Tu B’shevat around DC: 5772!

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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.


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: October 24-30

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!

October 23-November 2: The DCJCC Jewish Literary Festival

Monday, October 24

2nd Virginia Immigrants Advocates Summit 2011

Sixth & I Running Club

Jewish Chaplain’s Memorial Dedication

Library of Congress: Synagogues in Hungary

JCCGW Screening of Israeli Film “77 Steps”

Beth El: Musical Journey Info Session

Tuesday, October 25

Ani DiFranco Concert

Potomac Community Center: Preschool Fair

Library of Congress: Jerusalem’s Future

Jewish Foundation for Group Homes 28th Annual Gala

B’nai Tzedek: The Grandparent’s Circle

JSC: Write Your Own Jewish Prayer

What do we Do After Preschool

Wednesday, October 26

Responsa of the Holocaust

Jewish Thirties and Forties Single Speed Dating

Loundon Candidate’s Forum

B’nai Tzedek: Building Literacy Workshop

J-Fed Lunch and Learn: PACT Afulfa

UMD: Reporting and Misreporting the Arab/Israeli Conflict

J-Fed: Friends with Benefits: A Deeper Approach to Charitable Giving

Temple Emanuel: Israeli Movie Night: Divine Intervention

J-Fed: Securing Our Jewish Future Locally and in Israel

ReelIsraelDC: “Strangers” screening

JCC of GW: The Levant comes of Age

JSC: Basic Judaism

Jewish Cultures Around the Globe: Jews in Cuba

The Siddur: Translation as Commentary

Three Classic Midrashim: Talmudic Literature and Existentialism

Taste of Sage-ing Circle

Jubilee Jobs

Off the Wall” Alina and Jeff Bliumis

Introduction to Judaism October 2011

Theater J After the Fall

Thursday, October 27

Between History and Memory: Rethinking the American Jewish Past

Kesher Israel: Book Event with Senator Lieberman

Justice by Stephen Bryer reading

Educators Symposium

GWU: Military Correspondent Yaakov Katz

AJC Learned Hand Award Dinner

B’nai Tzedek: David Ifshin Memorial Award Honoring Wolf Blitzer

Preschool Karate Fall 2011

Blood Drive October 2011

Bone Marrow Drive October 2011

Friday, October 28

Downtown Shabbat with Larry Paul and Robyn Helzner

Politics and Prose: Gilad Sharon: Sharon

Temple Beth Ami: Musical Inclusion Shabbat

Shabbat “Sleep” Walk at the J

Saturday, October 29

Chamberlin with special guest Wildlife

Temple Emanuel: Saturday Morning Minyan and Torah Study

JCCNV Singles Event

Sunday, October 30

Ingrid Fliter, Pianist

Not By Power! Home Energy Workship; Tifereth Israel

JCCNV: Create for a Cure and Rosh Chodesh

Machar: Peace for Israel and Palestine

JCCNV: The Ruth Spector Memorial Mah Jongg Competition

Olam Tikvah: Encountering Gd—from Sinai to Today

Politics and Prose: Amos Oz: Scenes from a Village Life

Beth Ami: Sephardi Songs of Imagined Migrations: The Ladino Project

Strathmore: Gil Shaham, piano

B’nai Israel: A Lifetime of working with Russian Jews

Ohr Kodesh: Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer Lecture

Walking Tour: Jewish Washington

Prostate Cancer: What’s Your Story?

Yachad Community Builders Bash

Celebrate Purim in 5771!

Graphic Courtesy of Crystal Cloud Graphics

Graphic Courtesy of Crystal Cloud Graphics

Purim starts next weekend, 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!

Note: An old favorite of mine, the Jewish Study Center’s the Latke-Hamentasch debate, took place this Wednesday. I didn’t attend, but I have a feeling that the latkes won out as usual. *bites off a corner of her hamentasch and sulks* 😛

Sunday, March 13

Purim Carnivals
Adat Reyim

Wednesday, March 16

Hamentaschen Baking
7 pm
Join DCJCC’s Jean Graubart in making this signature Purim treat (and so much better than latkes. :P)
$7 for members, $10 for non-members

Friday, March 18

Moishe House DC Purim Party
RSVP to njkaresh@gmail.com for this young adult friendly event. Check out last year’s photos of hamentaschen making!

Shabbat Around the World-Purim!
6:30 pm
Hope all families with young kids got tickets to this Sixth & I Persian dinner followed by storyteller Noa Baum leading kids in a Purim schpiel!
Sold out

Saturday, March 19

Purim Celebration
7 pm
Jews United for Justice heralds in the story of Shushan with a traditional service and Megillah reading at the Church of Pilgrims.

Kehilat Shalom Purim Celebration
7:30 pm
Featuring a Megillah reading, costume party, and special silent auction!

Adas Israel Purim Services and Spiel
8:30 pm
Adas Israel rolls out big guns with a spiel written by David Smolar, and special guests FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus, and CBS News correspondent Dan Raviv.

Purim Unplugged
8:45 pm
Sixth & I and DC Minyan team up for a traditional Megillah reading and after party! Bring some mishloach manot (Purim baskets) to be donated to a local food bank.

Purim Party at MesorahDC
8:45 pm
It’s a full house at Sixth & I as MesorahDC also convenes for a Megillah reading, and after party with live music by the Mountain Boys!

