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



Monthly Programs

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

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.

Creative Writing Group: Writing Your Life Story

(will return this fall!)

Coordinator: Carol Backman
Contact:, or (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!

(no meeting Aug. 1)

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!

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.

Explore Historic, Fredericksburg by Land (Trolley Bus) and Water (Boat Lunch Cruise)

Thursday, July 31, depart JCCNV 9:45am; return 6:30pm

Join us for our yearly boat ride, originating at the Fredericksburg City Dock, and traveling down the Rappahannock River. Enjoy a leisurely, fully narrated ride on the “City of Fredericksburg” Paddle Wheel Boat. A cold lunch (all-you-can-eat) buffet with many different items, lemonade, coffee or tea and dessert are included.

When we disembark, we will be picked up by the Fredericksburg Trolley bus for a 75-minute entertaining and informative tour of the historic district and Fredericksburg battlefield. You will learn about the many famous and interesting people and events that have taken place since the city was established in 1728 as well as amusing and not-so-well known facts about the people and places that you will see along the way as you look into the past — from the days when the Native Americans hunted and farmed the area through the arrival of settlers from Jamestown, Yorktown and other faraway lands in the 1600s, and on through the birth of our Nation and its growing pains during the time of the Civil War. You will experience the past, present and future of a city rich in history and teeming with historic monuments, markers and historic attractions, as well as many unique shops and restaurants still operating in buildings hundreds of years old!

After our land tour, there will be time to explore the shops on quaint Caroline Street on foot or to sit, relax and watch a movie about the town at the Visitor’s Center.   

This should be a wonderful way to spend a hot summer’s day!  
Fee: $80/ $72 member (includes bus transportation, river cruise with buffet lunch and narrated bus tour)
Code: #5181
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form to the JCCNV, Attn: Michele Endick. Make check payable to JCCNV with “7/31” on memo line.

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.