Upcoming Events: November 30-December 6

Shavua Tov! Below, I’ve compiled a list of Jewish events I’ve found to be going on next week. Please feel free to comment with any others, and I will add them. See you around town!

Sunday, November 30

Sulam’s Women’s Concert
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=142196

Monday, December 1

Federation: Jewish Leadership Institute Signature Class
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=107668

Cool Jew: Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe
http://www.sixthandi.org/Events.htm#Cooljew

Tuesday, December 2

Aish DC Couples Event
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=190471

Stella Concert
http://www.sixthandi.org/Events.htm#Stella

Jewish Singles 20s-30s Four-Minute Seated Dating
http://www.jewishsocials.com/index.cfm?CityId=1&action=events&event_id=6077#Event6077

News Media Malpractice: Mis-covering the Middle East
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/index.htm#16

Wednesday, December 3

Study Series with Calvin Goldscheider
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=198806

Yeasayer Concert
http://www.sixthandi.org/Events.htm#Yeasayer

Mixed Blessings: Thinking about Interfaith Relationships
http://www.sixthandi.org/Classes.htm#Chal

Opening the Gates of Community: Including People with Disabilities in the Jewish Community
http://www.pjll.org/aktivitet.php?id=241&time=304

Middle East Focus: Iran
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/1563099636?view=Detail&id=102241

YPK Portrait Gallery Trip
http://www.jewishfriends.org/calendar.html#1203

Thursday, December 4

Start of the Washington Jewish Film Festival, running til Dec. 14!
http://www.wjff.org/

Greater Washington American Journey’s Party
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=204843

AIPAC Kick-off Event
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=188124

Toni Morrison Reading
http://www.sixthandi.org/Events.htm#Toni

Heeb 100 Reception
http://www.sixthandi.org/Events.htm#Heeb100

Jviewz Live in DC
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar/650627008?view=Detail&id=136601&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_announce

Preserving Family History
http://www.jhsgw.org/programs/

Friday, December 5

Adas Israel Shem Tov Shabbat Honoring Daniel Schorr
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=217850

Friday, December 5-Saturday, December 6

Shaare Tefila Scholar in Residence: Dr. Zohar Raviv
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=218463

MesorahDC Shabbat Services
http://www.sixthandi.org/Services-Holidays.htm#MesorahShabb

Saturday, December 6

Hadassah Musicale Benefit Concert
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=178366

Nat and Alex Wolff: Fully Clothed Tour
http://www.sixthandi.org/Events.htm#Nat

Thanksgiving and personal gratitude

Graphic courtesy of Weavers Free Clip Art

Graphic courtesy of Weaver's Clip Art

Happy Holidays to everyone who is celebrating. I am at my parents’ house in Baltimore right now, and must make this brief and get back to our guests. But I wanted to show my appreciation to all of you who read this blog and make it a success. I hope that you are all enjoying some quality time with your loved ones.

Thanksgiving, like many Jewish holidays, reminds me of new beginnings, and I find that I have one of those to express my gratitude for as well. Starting on December 1, next Monday, I will be taking my place as Administrative/Editorial Assistant at B’nai B’rith International. I am very excited about this position; I’ve been working part time at BBI so I know that the people are great, but more to the point, working in Jewish communications has always been my goal. And here I am! I am psyched for what I hope is a rewarding year ahead.

Enjoy your turkey and your pumpkin pie, and I’ll see you back here next week!

Upcoming Events: November 23-29

Shavua Tov! Below, I’ve compiled a list of Jewish events I’ve found to be going on next week. Hope you had a nice Shabbat. Please feel free to comment with any others, and I will add them. See you around town!

