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

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 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: August 22-28

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!

Wednesday, August 24

Har Shalom: Family Fun Night
http://jconnect.org/Events/tabid/61/ctl/Details/mid/824/EventId/144/EventDateId/228/Default.aspx

Machaya Klezmer Band in Concert
http://jconnect.org/Events/tabid/61/ctl/Details/mid/824/EventId/293/EventDateId/457/Default.aspx

ReelIsraelDC: Screening of “The Debt”
http://jconnect.org/Events/tabid/61/ctl/Details/mid/824/EventId/239/EventDateId/383/Default.aspx

Jubilee Jobs
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/577313457?view=Detail&id=129182

Thursday, August 25

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

B’nai Israel: Prospective Member Summer Street Fair Open House
http://jconnect.org/Events/tabid/61/ctl/Details/mid/824/EventId/392/EventDateId/685/Default.aspx

Friday, August 26

Downtown Shabbat with Larry Paul and Robyn Helzner
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=609&dispDt=8/26/2011%206:45:00%20PM

Am-Kolel: Yuval Ron—The Mystical Music of Israel
http://jconnect.org/Events/tabid/61/ctl/Details/mid/824/EventId/111/EventDateId/160/Default.aspx

Sunday, August 28

B’nai Tzedek: Family Fun Day
http://jconnect.org/Events/tabid/61/ctl/Details/mid/824/EventId/378/EventDateId/651/Default.aspx

JCCGW: Jewish Book Club Monthly Discussion
http://jconnect.org/Events/tabid/61/ctl/Details/mid/824/EventId/189/EventDateId/286/Default.aspx

EntryPointDC Newcomer Brunch
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/577313457?view=Detail&id=128541

6th Annual GLOE Pool Party
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/577313457?view=Detail&id=128221

Common Good City Farm August 2011
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/577313457?view=Detail&id=128950

Beer, Bands and BBQ 2011
http://2239bbbbq2011.eventbrite.com/

Jewnity DC Brings Vibrancy to the Summer

Graphic courtesy of funny-clip-art-cool-drawings.com

Summers in DC can be pretty slow for the Jewish community. Increased vacation time and a lack of major religious holidays thin out the crowds and the community offerings. So what intrigued me most about Jewnity DC 2011, tomorrow night’s big bash sponsored by 18 local organizations, is that it reminded me of the annual Hanukkah Happy Hour on the Hill,another party scene offered annually during one of the most popular times of the Jewish year.

Jewnity DC might come without the dreidels and latkes, but it’s still about showcasing the local Jewish community. Held tomorrow at 5 pm at Public Bar, it is an alcohol-serving, over-21 event. It also features local artists and socialization, the usual hallmarks of the vibrant, young professional scene.

So if you’re still in town and want to escape the heat, this may be something to check out! Find out more on Facebook, including mini bios of the sponsors.

Upcoming Events: July 25-31

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, July 25

DC Metro Forum Planning Meeting
http://www.jufj.org/event/dc_metro_social_forum_planning_meeting

Tuesday, July 26

Library of Congress: Sephardic-Ladino-Judeo-Spanish-Song: Myths and (Relative) Realities
http://jconnect.org/Events/tabid/61/ctl/Details/mid/824/EventId/230/EventDateId/374/Default.aspx

Ohr Kodesh: Israeli Dancing for Kids
http://jconnect.org/Events/tabid/61/ctl/Details/mid/824/EventId/255/EventDateId/402/Default.aspx

GLOE: Night OUT at the Mystics
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1173445480?view=Detail&id=128762

Wednesday, July 27

Sixth & I Running Club
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=568&dispDt=7/27/2011%206:30:00%20PM

This is NPR…An Evening with Planet Money
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=611&dispDt=7/27/2011%207:00:00%20PM

Har Shalom Family Fun Night
http://jconnect.org/Events/tabid/61/ctl/Details/mid/824/EventId/129/EventDateId/212/Default.aspx

JewishROC: Jeremiah the Prophet
http://jconnect.org/Events/tabid/61/ctl/Details/mid/824/EventId/212/EventDateId/318/Default.aspx

Gesher Jewish Day School Parlor Meeting
http://jconnect.org/Events/tabid/61/ctl/Details/mid/824/EventId/213/EventDateId/319/Default.aspx

ReelIsraelDC: Screening of “The Little Traitor”
http://jconnect.org/Events/tabid/61/ctl/Details/mid/824/EventId/233/EventDateId/377/Default.aspx

Thursday, July 28

Jubilee Jobs
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1173445480?view=Detail&id=128683

Friday, July 29

Club Getaway Young Pros Weekend Vacation
http://www.prosinthecity.com/jewishevents.php#DC_10196

Social Justice Shabbat
http://www.jufj.org/event/social_justice_shabbat

Saturday, July 30

Jewish Thirties and Forties Singles Seated Speed Dating
http://www.prosinthecity.com/jewishevents.php#DC_10102

Sunday, July 31

Jewnity DC
http://jewnitydc2011.eventbrite.com/

Training for Understanding and Combating Racism
http://www.jufj.org/event/training_understanding_and_combating_racism

Common Good City Farm
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1173445480?view=Detail&id=128841

Upcoming Events: July 11-17

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, July 11

Panel on Transit-Oriented Development
http://www.jufj.org/event/panel_transit_oriented_development

Tuesday, July 12

Caring Across Generations Campaign Launch
http://www.jufj.org/event/caring_across_generations_campaign_launch

Washington Peace Center Activist Awardees Reunion Party
http://www.jufj.org/event/washington_peace_center_activist_awardees_reunion_party

DC Central Kitchen Food Recovery
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1966239524?view=Detail&id=128741

Hebrew Class: Beginner to Advanced; July 2011
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1966239524?view=Detail&id=128501

Wednesday, July 13

DC for Democracy Meet Up
http://www.jufj.org/event/dc_democracy_meet

The Art of Social Media
http://www.jufj.org/event/art_social_media

JewishROC: Idol Worship—Historically and Today
http://jconnect.org/Events/tabid/61/ctl/Details/mid/824/EventId/187/EventDateId/283/mid/824/Default.aspx

Beth El: Preventing the Declaration of a Palestinian State at the United Nations
http://jconnect.org/Events/tabid/61/ctl/Details/mid/824/EventId/204/EventDateId/305/mid/824/Default.aspx

Little Flippers I and II July 2011
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1966239524?view=Detail&id=128523

Jubilee Jobs
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1966239524?view=Detail&id=128682

Thursday, July 14

Hebrew Literacy: Aleph, Bet, and Beyond
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=616&dispDt=7/14/2011%207:00:00%20PM

Friday, July 15

Club Getaway J-Weekend Vacation
http://www.prosinthecity.com/jewishevents.php#DC_10193

Breger-Marks Foundation Announces Edna Award
http://www.jufj.org/event/berger_marks_foundation_announces_new_10000_edna_award

6th Street Minyan
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=326&dispDt=7/15/2011%206:45:00%20PM

WHC 2339 Movie Under the Stars in Rosslyn
http://www.whctemple.org/2239.htm