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We suggest that you look a the current issue of The Voice for upcoming programs. Otherwise, scroll below for a partial listing.

If you have questions, please contact Michele Endick, Lead Adult Group Coordinator, at, 703.537.3095.

2015 Fall Kick-Off Event at the J 

How (and Why) the Jews Invented Hollywood — and Invented America in
the Process
Thursday, October 1, 12:30pm–2:30pm
12:30pm: Special Dessert Buffet
1:15pm: Program
Guest speaker: Neal Gabler, renowned author, journalist, and broadcaster
The American film industry, which is one of the defining industries of this country, was founded and, for more than thirty years, run by Eastern European Jewish immigrants. Neal Gabler, film scholar, cultural historian, and the author of An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, tells how the first generation of Jewish moguls came to rule Hollywood, why they did so, and what consequences it had for them and for the country they adopted.
Fee: $14/ $10 J member includes program and
special dessert buffet
Code: #6684
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form to the front desk by Thursday, September 24. We expect a very large crowd so register early!

Sponsored by Interstate/Pack-N-Move


2015 Fall Foliage Trip
Scenic Country Ride with Tour & Fine Lunch at Historic Long Branch Plantation
Thursday, October 22, depart the J 10:30am; return 5:15pm
Enjoy riding through the bucolic, colorful fall Virginia countryside followed by a catered, fine lunch in the dining room & parlor of historic Long Branch. A tour of the mansion is included.

Long Branch Plantation historic site, with its breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, preserves a more than 200-year-old home and 400 acres of rural Virginian farmland. Long Branch survived the Civil War, the Reconstruction era, the Great Depression, and two world wars. It was named a Virginia Historic Landmark in 1968 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1969.

In 1788, Robert Carter Burwell inherited the land sitting along a stream known as Long Branch in Clarke County, Virginia. It became a wheat plantation, and around 1810 he began to construct a mansion on the site. Burwell, with the help of a local builder-architect, designed and constructed the house following the classical principles suggested to him by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, architect of the U.S. Capitol.
Fee: $72/ $64 J member (includes bus transportation, fine lunch, tour of historic mansion, and ride through countryside)
Code: #6920
RSVP: Submit payment and registration from to the J, Attn: Michele Endick. Make check payable to JCCNV with “10/22” on memo line. You must be registered and paid by 10/12 to participate in this trip.

7th Positive Aging Fair: Tools for Creative Aging
Thursday, October 29 at the J, 8:30am–3pm
The community is invited to attend the 7th Positive Aging Fair: Tools for Creative Aging. We are excited to offer fair attendees the opportunity to participate in interactive and informative workshops promoting active aging through healthy lifestyles that may help them live longer, more independently, and more positively. The fair is designed for adults 50+.

Registration Opens: 8:30am
Visit Vendors; light refreshments in gym:
Opening / Welcome: 9:30am

Keynote Speaker: 9:45am
Judith Viorst, best-selling author and newspaper and magazine columnist
Judith has written many fiction and non-fiction books for both children and adults. She is probably best known for her beloved children’s picture book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which has sold more than four million copies and been inducted into the Picture Book Hall of Fame. Several of her children’s books have been made into short films.

She is the author of nine collections of poems for adults including the popular, humorous age-related poetry books Forever Fifty and Other Negotiations; Suddenly Sixty and Other Shocks of Later Life; I’m Too Young to be Seventy and Other Delusions; and Unexpectedly Eighty and Other Adaptations.

Small-Group Workshops
Fair participants may attend two workshop sessions, one in the morning and one following lunch.

Morning Workshops: 11:15am–12:15pm

Move Your Body – Remove Your Stress
Led by Keri Drugan, JCCNV Group Exercise and Wellness Coordinator.
You will learn the everyday stretches and breathing techniques you need to live a healthy lifestyle. Keri will talk about how stretching and breathing help our bodies and will then lead the group through a series of exercises that can be practiced anywhere.

Let’s Brainstorm about Brains
Led by Christi Clark, Education and Outreach Coordinator at Insight Memory Care Center in Fairfax. We all want to stay healthy and independent as we get older. Along with keeping our bodies in good shape, we want to keep our minds healthy, too. In this workshop, we will discuss aging, good health and the normal aging brain, threats to brain health, and when it might be time to seek a doctor’s advice.

