Upcoming Events: March 28-April 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, March 28

Evergreen Concert
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=541&dispDt=3/28/2011%208:00:00%20PM

JCCGW Adult Center for Education Spring Seminars
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/28/2011%2010:00:00%20AM&enddate=3/28/2011%2011:00:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=582083&recurrenceid=13366

Tifereth Israel: A Shuir on Climate Science
https://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=b2dmdDJ1bWZhcnFxZzNhZDhocnI1Y2czZmcgdW5ubHQyMzQyZTAwcWhuNGozY244ZWMwaTRAZw&ctz=America/New_York&pli=1&gsessionid=mVtTwywHqFg3_G-kwdAXUw&sf=true&output=xml

Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation: Michael O’Hanlon Speech
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/28/2011%208:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/28/2011%209:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=578207&recurrenceid=0

Tuesday, March 29

Living Wages, Healthy Communities Phone Bank
http://www.jufj.org/event/living_wages_healthy_communities_phone_bank

Workshop: How DC Government Works and How to Influence Policy
http://www.jufj.org/event/workshop_how_dc_government_works_how_influence_policy

Mean Girls All Grown Up Sisterhood Event
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=523&dispDt=3/29/2011%207:00:00%20PM

Fairfax Holocaust Proclamation
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/894052943?view=Detail&id=104642

JProDC Networking Breakfast
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/29/2011%208:30:00%20AM&enddate=3/29/2011%2010:00:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=595998&recurrenceid=0

Young Israel of Potomac: Annual Banquet Dinner
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/29/2011%206:30:00%20PM&enddate=3/29/2011%2010:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=576112&recurrenceid=0

B’nai Tzedek: Screening “A Case for Israel”
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/29/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/29/2011%209:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=593441&recurrenceid=0

“Beaufort” Screening
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/2023963915?view=Detail&id=126802

Wednesday, March 30

The Hammer on the Rock: The Rabbinic Art of Midrash
http://www.foundjs.org/calendar.php?evntId=579

Liberating Your Seder
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=536&dispDt=3/30/2011%207:00:00%20PM

2011 Montgomery County Advocacy Day
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/894052943?view=Detail&id=104481

JCCGW: ACE Spring Seminars
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/30/2011%2010:00:00%20AM&enddate=3/30/2011%2011:00:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=582087&recurrenceid=13367

UMD: An Evening with A.B. Yehoshua
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/30/2011%204:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/30/2011%206:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=598426&recurrenceid=0

Gilhorn Center for Israel Studies: Late Summer Blues
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/30/2011%206:45:00%20PM&enddate=3/30/2011%209:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=594733&recurrenceid=0

Jubilee Jobs
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/2023963915?view=Detail&id=126922

Thursday, March 31

Jewish 35 plus Speed Dating
http://www.prosinthecity.com/jewishevents.php#DC_9807

Jewish Historical Society: Yosef Begun: Former Soviet Prisoner of Conscience
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/31/2011%2012:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/31/2011%201:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=596890&recurrenceid=0

UMD: Israel/Palestine: Contending Religious and Secular Discourses
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/31/2011%2012:30:00%20PM&enddate=3/31/2011%202:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=556309&recurrenceid=0

AU: “Defamation” Screening
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/31/2011%205:30:00%20PM&enddate=3/31/2011%207:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=593874&recurrenceid=0

Friday, April 1

Tikkun Leil Shabbat
http://www.jufj.org/event/tikkun_leil_shabbat_36

Washington Hebrew: “A German Life”
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/1/2011%206:00:00%20PM&enddate=4/1/2011%207:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=596900&recurrenceid=0

Silver Spring Jewish Center Shabbaton
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/1/2011%208:15:00%20PM&enddate=4/2/2011%2010:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=593407&recurrenceid=0

Morning Muscle Fitness April/May
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/2023963915?view=Detail&id=127021

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

Saturday, April 2

Power Shift 2011 Training
http://www.jufj.org/event/power_shift_2011_apply_be_facilitator

Adas Israel: L’dor Vador Shabbat
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/2/2011%206:00:00%20PM&enddate=4/2/2011%208:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=563411&recurrenceid=13017

Kol HaOlam: Jewish A Capella Competition
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/2/2011%208:30:00%20PM&enddate=4/2/2011%2010:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=596402&recurrenceid=0

Sunday, April 3

Bikkur Cholim Eldercare
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/3/2011%209:30:00%20AM&enddate=4/3/2011%2011:30:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=599300&recurrenceid=0

