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Monthly and Ongoing Programs

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Sunday at the J

Contact: Michele Endick, 703.537.3095

Check back soon for Winter programming!

Thursday at the J

Thursdays, noon–2pm, the J (unless otherwise noted)
Contact: Michele Endick, 703.537.3095
Bring a friend and plan to attend our weekly program for active adults.
Bring a dairy or parve/meatless bagged lunch, unless otherwise noted, to enjoy
beforehand; the J will provide dessert and coffee.
Fee: $5/ Free for member (unless otherwise noted)

2017 Fall Kick-Off Event at the J:
Finding the Jewish Shakespeare: The Life and Legacy of Jacob Gordin
Thursday, October 19, 1pm: Lunch (provided)
1:45pm: Program
Guest Speaker: Beth Kaplan, Writer/ Actress, MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, published in newspapers and magazines
Ms. Kaplan will share an inside look at the life and creative achievements of her great-grandfather Jacob Gordin, the influential playwright and icon of the Yiddish stage. Begun as her MFA thesis, Ms. Kaplan’s book is the result of more than twenty years of research. Ms. Kaplan has spoken about her book internationally, including at the 92nd
Street Y in NYC, the Stella Adler Studio, and Oxford University. She delivered the Wexler Lecture in Jewish History in Washington, D.C. The presentation will include a short dramatic performance. A classic Jewish deli lunch is included.
Fee: $24/ $18 member (includes talk and deli boxed lunch; contact Michele for vegetarian option)
Code: #8263
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form by Wednesday, October 11 or call
703.323.0880 to register by phone. We expect a large crowd, so register early!

2017 Fall Foliage Trip:
Sky Meadows State Park, Lunch, and Tours at The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
Thursday, October 26, depart the J 9:15am, return approx. 6:30pm
As in years past, we will see the glorious fall colors by traveling west into the Shenandoah Valley. On this year’s trip we are changing it up a bit by venturing into Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane. Here we will enjoy beautiful vistas from the historic area with, hopefully, a ranger talk about the history of this park. We then travel further west for a delightful buffet lunch at the historic Hotel Strasburg. Next stop is The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester. This small gem of a museum has exhibits about the history of the Shenandoah Valley and fine artwork. The historic Glen Burnie House, on the museum’s grounds, will also be included. Fine artwork hangs on the walls of the mansion and beautiful gardens surround the house.
Join us for a crisp fall day out viewing Virginia’s beautiful colors of the season and wonderful country views. Enjoy a delicious lunch, a museum, and house full of fine art and history — and fun and camaraderie too!
Fee: $75/ $65 member
(includes bus transportation, park admission, tours, and lunch — contact Michele when registering if you need a vegetarian meal)
Code: #8624

Mysteries and Histories of the Smithsonian’s Musical 
(This will be a joint program with Thursday at the J and Beth El participants - please note the location)
Wednesday, November 1

Location: Beth El Hebrew Congregation
3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria

Presented by: Gary Sturm, Smithsonian Curator Emeritus, Chair of the Smithsonian American History Museum's Division of Music, Sports & Entertainment
A man who paid $100 for the violin he played for nearly 50 years never told
anyone it was a stolen 274-year-old Stradivarius until he made a deathbed
confession to his wife. In 2015, a rare “Strad” built in 1734 was returned to
its rightful owners 38 years after being stolen from its owner after a concert in
1980. Gary will enlighten us with stories such as these and take us on an in-depth
look at the history of the Stradivarius (one sold for $12 million!), as well
as a look at the many other amazing instruments displayed at the Smithsonian.
A multimedia presentation will reveal many fascinating details about these
instruments, and how one goes about investigating and authenticating the
history of them. Join us at Beth El for this special behind-the-scenes look at the
Fee: $5 for all participants
RSVP: Shelly Rosenstein703.537.3062

Pre-Veteran’s Day Program:
Experiences of a Decorated Military Career
Thursday, November 9, noon–2:30pm
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless)
12:30: Program
Presented by: Jeffrey A Levy, Colonel (retired, Air Force), former Chief of the
Middle East & Africa Division for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Top Gun Pilot, highly decorated, three Distinguished Flying Crosses
Coffee, tea, and dessert provided by Sara Astrow, Project Welcome Home
Fee: Free
No RSVP – Just come!
Join us immediately after this program
for our Adult Coloring Klatch – see "Courses" list above

Jewish Composers and Their Music from the 1920s–1940s
Thursday, November 30
1pm: Desserts and Coffee/Tea
1:30pm: Program
Join us as Shelly (our J/Beth El coordinator) and her husband Jay present a program about great Jewish composers and lyricists who created some of the most memorable music between the 1920s and the 1940s. Come learn what the real names of some of these musicians were and why so many Christmas songs were written by Jewish composers. Shelly will serenade you on the piano, and for extra fun, song sheets will be given out so anyone can sing along.
Fee: $8/ $3 member 
Code: #8642
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form to the front desk by Wednesday, November 21, or call 703.323.0880 to register with a credit card.