Sunday, November 23

Shalom Baby Welcome Brunch
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=204124

Taste of Contemporary Hebrew Literature
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=216155

Hiddur Mitzvah Project at JCCNV
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=201825

Life’s Little Moments Seen Through an Artist’s Eye Reception at JCC of GW
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=211339

Ensemble a la Carte Woodwind Quartet
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=203510

B’nai Shalom Film Festival
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=206743

All Fired Up with YP@AI
http://www.adasisrael.org/yp/YP%20All%20Fired%20Up%20-%20November%2023,%202008.pdf

Professor Yair Zakovitch: Why Were the Israelites Enslaved in Egypt?
http://www.pjll.org/aktivitet.php?id=250&time=313

Inside the Activist’s Studio
http://www.sixthandi.org/Events.htm#Activist

Monday, November 24 and Wednesday, November 26

DCJCC’s Everything…But The Turkey
http://washingtondcjcc.org/volunteer/days-of-service/everythingbut-the-turkey.html

Monday, November 24

Federation: Jewish Leadership Institute Signature Class
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=102149

Israeli Reception with Ike Leggett
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/825086158?view=Detail&id=102101

Tuesday, November 25

Jewish Stories for Younger Children
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=127534

Thursday, November 27—Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 28

Cantor Larry Paul and Robyn Helzner Shabbat at Sixth & I
http://www.sixthandi.org/Services-Holidays.htm#paulhelzner

JewishDC’s other writing project

Graphic courtesy of nanowrimo.org

Graphic courtesy of nanowrimo.org

Shabbat Shalom. This entry isn’t going to be as formal as most, because the week’s over and I don’t really have anything like that to say. I have actually been rather preoccupied this month.

Some of you may have noticed that I am not attending as many events around town lately. That is because I am taking place in NaNoWriMo—otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month. Though it’s not a strictly Jewish event, it’s a great way to meet people in the D.C. area. I’m sitting with a few of them right now at a “write-in” at Mayorga Coffee! 😛

The purpose of NaNoWriMo is to write a novel—50,000 words—in the course of 30 days. Founder Chris Baty started the project 10 years ago in order to stop being the future “one day” novelist and to finally set himself up with something that every aspiring writer needs—a deadline.

Now, tens of thousands of people from across the world sign up to challenge themselves to this project. We keep ourselves motivated and connected to the larger community through chatrooms and podcasts and video submissions, as well as local meet-ups called “write-ins.” And although I don’t usually tout myself as a Marylander around these parts, I have to brag because Maryland is leading the regional wordcount. Soon, we’re gonna overthrow Seattle and be #1! 😀

Oh, and just to let you know, my novel does deal with Jewish themes. My main character’s father is a Jewish lit professor who is haunted by the fact that most of his family perished in the Holocaust, and then MC’s best friend (a Christian) just married her high school (Jewish) sweetheart. The relationship between MC and BF’s hubby is stronger than I originally thought it would be, however. Things might get interesting.

So, that’s where I am right now. In the meantime, Thanksgiving is coming up, and I thought I might refer you to one of my favorite holiday stories, Molly’s Pilgrim.

The story centers around a young Jewish girl, Molly, who recently immigrated to the U.S. with her mother. At Thanksgiving, Molly is assigned to create a doll of a pilgrim and once explaining the task to her mother, she is given a doll resembling an Eastern European Jewish immigrant.

At school, Molly, who is already teased for her poor clothes and mother who can only speak Yiddish, is subjected to more humiliation until her teacher realizes what has happened. She teaches the class that Molly and mother are modern day pilgrims; just as the Puritans once found freedom here in the 17th century, so now do the Jews.

Obviously, this story is written for a young audience in order to teach the lesson of tolerance, but it gets me every time. My mother bought it for me several years ago, and I suggest all other Jewish mothers with school-age children do the same! Keep the spirit of reading alive. 😀

Back to writing. Happy holidays, everyone!

Upcoming Events: November 16-22

Shavua Tov! Below, I’ve compiled a list of Jewish events I’ve found to be going on next week. Hope you had a nice Shabbat. Please feel free to comment with any others, and I will add them. See you around town!

