Upcoming Events: June 27-July 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, June 27

Open to Interpretation: Defining Modern Orthodoxy
http://www.foundjs.org/calendar.php?evntId=592

Living Wages, Healthy Communities Campaign Meeting
http://www.jufj.org/event/living_wages_healthy_communities_campaign_meeting

Ohr Kodesh: The Arab Spring Town Hall Forum
http://jconnect.org/Events/tabid/61/ctl/Details/mid/824/EventId/107/EventDateId/156/mid/824/Default.aspx

JProDC: June 2011 Colleague Connections
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1307496832?view=Detail&id=128502

Tuesday, June 28

Interfaith Climate Change Discussion Circle
http://www.jufj.org/event/interfaith_climate_change_discussion_circle

Israeli Culture Through Hebrew Conversation
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=608&dispDt=6/28/2011%206:30:00%20PM

Wednesday, June 29

Social Media=Social Change
http://www.jufj.org/event/social_media_social_change

Sixth & I Running Club
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=554&dispDt=6/29/2011%206:30:00%20PM

Strathmore: Rafi Malkiel in Concert
http://jconnect.org/Events/tabid/61/ctl/Details/mid/824/EventId/81/EventDateId/106/mid/824/Default.aspx

JSC: Islam and Politics in Arab Countries
http://jconnect.org/Events/tabid/61/ctl/Details/mid/824/EventId/100/EventDateId/148/mid/824/Default.aspx

Handmade for the Homeless June 2011
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1307496832?view=Detail&id=128245

Thursday, June 30

Theatre J New Subscriber Insider Deal
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1307496832?view=Detail&id=126821

Friday, June 1

Club Getaway Fourth of July Vacation
http://www.prosinthecity.com/jewishevents.php#DC_10090

Tikkun Leil Shabbat
http://www.jufj.org/event/tikkun_leil_shabbat_40

Sixth Street Minyan
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=326&dispDt=7/1/2011%206:45:00%20PM

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Israeli Documentary Focusing on Musicians Features at the DCJCC Jewish Music Festival

When one usually thinks of the annual Washington Jewish Music Festival—or any festival for that matter—one pictures concerts; guitars, pianos, vocals, etc. But to spruce things up a bit (and partially due to scheduling complications) I decided to attend the airing of two episodes of Culture Heroes. A really intriguing series!

Zubin Mehta / image courtesy of Wikipedia

The first episode centered around Zubin Mehta,the Bombay-born, Vienna-trained Zorastrian who came to the Israeli Philharmonic when a spot opened up in the ’60s. The documentary was very off-the-cuff; director Ori Sivan was obviously recording with a handheld, frequently segued into sports and things of more interest to him, and was as much a subject of the film himself as Mehta was—particularly regarding his grandmother, who was the Philharmonic’s first harpist from the ’30s to the ’60s. He had a cute sense of humor, though, and sent the audience chuckling.

Chava Alberstein / image courtesy of Wikipedia

The second documentary, featuring folk singer Chava Alberstein,was what drew me to this event. Back in late high school, when I was grasping for a connection to Israel and my Jewish heritage, I happened upon a CD of hers in the world music section at Borders. Not only is she reviving Yiddish (:D) but her melodies are soothing and her lyrics are mellow and Earthy. In the documentary, she disdained the Israeli bent towards over-sentimalization, which I took to mean the country’s stereotype about being a place where emotions—among other things—run on high. Although these songs were definitely moving, they ran more on the chill side of things. Director Sivan Arbel largely stayed out of this film—Alberstein gave her little choice, since as other audience members quipped, the singer rarely shut up. 😛 But I was also drawn to the fact that in every moment of Alberstein’s recorded life, she seemed two steps away from a song…effortlessly sitting down to strum a tune or hum a melody to grandkids.

The Jewish Music Festival concludes this Sunday with a family concert at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, but there are still plenty more concerts on the horizon! The “Culture Heroes” viewing was co-sponsored with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Find my coverage of the last two years here and here.

Upcoming Events: June 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!