Magen David: Sephardic Cooking Classes
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/3/2011%2010:00:00%20AM&enddate=4/3/2011%2012:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=572866&recurrenceid=0

Jewish Primary Day School: Expressing the Difficult Through Art
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/3/2011%2010:30:00%20AM&enddate=4/3/2011%2012:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=599299&recurrenceid=0

Washington Hebrew: “The Szyk Haggadah”
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/3/2011%2010:30:00%20AM&enddate=4/3/2011%2012:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=596896&recurrenceid=0

Gesher Jewish Day School Community Family Fun Day
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/3/2011%201:00:00%20PM&enddate=4/3/2011%204:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=519803&recurrenceid=0

Chesapeake Jewish Reconstructionist Federation Annual Celebration
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/3/2011%204:00:00%20PM&enddate=4/3/2011%207:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=525271&recurrenceid=0

Billie Holiday Tribute Featuring Yaala Ballin
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/3/2011%208:00:00%20PM&enddate=4/3/2011%2011:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=591542&recurrenceid=0

Spring/Summer Co-Ed Softball League
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/289005972?view=Detail&id=127101

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Upcoming Events: March 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!

Apologies for the sudden week off; my grandmother passed and I had to go out of town. May her memory be for a blessing.

Monday, March 21

Walmart Campaign Meeting
http://www.jufj.org/event/walmart_campaign_meeting_0

Polock and Russian Red
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=544&dispDt=3/21/2011%208:00:00%20PM

Yeshiva of Greater Washington Girls Production
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/21/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/21/2011%209:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=492092&recurrenceid=0

Tuesday, March 22

Identity, Conflict, and International Interest in the Middle East
http://www.foundjs.org/calendar.php?evntId=377

Jodi Piocoult Reading
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=520&dispDt=3/22/2011%207:00:00%20PM

JCCNOVA: Cradle to Grave: Ceremonies & Customs of Jewish Life Cycle
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/22/2011%2012:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/22/2011%201:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=572563&recurrenceid=13197

Washington Hebrew Congregation: Five Ways to a Happier Life with the Psalms
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/22/2011%207:30:00%20PM&enddate=3/22/2011%209:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=594272&recurrenceid=0

Wednesday, March 23

Invest in DC House Party
http://www.jufj.org/event/invest_dc_house_party

Cokie and Steve Roberts
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=509&dispDt=3/23/2011%207:00:00%20PM

Beth Ami: Lunch and Learn with Betty Aschikenasy
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/23/2011%2010:00:00%20AM&enddate=3/23/2011%202:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=536510&recurrenceid=0

J-Fed: Great Conversations with Erica Brown
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/23/2011%2012:30:00%20PM&enddate=3/23/2011%201:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=590544&recurrenceid=13415

Georgetown University: Can Orthodox Women be Rabbis
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/23/2011%206:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/23/2011%208:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=596309&recurrenceid=0

Kemp Mill: Headhunters and Temp Agencies and your Job Search
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/23/2011%207:30:00%20PM&enddate=3/23/2011%209:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=596635&recurrenceid=0

American U: Israel as a Role Model for Global Innovation
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/23/2011%207:30:00%20PM&enddate=3/23/2011%208:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=593870&recurrenceid=0

“The Matchmaker” at the Avalon Theatre
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/23/2011%208:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/23/2011%2010:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=594727&recurrenceid=0

Paragraph 51 Play
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/381094948?view=Detail&id=127463

Thursday, March 24-Sunday, April 3

JCCGW Jewish Film Festival
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=629

JCC of NOVA Jewish Film Festival
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/24/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=4/3/2011%207:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=571565&recurrenceid=0

Thursday, March 24

America’s Oil Independence: How We Can Solve This Threat to our National Security
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/471240844?view=Detail&id=104501

Georgetown University: America, Iran, and the Mesopotamian Future
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/24/2011%205:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/24/2011%207:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=596312&recurrenceid=0

Lucy Kaplansky at the Barns at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/24/2011%208:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/24/2011%209:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=589892&recurrenceid=0

Authors Out Loud: Sarah Glidden
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/381094948?view=Detail&id=127041

Friday, March 25

Downtown Shabbat with Larry Paul and Robyn Helzner
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=526&dispDt=3/25/2011%206:45:00%20PM

Adas Israel: English as a Jewish Language
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/25/2011%209:30:00%20AM&enddate=3/25/2011%2010:00:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=591488&recurrenceid=0

American U: Israel’s Triangular Deterrence
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/25/2011%202:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/25/2011%203:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=593871&recurrenceid=0

