Celebrate Purim in 5772!

Graphic Courtesy of Crystal Cloud Graphics

Graphic Courtesy of Crystal Cloud Graphics

Purim starts on Wednesday, 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!

Monday, March 5

Hamentaschen Baking
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1599886645?view=Detail&id=131281
7:00 pm

Wednesday, March 7

B’nai Tzedek: Purim Young Family Service
jconnect
5:30 am

Purim Wine and Cheesentaschen
https://www.wizevents.com/register/register_add.php?sessid=2471&id=1361
6:00 pm

Tifereth Israel: Purim Service, Skits, Costumes
jconnect
6:45 pm

AishDC Megillah Reading and Costume Party
http://www.aishdc.org/2011/event.php?id=133
6:45 pm

Tikkun Leil Shabbat Purim Celebration
http://www.jufj.org/event/tikkun_leil_shabbat_purim_celebration
6:45 pm

The Megillah Mash-Up
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=742&dispDt=3/7/2012%207:00:00%20PM
7:00 pm

Bet Mishpachah: Purim Service and Celebration
jconnect
7:00 pm

Tikvat Israel Purim Celebration
jconnect
7:00 pm

Beth El: Megillah Madness
jconnect
7:30 pm

Upcoming Events: January 23-29

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, January 24

The Search for Jewish Identity Using the Short Stories of Sholem Aleichem
http://www.foundjs.org/calendar.php?evntId=635

Music and the Jewish Immigrant Experience: Jewish Sources in the Music of Gershwin, Copland and Bernstein
http://www.foundjs.org/calendar.php?evntId=628

Hub DC Citizen Circles Peer Learning Launch Group
http://www.jufj.org/event/hub_dc_citizen_circles_peer_learning_launch_group

ROC-DC and Occupy Supporters’ Worker’s Rights Protest
http://www.jufj.org/event/roc_dc_and_occupy_supporters_workers_rights_protest

Delta Rae Concert
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=712&dispDt=1/24/2012%208:00:00%20PM

Har Shalom: Making Modern Midrash
jconnect

Locally Grown Festival
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/456722507?view=Detail&id=131205

Wednesday, January 25

Not Your Bubbe’s Sisterhood: Are You a Football Girl?
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=715&dispDt=1/25/2012%207:00:00%20PM

The Network Power Lunch: Executives Making a Difference—Educating, Engaging and Advocating for Israel
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/695054896?view=Detail&id=105301

JCCNV: Life on a kibbutz
jconnect

Avalon Theater: “Salsa Tel Aviv” screening
jconnect

Locally Grown Festival: The Prostate Dialogues
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/456722507?view=Detail&id=131207

Thursday, January 26

Hafla Israeli Cultural Celebration
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar/464156347?view=Detail&id=214804&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_calendar

The Insider Briefing, premier for Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/695054896?view=Detail&id=105063

Kennedy Center: Michael Winograd Klezmer Trio
jconnect

PJLL: Melton Israel Seminar Information Session
jconnect

PJLL: May 14, 1948: What did those 28 minutes represent?
jconnect

Jubilee Jobs
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/456722507?view=Detail&id=131142

Friday, January 27

Downtown Shabbat with Larry Paul and Robyn Helzner
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=609&dispDt=1/27/2012%206:45:00%20PM

Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy: My Grown Up and Me
jconnect

Friday, January 27-Saturday, January 28

Learning and Connecting with Rabbi Dr. Yaakov Salomon
http://www.aishdc.org/2011/event.php?id=165

Saturday, January 28

Brad Mehldau concert
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=659&dispDt=1/28/2012%208:00:00%20PM

Jewish Primary Day School: Trivia Night!
jconnect

Sunday, January 29

Zbigniew Brzezinski Reading
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=719&dispDt=1/29/2012%203:00:00%20PM

Beth El: Healing Service
jconnect

DC Chanukah Happenings 5772!

Graphic courtesy of Kaboose, Inc.

Graphic courtesy of Kaboose, Inc.

The winter season is upon us- the weather turns cold and icy and people begin to count the days until they get a little time off from work or school. Why not warm yourself by the kindling Chanukah lights? Local Jewish groups are getting ready to roll out the red carpet for this well-known religious holiday, which will take place this year from sundown Dec. 20 to sundown Dec. 27.
Check these out!

