Contacts for Adults & Seniors

Adult Services Department

Adult Services Director
Pam Wiener

Adult Programming Director
Carla Rosenfeld

Lead Adult Group Coordinator
Michele Endick

Adult Group Coordinators
Sheila Budoff

Shelly Rosenstein

NV Rides Manager
Jennifer Kanarek

NV Rides Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
Gina Cocomello

New Americans Group Coordinator
Helen Getter

Adult Department Assistants
Susan Dorfman
Marcia Gordon
Sue Olesch

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Adult Learning Institute (ALI)

Course Schedule

Contact:, 703.537.3068;, 703.537.3060 

Launched in September 2013, ALI is an initiative of the JCCNV Adult Services Department. We offer classes on topics such as the arts and entertainment, history, literature, Israel, Jewish history and culture, and much more. Classes are usually held on Mondays and Tuesdays, during the day.  

We have a very exciting array of courses in store for the Winter 2015 semester! There’s something here for everyone! Please take a moment to review the full course schedule below and sign up for one (or more!) of these fabulous opportunities to continue your lifelong learning with us! 

As we head into the winter months, please take note of our inclement weather policy:If Fairfax County Public Schools are closed, ALI classes are canceled.  If schools have a delayed opening, we will hold classes at the regularly scheduled time. 

Winter 2015 ALI Course Schedule 

This Semester runs from Monday, January 12–Tuesday, March 24. Register at any time, by mail, phone, online, or by submitting registration forms and payment to the J front desk beginning on December 1. For your convenience, in-lobby registration will also be held Monday–Friday, January 5–9. 

To Register:  

By Mail 
Mail completed registration form with payment, payable to “JCCNV,” to Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA 22031. 
By Phone 
Call the front desk at 703.323.0880, and be prepared to give a credit card number to secure your place in the course. 


Pictures That Satisfy: Irma Stern and Jewish Identity in South African Modern Art
Monday, January 12, 9:45am‒11am
Instructor: LaNitra M. Berger, Ph.D., Honors College, George Mason University
Dr. Berger will discuss the life and work of German-Jewish South African artist Irma Stern (1894–1966) and her contributions to modern art in South Africa and beyond. Despite being virtually unknown outside of her native South Africa, Stern’s work is crucial to our understanding of modern art because she demonstrates how artists living outside of Western Europe addressed race, religion, and gender boundaries in different cultural contexts. Stern’s paintings of black South Africans were later labeled “degenerate” by the Nazis. After World War II, as South Africa searched for ways to reconnect culturally to Europe, Stern became known as South Africa’s most famous modern artist.
Fee: $18/ $12 member
Code: #5754

Azerbaijan: From 5th Century Jewish Migration to a Strong Modern-Day Partnership with Israel 
Tuesdays, January 20–February 3 (3 weeks)
Instructors: Diana Cohen Altman, Executive Director of the Karabakh Foundation; and Rauf Mammadov, MBA, head of US operations for the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR)
In 1992, within one year of Azerbaijan’s gaining independence from the former Soviet Union, Israel and Azerbaijan (a predominantly Muslim country bordering Iran and the former Soviet Union) established diplomatic relations, and the two countries began forging increasingly important strategic ties and alliances in trade, economic development and defense. For political reasons, those ties operated largely in the shadows for many years, but recently have become much more open and have grown even stronger. Azerbaijan has a centuries-old Jewish history, tracing back to the 5th century C.E., when the Persian Mountain Jews migrated to Azerbaijan. Due in part, perhaps, to this well-established Jewish presence, there is a very close relationship between Azerbaijan’s Jewish and Muslim communities, which is relatively rare in this hostile region. 

The first class will address the migration of the country’s ancient Mountain Jews, and community traditions and beliefs about their origins and affiliation. In addition, it will cover the later-arriving European professional community that exists mostly in the capital of Baku. The second class will emphasize Jewish participation in Azerbaijan’s development over the past century. Jews played a role in the Azerbaijani Democratic Republic, the first parliamentary republic in the Muslim world, which was in place from 1918 until 1920, when Azerbaijan became part of the former Soviet Union. They also were instrumental in the growth of Azerbaijan’s oil technology and culture. The third class will cover the burgeoning investment opportunities and business partnerships between Israeli and Azerbaijani companies. 
Fee: $36/ $24 member
Code: #5755

