Upcoming Events: May 31-June 5

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!

Tuesday, May 31

Kabbalah: Uncovering the Mysteries of the Universe
http://www.foundjs.org/calendar.php?evntId=566

Wednesday, June 1

B’nai Tzedek: James Journey to Jerusalem Film
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/1/2011%2012:00:00%20PM&enddate=6/1/2011%202:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=617492&recurrenceid=0

JCCNV: Parent Support Group for Caregivers of Children with Special Needs
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/1/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=6/1/2011%208:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=623479&recurrenceid=14079

Adas Israel and JSC: Foods of Israel Today
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/1/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=6/1/2011%208:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=625858&recurrenceid=14143

Thursday, June 2

David McCullough Reading
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=590&dispDt=6/2/2011%207:00:00%20PM

Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy Annual Celebration
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/2/2011%206:30:00%20PM&enddate=6/2/2011%209:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=582422&recurrenceid=0

Gallery Opening: Life. Color. Kenya
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/315568532?view=Detail&id=128246

Hunger Action at 16 Street J
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/315568532?view=Detail&id=128242

Learn the Game of Mah Jongg June 2011
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/315568532?view=Detail&id=128202

Friday, June 3

Shabbat Evening Services with MesorahDC
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=421&dispDt=6/3/2011%206:30:00%20PM

6th Street Minyan
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=326&dispDt=6/3/2011%206:30:00%20PM

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

Saturday, June 4

Shabbat Morning Services with MesorahDC
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=422&dispDt=6/4/2011%209:30:00%20AM

Shabbatots: Family Shabbat
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=596&dispDt=6/4/2011%2010:00:00%20AM

Adas Israel: L’Dor Va’Dor Shabbat
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/4/2011%206:00:00%20PM&enddate=6/4/2011%208:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=563413&recurrenceid=13017

Sunday, June 5

Kemp Mill Synagogue: Eldercare Program
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/5/2011%209:30:00%20AM&enddate=6/5/2011%2011:00:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=625519&recurrenceid=0

JCCNV: Family Fun at the Farm!
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/5/2011%2010:00:00%20AM&enddate=6/5/2011%2011:00:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=621850&recurrenceid=0

Israel Bonds Ambassadors Ball
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/5/2011%206:00:00%20PM&enddate=6/5/2011%2010:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=493407&recurrenceid=0

Temple Emanuel: The Rise and Fall of Jerusalem
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/5/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=6/5/2011%207:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=609991&recurrenceid=0

Beth Shalom Annual Banquet
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/5/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=6/5/2011%209:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=561389&recurrenceid=0

Tikvat Israel: A Celebration of Piyutim
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/5/2011%207:30:00%20PM&enddate=6/5/2011%209:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=617067&recurrenceid=0

Hunger Action at DC Central Kitchen
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/340810007?view=Detail&id=128241

Swim Stroke Technique June 2011
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/340810007?view=Detail&id=127490

Parenting Center Workshop: Healthy Eating for Busy Families
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/340810007?view=Detail&id=127901

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DC, MD and VA JCCs Celebrate Israel with Day-Long Programming

Israel@63 decor decor at the Washington, DC Jewish Community Center / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

No matter where you live in the Greater Washington area, you were probably close to an “Israel@63” Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration last Sunday, which happened to be Lag B’Omer.

Three JCCs—the Washington, DC Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, and the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia worked in conjunction last Sunday to provide various programming to all age groups, including a recreation of an Israeli shuk; showings of Shalom Sesame, modeled after Sesame Street; food and wine tastings; Israeli dance; the musical stylings of groups such as UMD’s all-female a capella Mezumenet and the hip hop/reggae duo from Israel, Axum; and more!

It was truly a community event; not only a place for people to schmooze, but local organizations like PJLL and HIAS had booths, and JNF was on call to advocate for Israeli environmentalism and the economy. Washington Jewish Week offered discounted subscriptions.

So more than just a celebration about Israel, last Sunday was a celebration about Jewish life. There’s something special about the idea that these JCCs and partner orgs banded together of a sorts; you could drive (or metro) from one place to the other and get swept up in the party anew. Two states and the District of Columbia fused into one. I hope this tradition continues for years to come!  Check out the Federation write-up of this multi-faceted event here.

