Internship opportunity at Moment Magazine

Happy mid-week, fellow readers! I come prepared with an internship offer from my former internship supervisor, Diana Altman. She’s a great lady, and this opportunity at D.C.-based Moment Magazine sounds like a lot of fun! Feel free to circulate.

Immediate opening for volunteer intern to help produce heritage tourism feature for May issue of national magazine. Seeking reliable self-starter with exceptional attention to editorial detail. Will provide expert project-management and editorial training and supervisory oversight. Will cooperate with academic institution to provide appropriate credit. Part-time, flexible daytime hours on-site in office near Tenleytown Metro. E-mail beginning Jan. 28.

Hope you’re staying warm, and enjoying our first snow!

Upcoming Events: January 25-31

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, January 25

Healthy Noshing: Nutrition Basics for Women
Program by Yachad Hadassah. Check out their Facebook page for more info!

Community Screening Room Presents “Tulia Texas”

Opening of ArtSites Gallery

Book Launch and Reading: Words that Burn Within Me

B’nai Shalom Film Festival

Monday, January 26

Dollars and Sense: How Business Can Change the World

The Yiddish King Arthur and Other Tales from Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Lit

Tuesday, January 27

Tu B’Shevat Class

Synagogue Architecture

DCJCC Used Book Sale

Middle East 2009: Israel, Hamas, Iran and Obama

Wednesday, January 28

Getting Started with Jewish Genealogy

AIPAC Washington Club Briefing Series

Gaza Crisis from a Historical Perspective

Ancient Scribes Speak to Modern Citizens

Thursday, January 29

Winter Kickoff and New Member Mixer

Federation Tech Event with Steve Wildstorm

JCRC Energy Forum

JCC of GW Author Lecture and Book Signing

The Jews of Bombay, India

Saturday, January 31

You Had Me At Shalom: LGBT Speed Dating

Shabbat Services and Meet with Youth Futures Mentors

Tikvat Israel Israeli Film Festival

Day of Service at MC Terrell Elementary

Volunteers paint around a date-appropriate poster at MC Terrell Elementary School / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

Volunteers paint around a date-appropriate poster at MC Terrell Elementary School / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

Holding with a longstanding tradition on MLK Day, D.C.’s chapter of Birthright Israel NEXT, the DCJCC’s Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service, and other local Jewish groups gathered at MC Terrell Elementary School in Southeast Washington, D.C. Monday morning to volunteer in the community.

Painting walls was on the agenda for this large structure, which houses over 200 students. Over 80 people in total attended the event, according to staff. Many of them were young adults to young children.

I hung mostly with the Birthright crowd, and we painted a wall in the cafeteria, then a couple on the third floor in the open-space classrooms.

Because so many people were present, we finished well ahead of schedule. Just goes to show you the power of a community coming together for service.

As I was leaving for the day, I overheard a teacher engaging some students about the meaning of volunteerism in Judaism. Click here for more information on tzedakkah, or charity, as provided by

Upcoming Events: January 18-24

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, January 18

Visions of Race in America with filmmaker Ken Burns

Israel Rally in NoVa

Classic Kabbalah 101

Half-Day Seminar: Learning to Read Hebrew

Monday, January 19

Volunteer with Birthright Israel NEXT on MLK Day!

Martin Luther King Day of Service

Martin Luther King, Jr. Work Day

Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller

Exodus Surprises: 90-minute webinar with Reuven Kimelman

Tuesday, January 20: Inauguration Day!

J-on-Demand Presents: An Inauguration Ball for the Rest of Us

Meet me at the J on Inauguration Day

Wednesday, January 21

Getting Started with Jewish Geneology

Thursday, January 22

Lunch and Learn: Presidential Stories with Archivist Wendy Turman

Friday, January 23

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Saturday, January 24

Kadima Saturday Night Live

“The Band’s Visit” at Tikvat Israel

Performance: Nadav Lev, guitarist

Compelling Characters in Iris Bahr’s One-Woman Play, “Dai” (Enough)

Image courtesy of Iris Bahr's website

Image courtesy of Iris Bahr's website

Ten people—five Jews, four Christians, and one Palestinian Muslim—are given complex yet brief life in a play, which chronicles the final minutes before the fictitious bombing of a Tel Aviv café.