Am Kolel: The Joy of Oneness, Kabbalah Retreat
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/25/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/27/2011%2012:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=580600&recurrenceid=0

Adas Israel: Strange Fire, Finding Gd in Difficult Places
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/25/2011%208:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/25/2011%209:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=591474&recurrenceid=0

Saturday, March 26

Adat Reyim: Tot Shabbat
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/26/2011%2010:00:00%20AM&enddate=3/26/2011%2011:00:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=552326&recurrenceid=12789

Tikvat Israel: Teen Shabbat
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/26/2011%2010:15:00%20AM&enddate=3/26/2011%2012:15:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=566376&recurrenceid=0

Shaare Torah: Tot Shabbat
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/26/2011%2010:15:00%20AM&enddate=3/26/2011%2010:45:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=432206&recurrenceid=9371

Beth El: Shabbat Nitzanim Services
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/26/2011%2010:30:00%20AM&enddate=3/26/2011%2011:00:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=384148&recurrenceid=9375

Machar: Havdalah Service and Panel Discussion
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/26/2011%207:30:00%20PM&enddate=3/26/2011%209:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=593854&recurrenceid=0

Tikvat Israel: Rock and Roll Sock Hop
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/26/2011%209:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/26/2011%2011:59:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=591295&recurrenceid=0

Sunday, March 27

Kehilat Shalom Religious School Open House
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/27/2011%2010:00:00%20AM&enddate=3/27/2011%2011:30:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=593640&recurrenceid=0

Chabad of Silver Spring Celebrates Jewish Women
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/27/2011%2010:00:00%20AM&enddate=3/27/2011%2011:30:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=558307&recurrenceid=0

JCC of NOVA: Special Needs Workshop
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/27/2011%201:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/27/2011%205:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=554749&recurrenceid=0

B’nai Israel: Hazzan Deborah Togut Memorial Concert
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/27/2011%204:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/27/2011%206:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=596002&recurrenceid=0

Washington Hebrew: Adult Jewish Choral Concert
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/27/2011%205:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/27/2011%207:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=594198&recurrenceid=0

Annual Southeast Hebrew Congregation Banquet
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/27/2011%206:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/27/2011%209:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=551765&recurrenceid=0

Jewish Primary Day School Purim Ball
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/27/2011%206:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/27/2011%2010:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=533375&recurrenceid=0

Gesher Jewish Day School Spring Event
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/27/2011%206:30:00%20PM&enddate=3/27/2011%207:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=519805&recurrenceid=0

JCCGW Jewish Book Club Discussion
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/27/2011%207:30:00%20PM&enddate=3/27/2011%208:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=595417&recurrenceid=0

Yiddish of Greater Washington: Café Kasrilevke
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/27/2011%207:30:00%20PM&enddate=3/27/2011%209:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=570184&recurrenceid=0

Walking Tour of Old Town Alexandria
http://jhsgw.org/programs/

Celebrate Purim in 5771!

Graphic Courtesy of Crystal Cloud Graphics

Graphic Courtesy of Crystal Cloud Graphics

Purim starts next weekend, a festive holiday of rejoicing, yet again, in the fact that we (the Jews) have survived an attempt at persecution. Though not as noticeable to the outside world as, say, Chanukah, it is definitely as fun—allowing people of all ages to dress up, eat special sweets, and wave noisemakers called groggers as the Megillah (book of Esther) is read out enthusiastically.

…but you don’t have to wait until the 14th of Adar to dress up as your favorite Biblical character (or maybe you do :P) Enjoy these local offerings of Purim-related festivities to get you in the mood!

Note: An old favorite of mine, the Jewish Study Center’s the Latke-Hamentasch debate, took place this Wednesday. I didn’t attend, but I have a feeling that the latkes won out as usual. *bites off a corner of her hamentasch and sulks* 😛

Sunday, March 13

Purim Carnivals
Adat Reyim

Wednesday, March 16

Hamentaschen Baking
7 pm
Join DCJCC’s Jean Graubart in making this signature Purim treat (and so much better than latkes. :P)
$7 for members, $10 for non-members

Friday, March 18

Moishe House DC Purim Party
RSVP to njkaresh@gmail.com for this young adult friendly event. Check out last year’s photos of hamentaschen making!
Free

Shabbat Around the World-Purim!
6:30 pm
Hope all families with young kids got tickets to this Sixth & I Persian dinner followed by storyteller Noa Baum leading kids in a Purim schpiel!
Sold out