Upcoming Events: May 16-22

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 16

Mother’s Circle Informational Meeting
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=543&dispDt=5/16/2011%206:30:00%20PM

American University: The Turbulent Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/16/2011%208:00:00%20AM&enddate=5/16/2011%204:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=611187&recurrenceid=0

Federation: VOICES
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/16/2011%206:00:00%20PM&enddate=5/16/2011%208:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=494733&recurrenceid=0

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Tribute Dinner Honoring Elie Weisel
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/16/2011%206:30:00%20PM&enddate=5/16/2011%209:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=468903&recurrenceid=0

Chabad of Fairfax: Ladies Trivia Night
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/16/2011%207:30:00%20PM&enddate=5/16/2011%2010:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=617040&recurrenceid=0

JSC: Weekday Amidah: A Gateway for Transitions
https://www.google.com/calendar/event?eid=bmdxM2kxamJ2bDVqMmk2NDczcTRpOThhOGtfMjAxMTA1MTZUMjMwMDAwWiB1bm5sdDIzNDJlMDBxaG40ajNjbjhlYzBpNEBn&ctz=America/New_York&gsessionid=OK

Tuesday, May 17-Thursday, May 19

Pearlstone Wellness Retreat for Active Retirees 55-plus
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/17/2011%201:30:00%20PM&enddate=5/19/2011%201:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=571749&recurrenceid=0

Tuesday, May 17

Sixth & I/BBI Third Year Anniversary Trivia Night
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=578&dispDt=5/17/2011%207:00:00%20PM

JCA 50-plus employment expo
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/17/2011%2010:00:00%20AM&enddate=5/17/2011%203:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=552634&recurrenceid=0

JSC: Sacred Fragrances of the Tenach
https://www.google.com/calendar/event?eid=NGNiMjFpZG90cmk2dGlibjNwb3NyaXExNHMgdW5ubHQyMzQyZTAwcWhuNGozY244ZWMwaTRAZw&ctz=America/New_York&gsessionid=OK

Theater J Season 2011-12 Preview Event
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1273700436?view=Detail&id=127861

Yoram Peri: The Changing Face of Israeli Society
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1273700436?view=Detail&id=127802

Wednesday, May 18

Taglit-Birthright Israel Pre-Trip Orientation
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar/1633887697?view=Detail&id=211785&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_calendar

Jewish 30s and 40s Singles Speed Dating
http://www.prosinthecity.com/jewishevents.php#DC_9962

Safety Net Safari
http://www.jufj.org/event/safety_net_safari

DC Women’s Protest for DC Rights
http://www.jufj.org/event/dc_womens_protest_dc_rights_3_3

Lilith Salon: Getting Dressed in the Morning
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=576&dispDt=5/18/2011%207:00:00%20PM

B’nai Israel: An Evening with Leonard Nimoy
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/18/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=5/18/2011%2010:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=560907&recurrenceid=0

Chocolate for Change
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1273700436?view=Detail&id=127801

Hatha Yoga with Shankara
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1273700436?view=Detail&id=127028

Thursday, May 19

Kopecky Family Band
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=515&dispDt=5/19/2011%208:00:00%20PM

JCRC Annual Gala
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/2099600287?view=Detail&id=101201

Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School Alumni Event
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/19/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=5/19/2011%209:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=606361&recurrenceid=0

Opening Reception: Blueprints
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1273700436?view=Detail&id=127841

Hunger Action at 16 and J
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1273700436?view=Detail&id=127822

Friday, May 20-Sunday, May 22

Adas Israel: Israel Weekend
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/20/2011%208:00:00%20PM&enddate=5/22/2011%2010:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=511773&recurrenceid=0

Friday, May 20

Tikkun Leil Shabbat
http://www.jufj.org/event/tikkun_leil_shabbat_38

Sixth & Rye Food Truck—Opening Day

Friday Night Shabbat Services with MesorahDC
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=421&dispDt=5/20/2011%206:30:00%20PM

Washington Hebrew Congregation: Anniversary of Rabbi Lustig and Mitzvah Day
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/20/2011%206:00:00%20PM&enddate=5/20/2011%2010:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=543651&recurrenceid=0

Saturday, May 21

Saturday Morning Shabbat Services with MesorahDC
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=422&dispDt=5/21/2011%209:30:00%20AM

Sunday, May 22-Tuesday, May 24

AIPAC Policy Conference
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/22/2011%209:00:00%20AM&enddate=5/24/2011%209:00:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=581465&recurrenceid=0

Sunday, May 22: Lag B’Omer

JSSA Annual Gala
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=953994

Budget Meeting with Councilmember Cheh
http://www.jufj.org/event/budget_meeting_councilmember_cheh

JCCNV: 2nd annual cycling event
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/22/2011%208:00:00%20AM&enddate=5/22/2011%204:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=571752&recurrenceid=0

JCCNV: Forever Young Concert and Brunch
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/22/2011%2010:00:00%20AM&enddate=5/22/2011%2012:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=577047&recurrenceid=0