Masquerade & Mischief Purim Party
9 pm
DCJCC’s GLOE throws their signature bash, featuring a special appearance by the DC Cowboys, an open bar, and, from my experience, some of the best costumes of the night!
$20 for members/under 25s/limited income, $25 regular price

Purim Masquerade Ball
9 pm
WHC 2339 parties at the City Tavern Club with a masked ball for young professionals. Admission includes a free drink, hors d’oeuvres, and hamentaschen! 😛
$32 members, $40 non-members

Kesher Israel Purim Spiel
9:30 pm
Kesher Israel, the only synagogue located in the heart of Georgetown, hosts its annual spiel, preceded by a children’s costume contest (9 pm.) Click above for past performances!

YP Wine and Cheesentaschen
10 pm
Traditionally the most popular Purim hangout for young professionals, YP@AI gives you cheese, wine, and plenty of socialization!
$5 for members, $10 for non-members

Sunday, March 20

Purim Celebration for Children and Adults
9:30 am
The Jewish Primary Day School celebrates with a costume parade, Israeli dancing, and the story of Esther!

Purim Around the World
1:30 pm
Celebrate a kid-friendly globe-trotting Purim theme at JCCGW with the sand dunes of the Sahara Dessert, ice fishing in Antarctica an Australian-themed kangaroo race and more!
$10 per family of 4/$15 per family of 5 and up

Rock’n’Roll Purim Party with Reb David
Am Kolel celebrates Purim with a Middle Eastern veggie pot-luck at Garrett Park Town Hall.

Purim Carnivals
Temple Emanuel

Upcoming Events: October 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, October 4

Discrimination on College Campuses

American University: Terezin Remembered
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=10/4/2010 7:00:00 PM&enddate=10/4/2010 7:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=516546&recurrenceid=0

JSC: Biblical Themes in Literature, Opera, Art and Film

JSC: How should the American Jewish Community Engage with Moderate Islam?

Interfaith Couples Workshop October 2010

Tuesday, October 5

Mark Bittman reading
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=397&dispDt=10/5/2010 7:00:00 PM

Virginia Meet and Greet with Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli

Adas Israel Lifelong Learning Classes begin
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=10/5/2010 12:00:00 PM&enddate=10/5/2010 12:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=532485&recurrenceid=0

JLI Signature Course
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=10/5/2010 7:00:00 PM&enddate=10/5/2010 9:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=529208&recurrenceid=11453

The Anat Force trio
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=10/5/2010 8:00:00 PM&enddate=10/5/2010 11:59:00 PM&id=75&eventid=525292&recurrenceid=0

JSC: It’s Getting Hot in Here: Jewish Ethics and Solar Energy

Wednesday, October 6

The Sacred Canvas: Using Art to Understand Genesis

JSSA and Olam Tikvah: You and Your Aging Parents

http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=405&dispDt=10/6/2010 7:00:00 PM

B’nai Tzedek: Hazak Genealogy Program
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=10/6/2010 12:00:00 PM&enddate=10/6/2010 3:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=530986&recurrenceid=0

Defiant Requiem
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=10/6/2010 8:00:00 PM&enddate=10/6/2010 10:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=447258&recurrenceid=0

JSC: Far-Flung Jewish Cultures Around the Globe

JSC: How to Give a Great D’var Torah

JSC: The Biblical Roots of Warrior Heroes: Roots of King Arthur Story in Samuel I

Hatha Yoga with Shankara

Thursday, October 7

Elon Gold: Half Jewish, Very Jewish
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=402&dispDt=10/7/2010 8:00:00 PM

B’nai Tzedek: Understanding Two Year Olds
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=10/7/2010 7:15:00 PM&enddate=10/7/2010 8:45:00 PM&id=75&eventid=507919&recurrenceid=0

Hunger Action at 16 and J

Panel Discussion: Examining Postmemory and Transforming it into Art

Friday, October 8

From Tesfa to Tikvah: From Israel to Hope
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=412&dispDt=10/8/2010 9:00:00 AM

Hopes and Dreams: Raising Jewish Children with Intention
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=411&dispDt=10/8/2010 10:30:00 AM

Hebrew Home Elder Care Symposium
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=10/8/2010 7:30:00 AM&enddate=10/8/2010 1:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=490339&recurrenceid=0

Library of Congress: Author/Playwright Joshua Sobol
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=10/8/2010 12:00:00 PM&enddate=10/8/2010 1:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=517001&recurrenceid=0

Adas oneg service with guest William Kristol
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=10/8/2010 8:00:00 PM&enddate=10/8/2010 8:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=511728&recurrenceid=0

Saturday, October 9

B’nai Tzedek Shabbat Yeladim service
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=10/9/2010 10:00:00 AM&enddate=10/9/2010 11:00:00 AM&id=75&eventid=512276&recurrenceid=0

Shaare Torah Tot Shabbat
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=10/9/2010 10:15:00 AM&enddate=10/9/2010 10:45:00 AM&id=75&eventid=432241&recurrenceid=10401

Beth El Shabbat Nitzanim services
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=10/9/2010 10:30:00 AM&enddate=10/9/2010 11:00:00 AM&id=75&eventid=384018&recurrenceid=9373

JSC: Shul Hopping 101

Sunday, October 10

Kesher Israel: Orthodoxy at a Turning Point: Orthodoxy and Innovation

JCC of NoVa Across Life’s Spectrum workshop
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=10/10/2010 9:00:00 AM&enddate=10/10/2010 3:15:00 PM&id=75&eventid=501995&recurrenceid=0

B’nai Tzedek Candidates’ Forum
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=10/10/2010 9:30:00 AM&enddate=10/10/2010 12:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=531691&recurrenceid=0

Jedchai JEHMS
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=10/10/2010 7:00:00 PM&enddate=10/10/2010 9:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=474874&recurrenceid=8716

JSC: Fall Nature Walk

Community Cinema Café: Real Injun

Emery Shelter Visit

All Fired Up