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The J Debuts Chai Mitzvah Program!

Mondays, 2pm–3:30pm (9 sessions)
Take part in this hands-on, experiential approach to Jewish learning!
Each individual will have the chance to explore learning, spirituality, and social action on their own terms at their own pace. During the nine months, each individual will:
• Choose an independent study topic unique to their needs and time commitment;
• Choose a ritual/spiritual practice to engage in;
• Choose a social action project to commit to;
• Attend monthly group learning sessions with set curriculum to be taught by local Rabbis and professionals.

October 31: Rabbi Bruce Aft – Congregation Adat Reyim, Adult Rites of Passage
November 21: Rabbi Brett Isserow – Beth El Hebrew Congregation, Tzedakah/Philanthropy
December 19: Rabbi David Kalender – Congregation Olam Tikvah, Individual and Community
January 9: Rabbi Bruce Aft – Congregation Adat Reyim, Interpersonal Relationships
February 20: Sherri Shunfenthal – Author, Mindfulness Facilitator, Mindfulness/Conscious Living
March 13: Rabbi Jennifer Weiner – Education Director, Congregation Adat Reyim, Adding New Insights to the Seder
April 24: Rabbi Evan Ravski – Assistant Rabbi, Congregation Olam Tikvah, Israel and the Jewish Spirit
May 22 : Rabbi Laura Rappaport – Assistant Rabbi, Temple B'nai Shalom, Gratitude
June 12: Rabbi Brett Isserow – Beth El Hebrew Congregation, Judaism and the Environment

This program spans the spectrum of Jewish practice and is for people from any background of Jewish knowledge. Space will be limited due to the nature of this unique and individualized approach to deepening your own engagement with Jewish life. There will be a celebration at the end of the journey — certificates will be awarded and JNF will plant a tree on each participant’s behalf. Don’t miss the opportunity to be in the first graduating class! Contact [email protected] for information.
Fee: $140/ $115 J member
Code: #7596

Siamese Mah Jongg
Monday & Thursday, September 12, 15 (2 sessions)
Instructor: Janine Rubens
Learn to play new two-handed Mah Jongg with approved Mah Jongg League rules. Just bring your card and Janine will teach you both methods of playing two-handed Mahj. This class is for experienced players only. For beginner lessons contact
[email protected]

Janine has been teaching Mah Jongg for 30 years. She taught at the Miami Beach JCC and also ran their Mah Jongg tournaments.
Fee: $45/ $35 member
Code: #7567

Spanish Language Classes
Instructor: Dr. Michael Gorman received his BA, MA, and Ph.D. from American University and continued his studies at the National University of Mexico. He is a professor at Northern Virginia Community College and previously taught at George Mason University.

Spanish I
You will learn basic conversational Spanish and skills which will be valuable in your everyday life during this introductory course. There are no tests, homework, or grades.

Session I
Wednesdays, September 14–November 9 (8 weeks)
(no class Oct. 12)
Fee: $96/ $72 member
Code: #7568

Session II
Wednesdays, November 30–January 18 (8 weeks)
Fee: $96/ $72 member
Code: #7569

Spanish II
This continuing class is for those who have taken the Spanish I class at the J or have some knowledge of the language. You will continue to develop your skills and also review previous material. There are no tests, homework, or grades.

Session I
Wednesdays, September 14–November 9 (8 weeks)
(no class Oct. 12)
Fee: $96/ $72 member
Code: #7570

Session II
Wednesdays, November 30–January 18 (8 weeks)
Fee: $96/ $72 member
Code: #7571

Beginner Bridge Lessons
Wednesdays, October 19–November 30 (8 weeks)
Instructor: Yen DeAnda, ACBL accredited, Silver Life Master 2015
You will learn the basic principles of bidding, declarer play, and keeping score. Stayman, Jacoby Transfers, Blackwood, and Gerber conventions will be covered. Participants will have the knowledge needed to play in tournaments or with friends in 8 weeks.

Yen has been teaching bridge to people of all ages since 2012. She is also active in projects that promote bridge and raise awareness for Alzheimer's disease.
Fee: $135/ $120 member
Code: #7572

The Fiction Writer’s Toolkit
Thursdays, October 20–December 1 (6 weeks)
(no class Nov. 24)
Instructor: Professor Lisa Leibow, JD, MA
Participants will explore the writing process and elements of fiction such as character, setting, point of view, and dialogue. This is a hands-on writing lab, where students will complete writing exercises that emphasize various fiction techniques. By the end of the course, students will have added a number of fiction techniques to their writer’s toolkit and will be ready to participate in a Fiction Workshop to be offered in the spring. Class is limited to 15 students.

Lisa Leibow earned a Masters in writing with a concentration in fiction from Johns Hopkins University. She teaches writing at Northern Virginia Community College, University of Maryland University College, and Johns Hopkins University. Her work has appeared in several literary journals; she’s the recipient of a Vermont Studio Center grant and residency, as well as the winner of Pitchapalooza D.C. and an honorable mention in the John Gardner Award for Best Character Description.
Fee: $175 / $150 member
Code: #7573

Adult Dance Classes offers classes for beginner to intermediate adult dancers. All classes are taught by professional dance educators who structure the class around the individual students’ abilities. Adult dance is a great way to improve balance, flexibility, and coordination while having a great time developing a sense of aesthetics and culture. Adults must register when purchasing a class card with name, address, telephone number, and quantity of classes desired.


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