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Monthly Discussion Group: Our World Today and in the Future

Mondays (monthly), 12:15pm-2pm at the J
March 20, May 15
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Facilitated by Mimi Rosenberg, Adult Program Advisor
Participants are welcome to bring a dairy, parve, or meatless lulnch. Featured speakers will be announced in the adult bi-monthly newsletter, The Voice, and here online. Coffee and tea are provided. 
Cost: $3/ free to J members
No RSVP required. Just come!


News in Review Roundtable 

Mondays, (ongoing, 4th Monday of the month); 12:15pm-2pm
March 27, May 22 (no April meeting)
Coordinated by Mimi Rosenberg
It's your turn to speak! Bring your educated opinions on a timely news event. A lively discussion on selected topics will be moderated by various facilitators. Come share your viewpoints and opinions.
Fee: $3/Free J member 
Contact:  Carla Rosenfeld


The J Debuts Chai Mitzvah Program!

Mondays, 2pm–3:30pm (9 sessions)
Don't miss the opportunity to take part in this hands-on, experiential approach to Jewish learning!
Each individual will have the chance to explore learning, spirituality, and social action on their own terms at their own pace. During the nine months, each individual will:
Choose an independent study topic unique to their needs and time commitment;
Choose a ritual/spiritual practice to engage in;
Choose a social action project to commit to;
Attend monthly group learning sessions with set curriculum to be taught by local Rabbis and professionals.

March 13: Rabbi Jennifer Weiner – Education Director, Congregation Adat Reyim, Adding New Insights to the Seder
April 24: Rabbi Evan Ravski – Assistant Rabbi, Congregation Olam Tikvah, Israel and the Jewish Spirit
May 22 : Rabbi Laura Rappaport – Assistant Rabbi, Temple B'nai Shalom, Gratitude
June 12: Rabbi Brett Isserow – Beth El Hebrew Congregation, Judaism and the Environment

This program spans the spectrum of Jewish practice and is for people from any background of Jewish knowledge. Space will be limited due to the nature of this unique and individualized approach to deepening your own engagement with Jewish life. There will be a celebration at the end of the journey — certificates will be awarded and JNF will plant a tree on each participant’s behalf.

Be in the first graduating class! 
Fee: $140/ $115 J member
Code: #7596


Professionally Facilitated Support Group

Wednesdays, March 29, April 19, May 24
Facilitated by a Jewish Social Services Agency (JSSA) social worker
Relocated to Northern Virginia recently or years ago? Love it, hate it, or just ok with it? Let’s talk about it! Moving to another state entails many changes — some for the better, some not. Loneliness, depression, and pining for your old surroundings and life may set in. Or, you may be thrilled with the new adventures ahead.

Let’s talk about your feelings regarding this stage of life in a friendly, warm, intimate setting. You’ll make new friends who are experiencing similar circumstances, and you’ll certainly realize that you are not alone in your feelings about your transition.
Fee: Free
RSVP: Space in this group is limited, you must RSVP to [email protected],  703.537.3095.


First Friday Book Group: Calling All Readers!

Fridays, April 7, May 5
If you enjoy discussing books with men and women of varied backgrounds and life experiences, this group is for you. Contact [email protected] to confirm date and book selections.
Fee: $3/ Free for members
No RSVP — Just come!

April 7
A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story by Tom Gjelton
Special Program with Author
See March/April issue of the adult services bi-monthly newsletter, The Voice for details.
May 5
Black Widow by Daniel Silva


Read My Story and Remember Me: Memoir Writing Group

Mondays, March 13, April 3, May 8
Coordinator: Carol Backman
Contact: [email protected], 703.537.3060
Join the J's Memoir Writing Group and learn to create a written legacy for family and friends. Share stories that capture your life experiences. You don’t have to be an expert writer; we will help you get started and provide tips and encouragement along the way. We’ll post your favorite stories on the J’s website which can be viewed at
Fee: $3/ Free for members
No RSVP — Just come!

Thursdays At The J

Weekly program from noon-2pm for active adults. Bring a dairy or parve/meatless bag lunch. Coffee, tea and dessert provided.
Fee: $3/Free for member
No RSVP - Just come!


For details about all Adult Services programs, please click on The Voice icon (to the left of this text) as it rotates with other J publications.


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