discuss their treatment in rabbinic literature and stories. Do they come to be seen as converts, ambiguous figures, or villains? How do they…

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$15/20

Becoming Blessers, Being Blessings

January 28 @ 8:15 pm - 9:25 pm
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Every week until February 18, 2015
Adas Israel Congregation,
2850 Quebec Street NW, Washington, DC United States
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The Talmud tells us we should say 100 blessings a day and that this will assure us of life in the world to come. But what about in this world? Blessings help us to be present in this moment, to cultivate “radical amazement” for even those things we find mundane. In these three sessions, we’ll learn how to cultivate and incorporate a blessing practice in our everyday lives. We will study Jewish texts to explore the concept of blessing, and…

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MEET and Cheese: A Wine and Cheese Networking Event for DC area Grad Students

January 29 @ 5:30 am - 7:00 pm
The Marvin Center,
800 21st Street, NW, Washington , DC 20037 United States

A wine and cheese event for DC area Jewish graduate students.  Meet, mingle and network. Thursday, January 29th, 5:30 PM at GW. In The Marvin Center, 800 21st street, NW– Room #310 **There is no charge for current grad students

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285-310

Introduction to Judaism Class

January 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Every week until May 13, 2015

Introduction to Judaism is a 16 week class sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism that gives a broad overview of Judaism and is designed for Jews and others who are seeking a greater understanding of Jewish principles and practice. The course is for interfaith couples, non-Jews considering conversion, and for Jews who wish to learn more about Judaism. The class explores Jewish holidays and life-cycle ceremonies, prayer and worship, Jewish history, Jewish theology, Israel, the Holocaust, and how to…

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285-310

Introduction to Judaism Class

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Every week until April 30, 2015
Temple Sinai,
3100 Military Road, NW, , Washington, DC 20015 United States
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Introduction to Judaism is a 16 week class sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism that gives a broad overview of Judaism and is designed for Jews and others who are seeking a greater understanding of Jewish principles and practice. The course is for interfaith couples, non-Jews considering conversion, and for Jews who wish to learn more about Judaism. The class explores Jewish holidays and life-cycle ceremonies, prayer and worship, Jewish history, Jewish theology, Israel, the Holocaust, and how to…

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$5

Havana Nights Happy Hour Fundraiser

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Johnny Pistola’s Mexican Taqueria Bar,
2333 18th Street NW , Washington, DC 20009 United States

B’nai B’rith Young Leadership Network-DC and B’nai B’rith Cuban Jewish Relief Project: Present: Havana Nights – Happy Hour Fundraiser Thursday, January 29th  7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Johnny Pistola’s Mexican Taqueria Bar 2333 18th Street NW  Washington, D.C. (Adams Morgan) Come learn about the B’nai B’rith International legacy of humanitarian aid in Cuba while supporting our efforts! The restaurant will donate 10 % of the night’s bar tab directly to the Cuban Jewish Relief Project. ALL PAYMENTS WILL BE HANDLED AT THE…

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Free

Parasha of the Week

January 29 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Every week until March 26, 2015
Magen David Sephardic Congregation,
11215 Woodglen Drive, Rockville, MD 20852 United States
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Join us at MDSC, Thursday, January 29, at MDSC, Time: (8pm – 9pm) Please join us for interesting insights on Parasha of the week.  Light Refreshments will be served!

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$36

Table Service

January 30 @ 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Sixth & I,
600 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 United States

Swap a traditional Friday night for dinner at our communal table where simple Shabbat elements—good food, conversation, and company—combine to create a nourishing and spiritual evening. Emily Spivack, in connection with her appearance at Sixth & I the night prior to Shabbat, will be our guest speaker. She’ll share the experiences and thoughtful philosophy that led her to publish Worn Stories, a collection of over sixty clothing-inspired narratives from cultural figures and talented storytellers that offer a revealing look at the clothes that protect us,…

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$12

Shabbat Hoppin’ with Nova Tribe Series

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Church at Clarendon,
1210 N Highland St, Arlington, 22201 United States

Join Shabbat Hoppin’ in partnership with NOVA Tribe Series as we bring together Taglit-Birthright Israel alumni and their friends from all over the Greater Washington area to celebrate Shabbat with services, good food, and some inspiration for the New Year. What to expect: A casual service, an inspiring discussion with author, two-time cancer survivor and Birthright alumnus Benjamin Rubenstein, and dinner where you can get to know members of the local Jewish community, including alumni from recent DC-area Taglit-Birthright Israel…

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Bet Mishpachah Shabbat

January 30 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
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Every week until June 26, 2015
Washington DC JCC,
1529 16th st NW, Washington, 20036 United States
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8:00 PM – 9:15 PM Location: District of Columbia Jewish Community Center (DCJCC) 16th and Q Street NW Washington DC

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Masa Winter 2015 Hello/Goodbye Meet up

January 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hamilton House Party Room,
1255 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC, DC 20036 United States
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Calling all Masa Israel participants-past, present or future. You are invited to join the DC Masa Israel Alumni community on Saturday evening January 31st from 7:00-8:30 PM at the Hamilton House Party Room, for their Winter Hello/Goodbye Reception Join us to welcome back recent Masa Israel returnees and send off the next group of participants. Whether you just landed and are still getting over jet-leg, have been back in the states for years, or are just getting ready to depart…

