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Thursday at the J

Partially Sponsored by Innovation Health

Thursdays, noon–2pm, the J (unless otherwise noted)
Contact: Michele Endick, 703.537.3095
Bring a friend and plan to attend our weekly program for active adults.
Bring a dairy or parve/meatless bagged lunch, unless otherwise noted, to enjoy
beforehand; the J will provide dessert and coffee.
Fee: $5/ Free for member (unless otherwise noted)

Medicare 101 — Understanding Your Medicare Options

Thursday, September 27, noon–2:30pm
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless)
12:30pm: Program
Sponsored and presented by Innovation Health
Lisa McFarren-Polgar will provide a robust overview of Medicare, all of its parts and key timing elements to empower family caregivers and senior adults with resources and knowledge. She will discuss times of the year to switch from one plan to another, what the difference is between Medicare Advantage and Original Medicare, and the financial penalties of delaying some key decisions.
Coffee, tea, and dessert provided.
Fee: $5/ Free for member
No RSVP – Just come!

Film: The Band’s Visit

2007 | 89 minutes | Hebrew with English subtitles
Thursday, October 11, noon–2:30pm
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless)
12:30pm: Film
We will show the movie upon which the 10 Tony Award-winning musical The Band’s Visit is based.

“A brass band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center. But due to bureaucracy, bad luck, or for whatever reason, find themselves stranded in a desolate, almost forgotten, small Israeli town, somewhere in the heart of the desert. — Amazon.com
Coffee, tea, and dessert provided.
Fee: $5/ Free J member
No RSVP – Just Come!

Alaska: An “Armchair” Overview of our Exciting, Beautiful 49th State

Thursday, October 18, noon–2pm
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless)
12:30: Program
Presented by Debbie Sage, Alaska and Vancouver Vacation Specialist, Discover Alaska Cruise Tours; Ed Cooper, Operations Manager, Discover Alaska Cruise Tours
Enjoy an “armchair” visit of Alaska. Get to know our 49th state with a colorfully narrated slide show of the beautiful state from a tour perspective. We will learn about Denali National Park, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Anchorage, Fairbanks, and the Glacier Bay/Gulf of Alaska Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Victoria and Vancouver, Canada will also be included.

This is a fun, interesting way to spend a cold day indoors at the J. View gorgeous scenery, schmooze, socialize and enjoy delicious desserts too!
Coffee, tea, and special desserts (provided by Discover Alaska Cruises)
Fee: $5/ Free J member
Code: #9489
RSVP: Everyone must RSVP (even if you are a J member)! If you are not a member, please register at our front desk with credit card, cash or check or call 703.323.0880.


Fairfax: Summer of 1916— A Retrospective Look at Our Area’s Past

Thursday, November 8, 12:30pm–2pm
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless)
12:30pm: Program
Presented by Brian Slawski, Vice President and Programs Chair for the Burke Historical Society
Learn how life in the Fairfax City, Annandale, and Burke areas more than 100 years ago was different, and yet not so different from today.
Coffee, tea, and dessert provided.
Fee: $5/ Free J member
No RSVP – Just Come!

Classic Movie Jaws and Popcorn

124 mins | Drama/Mystery | 1975
Thursday, November 29, noon–2:30pm
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless)
12:30pm: Movie trivia and viewing
Billed as “the film that still makes audiences afraid to go in the water,” enjoy this classic, blockbuster film while munching on popcorn. “Directed by Steven Spielberg, Jaws set the standard for edge-of-your-seat suspense, quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the movie industry. . . Featuring an unforgettable score that evokes pure terror, Jaws remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history.” — DVD Box
Coffee, Tea, Popcorn and other treats provided
Fee: $5/ Free J member
No RSVP – Just come



Monthly Discussion Group: Our World Today and in the Future


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Facilitated by Mimi Rosenberg, Adult Program Advisor
Participants are welcome to bring a dairy, parve, or meatless lunch. Featured speakers will be announced in the adult bi-monthly newsletter, The Voice, and here online. Coffee and tea are provided. 
Fee: $5/ free to J members
No RSVP required. Just come!


