Upcoming Events: May 31-June 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, May 31

JSSA Gala
http://www.jssa.org/events?p_p_id=8&p_p_action=0&p_p_state=maximized&p_p_col_id=column-2&p_p_col_pos=2&p_p_col_count=3&_8_struts_action=%2Fcalendar%2Fview_event&_8_eventId=25

Torah Fair with Rabbi Menachem Youlus
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=290101

B’nai Shalom Film Festival
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=206765

Arlington National Cemetery Tour
http://www.jhsgw.org/programs/

Monday, June 1

2009 JCRC Fundraiser
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/1480528939?view=Detail&id=102661

Trivia Night at Fado’s
http://www.jewishfriends.org/calendar.html#0601

Tuesday, June 2-Thursday, June 11

Washington Jewish Music Festival
http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/music/wjmf/2009-wjmf/buy-tickets-1.html

Tuesday, June 2

Ivri Lider: Live in Concert
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar/164879380?view=Detail&id=189001&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_announce

Wednesday, June 3

JCC Golf Tournament for Kiddush/Miriam’s Cup
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=357

J Pro DC Awards Celebration
http://www.jprodc.org/

PJLL Kol Hakavod Teen Fest
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=309269

Peace Child Israel Benefit Concert
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=318258

Fish Tales
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/index.htm

Thursday, June 4

Fair Purple Line Working Group Meeting
http://www.jufj.org/event/fair_purple_line_working_group_meeting_3

Elinor Lipman conversation
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?calDt=6/4/2009%207:00:00%20PM

Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy 65th Anniversary Dinner
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=297805

Tebeka Fundraiser for Ethiopian Civil Rights
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=254266

An Evening with Henry Winkler
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=231628

Love Songs- Zemer Chai Concert
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=294383

Art of Storytelling Exhibit Opening
http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/gallery/

Saturday, June 6

Four-minute dating and singles party
http://www.jewishsocials.com/index.cfm?CityId=1&action=events&event_id=6083#Event6083

Celebrate Shavuot in DC!

Graphic courtesy of Phillip Martin Bible Clip Art

Graphic courtesy of Phillip Martin Bible Clip Art

Happy Wednesday! Hope everyone had a relaxing Memorial Day weekend, and an easy transition into work yesterday. 😛

Holiday weeks are lots of fun, and this year, for Jews, we get double of that. Because not only was Monday Memorial Day, but Friday is Shavuot, the celebration of when Moses brought Gd’s laws down from Mount Sinai after 50 days of wandering through the dessert. You may recall that Passover celebrates our exodus from Egyptian slavery, and Counting the Omer is symbolic of the Israelites’ journey to the Mount.

Though traditionally celebrated with a night-long Torah study session in shul, Jews in DC have a variety of options open to them on how to kick back. Check some out!

Thursday, May 28-Saturday, May 30

Standing Again at Sinai: A Shavuot and Shabbat Retreat

Join Congregation Am Kolel at their Sanctuary and Retreat Center for three days of feminist-themed religious activities with Dr. Judith Plaskow of Manhattan College. Contact Gilah Rosner (information available through above link) to RSVP.

Thursday, May 28

The Ten: An Alternative Shavuot Experience

Sixth & I celebrates Shavuot with a variety of activities, including music, yoga, green initiatives and an appearance by Everything is Illuminated author Jonathan Safran Foer. Get in for free if you RSVP by the end of today!

Erev Shavuot Services/Tikkun Leil Shabbat

Jews United for Justice and Adas Israel’s egalitarian minyan are coming together Thursday evening for Torah study. Subject matter should focus on the text and social justice issues.

Crossposted in part to The Examiner.