Keeping Yourself #1: Life’s Balancing Acts
Led by Rebecca Porter, LCSW, Social Worker and Senior Services Specialist at the Jewish Social Service Agency in Fairfax.
Retired and busier than ever? Feeling the pressure of competing demands from children, grandchildren, friends, and partners? Do you find yourself saying, “Where is the time for me?” You will learn the importance of setting limits while still being there for the ones you love and without having to sacrifice your own well-being.

What’s that Quinoa Doing in My Chicken Soup?
Led by Kathryn Strong, registered dietitian, nutritionist, and Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences for the VA Cooperative Extension.
Don’t know your chia seed from your chia pet, or your acai from celeriac? Have you been wondering about some of the new foods on the grocery shelves? Learn which food trends are super-foods and which are super-hype. This workshop provides these insights along with tasty recipe ideas for nutrient-rich foods to add to your diet.

Fostering Positive Education in your Grandchildren
Led by Karen Woodworth, retired Fairfax County teacher with a background in Special Education and Gifted and Talented program.
This workshop will address the vital role that grandparents play in our current society and will provide specific ways you can foster positive education through communication, play, and nature. You will leave the presentation with a variety of ways that you can help your grandchildren embrace learning.

Lunch Break: 12:15pm-1:30pm

Afternoon Workshops: 1:45pm–2:45pm

Get Your ZZZZZs with Ease!
Led by Dave Buczek, expert in healthy sleep and fatigue risk management.
This presentation will explain the science that drives healthy sleep, the consequences of poor sleep, and why sleep is so vital to our well-being. It will help you understand how your sleep patterns change as you age and how you are affected by poor sleep habits. You will learn how to determine if you’re more alert in the morning or evening, define your individual sleep need, discover if you are carrying a “sleep debt,” and apply a checklist to help you achieve the quality of sleep you need.

Laughter Yoga
Led by Diane Cohen, Executive and Career/Life Transition Holistic Certified Coach and Certified Laughter Yoga Leader.
Laughter Yoga exercises (deep breathing, clapping, childlike playfulness, and movement) are designed to relax us and to boost our creativity. With intentional laughter, we tap into a joy that brings feelings of health and well-being. This fun practice has been proven to reduce stress and strengthen the immune system. The session ends with a brief, silent meditation.

Oh, My Aching Back
Led by Elin Kanchev, JCCNV Sports & Wellness Director.
How many times have you found yourself saying those words? You are not alone. Back pain is one of the most common medical problems; it affects 8 out of 20 people at some point during their lives. Back pain ranges from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain and is more common in people who are not physically fit. Nearly 95% of lower back pain is treatable without surgery — and can often be prevented by doing exercise that centers around the pelvis and abdomen or “core.” In this workshop, you will learn some of the underlying causes of back pain and exercises you can use to help keep your back muscles strong.

Ingredients for Success in Life’s Transitions
Led by Moira Quinn Leite, President and Design Principal of M. Quinn Designs, Inc. and the developer of the Pack-N-Move™ system for Senior Transition.
Change is always a daunting experience. But, with an orderly process, the stress and anxiety can be minimized — leading to a new experience which is an improvement in comfort, convenience, and well-being. With more than 30 years of experience in interior design, executive relocation, and senior transition, Moira Quinn Leite has developed a process for lifestyle transitions. She will share the pointers that she has used over the years with clients to give them confidence and put them at ease during the transition process.

Tech Tips to Stay Connected and Healthy
Led by Cherie Lejeune, owner of High Performance Aging.
Learn how to maximize tech tools for your desktops, tablets, and smartphones. We will review how to connect with your friends and family using person-to-person apps like Skype, Google Hangout, Facebook, and more. Concerns about technology safety and privacy will also be addressed. There will be a fun preview of some new apps and technology designed to keep you healthy, including wearable fitness apps, self-monitoring devices, and home-based systems.

The fair will also include a silent auction, raffles, and door prizes.

Free parking is available at the JCCNV. Additional parking is available at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (located next to the JCCNV and the firehouse). There will be shuttle service to the J from the church beginning at 9am.

Real-time captioning courtesy of the Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons will be available for announcements and the keynote address in gym.