Ongoing Until June 16

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

Monday, June 13

Interfaith Meditation
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=592&dispDt=6/13/2011%207:30:00%20PM

Agnes Obel Concert
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=597&dispDt=6/13/2011%208:00:00%20PM

JCCGW Golf and Tennis Tournament
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/13/2011%2011:00:00%20AM&enddate=6/13/2011%206:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=535910&recurrenceid=0

AishDC Women’s Supper under the Stars
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/13/2011%206:30:00%20PM&enddate=6/13/2011%208:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=470425&recurrenceid=0

Yeshiva of Greater Washington Boys School Graduation
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/13/2011%208:00:00%20PM&enddate=6/13/2011%2010:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=542594&recurrenceid=0

Community Service Camp: Early Session
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1374471212?view=Detail&id=127141

Vinyasa Yoga Summer 2011
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1374471212?view=Detail&id=127024

Tuesday, June 14

DC Statehood Rally
http://www.jufj.org/event/dc_statehood_rally

JCRC Annual Meeting
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/1744854116?view=Detail&id=104761

American Friends of Lubavitch Benefit
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/14/2011%205:00:00%20PM&enddate=6/14/2011%209:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=595888&recurrenceid=0

Authors Out Loud: Liliane Willens
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1522030499?view=Detail&id=127103

Interfaith Couples Workshop June 2011
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1522030499?view=Detail&id=127722

Wednesday, June 15

Putting Race on the Table
http://www.jufj.org/event/putting_race_table

AIPAC’s Washington Club Briefing Series
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/15/2011%2012:00:00%20PM&enddate=6/15/2011%201:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=594712&recurrenceid=0

Gesher Jewish Day School Graduation Ceremony
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/15/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=6/15/2011%208:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=502768&recurrenceid=0

JSC: Jews of Nashville
https://www.google.com/calendar/event?eid=MXI4cTU5MjQyY2l2bTk1NmFqbHFjc29taW8gdW5ubHQyMzQyZTAwcWhuNGozY244ZWMwaTRAZw&ctz=America/New_York&gsessionid=OK

Interfaith Couples: Building Community, Creating Conversation
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1522030499?view=Detail&id=128261

Introduction to Judaism Summer 2011
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1522030499?view=Detail&id=127721

Thursday, June 16

Jewish Cooking 101: Farmers’ Market Meals
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=588&dispDt=6/16/2011%206:30:00%20PM

Sixth & I/BBI Trivia Under the Stars
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=606&dispDt=6/16/2011%207:00:00%20PM

Chabad Gala Dinner and Auction
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/16/2011%206:00:00%20PM&enddate=6/16/2011%2010:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=594632&recurrenceid=0

Hunger Action at 16 and J
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1826849687?view=Detail&id=128244

WHC 2339 Nats vs Cardinals Game
http://www.whctemple.org/2239.htm

Friday, June 17-Sunday, June 19

Am Kolel Mussar Weekend with Rabbi Ira Stone
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/17/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=6/19/2011%2012:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=609910&recurrenceid=0

Friday, June 17

Mussar & Spiritual Activism Shabbaton
http://www.jufj.org/event/mussar_spiritual_activism_shabbaton

Saturday, June 18

Troop Beverly Hills: The Experience
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=587&dispDt=6/18/2011%207:30:00%20PM

Sunday, June 19

Ohev Sholom Gala
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/19/2011%205:30:00%20PM&enddate=6/19/2011%2010:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=617030&recurrenceid=0

Sixth & I’s “The Ten” offered literature, song and religious study to herald in Shavuot

Nathan Englander discusses his work with "New York Times" writer David Segal. /photo taken by Rachel Mauro

Sixth & Iopened its doors to the local Jewish community Tuesday in order to celebrate Shavuot, which chronicles when Moses received the Torah on Mount Sinai.

Fiction writer Nathan Englander was interviewed for a live audience by David Segal of the New York Times. Much of the talk centered around a recent translation he did of the Passover Haggadah, his religious upbringing, and his novel, “The Ministry of Special Cases,” though his commentary on each question was intense and far-reaching.

Indie rock band DeLeon performs Sephardic-inspired music. /photo taken by Rachel Mauro

Later, participants had the chance to either study the idea of Jewish “chosenness” with Rabbi Shira Stutman, or listen to a set of music by indie rock band DeLeon.The group cranked out a few hours’ worth of Sephardic-inspired tunes.

Also downstairs in the social hall where the band played there were several snacks, including cookies, ice cream sodas and other dairy delectables that are traditional on Shavuot, plus chips, New York pickles and freshly brewed beer. In the corner, people gathered to watch a muted showing of Cecil B. DeMille’s famous “The Ten Commandments,” inspired by the Passover story, which led ancient Israelites to wander the desert and receive the Torah.

