Contacts for Adults & Seniors

Adult Services Department

Adult Services Director
Pam Wiener
(703) 537-3061

Adult Programming Director
Carla Rosenfeld
(703) 537-3060

Lead Adult Group Coordinator
Michele Endick
(703) 537-3065

Adult Group Coordinators
Sheila Budoff
(703) 537-3068

Shelly Rosenstein
(703) 537-3062

New Americans Group Coordinator
Helen Getter

Adult Department Assistants
Susan Dorfman
Marcia Gordon
Sue Olesch

Upcoming Events

2012 Positive Aging Fair

Moti's Market

The JCCNV and
Moti's Market
have partnered to deliver
more than 400 kosher items
to the J each week!

Place orders online at
by noon each Wednesday,
and pick it up at the J on
Thursday between
5:30pm and 7:30pm.


Singles Calendar


Monthly Programs

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

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

See dates below.

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

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 member
No RSVP — Just come!

Views and opinions of guest speakers are their own and do not necessarily reflect the official policies or positions of the JCCNV.

Monday, September 15
Topic: Israel’s Strongest Ally in the Muslim World
Speaker: Rauf Mammadov, Director of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) USA

Monday, October 13
Topic: 2014 Election — from the viewpoint of the “Nation’s Electionmeister”
Speaker: Bill Schneider, Professor of Public and International Affairs at GMU and former senior political analyst for CNN & contributor to Al Jazeera English network.

Monday, November 17 – TBA

Monday, December 15
Special j.talks program with Yochi Dreazen

Creative Writing Group: Writing Your Life Story

Mondays (monthly), September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8
11am–12:30pm, JCCNV

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 for member
No RSVP — Just come!

First Friday Book Group - Calling All Readers!

Fridays, September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5
10:30am–noon, JCCNV

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 member
No RSVP — Just come!

September 5: New York: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd. The Washington Post’s Brigitte Weeks wrote: “Rutherfurd offers the readers a chance to watch a rural outcrop grow into one of the world’s greatest cities in a mere 350 years. He delivers magnificently on the challenge; it is hard to imagine any other writer combining such astonishing depth of research with the imagination and ingenuity to hold it all together.”

October 3: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. The author said that this book “was born of her desire to go to ‘ground zero’ to wrestle with the racial issues that loomed large in her life as a child of the 50s and 60s growing up white in the south.” Fictional characters center around the historical figures, Sarah and Angelina Grimke. Note: You may wish to also read, The Grimke Sisters from South Carolina by Gerda Lerner.
November 7 and December 5: Books TBA


Thursday Programs 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.

Summer Ride on a Vintage Trolley at the National Capital Trolley Museum

Thursday, August 7, depart JCCNV 9:45am; return 4pm

The National Capital Trolley Museum Visitor Center collects and preserves artifacts of electrical street railways and interprets their impact upon the development of communities in the Washington, DC region. Some of our oldest communities were actually the first suburbs developed by entrepreneurs who not only sold the land for the homes, but built the street car lines to get people and goods back and forth.
We will take a vintage trolley/street car ride through Northwest Branch Park, view a film, and have a tour of the trolley storage area and museum. Afterwards, we will go to a local restaurant — TBD — for lunch (separate charge – order from menu).
Join us for a fun and interesting summer day!
Fee: $24/ $18 member (includes bus transportation, trolley ride and tour of museum and trolley storage area.) Lunch is “on your own” at restaurant TBD. Bring or send in check payable to JCCNV with registration form attached, label envelope Attn: Michele Endick.

Escape the Summer Heat — Explore “Cool” Luray Caverns

Thursday, August 21, depart JCCNV 9:45am; return 5:30pm

“Since discovery in 1878 by a tinsmith and a local photographer, visitors by the millions have made Luray Caverns the most popular cave in Eastern America and an internationally acclaimed destination.

“One hour tours, on well-lighted, paved walkways, lead visitors through cathedral-sized rooms with ceilings ten stories high. Enormous chambers are filled with towering columns, shimmering draperies and crystal-clear pools.

“Also in this subterranean wonderland, hear rocks sing as you experience the haunting sounds of the world’s largest musical instrument, The Great Stalacpipe Organ. Completely unique are the beautiful tones created by this one-of-a-kind instrument,” which makes music of concert quality from the surrounding stalactite formations covering more than three acres.”

Our trip includes a one-hour tour of the caverns, self-guided tour of the Car and Carriage Caravan and access to the Luray Valley Museum which displays an overview of the Valley’s history with documents, decorative arts and artifacts. A collection of historic local structures have been carefully transported to the site and are being restored.

