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Searching for a Jewish connection, a place to meet new friends, to enrich your life with an exciting variety of activities and day trips but don’t live close to the JCCNV? Check out the Adult Outreach programs on our calendar to find one near 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.

JCCNV Adult 55+ programming is made possible thanks in part to the “Coming of Age” grant from The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. The program is a collaborative effort of the JCCNV, Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA), Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) and jConnect.


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
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. 

Programs 

Mindfulness Meditation and the Brain

Wednesday, September 5, 10:30am–noon
Presented by Petya Ivanova, Wellness Coordinator, the J
In 2011, Sara Lazar and her team at Harvard found that mindfulness meditation can actually change the structure of the brain and improve the brain centers for learning and memory. Join Petya as she leads you in some everyday brain exercises followed by a short mindfulness meditation to strengthen the memory and rejuvenate the brain. Start off the season on a positive note, and plan to stay after the program where you will have time to meet other members and enjoy some snacks!
Fee: $5 all participants

 

Forecasting a Great Weather Program!

Wednesday, September 26, 10:30am–noon
Presented by Jason Samenow, The Washington Post’s weather editor and chief meteorologist for the Capital Weather Gang
Unless a hurricane keeps him away, Jason will join us to discuss recent trends in Washington, D.C. area weather. Is it getting hotter? Is it snowing more or less? Are storms turning more severe and unpredictable? He’ll address whether these trends are due to climate change or other factors. He will also discuss the future and how the weather may change in the coming decades, and how our region can prepare. Jason will be happy to answer any and all weather-related questions, including why it’s so hard to predict the weather in our region and what tools today’s meteorologists rely on. The prediction is for a fun program. Join us!
Fee: $5 all participants
RSVP: Shelly.Rosenstein@jccnv.org, 703.537.3062

 

Joint Program with Agudas Achim Congregation
A Talk with Former Congressman Martin Frost

Tuesday, October 9, noon–2pm
Location: Agudas Achim Congregation, 2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria
Join us for our first joint program of the fall season with members of Agudas Achim Congregation. We will be joined by former Congressman Martin Frost, who is the first Jewish congressman elected to a House of Representative leadership post. He has a reputation for keen analysis of politics and policy, and his background in journalism, history, and law enhances his legal commentary skills. A free, kosher lunch will be served prior to the program.
Fee: Free
RSVP is a must by September 28 to Shelly.Rosenstein@jccnv.org, 703.537.3062

 

Culture in the Czech Republic

Wednesday, October 24, 10:30am–noon
Presented by Embassy of the Czech Republic Official
On October 28, 1918, almost 100 years ago, Czechoslovakia declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Since then, it has gone through many political, economic and social changes, and today is a thriving center for music and art. Join us as a Czech embassy official talks to us about the cultural scene today (Czechs are renowned for their glass making and crystal), and about the many Jewish artists and their influences in the country. Notable Czechs include Madeline Albright, Anton Dvorak, Franz Kafka, Martina Navratilova and Ivanka Trump, to name just a few!
Fee: $5 all participants
RSVP: Shelly.Rosenstein@jccnv.org, 703.537.3062

As a special follow-up program, on Wednesday, October 31, we will watch the film Zuzana: Music is Life, followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Peter Getzels and Harriet Gordon. See more information about this program below. Both programs will give you a greater appreciation for this small but important country and its people.


Special Documentary with Filmmakers Peter Getzels and Harriet Gordon
Zuzana – Music is Life: A Story of Love, Tyranny and Triumph

Documentary | 83 minutes
Wednesday, October 31, 10:30am–12:30pm
ZUZANA: MUSIC IS LIFE is the triumphant story of Zuzana Ruzickova, who became a world-famous harpsichordist and interpreter of Bach under the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia, after surviving three concentration camps during her teenage years. Known as ‘the Jew who brought Bach back to Germany,’ she is the only person in the world to record all the keyboard works of Bach, which Warner Music re-released in a 20-CD box set in 2017. Twice voted Best Documentary at the Washington and LA Jewish Film Festivals, this magnificent film speaks to the healing power of music, and living for a higher purpose when brutality abounds. The documentary is produced and directed by the DC-based, award-winning team Peter Getzels and Harriet Gordon, in co-production with Czech Television and with support from Executive Producers Frank and Emily Vogl of the Kalabis Foundation.

The film will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers.
Fee: $10 all participants (includes movie, presentation, and bagels and cream cheese)
Code: #9461
Submit payment and registration form to the J, attn.: Shelly Rosenstein.

