DC Chanukah Happenings 5775!

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The winter season is upon us- the weather is occasionally colder and icier, 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. 16 to sundown Dec. 24.
Check these out!

DCJCC Chanukah Party
Drop by the DCJCC for family fun, including a moon bounce, games, crafts and more!
Sunday, December 14, 10 am, $10-$15

Chanukah at the Ellipse
American Friends of Lubavitch starts off the holiday season with this annual ceremony on the White House lawn
Tuesday, December 16, 4 pm, tickets required

Hanukkah Happy Hour on the Hill
Annual young adult shindig sponsored by several Jewish organizations, this year at both Capitol Lounge, and Hawk and Dove. Collection boxes at both sites for donations to local charity.
Tuesday, December 16, 6 pm, free

Festival of the Daughters
Sixth & I brings Rabbi Sarah Tasman to Not Your Bubbe’s Sisterhood to talk about the Book of Judith and the North African tradition, Chag HaBanot, for honoring her, and Jewish women everywhere.
Wednesday, December 17, 7 pm, $10-$12

Chanu-Comedy: A Festival of Laughs
Stop by Sixth & I for an amusing show featuring Rachel Bloom and Danny Jolles.
Saturday, December 20, 8 pm, $20-$23

Passover in the District 5772

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Passover starts tomorrow night, 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!)

First Two Nights
Join up with a DCJCC Satellite Seder!

Friday, April 6

WHC Seder
6 pm

Zra’eem, Seeds, Service in Germantown
7 pm

Am Kolel Pesach Seder and Open Shabbes
7 pm

Jewish Socials Seder
7 pm

Sixth & I Community Seder
7 pm

Sixth & I Learner’s Seder
7 pm

YP@AI Seder
7 pm

Saturday, April 7

Temple Emanuel Seder
6:30 pm

DCJCC Seder
6:30 pm

Adat Reyim Seder
6:30 pm

Beth El Seder
7 pm

Sunday, April 8

Machar Potluck Seder
4:30 pm

Beth Ami Potluck Seder
7 pm

Tuesday, April 10

Jews and Muslims DC-Sponsored Seder
6 pm

Wednesday, April 11

WHC Freedom Seder
6:30 pm

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: February 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, February 6

Respect DC Coalition
http://www.jufj.org/event/respect_dc_coalition_meeting_3

Labor Seder Planning Meeting
http://www.jufj.org/event/labor_seder_planning_meeting_2

DC Noontime Series with D.C. Office of Planning Director Harriet Tregoning
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/1908283572?view=Detail&id=105401

Locally Grown Festival: Hot and Cold
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1549410653?view=Detail&id=131206

Tuesday, February 7

The Honorable Mayor Vincent Gray 2012 State of the District Address at Sixth & I
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=749&dispDt=2/7/2012%207:00:00%20PM

2012 Annapolis Advocacy Day
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/1908283572?view=Detail&id=105261

AU: Cleaner, Greener, Better: Israeli Innovation in Greentech
jconnect

Beginner Espanol Winter 2012
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1549410653?view=Detail&id=131601

JSC: Folklore about the Binding of Isaac
https://www.google.com/calendar/event?eid=aHFtZWtjczlnbjQxc21rOTVxdGk4dXBjNDhfMjAxMjAyMDhUMDAwMDAwWiB1bm5sdDIzNDJlMDBxaG40ajNjbjhlYzBpNEBn&ctz=America/New_York&gsessionid=OK

Tuesday, February 7- Wednesday, February 8

Tu B’Shevat in the District; check it out!
https://jewishdc.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/tu-bshevat-around-dc-5772/

Wednesday, February 8

Lilith Salon: What’s in a Hyphen?
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=733&dispDt=2/8/2012%207:00:00%20PM

B’nai Tzedek: The Last Jews of Yemen Exhibit
jconnect

Chabad of Silver Spring: Third Annual Gala Dinner
jconnect

Tifereth Israel: Israeli Movie Night—Beaufort
jconnect

Thursday, February 9

The Shakshuka Master: Top Chef, Israeli Style
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=754

All the Single Ladies Reading
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=727&dispDt=2/9/2012%207:00:00%20PM

Friday, February 10

Sixth in the City Shabbat with Rick Recht
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=728&dispDt=2/10/2012%206:30:00%20PM

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

JCCGW: Shabbat Shalom Play Group
jconnect

Ohr Kodesh: Tot Shabbat
jconnect

B’nai Israel: 20s and 30s Shabbat Service and Dinner
jconnect

Saturday, February 11

Our City Film Festival
http://www.jufj.org/event/our_city_film_festival_1

Sunday, February 12

Kemp Mills: Special Needs Event
jconnect

Tifereth Israel: Newish Jewish Inventions—Adaptation and Invention
jconnect

CESJDS Graduation
jconnect

Olam Tikvah: Israel on Campus
jconnect

B’nai Tzedek: Family Game Night
jconnect

Torah School of GW: Chinese Auction
jconnect

Tifereth Israel: Yiddish as a Living Language
jconnect

Locally Grown Festival: The Prostate Dialogues
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/262014463?view=Detail&id=131208

Emery Shelter Visit: February 2012
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/262014463?view=Detail&id=131501

Tu B’shevat around DC: 5772!

Graphic courtesy of free-clipart-pictures.net

Tu B’shevat,sometimes referred to as “the Jewish arbor day,” was a tithing holiday in ancient Israel and a way to count the seasons. It was never, however, without environmental impact; the Talmudic rabbis revered the trees of the land and dedicated this “birthday” for protecting fruit trees. By the medieval ages the Kabbalists added a special seder, modeled after Passover, and today advocacy has taken a strong foothold with planting and teaching about sustainability.