The Elk Run Dunkard Church, circa 1825, served as temporary quarters for both Union and Confederate soldiers during the Civil War as attested by the signatures that still scatter the interior. In adjacent areas are the 1835 home of the county’s first Delegate to the Virginia General Assembly and a restoration of the Hamburg Regular School, the area’s first school for African American children. An acquisition from the Smithsonian Institution, a gazebo which depicts Welsh construction, a large threshing barn, a blacksmith’s shop, and a corn crib complete the community. A recreated mining station provides a panning opportunity at The Stonyman Mining Company.

The Car and Carriage Caravan displays milestones in transportation, including authentically restored cars, carriages, coaches and costumes, dating from 1725 to 1941. The centerpiece of the collection is the 1892 Benz, one of the oldest cars in the country still in operating condition.

After our visit at the caverns, we will partake in a fine lunch buffet at the Mimslyn Inn in downtown Luray (included in your trip fee). After lunch we will spend some time at the museums.
Fee: $62/ $54 member (includes bus transportation, tour of the caverns, admission to two museums, and fine lunch buffet)
Code: #5182
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form to the JCCNV, Attn: Michele Endick. Make check payable to JCCNV with “8/21” on memo line.
NOTE: CAVERNS MAY HAVE SLICK FLOORS due to water seepage. Also there are 70 steps down and then up again. Therefore wear sturdy, comfortable shoes with rubber soles.  

Fall 2014 Adults 55+ Kick-Off Event: “No Place on Earth” Documentary

with pre-film presentation by Cave Explorer, Chris Nicola

Thursday, September 18, noon–2:45pm
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless), special dessert buffet provided
12:45pm: Program
Contact:, or (703) 537-3095

Mr. Nicola is a cave explorer who came across artifacts of daily living in a system of caves in Ukraine. His presentation here at the JCCNV will describe this caving experience; his book, The Secret of Priest’s Grotto; and his involvement in the making of the documentary, “No Place On Earth.”
This unbelievable film describes how in 1942, five Jewish families in Ukraine — 38 men, women and children — descended into caves to hide from pursuing Nazis and lived in near-total darkness for 500 days. It wasn’t until 1993, when Chris Nicola was mapping out the largest cave system in Ukraine, that evidence was first discovered of this amazing story, the longest uninterrupted underground survival ever recorded. This harrowing story of families living in near-total darkness in two cold, damp caves was captured in this 2013 documentary by filmmaker Janet Tobias. The film also features interviews with survivors and their descendants, now living mainly in New York City and Montreal, and includes a segment in which the director brings some of the survivors, the oldest of whom is in his 90s, back into the caves.

Don’t miss this unbelievable story of courage and perseverance told by Mr. Nicola along with this very special documentary film.
Fee: $8/ $5 member (includes dessert buffet, coffee and tea)  
Code: #5176
RSVP: We need to know the number of participants for planning purposes, so RSVP is a must! Submit payment and registration form to the JCCNV, Attn: Michele Endick. Make check payable to JCCNV with “9/18” on memo line.

Speaker sponsored by Classic Nurses Services, Inc.

Yentl at Theatre J, DCJCC

Wednesday, October 1, depart JCCNV 9:45am; return 3:45pm
Contact:, (703) 537-3095

After enjoying a light kosher buffet lunch, we will attend the matinee performance of Yentl based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story “Yentl the Yeshiva Boy”

“As a girl in 19th century Eastern Europe, Yentl is forbidden to pursue her dream of studying Talmud. Unwilling to accept her fate, she disguises herself as a man. But when she falls in love, Yentl must decide how far she’s willing to go to protect her identity. Invigorated with a bracing klezmer/pop/rock score from Jill Sobule (“I Kissed a Girl”), Yentl asks up-to-the-minute questions about gender and sexuality.”
Fee: $52/ $46 member (includes kosher lunch, bus transportation and matinee performance)
Code: #5410
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form to the JCCNV, Attn: Michele Endick. Make check payable to JCCNV with “10/1” on memo line. After 9/6, check availability with Michele Endick prior to sending check.

Fall Foliage Trip : Scenic Skyline Drive, Skyland Resort Lunch and Park Ranger Talk

Thursday, October 23, depart JCCNV at 9:15; return 6:30pm
Contact:, (703) 537-3095

Join us for a ride on beautiful Skyline Drive where we’ll also enjoy a buffet lunch in the Pollack Dining Room at Skyland Resort (which has “wonderful regional specialties and sumptuous views of the Shenandoah Valley”). Following lunch, a National Park Service ranger will give us a presentation on the history of Skyline Drive and the animals which inhabit the park.

