Yom Ha’Shoah 5771 in Washington, DC

Hall of Remembrance at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Picture courtesy of Wikipedia

Hall of Remembrance at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Picture courtesy of Wikipedia

Sunday is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was decided by the Israeli government in 1953 to fall on the 27th day of Nissan, a week after the conclusion of Passover. Throughout the world, Jews and gentiles mourn the millions of victims of Nazi Germany.

Here in town, the congressionally-sanctioned United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is spearheading Days of Remembrance, which provides resources for American communities to commemorate the event. This year’s theme is Justice and Accountability in the Face of Genocide: What Have We Learned?

Other educational organizations acknowledge the Holocaust and genocide in general with these offerings listed below. If you have some time, consider attending, and add your voice to the chorus, which shouts out in unison: Never Again.

JCRC Community Observances: in Potomac, MD; Fairfax, VA
Congregation B’nai Tzedek, George Mason University; 4 pm and 5 pm
Featuring commemorations, seminars and discussions. B’nai B’rith will sponsor their annual “Unto Every Person There Is A Name” readings at both events.

“Killing Kasztner” Screening
DCJCC, 5 pm
A film about Rezno Kasztner, a Jew who negotiated with Adolf Eichmann to rescue 1,700 Jews, and was condemned as a traitor and assassinated by Jewish extremists in Israel. Followed by a discussion with director Gaylen Ross and survivors rescued by Kasztner.

Upcoming Events: April 25- May 1

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, April 25-Tuesday, April 26: End of Passover

Wednesday, April 27-Thursday, April 28

AJC Global Forum
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/27/2011%2010:00:00%20AM&enddate=4/27/2011%2010:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=552209&recurrenceid=0

Wednesday, April 27

Language Access Film Screening
http://www.jufj.org/event/language_access_film_screening

Comedy: Demitri Martin
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=531&dispDt=4/27/2011%207:00:00%20PM

Hadassah—Meet Golda Meir
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/27/2011%201:00:00%20PM&enddate=4/27/2011%203:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=525728&recurrenceid=0

Avalon Theatre: Five Hours from Paris
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/27/2011%208:00:00%20PM&enddate=4/27/2011%2010:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=602605&recurrenceid=0

Lost Tribes: All Kinds of Jews
https://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=c2hoZm40dmRmcDVkY2I5cWl0czZsc3Nqc2MgdW5ubHQyMzQyZTAwcWhuNGozY244ZWMwaTRAZw&ctz=America/New_York&pli=1&gsessionid=OK&sf=true&output=xml

Thursday, April 28

“Planeat” screening
http://dosomethingreel.com/films/planeat.php

Music: Greyson Chance and Cody Simpson
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=562&dispDt=4/28/2011%207:00:00%20PM

B’nai B’rith Distinguished Humanitarian Award Dinner
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/28/2011%206:00:00%20PM&enddate=4/28/2011%2010:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=589550&recurrenceid=0

Friday, April 29-Sunday, May 1

ACJ ACCESS 20/20 Weekend
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/29/2011%202:00:00%20PM&enddate=5/1/2011%202:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=585767&recurrenceid=0

Friday, April 29

Tikkun Leil Shabbat
http://www.jufj.org/event/tikkun_leil_shabbat_37

Drawing on Tradition: The Book of Esther
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=537&dispDt=4/29/2011%201:00:00%20PM

A Cappella Shabbat
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=556&dispDt=4/29/2011%207:00:00%20PM

Breakfast Meeting with the Hon. Salim Jourban of Supreme Court of Israel
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/2055516936?view=Detail&id=104701

Kol Shalom and Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin: Outside the Red Tent
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/29/2011%206:30:00%20PM&enddate=4/29/2011%207:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=601374&recurrenceid=0

B’nai Tzedek: Shabbat Dinner with Michael Chertoff
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/29/2011%207:30:00%20PM&enddate=4/29/2011%209:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=600466&recurrenceid=0

9:30 Club: Balkan Beat Box in concert
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/29/2011%2011:00:00%20PM&enddate=4/29/2011%2011:59:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=602603&recurrenceid=0

Saturday, April 30

Music: Vijay Iyer Trio
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=432&dispDt=4/30/2011%208:00:00%20PM

Kol Shalom: Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, scholar-in-residence
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/30/2011%209:15:00%20AM&enddate=4/30/2011%2012:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=601375&recurrenceid=0

