Passover in the District 5770

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

We’re just a day away from Passover, one of Judaism’s most important holidays, which tells of our exodus from slavery in Egypt to freedom as a united people living under Jewish law.

A week in duration, the highlights are largely family affairs, a seder celebrated at home.

But is that an excuse for “Jewish DC” to shut down for awhile? No way! Enjoy this cropping of public Passover outings. And chag sameach (happy holidays!)

Congregation Adat Reyim First Night Seder
Monday, March 29, 6:30 p.m.

Jewish Socials First Night Seder
Monday, March 29, 7 p.m.

Sixth & I First Night Seder
Monday, March 29, 7 p.m.

Temple Shalom Passover Clergy Cookoff
Tuesday, March 30, 9 a.m.

DCJCC Second Night Locavore Seder
Tuesday, March 30, 6 p.m.

Washington Hebrew Congregation 2339 Second Night Seder
Tuesday, March 30, 6 p.m.

Adas Israel Second Night Seder
Tuesday, March 30, 7 p.m.

Young Professionals Kesher Passover Potluck Party
Saturday, April 3, 6 p.m.

YP@AI Macaroon Manischewitz Madness
Saturday, April 3, 9 p.m.

Young Professionals Kesher Post-Passover Pizza Party
Tuesday, April 6, 7 p.m.

Jews United for Justice Labor Seder
Saturday, April 11, 6:30 p.m.

Also, check out Jewish Information Referral Service’s list of seders.

Upcoming Events: March 29-April 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!

Monday, March 29- Tuesday, March 30

GesherCity Seder-in-a-Box

Monday, March 29: Passover night one

Spring Break FIG Camp

Passover Seder Night One

Sixth & I Community Seder 7:00:00 PM

Adat Reyim seder 6:30:00 PM&enddate=3/29/2010 7:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=438406&recurrenceid=0

Tuesday, March 30: Passover night two

Temple Shalom Clergy Cookoff 9:00:00 AM&enddate=3/30/2010 11:00:00 AM&id=75&eventid=447674&recurrenceid=0

Community Second Night Locavore Seder

2339 Second Night Seder

Wednesday, March 31

B’nei Baruch Learning Center Discover Kaballah Course 8:00:00 PM&enddate=3/31/2010 9:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=423831&recurrenceid=10224

In Darfur, pay what you can

Thursday, April 1

Washington Jewish Film Festival Submission

Friday, April 2

Sixth Street Minyan 6:30:00 PM

Saturday, April 3

Joseph Lin 8:00:00 PM

Ariel Quartet in Concert 8:00:00 PM&enddate=4/3/2010 10:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=455647&recurrenceid=0

Macaroon Manischevitz Madness,%202010.pdf

K4P Potluck Party

Sunday, April 4

Great Easter Day Scavenger Hunt for Jewish Professionals

Twenties and Thirties Singles Speed Dating

Hunger Action at DC

JewishDC: Global and local outreach

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Evening, all! I am embarrassed to say that though I’d already blogged about it, something came up which stopped me from attending NextGen’s Think Jewishly: Act Globally panel Monday night. If anyone reading took part, I’d love to hear your thoughts! The night included remarks from leaders of the Jewish Federation, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, American Jewish World Service, and The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society concerning the Jewish community’s philanthropic response to global events like the Haiti earthquake and etc. Hopefully covered some great tikkun olam!

Meanwhile, a little closer to home, some recently-moved young, professionals are trying to gather their local Jewish peers with a new website, The site features such things as a list of local Jewish organizations and events, to a community forum and “Jew of the Week” profiles. Check them out, and sign up for an account! Read more info in this Washington Jewish Week profile here.

Upcoming Events: March 22-28

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!

Monday, March 22

Joanna Newsom with the Moore Brothers 8:00:00 PM

Think Jewishly. Act Globally. 6:30:00 PM&enddate=3/22/2010 7:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=447919&recurrenceid=0

Tuesday, March 23

Training: Tools for Great Facilitation

PJLL: Why be a Jew? class 7:30:00 PM

AJC Access and the Indian Embassy Present: “Terror in Mumbai” 6:00:00 PM&enddate=3/23/2010 7:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=434389&recurrenceid=0

Safe and Sound—Preparing your congregation for an emergency

Film: Leap of Faith

Wednesday, March 24

HIAS Fundraiser

NextGen NeXus Program 7:00:00 PM&enddate=3/24/2010 9:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=391868&recurrenceid=0

WHC Happy Hour to Help

Thursday, March 25

The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time 7:00:00 PM

Preschool Seder in Song

Friday, March 26

Downtown Shabbat with Larry Paul & Robyn Helzner 6:45:00 PM

Saturday, March 27

Vladimir Feltsman: Conversations with Legends 7:00:00 PM

For Tomorrow: The Life of Hilda Stern Cohen 8:00:00 PM&enddate=3/27/2010 9:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=448779&recurrenceid=0

Sunday, March 28

How to Cook a Passover Seder with a Jewish Twist

Book Event: Working in the Shadows

Where’s JewishDC? Think Jewishly: Act Globally

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Five days remain for you to sign up for NextGen’s Think Jewishly: Act Globally panel. Not only are you in for an engaging discussion, but you might even spot me there! 😛

Since the founding of B’nai B’rith, the Jewish communal world in this country has turned a giving eye to communities in need, whether Jewish or gentile, American or foreign. Next Monday at the University of California Washington Center, hear leaders from various DC-based philanthropies discuss why. I’m looking forward to hearing how these organizations bring tzedakah and tikkun olam to the world stage.