Saturday, March 19

Purim Celebration
7 pm
Jews United for Justice heralds in the story of Shushan with a traditional service and Megillah reading at the Church of Pilgrims.
Free

Kehilat Shalom Purim Celebration
7:30 pm
Featuring a Megillah reading, costume party, and special silent auction!
Free

Adas Israel Purim Services and Spiel
8:30 pm
Adas Israel rolls out big guns with a spiel written by David Smolar, and special guests FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus, and CBS News correspondent Dan Raviv.
Free

Purim Unplugged
8:45 pm
Sixth & I and DC Minyan team up for a traditional Megillah reading and after party! Bring some mishloach manot (Purim baskets) to be donated to a local food bank.
Free

Purim Party at MesorahDC
8:45 pm
It’s a full house at Sixth & I as MesorahDC also convenes for a Megillah reading, and after party with live music by the Mountain Boys!
Free

Masquerade & Mischief Purim Party
9 pm
DCJCC’s GLOE throws their signature bash, featuring a special appearance by the DC Cowboys, an open bar, and, from my experience, some of the best costumes of the night!
$20 for members/under 25s/limited income, $25 regular price

Purim Masquerade Ball
9 pm
WHC 2339 parties at the City Tavern Club with a masked ball for young professionals. Admission includes a free drink, hors d’oeuvres, and hamentaschen! 😛
$32 members, $40 non-members

Kesher Israel Purim Spiel
9:30 pm
Kesher Israel, the only synagogue located in the heart of Georgetown, hosts its annual spiel, preceded by a children’s costume contest (9 pm.) Click above for past performances!
Free

YP Wine and Cheesentaschen
10 pm
Traditionally the most popular Purim hangout for young professionals, YP@AI gives you cheese, wine, and plenty of socialization!
$5 for members, $10 for non-members

Sunday, March 20

Purim Celebration for Children and Adults
9:30 am
The Jewish Primary Day School celebrates with a costume parade, Israeli dancing, and the story of Esther!
Free

Purim Around the World
1:30 pm
Celebrate a kid-friendly globe-trotting Purim theme at JCCGW with the sand dunes of the Sahara Dessert, ice fishing in Antarctica an Australian-themed kangaroo race and more!
$10 per family of 4/$15 per family of 5 and up

Rock’n’Roll Purim Party with Reb David
Am Kolel celebrates Purim with a Middle Eastern veggie pot-luck at Garrett Park Town Hall.
Free

Purim Carnivals
Temple Emanuel

Upcoming Events: March 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!

Monday, March 7

Immigration Action Night in Annapolis
http://www.jufj.org/event/immigrant_action_night_annapolis

Yeshiva of Greater Washington Production Performance
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/7/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/7/2011%209:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=542591&recurrenceid=0

Blood Libel: The History and Meaning, An Antisemitic Cannard
https://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=cjhoMm5wMW1rZWc0bXNrYW83czBxcWY5dW9fMjAxMTAzMDhUMDAwMDAwWiB1bm5sdDIzNDJlMDBxaG40ajNjbjhlYzBpNEBn&ctz=America/New_York&gsessionid=OK&sf=true&output=xml

Tuesday, March 8

E Street Film: Making the Crooked Straight
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/8/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/8/2011%209:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=585705&recurrenceid=0

Wednesday, March 9

Walmart Campaign Meeting
http://www.jufj.org/event/walmart_campaign_meeting

JCCGW Exhibit Opening: Inside the Great Synagogue of Aleppo
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/9/2011%209:00:00%20AM&enddate=3/27/2011%209:00:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=581392&recurrenceid=0

The Israel Project: Bone Marrow Drive
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/9/2011%2012:30:00%20PM&enddate=3/9/2011%202:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=592385&recurrenceid=0

Latke-Hamentasch Debate
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/9/2011%207:30:00%20PM&enddate=3/9/2011%209:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=578191&recurrenceid=0

Temple Emanuel: Famous Jewish Trials
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/9/2011%208:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/9/2011%209:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=534772&recurrenceid=0

Lunch and Learn: From Shtetl to City: Travel in the Old Jewish Heartland
http://jhsgw.org/programs/

Thursday, March 10

Budget Campaign Meeting
http://www.jufj.org/event/budget_campaign_meeting

Transcendent Man
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=519&dispDt=3/10/2011%208:00:00%20PM

UMD: Jewish Historiography Between the Wars
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/10/2011%203:30:00%20PM&enddate=3/10/2011%205:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=585715&recurrenceid=0

Hadassah “Runs the Diner!”
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/10/2011%204:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/10/2011%2010:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=573922&recurrenceid=0