The evening concluded with a minyan service, then traditional Torah study from 10 until midnight. All in all, it was an incredible experience, and a chance for people to connect to Judaism on several different levels. The event was free to all, thanks in part to donations from various foundations and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

Upcoming Events: June 6-12

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 6

Walmart Campaign Meeting
http://www.jufj.org/event/walmart_campaign_meeting_1

Tifereth Israel and JSC: Music and Healing
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/6/2011%207:00:00%20PM&enddate=6/6/2011%208:15:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=622196&recurrenceid=0

Tuesday, June 7

National Forum on the Human Right for Housing
http://www.jufj.org/event/national_forum_human_right_housing

Busboys and Poets Organizing Mixer
http://www.jufj.org/event/busboys_poets_organizing_mixer

PJLL: God, An Ongoing Conversation
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/7/2011%2012:30:00%20PM&enddate=6/7/2011%202:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=621692&recurrenceid=14058

Wednesday, June 8: Shavuot

Check out DC-area events here!
https://jewishdc.wordpress.com/2011/06/05/celebrate-shavuot-5771-in-dc/

Thursday, June 9-Sunday, June 26

Washington DCJCC Jewish Music Festival
http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/music/wjmf/

Friday, June 10

Washington Worker’s Walking Tour
http://www.jufj.org/event/washington_workers_walking_tour

Pride Shabbat
http://www.jufj.org/event/pride_shabbat

6th in the City Shabbat
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=591&dispDt=6/10/2011%206:30:00%20PM

Saturday, June 11

DC Scavenge at Sundown
http://www.jufj.org/event/dc_scavenge_sundown

Michael Shermer Reading
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=564&dispDt=6/11/2011%208:00:00%20PM

Beth El: Shabbat Nitzanim Services
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/11/2011%2010:30:00%20AM&enddate=6/11/2011%2011:00:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=384026&recurrenceid=9373

March with GLOE at the Capital Pride Parade
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/374319051?view=Detail&id=128161

Sunday, June 12

Mitzvah Hoppin: Lucky Dog Animal Rescue
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar/577588845?view=Detail&id=212021&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_calendar

Sixth & I Running Club
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=567&dispDt=6/12/2011%2010:00:00%20AM

Har Shalom Huge Yard Sale
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/12/2011%207:30:00%20AM&enddate=6/12/2011%201:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=631891&recurrenceid=0

Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation: Hebrew Classes for Adults
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/12/2011%209:30:00%20AM&enddate=6/12/2011%2010:30:00%20AM&id=75&eventid=615702&recurrenceid=14006

Beth Ami: Interactive Expo-Empowering Those Over 50
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/12/2011%2010:00:00%20AM&enddate=6/12/2011%204:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=602825&recurrenceid=0

Gesher Jewish Day School: NOVA Bar and Bat Mitzvah Expo 2011
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/12/2011%2010:00:00%20AM&enddate=6/12/2011%202:00:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=625722&recurrenceid=0

AVODAH: Top Chef Makes Your Bubby’s Recipes
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/12/2011%2011:00:00%20AM&enddate=6/12/2011%201:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=631827&recurrenceid=0

Art and Remembrance Fundraiser
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/12/2011%204:30:00%20PM&enddate=6/12/2011%206:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=596908&recurrenceid=0

JNF Honorary Dinner
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/12/2011%205:30:00%20PM&enddate=6/12/2011%209:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=597485&recurrenceid=0

JCCGW: Hy Wolfe Concert
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=6/12/2011%208:00:00%20PM&enddate=6/12/2011%209:30:00%20PM&id=75&eventid=616567&recurrenceid=0

Emery Shelter Visit June 2011
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/374319051?view=Detail&id=128243

Jews, Jazz and Booze BBQ
http://www.adasisrael.org/upimages/downloads_yp/Jazz,%20Jews,%20and%20Booze%20-%20June%2012,%202011.pdf

Celebrate Shavuot 5771 in DC!

Graphic courtesy of Phillip Martin Bible Clip Art

Graphic courtesy of Phillip Martin Bible Clip Art

Prepare to get your Torah on! Wednesday is Shavuot, the celebration of when Moses brought Gd’s laws down from Mount Sinai after 50 days of wandering through the dessert. You may recall that Passover celebrates our exodus from Egyptian slavery, and Counting the Omer is symbolic of the Israelites’ journey to the Mount.

Check out some ways to get involved with local Jewish learning in preparation this special holiday.

Tuesday, June 7

The Ten: An Alternate Shavuot Experience
6:45 pm
Birthright Israel and Sixth & I team up to bring you The Ten, featuring a night of alternative ways to connect to the Jewish faith. Hear from Nathan Englander, The New Yorker’s-acclaimed writer, listen to the indie rock sounds of DeLeon, discuss texts ‘til midnight and more!

Tikkun Leil Shavuot
8 pm
Jews United for Justice host their usual Shabbat service, followed by all-night text study. The evening will focus on Torah, food and sustainable communities.