Desserts and drinks will be served, preceded by a reception for Jewish Federation donors over $365. Click the link for more info.

Upcoming Events: March 14-21

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!

Note: Starting next week, I will begin my entries with Monday rather than Sunday. In order to play catch-up, this Upcoming Events post will feature 8 days of Jewish activities in DC.

Sunday, March 14

Gallery Reception with Jono David

Ohr Kodesh: Family Spring Fling 11:00:00 AM&enddate=3/14/2010 2:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=447475&recurrenceid=0

Jewish Primary Day School: Purim Ball 6:00:00 PM&enddate=3/14/2010 10:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=422632&recurrenceid=0

Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington 50th Anniversary Salon

Emery Shelter Visit

Monday, March 15

The Story and Poetry of Hilda Stern 6:30:00 PM

GLOE Volunteering at Food and Friends

Authors out Loud: Transforming the Historical into Novel and Documentary

Tuesday, March 16

Change in Israeli Politics

Beth Emeth: Jewish Weddings Lecture 1:00:00 PM&enddate=3/16/2010 3:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=447472&recurrenceid=0

Choreographer Liz Lerman Lecture at AU 4:00:00 PM&enddate=3/16/2010 5:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=447796&recurrenceid=0

Theresienstadt: Gateway to Auschwitz screening at AU 6:30:00 PM&enddate=3/16/2010 8:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=441763&recurrenceid=0

Beth Emeth: Israeli Cinema night 7:30:00 PM&enddate=3/16/2010 9:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=447466&recurrenceid=10686

JSC: Rabbis on Revenge

Wednesday, March 17

Talent is Overrated

JLI Masters Class 7:00:00 PM&enddate=3/17/2010 9:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=390711&recurrenceid=0

Thursday, March 18

NextGen Fundraising Happy Hour

Are the Holidays Late This Year? Judaism and the Lesson of Modern Biblical Scholarship

JCC of GW Annual Gala: Celebrating 97 Years

Rotating Singles Dinner for Jewish Young Professionals

Is there free speech in—and about—the Middle East? 7:00:00 PM

DCJCC: Hunger Action

Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews? Open captioning

Friday, March 19-Sunday, March 21

Voices of Tezerin performance 8:00:00 PM&enddate=3/21/2010 10:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=441761&recurrenceid=0

Friday, March 19

Global Hunger Shabbat

Sunday, March 21

Jewish Brunch: Interfaith Service and Immigration Rally

Gesher Community Family Fun Day 1:00:00 PM&enddate=3/21/2010 4:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=337763&recurrenceid=0

Behrend Builders Open Build

3rd Annual National Rainbow Seder

YP@AI Matzah Factory

Routes Conference Brings DC Jews Together for Jewish Learning

Hundreds of attendees flock to the Partnership of Jewish Life and Learning's second annual Routes conference / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

For the second year, the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning convened it’s Routes conference on Jewish Learning, meeting Sunday at the Washington Convention Center.

Sign language interpretation was available for several events, as well as pre-ordered kosher lunches. (Though the rest of us could buy food from the concession stand and speakers’ books from a Barnes and Noble stall as well!)

Hundreds of people came out for the seven hour event, featuring 70 lectures from presenters ranging from our own Dr. Erica Brown, scholar-in-residence at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, to internationally known Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.

Laura Apelbaum, executive director of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, speaks on DC Jews from the Civil War era during her discussion, Jewish Life in Mr. Lincoln's City / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

Topics ranged from Israel advocacy to religious quandaries, Jewish cultural arts, and more. At the locally-themed Jewish Life in Mr. Lincoln’s City, Laura Apelbaum, executive director of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, pointed out little-known trends of our city during the Civil War, including the presence of six kosher restaurants, and such Jewish figures as Dr. Charles Liebermann, a former slave owner who was nevertheless called to the president’s death bed.

Prominent DC Jewish figureheads discuss pressing issues to our community in the panel, The Greatest Challenge Facing the Jewish People Today / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

Four panel discussions also convened, including The Greatest Challenge Facing the Jewish People today, moderated by Dr. James Hyman of PJLL, and featuring Ronald Halber, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, senior rabbi at Adas Israel, Esther Safran Foer, director of Sixth & I, Nathan Diament, director of public policy for the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations in America, and William Daroff, vice president for public policy and director of the DC office of the Jewish Federations of North America. The panelists discussed such issues as Jewish funding, and Jewish continuity in the era of the individual. Personally, I was gratified to hear their collective optimism, instead of bemoaning what has changed, they actively looked for ways to become more welcoming to 21st century Jews.

This is just a little sliver of the Jewish learning explored that day; unfortunately, I couldn’t attend more than seven sessions! Stay tuned to my other blog, Chava’s Footsteps, for my thoughts on another lecture on interfaith families.

For more information on Routes, check out their Facebook group page. Also, search for live tweets from myself and other participants under hashtag #Routes2010.