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!

Monday, June 28-Friday, July 2

Ramp It Up Community Service
http://www.yachad-dc.org/rampitup.php

Monday, June 28

The Climate War Book Reading
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=383&dispDt=6/28/2010 7:00:00 PM

Milkshake Mixer
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=388&dispDt=6/28/2010 8:30:00 PM

Brandeis ZOA Twinning Project
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/28/2010 6:30:00 PM&enddate=6/28/2010 7:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=491997&recurrenceid=0

New Jerusalem: What You Can Pay
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1995674457?view=Detail&id=114381

Tuesday, June 29

New Jerusalem: What You Can Pay
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1995674457?view=Detail&id=114382

Wednesday, June 30

Humanity in Action: Resistance and Rescue in Denmark
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=380&dispDt=6/30/2010 12:00:00 PM

Thursday, July 1

Magen David Women’s Learning Program
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=7/1/2010 7:00:00 PM&enddate=7/1/2010 7:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=475681&recurrenceid=11122

Hunger Action at 16 and J
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1995674457?view=Detail&id=124541

Friday, July 2

Tikkun Leil Shabbat
http://www.jufj.org/event/tikkun_leil_shabbat_26

Avalon Theatre: A Matter of Size
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=7/2/2010 7:30:00 PM&enddate=7/2/2010 9:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=455649&recurrenceid=0

DC Birthright Tweeters!

Image courtesy of wikipedia

J-Fed’s Birthright Israel busses 248, 249, and the Alumni Leadership Mission, are all in Israel as I type, and I can prove it by following their live blogging and tweeting.

…can I just backtrack to say that I think I remember, back in summer of 2004, Hillel posting our itinerary online for our parents to follow, and this being the height of technology. Now I can log onto twitter randomly and pull up pictures of Masada or the Kotel taken just 15 minutes ago.

Random participants, doubtless equipped with awesome smart phones (I didn’t even have a digital camera with me!) are being re-tweeted on NextGen’s @JFGW_NextGen and Birthright Israel’s @NEXT_DC. You can also follow the blogs, complete with participant posts: Bus248, Bus 249, and the Alumni Leadership Mission.

You can even find videos posted in real time! Check out J-Fed’s YouTube page, conveniently named (a tee-hee) JewishDC. Enjoy! Am Yisrael Chai!

(More on the DC Birthright trips here.)

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!

Monday, June 21

Lori Gottlieb Reading
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=374&dispDt=6/21/2010 7:00:00 PM

GLOE Volunteering at Food and Friends
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/985238460?view=Detail&id=124421

Authors Out Loud: Benjamin Balint
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/985238460?view=Detail&id=124229

Tuesday, June 22

Legislative Luncheon in Fredericksburg
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/1413496197?view=Detail&id=103902

GLOE Night at the Nationals
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/985238460?view=Detail&id=124101

Modern Dance Class
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/985238460?view=Detail&id=124261

Wednesday, June 23

EMET “Rays of Light in the Darkness” Dinner
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/23/2010 7:00:00 PM&enddate=6/23/2010 9:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=455566&recurrenceid=0

Introduction to Judaism
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/985238460?view=Detail&id=121701

Thursday, June 24

Jews of Uganda
http://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=aXFicWNhaTRpMGk4bmU1M2ZwaG1qcHJjM2cgdW5ubHQyMzQyZTAwcWhuNGozY244ZWMwaTRAZw&ctz=America%2FNew_York&gsessionid=tvXp0mfPAF21RREhIStA4A&sf=true&output=xml

Karate Kicks
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/985238460?view=Detail&id=124401

Jubilee Jobs
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/985238460?view=Detail&id=124442

Friday, June 25

Morning Muscle Fitness
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/985238460?view=Detail&id=123601

Downtown Shabbat with Larry Paul and Robyn Helzner
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=73&dispDt=6/25/2010 6:45:00 PM

Saturday, June 26

Shaare Torah Tot Shabbat
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/26/2010 10:15:00 AM&enddate=6/26/2010 10:45:00 AM&id=75&eventid=432221&recurrenceid=10400

Shabbat Nitzanim Services
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/26/2010 10:30:00 AM&enddate=6/26/2010 11:00:00 AM&id=75&eventid=384139&recurrenceid=9375

New Jerusalem $30 Preview
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/985238460?view=Detail&id=114281

Sunday, June 27

Thirties and Forties Single Dating
http://www.prosinthecity.com/jewishevents.php#DC_9235

New Jerusalem $30 Preview
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/985238460?view=Detail&id=114301

Jews, Jazz and Booze BBQ
http://www.adasisrael.org/upimages/downloads_yp/Jazz,%20Jews,%20and%20Booze%20-%20June%2027,%202010.pdf

I just adopted a kitty! (How could I not blog about this?)

