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

Upcoming Events

2012 Positive Aging Fair

Monthly Discussion Group

Our World Today and in the Future

Monday, November 17


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The Voice


Monthly Programs

clientuploads/Adults/Our World.jpgMonthly Discussion Group: Our World Today and in the Future

Mondays (monthly), 12:15pm-2pm

Facilitated by Dr. Marvin J. Cetron, President, Forecasting International and Mimi Rosenberg

Monday, February 16

Participants are welcome to bring a dairy or parve/meatless lunch. Featured speakers will be announced monthly. Watch for fliers and posters for up-to-date details.
Coffee and tea will be provided.
Fee: $3/ Free for J member
No RSVP — Just come!

Monday, February 16
Topic: Current Events in Russia and Ukraine
Speaker: Ambassador Richard Kauzlarich, Director of the Center for Energy Science and Policy, George Mason University

Please note that the views and opinions expressed by the speakers do not necessarily reflect the official policies or positions of the JCCNV.

Creative Writing Group: Writing Your Life Story

Mondays (monthly), February 9

11am–12:30pm, the J
Coordinator: Carol Backman
Contact:, 703.537.3061
Write your life stories as a legacy for family and friends. If it’s important for you to tell your children, grandchildren, and friends who you are and what you did, this group will help you write, organize and self-publish your life story as a legacy for those you value.
Fee: $3/ Free J member
No RSVP — Just come!

First Friday Book Group - Calling All Readers!

Friday, February 6
10:30am–noon, the J
If you enjoy discussing books with men and women of varied backgrounds and life experiences, this group is for you. Contact Pam Wiener to confirm date and book selections.
Fee: $3/ Free for J member
No RSVP — Just come!

February 6: The Known World by Edward P. Jones
“The Known World tells the story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of William Robbins, the most powerful man in Manchester County, Virginia. Making certain he never circumvents the law, Townsend runs his affairs with unusual discipline. But when death takes him unexpectedly, his widow, Caldonia, can’t uphold the estate’s order, and chaos ensues. Jones has woven a footnote of history into an epic that takes an unflinching look at slavery in all its moral complexities” –

Thursday at the J

Thursdays, noon–2pm, JCCNV (unless otherwise noted)
Contact:, or 703.537.3095

Plan to attend our weekly program for active adults. Bring a dairy or parve (meatless) bag lunch, unless otherwise noted, to enjoy beforehand; the JCCNV will provide the dessert and coffee. Bring a friend!
Fee: $3/ Free for member

Inclement Weather Policy
If Fairfax County schools are closed, our Adult 55+ programs held at the JCCNV are canceled. If schools have a delayed opening, we will hold our programs at the regular time. 

Life in the Negev: Breaking the Myth of Camels, Oases and Tents
Thursday, January 29, noon–2pm, the J
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless)
12:30pm: Program 
Presented by: Dana Kalishov, Community Shlicha of Northern Virginia

Come and meet our Shlicha, Dana, who will talk about the location, history, ethnic make-up, living conditions and misconceptions about Israel’s desert, The Negev. Having been an anthropology student at Ben Gurion University in the Negev and having lived in Be’er Sheva, the capital of the Negev for 3 years, she personally observed Bedouin life and Israel’s agricultural technology which was developed especially for the Negev’s soil. After this fascinating window into Negev life, you will understand why Ben Gurion’s vision of “making the desert bloom” is a reality!
Coffee, tea, and Israeli snacks provided.
Fee: $3/ Free J member
No RSVP – Just come!

National Symphony Orchestra Open Rehearsal
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Thursday, February 5, depart the J at 8:15am; return 3pm
Contact:, 703.537.3095
Enjoy a classical concert with: Juraj Valcuha, conductorVilde Frang, violinSTRAVINSKY: Pulcinella – SuiteBRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64Always a fun day! There will be time to enjoy lunch at the café after the concert before going back to the J. Fee: $16/ $12 J member (includes bus  transportation and NSO rehearsal). Lunch  is on your own at Kennedy Center Café  after the performance – optional, order  from menu, separate charge. Seating in  concert hall must be by 9:45am, thus our  early departure from the J – we must leave on time to make the concert so please come early.
Code: #5763
RSVP: Submit payment and registration to the J, Attn: Michele Endick. Make check payable to JCCNV with “2/5”in memo line. 

Gigi — Matinee Performance at The Kennedy Center
Wednesday, February 11, depart the J 11am;return 5:30pm
Contact:, 703.537.3095
Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Eric Schaeffer directs a world premiere production of Lerner and Loewe’s musical comedy, where true love between a free-spirited young woman and a wealthy young playboy must overcome the conventions of turn−of-the-century Paris.”  
Gigi features Broadway standards “Thank Heaven for Little Girls,” “I Remember it Well” and “The Night They Invented Champagne.”
Join us for a day at the theater — orchestra seating, wonderful play, bus transportation and pleasant company! How can it be better!
Fee: $86/ $80 J member (includes bus  transportation, orchestra matinee ticket),  Lunch is “on your own” and optional at the  Kennedy Center Café prior to the show. 
Code: #5764
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form to the JCCNV, Attn: Michele Endick. Make check payable to JCCNV with “2/11” on memo line.

