Annual Jewish Book Fair and Chanukah Sale Sunday-Wednesday, November 18-21, 9am-noon, 4pm-7pm. Check out our book and author programs by visiting the Literary tab of this website.

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Monthly and Ongoing Programs

Thursday at the J

Sponsored by Innovation Health

Thursdays, 12:00pm - 2:00pm, the J (unless otherwise noted)

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

Coffee and dessert provided.

Fee: $5/ Free for member (unless otherwise noted)

Contact: Michele Endick, 703.537.3095

Classic Movie Jaws and Popcorn

124 mins | Drama/Mystery | 1975

Thursday, November 29th, 12:00pm - 2:30pm

12:00pm: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless)
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 clientuploads/Adults/Our World.jpg

Topic: Press Coverage in a Volatile Political Environment

Monday, December 17th, 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Coordinated by Mimi Rosenberg, Adult Program Advisor

Presented by Jeanine Herbst, NPR Newscaster

Jeanine will discuss how news stories are chosen and covered and what it takes to work them through in this unusual political environment.

Fee: $5/ Free to J members

No registration required

Coffee and tea will be provided.

Widow/ Widower Support Group

Facilitated by: Dr. Rebecca Fleischer, Licensed Clinical Psychologist Meets Monthly on

  • 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.

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.

Congregation Beth Emeth 
12523 Lawyers Road 
Herndon, VA 20171 

Dec. 12th, Jan. 16th, Feb. 13th, Mar. 13th, Apr. 10th, May 15th
Wednesdays, 5:15pm - 6:30pm

Fee: Free

For more information and to RSVP (recommended, but not required) contact, 703.537.3045.


First Friday Book Group: Calling All Readers!

Friday, December 7th, 11:30 - 1:00pm
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

If you enjoy discussing books with men and women of varied backgrounds and life experiences, this group is for you. 

Fee: $5/ Free for members

No RSVP - Just come!

Contact: Carla Rosenfeld, 703.537.3060 to confirm date and book selections.

Read My Story and Remember Me: Memoir Writing Group

Mondays, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Coordinator: Carol Backman

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!

Contact: Carla Rosenfeld, 703.537.3060


Mitzvah Program

Committee Chair: Gail Gurin

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.

Contact: Carla Rosenfeld, 703.537.3060


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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