Upcoming Events: April 19-25

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!

Sunday, April 19

JCRC Holocaust Commemorations
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/1051323120?view=Detail&id=101741
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/1051323120?view=Detail&id=102621

Café K Presents Cindy Paley
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=349

Shomrei Adamah Farm Day
http://www.shomreiadamah.org/?page=events

A.B. Yehoshua Lecture
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=126&dispDt=4/19/2009%207:00:00%20PM

Regional USY and Kadima King’s Dominion Day
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=181256

Coffee with Modern Jewish Mom, Meredith Jacobs
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=295111

Interfaith Conference Fifth Snowdon Lecture
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=298191

Paws for a Cause
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=144418

Spring into Action Day of Service
http://washingtondcjcc.org/volunteer/

Crisps and Bloods: Made in America
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1411464928?view=Detail&id=108861

Monday, April 20

DC Worker Center Working Group Meeting
http://www.jufj.org/event/dc_worker_center_working_group_meeting

Tuesday, April 21: Yom Ha’Shoah

Nazi Germany’s Arabic Language Propaganda
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=299227

From the Bible to Gd’s Slang
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=178820

Wednesday, April 22

Jazz at the Center with John Eaton
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=90

Sensual Judaism: The Song of Songs
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=274315

The World of Sefardic Judaism
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=275646

Paper Clips showing
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=300477

Thursday, April 23

Too dangerous for study: censuring the bible
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=144&dispDt=4/23/2009%2012:15:00%20PM

AIPAC’s Washington Club’s Briefing Series
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=230589

Panel Discussion: Modern Day Genocides
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=300478

Foundation for Jewish Studies Free Concert
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=295754

Friday, April 24

Cantor Larry Paul and Robyn Helzner Shabbat
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=73&dispDt=4/24/2009%206:45:00%20PM

Saturday, April 25

Celebrate Shabbat at JCC of GW!
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=346

Life Between Memory and Hope
http://www.pjll.org/aktivitet.php?id=255&time=322

Congregation B’nai Tzedek 20th Anniversary
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=275427

Dinner and a Movie with YPK
http://www.jewishfriends.org/calendar.html#0425

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Upcoming Events: March 29-April 4

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!

Sunday, March 29

Café K Annual Yiddish Seder
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=339

New Freedom Seder for the Earth
http://www.jufj.org/event/new_freedom_seder_earth

Growth of Secular Humanistic Judaism
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=284949

Gesher: Community Family Fun Day
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=124686

Adat Shalom: Climate Change Lecture
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=277434

Beth El’s Women’s Seder
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=125086

B’nai Shalom Film Festival
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=206740

2009 Labor Seder
http://www.shomreiadamah.org/?page=events

Monday, March 30

Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=246535

Good for the Jews Play
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=107861

Tuesday, March 31

Jewish Twenties and Thirties Four-Minute Dating Party
http://www.jewishsocials.com/index.cfm?CityId=1&action=events&event_id=6080#Event6080

Launch Event: Genocide Prevention Month
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=146&dispDt=3/31/2009%207:00:00%20PM

Muriel Bowser Event
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/305202783?view=Detail&id=102501

Dancing Alfonso
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=297304

Jewish Stories for Younger Children
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=127537

Wednesday, April 1

Charoset Around the World with Sheilah Kaufman
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=305

2nd Annual LGBT Seder
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=108821

Thursday, April 2

The Toni Awards
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=301

How to Cook a Passover Dinner with a Spanish Twist
http://www.jewishpro.com/eventdetail.php?id=53

Fair Purple Line Working Group Meeting
http://www.jufj.org/event/fair_purple_line_working_group_meeting_1

Michael Walzer’s Exodus and Revelation
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=124&dispDt=4/2/2009%207:00:00%20PM

B’nai B’rith/Sixth & I Trivia Night
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=140&dispDt=4/2/2009%207:00:00%20PM

Friday, April 3

Pre-Passover Potluck
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=160243&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_announce

Women’s Philanthropy Presents Women Coming Together
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=187343

Saturday, April 4

NCAA Final Four Company
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/?view=Detail&id=108981

Upcoming Events: March 15-21

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!

