Upcoming Events: June 28-July 4

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, June 28

Jewish seated 30s-40s seated dating

NextGen Local Mission with JSSA

National Museum of American Jewish Military tribute to dad and zaidie

Jazz, Jews and Booze annual BBQ

Monday, June 29

Gleaning Happy Hour

Tuesday, June 30

Day Laborer Justice Meeting

Wednesday, July 1

“God Grew Tired of Us” Screening
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=173&dispDt=7/1/2009 7:30:00 PM

DCJCC Blood Drive

CPR with Rescue One

Young Professionals Reading Between the Lines with Rabbi Teitelbaum

Saturday, July 4: American Independence Day!

Movies with Meaning playing tomorrow in Jewish DC

Graphic courtesy of Webweavers

Graphic courtesy of Webweavers

These aren’t the sort of flicks where you can just veg out in front of the tv and turn off the brain for awhile. No, tomorrow’s movie offerings, at the DCJCC and Sixth & I respectively, feature lectures with experts and some hopefully good food. 😀 Check them out!

Yoo-Hoo Mrs. Goldberg

Ever wonder where the family sitcom came from? This film chronicles the actress, Gertrude Berg, and her character, Mrs. Goldberg. Panelists include director Aviva Kempner, Mrs. Berg’s granddaughter, Anne Schwartz, NPR correspondent Susan Stamberg, and CBS tv anchor Andrea Roane.

Encounter Point

A group of Israelis and Palestinians, all bearing personal wounds from the decades-old conflict, join together to create a movement for peace. Local Jewish and Muslim leaders will lead a discussion afterwards.

Posted in part to The Examiner

Upcoming Events: June 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!

Sunday, June 21

Not your Bubbe’s Sisterhood
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=169&dispDt=6/21/2009 12:00:00 PM

Soul Mate Meditation in Rockville

Jewish Study Center goes to a Basketball Game

Monday, June 22

Rabbi Jill Jacobs at DC Beit Midrash

Weizmann Dessert Reception and Science Forum

Chair Massage at the J

Tuesday, June 23

PJLL Jewish Heritage class

“Encounter Point” viewing
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=167&dispDt=6/23/2009 7:30:00 PM

American Jewish Committee Human Relations Dinner

Mind Games with Marc Salem

Jews and Basketball

“Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg” viewing

Rise and Shine Bootcamp with Lisa

Wednesday, June 24

Sacred Places of a Lifetime
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=164&dispDt=6/24/2009 7:00:00 PM

AIPAC Washington Club Briefing Series

Introduction to Judaism class

Thursday, June 25

Labor on the Bimah planning meeting

Friday, June 26

Cantor Larry Paul and Robyn Helzner Shabbat
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=73&dispDt=6/26/2009 6:45:00 PM

B’nai Tzedek Barbecue and Barchu

Saturday, June 27

Celebrate Musical Shabbat!

Nature Hike and Picnic

Trivia Under the Stars is a fun-filled, night-long experience!

Young professionals chill by the pool at Capitol Skyline Hotel as part of Trivia Under the Stars / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

Young professionals chill by the pool at Capitol Skyline Hotel as part of Trivia Under the Stars / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

Full disclosure—I work for B’nai B’rith, one of the organizations (along with Sixth & I) that sponsored this trivia contest, which took place Tuesday night at Capitol Skyline Hotel. You may have seen me checking your ID as you walked in, or sitting in the back with the other judges, trying desperately to keep up with the flow of trivia rounds. 😛 My biggest regret was that I didn’t get to partake in the festivities myself!

Though there was wind and some storm clouds, the event, postponed from last week due to inclement weather, went on without a hitch. Trivia Under the Stars, commemorating a year of monthly trivia nights undertaken by these two organizations, took place poolside with over 200 young professionals in attendance. Formed into groups of seven, they competed for great prizes, for example a free night at the hotel, which overlooks the Capital building. As I understood it, Team Every Time I Read This, I Wet My Pants won for the third month running, which set a new record.

Questions were varied and creative, sometimes involving song or movie clips, sometimes involving self-explanatory multiple choice or fill-in-the-blanks, but often, one of the staff would read them aloud and keep the good vibe going. The event also featured chicken and hot dogs, a partially open bar, and a guest appearance by recent Sixth & I fixture, Chef Spike Mendelsohn. For extra credit, participants were encouraged to jump in the pool and swim laps as fast as they could.

Needless to say, this was a special kind of fun, but usual trivia nights are also enjoyable times! Read my coverage of last August’s soiree here. Next month’s event is taking place on Tuesday, July 7. Contact Renee Howard at rhoward@bnaibrith.org or Aaron Weintraub at aweintraub@sixthandi.org for more information.

