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Interior Adult Trips

Adult Services Outreach Sites

Everyone Welcome!

Are you searching for a Jewish connection, a place to meet new friends, or to enrich your life with an exciting variety of activities and day trips but don’t live close to the J? Check out the Adult Outreach groups listed on the following pages for the one nearest you. These programs and activities are planned for Adults 55+, though people of all ages are welcome to attend. Programs and activities are subject to change, so confirm beforehand. Payment can be made at the door unless specified otherwise.

Adult Services Outreach locations are currently located in:

For a listing of programs at all sites, check our bi-monthly newsletter The Voice by clicking on the "Adult Services Newsletter" banner to the left of this page (you'll see rotating banners for Centertainment and The Voice Adult Services Newsletter) 

Alexandria: Beth El Hebrew Congregation

3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA
Contact: Shelly Rosenstein, 703.537.3062

All weekly group meetings are held at Beth El Hebrew Congregation. The group meets every Wednesday at 10:30am (unless otherwise noted). Newcomers are always welcome! Coffee, tea, and dessert will be provided.

Fee: $5 for all participants (unless noted otherwise)

Inclement Weather Policy:
If Fairfax County schools are closed, our Adult 55+ program is canceled.  If schools have a delayed opening, we will hold the program at the regular time. 



The Jews of Singapore

Wednesday, October 16, 10:30am-noon
Presented by Joshua Greene, Retired macroeconomist, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Singapore, one of the world's most dynamic economies, is home to East Asia's second-largest Jewish community. Join Joshua Greene, Visiting Professor at Singapore Management University, a member of Singapore's only non-Orthodox Jewish congregation, and a longtime member of the J, for a lively discussion of Jewish life in Singapore, including the community, its Jewish institutions, and notable religious traditions.
Fee:  $5
RSVP: Shelly Rosenstein or 703.537.3062


A Tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes – Frank Sinatra (CANCELLED)

Wednesday, October 23, 10:30am–noon
Presented by: Natalie Neviasky who has a background in television, fine arts and specializes in “Edutainment” for senior adults
Come reminisce and celebrate the life of Frank Sinatra — singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He was also one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. Natalie will present this interactive, fun trivia-challenging presentation devoted to this great and much loved star. Remember Sinatra for his life, his personal and professional successes, failures, contradictions, his voice, and his music. Natalie’s programs are always educational, enlightening, and fun!


Film: Bathtubs Over Broadway

Wednesday, October 23, 10:15‒noon (film begins at 10:30am)
2018 | 1 hr. 27 min. | ComedyDocumentary
When he started as a comedy writer for the Late Show with David LettermanSteve Young had few interests outside of his day job. But while gathering material for a segment on the show, Steve stumbled onto a few vintage record albums that would change his life forever. Bizarre cast recordings — marked “internal use only” — revealed full-throated Broadway-style musical shows about some of the most recognizable corporations in America: General Electric, McDonald’s, Ford, DuPont, Xerox. Steve didn’t know much about musical theater, but these recordings delighted him in a way that nothing ever had.

Bathtubs over Broadway follows Steve Young on his quest to find all he can about this hidden world. While tracking down rare albums, unseen footage, composers, and performers, Steve forms unlikely friendships and discovers that this discarded musical genre starring tractors and bathtubs was bigger than Broadway. With David Letterman, Chita Rivera, Martin Short, Jello Biafra, Don Bolles, Florence Henderson, Susan Stroman, and more.” — movie website.  

This film received wonderful reviews and was named the winner, Best Documentary Screenplay, Writers Guild Awards; and Best New Documentary Director, Tribeca Film Festival 2018. Check out this film review from Variety!

Fee:                $5
RSVP:  , 703.537.3062


Tour of President Lincoln’s Cottage and Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center 

Wednesday, October 30, depart Beth El 10:15am; return 1:30pm (The bus will originate at the J)
President Abraham Lincoln and his family resided seasonally on the grounds of the Soldiers' Home to escape the heat and political pressure of downtown Washington. Lincoln lived in the cottage June to November 1862 through 1864. During the first summer there, Lincoln drafted the preliminary draft of the Emancipation Proclamation. A reproduction of the desk where he drafted it is in the cottage (the original is in the White House). There will be time to visit the adjacent Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center which has exhibits about the Soldiers' Home, wartime Washington, D.C., Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief during the Civil War, and a special exhibit gallery.
There will not be a stop for lunchyou may bring food for the bus.
Fee:  $28 (includes bus transportation
and docent-led tour)
Code:  # 10109
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form to the J, Attn: Shelly Rosenstein. Make check payable to Pozez JCC with “10/30” on memo line.  