Adas Israel: Shabbat Unplugged Family Service
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/30/2011%2010:45:00%20AM&enddate=4/30/2011%2011:15:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=605025&recurrenceid=0

Beth Chaverim: Yom Ha’Shoah Music Program
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/30/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=4/30/2011%208:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=600280&recurrenceid=0

Farm Share 2011 for DCJCC and DC Minyan Members
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1316471336?view=Detail&id=123001

Farm Share 2011 for Non-Members
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1316471336?view=Detail&id=122981

Sunday, May 1-Tuesday, May 3

RAC Consultation on Conscience
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/1/2011%203:30:00%20PM&enddate=5/3/2011%203:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=598034&recurrenceid=0

Washington Hebrew Congregation: Al Gore gives keynote
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/1/2011%207:30:00%20PM&enddate=5/1/2011%208:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=599213&recurrenceid=0

Sunday, May 1: Yom Ha’Shoah

Jewish 20s/30s singles speed dating
http://www.prosinthecity.com/jewishevents.php#DC_9973

JCRC-affiliated Yom Ha’Shoah Commemorations
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/2055516936?view=Detail&id=104181
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/2055516936?view=Detail&id=104003
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/2055516936?view=Detail&id=104002

Beth Chai Open House
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/1/2011%209:30:00%20AM&enddate=5/1/2011%2012:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=606200&recurrenceid=0

Tikvat Israel: Am I My Planet’s Keeper?
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/1/2011%2010:00:00%20AM&enddate=5/1/2011%2011:30:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=606556&recurrenceid=0

Jewish Foundation for Group Homes: Housewarming Shower
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/1/2011%2010:00:00%20AM&enddate=5/1/2011%2012:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=587636&recurrenceid=0

National Museum of American Jewish Military History: Family Stories, Daughters, Mothers, Bubbes
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/1/2011%201:00:00%20PM&enddate=5/1/2011%205:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=596306&recurrenceid=0

Jewish War Veterans of USA: General Orde Wingate Memorial Ceremony
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/1/2011%202:30:00%20PM&enddate=5/1/2011%203:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=597920&recurrenceid=0

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

Hunger Action DC Central Kitchen
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/350816809?view=Detail&id=127824

Screening: “Killing Kasztner” and Yom Ha’Shoah Commemoration
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/350816809?view=Detail&id=127581

Summer 2011: 3 on 3 basketball registration
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/350816809?view=Detail&id=127561

Looking for a Seder to attend on the First or Second Nights?

Chag Sameach! In lieu of my regular postings, I’m offering something a little different this Passover week. I’ve been playing around with Adobe InDesign lately, so I figured why not make a flyer for JewishDC? Obviously, there’s a lot of stuff going on in the local community this week. 😛

Taken and updated from my earlier post, here is a list of upcoming seders for nights one and two! Click on the image to go to a high-res PDF. Enjoy your cupcakes and pizzas tonight! 😛

Upcoming Events: April 11-17

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!

Passover Events in the District
https://jewishdc.wordpress.com/2011/04/08/passover-in-the-district-5771/

Monday, April 11-Wednesday, April 13

Federation Dial-a-thon
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/11/2011%206:30:00%20PM&enddate=4/11/2011%209:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=591339&recurrenceid=0

Monday, April 11

Ashley Judd Reading
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=545&dispDt=4/11/2011%207:00:00%20PM

DC Noontime Series with Councilman Michael Brown
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/1808927019?view=Detail&id=104641

B’nai Tzedek: Childhood Center Open House
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/11/2011%2010:00:00%20AM&enddate=4/11/2011%2011:30:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=601306&recurrenceid=0

Tuesday, April 12

What’s Portnoy Complaining About Lately?
http://www.foundjs.org/calendar.php?evntId=574

Budget Education and Action Session
http://www.jufj.org/event/budget_education_and_action_session

Sixth & I Running Club
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=554&dispDt=4/12/2011%206:30:00%20PM

Washington College of Law: Hannah Rosenthal
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/12/2011%2012:00:00%20PM&enddate=4/12/2011%201:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=602576&recurrenceid=0

WHC: Themes in Jewish American Literature
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/12/2011%207:30:00%20PM&enddate=4/12/2011%209:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=598021&recurrenceid=0

Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray, with special guests including Laura Cohen Apelbaum from the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington
http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/film/

Wednesday, April 13

KT Tunstall Concert
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=549&dispDt=4/13/2011%208:00:00%20PM

Twin Jazz: Guitarist Nadav Remez
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/13/2011%208:00:00%20PM&enddate=4/13/2011%2010:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=591550&recurrenceid=0

Thursday, April 14

Rags Performance at Theater Labs
http://www.jufj.org/event/rags_performance_theater_labs

Tina Fey Interview
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=550&dispDt=4/14/2011%207:00:00%20PM

College of Charleston Mix’n Mingle for Jewish Students
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/14/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=4/14/2011%208:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=602327&recurrenceid=0

Jubilee Jobs
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1155114674?view=Detail&id=127601

Friday, April 15-Saturday, April 16

Regal Cinemas Gallery Place: The Human Resources Manager
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/15/2011%206:00:00%20PM&enddate=4/15/2011%208:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=602599&recurrenceid=0

Friday, April 15

Friday Night Shabbat Services with MesorahDC
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=421&dispDt=4/15/2011%206:30:00%20PM

Saturday, April 16

Saturday Morning Shabbat Services with MesorahDC
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=422&dispDt=4/16/2011%209:30:00%20AM

Tikvat Israel: Teen Service
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/16/2011%2010:15:00%20AM&enddate=4/16/2011%2012:15:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=561267&recurrenceid=0

Sunday, April 17

Chris Cornell Concert
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=521&dispDt=4/17/2011%208:00:00%20PM

JLI Wegman’s Program Fairfax
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/17/2011%2010:00:00%20AM&enddate=4/17/2011%2011:00:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=490931&recurrenceid=0

WHC: Stephen Tankel on Terrorism
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/17/2011%2010:30:00%20AM&enddate=4/17/2011%2012:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=602964&recurrenceid=0

Passover in the District 5771

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

We’re just a couple weeks 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!)

JSSA Passover Basket Pickup and Delivery
Sunday, April 10, 9 am

Adat Reyim Passover Madness!
Sunday, April 10, 9 am

Third Annual Afikomen Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, April 10, 12:30 pm

How to Cook a Passover Seder with a Spanish Twist
Sunday, April 10, 1 pm

GLOE National Rainbow Seder
Sunday, April 10, 5 pm

Labor Seder 2011
Sunday, April 10, 5:30 pm

Sixth & I Jewish Cooking 101: Passover Pastries
Tuesday, April 12, 6:30 pm

JCC of NoVa: Passover Seder for Active Retirees and Friends
Thursday, April 14, 11 am

Beth Chaverim Chocolate Passover Seder
Friday, April 15, 7 pm

Machar Passover Community Seder
Saturday, April 16, 4:30 pm

Jewish Socials First Night Passover Seder
Monday, April 18, 7 pm

Sixth & I Learner’s Seder
Monday, April 18, 7 pm

Sixth & I First Night Seder
Monday, April 18, 7:15 pm

Sixth & I Additional Seder
Monday, April 18, 7:15 pm

DCJCC Second Night Seder
Tuesday, April 19, 6 pm

Washington Hebrew Congregation Second Night Seder
Tuesday, April 19, 6 pm

2339 Second Night Seder
Tuesday, April 19, 6 pm

Adat Reyim Second Night Seder
Tuesday, April 19, 6:30 pm

Temple Emanuel Second Night Passover Seder
Tuesday, April 19, 6:30 pm

Kehilat Shalom Second Night Passover Seder
Tuesday, April 19, 7 pm

Entrypoint DC Satellite Seder and Seder-in-a-Box Second Night Seders
Tuesday, April 19, 7 pm

Adas Israel Second Night Seder
Tuesday, April 19, 7 pm

WHC Passover Freedom Seder
Wednesday, April 27, 6 pm

Upcoming Events: April 4-10

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, April 4-Wednesday, April 6

Gesher Jewish Day School Used Book Sale

http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/4/2011%207:30:00%20AM&enddate=4/4/2011%206:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=594007&recurrenceid=0

Monday, April 4

James Carroll “Jerusalem, Jerusalem” Reading

http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=542&dispDt=4/4/2011%207:00:00%20PM

Jewish Council for the Aging: The Career Getaway!