Upcoming Events: May 24-30

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, May 24

Jewish Meditation
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=203423

Closing performance of “The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall”
http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/theater-j/on-stage/08-09-season/rise-and-fall/beyond-the-stage.html

Monday, May 25

Jewish Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=372

Tuesday, May 26

Bob Woodward and Steve Luxenberg
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?calDt=5/26/2009%207:00:00%20PM

Ethics According to Rabbi Harvey and other Traditional Sources
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/index.htm

Wednesday, May 27

Food Traditions: Where did your Family Come From…?
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/index.htm

Thursday, May 28 – Saturday, May 30

Standing Again at Sinai—A Shavuot and Shabbat Retreat
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=309964

Thursday, May 28

The Ten: An Alternative Shavuot Experience
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=178861&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_announce

Erev Shavuot and Tikkun Leil Shavuot
http://www.jufj.org/event/erev_shavuot_services_tikkun_leil_shavuot

Author Neal Bascomb, author “Hunting Eichmann”

http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=252218

DC’s first Jewish Tweetup a success

Setting up my phone for a text tweet during the Bufallo Bills #dcjtweetup / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

Setting up my phone for a text tweet during the Bufallo Bill's #dcjtweetup / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

As I publicized last week, the #dcjtweetup went off without a hitch on Thursday evening at Buffalo Billiards in Dupont.

Organized by @vboykis and @awapy, the event was well attended but still small enough for all of us, largely strangers, to talk. The conversations I was privy to focused on life in DC, using Twitter, and, of course, Judaism. (I’d meant to twitter a bit from the floor, as evidenced by my picture—and I even popped a few out—but I was generally having too much fun to keep my nose buried in my cell phone. :P)

Everyone seemed really friendly, and eager to give this social experiment a try. Near the end of the night, one of our organizers spoke to the fact that networking sites like Twitter were giving Jews the opportunity to communicate in this digital era, utilize new technology, and take further pride in our communal heritage. I have to say, this is the thing that excites me most about initiatives like “tweetup.” Not only do we have the tools to publish information of Jewish interest to the web, but we now also have the following to make new Jewish connections in the real world. I look forward to our next event!

Cross-posted to The Examiner.

Upcoming Events: May 17-23

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, May 17

“A Lifetime of Perspective” exhibit opening
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=354

Israel Engagement Assembly
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=210065

AischDC Supper under the Stars
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=173631

Tribute to Cantor Gerber
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=304355

Israel Forum at Temple Beth Ami
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=156763

“Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community” exhibition tour
http://www.jhsgw.org/programs/

Walking Tour of Old Town Jewish Alexandria
http://www.jhsgw.org/programs/

Monday, May 18

Pro-action running clinic assessments
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=190

Day Laborer Justice meeting
http://www.jufj.org/event/day_laborer_justice_meeting

Tuesday, May 19

Congressman Jared Polis event
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=147&dispDt=5/19/2009%207:30:00%20PM

AIPAC’s Greater Washington Leadership Meeting
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=230632

Women’s Philanthropy Inspiration’s Event
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=144280

Lecture: Jewish Life in Mr. Lincoln’s City
http://www.jhsgw.org/programs/

Nextbook DC presents: Rivka Galchen
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/2081419435?view=Detail&id=105621

Wednesday, May 20

Birthright Pre-Departure Orientation
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar/2127656912?view=Detail&id=178421&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_announce

Salute to the 40s with John Eaton
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=90

Lawyers Lunch and Learn Program
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=273089

Charles E. Smith Day School’s Ambassador’s Circle Event
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=245308

Celebrate Sholem Aleichem
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/index.htm

Savoring the Psalms
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/index.htm

Heritage Series: Jewish Leadership Institute Signature Class
http://washingtondcjcc.org/classes/jewish-living/classes/heritage-series.html

Thursday, May 21

Kabbalistic Origins of Traditional Shabbat and Festival Customs
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=154&dispDt=5/21/2009%2012:00:00%20PM

Reception for “Jeremy Goldberg’s Washington” exhibit
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/1912289622?view=Detail&id=102781

Kemp Mill Synagogue Yom Yerushalayim Event
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=190050

Congressman Robert Wexler All Affinity Event
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=314623

Director’s Roundtable: “The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall”
http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/theater-j/on-stage/08-09-season/rise-and-fall/beyond-the-stage.html

YPK National’s Game
http://www.jewishfriends.org/calendar.html#0521

DC Jewish Tweetup
http://twtvite.com/ci9w0c

Friday, May 22-Saturday, May 23

Seaboard USY Spring Convention
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=181257

Friday, May 22

Cantor Larry Paul and Robyn Helzner Shabbat
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=73&dispDt=5/22/2009%206:45:00%20PM

Around the Diaspora in Three Hours: Jews in India

Graphic courtesy of Wikipedia

Graphic courtesy of Wikipedia

…okay, so a barely clever word steal from Jules Verne. 😛 I have my fun where I can.