Registration: When you register for the fair, you must also select your workshop and lunch choice.
Fee: $18 advance registration (by October 22, includes admission, workshops, and kosher
$18 at door (no lunch)
Code: #6660


Northern Virginia j.talks at the J
Shocking Paris – Soutine, Chagall and the Outsiders of Montparnasse
Author: Stanley Meisler, emeritus foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times
Thursday, November 19, noon–2:30pm
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless); dessert buffet provided
12:45pm: Program

Contact:, 703.537.3075
For a couple of decades before World War II, a group of immigrant painters and sculptors, including Amedeo Modigliani, Marc Chagall, Chaim Soutine, and Jules Pascin dominated the new art scene of Montparnasse in Paris. Art critics gave them the name “the School of Paris” to set them apart from the French-born (and less talented) young artists of the period. Modigliani and Chagall eventually attained enormous worldwide popularity, but in those earlier days most School of Paris painters looked on Soutine as their most talented contemporary. Willem de Kooning proclaimed Soutine his favorite painter, and Jackson Pollack hailed him as a major influence. Soutine arrived in Paris while many painters were experimenting with cubism, but he had no time for trends and fashions; like his art, Soutine was intense, demonic, and fierce. After the defeat of France by Hitler’s Germany, the East European Jewish immigrants who had made their way to France for sanctuary were no longer safe. In constant fear of the French police and the German Gestapo, plagued by poor health and bouts of depression, Soutine was the epitome of the tortured artist. Rich in period detail, Stanley Meisler’s Shocking Paris explores the short, dramatic life of one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.

Of note: Mr. Meisler is a distant relation (by marriage) of Chaim Soutine and has written several articles on Soutine and the School of Paris for the Smithsonian and the Los Angeles Times.

This program is a partnership of the JCCNV Cultural Arts and Adult Services Departments.
Dessert buffet, coffee, and tea will be provided.
Fee: $12/ $8 J member
Code: #6921
RSVP: 703.323.0880, or register when visiting the J.

Riverside Center Dinner Theater, Fredericksburg
Sunday, November 22, depart the J at noon; return 6:45pm
Contact:, 703.537.3095
Mame is a celebrated Broadway musical ‘classic’ that revolves around the hilarious antics of Mame Dennis, a fun-loving, wealthy eccentric with a razor sharp wit and a flair for living life to the fullest. However, that care-free life changes unexpectedly when she becomes the inexperienced guardian of her late brother’s only child, Patrick. Later, when the stock market crashes and the great depression hits, Mame loses her fortune. Her life is turned upside-down until she’s rescued by a well-to-do southern plantation owner whom she marries and loses all too suddenly. Through all these ups and downs, Mame’s invincible character shines Through…” — Riverside Dinner Theater

Memorable songs include Mame, If He Walked into My Life, Bosom Buddies, and many others.
Special Note: Riverside Dinner Theater has confirmed that Sally Struthers will perform the role of Agnes Gooch! We saw her recently in “9
to 5 — The Musical” and she was fantastic!
Fee: $75/ $70 member (includes show ticket,
3-course waiter-served lunch inclusive of
tip/tax, and bus transportation)
Code: #6852
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form to the J, Attn: Michele Endick. Make check payable to JCCNV with “11/22” on memo line. After November 1, please check availability with Michele prior to sending payment.

The Ruth Spector Memorial Mah Jongg Tournament
Sunday, December 6, 12:30pm–4pm
Registration: 12:30pm
Tournament begins promptly at 1pm
Tournament Director: Susan Lissner
Three rounds of play, light refreshments, prizes for the top winners, and great door prizes. Registrations must be received by December 1. No walk-ins.
Fee: $32/ $28 J member
Code: #6849

Bright Star Pre-Broadway Engagement
The Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater
Sunday, December 20, depart the J 11am; return 5pm
Join us for this new musical from Steve Martin and singer-songwriter Edie Brickell. Bright Star is inspired by a true event which “tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and 40s. When successful literary editor Alice Murphy meets an ambitious young soldier just home from WWII, their connection inspires Alice to confront her past. Together they discover a stunning secret with the power to transform their lives… Bright Star is a powerful reminder that even in the darkest sky, there’s always one bright star.”
—Kennedy Center calendar

Bus transportation to the Kennedy Center will be included and there will be time before the show for lunch in the café (on your own). Look for full details in the November/December issue of The Voice.


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