Special Author Event: Lincoln’s Lessons Learned with Jared Peatman, Ph.D., Author of The Long Shadow of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
Monday, January 26
Instructor: Jared Peatman, Ph.D., Director of Curriculum at the Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg
Abraham Lincoln’s brief (272-word) remarks at the formal dedication of the National Cemetery of Gettysburg In Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863 (later known as the “Gettysburg Address”), constituted one of the most important, powerful and influential speeches in American history. Although Lincoln stated that “[t]he world will little note, nor long remember” what was said there, that was most certainly not the case. The speech has a monumental legacy that is meaningful even today, over 150 years later. Jared Peatman has studied the long-ranging impact of the Gettysburg Address, winning several awards for his scholarly research and writings on the topic. He also leads leadership development seminars, helping organizational professionals in diverse fields apply the lessons of Gettysburg to present-day situations in management, human resources, conflict resolution, and more. Dr. Peatman will share with us some of Lincoln’s broad themes and how they still resonate today. Books will be available for sale and signing.
Fee: $18/ $12 member
Code: #5756

How This Night Is Different Part I: The Evolution of the Passover Haggadah 
Tuesdays, February 10–17 (2 weeks) 
(make-up date Feb. 24)
Instructor: Gilah Goldsmith, J.D., retired government attorney and leader of Beth El Hebrew Congregation’s weekly Torah study group
In any given year, more American Jews participate in a Passover seder (festive holiday meal) than any other Jewish ritual or observance. The haggadah is the manual for conducting the seder and recounting the story of the Exodus from Egypt. It contains a collection of prayers, songs, stories and biblical quotations, designed to enable each participant to experience the Exodus. More than 5,000 different versions of the haggadah have been published. We will explore what we can learn about the social, intellectual and religious life of the Jewish people from the many iterations of the haggadah. 
Fee: $24/ $16 member
Code: #5757

Jews in the American Military: Field Trip to the National Museum of American Jewish Military History with
Pre- and Post-Visit Presentations

Mondays, February 23–March 9 (3 weeks)
Instructors: Michael Rugel, Program and Content Coordinator, National Museum of American Jewish Military History (NMAJMH), and Lt. Colonel Sheldon A. Goldberg, Ph.D., NMAJMH Museum Historian
Although they are only a small percentage of the American population, Jews have answered our nation’s call in a big way, proudly serving with distinction in all branches of the U.S. military. The National Museum of American Jewish Military History in Washington, D.C. commemorates the contributions and sacrifices made by Jewish men and women in the military. The museum had the grand opening of its first comprehensive permanent exhibit on Veterans Day, November 11, 2014. The exhibit examines the roles Jews have played in the American military from 1654 to the present. The instructors will lead a guided tour of the museum’s new exhibit.

At the first class meeting, an overview and orientation will be presented which will prepare the class for the museum visit. The field trip to the museum will take place on Monday, March 2, with bus pick-up at the J at 9am and a return time of approximately 1pm. There is no café at the museum, so please bring a bag lunch. At the class meeting following the trip, the instructors will lead a discussion of impressions, reflections and key takeaway points from the exhibit.
Fee: $42/ $30 member (includes cost of field trip)
Code: #5758

How This Night Is Different Part II: The Evolution of the Passover Seder
Tuesdays, March 3–10 (2 weeks)
(make−up date Mar. 17)
Instructor: Gilah Goldsmith, J.D., retired government attorney and leader of Beth El Hebrew Congregation’s weekly Torah study group
This course, Part II of the “How This Night Is Different” course, focuses on the evolution of the Passover seder, the festive Passover holiday meal. Over more than 2,000 years, the ritual meal has evolved from an animal sacrifice at the Temple in Jerusalem to a communal meal. The seder has been repeatedly adapted to reflect the concerns of the Jewish people and their communities. We will examine how the seder has evolved, with emphasis on the historical context of that evolution and the concerns that continue to motivate it. Note: Part I of this course is not a prerequisite.
Fee: $24/ $16 member
Code: #5759

Jews in Sports
Tuesdays, March 3–17 (3 weeks)
Instructors: Don Budowsky, retired IT specialist and lifelong sports fan; George Solomon, Director, Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism, University of Maryland and former “Washington Post” sports editor; Philip Hochberg, J.D., sports lawyer representing professional and college sports leagues, conferences and teams, and former press box announcer for the Washington Senators, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football team

The history of sports in America reflects our values, our culture, challenging social issues, and change. Don Budowsky will lead off this three-part course with an introduction and overview, covering the history of Jewish involvement in professional and amateur sports. In the second session, George Solomon, well-known former sports editor for The Washington Post, will discuss Jews in sports media, such as Post icon Shirley Povich, who Richard Nixon once said was the only reason he read the Post. Finally, in the third session, Philip Hochberg, sports lawyer and a former, “Voice of the Senators,” will highlight several Jewish major league baseball players, a small but elite group that includes two MVP winners (Hank Greenberg and Al Rosen), and perhaps the greatest lefty pitcher of all time (Sandy Koufax). He’ll also talk about how baseball, our national pastime, helped immigrants lose their “greenhorn” status, and become “real” Americans. This is a unique opportunity to learn about Jews in sports from some all-star experts with lifelong careers in the sports industry. 
Fee: $36/ $24 member
Code: #5760