Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

(703) 323-0880

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 

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. 


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

Spring 2015 ALI Course Schedule

ALI is pleased to announce the Spring 2015 line-up of classes! The semester will run from Monday, April 13 through Tuesday, June 16.

Registration for the Spring 2015 semester will start on Monday, March 2. You may register by mail, phone, online, or by submitting registration forms and payment to the JCCNV front desk beginning on March 2.  (Instructions for how to register appear above, under the Winter 2015 Course Schedule heading.) For your convenience, in-lobby registration will also be held Monday-Friday, March 9-13.

Try It Before You Buy It: iPad 101
Instructor:  Holly Siebold, M.A., Director and Lead Instructor, M2Academy
Tuesdays, April 14–21 (2 weeks)
Are you thinking about getting an iPad, but don’t really know if it’s right for you? Here’s a great way to find out all the things you can do with an iPad, and try one out! You’ll be amazed at all the things you can do! To name just a few — you can send e-mails, search the Internet, read books, visit your grandchildren via Skype, go on Facebook, take and send photos, and more!  Don’t have an iPad? No problem! The instructor will be bringing iPads with her so everyone can get hands-on training and experience. If you already have an iPad, and just want to learn more, feel free to bring your own, but it’s not required. 
Fee:   $24/ $16 J member
Code:   #6560

Jewish Humor through the Sages:  Humor in the Torah
Tuesdays, April 14–28 (3 weeks)Noon–1:30pm
Instructor:  Maurice M. Mizrahi, Ph.D., retired Defense Department expert on defense technology and arms control, and lifelong Judaism scholar and teacher
We often think of the Torah and Talmud as dry, legalistic tomes, and the ancient rabbis as always serious and somber.  But that is not the case! The books of Jewish scriptures and other sacred writings are full of humorous stories and episodes that will surprise you. If you’ve ever wondered where Jewish humor came from, here’s your chance to go right to the source!
Fee:   $36/ $24 J member
Code:   #6561

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF):  A Window on Modern Israeli Society
Mondays, April 20–May 4 (3 weeks)
Instructor: Dana Kalishov, JCCNV-JAFI Community Shlicha (representative/emissary from Israel)
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has had a tremendous impact on everyday life in Israel, far beyond that of just protecting national security. Service in the IDF, which is mandatory for most Israeli citizens, male and female, is a cultural unifier, helping to define what it means to be Israeli. In many ways, the IDF is a microcosm of Israeli society, providing a unique perspective on many of the nation’s strengths and challenges. A strong set of ethical values governs all IDF activities, which builds character within the IDF and ultimately the entire nation. Dana Kalishov will discuss the important role of the IDF in providing invaluable educational and leadership opportunities, fostering the growth of pluralism, encouraging respect and equal rights for women, members of the LGBT community, and other minorities. She will also cover the status of exemptions and other solutions for the ultra-Orthodox. By studying the important role of the IDF, participants in this course will gain a greater understanding of Israeli society and culture today.
Fee:   $36/ $24 J member
Code:   #6562

The Munich Olympics Massacre and the Israeli Wrath of God Campaign
Tuesday, May 5, 9:45am–11am
Instructor: Lee R. Mandel, M.D., retired U.S. Navy physician, author, and historian
On September 5, 1972, the face of the Olympic Games was changed forever. Eight terrorists from the Black September faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization penetrated the dormitory on the Munich Olympic compound, and killed two members of the Israeli Olympic team while they were sleeping. The terrorists killed the remaining nine Israeli Olympic athletes in a bungled German rescue attempt. While the Arab world celebrated, an enraged State of Israel struck back and began a sustained anti-terror campaign that would come to be known to historians as “Wrath of God.” 

Dr. Mandel, a retired U.S. Navy physician, author, and historian, will explore the origins of the Black September terrorist group, describe in detail the ordeal of the Israeli athletes in Munich, and present the real story of the Israeli retaliatory strategies and the people involved in the “Wrath of God” campaign.
Fee: $18/ $12 J member 
Code: #6563

Modern Psychological Portraits of Biblical Characters:  What They Teach Us About Our Own Lives
Instructor:  Rabbi Bruce Aft, Spiritual Leader of Congregation Adat Reyim
Tuesdays, May 12–26 (3 weeks)
The ways in which biblical characters faced challenges in their lives can enlighten our own lives when we face similar challenges. How do we treat our children, how do we treat our siblings, how do we balance our professional and personal lives, and how do we relate to our partners? Complicated questions, aren’t they? We will learn from their experiences what to do, and maybe what not to do!
Fee:   $36/ $24 J member
Code:   #6564

Find the Healthiest Version of You
Tuesdays, June 2–16 (3 weeks)
Instructor: Keri Drugan, JCCNV Group Exercise and Wellness Coordinator; Personal Trainer with specialties in motivation and wellness planning
For many of you, life has been about putting other people and other things ahead of yourselves. Now it’s your turn. It’s time to focus on your health and happiness. This class will have you reflecting on your life’s greatest accomplishments and show you how the steps you took then can help you achieve your wellness goals now. You’ll find what motivates you, how to devise a plan of action and how to be the healthiest version of you.
Fee:$36/ $24 J member