On our return trip, time permitting, we will visit The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail. Built in the early 1800s this is one of the most perfectly preserved jails in the Commonwealth, and was operated as a jail until 1966. Today, the Old Jail is a history museum focusing on the histories of the Town of Warrenton, Fauquier County, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The artifacts that make up the museum’s exhibitions have all been donated by generous local citizens.

Enjoy a crisp fall day socializing and viewing the beautiful foliage!
Fee: $64/ $56 member (includes bus transportation, park admission for the bus, ranger talk, buffet lunch and     admission to the Old Jail Museum).
Code: #5411
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form to the JCCNV, Attn: Michele Endick. Make check payable to JCCNV with “10/23” on memo line. After 10/9, check availability prior to sending your payment.

Travel to North Norway and Quebec
Two Video Travelogues by Sandy and Gail Cohen

Thursday, October 30, noon–2pm, JCCNV
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless)
12:45pm: Program

Presented by: Sandy and Gail Cohen, World travelers
Join Sandy and Gail Cohen on their trip to the top of Europe — North Norway. After relaxing for a few days in the capital - Oslo - bask in the midnight sun and visit the Laplanders and their reindeer. Travel from the incomparably beautiful Lofoton Islands to Kirkenes on the Russian border.
In their 2nd half-hour travelogue, Sandy and Gail attend the winter “Carnaval” in Quebec City. Join the fun for the snow sculpture competition, the ice castle, the canoe races, and the dog sled ride. The culmination is an overnight in the incomparable ice hotel.
The Cohens’ programs are always popular for their excellent video quality, wonderful narration and very interesting exotic locations. Join us!
Coffee, tea, and dessert provided.
Fee: $3/ Free member
No RSVP – Just come!

Pre-Veteran’s Day Film: “Honor Flight” (2007, 82 mins)

Thursday, November 6, noon–2pm, JCCNV
Noon: Lunch, please bring dairy or parve/meatless
12:30pm: Program

“Honor Flight is a feature-length documentary that chronicles a community coming together to honor living World War II veterans, one last time. The film follows a devoted team of Midwest volunteers as they race against the clock to send every local WWII veteran to the Washington, DC memorials built in their honor. The more they do, the more the cause takes on a life of its own. The film captures Honor Flight from the point of view of the volunteers and veterans, who share their war and life stories along the way. The trip itself is a profound event, filled with surprises and acts of appreciation from a grateful nation. The all-but-forgotten veterans are heroes once again. The vets, volunteers and even complete strangers are often moved to tears by the power of the experience. Throughout the day, veterans begin to share their war stories — sometimes for the first time ever. After the trip, many vets say it was one of the greatest days of their lives.” — Freethink Media.
Coffee, tea, and dessert provided.
Fee: $3/ Free member
No RSVP — Just come!

Save Energy, Save Money
Home Energy Savings Solutions

Thursday, November 13, noon–2pm, JCCNV
Noon: Lunch, please bring dairy or parve/meatless
12:30pm: Program

Presented by: Howard Stone, Utilities Analyst, Public Utilities Branch, Dept. of Cable and Consumer Services Fairfax County Government; Energy Education and Outreach Communications Program Educator
From using your appliances more efficiently to monitoring your monthly energy use, there are many simple steps you can take to cut your energy bill. Many energy savings solutions are inexpensive and can be accomplished in just a few minutes. A comprehensive step is to conduct a home energy audit which is a whole house approach to locate areas where energy losses are occurring and recommends investments that pay for themselves over time. Do-it-yourself home energy audit checklists and tools are available online. Alternatively, you can retain a professional energy auditor who will thoroughly examine and report on the condition of mechanical systems, lighting and appliance efficiency and measure air leakage. The presentation will address the dos and don’ts of hiring an energy auditor.
Coffee, tea, and dessert provided.
Fee: $3/ Free member
No RSVP – Just come!

Northern Virginia j.talks
Author: Lucinda Franks Morgenthau
Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me

Thursday, December 4, noon–2:30pm, JCCNV
Lunch: noon (bring dairy or parve/meatless)
Program: 12:45pm
Contact:, (703) 537-3075

A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, Lucinda tells the intimate story of her marriage to Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. She offers a confidential tour of their unconventional years together, years that are both hilarious and interlaced with suspense. “This book is a treasure: a shining love story, a fascinating slice of history, a paean to an extraordinary man. And a terrific read—honest, funny, daring, and beautifully wrought.” — The Jewish Week. This program is in partnership with JCCNV’s Adult Services Department.
Dessert buffet, coffee and tea will be provided.
Fee: $12/ $6 member
Code: #5412
RSVP: Call (703) 323-0880, or register when visiting the J.

Chanukah Celebration

Thursday, December 18, noon–2:30pm, JCCNV
Code: #5413
Details TBA.