http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/4/2011%209:00:00%20AM&enddate=4/4/2011%204:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=582396&recurrenceid=0

American University: Tough Guys: Jewish Documentary Film Series

http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/4/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=4/4/2011%2010:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=576127&recurrenceid=0

Bohemian Caverns: BCJO featuring Eyal Vilner and Yaala Ballin

http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/4/2011%208:00:00%20PM&enddate=4/4/2011%2011:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=591531&recurrenceid=0

Adat Shalom Sukkot in Spring

http://www.yachad-dc.org/blog/?page_id=7

Tuesday, April 5

A Tutored Tasting with the Beer Activist

http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=551&dispDt=4/5/2011%207:00:00%20PM

AIPAC Washington Club Briefing Series

http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/5/2011%2012:00:00%20PM&enddate=4/5/2011%201:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=594710&recurrenceid=0

American University: SheshBesh Ensemble

http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/5/2011%206:45:00%20PM&enddate=4/5/2011%208:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=561861&recurrenceid=0

Lunch and Learn: Preserving Civil War Battlefields

http://jhsgw.org/programs/

DCJCC Annual Gala

http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1293255649?view=Detail&id=126804

Wednesday, April 6

“Egyptian Pharoah Akhenaten” with Dr. Sandra Scham”

http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=327

Hebrew Literacy: Alef Bet and Beyond

http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=561&dispDt=4/6/2011%207:00:00%20PM

B’nai Tzedek: Hazak Group Film & Book Talk

http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/6/2011%2012:00:00%20PM&enddate=4/6/2011%203:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=600442&recurrenceid=0

Women’s Philanthropy: Inspirations

http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/6/2011%206:00:00%20PM&enddate=4/6/2011%209:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=546175&recurrenceid=0

Thursday, April 7

“Shalom/Salaam: A Story of Mystical Fraternity,” Tom Block Event

http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=294

Fair Purple Line Campaign Meeting

http://www.jufj.org/event/fair_purple_line_campaign_meeting_6

Howard Jacobson: “The Finkler Question” Reading

http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=539&dispDt=4/7/2011%207:00:00%20PM

From the Four Corners of the Earth: Exploring Successful Models of Welcoming and Acculturating Immigrant Communities

http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/124589857?view=Detail&id=104581&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jcouncil.org%2Fsite%2FPageServer

Fairfax Regional Library: Media with Meaning

http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/7/2011%2010:00:00%20AM&enddate=4/7/2011%2011:30:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=600325&recurrenceid=0

Magen David: Search for Israel’s Lost Submarine

http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/7/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=4/7/2011%208:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=594763&recurrenceid=0

Embassy of Israel briefing on Current Situation in Middle East

http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1293255649?view=Detail&id=127421

Authors Out Loud: Melissa Ford

http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1293255649?view=Detail&id=127061

Friday, April 8

6th in the City Shabbat

http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=533&dispDt=4/8/2011%206:30:00%20PM

Sha’are Shalom: Preschool Passover Fun

http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/8/2011%2010:30:00%20AM&enddate=4/8/2011%2011:30:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=600578&recurrenceid=0

Washington Hebrew Congregation: Critical Exposure: Exhibit of Photographs by DC Inner-Youth

http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/8/2011%206:00:00%20PM&enddate=4/8/2011%208:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=598126&recurrenceid=0

Machar: Holocaust Remembrance Shabbat

http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/8/2011%207:30:00%20PM&enddate=4/8/2011%208:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=600276&recurrenceid=0

Saturday, April 9

Simone Dinnerstein, Piano

http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=431&dispDt=4/9/2011%208:00:00%20PM

B’nai Tzedek: Shabbat Yeladim Infants-2 years

http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/9/2011%2010:00:00%20AM&enddate=4/9/2011%2011:00:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=600460&recurrenceid=0

Beth El: Shabbat Nitzanim Services

http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/9/2011%2010:30:00%20AM&enddate=4/9/2011%2011:00:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=384024&recurrenceid=9373

Temple Emanuel: Silent Auction and Raffle

http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/9/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=4/9/2011%2010:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=595945&recurrenceid=0

Spring Fundraiser: Klezmer Song and Dance

https://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=ZmtxdWpubHFmbHBrdTEwajdxcGtjcHE4bmsgdW5ubHQyMzQyZTAwcWhuNGozY244ZWMwaTRAZw&ctz=America/New_York&gsessionid=OK&sf=true&output=xml