Chanukah at the Ellipse
American Friends of Lubavitch starts off the holiday season with this annual ceremony on the White House lawn
Tuesday, December 20, 4 pm, tickets required

8 Nights of Chanukah
Drop by the DCJCC every night to light the menorah and see what else is in store!
Tuesday, December 20-Tuesday, December 27, 5:30 pm

National Museum of American Jewish Military History Chanukah Celebration
Focusing on the Maccabees and their military victory, plus food!
Tuesday, December 20, 6:30-8 pm

Hanukkah Happy Hour on the Hill
Annual young adult shindig sponsored by several Jewish organizations, held at The Pour House
Tuesday, December 20, 6:30-9:30 pm, $5

Gala Chanukah Mesiba
Greater Washington Community Kollel features a parenting speech and magic show!
Tuesday, December 20, 7:15-9 pm

Synagogue Chanukah Celebrations for Wednesday, December 21:
Ohr Kodesh
5-8 pm
Tifereth Israel
6-8 pm

Synagogue Chanukah Celebrations for Thursday, December 22:
Olam Tikvah
9:30-11 am
B’nai Tzedek
4:30-6 pm

Latkes and Learning
Sixth & I hosts religious study over Chanukah foods for young professionals
Thursday, December 22, 7 pm, $8

Synagogue Chanukah Celebrations for Friday, December 23:
B’nai Tzedek
6:30-8 pm
Temple Emanuel
6:30-9 pm

Good for the Jews: Putting the Ha! In Hanukkah
Uproarious Jewish duo is at it again, poking fun at and celebrating Judaism in this comedy/musical sketch
Saturday, December 24, 8-10 pm, $10-$24

Synagogue Chanukah Celebrations for Sunday, December 25:

Jewish Community of Northern Virginia

11 am-3 pm
B’nai Tzedek
3-7 pm
Ohr Kodesh
7-9 pm

Festival of Lights, Latkes and Family Fun!
The annual AishDC party includes events catered towards kids and teens.
Sunday, December 25, 4-6 pm, Free for members, $10 for non-members, $36 max per family

Kesher Kids Chanukah Mitzvah Party
Children’s mitzvah project followed by pizza, latkes and sufganiyot!
Sunday, December 25, 5-6:30 pm

Upcoming Events: December 5-11

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!

Until Sunday, December 11

Washington Jewish Film Festival
http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/film/WJFF/

Sunday, December 4 – Thursday, December 8

Community Connections Week
jconnect

Monday, December 5

The State of Young America
http://www.jufj.org/event/state_young_america_new_data_generation%E2%80%99s_economic_challenges_and_solutions_secure_americas_fu

Paid Sick Leave Grassroots Kickoff
http://www.jufj.org/event/paid_sick_leave_grassroots_kickoff

LGBT All Fired Up for Chanukah
jconnect

JSC Reading the Zohar
https://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=bmU1bXR1czFxaWk3aHRqNDE2N245a3JxYWNfMjAxMTEyMDZUMDAzMDAwWiB1bm5sdDIzNDJlMDBxaG40ajNjbjhlYzBpNEBn&ctz=America/New_York&pli=1&sf=true&output=xml

Creative Little Kids Winter 2011
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1481836098?view=Detail&id=130082

Tuesday, December 6

The Edge of History
http://www.aishdc.org/2011/event.php?id=162

Young Invincibles Holiday Reception
http://www.jufj.org/event/join_young_invincibles_their_dc_holiday_reception

District 15 Parlor Meeting
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/864420568?view=Detail&id=105023

Hadassah and Temple Shalom: Winds of Change: Fast Moving Events in the Middle East
jconnect

National Museum of American Jewish Military History: Stitches for Soldiers
jconnect

JSC Sacred Fragrances of the Tenach
https://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=bXRrbnVucDViMzVyZG9vYTgxa3NtYnNxaWcgdW5ubHQyMzQyZTAwcWhuNGozY244ZWMwaTRAZw&ctz=America/New_York&pli=1&sf=true&output=xml

JSC Inquisition and Expulsion of Jews from Spain and Portugal
https://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=MG10a2w1dWs5NW9oazQ4cG1uc2F2dHVrdThfMjAxMTEyMDdUMDAwMDAwWiB1bm5sdDIzNDJlMDBxaG40ajNjbjhlYzBpNEBn&ctz=America/New_York&pli=1&sf=true&output=xml

JSC Why does Yiddish Poetry Matter?
https://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=djRvaWRndTgybXFoOTFvZmh2N205bmNuZmsgdW5ubHQyMzQyZTAwcWhuNGozY244ZWMwaTRAZw&ctz=America/New_York&pli=1&sf=true&output=xml

