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THE JCCNV Adult Learning Institute (ALI)

Registration is open!

Please take a moment to review the links below and sign up for one (or more!) of these fabulous opportunities to continue your lifelong learning with us!

Contact: Carla Rosenfeld, 703.537.3060; Marcia Gordon, 703.537.3066

 

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.

Lunch: Please feel free to bring a dairy or parve/meatless lunch to any class.

 

ALI - Temple Rodef Shalom Partnership

As part of our exciting partnership with Temple Rodef Shalom (TRS), we are offering two courses at TRS. They will be “In the Beginning: Bereishit Stories in Contemporary and Traditional Art” and “Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and the God of the Prophets.”

Also, we are thrilled that, as part of this wonderful partnership, Cantor Allen Leider, Director of Lifelong Learning at Temple Rodef Shalom, will be teaching two courses at the J: “Disagreeing Jewishly” and “The How and Why of Personalizing Prayer.”

All of these courses will be outstanding. Everyone is welcome to attend courses at both venues! Please note the location when registering.

 

Ways to Register

  • Register online here 
  • Submit completed registration form and payment to the JCCNV front desk
  • Mail completed registration form with payment, payable to “JCCNV,” to
    JCCNV,
    8900 Little RiverTurnpike,
    Fairfax, VA 22031
  • Call the J’s front desk at 703.323.0880 and be prepared to give a credit card number

 

ALI Fall 2017 Schedule

We are pleased to announce our Fall 2017 line-up of classes! The semester begins on Wednesday, September 6.

Courses

All Eyes on Virginia: The 2017 Virginia Elections
Tuesday, October 17, 12:30pm–2pm
Location: The J
Instructor: Toni-Michelle Travis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Government and Politics, George Mason University
The presidential elections may be over, but 2017 is shaping up to be a banner year in Virginia! On November 7, Virginia will be one of only two states in the nation holding gubernatorial elections, and all 100 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates will be in play. Will our elections serve as a bellwether for the rest of the
country? Will they be a referendum on the Trump administration? What will be the key issues in the race? We are delighted to welcome back GMU political science professor Toni Travis, who will discuss Virginia’s high-profile elections and their significance here in the commonwealth and the rest of the country.
Fee: $18/ $12 J member
Code: #8485

New! Wise Aging
Fridays, October 20, November 3, 17,
December 1, 15, 29
(6 sessions, every other week)
10am–noon
Location: The J
Presenters: Rabbi Ann Folb and Harriette Kinberg
A new, groundbreaking program specifically designed to meet the social,
emotional, and spiritual needs of Jewish seekers entering their second adulthood!
You will be guided through reflective work that enables you to come to new
understandings about your life, self, and values. Learning modes include text study,
active listening, mindfulness meditation, exercises, reflection, and journaling. Sessions are primarily based on resources developed by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and the book, Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit. Participants will be expected to purchase the book on their own. You will learn, share
experiences, and acquire skills for making changes in your lives that will lead to a
deeper sense of well-being. Group limited to 12 participants.
Fee: $100/ $75 member
Code: #8600

Jewish Geography Returns!
Preserving Memory: The Jews of Cape Verde
Monday, October 23
12:30pm–2pm
Location: The J
Instructors: Carol Castiel, President of the Cape Verde Jewish Heritage Project and Carlos Veiga, Cape Verde’s Ambassador to the U.S.
Our occasional series “Jewish Geography,” highlighting Jewish communities around
the world, some in places that might surprise you, returns with an examination of the Jews of Cape Verde. The Republic of Cape Verde, an archipelago of ten islands in the Atlantic Ocean, is situated about three hundred miles off the coast of Senegal, West Africa. We’ll discover how Jews came to be in such an unusual location, what their lives and culture were like, and what is being done to preserve the legacy of this once-vibrant Jewish community.
Fee: $18/ $12 member
Code: #8640

The Prime Ministers Who Shaped Israel: David Ben Gurion, Golda Meir, Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Rabin
Tuesdays, October 24–November 14 (4 weeks)
12:30pm–2pm
Location: The J
Instructor: Ralph Nurnberger, Ph.D., Nationally recognized foreign policy consultant; retired Georgetown University International Relations professor
In many ways, the story of the four giants of Israeli politics — David Ben Gurion, Golda Meir, Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Rabin — is the story of Israel’s birth, trials, tribulations, and triumphs. Each faced major challenges in the years before Israeli independence was declared in May 1948. As prime ministers, they had significant, yet completely different roles in the formation and development of the state. And they were not always in agreement. This four-part series will explore these leaders’ stories and their historical impact.
Fee: $48/ $36 J member
Code: #8486

In the Beginning: Bereishit Stories in Contemporary and Traditional Art
Tuesdays, October 24–November 7 (3 weeks)
2:45pm–4:15pm
Location: Temple Rodef Shalom, 2100 Westmoreland
Street, Falls Church
Instructor: Michal Gavish, Ph.D., MFA, Israeli multimedia artist and lecturer
Israeli artist Michal Gavish will introduce us to the visual expression of Bereishit stories through the ages. We will examine imagery that is based on the first chapters of the Torah and see how it inspired artists from the ancient near east to contemporary art. Looking at many images of sculptures, paintings, art installations, and photographs, we will discuss the changing approach to these Jewish narratives throughout the world.
Fee: $48/ $36 J member and Temple Rodef
Shalom member*
Code: #8487
*PROMO CODE FOR TRS MEMBERS: TRSMEM2