 

Inside the Criminal Mind

Wednesday, November 7, 10:30am–noon
Presented by Stanton Samenow, Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Samenow will debunk myths about the causes of crime. He will describe the thinking patterns that give rise to criminal behavior and discuss why there is no such thing as an “out of character” crime. He will refer to cases in which he has been an expert witness including the Washington, D.C. sniper case and the grandmother who killed her granddaughter at Tyson’s Corner. He is the author of numerous books, his best known being “Inside the Criminal Mind.” Dr. Samenow has appeared on numerous radio and television programs including 60 Minutes, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, and the Today Show.
Fee: $5 all participants
RSVP: Shelly.Rosenstein@jccnv.org, 703.537.3062

 

Book and Author Event in Honor of Veteran’s Day
In My Father’s Words with author Laura Cantor Zellman

Wednesday, November 14, 10:30am–noon
When Laura Cantor Zelman and her sister cleaned out their parents’ house after their passing, they found an amazing collection of hundreds of letters written by their father, a Jewish American who served as a U.S. Army doctor during World War II. Dating from 1941 to 1945, this collection of more than five hundred letters details the daily life of a Jewish American, fluent in German, who served as a doctor in the U.S. Army. The letters shed light on the condition of the soldiers' medical care, and his first-hand account of censorship, the Nazis, German POWs, and army life. These letters are a testament to the work of military doctors in war time and the many sacrifices they make for our country. Laura’s book will be available for sale after the program.

 

Trip to the National Capitol Radio and Television Museum, Bowie, MD

Wednesday, November 28; depart Beth El 10:15am; return approx. 3pm
In 1984, a number of antique radio collectors in the Washington/Baltimore area formed a hobby group called the Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club (MAARC). Soon after its founding, club members began exploring the possibility of creating a museum to share their interest in vintage radio with the general public. The resulting Radio History Society, Inc. (RHS) was a Maryland non-profit corporation established in 1993 but soon after became known as the National Capital Radio & Television Museum. This is the only museum devoted to the consumer-based electronic communication in the National Capital Region. The permanent collection includes over 1,700 objects beginning with a section of the Transatlantic Cable and continuing through modern digital items, along with a research library containing over 5,600 books, manuals, and periodicals related to the history of electronic communications.
After our private tour, we will enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant (TBA).
Fee: $17 (includes bus transportation and museum fee; lunch on your own)
Code: #9495
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form to the J, Attn: Shelly Rosenstein. Please check with Shelly as far as availability before you send your check.

 

Reston: Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation

1441 Wiehle Avenue, Reston
Contact: Carla Rosenfeld, 703.537.3060

Dates for programs will be announced in the Voice, Adults on the Go and on the J's website calendar. Most programs will meet on a Tuesday at 10:30am. (unless otherwise noted). Newcomers are always welcome! Coffee and dessert will be provided. The fall 2016 schedule will start in November.

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 the regular time. 


Mindfulness Meditation and the Brain

Tuesday, November 13, 10:30am–noon
Presented by Petya Ivanova, Wellness Coordinator, the J
In 2011, Sara Lazar and her team at Harvard found that mindfulness meditation can actually change the structure of the brain and improve the brain centers for learning and memory. Join Petya as she leads you in some everyday brain exercises followed by a short mindfulness meditation to strengthen the memory and rejuvenate the brain.
Fee: $5 all participants
RSVP: Contact Roberta Sherman at shermanrs1@aol.com 

 

Greater Gainesville Jewish Community

Contact: Julie.Koppel@jccnv.org, 440.522.3467

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.

 

A Conversation about Elie Wiesel

Tuesday, October 16, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Presented by Nadine Epstein, Editor-in-Chief and CEO of Moment Magazine
Location: Total Wine, 5105 Wellington Road, Gainesville
Please join us for a conversation about Elie Wiesel (1928–2016), the author of Night, survivor of Auschwitz and a powerful, enduring voice of the Holocaust. Epstein is the editor of Elie Wiesel: An Extraordinary Life and Legacy, in which she shares her memories of Wiesel and those of other friends and colleagues who knew him, such as Elisha Wiesel, Wolf Blitzer, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Kati Marton, Michael Berenbaum, and Bernard Henri-Levy. The book also includes photographs, articles, and speeches. Epstein will speak, share a photographic presentation and lead a discussion.

Nadine Epstein, Editor-in-Chief and CEO of Moment Magazine, is the founder and executive director of the Center for Creative Change, and founder of the Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative. An award-winning journalist, she reported for the City News Bureau of Chicago and the Chicago bureau of the New York Times and has written for numerous publications. Epstein has co-written three books, contributed to anthology collections and co-written a documentary film shortlisted for an Academy Award. Her artwork and photography have been featured in several exhibitions.
Fee: $5 for all participants (includes light snacks)
RSVP: Julie.Koppel@jccnv.org or 703.537.3012

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

Greater Leesburg Jewish Community 

Locations vary.
Contact: Julie Koppel, 703.537.3012

A Conversation about Elie Wiesel

Tuesday, October 16, 10am–noon
Location: Total Wine, 5105 Wellington Road, Gainesville
Presented by Nadine Epstein, Editor-in-Chief and CEO of Moment Magazine
Fee: $5 all participants (includes a light breakfast)
RSVP: Julie.Koppel@jccnv.org or 703.537.3012
See further details in the Gainesville Outreach section above.

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

 

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