Sunday, April 10

Afikomen Scavenger Hunt

http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar/1264772023?view=Detail&id=211241&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_calendar

Art Reception: Shades of Pain and Hope

http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=93

Gil and Orli Shaham, Violin and Piano

http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=539

JSSA Passover Basket Pickup and Delivery

http://www.jssa.org/calendar?p_p_id=events_WAR_eventsportlet&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=maximized&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-2&p_p_col_count=1&_events_WAR_eventsportlet_view_cmd=view_event&_events_WAR_eventsportlet_redirect=%2Fweb%2Fguest%2Fcalendar&_events_WAR_eventsportlet_eventId=1247653

Washington Hebrew Congregation’s 20th Annual Mitzvah Day

http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/10/2011%208:00:00%20AM&enddate=4/10/2011%202:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=597973&recurrenceid=0

Tour of Capital Camps

http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/10/2011%202:00:00%20PM&enddate=4/10/2011%204:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=599966&recurrenceid=0

Magen David Torah Dedication

http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/10/2011%203:30:00%20PM&enddate=4/10/2011%204:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=594762&recurrenceid=0

Paws for a Cause, benefiting Koret School of Veterinary Medicine at Hebrew University

http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/10/2011%204:00:00%20PM&enddate=4/10/2011%208:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=447678&recurrenceid=0

Walking Tour: Jewish Washington

http://jhsgw.org/programs/

DCJCC Spring Into Action 2011

http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1293255649?view=Detail&id=127381

The Art of Comic Book Illustration

http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1364749286?view=Detail&id=127422

Artist in Conversation: Kindra Kirk

http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1364749286?view=Detail&id=127363

GLOE National Rainbow Seder

http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1364749286?view=Detail&id=127281

Kol HaOlam National Collegiate A Capella Competition Starts off with a Bang at Adas Israel

Tizmoret performs an encore song after winning best in show at the inaugural Kol HaOlam National Jewish Collegiate A Capella Competition / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

The Charles E. Smith Sanctuary was filled to the brim Saturday night after Havdalah for the inaugural Kol HaOlam National Collegiate A Capella Competition. Nine groups from seven different colleges around the country arrived to compete for best in show, among other prizes.

Washington, DC was well-represented, with the inclusion of Chutzpah from Georgetown University. UMD College Park, my once and future graduate school, featured three a capella groups—Kol Sasson, Rak Shalom and Mezumenet. Also in attendance were Jewish Fella A Capella from Brandeis U, Kaskeset from SUNY Binghampton, Shabbatones from University of Pennsylvania, Staam from Washington University of St. Louis, and Tizmoret from Queens College in New York.

Each group performed two songs, and were judged by a panel including Jordan Gorfinkel, founder of the premiere professional Jewish a capella group Beat’achon; Jason Diamond, editor-in-chief of Jewcy.com; Wayne L. Firestone, President of Hillel International; Cantor Jeffrey Weber of Adas Israel; and Mike Boxer, also master of ceremonies, who hosts KolCast, the monthly podcast dedicated to Jewish a capella, and is producer and director of Six13, among other endeavors.

A personal note—I’ve been a singer and/or former singer for 20 years, since I was a small child, mostly choral arrangements, including, once or twice, singing at Adas Israel during High Holidays. A capella is a style that I have the least amount of in depth knowledge, but these groups really blew me away with their creative compositions, spanning from traditional religious adaptations to parodies of popular songs, as well as their beautiful harmonies and snappy choreography. It was also a highly interactive performance, with the audience members clapping along and sending in text messages for the audience favorite (the Shabbatones won that one.) The entire two and a half hour-long concert seemed to go by in an instant, until the part where we had to wait for the judges to tally their scores. 😛 Beyond Tizmoret winning best group they also won for best solo, and Staam won for best arrangement.

I left hoping this is the start of a great new tradition. As noted often throughout the evening, Jews are a people who have been singing songs in the synagogue or around the table for thousands of years. We need all the opportunities we can get to honor Jews in song, particularly young Jews. Congratulations to all of the performers, and all the people who made this night possible!

Post “encore”: check out my YouTube vids of Kol Sasson and Mezumenet. Enjoy!