Healthy Eating and Demo with Chef Michael Mwangi

Wednesday, November 6, 10:30am–noon
Presented by Chef Michael Mwangi, Brandywine Living at Alexandria
What better way to learn about healthy cooking than with a real chef! Come enjoy a morning with Chef Michael as he discusses the benefits of healthy eating, followed by a demonstration and tasting of a healthy dish. He will be happy to suggest easy items to prepare and you can go home with the recipes. What a “delish” and nutritious program for everyone!
Fee:  $5 (includes tasting)
RSVP: Shelly Rosenstein or 703.537.3062


What Makes Us Happy?

Wednesday, November 13, 10:30am–noon
Presented by Amy Schwartz, Moment Magazine Opinion and Book Editor
The search for happiness is as old as humanity itself. In Jewish culture and text, the subject of happiness surfaces repeatedly. Confronted with the absolute devastation and evil of the Holocaust, Jewish thinkers revisited the topic. Among them was survivor and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl, who gave birth to what is now called positive psychology, the scientific study of how to make people happy. Amy Schwartz will lead an interactive program as we attempt not to discover the secret to happiness, but to explore Jewish insights into this elusive state-of-mind.

Amy worked at Harper’s Magazine and The New Republic before joining The Washington Post, where she was an editorial writer and op-ed columnist on cultural issues from 1985 to 2002. She has also lived in and reported from France, Germany, and Turkey and has been Moment’s opinion editor since 2011.
Fee:  $5
RSVP: Shelly Rosenstein or 703.537.3062


Tech Talk: What’s New for You!

Wednesday, November 20, 10:30am–noon
Presented by Steve Ewell, Executive Director, Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation
From smart home devices to Google glasses to driverless cars, new and innovative technology is evolving every day. Steve will talk to us about items available for us now, along with what is being developed for future use. The CTA Foundation is a public, national foundation affiliated with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), with the mission to find new ways to help seniors and people with disabilities keep their freedom, independence, purpose and most importantly, vital connections. Come hear what amazing “out of this world” technology may be waiting for you!
Fee:  $5
RSVP: Shelly Rosenstein or 703.537.3062


An Inside Look at the Census Bureau

Wednesday, December 11, 10:30am–noon
Presented by Joe Quartullo, Data Dissemination Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories. Many people think that the Census Bureau only works every 10 years, but there’s a good chance you are seeing or hearing about work that it conducts the other nine years. Important information on employment, unemployment, health, crime, consumer spending, the number of new homes constructed, and the number of people in poverty are just a few of the topics collected in the Bureau’s monthly, quarterly, and annual surveys. Information from these surveys supplies vital statistics used by, among others, government officials, corporations, Chambers of Commerce, academicians, researchers, and librarians. Joe’s presentation will highlight the social, economic, demographic, and housing data available from these surveys at the national, state, county, and local levels. Easy online tools to access this data will also be demonstrated, along with an update of the planning and status for the 2020 census. Count yourself in on this program!
Fee: $5
RSVP: Shelly Rosenstein or 703.537.3062


Pre-Chanukah Celebration at the J

When Harry Met Sally: The Jewish Deli in Pop Culture

Thursday, December 19, 1pm–3:30pm
1pm: Boxed Lunch (included in fee)
1:40pm: Program
Presented by Ted Merwin, Former Professor of Religion and Judaic studies at Dickinson College; Founding Director of the Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life; author of the National Jewish Book Award-winning, Pastrami on Rye — An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli.
“In New York, L.A., Chicago, and other cities, the Jewish deli was a gathering place on par with the synagogue, a convivial space where the overstuffed sandwiches symbolized nothing less than the achievement of the American Dream. Over time, the deli also became an iconic part of American popular entertainment, in dozens of plays, films, TV shows, songs, and stand-up comedy routines. From Aaron Lebedeff's signature tune, "Rumania, Rumania" to John Belushi's "Samurai Deli" sketch on Saturday Night Live to Rob Reiner's film When Harry Met Sally, the deli and its fare became emblematic of Jewish culture for Jews and non-Jews alike.” — Website of Jewish American Heritage Month. Sale and signing of Mr. Merwin’s books follows the presentation. 
Fee:  $28 (includes program and boxed deli lunch — 1/2 corned beef sandwich, knish, side salad, and dessert) Notify Michele for vegan/gluten-free meal (hummus, salad, side dish, and fruit) at least one week prior to the program. No substitutions.
Code: #10090
RSVP: To register, submit payment and registration form to the J’s guest services desk by noon on Monday, December 15, or call the J’s Registrar at 703.537.3043. Note: Lunch is not available for walk-ins, same fee.

