Upcoming Events: December 28-January 3

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, December 28

Chanukah on Ice
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=229493

Wednesday, December 31

New Year’s Eve Gala: A Salute to America
http://www.jewishpro.com/eventdetail.php?id=89

New Year’s Eve Passport to the World Gala
http://www.jewishsocials.com/index.cfm?CityId=1&action=events&event_id=6075#Event6075

Ring in the New Year with Theodore Bikel!
http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/theater-j/08-09-season/theodore-bikel/laughter-through-tears-main.html#Ring_in_the_New_Year_with_Theodore_Bikel

Around town with photos of D.C. Chanukah parties!

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate, and Happy Chanukah to my fellow Jews!  Hope everyone had a wonderful day.

I’ve attended three Chanukah parties so far and though we’re only half way through, I believe I’ve reached the end of my run. 😦  I hope that the rest of you enjoy the remaining festivities, some of which you can find detailed here.

In the meantime, I’ve taken a bunch of photos that I would like to share!  Please enjoy this collection from Young Professional Kesher’s No Limit Texas Dreidel Chanukah Party, the lighting of The National Menorah on the White House lawn and Hanukkah Happy Hour on the Hill.

Note: WordPress is a meanie and won’t let me embed, so view the slideshow by clicking here.

Here’s to hoping for a great Chanukah part two!

Cross-posted to The Examiner

Upcoming Events: December 21-27

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!

The Week of Chanukah!
For detailed information on various events, click below
https://jewishdc.wordpress.com/2008/12/18/dc-chanukah-happenings-5769/

Sunday, December 21-Wednesday, December 24

USY International Convention
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=181197

Sunday, December 21

Lighting of the National Menorah (B’nai B’rith Young Leadership will also be attending)
http://www.jewishpro.com/eventdetail.php?id=90

Rekindling the Chanukah Flames: Infusing New Techniques into your Chanukah Festivities
http://www.sixthandi.org/Classes.htm#Rekindling

Chef Spike’s Latke Mania
http://www.sixthandi.org/Events.htm#Spike

A Magical Chanukah
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=228666

Good for the Jews
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=224372

Monday, December 22

The Chanukah Seder
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/index.htm#11

Chanukah Happy Hour on the Hill
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=104801

Ori Gerscht “Black Box” Solo Exhibition
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=226573

Emerging Jewish Writers Awards
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=227031

Greenlight: Green Chanukah Celebration
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=208624

Wednesday, December 24

Matzoball 2008
http://www.jewishpro.com/eventdetail.php?id=41

Gefilte Fish Gala Charity Fundraiser
http://www.jewishsocials.com/index.cfm?CityId=1&action=events&event_id=6078#Event6078

Thursday, December 25

December 25 Day of Service
http://washingtondcjcc.org/volunteer/days-of-service/about-december-25th-day-of.html

Christmas Day Chinese Fest and Movie
http://www.jewishpro.com/eventdetail.php?id=46

Chanukah Celebrations:
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=204130
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=228214
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=229491

Friday, December 26

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

Saturday, December 27

Club Ei8ght on the Sixth
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar/793224574?view=Detail&id=136441&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_announce

Chanukah Feast in Concert
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=209537

D.C. Chanukah Happenings 5769!

Graphic courtesy of Kaboose, Inc.

Graphic courtesy of Kaboose, Inc.

The winter season is upon us- the weather turns cold and icy and people begin to count the days until they get a little time off from work or school. Why not warm yourself by the kindling Chanukah lights? Local Jewish groups are getting ready to roll out the red carpet for this well-known religious holiday, which will take place this year from sundown Dec. 21 to sundown Dec. 28.

Check these out!

Young Professionals Kesher Hanukkah Party
Celebrate Hanukkah with music, drinks, latkes and other snacks! Also includes charity drive and No Limit Texas Dreidel Tournament. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Saturday, December 20, 7 pm, free for members, $10 for non-members

Christmas/Chanukah Walking Tour of Washington DC with Menorah Lighting Ceremony and National Christmas Tree
Holiday walking tour of D.C., followed by a lighting ceremony at the National Menorah. Ends with a tour of the White House lawns and 50 Christmas trees decorated in honor of the US.
Sunday, December 21, 3:30-6:30, $20

Rekindling the Chanukah Flames: Infusing New Techniques into your Chanukah Festivities
Author Meredith Jacobs of “The Modern Jewish Mom’s Guide to Shabbat” speaks at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue of ways to enjoy Chanukah and find meaning in its festivities as a family.
December 21, 11 a.m., free

The Chanukah Seder at Sixth & I
…is it time for matzah and the four questions of Passover? No, but join in this Jewish Study Center event to get all your questions answered with writer/producer Dave Smolar.
December 22, 7-8:15 p.m., $20 in advance, $25 at the door

Hanukkah Happy Hour on the Hill
Co-sponsored with various local Jewish groups, visit the Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center site to sign up for a night of good drinks and Hanukkah revelry. Warm winter items accepted for charity! 319 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Monday, December 22, 6-9 p.m. $5

DC: Hanukkah Worldwide- Club Ei8ght on the 6th
Featuring Israeli hip hop, dancing, menorah lighting, a martini bar and more! Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, co-sponsored with Birthright Israel NEXT
Sunday, December 27, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., $8 in advance, $10 at the door

I’ve made plans to be at the YPK party, Hanukkah Happy Hour, the National Menorah Lighting, and Club Ei8ght. I hope to see you all there!

Happy holidays to everyone celebrating. I hope that they are filled with light.

