Celebrate May as Jewish American Heritage Month!

Photo courtesy of wikipedia.

Emma Lazarus, Jewish American who wrote the inscription below the Statue of Liberty / Photo courtesy of wikipedia.

Though the month is half over, you still have plenty of time to get in gear for the federally sanctioned Jewish American Heritage Month, 31 days dedicated to the achievements and memory of American Jews.

Sponsored since 2006 by resolutions introduced by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and Senator Arlen Specter (now D-Pa.), Jewish American Heritage Month is a time of lectures, book talks and conversations dealing with American Jewish issues. Events can take place around the country, but in the District, we have governmental organizations to help us out! Kudos to The Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, the National Gallery of Art, The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Park Service for including our history and culture in their programming. For upcoming events, check out the links!

For more information on a national scale, click here.

Note: This blog will be on hiatus for the next three weeks, as I will be out of the country on vacation. Enjoy JAHM!

(Last year’s coverage)

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!

Monday, May 10-Thursday, May 14

GesherJDS: Early Bird Silent Auction
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/10/2010 3:00:00 PM&enddate=5/10/2010 4:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=389801&recurrenceid=9485

Monday, May 10

Good Jobs Now!
http://www.jufj.org/event/good_jobs_now

The Forward 50
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=360&dispDt=5/10/2010 7:00:00 PM

JCA Productive Aging Award Dinner
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/10/2010 6:30:00 PM&enddate=5/10/2010 10:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=381613&recurrenceid=0

Tuesday, May 11

DC Orientation: Summer 2010
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar/555925372?view=Detail&id=207003&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_calendar

Mini Film Fest: A Capital Community Half a Day on Sunday: Jewish Mom & Pop Grocers
http://www.jhsgw.org/programs/

Andy Christie’s The Liar Show
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/2031862527?view=Detail&id=122081

Authors Outloud: Hasia R. Diner
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/2031862527?view=Detail&id=123041

Wednesday, May 12

Ayelet Waldman
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=348&dispDt=5/12/2010 7:00:00 PM

Documentary Film: Faces of Israel
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/2031862527?view=Detail&id=123805

Thursday, May 13

The People And The Book: The Invention of Printing And The Transformation of Jewish Culture
http://www.foundationjewishstudies.org/programs/calendar.html#scholar

Israeli Folk Dance Festival
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/12/2010 8:00:00 PM&enddate=5/12/2010 10:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=447483&recurrenceid=0

Thursday, May 13

Federation Lunch and Learn
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/13/2010 12:00:00 PM&enddate=5/13/2010 1:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=460314&recurrenceid=0

JLI Master Class: The Art of Advanced Fundraising
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/13/2010 12:00:00 PM&enddate=5/13/2010 1:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=460314&recurrenceid=0

Friday, May 14

Shabbat Hoppin’ with Shir Delight
http://www.adasisrael.org/upimages/downloads_yp/Shir%20Delight%20Flyer.pdf

6th in the City Shabbat
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=283&dispDt=5/14/2010 6:30:00 PM

Temple Shalom Shabbat with Rick Recht
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/14/2010 7:30:00 PM&enddate=5/14/2010 9:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=472494&recurrenceid=0

Saturday, May 15

Parents Night Out Preschool Fundraiser
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/2031862527?view=Detail&id=123841

Sunday, May 16

Jewish Speed Dating 35+
http://www.prosinthecity.com/jewishevents.php

Kehila Chadasha Sunday School Open House
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/16/2010 9:30:00 AM&enddate=5/16/2010 11:30:00 AM&id=75&eventid=462427&recurrenceid=0

Temple Emanuel Prospective Member Open House
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/16/2010 10:30:00 AM&enddate=5/16/2010 12:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=465954&recurrenceid=0

Israel Bonds Breakfast Honoring Rabbi Jack Bieler
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/16/2010 9:45:00 AM&enddate=5/16/2010 11:45:00 AM&id=75&eventid=445306&recurrenceid=0

Volunteering Day with Women’s Philanthropy
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/16/2010 10:00:00 AM&enddate=5/16/2010 12:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=463506&recurrenceid=0

Choral Concert: Beveridge and Bernstein
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/16/2010 4:00:00 PM&enddate=5/16/2010 5:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=470595&recurrenceid=0

Gesher JDS Guardian of the Bridge
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/16/2010 5:00:00 PM&enddate=5/16/2010 11:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=373597&recurrenceid=0

Chabad of Potomac Dinner
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/16/2010 6:00:00 PM&enddate=5/16/2010 9:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=339864&recurrenceid=0

Temple Beth Ami Israel Forum
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/16/2010 7:00:00 PM&enddate=5/16/2010 7:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=398525&recurrenceid=0

Magen David Sephardic Congregation: Jews of Spain Lecture
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/16/2010 7:00:00 PM&enddate=5/16/2010 9:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=459521&recurrenceid=0

Walking Tour: Jewish Sites in Arlington National Cemetery
http://www.jhsgw.org/programs/

Israeli Wine Tasting in Honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut

Young professionals gather at the DCJCC to sample four Israeli wines / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

In an amusing twist of events, local Jewish groups hosted a Yom Ha’atzmaut Israeli wine tasting on Lag B’Omer. 😛

Hosted by Birthright Israel NEXT, J-Fed’s NextGen, and DCJCC’s EntryPoint DC Sunday night, the wine tasting included samples from the Golan to Beit Shemesh. Hoards of young professionals gathered into the DCJCC’s community hall for socialization, snacks, and tastings at four stations placed around the room.