Temple Emanuel Religious School Open House
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/22/2011%2010:00:00%20AM&enddate=5/22/2011%2012:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=617539&recurrenceid=0

Kehilat Shalom: Lag B’Omer Picnic
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/22/2011%2012:00:00%20PM&enddate=5/22/2011%202:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=617036&recurrenceid=0

Washington Hebrew Congregation: Family Carnival & Silent Auction
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/22/2011%2012:00:00%20PM&enddate=5/22/2011%203:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=607138&recurrenceid=0

Beth El: Hazzan Lubin Retirement Tribute
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/22/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=5/22/2011%209:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=595374&recurrenceid=0

Yiddish DC: Sholem Aleichem program
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/22/2011%207:30:00%20PM&enddate=5/22/2011%209:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=614022&recurrenceid=0

Twin Jazz: Israeli Jazz Ensemble
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/22/2011%208:00:00%20PM&enddate=5/22/2011%2011:59:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=614170&recurrenceid=0

Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut 5771 in DC!

Graphic courtesy of Wikipedia

Israel’s 63rd birthday was last week, leaving local Jewish organizations to get their parties on! Check out these upcoming attractions.

Sunday, May 15
Magen David Yom Ha’atzmaut BBQ
2:30 pm

Saturday, May 21
YP@AI Yom Ha’atzmaut BBQ
9:00 pm

Sunday, May 22
Local JCCs celebrate Israel@63
DCJCC; 11:00 am
JCC NOVA; 12:00 pm
JCC GW; 2:00 pm

For more information on Yom Ha’atzmaut, click here.

Upcoming Events: May 9-15

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 9: Yom HaziKaron

Geraldine Brooks reading
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=563&dispDt=5/9/2011%207:00:00%20PM

JCA Productive Aging Dinner
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/9/2011%206:30:00%20PM&enddate=5/9/2011%2010:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=528198&recurrenceid=0

JSC: Exploring the Kabbalah
https://www.google.com/calendar/event?eid=Zm42dm4yMjZjYTRkMTBiam9obzBxcjVocXNfMjAxMTA1MDlUMjMwMDAwWiB1bm5sdDIzNDJlMDBxaG40ajNjbjhlYzBpNEBn&ctz=America/New_York&gsessionid=OK

Summer 2001 Bellydance Class
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1087080859?view=Detail&id=127980

Tuesday, May 10: Yom Haatzmaut

Birthright Israel Happy Hour
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar/579031826?view=Detail&id=211644&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_calendar

Jewish Cooking 101: Israeli Class
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=580&dispDt=5/10/2011%206:30:00%20PM

Wednesday, May 11

DC Women’s Protest for DC Rights
http://www.jufj.org/event/dc_womens_protest_dc_rights_2_3

Mika Brzezinski reading
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=570&dispDt=5/11/2011%207:00:00%20PM

B’nai Israel Golf Classic
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/11/2011%208:00:00%20AM&enddate=5/11/2011%204:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=571687&recurrenceid=0

AJC Civic Achievement Dinner Honoring Mario Morino
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/11/2011%206:30:00%20PM&enddate=5/11/2011%209:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=542993&recurrenceid=0

Magen David: Saddam Hussein, Iraqi Jews and “Zionists”
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/11/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=5/11/2011%208:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=608491&recurrenceid=0

JSC: Three Classic Midrashim: Talmud as Hypertext
https://www.google.com/calendar/event?eid=YzBlMmZrbXFoNGRrdWZuc2k2Yjl1anJqY2NfMjAxMTA1MTFUMjMwMDAwWiB1bm5sdDIzNDJlMDBxaG40ajNjbjhlYzBpNEBn&ctz=America/New_York&gsessionid=OK

JSC: Savoring the Psalms
https://www.google.com/calendar/event?eid=Nzlpc28xdjZidm4xNXI2bHRsZWZ2NDJqYW9fMjAxMTA1MTJUMDAzMDAwWiB1bm5sdDIzNDJlMDBxaG40ajNjbjhlYzBpNEBn&ctz=America/New_York&gsessionid=OK

Theater J: The Moscows of Nantucket
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1087080859?view=Detail&id=127464

Thursday, May 12

Reclaiming our Democracy: Money, Politics and the Fall of Middle Class
http://www.jufj.org/event/reclaiming_our_democracy_money_politics_and_fall_middle_class

Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue
http://www.jufj.org/event/film_forward_advancing_cultural_dialogue

Court Yard Hounds concert
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=571&dispDt=5/12/2011%208:00:00%20PM