Wednesday, December 7

Melissa Clark reading
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=655&dispDt=12/7/2011%207:00:00%20PM

NOVA State Legislators’ Reception 2011
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/864420568?view=Detail&id=105062

B’nai Tzedek: Film, Lunch and Latkes
jconnect

Hebrew Home Starlight Lounge
jconnect

JSC The Three Waves of Jewish Migration to China
https://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=bG52ZXE2Mm03ZjljdmRyc25hbnJ1cnRlajQgdW5ubHQyMzQyZTAwcWhuNGozY244ZWMwaTRAZw&ctz=America/New_York&pli=1&sf=true&output=xml

JSC Branching Out from Prayer: Contemporary Poetry on Liturgical Themes
https://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=Y2VqMzhpdjBrNXJiZ2dnbWQ5bDhybzB1NmNfMjAxMTEyMDhUMDEzMDAwWiB1bm5sdDIzNDJlMDBxaG40ajNjbjhlYzBpNEBn&ctz=America/New_York&pli=1&sf=true&output=xml

JSC Jews of the American South: West Virginia
https://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=aWoyYmRlOWI3MG1vZ2poazhvNGJoZ3E3bm8gdW5ubHQyMzQyZTAwcWhuNGozY244ZWMwaTRAZw&ctz=America/New_York&pli=1&sf=true&output=xml

Handmade for the Homeless
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1481836098?view=Detail&id=130841

Thursday, December 8

Activists Awards Grassroots Gala
http://www.jufj.org/event/activist_awards_grassroots_gala

Sixth & I Men’s Club The art of whisky: A tasting from Cooper Fox Distillery
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=700&dispDt=12/8/2011%207:00:00%20PM

District 16 Parlor Meeting
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/864420568?view=Detail&id=105024

Bible Study with Norman Shore
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1481836098?view=Detail&id=130695

Friday, December 9

HYL Shabbat Dinner
http://www.jufj.org/event/hyl_shabbat_dinner

6th in the City Shabbat Dinner
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=637&dispDt=12/9/2011%206:30:00%20PM

Interfaith Couples Shabbat Dinner
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=706&dispDt=12/9/2011%207:15:00%20PM

Ohr Kodesh: Tot Shabbat
jconnect

Washington Hebrew Congregation Special Celebration
jconnect

Am Kolel: Darkness and Light Shabbaton
jconnect

Saturday, December 10

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

Sunday, December 11

Kabbalah, Science and Universal Ethics
http://www.foundjs.org/calendar.php?evntId=611

Kesher Israel Home Energy Initiative
https://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=cDc5azM3ajA0ajFzaG1pOTEyZmRwYWl2czggZjBicjI0dWs0dHA2Z3NkMWU2azNnM2s0OTBAZw&ctz=America/New_York&pli=1&sf=true&output=xml

Om Shalom Yoga
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=621&dispDt=12/11/2011%2011:00:00%20AM

Grandparenting Interfaith Grandchildren
jconnect

JCCGW Chanukah Celebration
jconnect

Olam Tikvah: Musical Festival of Lights
jconnect

Shalshelet: No Rock Like You: Songs for the Jewish Soul
jconnect

JewishROC Annual Fundraiser
jconnect

Yiddish of Greater Washington Café Kasrilevke
jconnect

Parenting Center Workshop: Baby Signs
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/635578540?view=Detail&id=128903

Third Annual Jewish Community Hero Award Features Local Jewish Leaders

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Graphic courtesy of Discovery Education

Who do you know who should be honored as a Jewish communal leader? The Jewish Federations of North America ask this question for a third year with their Jewish Community Heroes project. Individuals were allowed to nominate their mentors until late September. Official public voting wraps up the night of Nov. 10, then a panel of varied judges (including our own Rick Recht!) will choose five finalists from 20 semifinalists in the A small team will choose from 20 semifinalists from professional and volunteers categories. The overall winner will be announced in December.

Now’s your chance to stand up for Jewish heroes in the DC area! Close to home, several inspiring leaders have already been recognized for their contributions to the Jewish world. Learn more about them here, and click on their profile pages for more info!

    • Daniel Ratner, Rockville, Md. AishDC board member and Shabbat hoster.
    • Judy Lowitz, Rockville, Md. Pediatric nurse, community/Israel volunteer, kidney donor.
    • Rabbi Reeve Brenner, Rockville, Md. Founder of Inclusionary Sports for kids with special physical needs.
    • Dr. Erica Brown, Silver Spring, Md. Washington-area adult classes teacher on Jewish subjects.