Leah Mauro lounges on her cat bed. / photo courtesy of Rachel Mauro

As of last Shabbat, I have a new roommate! She is gray and white and orange, and although she can hide comfortably under my bed or couch, she also sees fit to occasionally climb walls, bookcases, and clothes on hangars. 😛 …we may have a little bit of work to do.

I named her Leah…my name is Rachel…she’s like my sister…get it? 😛 I adopted her from The Washington Animal Rescue League, a really amazing shelter, nationally known for its innovative, cageless facilities. And it just happens to be in our backyard! If you’re thinking of adopting a cat or a dog, I urge you to check this place out.

Still not convinced what cats have to do with Judaism? Oh really? Halacha, or Jewish law, does not prohibit owning pets. Our religion also has a lot to say on the ethical treatment of animals.

With all of this in mind, I have no lack of confidence that I can provide my Leah a good home filled with shalom and chesed. In the meantime, I think I’ve found the perfect Chanukah gift to give her when the time is right! 😛 Score!

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!

Monday, June 14

Israel Planning Expo
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=546

Yeshiva of Greater Washington’s Boys Graduation
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/14/2010 8:00:00 PM&enddate=6/14/2010 10:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=445921&recurrenceid=0

Particular Voices of Today: GBLT Poets
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1081549737?view=Detail&id=124281

Tuesday, June 15

Jews Around The World
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar/1829445354?view=Detail&id=207521&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_calendar

Screening of 9500 Liberty
http://www.jufj.org/event/screening_9500_liberty

The Mother’s Circle
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=201&dispDt=6/15/2010 6:30:00 PM

Israeli Dancing for Teens and Kids
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/15/2010 7:00:00 PM&enddate=6/15/2010 10:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=478833&recurrenceid=0

Illustrated Lecture: Jewish Washington
http://www.jhsgw.org/programs/

Faith Based Continuity Planning Breakfast
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/368132774?view=Detail&id=124182

Wednesday, June 16

Jerry Wolman: World’s Richest Man
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=373&dispDt=6/16/2010 7:00:00 PM

Chabad Banquet
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/16/2010 5:00:00 PM&enddate=6/16/2010 9:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=439554&recurrenceid=0

Hatha Yoga with Shankara
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/368132774?view=Detail&id=123661

Thursday, June 17

Trivia Under the Stars
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=386&dispDt=6/17/2010 7:00:00 PM

Hunger Action at 16 and J
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/368132774?view=Detail&id=124383

Saturday, June 19

Jewish 20s/30s Dating Event
http://www.prosinthecity.com/jewishevents.php#DC_9157

Sunday, June 20

David Broza in Concert
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/20/2010 7:30:00 PM&enddate=6/20/2010 9:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=480393&recurrenceid=0

Jewish Study Center Film Festival
http://www.google.com/calendar/event?eid=MWYwNGwxNHJ2bTg5bnNmZnIxdnVlbmJvazggdW5ubHQyMzQyZTAwcWhuNGozY244ZWMwaTRAZw&ctz=America/New_York

Emery Shelter Visit
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/368132774?view=Detail&id=124385

Soulful Mizrahi Music meets Multimedia in Galeet Dardashti’s “The Naming”

Galeet Dardashti performs "The Naming" at the Washington Jewish Music Festival / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

Galeet Dardashti, a Persian Jewish vocal performer, captured the DCJCC stage Tuesday night as part of the annual Washington Jewish Music Festival.

However, it would be unfair to give her all of the credit. She was joined by five instrumentalists, playing everything from the cello and santoor to electronic amplification, plus three performers from SYREN Modern Dance. The lighting was kept low and moody and behind her, a screen lit up with graphic designs of praying women, Hebrew words, and other images associated with her songs.

“The Naming” focuses on fleshing out the lives of Biblical women, from Michal, the barren wife of King David, to Dinah, the only daughter of Jacob. Interjected with the haunting melodies, she offered spoken word narration about these women and the ones she grew up with in Iran. So beyond being entertained, the packed audience could also think about the roles of women throughout Jewish history.

This is the sort of performance that cannot be duplicated on a home stereo, but my major regret is that I did not buy Dardashti’s CD, which will not be available to the public until the fall. Other fans were disappointed at the lack of encore, but I took it she performed her full album!

The Washington Jewish Music Festival continues until June 13 with performances ranging from kiddie concerts to Irish/Jewish combos. For more information, follow the festival on Twitter here! Find my coverage of last year’s event here.

