ALI is the J’s adult lifelong learning center. Its mission is to provide intellectually stimulating, enjoyable, and engaging opportunities to expand your mind and your knowledge with other adults of all backgrounds and ages.
We are very excited about the ALI fall line-up! Highlights will include courses on Alexander Hamilton, the man behind the musical; four prime ministers who shaped Israel (David Ben Gurion, Golda Meir, Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Rabin); Jewish religious philosopher Abraham Joshua Heschel; and stories of the opening Torah portion, Bereishit, in contemporary and traditional art. The fall semester will begin on Monday, September 11 and run through Tuesday, December 19. More courses and more information to come! Please check for the complete course schedule in the July/August issue of The Voice and in the flier rack in the J’s lobby.
Contact: Michele.Endick@jccnv.org, 703.537.3095
Some Enchanted Evening: The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein
Riverside Center Dinner Theatre, Fredericksburg
Sunday, June 4, depart the J at 11:45am; return 6:30pm
(changed from original date)
Note: This trip may be full — contact Michele Endick before submitting payment
This show features Rodgers and Hammerstein classics shown “as dialogue between five performers as they develop their personalities and express their perspectives on relationships. From a ‘backstage’ setting and ensemble performances in the first act to an ‘on stage’ second act devoted to individual performances, hearing the classic songs as explored by each character will be like listening to the music and lyrics for the first time. Don’t miss the passion and beauty of Rodgers’ music and the deceptively simple yet moving lyrics of Hammerstein.” — Riverside Center Dinner Theater
Ticket includes a delicious three-course lunch (choose entrée when at the theater) inclusive of tax, gratuity, non-alcoholic drink.
Fee: $78/ $70 member (includes matinee ticket, bus transportation, and luncheon) Code: #7971
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form to the J, Attn: Michele Endick. Make check payable to JCCNV with “6/4” on memo line.
Washington, DC Stands on a Swamp, Right?
Myths of Washington, DC
Thursday, June 8, noon–2:30pm
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless)
Presented by: Michael Kelly, Park Ranger, Division of Interpretation and Education, National Mall and Memorial Parks
Have you ever read or heard that George Washington chose a swamp as the site for the new federal city... or that someone recreated the city plan from memory after the architect ran off with the plans… or that only men rode the Washington Monument elevator in the 1880s… or that Abraham Lincoln’s statue exhibits sign language? Well, all of these stories are myths! As with any myth, however, a grain of truth lies at the heart. These tales join dozens of others foisted upon tourists by well-meaning storytellers hoping to make Washington, D.C. history more interesting. If you agree that fact trumps fiction, come to this lively discussion about our nation’s capital.
Coffee, tea, and dessert provided.
Fee: $5/ Free J member (note new non-member price)
No RSVP — Just come!
Thursday, June 15 – No Program
Closing Program — Special Tour
The US Department of State Diplomatic Reception Rooms
Thursday, June 22, depart the J 9:30am; return 2pm
Contact: Michele.firstname.lastname@example.org, 703.537.3095
“The Diplomatic Reception Rooms are among the most beautiful rooms in the world. For 50 years, the art of diplomacy has thrived in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms against a stunning backdrop of American art and architecture from the time of our country’s founding and of its formative years. This historically evocative suite (42 rooms) contains a museum-caliber collection of American fine and decorative art (5,000 objects) from the period of 1750-1825.
Today, the Secretary of State, Vice President, and Members of Cabinet continue to conduct the essential business of diplomacy in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms. In these State Rooms, the United States signs treaties, conducts summit negotiations, hosts swearing-in ceremonies, facilitates trade agreements, and promotes peace.” — US Department of State website
Note: Must show photo ID to enter the building.
Fee: $16/ $10 J member for bus transportation. Enjoy lunch (on your own) following tour at restaurant TBD. (Note: New pricing on weekday excursions)
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form to the J, Attn: Michele Endick. Make check payable to JCCNV with “6/22” on memo line.
Thursday, June 29 – No Program
Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel, MD: Visitor Center and Narrated Tram Tour
Wednesday, July 12 depart the J 9:30am, return approx. 3:30pm
The National Wildlife Visitor Center features interactive exhibits which focus on global environmental issues, migratory bird studies, habitats, endangered species, and more. We will enjoy a special narrated tram (covered) tour of the south tract grounds, highlighting the wildlife habitat and management practices.
After our visit, we will go to a nearby restaurant for lunch around 1:30pm. Bring an AM snack if needed. Be sure to dress comfortably with sunscreen and hat. We will not be walking on the trails as a group.
Fee: $38/ $28 J member (includes bus transportation and narrated tram tour). Lunch will be a separate charge, on your own, optional.