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$25

The Art of Jewish Food: Food, Film and Flory

January 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia,
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, 22031 United States
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The Art of Jewish Food, an inaugural event of theater, film, music, chefs, cookbook authors, plus cooking demonstrations and tastings. This evening celebrates local musical icon Flory Jagoda with a screening of  the new documentary Flory’s Flame, and a special guest appearance by Flory herself! Plus a tasting of Sephardic cuisine. Flory Jagoda’s perfect, trilling voice invokes the soulful musical Altarac family heritage stretching back to pre-Inquisition Spain. Flory’s Flame interweaves the life story of this 90-year old legendary Sephardic…

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$15

Israeli Film: “Operation Sunflower” (2014)

January 31 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
Tikvat Israel,
2200 Baltimore Road, Rockville, MD 20851 United States
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Tikvat Israel Congregation in Rockville will screen this prize-winning Israeli film with facilitated discussions following the screening. “Operation Sunflower” (2014) - 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 “Operation Sunflower” is a dramatic interpretation of the creation of Israel’s nuclear weapon program in the 1950s, and the relationships and scruples of the team behind it who were ordered by Ben Gurion to build a bomb. The Iranians are bringing missiles out of their bunkers and within an hour and a half they will be…

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February 2015
$10

Get Your Soup On!

February 1 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
N Street Village,
1333 N Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20008 United States
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This Superbowl Sunday, “Get Your Soup On” before the big game as you volunteer with friends to prepare and serve food to women in need. Join the Jewish Food Experience when we head to N Street Village, a community of empowerment and recovery for homeless and low income women, to make soup and salad for residents. Spoiler alert: everyone wins. About N Street Village: N Street Village is a community of empowerment and recovery for homeless and low-income women in Washington,…

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Amram Scholar Series: Joel Hoffman

February 1 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Washington Hebrew Congregation,
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington, 20016
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The Bible we read is an abridged version, with its ancient compilers having left out holy writings for many political, theological, or practical reasons. Translator and author Joel M. Hoffman will give us the stories and texts that didn’t make it into the Bible, although they offer penetrating insight into its teachings. His Amram lecture is also the topic of his latest book, an impressive blend of history, linguistics, and religious scholarship called The Bible’s Cutting Room Floor: The Holy…

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Tu B’shBrunch

February 1 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
DCJCC,
16th and Q Sts. NW, Washington, United States

What if we told you there’s more to Tu B’Shvat than just trees? Join EntryPointDC and GLOE for our first Tu B’shBrunch! Come relax, get cozy, and explore the other meanings of this holiday over a casual, Sunday brunch seder. Tu B’shvat celebrates the spark of life and the mysteries of the world. At this time of year we recognize the reinvigorating power of rest and repair – both physical and spiritual. And who couldn’t use more of that? Through…

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Summer 2015 Taglit-Birthright Israel Registration Open for Returning Applicants

February 2

Want a free trip to Israel this summer? You’re in luck! Take advantage of the gift of a free trip across the world and spend 10 amazing days in Israel this summer for FREE with other young Jewish adults from the DC area on Taglit-Birthright Israel: Shorashim!  With flights leaving from the DC area, it is easier than ever to go to Israel for free. Registration for May, June, July and August trips will open on February 3rd for new applicants and February 2nd for returning applicants. Register now or contact Rachel.Barton@ShalomDC.org for more information.

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Summer 2015 Taglit-Birthright Israel Registration Open for New Applicants

February 3

Want a free trip to Israel this summer? You’re in luck! Take advantage of the gift of a free trip across the world and spend 10 amazing days in Israel this summer for FREE with other young Jewish adults from the DC area on Taglit-Birthright Israel: Shorashim!  With flights leaving from the DC area, it is easier than ever to go to Israel for free. Registration for May, June, July and August trips will open on February 3rd for new applicants and February 2nd for returning applicants. Register now or contact Rachel.Barton@ShalomDC.org for more information.

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$18

The Art of Jewish Food: Tu B’Shevat Seder

February 3 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia,
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, 22031 United States
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The Art of Jewish Food, an inaugural event of theater, film, music, chefs, cookbook authors, plus cooking demonstrations and tastings. In partnership with the Israel Forever Foundation Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar, marks the “New Year” of trees in Israel. Come awaken your senses and taste buds as we share four cups of Israeli wine and exotic foods that celebrate the bounty of Israel, the pioneering spirit involved in the planting of trees from the…

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Surprised by God with Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

February 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Adas Israel,
2850 Quebec Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20008 United States

February @ MakomDC allows us reflect on what it really means to assimilate or radicalize our ancient rituals into our modern lives.  Jewish tradition will encourage you to connect each moment, each activity, each transition with a ritual. How do we do that today, in 2014, with an iPhone buzzing in our pockets a hundred times a day? Ask the Rabbi.  Featured Speaker Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg is the author of Surprised By God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion, nominated for…

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Hebrew Classes

February 4 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Every week for 8 weeks
DCJCC,
16th and Q Sts. NW, Washington, United States

Want to learn Hebrew? Whether you’re starting from scratch, need a refresher, or just want to improve your skills we’ve got you covered. The DCJCC offers six levels of conversational Hebrew, from learning the aleph bet to reading advanced literature, with native Israeli speakers. This 8-week session begins January 14. Learn more here.

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