Sunday, November 16

JNF Green Sunday
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=204241

Adas Israel Reads with Jeffrey Goldberg
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=210059

Kol Haruach Klezmer Concert
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=204612

Build-a-Bear Volunteer Morning with the Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=16357

Shormei Adamah of Greater Washington Community Service
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=208622

Maryland Generations: The Jewish Americans screening at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=210175

Kol Zimrah: Celebrating Israel in Song
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=209095

Film and Discussion: Praying With Lior
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=210171

Aliyah Planning Workshop
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=210172

Monday, November 17

Heeb Storytelling
http://www.sixthandi.org/Events.htm#Heeb

Jewish Washington Docent Led Tour (exhibit of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washignton)
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=206319

ADL Concert Against Hate
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=15890

Speaker Series: Aaron David Miller
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=204844

Super-Mensch: The Story of Jews and Comic Books
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/index.htm#9

Journeys: An Evening with Robert Prosky and Family
http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/theater-j/08-09-season/tj-prosky-event.html

Tuesday, November 18

Café Seret Films at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=210193

Quebec Street Forum: The Election and Two Insightful Congressmen—What Occurred and What to Expect
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=210072

Amit Concert at the Kennedy Center
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=199621

Pro Musica Hebraica presents the ARC Ensemble
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=200780

Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=187312

Free-Form Cooking: Chinese Techniques
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/index.htm#14

Kosher on the Rocks: Beer and Wine Tasting
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/index.htm#15

Nextbook Lecture: Adam Kirsch
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=101581

Wednesday, November 19

Fotoweek DC: Opening Reception for Josh Cogan’s Soul Cages
http://www.sixthandi.org/Events.htm#Fotoweek

Evening at the Embassy 2008
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/498695302?view=Detail&id=102041

B’nai B’rith Professional Advisors Seminar
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=186213

Jewish-Arab Identity on the Concert Stage: Orientalism in Jewish Music 1948-2008
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=209896

Archeology Lecture: Crime and Contact in Ancient Babylonia
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=210368

Starting Over: Retracing the Parameters of Peace
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/index.htm#24

Thursday, November 20

D.C. High Holidays Class: Shabbat
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=118741&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_announce

Pre-Thanksgiving Happy Hour and Mixer for Jewish Professionals
http://www.jewishpro.com/eventdetail.php?id=86

Yoram Peri: Media and Politics
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=187388

Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington Lecture: The Role of the IDF in Israeli Society
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=183915

Foundation of Jewish Studies: Distinguished Scholar Lecture with Dr. Michael Waltzer
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=178776

How Do Religious Extremists Change?
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=103561

Young Professionals Kesher Supper Club
http://www.jewishfriends.org/calendar.html#1120

Friday, November 21

War and Peace: Reframing Principles and Challenges for Progressive Jews and Secular Humanists
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=204613

Saturday, November 22

Pajama Havdallah
http://www.sixthandi.org/Services-Holidays.htm#PajHav

David Roth in Concert
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=210179

“Everything but the Turkey” is on the menu at this DCJCC Thanksgiving volunteer event

Graphic courtesy of Weavers Free Clip Art

Graphic courtesy of Weaver's Clip Art

Looking for a meaningful way to volunteer this Thanksgiving? Jews and non-Jews alike are invited to the Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center’s 9th annual run of Everything… but the Turkey.

Taking place on Monday, Nov. 24 and Wednesday, Nov. 26, this event is expected to bring in 400 volunteers to cook 10,000 servings of food for residents of the Community for Creative Non-Violence homeless shelter as well as other local organizations, which serve the hungry. Hopefully, fewer D.C. residents will be without a hot meal and good cheer this Thanksgiving!

So why is the DCJCC cooking “everything… but the turkey”? Due to Jewish dietary laws, all food cooked at the Center must be kosher, and according to the FAQ page, it’s just not easy to get thousands of kosher turkeys in one place. (Who knew?) This cornerstone dish of the holiday will therefore be provided through DC Central Kitchen.

R.S.V.P. is mandatory and you can do so by clicking on the link above. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, but on Wednesday, the Center is advertising healthy snack bag making as a great activity for kids (not quite the same as a ton of ice cream and pumpkin pie but apparently, it’s good for you.) The event rolls both evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 and there’s a $13 charge.