2017 Chanukah Celebration:
What’s So Special About “The Bronx?”
Thursday, December 14
1pm: Boxed Lunch (provided)
1:45pm: Program
Steve Samtur, editor and publisher of Back in the Bronx magazine for 25 years, will give a fun, nostalgic retrospective of “the Bronx of yesteryear.” He will explain why “The” is always included when speaking of this NY borough and share the names of famous celebrities from The Bronx (there are many) through interviews (Robert Klein, Regis Philbin, Rita Moreno, and many others). Steve will speak about the “Home of
The Bronx Bombers” Yankee Stadium, The Hall of Fame for Great Americans, the world renowned Bronx Botanical Gardens and Bronx Zoo, City Island — a small fishing village yes, in The Bronx, the once and still elegant Grand Concourse with gorgeous Art Deco structures, Freedomland — a long gone Disneyland equivalent in the Bronx, and other fun facts with photos and videos. This talk is for non-New Yorkers curious about this “infamous” borough and ex-New Yorkers alike. You know the fun is starting when Mr. Samtur enters playing with a yo-yo! Relive the 40s, 50s and 60s of New York
City and learn what is so special about this borough! We had a huge crowd last year and expect this celebration to be just as popular!
Fee: $28/ $20 member (includes talk and Chanukah lunch – tuna wrap, latkes, salad, and Chanukah dessert and goodies)
Code: #8626
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form to the front desk by Thursday, December 7 or call 703.323.0880 to register with a credit card.


Monthly Discussion Group: Our World Today and in the Future

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December 18
Sunday, November 19
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. 
Fee: $5/ free to J members
No RSVP required. Just come!

Topic: TBA
Monday, October 16

Presented by Josh Kraushaar, Politics Editor, National Journal

Sunday, November 19, 11am
Our special program with author Marvin Kalb will be in place of the Monday
discussion group. 

Topic: TBA
Monday, December 18


News in Review Roundtable

Mondays (ongoing, 4th Monday), October 23, November 27, December 11 (2nd Monday)

Coordinated by Mimi Rosenberg, Adult Program Advisor
It’s your turn to speak! Bring your educated opinions to discuss the most
current news. A lively discussion will be moderated by various facilitators. Come
share your viewpoints and opinions on the topics to be discussed. Coffee and tea will be provided.
Fee: $5/ Free for members


Professionally Facilitated Support Group

Wednesdays, October 25, November 29, December 20
All meetings for these dates will be held at the JSSA’s new office:
3025 Hamaker Court, Suite 450, Fairfax

Facilitated by Rita Evrony, LCSW, JSSA
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 Michele Endick, 703.537.3095.


First Friday Book Group: Calling All Readers!

Fridays, November 3, December 1

If you enjoy discussing books with men and women of varied backgrounds and life experiences, this group is for you.
Contact Carla Rosenfeld to confirm date and book selections.
Fee: $5/ Free for members
No RSVP — Just come!

October 3: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
November 3: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
December 1: Capital Dames by Cokie Roberts


Read My Story and Remember Me: Memoir Writing Group

Mondays, November 13, December 11
Coordinator: Carol Backman
Contact: Carla Rosenfeld, 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 right here on the J’s website.
Fee: $5/ Free for members
No RSVP — Just come!


Adult Coloring Klatch

Thursdays, November 9
No meetings in October and December

Join in the adult coloring craze to relax and socialize! We will supply coloring
templates, colored pencils and a quiet, calming environment.
Fee: $5/ Free for members and those who paid to attend the preceding
Thursday at the J program.
RSVP: Michele Endick, 703.537.3095


Mitzvah Program (ongoing)

Committee Chair: Gail Gurin
Contact Carla Rosenfeld703.537.3060
The Mitzvah Program provides support to those who are in need in our community. Please join fellow members, friends, and staff as we volunteer on a number of social action projects including: packing food boxes at an emergency
food warehouse, collecting shoes for our shoebox recycling program, donating
toys for the FACETS Sibling Holiday Shopping, and volunteering during the
FACETS hypothermia prevention program in partnership with Bethlehem Lutheran

Call for Volunteers
FACETS Toy Drive and Sibling Holiday Shopping
Last year was so successful, the J is partnering again with FACETS to hold a holiday toy drive in our lobby from November 1–December 1. The toys will be used for the Sibling Shopping Party on December 12 at 5pm at Robinson Square near GMU. These parties present an opportunity for youth living in low income housing to pick out a holiday gift for their sibling or parent. Volunteers are paired with a young person to take them around the community center and help them shop for a gift. Contact Carla if you are interested in volunteering for the Sibling Shopping Party to help set up, wrap gifts, and/or shop with a resident on December 12. If you would like to donate a gift for a child, teen, or adult as part of the gift drive, please contact Carla or Shelley
Adler for more information and a flyer that has helpful guidelines for gifts. A drop-off box will be available in the lobby.

Social Action Project
Food for Others especially needs evaporated milk, beans, pasta, pasta sauce,
canned tomatoes, canned vegetables, and canned fruit. Remember to bring a can and/or a nonperishable food item to donate whenever you come to the J. Please
remember, if you are bringing something from your pantry, check the expiration
dates on all items, including canned goods! For your convenience, a collection bin
is located in the lobby. Thanks for your continued support.

Book Donations Requested: 2018 Annual Used Book, CD, and DVD Sale
Are you looking for a place to recycle your gently-used adult and children’s books,
CDs, DVDs, games, and puzzles? Please consider donating them to be sold at our
2018 annual used books sale. Donations can be dropped off at the front desk starting in September. We cannot accept any prayer books, religious books, or encyclopedia sets.


For details about all Adult Services programs, please see the latest issue of The Voice.


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