JSSA Volunteer Appreciation Reception
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/12/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=5/12/2011%209:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=594370&recurrenceid=0

Kemp Mills: Federal Jobs Workshop
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/12/2011%207:30:00%20PM&enddate=5/12/2011%209:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=612657&recurrenceid=0

Fairfax Kollel: Dessert Reception
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/12/2011%207:30:00%20PM&enddate=5/12/2011%208:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=612651&recurrenceid=0

NoVa Hebrew Congregation: Domestic Issues Confronting Israel
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/12/2011%208:00:00%20PM&enddate=5/12/2011%209:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=606899&recurrenceid=0

Magen David: Sephardic Bet Midrash
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/12/2011%208:15:00%20PM&enddate=5/12/2011%209:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=613641&recurrenceid=13960

Friday, May 13

6th in the City Shabbat
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=532&dispDt=5/13/2011%206:30:00%20PM

Temple Emanuel: Shabbat Alive!
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/13/2011%206:30:00%20PM&enddate=5/13/2011%209:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=610285&recurrenceid=0

Saturday, May 14

Shabbat morning service led by Rabbi Shira Stutman and Cantor Larry Paul
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=573&dispDt=5/14/2011%2010:00:00%20AM

Beth El: Shabbat Nitzanim
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/14/2011%2010:30:00%20AM&enddate=5/14/2011%2011:00:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=384025&recurrenceid=9373

Temple Emanuel: Shabbat Alive!
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/14/2011%204:30:00%20PM&enddate=5/14/2011%207:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=610306&recurrenceid=0

Balagan DC: Celebrating Israel’s Birthday
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/14/2011%2010:30:00%20PM&enddate=5/14/2011%2011:59:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=609609&recurrenceid=0

Sunday, May 15

Birthright Jew at the Zoo
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar/579031826?view=Detail&id=211642&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_calendar

Menahem Pressler, pianist
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=539

Not by Power Environmental Event
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=579&dispDt=5/15/2011%204:00:00%20PM

Har Shalom: Potomac Spring House Tour
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/15/2011%209:30:00%20AM&enddate=5/16/2011%204:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=610366&recurrenceid=0

Machar: Jewish Cultural School Year in Review
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/15/2011%2010:30:00%20AM&enddate=5/15/2011%2012:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=611225&recurrenceid=0

Tikvat Israel: Annual Carnival, Auction and Raffle Extravaganza
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/15/2011%2010:30:00%20AM&enddate=5/15/2011%202:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=607844&recurrenceid=0

YISE and YGW: Yahrtzeit Gathering for Rabbi G. Anemer
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/15/2011%201:00:00%20PM&enddate=5/15/2011%203:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=596626&recurrenceid=0

Yachad in Sukkot in Spring community service events across local synagogues
http://www.yachad-dc.org/blog/?page_id=7

It’s that time of year again…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.

Earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) issued her annual press release about this important, cultural event:

“It is a great sense of personal pride that the first legislation I filed that was passed by Congress back in 2006 was a resolution that created Jewish American Heritage Month, or JAHM. This special month seeks to create awareness of the contributions that Jewish Americans have made to our country and its history. From sports, to academia, to the arts, to politics, Jewish men and women brought their mettle, creativity, and fresh ideas to the table. No matter what your background, we can all learn a great deal from the inspiring American Jews who came before us.”

Read the rest of her statement, plus President Obama’s official declaration, here.

And check out The Library of Congress JAHM page for lectures, exhibits, events and more happening on Capitol Hill!

Meanwhile, the local Jewish community is celebrating as well. The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington’s latest newsletter is filled with programs this month celebrating Jewish American history and achievements. Here’s a quick 411 on what’s coming up:

May 17: A lecture on the Ten Commandments and their place in America, co-sponsored with the Foundation for Jewish Studies
May 18: An illustrated lecture on Jewish life in Mr. Lincoln’s City

May 25: A dinner and lecture on Jewish holiday cooking traditions, in conjunction with the National Archives

May 30: A reception honoring JHSGW’s Lincoln exhibit on display at the John A. Wilson Building, co-sponsored with the Jewish Community Relations Council

Whether near or far, Jew or non-Jew, I hope you take a moment to celebrate this small but mighty ethnic group’s contributions to American life.