Go forth and volunteer!

Crossposted to Examiner.com

Upcoming Events: November 9-15

Shavua Tov! Below, I’ve compiled a list of Jewish events I’ve found to be going on next week. Hope you had a nice Shabbat. Please feel free to comment with any others, and I will add them. See you around town!

All week
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington Annual Book Festival
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=101018

Sunday, November 9
Songs of Hope: Interreligious Prayer Service for people of Darfur
http://www.sixthandi.org/Services-Holidays.htm#songshope

Sixth & I’s Kristallnacht 70th Anniversary Remembrance Night
http://www.sixthandi.org/Services-Holidays.htm#Kristallnacht

Foundations of Jewish Living Course at Congregation Sha’are Shalom
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=199497

JewishROC Seminar: Classic Kabbalah 101
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=198505

NextGen Volunteering at Foundation for Group Homes
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=200824

Hadag Nachash in concert
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=154395

Jewish Meditation
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=203409

Remembering Kristallnacht at Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=199303

Monday, November 10
Jewish Think Tank
http://www.sixthandi.org/Classes.htm#Thinktank

Café Nite
http://www.sixthandi.org/Classes.htm#Café

Reading of Motti Lerner’s “Bennedictus”
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=187314

Jewish Camps and Summer Programs Fair
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=192909

JSC Introduction to Judaism
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/index.htm#8

JSC What’s What in DC
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/index.htm#10

DCJCC Screening Room: The Woman from Sarajevo
http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/film/the-woman-from-sarajevo.html

DCJCC Ethics and War Reading Series
http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/theater-j/ethics-and-war/ethics-and-war.html

Tuesday, November 11

Doing the Right Thing: Jewish Ethics in the Modern World
http://www.sixthandi.org/Classes.htm#Ethics

JSC The Israel Lobby lecture
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/index.htm#13

Dedication of Jewish War Veterans Memorial
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=176364

Annual Abraham and Minnie Kay Lecture
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=135672

DCJCC Hebrew Classes
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=102161

Wednesday, November 12

D.C. Metro Happy Hour for Young Professionals in the Legal Field
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar/1731259372?JServSessionIdr001=vlva05zho2.app5a&view=Detail&id=123721&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_announce

Jewish Singles 30s-40s four-minute dating party
http://www.jewishsocials.com/index.cfm?action=events#Event6074

Marian Wright Edelman talk
http://www.sixthandi.org/Events.htm#Edelman

JewPedia
http://www.sixthandi.org/Classes.htm#Jewpedia

Evening at the Ethiopian Embassy
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=209160

Mesillat Yesharim- Path of the Just Torah Study
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=206908

A Sample of Midrash
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=199436

Who Are the Jews? How DNA is Transforming our Understanding of Jewish History and Identity
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=207658

JSC Jewish Culture Around the Globe
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/index.htm#17

JSC Jewish Authors Write Your Novel This Year
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/index.htm#19

JSC How to Bensch Like A Pro
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/index.htm#21

JSC Myths and Monsters of the Bible
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/index.htm#23

Thursday, November 13

Yehuda Amichai: Love’s Melody and the Poetry of History
http://www.sixthandi.org/Classes.htm#Yehuda

Israeli Chamber Project Concert
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=209887

WHC 2339’s Happy Hour
http://www.whctemple.org/2239.htm

Friday, November 14

Sixth & I Family Shabbat
http://www.sixthandi.org/Services-Holidays.htm#FamShab

6th in the City Shabbat
http://www.sixthandi.org/Services-Holidays.htm#6thcityshab

Young Israel Ezras Israel Potomac Scholar-in-Residence Shabbaton
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=194463

Saturday, November 15

Temple Beth Emet Shabbat Services
http://www.sixthandi.org/Services-Holidays.htm#BethEmet

By Women, For Women Concert
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=15914

Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia Fall Gala
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=176719