Upcoming Events: December 14-20

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, December 14

Jewish Washington Living History Performance
http://www.jhsgw.org/education/index.php#LivingHistory

Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad Performance
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=216465

Chanukah Festivals:
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=224384
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=211353
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=228223
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=228215
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=190045

DCJCC’s Programs:
http://washingtondcjcc.org/classes/chanukah-pgrms.html

Monday, December 15

Greater Washington Interfaith Power Awards
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=214832

Tuesday, December 16

J-Fed’s Caring Division Agency Visit
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=204912

Mort Goldberg: Last Laugh Cartoons
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=101601

Faith-Based Diplomacy: Bridging the Religious Divide
http://washingtondcjcc.org/jewish-living/public-affairs/

Wednesday, December 17

Chanukah Concert with Zemer Chai
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=190046

Archeology Lecture: Deities in the Biblical World
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=210367

Thursday, December 18

Akbar Ahmed at DCJCC’s Katzen Arts Center
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=105901

Friday, December 19

DC Noontime Series with Councilman Cheh
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/1466103878?view=Detail&id=102281

Children’s Chanukah Programs:
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=228664
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=228219

MLK Shabbat: Visions of Justice and Freedom
http://www.sixthandi.org/Events.htm#MLK

Saturday, December 20

Community Chanukah Party at Kehilat Shalom
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=228229

YPK’s Chanukah Party
http://www.jewishfriends.org/calendar.html#1220

Pharaoh’s Daughter sings at North American Rabbis for Human Rights Conference

Gratuitous bad cell phone camera shot of Pharaohs Daughter / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

Gratuitous bad cell phone camera shot of Pharaoh's Daughter / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

Sponsored this year at Adas Israel, the second North American Conference of Rabbis for Human Rights is centering around world issues, Jewish and Gentile alike. To compliment this focus, Pharaoh’s Daughter, a band that mixes Hassidic, Sephardic, Arabic, Mizrahi and more gave the Monday night performance to the largely filled Smith Sanctuary. And YP@AI was allowed to go for free! 😀

I first heard of Pharaoh’s Daughter in 2003 when they performed at a summer Jewish retreat that I attended. Sitting in the audience now, everything felt different than that evening—from the weather to the location to where I was in life. But it didn’t take much to transport me back to the wild hills of California where, like here, Basya Schechter led her group through Hassidic chants, Ladino ballads, and energetic drum sessions.

I have to give particular kudos to Meg Okura, who was rockin her violin. Honestly; most of the time, I feared she might break it with the amount of vigor she possessed, but the passionate, energetic sound was out of this world.

Following the concert, which lasted around an hour and 15 minutes, young professionals were invited upstairs for the regular schmoozing and socializing. Hopefully, much fun was had by all.

Pharaoh’s Daughter is based in New York, but they are known the world over. I highly suggest that you look them up if they are in your area! Check out their MySpace page for more.

Upcoming Events: December 7-13

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, December 7 – Saturday, December 13

Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Super Week
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=181096

DCJCC’s Annual Jewish Film Festival
http://www.wjff.org/

Sunday, December 7-Tuesday, December 9

Rabbis for Human Rights Conference
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=224413

Sunday, December 7

Habonim Dror Camp Moshava Open House
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=214834

Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse Annual Tribute
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=202468

JYPI Service Learning Project
http://www.pjll.org/aktivitet.php?id=247&time=310&c=136&a=information

Tzfat: Mystical Magnet of Israel
http://www.pjll.org/aktivitet.php?id=246&time=309

Mah Jong Magic Tournament
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=103021

All Fired Up for Chanukah for LGBT Families
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=103992

December Dilemma: Workshop for Interfaith Families
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=103521

Monday, December 8

11th Annual Women to Watch
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=218481

Rob Satloff Lecture at Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=216332

D.C. Winter ’08/’09 Trip Orientation for Participants
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=127902&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_announce

Pharaoh’s Daughter Concert at Adas Israel
http://www.adasisrael.org/yp/Pharaoh’s%20Daughter%20-%20December%208,%202008.pdf

Tuesday, December 9

Hadassah Lunch and Learn Scholar Series
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=16452

Jewish Seated 20s and 30s four-minute dating singles party
http://www.jewishsocials.com/index.cfm?CityId=1&action=events&event_id=6077#Event6077

Annie Leibovitz Lecture Sold Out
http://www.sixthandi.org/Events.htm#Leibovitz

NoVa State Legislators’ Reception
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/3344441?view=Detail&id=102121

YPK Happy Hour at Union Jack’s
http://www.jewishfriends.org/calendar.html#1209

Wednesday, December 10

Torah Codes: Lecture
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=211136

Rekindling the Chanukah Flames: Infusing New Techniques into your Chanukah Festivities
http://www.sixthandi.org/Classes.htm#Rekindling

Educators’ Symposium on Jewish Life
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/3344441?view=Detail&id=102301

Are Ritual Mitzvot Commandments?
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/index.htm#25

Thursday, December 11

Jews and Shoes
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=226815

JCC of GW Israel Lecture
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=183984

6th in the City/B’nai B’rith Trivia Night
http://www.sixthandi.org/Events.htm#Trivia

Friday, December 12

JCC of GW Politics Talk
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=211332

D.C. Metro Shabbat Hoppin with Rick Recht
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=123801&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_announce

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

Friday, December 13-Saturday, December 14

United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Regional Biennial
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=181194

Alan Morinis Shabbaton
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=192139

Saturday, December 13

Chabad Shul of Potomac Women’s Circle Ultimate Girls’ Night Out
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=216387

Oldies Israeli Folk Dance Party
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=226816

No Rock Like You: Songs for the Jewish Soul
http://www.sixthandi.org/Events.htm#No%20rock