Upcoming Events: September 27-October 3

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, September 27-Wednesday, September 29

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Monday, September 27

6th in the City Running Club
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=440&dispDt=9/27/2010 6:30:00 PM

Har Shalom: Parent Infant Play Date
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/27/2010 9:30:00 AM&enddate=9/27/2010 10:00:00 AM&id=75&eventid=516996&recurrenceid=12044

Screening: Race to Nowhere

Tuesday, September 28

Improving Christian Attitudes toward Judaism

EntryPointDC A Night with the Nationals

Wednesday, September 29

Parenting Class: Music and Me

Thursday, September 30

Gathering Sukkah
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=450&dispDt=9/30/2010 7:00:00 PM

Simchat Torah: Dancing in the Streets
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=416&dispDt=9/30/2010 8:00:00 PM

B’nai Tzedek: Simchat Torah Yeladim Service
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/30/2010 5:30:00 PM&enddate=9/30/2010 6:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=512202&recurrenceid=0

Reshet DC Simchat Torah Game Night
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/30/2010 6:00:00 PM&enddate=9/30/2010 8:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=532484&recurrenceid=0

YP@AI Simchat Torah Martini Celebration

Friday, October 1

6th Street Minyan
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=326&dispDt=10/1/2010 6:45:00 PM

Sunday, October 3

Recent Controversies Concerning the Dead Sea Scrolls

Feed the Hungry

Conversation on Conversation
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=418&dispDt=10/3/2010 5:00:00 PM

Hebrew Home Night
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=10/3/2010 8:00:00 AM&enddate=10/3/2010 11:00:00 AM&id=75&eventid=416453&recurrenceid=0

Women’s Philanthropy Family Volunteer Day
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=10/3/2010 8:30:00 AM&enddate=10/3/2010 9:00:00 AM&id=75&eventid=515400&recurrenceid=0

JROC Tenants of the Tenach
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=10/3/2010 10:00:00 AM&enddate=10/3/2010 3:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=528179&recurrenceid=0

Ohr Kodesh: Confronting Scandal with Dr. Erica Brown
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=10/3/2010 7:00:00 PM&enddate=10/3/2010 9:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=518990&recurrenceid=0

Jewish Historical Walking Tour

Hunger Action at DC Central Kitchen

Brunch with a Punch

Allegra Goodman at the National Book Festival

Allegra Goodman reads from "The Cookbook Collector" at the National Book Festival / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

The National Book Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary on the Mall Sept. 25 and Jewish authors were there to celebrate. Including Jonathan Safran Foer, the son of Sixth & I’s executive director, who touted his foray into nonfiction, and Allegra Goodman, first published immediately after high school and the novelist behind one of my favorite works of fiction, Kaaterskill Falls.

Goodman’s latest novel, The Cookbook Collector, brings together book collectors, environmentalists, DotCom computer scientists and Bialystocker Jews into a rich tapestry. She shared a brief excerpt with a packed audience in the Poetry and Prose tent, talked about her writing style and took a few questions. Engaged and energetic she reminisced over her cookbook-collecting research at Harvard’s Schlesinger Library and drafting a climactic argument at her local Home Depot.

Her presentation ran short-just under 25 minutes-but afterwards, as I mingled with other assertive fans, she shook my hand and allowed me to gush over how much I loved Kaaterskill Falls, a book which chronicles a small Hasidic community in the 1970s. Her attention to detail, and grace with these complex characters opened up a new world to me.

Goodman will again be in Washington to promote The Cookbook Collector at the DCJCC’s book festival on Oct. 24. Follow @DCJewishLitFest on Twitter for more up-to-date info on this event, to take place between Oct. 17 and 27. Reading never dies!

Watch part of Allegra Goodman’s presentation here. Apologies for the shaky camerawork; anyone want to buy me a tripod? 😛 Sound came out pretty good.