Topic: Election 2018—The Battle for Congress Under Trump

Monday, October 15
Presented by Josh Kraushaar, Politics Editor, National Journal
Join political analyst Josh Kraushaar for an in-depth look at the upcoming midterm Congressional elections. Kraushaar will assess the odds of Democrats winning back the House, whether Republicans will hold the Senate and how both parties plan on utilizing President Trump in their campaign strategies. Get a front seat on the political roller-coaster, and hear a candid assessment on the political landscape of what the future holds.

Topic: American Politics 2018

Sunday (note the change of day), November 4, 1pm
Presented by William Kristol, political analyst
This special program will be in place of the Monday discussion group. 


Monthly News in Review Roundtable

Mondays (ongoing, 4th Monday), 12:15pm–2pm
August 27

Coordinated by Mimi Rosenberg, Adult Program Advisor

It’s your turn to speak! Bring your educated opinions to discuss the most
current news. A lively discussion will be moderated by various facilitators. Come
share your viewpoints and opinions on the topics to be discussed.
Coffee and tea will be provided.
Fee: $5/ Free for members

Widow/ Widower Support Group

Wednesdays (Meets Monthly)
Location: Congregation Beth Emeth
12523 Lawyers Road, Herndon, VA 20171 

Facilitated by: Dr. Rebecca Fleischer, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
This FREE monthly support group is for anyone who has recently and not-so-recently lost a husband, wife, or partner. Join us for an open forum for frank discussion with a focus on grief, bereavement and continuing on after great loss.
Fee: Free
RSVP (recommended, but not required) & more info: 
contact Jennifer DeAngelis, 703.537.3045.

Dr. Rebecca Fleischer Bio
A licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia since 1997, Dr. Fleischer currently practices in Fairfax, VA where she sees individuals, couples and families with a wide range of diagnostic and clinical concerns. Throughout her career she has facilitated many psychotherapy and support groups and understands the complex and often long-term consequences of losing one’s spouse. Dr. Fleischer holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and an MS in Psychology from Yeshiva University and a BA from Emory University. 


First Friday Book Group: Calling All Readers!


If you enjoy discussing books with men and women of varied backgrounds and life experiences, this group is for you. Contact Carla Rosenfeld to confirm date and book selections.
Fee: $5/ Free for members
No RSVP — Just come!

Friday, September 7
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Friday, October 5
My Beloved World by Sonja Sotomayor
Friday, November 2
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks


Read My Story and Remember Me: Memoir Writing Group

Coordinator: Carol Backman
Contact: Carla Rosenfeld, 703.537.3060

Join the J’s Memoir Writing Group and learn to create a written legacy for
family and friends. Share stories that capture your life experiences. You don’t
have to be an expert writer; we will help you get started and provide tips and
encouragement along the way. We’ll post your favorite stories right here on the J’s website.
Fee: $5/ Free for members
No RSVP — Just come!


Mitzvah Program (ongoing)

Committee Chair: Gail Gurin
Contact Carla Rosenfeld, 703.537.3060
The Mitzvah Program provides support to those who are in need in our community. Please join fellow members, friends, and staff as we volunteer on a number of social action projects including: collecting shoes for our shoebox recycling program, donating toys for the FACETS Sibling Holiday Shopping, and volunteering during the FACETS hypothermia prevention program in partnership with Bethlehem Lutheran Church.


Social Action Project

Food for Others especially needs evaporated milk, beans, pasta, pasta sauce, canned tomatoes, canned vegetables, and canned fruit. Remember to bring a can and/or a nonperishable food item to donate whenever you come to the J. Please remember, if you are bringing something from your pantry, check the expiration dates on all items, including canned goods! For your convenience, a collection bin is located in the lobby. Thanks for your continued support.

Shoebox Recycling Program

The J collects shoes throughout the year to donate to the Shoebox Recycling program which sends them to people in need in developing countries while helping to save our environment. The money we are paid for these donations helps to fund transportation for the homeless during the FACETS Hypothermia Prevention week when we partner with Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Donate Food to Our Ongoing Collection

Food bins are located in the J’s lobby
Food for Others needs canned and/or nonperishable foods. They especially need canned meats, tomatoes, chili, fruit, pasta, vegetables, beans, rice, and fruit juices. If you are bringing something from your pantry, please check the expiration dates on all items. Remember to bring an item with you whenever you come to the J — let’s make sure that no one who lives in Northern Virginia goes to bed hungry! Thanks for your continued support.




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