Eliza Berkon is a vocalist, songwriter, and proud mom of two who hails from Phoenix, Arizona. With a background in history, politics, journalism and the arts, Eliza is interested in attending just about every event the J sponsors. She has lived in the greater DC area for eight years and was thrilled to join the staff at the J, where her daughter has been enjoying the benefits of the ECLC. Her work here includes supporting Growing Jewish Families programming and managing a new initiative for new parents. She loves being part of the Growing Jewish Families team and getting to see her own growing Jewish family in the hallway.
Kudos to the Adult Services Department on the success of its 2015 Positive Aging Fair. The event sold out a week ahead of the program confirming the community’s support of this great day of interactive and informative workshops promoting active aging through healthy lifestyles. The keynote speaker, best-selling author Judith Viorst, entertained the more than 250 people in attendance with her wit and charm. Mazel tov to Pam Wiener, her staff, and planning and sub-committee members who worked for more than 18 months planning this fabulous event.
Whether you love film or food (or both!), love to learn or love being entertained, the J’s cultural festivals provide unique opportunities to celebrate our diversity and our creativity. While we hope to make your mouth water with tantalizing recipes and tastings, food can also be a healing force, as we’ll learn from author Jessica Fechtor who visits during The Art of Jewish Food with her new book, Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home. The Jewish Film Festival brings history to life, honors our heroes, allows us to enjoy the rich traditions of many countries, and shows us Israel in both enchanting and complex ways. Our annual Israel Fest celebrates the people, vibrancy, and culture of Israel and brings the Northern Virginia community together around our shared heritage. The stories of ReelAbilities, if we let them, can reawaken our senses to the complexities of being human, and the need for all of us to be kind to each other as we journey through joys and struggles of life. Amazing individuals and families show purpose, passion and hope for the future. Put the dates on your calendar, and let’s festival together!
The Art of Jewish Food: January
Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival: April 7-17
Israel Fest: June 5
ReelAbilities Film Festival: September 18-25