Judaism... Just (Some of) the Facts
Tuesdays, November 14–December 5 (4 weeks)
2pm–3pm
Location: The J
Instructor: Debra Beland Ackerman
Wondering why shrimp aren't kosher or why Jewish holidays start after the
sun sets? Then this is the class for you! Students will learn some of the basics about Torah, holidays, keeping kosher, and about the different denominations that make up the Jewish community. And we'll do our best to provide the "hows and whys" for lots of your Jewish questions.
Debra Beland Ackerman is the Director of Education and Youth Activities at Congregation Olam Tikvah. She has spent the last two decades as a Jewish educator, working in synagogues, summer camps, and the JCC movement.
Fee: $60/ $45 member
Code: #8602

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and the God of the Prophets
Mondays, November 27–December 18 (4 weeks)
(snow make-up Jan. 22)
1pm–2:30pm
Location: Temple Rodef Shalom, 2100 Westmoreland
Street, Falls Church
Instructor: John Rybicki, Biblical scholar and historian
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) was one of the most distinctive, prophetic, and influential Jewish religious scholars in the U. S. Descended from two lines of important Hasidic families, Heschel constructed an original modern philosophy of religion incorporating themes from traditional Jewish streams of mysticism and prophetism. His philosophy was one of action as well as ideas; he was an outspoken opponent to the Vietnam War and a strong advocate for equal rights for African Americans, marching with Martin Luther King and playing an active role in the civil rights movement. With biblical scholar John Rybicki as our guide, we will delve into this legendary figure’s unique understanding of man’s relation to God.
Fee: $48/ $36 J member and Temple Rodef
Shalom member*
Code: #8488
*PROMO CODE FOR TRS MEMBERS: TRSMEM3

The How and Why of Personalizing Prayer
Tuesdays, December 5-19 (3 weeks)
(snow make-up Jan. 16)
12:30pm–2pm
Location: The J
Instructor: Cantor Allen Leider, Director of Lifelong
Learning, Temple Rodef Shalom
Cantor Leider will facilitate a discussion on the whys and hows of prayer. We’ll explore ways that prayer can create spiritual experiences and strategies for finding deeper meaning when we pray. We’ll discuss aspects of personal prayer as a way of expressing gratitude, finding strength and direction, and becoming more aware in living each moment. We’ll also examine the structure and themes of a Jewish worship service (Hebrew reading skills are not required), and how understanding the organization of the service helps us to have a more meaningful, spiritual and personalized prayer experience.
Fee: $48/ $36 J member
Code: #8489

Discover Your Inner Artist: Introduction to Zentangle
Friday, November 10
10:30am–2:30pm
Location: The J
Instructor: Marisela Rumberg
The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It is an empowering and uplifting experience. Absolutely no artistic skill is required to create Zentangle® Art. You can do it and you
will love it! In this 4-hour workshop, our Certified Zentangle® Teacher (CZT) will guide you through this creative process that develops confidence and accomplishment, self-esteem, stress reduction and well-being.
Marisela Rumberg, fiber artist, award-winning quilter, and Certified Zentangle teacher (CZT), will guide you through this creative process.
Fee: $100/ $85 member (plus $10 materials fee)
Code: #8617

Tips about Tip-Ins: The Hidden History of Books
Tuesday, November 28
12:30–2pm
(snow make-up Tuesday, December 5, 2:30pm-4pm)
Location: The J
Instructor: Stuart Endick, retired attorney and antiquarian book collector
Book collector Stuart Endick returns to ALI to discuss how antiquarian books often contain fascinating clues to their provenance in the form of tipped-in (inserted) letters, inscriptions, book plates, and added material known as extra illustrations. In researching his books' past lives, Stuart has found connections to famous and forgotten authors, eccentric and interesting people, the Titanic, and perhaps even the founding of the United Nations.
Fee: $18/ $12 member
Code: #8628

Cultural Arts Book Fair/ALI Special Event

What Makes a Book Jewish?
Tuesday, December 5
10am–noon
Location: The J
Instructor: Marilyn Cooper, Moment Magazine Culture Editor
Join Moment Magazine Culture Editor Marilyn Cooper for a lively discussion about Jewish books, famous Jewish writers, and the books that shaped them. She will share stories about her interviews with authors such as Carl Bernstein, Cynthia Ozick and Joyce Carol Oates. Questions to be discussed include: what makes a book Jewish; whether a Jewish book has to be written by a Jewish author; and what books most influenced the participants’ Jewish identities. The program will be followed by light refreshments. This program is sponsored jointly by ALI and the Cultural Arts Department.
Fee: $5/ $3 member
Code: #8603

 

Language Classes

Spanish
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 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. Textbook is optional.
Session I
Wednesdays, September 6–October 25
(8 weeks)
12:30pm–2pm
Location: The J
Fee: $145/ $110 member
Code: #8611

Session II
Wednesdays, November 8–December
13
(6 weeks)
12:30pm–2pm
Location: The J
Fee: $110/ $85 member
Code: #8612

Level II Yiddish
Instructor: Norman Buder
Join this class if you have some 
knowledge of Yiddish and would like to continue to learn to speak and read the language.

Session I
Mondays, September 11–October 30
(8 weeks)
2pm–4pm
Location: The J
Fee: $80/ $70 member
Code: #8615

Session II
Mondays, November 20–January 22
(no class Dec. 25, Jan. 1)
(8 weeks)
2pm–4pm
Location: The J
Fee: $80/ $70 member
Code: #8629

Adults

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