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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

We continue our partnership with Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church. As you look through the classes below, please watch for course location so you are aware of those being offered at TRS and be sure to 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

 

Fall 2017 Courses

Courses

Wise Aging
Fridays, December 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

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
Make-up dates for 12/12 and 12/19 are Tuesdays, 1/16 and 1/23/2018
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

 

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 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 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

 

Winter-Spring Courses

Beginning Bridge II

Wednesdays, January 10–February 28 (8 weeks)
3:15pm–5:15pm
Location: The J
Instructor: Yen DeAnda, ACBL accredited, Ruby Life Master
Prerequisite: JCC Beginning Bridge I or previous bridge experience.
Upgrade your game with the following conventions: Stayman, Jacoby Transfer, Doubles, Preemptive Bids, Strong Bids, Michaels and Cue Bids.

Yen has been teaching bridge to people of all ages since 2012 and is active in projects that promote bridge in the local community.
Fee: $135/ $120 member
Code: #8898

 

Beginning Bridge III

Wednesdays, April 4–May 23 (8 weeks)
3:15pm–5:15pm
Location: The J
Instructor: Yen DeAnda, ACBL accredited, Ruby Life Master
Learn more conventions to advance your game: Help Suit Game Try, Drury, Defense against Suit Contracts, Cappelletti, Shape Matters, Sandwich NT, Reverses, Jacoby 2NT, New Minor Forcing, Fourth Suit Forcing, and the Unusual NT.

Yen has been teaching bridge to people of all ages since 2012 and is active in projects that promote bridge in the local community.
Fee: $135/ $120 member
Code: #8899

 

American Symbols: Respecting the Flag and the National Anthem

Tuesday, January 9
12:30pm–2pm
(snow make-up date Jan. 23)
Location: the J
Instructor: Marc Leepson, journalist, historian and author
Marc Leepson will present a lively talk on how Francis Scott Key came to write the national anthem and Key's views on slavery and patriotism, along with a look at Americans' unique and special feelings for the Stars and Stripes. In light of events in the news about athletes and disrespect for the flag and Civil War statues toppling, these iconic symbols are on the minds of many Americans. The talk will be based on his books, Flag: An American Biography and What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key: A Life. Mr. Leepson will sign copies of his books following the talk.
Fee: $24/ $18 member
Code: #8920

 

U.S. Foreign Aid: A 40-Year Perspective (1970–2010)

Tuesdays, January 30–February 13 (3 weeks)
10:30am–11:45am
Location: the J
Instructor: John Champagne, USAID Foreign Service – retired
In a career spanning more than 45 years, John Champagne will offer his perspective on American foreign policy from the vantage point of a field implementer and program manager. Three presentations will be given covering the period 1966-2010, beginning with a USAID Primer: Origin, Purpose, Performance. The second session, Preventing the Dominos from Falling, will provide a personal perspective on the U.S. military and development role in Thailand from 1966-1979. The final segment will explore the evolution of civilian-military collaboration in Creating a Civilian Capacity to Address Political Instability Abroad.

John Champagne is a retired USAID foreign service officer with overseas tours in Thailand and Panama, and several liaison assignments with the Department of State. His final assignment was Director of Middle East Affairs.
Fee: $54/ $36 member
Code: #8900

 

In Search of Jewish Spirituality

Mondays, February 26–March 26 (4 weeks)
(no class Mar. 19)
10am–11:30am
Location: the J
Instructor: John Rybicki, Biblical Scholar and Historian
Rabbi Daniel Gordis has written extensively on modern Judaism. His book God Was Not in the Fire (1992) is “a search for a spiritual Judaism.” In this series, the major themes of Rabbi Gordis will be explored, compared, and contrasted with other major modern Jewish philosophers. Subjects include God, sacred texts, ritual, the law, prayer, and ethics.
Fee: $72/ $48
Code: #8901

 

Science and Judaism

Mondays, February 26–March 12 (3 weeks)
Noon–1:30pm
Location: Temple Rodef Shalom, 2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church
Instructor: Maurice M. Mizrahi, Ph.D., retired Defense Department expert in science and technology and lifelong Judaism scholar and teacher
Dr. Mizrahi will present a three-part series on Science and Judaism. Is science in opposition to Judaism or complementary to it? Which typically Jewish attitudes influenced the development of science? How can we reconcile some accounts in the Torah with our modern understanding of how the universe operates? Come as we explore the answers to these thought-provoking questions.

Born in Egypt, Dr. Mizrahi has a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Texas and worked in the Defense Department for 34 years, specializing in science and technology matters. He has always been fascinated by the interactions between his two main loves, science and Judaism.
Fee: $54/ $36
Code: #8902
*PROMO CODE FOR TRS MEMBERS: TRSMEM4
Please enter promo code on the cart payment screen for online registration.

 

Dream Weaver

Tuesday, February 27
1:30pm–3:30pm
Location: the J
Instructor: Liat Lisha, JCCNV-JAFI Community Shlicha
Liat will tell the complex history of Jewish migrants from Jewish tailors to top fashion designers. You will hear the story of the Jewish people through the journey of five of the top Jewish designers in the world. Where did their families come from, how did they become successful, and what kind of struggles did they face? Based on an exhibition of Beit Hatfutsot. You will also get to sample some Israeli foods.
Fee: $24/ $18 member
Code: #8903

 

The Artist's Mirror

Monday and Tuesday, March 19 and 20
Monday, 10am-11:15am, at the J
Tuesday, 9am–3pm, depart the J for National Gallery
Instructor: Linda Meer, Docent, National Gallery of Art
In Monday’s introductory lecture, Linda will discuss the influence of art in changing or affirming the society which produced it. On the National Gallery of Art tour, we will examine the concept of the "Artist's Mirror" in paintings from the collection. Class size is limited to 19.