Upcoming Events: June 7-13

Shavua Tov! I’m back! 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 6-Sunday, June 13

Washington, DC Jewish Community Center Musical Festival
http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/music/wjmf/

Monday, June 7

JCCofGW Golf Tournament
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=357

The Gaza Flotilla: Briefing from the Embassy of Israel
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/142342612?view=Detail&id=103921

Chabad Gala Dinner & Auction
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/7/2010 6:00:00 PM&enddate=6/7/2010 10:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=438619&recurrenceid=0

Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/7/2010 7:00:00 PM&enddate=6/7/2010 9:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=433222&recurrenceid=0

Voice of the Woman Festival: Urge for Going
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1140367596?view=Detail&id=123321

Tuesday, June 8

DC Jazz Festival: Tribute to Oscar Preston
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=365&dispDt=6/8/2010 8:00:00 PM

Pianist Dotan Nitzberg
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/8/2010 6:00:00 PM&enddate=6/8/2010 7:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=478831&recurrenceid=0

An evening with Richard Dreyfus
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/8/2010 6:00:00 PM&enddate=6/8/2010 6:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=454371&recurrenceid=0

Yeshiva of Greater Washington Girls’ Graduation
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/8/2010 8:00:00 PM&enddate=6/8/2010 10:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=337780&recurrenceid=0

Far Flung Jews: Jewish Cultures Around the Globe
http://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=YzI3MGRoZXZvdDJ2bWhtbm1rZHAxdjU1Z2tfMjAxMDA2MDhUMjMxNTAwWiB1bm5sdDIzNDJlMDBxaG40ajNjbjhlYzBpNEBn&ctz=America%2FNew_York&gsessionid=PXobqperHuR9tNneG52O3g&sf=true&output=xml

Shir Havoc: Meshugah melodies for familiar prayers
http://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=cTJ2bTBsdmk1OTc5MTF0ZjlhZDE0NmQ4bThfMjAxMDA2MDhUMjMxNTAwWiB1bm5sdDIzNDJlMDBxaG40ajNjbjhlYzBpNEBn&ctz=America%2FNew_York&sf=true&output=xml

Wednesday, June 9

Annual Meeting and Awards Breakfast
http://www.jprodc.org/

JCRC Fundraiser
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/142342612?view=Detail&id=103741

Stand with Hotel Workers
http://www.jufj.org/event/stand_hotel_workers_0

Laughing at Ourselves: Jewish Humor and Women
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=372&dispDt=6/9/2010 7:00:00 PM

Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy Anniversary Dinner
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/9/2010 6:30:00 PM&enddate=6/9/2010 9:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=458975&recurrenceid=0

Discover Kabbalah Course
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/9/2010 8:00:00 PM&enddate=6/9/2010 9:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=423841&recurrenceid=10224

Knit and Nosh
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/2075116945?view=Detail&id=124386

Thursday, June 10

DC Jobs with Justice “I’ll Be There” Awards
http://www.jufj.org/event/dc_jobs_justice_ill_be_there_awards

Middle East Forum: Strategic Implications of the Gaza Flotilla Crisis
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/142342612?view=Detail&id=103922

Friday, June 11-Sunday, June 13

Shabbaton: Seeds of Destruction and Renewal
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/11/2010 7:00:00 PM&enddate=6/13/2010 12:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=466459&recurrenceid=0

Friday, June 11

Shabbat Hoppin’ with Jnet
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar/386737654?view=Detail&id=207441&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_calendar

Tikkun Leil Shabbat
http://www.jufj.org/event/tikkun_leil_shabbat_pride_shabbat

6th in the City Shabbat
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=385&dispDt=6/11/2010 6:30:00 PM

Tot Shabbat
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/11/2010 7:00:00 PM&enddate=6/11/2010 7:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=475674&recurrenceid=0

Sheldon Low Musical Shabbat
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/11/2010 8:00:00 PM&enddate=6/11/2010 9:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=477069&recurrenceid=0

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

Saturday June 12

Beth Shalom Honoree Shabbat
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/12/2010 9:00:00 AM&enddate=6/12/2010 9:30:00 AM&id=75&eventid=396223&recurrenceid=0

Shaare Torah Tot Shabbat
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/12/2010 10:15:00 AM&enddate=6/12/2010 10:45:00 AM&id=75&eventid=432237&recurrenceid=10401

Shabbat Nitzanim Services
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/12/2010 10:30:00 AM&enddate=6/12/2010 11:00:00 AM&id=75&eventid=384014&recurrenceid=9373

GLOE Pride Shabbat Lunch
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/2075116945?view=Detail&id=124381

March with GLOE at Capital Pride
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/2075116945?view=Detail&id=121941

Sunday, June 13

Suzi Shelton and Alex & The Kaleidoscope Band
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=354&dispDt=6/13/2010 10:30:00 AM

Har Shalom Community Yard Sale
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/13/2010 8:00:00 AM&enddate=6/13/2010 2:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=480531&recurrenceid=0

Israel Bonds: Ambassador Ball
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/13/2010 6:00:00 PM&enddate=6/13/2010 10:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=293957&recurrenceid=0

JEDCHAI JEHMS
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/13/2010 7:00:00 PM&enddate=6/13/2010 9:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=474870&recurrenceid=8716

You and I and the Book of Job
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/13/2010 7:00:00 PM&enddate=6/13/2010 9:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=470568&recurrenceid=0