(2009 coverage)
(2010 coverage)
(photo is of Emma Lazarus, Jewish American poet whose work appears at the base of the Statue of Liberty)

Upcoming Events: May 2-8

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 2

RAC’s 50th Anniversary Gala
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/2/2011%206:30:00%20PM&enddate=5/2/2011%208:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=598043&recurrenceid=0

Tuesday, May 3

Psalms through the eyes of Jewish Composers
http://www.foundjs.org/calendar.php?evntId=565

Jabotinsky: Enduring Insights
http://www.foundjs.org/calendar.php?evntId=576

Housing for All Rally
http://www.jufj.org/event/housing_all_rally

Interfaith Couples Community
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=524&dispDt=5/3/2011%207:30:00%20PM

J-Fed Network Lunch & Learn
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/3/2011%2012:00:00%20PM&enddate=5/3/2011%201:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=582723&recurrenceid=0

UMD: Times of Revolution: Egypt then and now
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/3/2011%204:15:00%20PM&enddate=5/3/2011%205:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=610620&recurrenceid=0

Montgomery College Holocaust Commemoration Ceremony
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/3/2011%206:30:00%20PM&enddate=5/3/2011%208:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=610656&recurrenceid=0

JHSGW Lunch and Learn: Searching for Survivors : The Fate of the “St Louis” Passengers
http://jhsgw.org/programs/

Authors Out Loud: Rochelle Saidel
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/2038665425?view=Detail&id=127062

Wednesday, May 4

Arguing with Gd: A Good Jewish Habit
http://www.foundjs.org/calendar.php?evntId=580

DC Women’s Protest for DC Rights
http://www.jufj.org/event/dc_womens_protest_dc_rights_1_3

“We’ve Only Just Begun” with Paul Williams
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=565&dispDt=5/4/2011%208:00:00%20PM

Fashion Show and Benefit for Cancer Shmancer
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/4/2011%206:30:00%20PM&enddate=5/4/2011%2010:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=610604&recurrenceid=0

Magen David: Nevi’im, The Prophets
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/4/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=5/4/2011%208:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=609959&recurrenceid=13791

Challah-Baking as Spiritual Practice
https://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=b2ZrdTJ2cjJodTRrZGlnODRoN2JoNGw3Mm8gdW5ubHQyMzQyZTAwcWhuNGozY244ZWMwaTRAZw&ctz=America/New_York&pli=1&gsessionid=sVEEj0gMFLiqf17Sd9_SOA&sf=true&output=xml

Islam and Politics in Arab Countries
https://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=YWVoYTY2dnZmY2NlNXRva2s4Y2ZhZzA0MzBfMjAxMTA1MDRUMjMwMDAwWiB1bm5sdDIzNDJlMDBxaG40ajNjbjhlYzBpNEBn&ctz=America/New_York&gsessionid=OK&sf=true&output=xml

Affairs of the Heart: Young Professionals Study Group
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/2038665425?view=Detail&id=127491

Thursday, May 5

Call-in Day for Homeless Services
http://www.jufj.org/event/call_in_day_homeless_services

FPL Potluck
http://www.jufj.org/event/fpl_potluck

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, pianist
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=433&dispDt=5/5/2011%208:00:00%20PM

JCRC NoVa Commission Spring Meeting
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/1784729205?view=Detail&id=104661

UMD: Jewish Influences in American Politics
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/5/2011%2012:30:00%20PM&enddate=5/5/2011%202:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=556327&recurrenceid=0

UMD Film: Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/5/2011%204:00:00%20PM&enddate=5/5/2011%206:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=610619&recurrenceid=0

Friday, May 6

Shabbat Hoppin’ with Shir Delight
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar/434408380?view=Detail&id=211861&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_calendar

6th Street Minyan
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=326&dispDt=5/6/2011%206:30:00%20PM

Friday Night Services with MesorahDC
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=421&dispDt=5/6/2011%206:30:00%20PM

Saturday, May 7-Sunday, May 8

Hiddur Mitzvah Center Opening
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/7/2011%208:00:00%20PM&enddate=5/8/2011%2010:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=601076&recurrenceid=0

Saturday, May 7

Saturday Morning Services with MesorahDC
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=422&dispDt=5/7/2011%209:30:00%20AM

Sixth & I Shabbatots
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=577&dispDt=5/7/2011%2010:00:00%20AM

Adas Israel: L’Dor Vador Shabbat
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/7/2011%206:00:00%20PM&enddate=5/7/2011%208:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=563412&recurrenceid=13017

B’nai Tzedek: The Second City of Chicago
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/7/2011%208:45:00%20PM&enddate=5/7/2011%2011:59:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=600225&recurrenceid=0

Sunday, May 8

Sixth & I Running Club
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=572&dispDt=5/8/2011%2010:00:00%20AM

DCJCC Emery Shelter Visit
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/2038665425?view=Detail&id=127823