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JCCNV Early Childhood Learning Center Students Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

Renee Eder on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 12:00:00 am 
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The month of Tishrei (September – October 2014) is a busy month filled with learning and celebration at the JCCNV Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC). There are a total of 12 days of Yom Tov (or Jewish holidays) this month, which include the High Holy days (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur), and Sukkot, which occurs four days later.

In preparation for the holidays, children of all ages at the ECLC sing songs, eat apples and honey, and learn about the shofar. In keeping with the ECLC's Reggio Emilia-inspired philosophy, classes explore apples in various ways, such as using them to practice colors, counting, and words (i.e., “sweet” and “tart”), create art, and explore new recipes in the kitchen. For the older children, there is more of a focus on what we can do better in the coming year, including learning from our mistakes, and going on tashlich walks (which means “to cast” pieces of bread into a body of flowing water to rid ourselves of sins).

Want to try some fun crafts at home with your children this Rosh Hashanah? Here are five activities that the entire family can enjoy for the first of the High Holidays. Want to learn more about the JCCNV ECLC? Find out more here.


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Welcome To Our New Shlicha, Dana Kalishov!

Renee Eder on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 12:00:00 am 
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Eight years ago, bringing an Israeli representative to our community to deepen the connections between Northern Virginians and Israel was a dream. That dream became a reality at the JCC of Northern Virginia, thanks to the vision and support of several community leaders and the efforts of board and staff. In fact, in the past eight years, we have been fortunate to host five creative and passionate shlichim, who connected Israel to our community by spearheading programs, leading meaningful discussions, and engaging with local synagogues.

This year, we are thrilled to welcome Dana Kalishov, who will continue the important work of our shlichim by working at the J, with area synagogues, Jewish agencies/organizations, and at other locations throughout Northern Virginia.

Dana was born in Tel Aviv and grew up in Herzliya, Israel. She served in the Israel Defense Forces for more than 3 years as a military education officer and left as a First Lieutenant in the Israeli Navy. This past summer, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Anthropology and Management at Ben-Gurion University. Having gained a broad education in leadership, history, Zionism, and Israeli culture, Dana is excited to share her passion for Israel with our community. Please join us in welcoming Dana to Northern Virginia! Learn more about Dana and our Shlichim program.


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Cycle Fest Attracts More Than 100 Riders

Renee Eder on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 12:00:00 am 
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The 5th Annual Northern Virginia Cycle Fest took to the streets this past Sunday, September 14, 2014. Set in beautiful fall weather, more than 100 riders enjoyed the scenery through the hills of Northern Virginia. Four ride options, departing at 7:30am, ranged from 11 to 62 miles.

This community ride was hosted by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV), in partnership with our sponsors. Proceeds benefited the Wounded Warriors Project, a group that assists injured service members, and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), an advocacy group for bikers.

We are grateful to all of the riders that helped make this annual charity event a success. We hope to see these riders and some new faces at the next Cycle Fest in May 2015. Learn more and view pictures/videos from the event.


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