Illustrated Lecture and Reception: From Persona Non Grata to the Present: An American Jewish Journalist’s View of Poland’s Transportation
http://jhsgw.org/programs/

March 2011 Blood Drive
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/121756395?view=Detail&id=126761

March 2011 Bone Marrow Drive
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/121756395?view=Detail&id=127082

CPR Training with Rescue 1
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/121756395?view=Detail&id=127083

Friday, March 11

Birthright Shabbat Hoppin’ with 6th in the City
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar/1476977553?view=Detail&id=210901&whence=http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/PageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_calendar

Tikkun Leil Shabbat
http://www.jufj.org/event/tikkun_leil_shabbat_35

Tikvat Israel: Kabbalat Shabbat with Instruments
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/11/2011%206:30:00%20PM&enddate=3/11/2011%207:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=566442&recurrenceid=0

Adas Israel: Shabbat with Mark Novak and Renee Brachfeld
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/11/2011%208:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/11/2011%209:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=590552&recurrenceid=0

Saturday, March 12

Learner’s Shabbat Morning Service
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=530&dispDt=3/12/2011%2010:00:00%20AM

Shabbat Nitzanim Services
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/12/2011%2010:30:00%20AM&enddate=3/12/2011%2011:00:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=384023&recurrenceid=9373

Adat Reyim: Masquerade Ball
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/12/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/12/2011%209:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=502880&recurrenceid=0

Capital Camps GALA
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/12/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/12/2011%2011:45:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=418675&recurrenceid=0

JCC of NoVa: Trivia Night
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/12/2011%208:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/12/2011%2010:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=571561&recurrenceid=0

2339 Purim Masquerade Ball
http://2239purimball2011.eventbrite.com/

Sunday, March 13

Claremont Piano Trio with Nokuthula Ngwenyama
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=539

Adas Israel: Joan Nathan and French Jewish Cooking
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/13/2011%2010:00:00%20AM&enddate=3/13/2011%2011:30:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=590773&recurrenceid=0

Jewish Primary Day School: Death and Dying, Grief and Legacy
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/13/2011%2010:30:00%20AM&enddate=3/13/2011%2012:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=591527&recurrenceid=0

JCC of NoVa: Cooking Moroccan Style
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/13/2011%204:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/13/2011%205:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=572720&recurrenceid=0

Alef Bet Montessori School Gala
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/13/2011%205:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/13/2011%208:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=537471&recurrenceid=0

Har Shalom: Bob Alpher, Rabbi/Stand-up Comic
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/13/2011%206:00:00%20PM&enddate=3/13/2011%208:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=583087&recurrenceid=0

Researching Washington History
http://jhsgw.org/programs/

Hatha Yoga Sunday March/May 2011
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/121756395?view=Detail&id=127029

Handmade for the Homeless: March 2011
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/121756395?view=Detail&id=127106

Emery Shelter Visit: March 2011
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/121756395?view=Detail&id=127105

Ketubah Club Rock Climbing and Israeli Dinner
http://www.adasisrael.org/articlenav.php?id=59

Washington Jewish Week Changes Ownership Hands–And Editors

Earlier this week, Debra Rubin, the long-time editor of The Washington Jewish Week, was let go from her position when the paper changed business hands from Florida-based HarborPoint Media to local businessmen with considerable ties to the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Sources suggest that she may have lost her job due to negative coverage she gave J-Fed.

As a former journalism student, this story is both fascinating and wearying to me. According to a December 2009 blog entry by eJewish Philanthropy, about half of the Jewish papers affiliated with the American Jewish Press Association are Federation-owned. This begs the question…are these newspapers doing the honest work of journalism, that is, telling stories from the outside, without one particular bias, trying to get at “the truth”? Or are they just sounding boards for the folks in charge?

Let me just cover my bases and say that I love J-Fed–I’ve even been a donor myself, though certainly not a macher. 😛 And this blog is certainly not a “real” journalism enterprise. I rarely say anything negative about the events I review, and this post contains the most outside research I’ve done in a long time. But when the new owners make a statement such as making the paper “a tool for increasing the number of people involved in the Jewish community,” according to this Forward blog, which covers WJW’s recent news in more detail, I have to wonder personally if that is more a job that should be filled directly by the Federation, rather than by an independent media source.

I am excited for this alleged new focus on the local community–I do love news pertaining to Jewish DC! But in the meantime, I wish Debra Rubin a fond farewell and best wishes for the future. I’ve always been a fan of WJW under her editorial direction.