I, along with a smattering of young professionals from Adas Israel, attended this one-woman show hosted by Theater J and Studio Theatre Thursday evening. And like most everyone in the packed audience, I believe, I was left with ranging, intense emotions.

Iris Bahr, an Israeli American of about my age, wrote this one-woman play during the time of the Israel/Hezbollah war in 2006. And although “the story” is only peripherally about Israeli military action, it certainly struck a deeper chord due to the current situation in Gaza.

Bahr, who played each of the ten characters, would go from table to table, which were laden with props. Each monologue, delivered in stunningly believable accents ranging from American to Israeli to British and Russian, would draw us in to the fascinating world of a fully developed person, before the sound of a bomb would stop him or her in mid-step, the lights dimming as s/he slumped to the ground, and leave Bahr free to assume the next one. As one patron noted, “it was like losing each of the characters individually.”

Their backgrounds ranged from a fierce, American-born West Bank settler, to an elitist ex-patriot visiting from New York, to a gay German with Nazi history in his family, to a moderate Palestinian mother who endured all the checkpoints just to relax with a cup of coffee.

Though these characters are incredibly diverse, my one criticism would be the lack of non-Ashkenazi Jews. Every single Jewish person had ties to the Holocaust, and although that is a large part of our collective narrative, there are still unexplored stories out there from a Sephardic or Mizrahi standpoint.

The hour-long play was followed by an hour-long discussion sponsored by the Theater J Peace Café. Aharon Barnea, senior correspondent to the U.S. for Channel 2 television in Israel, and Ronit Avni, founder and executive director of Just Vision, shared their thoughts, and Iris Bahr was able to respond. The floor was then turned to audience members for a brief Q&A, and we learned that there were some college students among us from California and Michigan who had never seen Israel portrayed on stage before. A couple of them shared ponderings on the intensity of the situation.

There is so much more I could write about “Dai,” but a big part of me would rather not spoil it, and instead urge everyone in the D.C. area to take the time to see this wonderful play. It’s only in town til the 18th, so get a move on! 😛 Check out Theater J’s blog for more information.

Jews connecting to the larger community!

Graphic courtesy of Webweaver's Free Clipart

Graphic courtesy of Webweaver's Free Clipart

Some of you may remember the Reverse Mifgash Retreat that I attended last September with 75 Birthright alums, American and Israeli alike. This wonderful weekend of learning, fun and friendship was brought to us by the wonderful people at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington—with a good deal of financial help.

In preparing for next year’s festivities, J-Fed has allowed us, the beneficiaries of their programming, lend a helping hand in fundraising—or “friendraising,” as they call it. This gives us a chance to appeal to our families and friends on a personal level, concerning the relationships that bloom from donating money to bring young adult Israelis to the States in order to hang with us in the D.C. community.

Check out my personal “friendraising” page here! And if you feel inclined, please make a donation to this worthwhile program.

In other news of local Jews branching out, Rachel Miller, formerly of The Jewish Study Center, is now in Thailand on an AJWS assignment. Check her out as she blogs her exciting travels! (And on a personal note—kudos to a fellow blogger for choosing WordPress. :D)

Stay tuned for a performance review later this week!

Upcoming Events: January 11-17

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, January 11

Spa for the Soul

JCCGW Author Breakfast and Lecture with Andy Pollin

JCC of NoVa: Ethnic Cooking at it’s Best!

Monday, January 12

The Inner World of Suicide Bombers

Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean

Tuesday, January 13

Memories and Truth: How Holocaust Deniers Distort History and Endanger Us All

Financial Investment Seminar

YPK Bethesda Happy Hour

Wednesday, January 14

Got Roots? Genealogy Class

MLK Day Celebration

Wednesday, January 14-Sunday, January 18

Theatre J Presents: DAI (Enough)

…go with Adas Israel’s Young Professionals group on Thursday, January 15 for a discount!

Thursday, January 15

A Taste of Israel

MRB (Moshe Rebbeynu) and MLK

Friday, January 16

MLK Shabbat: Visions of Justice and Freedom

Saturday, January 17

Songs for Presidents Inaugural Event

“Beaufort” showing at Tikvat Israel