The DC Jewish community has several options for celebrants. Take a look below, and be sure to enjoy the fruits of this holiday! 😛 The official dates this year are from Feb. 7 to Feb. 8.

Earth Worm Disco, Celebrating Tu B’Shevat and Earth Day
Sunday, Feb. 5, 9:30 am
Temple Emanuel combines two environmental holidays, featuring music programs especially aimed towards kids.

Tu B’Shevat: Trees and Me!
Sunday, Feb. 5, 10:00 am
The Jewish Community Center of NoVa offers crafts and songs to celebrate the birth of trees.

Tu B’Shevat Family Seder and Israeli Dancing for Kids
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 5:30 pm
All-inclusive night at Ohr Kodesh!

Etz Chayim Tu B’Shevat Seder
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6:30 pm
Jews United for Justice and Etz Chayim DC are looking locally at urban trees and sustainability in the District.

Tu B’Shevat: Rooted in Text and Reflection
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7:00 pm
Sixth & I, led by Rachel Farbiarz and Jared Gottlieb, takes on the spiritual aspect of the holiday with text study and meditation.

Tree Party DC’s Tu B’shevat Celebration at the Embassy of Israel
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 6:30 pm
Fruit sampling, wine tasting, and Israeli hits by DJ!

Celebrate Tu B’Shevat Israeli Style
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7:30 pm
The Jewish Community Center of NoVa offers a seder and sing-along with an Israeli twist.

Kesher Israel: Tu B’Shevat Seder
Friday, Feb. 10, 6:30 pm
Celebrate with the Georgetown synagogue.

Upcoming Events: January 30-February 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!

Monday, January 30

Labor Seder Planning Meeting
http://www.jufj.org/event/labor_seder_planning_meeting_1

ROC-DC Worker’s Rights Protest
http://www.jufj.org/event/join_roc_dc_workers_rights_protest

Tuesday, January 31

Magen David Sephardic Congregation: MK Haim Amsalem speech
jconnect

Wednesday, February 1-Thursday, February 9

ReelAbilities Disabilities Film Festival
http://greaterdc.reelabilities.org/

Wednesday, February 1

Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day 2012
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/1706674880?view=Detail&id=105064

Author Talk: Michelle Delaney and Paul Gardullo
http://www.jufj.org/event/author_talk_national_portrait_gallery_michelle_delaney_and_paul_gardullo

Dylan Ratigan Reading
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=713&dispDt=2/1/2012%207:00:00%20PM

B’nai Tzedek: Hazak Lunch with Imam Faizul Khan
jconnect

J-Fed: Senior Nutrition Review Group
jconnect

North Virginia Hebrew Congregation: The Story of David
jconnect

JSC: Israelis, Arabs and the Arab Spring: Perceptions of the Other
https://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=anE1YWZqNGMwdG83aHB2cThwbzZ0YXVya29fMjAxMjAyMDJUMDAwMDAwWiB1bm5sdDIzNDJlMDBxaG40ajNjbjhlYzBpNEBn&ctz=America/New_York&pli=1&gsessionid=b6CxlvMjx7oA7fGY9z6g0Q&sf=true&output=xml

JSC: Jewish Voters and the 2012 Election
https://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=bWd1aHRobTZoaTcwOG9kN2g5MDYzYmZuZGtfMjAxMjAyMDJUMDAwMDAwWiB1bm5sdDIzNDJlMDBxaG40ajNjbjhlYzBpNEBn&ctz=America/New_York&pli=1&sf=true&output=xml

Thursday, February 2

People’s Prayer Breakfast
http://www.jufj.org/event/peoples_prayer_breakfast

JCCGW: Rockville Open House for LGBTQQI Jewish Teens
jconnect

Hunger Action at the 16th Street J
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1114261262?view=Detail&id=131324

Friday, February 3

Four Chaplains Day Commemoration
http://jhsgw.org/programs/

Friday Night Shabbat Service with MesorahDC
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=421&dispDt=2/3/2012%206:30:00%20PM

Beth Ami: Shira Kline in Concert
jconnect

Temple Shalom: Shabbat Family Service and Dinner
jconnect

WHC: Inclusion Awareness Shabbat
jconnect

Adas Israel: L’Dor V’Dor Shabbat
jconnect

YP@AI Shir Delight
https://www.wizevents.com/register/register_add.php?sessid=2407&id=1304

Temple Emanuel: Storah Telling Shabbat
jconnect

Saturday, February 4

Saturday Morning Shabbat Service with MesorahDC
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=422&dispDt=2/4/2012%209:30:00%20AM

B’nai Tzedek: Shabbat Yeladim
jconnect

Tifereth Israel: Family Service
jconnect

Ohr Kodesh: Torah Tots, Interactive Service for Families
jconnect

Temple Emanuel: Pajama Havdalah and Social
jconnect

Kemp Mill/AFI: “Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story” screening
jconnect

Jonathan Bliss, piano
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=662&dispDt=2/4/2012%208:00:00%20PM

GLOE: Electile Dysfunction with the Kinsey Sicks
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1114261262?view=Detail&id=128722

GLOE: You Had Me At Shalom: Jewish LGBT Speed Dating
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1114261262?view=Detail&id=131121

Sunday, February 5

Sixth & I Running Club
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=710&dispDt=2/5/2012%2010:00:00%20AM

WHC: Amram Scholar Series Speaker Professor Jacques Berlinerblau
jconnect

Beth El: Ages and States with Judith Viorst
jconnect

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