Thursday, February 12 – No Program 

Sneak Peek – Help Make a Museum

Thursday, February 19, noon–2:30pm, the J  
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless)
12:30pm: Program
Presented by: Wendy Turman, Director of Collections, Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington 
The Jewish Historical Society is planning a new regional Jewish museum (projected opening 2020).  In this illustrated lecture program, you will get a sneak peek into some of the Society’s collections and learn about some of the potential objects and stories at the center of the new museum. You’ll also have a chance to give feedback to the Society through a series of activities designed to get you thinking, talking, and sharing your thoughts.  
Coffee, tea, and dessert provided.    
Fee: $3/ Free J member
No RSVP – Just come!

Cocoon (1985, 117 mins)
Thursday, February 26, noon–2:30pm, the J  
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless)
12:30pm: Program
We will view this thought provoking film, directed by Ron Howard, after a short discussion about the stellar cast (Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Jack Gilford, Maureen Stapleton, Gwen Verdon and others), the story, the making of the movie and other trivia.

“When visitors from a distant galaxy return to Earth on a secret mission, their other-worldly powers afford a group of senior citizens . . . the chance to recapture their youth. Inspiring and insightful, Cocoon is a magical story of love, friendship and the human spirit.”— DVD Box

Cocoon won two Oscars® in 1985 — Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Don Ameche) and Best Visual Effects. Come spend a cold afternoon in the warmth of the J watching a great film and socializing!
Coffee, tea, and dessert provided.    
Fee:$3/ Free J member
No RSVP – Just come!

Adult Outreach

Personal Health Care Records
Presented by: Marie Woodard, R.N., Thrive at Home Empower yourself! The Fairfax County Long Term Care Coordinating Council (LTCCC) is encouraging everyone to be proactive about their health by learning how to maintain a personal health care record (PHR). A PHR collects all your important medical information, such as medical history, current medications, surgeries, procedures, and tests, in one place. It can be a paper record, online, or whatever method works best for you. Marie Woodard, a nurse with Thrive at Home and a member of the LTCCC, will teach us how to create and update a PHR. Please attend this very important session! Having a PHR could help save your life in the event of an emergency, prevent problems with medications, allergies and certain procedures, and save you money and time by preventing duplicate tests.

Tuesday, January 27, 10:30am - noon 
Location: NVHC
Fee: $4/$2 J or synagogue member ( pay at door unless otherwise specified)
Contact: Sheila Budoff

Judaism and the Afterlife
Presented by: Rabbi Brett R. Isserow., Beth El Hebrew Congregation

Do Jews go to heaven or hell? Is there eternal life? Do Jews believe in reincarnation and resurrection? Is the "Olam Habah" (the world to come) a place you really want to go? Guided by Rabbi Isserow, we will explore these questions as well as a range of other aspects of Jewish beliefs about what happends to us after we die. We will seek answers across a broad spectrum of Judaism, from mysticism to humanism. You may be very surprised at some of the answers. We hope to follow up with another program in the spring with a non-jewish clergy member to provide a better understanding of what other religions believe.

Wednesday, February 11, 10:30am - noon 
Location: BEHC
Fee: $4/$2 J or synagogue member ( pay at door unless otherwise specified)
Contact: Shelly Rosenstein
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Other Programs

Baby Boomers Invited to Etz Hayim!!

Please join us for Friday Night services at Etz Hayim, a conservative shul located in Arlington. This event is open to both members and non-members of the congregation. Debbie Hettler is a member and will greet you in the lobby with a sign saying "Friday Night Group" until services start and then be seated close to the entry in the back after services begin. This particular Friday the congregation is having a potluck following services, but the plan is for any interested singles to sit together at services and then proceed to Sunflower afterwards. Please RSVP to Marty at for dinner reservations.

Friday, February 6, Shabbat Services - 6:15pm, Etz Hayim Congregation (2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington) 

followed by dinner at Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant (6304 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church)

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Facets and You: Helping you to prevent people in our community from becoming victims of hypothermia.

Volunteers are needed!

Please join the JCCNV as we partner with our friends at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and the staff from FACETS Hypothermia Prevention program (an organization dedicated to helping men and women who are homeless.) The church, located next door to the fire house (next to the JCCNV), will house approximately 40 guests each night. We invite you to be a part of this incredible community program.

Please contact Carla,, if you can volunteer to help serve dinner or make food to be served on March 3, 4 or 5.
Sunday, March 1, through Saturday, March 7
Location: Bethlehem Lutheran Church (Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA 22031)