A hearty mazel tov to all of these amazing leaders…and it’s just the tip of the iceberg here, folks. Check out the full nominees page for much more!

Read years’ past coverage here and here.

Upcoming Events: October 10-16

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, October 10

ACE Series
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=722

Gesher Jewish Day School open house
jconnect

Learn the Game of Mah Jongg Fall 2011
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1543694436?view=Detail&id=129343

We the People—Columbus Day
http://www.yachad-dc.org/blog/?page_id=7

Tuesday, October 11

‘Rotunda 11’ faith leaders prayer service
http://www.jufj.org/event/rotunda_11_faith_leaders_prayer_service

Adult B’nai Mitzvah Course
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=674&dispDt=10/11/2011%207:00:00%20PM

Concert: Deva Premal and Miten
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=620&dispDt=10/11/2011%207:30:00%20PM

Jewish Chaplains’ Memorial
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/2144980328?view=Detail&id=105041

Spotlight on Design: Moshe Safdie
jconnect

JCCGW Six o’clock Scramble
jconnect

Ohr Kodesh: Israeli Dance for Beginners
jconenct

Sukkah Decorating Party
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1543694436?view=Detail&id=129801

Wednesday, October 12

Justice for Janitors Rally March
http://www.jufj.org/event/justice_janitors_rally_and_march

Handmade for the Homeless
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1543694436?view=Detail&id=129722

Thursday, October 13

B’nai Tzedek: Young Family Sukkot Services
jconnect

Beth Ami: Sushi Making and Sangria Sipping in the Sukkah
jconnect

Friday, October 14

Sixth in the City Shabbat
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=635&dispDt=10/14/2011%206:30:00%20PM

Temple Emanuel: Sukkot under the Stars
jconnect

Saturday, October 15

Sukkah Hop
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar/828936283?view=Detail&id=213801&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_calendar

Sunday, October 16

Sizzling Sukkot
http://www.aishdc.org/2011/event.php?id=76

Beth Ami: Book Sale
jconnect

JCCNV: Fall Into Fitness Run/Walk
jconnect

Hebrew Home of GW: The Home Run, 10k, 5k and fun run
jconnect

Tikvat Israel: Environmental Lecture/Study
jconnect

JCCNV: Sukkot Celebration in the Pumpkin Patch
jconnect

Machar: Helping Marginalized People Fight Resource Corruption
jconnect

Am Kolel: Sukkot Celebration
jconnect

B’nai Israel: Sukkot Happy Hour
jconnect

“Parade” Play and Discussion
http://jhsgw.org/programs/

Talking with Tots
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1543694436?view=Detail&id=129643

Upcoming Events: October 3-9

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, October 3

Torah Power Hour
http://www.aishdc.org/2011/event.php?id=129

Happy Hour in Dupont
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar/1293859873?view=Detail&id=213901&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_calendar

Finance and Feminism
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=668&dispDt=10/3/2011%207:00:00%20PM

Tuesday, October 4

Adult B’nai Mitzvah Course
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=674&dispDt=10/4/2011%207:00:00%20PM

Preschool Español para Pequeñitos Fall 2011
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/2075629949?view=Detail&id=129641

Preschool Family Night Dinner 2011
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/2075629949?view=Detail&id=129721

Local LGBT Asylum in Israel
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/2075629949?view=Detail&id=129521

Wednesday, October 5

Spirituality for Women
http://www.aishdc.org/2011/event.php?id=28

Torah and Science Book Club
http://www.aishdc.org/2011/event.php?id=143

Jens Leckman Concert
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=627&dispDt=10/5/2011%208:00:00%20PM

Hadassah Special Gifts Dinner
jconnect

Preschool Indoor Soccer Fall 2011
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/205981992?view=Detail&id=129621

Thursday, October 6

Insights into the Weekly Parsha
http://www.aishdc.org/2011/event.php?id=41

Mysticism and Deep Jewish Thought
http://www.aishdc.org/2011/event.php?id=122

Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=632&dispDt=10/6/2011%207:00:00%20PM

JCCGW Rockville Open House
jconnect

Friday, October 7-Saturday, October 8–Yom Kippur

Check out High Holiday Services in the DC Area
https://jewishdc.wordpress.com/2011/08/31/dc-high-holiday-tickets-5772/

Sunday, October 9

Jewish Foundation for Group Homes Sukkah Building
jconnect

Emery Shelter Visit Fall 2011
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/205981992?view=Detail&id=128948