Upcoming Events: September 20-26

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, September 20

Har Shalom Parent & Infant Play Date
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/20/2010 9:30:00 AM&enddate=9/20/2010 10:00:00 AM&id=75&eventid=516995&recurrenceid=12044

GLOE Volunteering Food and Friends

Tuesday, September 21

Jewish Twenties and Thirties Speed Dating

Authors Out Loud: Erica Brown

Wednesday, September 22

Har Shalom Hebrew Parent & Child Class
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/22/2010 10:00:00 AM&enddate=9/22/2010 10:45:00 AM&id=75&eventid=516990&recurrenceid=12043

Thursday, September 23

B’nai Tzedek Sukkot Yeladim Service
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/23/2010 10:30:00 AM&enddate=9/23/2010 11:30:00 AM&id=75&eventid=512176&recurrenceid=0

Friday, September 24

Shabbat Around the World—Celebrating Israel and Sukkot
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=410&dispDt=9/24/2010 5:00:00 PM

Downtown Shabbat with Larry Paul and Robyn Helzner
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=73&dispDt=9/24/2010 6:45:00 PM

Saturday, September 25

DC Sukkah Hop

Sumo and Sushi in the Sukkah

Sunday, September 26

B’nai Tzedek Pizza in the Hut
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/26/2010 4:45:00 PM&enddate=9/26/2010 6:45:00 PM&id=75&eventid=512466&recurrenceid=0

Breaking the Fast 5771

Young professionals gather around YP@AI's Break Fast table after Yom Kippur / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

G’mar Chatima Tova! Now that High Holidays are over and Sukkot is on the horizon, the DC Jewish community is back in full fall swing. Be sure to check here for upcoming events!

For the third year, I spent the day at Adas Israel. Although I didn’t get to see it, the afternoon interview featured Laurie Strongin, author of the memoir Saving Henry, which chronicled her son’s struggle with a rare heart condition. But you and I can catch her again in November at the JCC of GW Book Festival!

Earlier this week, I went to an event sponsored by Sixth & I’s youthful “Not Your Bubbe’s Sisterhood” group concerning personal journaling and how it relates to reflection on Yom Kippur. Taught by Rachel Farbiarz, who is both an artist and a writing fellow at the American Jewish World Service, it featured an honest, open discussion about how and why we chronicle our lives. The Sisterhood’s next event, in October, features a screening and discussion about Seeking Happily Ever After, a documentary investigating the growing number of single women in their thirties.

Hope we are all well rested with food in our bellies once again. 🙂 Shana tova and here’s to a sweet new year!

Upcoming Events: September 13-19

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, September 13

The BIG Story
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=400&dispDt=9/13/2010 7:30:00 PM

Hebrew Home Centennial Guardian Campaign Kick-Off
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/13/2010 7:00:00 PM&enddate=9/13/2010 7:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=454195&recurrenceid=0

Kesher Israel: Kickoff Centennial Lecture
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/13/2010 7:30:00 PM&enddate=9/13/2010 9:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=514284&recurrenceid=0

Preschool Back 2 School Night

Tuesday, September 14

Birthright Israel Winter 2010 Registration

Recent Findings at Beit Shemesh

Indo-Israeli Relations
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/14/2010 12:30:00 PM&enddate=9/14/2010 2:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=528175&recurrenceid=0

50th Anniversary Salon: Patrick and Me

Gallery Opening: Memory of a Time I Did Not Know…

Yoo-Hoo Mrs. Goldberg DVD Release Party

Wednesday, September 15

B’nai Tzedek: Conseri-Curious Workshop
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/15/2010 9:30:00 AM&enddate=9/15/2010 10:30:00 AM&id=75&eventid=507911&recurrenceid=0

Blood Drive

Knit and Nosh

Letting Go—Yom Kippur

Thursday, September 16

AIPAC 2010 Washington Club Briefing Series
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/16/2010 12:00:00 PM&enddate=9/16/2010 1:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=412900&recurrenceid=0

Used Book Sale

Hunger Action at 16th and J

Saturday, September 18

Adas Reads: Yom Kippur Afternoon with Laurie Strongin
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/18/2010 3:45:00 PM&enddate=9/18/2010 4:45:00 PM&id=75&eventid=511714&recurrenceid=0

YP@AI Break-the-Fast
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/18/2010 8:00:00 PM&enddate=9/18/2010 8:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=511717&recurrenceid=0

Sunday, September 19

GLOE Come Out and Decorate the Sukkah