Also joining the merrymakers were representatives of The Jewish Agency for Israel to talk about aliyah options, and Israeli composer Rami Kleinstein, who had been performing around the Greater Washington area earlier that day. Along with the mix tapes of Israeli tunes, it made for one happening party!

For more, check out the DCJCC’s own Facebook photo album of their day-long Israeli celebration here!

Upcoming Events: May 3-9

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, May 3

Fair Purple Line Campaign Meeting
http://www.jufj.org/event/fair_purple_line_campaign_meeting_4

Meredith and Sophie Jacobs
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=363&dispDt=5/3/2010 7:00:00 PM

GW Hillel: Kalever Rebbe
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/3/2010 9:30:00 AM&enddate=5/3/2010 1:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=462237&recurrenceid=0

GLOE: Eyes Wide Open
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1958762440?view=Detail&id=123941

Tuesday, May 4

JCRC Virginia Legislative Review Series
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/1334743681?view=Detail&id=103762

Maryland Hillel: Kalever Rebbe
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/4/2010 11:00:00 AM&enddate=5/4/2010 6:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=466434&recurrenceid=0

Woodside Synagogue: Kalever Rebbe
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/4/2010 7:00:00 PM&enddate=5/4/2010 10:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=466427&recurrenceid=0

Jewish Federation Spring 2010 Dial-athon
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/4/2010 6:30:00 PM&enddate=5/4/2010 9:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=464764&recurrenceid=0

Emilie Berliner: German-Jewish immigrant and inventor of the gramophone
http://www.jhsgw.org/programs/

How to Give a D’var Torah
http://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=ampwYWJ0dGZybHRtMWdtbWNzaDVyaDF0OTBfMjAxMDA1MDRUMjMxNTAwWiB1bm5sdDIzNDJlMDBxaG40ajNjbjhlYzBpNEBn&ctz=America%2FNew_York&sf=true&output=xml

Jeremiah: Scolding and Comforting Voice
http://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=YnJnbnYyOGFtZHUzYjlkMnJtZW5oa2M0a3NfMjAxMDA1MDRUMjMxNTAwWiB1bm5sdDIzNDJlMDBxaG40ajNjbjhlYzBpNEBn&ctz=America%2FNew_York&sf=true&output=xml

Wednesday, May 5

Professional Development Seminar
http://www.jprodc.org/

Protest Cuts to Safety Net Services
http://www.jufj.org/event/protest_cuts_safety_net_services_fair_budget_coalition_and_save_our_safety_net

The Impact of the Breakup of the Ottoman Empire and the Future of Middle East Politics
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=369&dispDt=5/5/2010 12:00:00 PM

JCRC Annual Meeting
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/1334743681?view=Detail&id=103821

B’nai Israel: Golf Classic
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/5/2010 8:00:00 AM&enddate=5/5/2010 1:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=464051&recurrenceid=0

Lion of Judah Spring Luncheon
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/5/2010 11:30:00 AM&enddate=5/5/2010 2:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=415215&recurrenceid=0

Discovering Kabbalah
http://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=amZmcXJnbXF0NjFrbTRqcjk4dTUxbW9jMGtfMjAxMDA1MDVUMjMxNTAwWiB1bm5sdDIzNDJlMDBxaG40ajNjbjhlYzBpNEBn&ctz=America%2FNew_York&sf=true&output=xml

Postmodern Stories from the Talmud
http://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=ZzFkaXFlcDVudHEzMjhobm9rc3VpdjFtaGdfMjAxMDA1MDVUMjMxNTAwWiB1bm5sdDIzNDJlMDBxaG40ajNjbjhlYzBpNEBn&ctz=America%2FNew_York&sf=true&output=xml

Mikveh: Pay what you can
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1958762440?view=Detail&id=114161

Thursday, May 6

Cooking and Tasting Demonstration with Tina Wasserman
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=531

Film on Global Immigration
http://www.jufj.org/event/film_global_immigration

Spring 2010 Dial-athon
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/6/2010 6:30:00 PM&enddate=5/6/2010 9:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=464846&recurrenceid=0

IKings: May the King Live!
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1958762440?view=Detail&id=124141

Jubilee Jobs
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1958762440?view=Detail&id=124201

Hunger Action at DCJCC
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1958762440?view=Detail&id=124081

Friday, May 7

The 6th Street Minyan
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=326&dispDt=5/7/2010 6:45:00 PM

Food, Body Image, and Eating Disorders in the Jewish Community
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/7/2010 9:00:00 AM&enddate=5/7/2010 1:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=448103&recurrenceid=0

Saturday, May 8

Sunset Cruise on the Potomac with Georgetown Afterparty
http://www.jewishpro.com/eventdetail.php?id=62

Shaare Torah Tot Shabbat
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/8/2010 10:15:00 AM&enddate=5/8/2010 10:45:00 AM&id=75&eventid=432236&recurrenceid=10401

Beth El: Shabbat Nitzanim Services
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/8/2010 10:30:00 AM&enddate=5/8/2010 11:00:00 AM&id=75&eventid=384013&recurrenceid=9373

Mikveh: $30 Preview
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1958762440?view=Detail&id=114201

Sunday, May 9: Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day Fused Glass Workshop
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=94

Mother’s Day Goes Green
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=366&dispDt=5/9/2010 1:00:00 PM

JEDCHAI JEHMS
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/9/2010 7:00:00 PM&enddate=5/9/2010 9:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=346498&recurrenceid=8716

Emery Shelter Visit
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1958762440?view=Detail&id=124084