Upcoming Events: June 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, June 14

Café K Gala with Yiddish Poetry

Bursting Bubbles, Bail-Outs, and Bounce-Backs: Prospects for an Economic Recovery

Strides to Thrive

Panim annual benefit dinner

YPK Summer BBQ

Monday, June 15

Irit Zohar: Painting in Action Exhibit opening

J-Fed Farewell party for Education Shaliach

Tuesday, June 16

Rapid Responsa: What’s Next for DC Voting Rights

Trivia Under the Stars

U.S.-Israel relations in the Obama-Netanyahu era

Avodah Partners in Justice annual event

“Defamation” at Silverdocs

Wednesday, June 17

Farewell sendoff to Israel

Jews United for Justice Spring 2009 membership meeting

Adas Israel ICE breakfast

Israeli Jazz artist Roni Ben Hurr

“Voices from El-Sayed” at Silverdocs

Nextbook DC presents Lucette Lagnado

Thursday, June 18

Rock the Law III

“Partly Private” at Silverdocs

Friday, June 19

Shabbat Hoppin with Rosh Pina

“Defamation” and “Voices from El-Sayed” play again

Electro Morocco and DJ Balagan caters to young adults at the Washington Jewish Music Festival

Electro Morocco performs at Station 9 / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

Electro Morocco performs at Station 9 / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

It was a night of Middle Eastern-styled ballads and Israeli hip hop Wednesday at Station 9. Dozens of young professionals, still largely donned in their work clothes, came down to U Street to hear a concert by Electro Morocco and then dance to the styles of DJ Balagan, as sponsored by J-on-Demand and Shemspeed.

It was one of the closing acts of the annual Washington Jewish Music Festival, which has been running for 10 days since Tuesday, June 2, featuring such acts as Ivri Lider, popular Israeli singer, and Miri Ben-Ari, a hip-hop violinist.

Young professionals dance to DJ Balgans beat / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

Young professionals dance to DJ Balgan's beat / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

I ended up attending with some folks from YP@AI; it was a nice way to blend interests and network with peers. I enjoyed chatting it up, though in usual modern concert style, it was hard to hear myself think! 😛 I especially liked Electro Morocco’s sultry, danceable songs, though I wish I could’ve heard more of the vocals. But we partied late into the night, or at least late by my standards, seeing as I had to Metro back to home to Silver Spring and get up early for work the next day. 😛

On an unrelated note, my thoughts and prayers are with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and slain security guard, Stephen T. Johns’ family in the wake of yesterday’s attack on the building. JCRC is holding a community vigil at the site this afternoon at 2; check it out.

Upcoming Events: June 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, June 7

Skin Savvy for the Summer Sun

JCRC Book Discussion

Dupont Circle Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend

Israel Bonds: Ambassador Ball

Danc’N 2 R-Tunes

Monday, June 8

Project Interchange Annual Dinner

Tuesday, June 9-Wednesday, June 10

“Kiddush Cup” Golf Tournament

Wednesday, June 10

Electro Morocco and DJ Balagan

Washington Jewish Music Festival Closing Night: Miri Ben-Ari: The Hip-Hop Artist

Wednesday, June 11-Wednesday, June 17

HAZAK Retreat

Thursday, June 11

Summer Kickoff Party for Jewish Professionals

PJLL Jewish Adult Educators Network Meeting

Chabad Annual Benefit Dinner and Auction

Feinsmith Quartet

Friday, June 12

6th in the City Shabbat

YP@AI Shabbat

Saturday, June 13

Comedy for a Cause

Rotating Profile Singles Dinner at La Cucina D’Italia

Elinor Lipman Reads from New Novel at Sixth & I

Elinor Lipman reads from her novel, "The Family Man," at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

Elinor Lipman reads from her novel, "The Family Man," at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

I gotta admit, I had some slightly unrelated reasons to be excited for this one. First off, I haven’t been to Sixth & I for several months, believe it or not. Heh. Better late than never?

And second, I’d interviewed the author, Elinor Lipman, before, when her novel, “Then She Found Me,” was turned into a motion picture starring Helen Hunt. Though I didn’t get a chance to talk to her on Thursday night, seeing has her fans were clamoring for her books and autograph.

The downstairs activities hall was packed with people who came to hear Lipman read from her latest novel, “The Family Man,” which focuses on the lives of a gay man, his ex-wife, and his aspiring actress daughter.

Lipman promised to keep the program short; the readings and tha Q&A being conducted in under an hour. We’ve all been to “that reading,” which seemed to drag on forever, she said. The audience seemed very taken with her, laughing repeatedly at her quirky dialogue and gushing openly over her work while she modestly explained about her writing habits.

The event was co-sponsored with local bookstore, Politics and Prose. Esther Safran Foer, president of the synagogue, said that bookstore owner, Carla Cohen, mentioned Lipman as being one of her favorite authors. Talk about good PR!

Check out Sixth & I’s upcoming author events here.

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