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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. 

 

Programs:   

Joint Program with Agudas Achim Congregation
Nicholas Reynolds, New York Times Bestselling Author

Tuesday, September 10, noon–2pm
Location:  Agudas Achim Congregation, 2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria
We are excited to continue our joint programming with members of Agudas Achim Congregation! Join us when we welcome author Nicholas Reynolds who will discuss his New York Times bestseller, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy about Ernest Hemingway’s political adventures. Dr. Reynolds will unveil the untold story of Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway’s secret life as a spy for both the Americans and the Soviets before and during World War II.  Paperback copies of his book will be sold and autographed by the author.

A free, kosher lunch will be served at noon followed by the program at 1pm. You must RSVP to Shelly Rosenstein no later than Thursday, August 29. Please indicate if you have any food allergies.
Fee:  Free (though suggested donation of $5 is appreciated)

 

The Evolving Role of a First Lady

Wednesday, September 18, 10:30am–noon
Presented by Janette Muir, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education / Associate Professor, George Mason University
From Martha Washington to Melania Trump, women have played important roles in supporting their presidential spouses. This talk highlights the changing role of First Ladies and the way the Office of the First Lady has evolved over time. According to Muir, who has written about First Ladies and their rhetoric for many years, the job of the First Lady is such a “major” and “essential” one that “if there wasn’t a First Lady, they would invent one.”
Fee:  $5
RSVP: Shelly Rosenstein or 703.537.3062

 

Trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Wednesday, September 25, depart Beth El 10:30am; return 3:30pm
“The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by an Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members.” — NMAAHC website.
No food and drink are allowed in the museum. Bottled water is permitted. Lunch is available in the museum at the Sweet Home Café.
Fee:  $14 for transportation
Code: #10115
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form to the J, Attn:  Shelly Rosenstein.  Make check payable to Pozez JCC with “9/25” on memo line.

 

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

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!
Fee:  $5
RSVP: Shelly Rosenstein or 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

Where Harry Met Sally: The Jewish Deli in Pop Culture
Thursday, December 19, 1pm–3:30pm
1pm: Boxed Lunch (included in fee)
1:40pm: Program

Check future issues of the Adult Services Department newsletter, The Voice, or theJ.org for additional program information.

 

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 theJ.org 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. 

 

Programs:

Healthy Living for a Hearty Brain and Body

Wednesday, September 4, 10:30am–noon
Presented by Jane Priest, Regional Manager, Programs & Services, Alzheimer’s Association® National Capital Area Chapter 
Research suggests that healthy living is the key to aging well. This workshop will focus on steps you can take to help reduce your risk of dementia. By changing out old bad habits and incorporating new healthy habits into daily life, you can boost your brain function and benefit other vital organs such as your heart, lungs, and liver. A healthy-lifestyle will also improve fitness and balance which lowers the possibility of broken bones — a serious contributor to dementia. Come hear Jane Priest talk about healthy living, do a simple brain exercise, and learn about ways to assess and lower your risk for dementia. A workbook with tips and suggestions will be distributed to all participants.
Fee:  $5
RSVP: Roberta Sherman

 

Film: Mona Lisa is Missing

Monday, 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 theJ.org 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.

 

Programs:

Relax, Meditate and Find Peace with Nature

Tuesday, August 13, 1pm–3pm
Location: Total Wine, 5105 Wellington Rd., Gainesville
Presented by Kim Hosen, Executive Director, Prince William Conservation Alliance

Being close to nature has been proven to help relieve stress along with bringing you a feeling of inner peace. Join us as Ms. Hosen talks about the "state" of our local parks within Prince William County. The PWC Alliance is an independent nonprofit watershed organization working to protect natural areas and healthy communities through stewardship, recreation, and education. See you how you can make a difference and enjoy the outdoors at the same time!

Fee:      $15 (includes refreshments and program)
Code:  #9933
RSVP: Submit check and registration form to the J, Attn: Julie Koppel no later than May 29.

 

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 theJ.org for dates and details of upcoming programs.

 

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