We expect a large crowd, register early! 


Reston: Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation

1441 Wiehle Avenue, Reston
Contact: Shari Berman, 703.537.3068

Programs at NVHC will take a hiatus over the summer. Check future issues of the Adult Services bi-monthly e-newsletter, The Voice, or for dates and details of upcoming programs starting in the fall.

Fee: $5 for all participants unless noted otherwise

Inclement Weather Policy:
If Fairfax County schools are closed, our Adult 55+ program is canceled. If schools have a delayed opening, we will hold the program at NVHC at regular time. 



Film: Mona Lisa is Missing

Wednesday, November 20, 10:30am–12:30pm
2012 | 95 min. | Documentary
Come join us for this fun morning where we bring a bit of Italy to you! Mona Lisa is Missing is the tale of a 35-year long obsession to find the truth about why and how in 1911 Vincenzo Peruggia stole the iconic Mona Lisa painting. Since 1976, Joe Medeiros, former head writer of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, was fascinated with the story. But in 2008, it became more than an interest when Medeiros discovered that Peruggia’s only child, 84-year-old Celestina, was living in the town where her father had been born. That's when the idea for the documentary was born. Celestina, like Medeiros, wanted to know the truth about her father’s theft (he died when she was a toddler) and she gave Medeiros her blessing to bring back answers, no matter what the facts would reveal. Join us to find what writer Medeiros discovers and participate in a special Skype session with him!
Fee:  $8 (includes Italian cookies!)
RSVP: Roberta Sherman

Check future issues of the Adult Services Department newsletter, The Voice, or for dates and details of upcoming programs.


Greater Gainesville Jewish Community

7371 Atlas Walk Way #165, Gainesville, VA 20155
Contact: Julie Koppel, 703.537.3012

Check future issues of the Adult Services Department’s newsletter, The Voice, or here for dates and details of upcoming programs.

Inclement Weather Policy:
If Prince William County schools are closed, our Adult 55+ program for the Greater Gainesville Jewish Community is canceled.  If schools have a delayed opening, we will hold the program at the regular time.



Author Event - Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America's Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 1pm–3pm
Location:  Bull Run Golf Clubhouse (James Madison Hwy., Haymarket)
Presented by Rebecca Erbelding, archivist, curator, and historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
America has long been criticized for refusing to give harbor to the Jews of Europe as Hitler and the Nazis closed in. Join us to hear Rebecca tell the extraordinary story of the War Refugee Board, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's little-known effort late in the war to save the Jews who remained. In January 1944, a young Treasury lawyer named John Pehle accompanied his boss to a meeting with the president. For more than a decade, the Jews of Germany had sought refuge in the United States and had been stymied by Congress's harsh immigration policy. Now the State Department was refusing to authorize relief funds that Pehle wanted to use to help Jews escape Nazi territory. Pehle made his best case — and prevailed. Within days, FDR created the War Refugee Board, empowering it to rescue the victims of Nazi persecution, and put Pehle in charge.

Over the next 20 months, Pehle pulled together a team of D.C. pencil pushers, international relief workers, smugglers, diplomats, millionaires, and rabble-rousers to run operations across four continents and a dozen countries. Together, they tricked the Nazis, forged identity papers, maneuvered food and medicine into concentration camps, recruited spies, leaked news stories, laundered money, negotiated ransoms, and funneled millions of dollars into Europe. Altogether, they saved tens of thousands of lives. Jewish Book Council Authors on Tour book. Book sale and signing after the presentation.
Fee: $15 (includes refreshments)
Code: #10233
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form to the J, Attn: Julie Koppel. Make check payable to Pozez JCC with “10/24” on the memo line.  

In  partnership with Jewish Book Council  


Check future issues of the Adult Services Department newsletter, The Voice, or for dates and details of upcoming programs.



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