Sunday, March 15

Routes: Exploring Jewish Together
http://www.pjll.org/article.php?id=544

Return to Naples: My Italian Bar Mitzvah and Other Discoveries
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1119085688?view=Detail&id=105721

Sunday Funday
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=265521

Living History Show and Exhibit opening
http://www.jhsgw.org/programs/

Darfur Interfaith Vigil
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=284929

Being Jewish in France
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=272487

Young Leadership Event at B’nai Tzedek
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=181207

Religion in the Public Schools
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=281239

Tikvat Israel’s Cantor Concert
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=229483

Talmudic Eccentrics
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/index.htm#15

Purim Party
http://www.jewishfriends.org/calendar.html#0315

Monday, March 16

As We Forgive
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=99&dispDt=3/16/2009%207:30:00%20PM

Building Bridges: A Networking Event
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar/1285955222?view=Detail&id=153341&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_announce

Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=246534

Tuesday, March 17

Sulam Annual Event
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=204908

Neal Bascomb, “Hunting Eichmann” author
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=251953

Compelling Jewish Ritual Webinar
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=277462

Jewish Presence on the Web
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/index.htm#6

Wednesday, March 18

Classics for Pleasure with Michael Dirda
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=325

Archeology Lecture Series: Behind the Camera
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=307

The Pommegranate Event
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=16243

Papercutting Workshop
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/index.htm#13

Thursday, March 19

Progress by Pesach
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar/1232436053?view=Detail&id=161601&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_announce

Israel’s Achievements
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=336

Biava Quartet in concert
http://www.promusicahebraica.org/nc_1.html

Shomrei Adamah Book Club
http://www.shomreiadamah.org/?page=events

Friday, March 20

Progress by Pesach
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=153361&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_announce

Shul Hop to Adas Israel
http://www.jewishfriends.org/calendar.html#0320

Temple Emmanuel Tot Shabbat
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=274324

How Wondrous Are Thy Works?
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=278132

Friday, March 20-Saturday, March 21

Rabbi Tirzah Firestone at Am Kolel Sanctuary
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?id=75&eventid=274140

Jewish Arbor Day a call for “Going Green” in the 21st century

Pita, chickpeas, fruit and wine were on my menu for the Tu BShevat seder. / photo by Rachel Mauro

Pita, chickpeas, fruit and wine were on my menu for the Tu B'Shevat seder. / photo by Rachel Mauro

The Christians may be gearing up for St. Valentine (and everyone else for candy hearts and store-bought cards) but Jews get to settle down for our own holiday! Starting last sunset and going til the next one, we’re in the midst of Tu B’Shevat.

Tu B’Shevat has its origins in biblical Israel; it signaled the tax season through looking at the aging of trees. It is not mentioned in the Torah and is certainly not one of the bigger holidays within the religion.

But in this day and age of growing concern for environmental issues, some Jews have revamped Tu B’shevat to speak to “going green.” So on Monday night, I attended my first Tu B’Shevat seder, sponsored in part by Shomrei Adamah of Greater Washington, local ecological advocacy group.

The two-hour seder featured music, fruit (much of it from modern-day Israel), wine, and information. We heard from a Jewish organic farmer living in Prince George’s County. We watched a clip from a Faith in Place documentary about a Chicago Muslim community reaching out to sustainable farmers.

I also picked up Shomrei Adamah’s “Green and Just” guidebook with sustainable living tips for DC-area Jewish families, a ditto of pro-nature blessings and religious quotes from Orthodox group Canfei Nesharim, and parsley seeds for planting that, if properly cared for, will be grown in time for our next seder.

Other co-sponsors of the Tu B’Shevat seder were Israeli Harvest, Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light, Teva Learning Center, Moishe House in Silver Spring, Birthright Israel NEXT, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Jews United for Justice, and AVODAH: Jewish Service Corps.

The event was held at Sixth & I (which by the way, has a twitter account now! Check them out!) Several dozen people attended.

Crossposted to The Examiner