I’ve been waiting a long time for this Jewish Study Center class on Jews in India, I have. Back in March, my check was refunded when the class was unexpectedly cancelled. So a little scheduling mishap on Wednesday night didn’t deter me. Oh well, we started at 8 rather than 7 (followed, for me, by a long Metro ride out of the city from Adas Israel.) It was still highly informative!

The discussion was led by Nissim Reuben, a Bene Israel who worked for the American Jewish Committee on Indian-Jewish-U.S. relations. As a jumping point, we watched the 40-minute documentary Salaam, Shalom: The Jews of India.

As we flitted back and forth between Jewish communities in southeast Asia, we learned of the Bene Israel, the Cochin Jews, the Baghdadi Jews, and the (unmentioned on the map) Bene Menashe. Most of these groups had long-seated history in India, and interviewees spoke of being at ease with their Hindu and Muslim neighbors. But when the State of Israel was declared in 1948, most of them followed their religious convictions to make aliyah. There are now only 5,000 Jews left in India, with 80,000 of Indian descent in Israel, according to Reuben.

After the film ended, our small but dedicated class asked questions along the lines of the difficulties of immigrating, and Reuben talked at length about the diversity in Israeli Jewish life and how Indian Jews are trying to find that line between keeping their traditions and assimilating to the larger culture. He said that Indian Jews often look to American Jews as a paradigm of how to be successful in a different culture, and he also talked about the importance of keeping a Jewish community alive in Diaspora.

The terrorist attack against a Chabad Center in Mumbai last year, which was carried out by Pakistani nationals, did not factor as much into our conversation as the strong relationship between India and Israel. Basically, it was a nice, relaxing evening in which to feel connected to fellow democracies and fellow Jews. And I definitely recommend the documentary to anyone who can get their hands on it!

For more information on Jewish communities in unlikely places, check out Scattered Among the Nations featuring info on Jews who live outside of Israel, western Europe and the U.S.

Upcoming Events: May 10-16

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, May 10: Mother’s Day!

Fused Glass Jewelry Workshop
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=94

Fellner Annual Memorial Lecture
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=214817

“It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood…”
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/index.htm

Monday, May 11

Golf Outing for Charles E Smith Life Communities
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=264130

Jewish Council for the Aging Awards Dinner
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=209845

Tuesday, May 12: Lag B’Omer

Justice in Times of Crisis Seminar
http://www.jufj.org/event/justice_times_crisis_luncheon_seminar

Yiddish beyond “Oy!”
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=158&dispDt=5/12/2009%207:00:00%20PM

Book of Psalms Through Discussion and Song
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=274316

The Screening Room Presents: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1382435194?view=Detail&id=110361

The Military Siddur and Soldiers’ Prayers
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/index.htm

Wednesday, May 13

The Slate political gabfest live!
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=145&dispDt=5/13/2009%207:00:00%20PM

Aunt Minnie Luncheon
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=264923

B’nai B’rith Justice Award Dinner
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=251703

Annual JTS/Kay lecture at Adas Israel
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=178815

Insider Embassy Night: The Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1643713659?view=Detail&id=109401

Jewish Cultures Across the Globe: India
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/index.htm

Thursday, May 14- Saturday, May 16

Kabbalah Jedchai speaker at Silver Spring Jewish Center
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=312665

Thursday, May 14

Fill Your Parenting “Toolbox”
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=361

Young Jewish Professionals Mixer at Fly Lounge
http://www.jewishpro.com/eventdetail.php?id=95

Myrtle Wreath Awards
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=304704

Kolot Halev Choir Concert
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=310163

The Challenge of Translating the Bible with Dr. Robert Alter
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=295769

Friday, May 15

Shabbat Hoppin: Tikkun Leil Shabbat
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=173861&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_announce

Jewish Council on the Aging Employment Expo
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=189801

Shefa Gold Chanting Shabbat
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=109321

YPK Shul Hop with Mesorah DC at Sixth & I
http://www.jewishfriends.org/calendar.html#0515

Saturday, May 16

Celebrate a “Green” Shabbat
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=346

Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks at Kesher Israel
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=310877