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form to the J, Attn: Michele Endick. Make check payable to JCCNV with “7/12” on memo line.
Tour of Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens
Friday, July 21, depart the J 10am; return 3:45pm
Marjorie Merriweather Post bought Hillwood in 1955 and soon decided her home would be a museum that would inspire and educate the public. Her northwest Washington, D.C. estate endowed the country with the most comprehensive collection of Russian imperial art outside of Russia, a distinguished 18th-century French decorative art collection, and twenty-five acres of serene landscaped gardens and natural woodlands for all to enjoy. Enjoy a docent-led mansion tour, and then feel free to view the gardens on your own. Be certain to view the special exhibition Spectacular Gems and Jewelry from the Merriweather Post Collection. Nearly sixty pieces that once belonged to Marjorie Merriweather Post, one of the greatest jewelry collectors of the twentieth century, will tell the story behind some of the remarkable stones and the jewelry into which they were transformed.
There is a café in which you can eat and relax (separate charge, optional) or bring your lunch to eat at lovely outdoor tables.
Fee: $38/ $28 J member (includes bus transportation, docent-guided mansion tour).
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form to the J, Attn: Michele Endick. Make check payable to JCCNV with “7/21” on memo line.
Hairspray at Shenandoah Summer Musical Theatre, Cedar Creek Battle Talk and Buffet Lunch
Wednesday, July 26, depart the J 9am; return approx. 6:30pm
We start our Shenandoah Valley excursion with a scenic luxury -bus ride to the Shenandoah Valley. When we arrive in beautiful Middletown, VA we will be joined by a National Park Service Ranger who will talk about the Battle of Cedar Creek (1864). From there we will travel to nearby Winchester for a wonderful, fine buffet lunch at Piccadilly’s Public House and Restaurant near the Winchester pedestrian mall.
After lunch, we will head over to the Shenandoah Summer Musical Theatre where we will sit back, relax, and enjoy this wonderful show. What a great way to spend a summer’s day out!
Fee with lunch: $94/ $84 J member (includes luxury bus, lunch, and matinee). Buffet lunch includes two entrees (chicken and salmon), vegetables, starch, salad, dessert, drink, tax, and tip.
Fee with no lunch: $74/ $64 J member (must be able to walk to pedestrian mall approx. 4 blocks away for other restaurants/outdoor benches).
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form to the J, Attn: Michele Endick. Make check payable to JCCNV with “7/26” on memo line.
Lovely Summer Day in Baltimore
Homewood Museum of The Johns Hopkins University, Lunch with Inner Harbor View, and Narrated Cruise of Baltimore Harbor
Wednesday, August 9, depart the J 9:15am; return 6:45pm
We begin our “Baltimore Day” with a tour of the Homewood Museum which is a national historic landmark built in 1801. It is one of the nation’s finest examples of Federal-era architecture, renowned for its elegant proportions and superb collection of American decorative arts. After the tour, we will eat a wonderful three-course lunch at the Rusty Scupper Restaurant in a “room with a view,” at the renowned Inner Harbor. Then we are off for a 45-minute entertaining and educational narrated cruise of Baltimore’s Harbor. You will be introduced to Baltimore, its history and the renaissance of the Inner Harbor. See and learn about Federal Hill, the city skyline, the Domino Sugar refinery, Fells Point, the USS Constellation, and catch a glimpse of Fort McHenry. The boat has a climate-controlled lower deck and an open upper deck.
Fee: $92/ $84 J member (includes bus transportation, tour of Homewood Museum, narrated Harbor cruise, and lunch which includes: salad, choice of entrée, dessert, non-alcoholic drink, and tip)
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form to the J, Attn: Michele Endick. Make check payable to JCCNV with “8/9”on memo line.
NEW SERIES! Israel Now
This is the first installment of an occasional series exploring life in contemporary Israel.
Israel Now, Part I: Impact of the Trump Administration on Israel and U.S.-Israeli
Israel Now, Part II: Building for the Future of the Galilee
Tuesdays, June 6–13 (2 weeks)
Instructors: Kenneth J. Krupsky, Esq., and Baruch A. Fellner,
Esq., National Board Members, Jewish National Fund—USA
This new series will enlighten you on what life is like in Israel today, and issues currently facing the Jewish state. The first session will be a nonpartisan review of principal developments over the Trump administration’s first six months and how they affect Israel and U.S.-Israeli relations. The second session will highlight exciting new initiatives to deal with the challenges of overpopulation and affordable housing shortages in Israel’s economic, commercial and cultural hub—the Jerusalem/Tel Aviv/Haifa triangle.
Fee: $24/ $16 J members