10:15am–noon: Exhibits in West Building
noon–1pm: Lunch in Cascade Café
(on your own)
1pm–3pm: Discover twentieth
century art from the roof sculpture garden, to Calder gallery, to 1940–1960s art, and especially the impact of the Jewish artist on the American art scene (artists who escaped the war in Europe by settling in New York) and early Picasso
(if time).
3pm: Board bus to JCC

Linda Meer retired after a long career teaching high school English. For the last nine years, she has led student tours at the National Gallery of Art.
Fee: $48/ $36 member (includes
transportation)
Code: #8904

 

Say “Hello” to Alexa

Tuesday, April 10
10:30am–noon
Location: the J
Instructor: Gary Bennett, Chief Tech, TechMedic4U
We will explore the personal assistant devices from Amazon featuring Alexa. The products include the Amazon Dot, Echo, Tap, and Show. These Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled devices can play music requests, provide info, weather, traffic, news, and keep calendars and contacts. They can call or message friends or family. They can read you audio books, too. They are compatible with iPad, iPhone, and Android mobile devices. We will look at this family of devices and the differences between them, as well as price ranges, availability, and how to set them up and use them. We will have a device set-up demonstration.

Gary Bennett has worked as a corporate trainer for MS Windows and Office as well as helping individuals solve computer and consumer electronics problems for the last 30 years. Since retirement, he has been teaching technology courses for Apple, Android, and PC products at OASIS and Asbury Methodist Village. He also started Techmedic4U last year, which provides in-home technology problem-solving and one-on-one tutoring for adults over 50.
Fee: $18/ $12 member
Code: #8905

 

How to Set Up and Use iCloud

Tuesday, April 10
1pm–2:30pm
Location: the J
Instructor: Gary Bennett, Chief Tech, TechMedic4U
Apple iCloud is a program that allows you to share your photos, calendars, contacts, reminders, bookmarks, and music between your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Windows PC. So, for example, if you take a picture on your iPhone it will automatically show up on your iPad, Mac, or Windows computer. In this course, we will set up an iCloud account (for those that don’t already have one), set up iCloud for your individual preferences, and explore its benefits and features. Please bring the devices you wish to set up with iCloud (iPhones, iPads, Macbooks and Windows laptops). If you don’t have an Apple ID username and password, please come a half hour early to have us assist you in setting them up.
Please see Gary’s bio in Say “Hello” to Alexa class description.
Fee: $18/ $12 member
Code: #8906

 

Creative Writing One-Day Workshop

Sunday, April 29
10am–noon
Location: the J
Instructor: Professor Lisa Leibow, JD, MA
Find your creative writing inspiration! In this two-hour workshop, participants will complete writing exercises using prompts and activities during class. This is a hands-on writing lab, where students will complete writing exercises that emphasize various creative writing techniques such as dialogue, physical description, and sensory details. Ideally, students will leave this course with a new scene or segment of a story, as well as with a wealth of inspiration for their writing in general.

Lisa Leibow earned a master’s degree in writing with a concentration in fiction from Johns Hopkins University. She has taught writing at Northern Virginia Community College, University of Maryland University College, and at Johns Hopkins University.
Fee: $30/ $25 member
Code: #8907

 

Entries from a Jewish Admiral’s Log Book: The View of the Navy from an Aircraft Carrier Captain’s Chair (in partnership with OLLI)

Tuesday, May 1
2:15pm–3:45pm
Location: the J
Presented by: Vice Admiral Herman Shelanski
This special program features Vice Admiral Herman Shelanski who will reflect on the role of diversity in enhancing US Naval capabilities. The United States Navy is ready to fight at sea to protect America with Special Forces and its Marine Corps partners. Although the Navy uses amazing technology to achieve its ends, the real capability of the Navy is in the diversity of sailors and those who lead them. This lecture will give a perspective on the life of the sailors and the leadership that serves them.

Vice Admiral Herman Shelanski is the 40th Naval Inspector General with a decorated career of naval service. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College, the Navy Nuclear Power School and Prototype, the Naval Reactors Commanding Officer Nuclear Engineer Course, and the Naval War College.
This event is free.

 

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, January 3–February 21 (8 weeks)
12:30pm–2pm
Location: the J
Fee: $145/ $110 member
Code: #8908

Session II
Wednesdays, March 14–May 2 (8 weeks)
12:30pm–2pm
Location: the J
Fee: $145/ $110 member
Code: #8909

Session III
Wednesdays, May 9–June 13 (6 weeks)
12:30pm–2pm
Location: the J
Fee: $110/ $85 member
Code: #8910

Spanish III 

This continuing class is for those who have taken the Spanish II class at the J or equivalent experience. This is a conversational class and includes grammar. 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, January 3–February 21
(8 weeks)
2:30pm–3:30pm
Location: the J
Fee: $96/ $72 member
Code: #8911

Session II
Wednesdays, March 14–May 2
(8 weeks)
2:30pm–3:30pm
Location: the J
Fee: $96/ $72 member
Code: #8912

Session III
Wednesdays, May 9–June 13
(6 weeks)
2:30pm–3:30pm
Location: the J
Fee: $72/ $54 member
Code: #8913

 

Yiddish

Level II
Session I
Mondays, February 12–April 2 (8 weeks)
2pm–4pm
Location: the J
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.
Fee: $80/ $70 member
Code: #8914

Session II
Mondays, April 23–June 18 (8 weeks)
(no class May 28)
2pm–4pm
Location: the J
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.
Fee: $80/ $70 member
Code: #8915

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