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Monthly and Ongoing Programs

Thursday at the J

Sponsored by Innovation Health

Thursdays, noon- 2pm
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
Fee:        $5/ Free member (unless otherwise noted)

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

Looking for “A Few Good Men”

A men’s group is forming! Are you interested in making new friends and expanding your social network?  Would you like to get together to discuss topics such as personal issues, financial matters, technology, and health, along with attending special social events?  Are you looking
for a way to connect with other men who also want to stay busy and engaged? If yes, please contact Shelly in the Adult Department at or 703.537.3062. We would love to hear from you to help start up this new group!


Stars of Opera

Thursday, April 4, noon-2:30pm
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless)
12:30pm: Program
Presented by Natalie Neviasky, art historian and publisher
"Opera is one of the oldest forms of synthetic musical art. Opera lovers can be among the most enthusiastic fans in the Art World! Perhaps the love of opera comes from its grand emotional scale — the emotional range of the music encompasses our every human feeling and mood. This presentation is a gem for all music lovers.”
— website
This program will be great to attend before our Tosca outing in May (see weekday trips).
Coffee, tea, and dessert provided.
Fee: $8/ $3 for member
Note: if you are registered to go with us to see Tosca at the Kennedy Center on May 20, there is no fee for this presentation.
No RSVP – Just come!


Yom Ha’Shoah Program

GI Jews –Jewish Americans in World War II
2018 | 90 min | Documentary
Thursday, May 2, noon–2:30pm
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless)
12:30pm: Program
After a brief introductory talk by Jordyn Barry, the J’s Director of Jewish Innovation and a short memorial ceremony, we will view this PBS documentary. The film tells “the profound and unique story of the 550,000 Jewish men and women who served in World War II. . .the film brings to life the little-known story of Jews in World War II — as active participants in the fight against Hitler, bigotry, and intolerance. . .Jewish men served in the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, and the Marines, in every theater of war. 10,000 Jewish women volunteered as WACs, WAVES, and WASPs, and as nurses overseas. . . .Jewish Americans fought on two fronts: for America and for Jews worldwide. Like all Americans, they fought against fascism, but they also fought a more personal fight — to save their brethren in Europe. In the midst of it all, they battled anti-Semitism within the ranks of the U.S. military. . . Jewish servicemen and women were changed forever by their military service and their encounter with Hitler's atrocities. Returning home, they continued to fight for the values for which they had risked their lives — for religious freedom and civil rights in America. . . .” —PBS website
Coffee, tea, and dessert provided.
Fee: Free for all
No RSVP – Just come!


The Amazing Stuart the Opossum

Thursday, May 9, noon-2:30pm, the J
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless)
12:30pm: Program
Presented by Karen Brace, Wildlife Rehabilitator
Join us for this unusual program! Karen has owned Stuart since he was a month old and will tell you his personal story. If we are lucky, maybe he’ll “play dead” for us! In addition to educating the public about these animals, Karen’s mission is to rehab and release animals back into the wild.
Coffee, tea, and dessert provided.
Fee: $5/ Free member
No RSVP – Just come!


Mindfulness Meditation and the Brain

Thursday, May 16, noon–2pm
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless)
12:30pm: Program
Presented by Petya Ivanova, Wellness Coordinator, the J
In 2011, Sara Lazar and her team at Harvard found that mindfulness mediation 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.
Coffee, tea, and dessert provided.
Fee: $5/ Free member
No RSVP – Just come!


Special Thursday at the J Season Wrap-Up
A Visit with Mark Twain and Other “Guests”

Thursday, June 6, 1pm– 3:30pm
1pm: Boxed Lunch (included in fee)
1:30pm: Program

Join us for a fun afternoon with impersonator Mike Hall, who embodies Mark Twain’s personality. Laugh and be entertained with lively stories and anecdotes about the life of Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens). Other “guests” that may be able to attend include his “blushing bride” Olivia Clemens, as well as his benefactor, Henry H. Rogers.
Come and celebrate our department’s award-winning programming year with this entertaining event!
Fee:        $18 includes program and boxed lunch (tuna
                wrap, 2 sides, small dessert). If you need a
                gluten-free or vegan meal, please notify
                Michele at least one week prior to program.
Code:     #9840
RSVP:  Submit payment and registration form to the front desk by noon on Monday, June 3 or call 703.323.0880 to register by phone with a credit card.


Monthly Discussion Group: Our World Today and in the Future 

clientuploads/Adults/Our World.jpgMondays (ongoing) April 15, May 20
Coordinated 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 newsletter The Voice and on this website. Watch for fliers and posters for up-to-date details.
Coffee and tea will be provided.
Fee: $5/ Free for member
No RSVP — Just come!


Topic: Fiscal Therapy

Monday, April 15
Presented by William Gale, economist and author
America faces two distinct but related economic challenges — “Curing America’s Debt Addiction and Investing in the Future.” Bill’s book proposes a plan to solve both problems. The plan would control entitlement spending in ways that preserve and enhance the programs’ anti-poverty and social insurance roles; create major new public investments in human and physical capital; and raise and reform taxes to pay for government services in a fair and efficient manner.


Topic: Evil, Indifference, and Human Dignity

Monday, May 20
Presented by Michael Hausfeld, Chairman of Hausfeld LLP
This presentation will include an overview of what fundamental human rights are, why they are important and why they are presently being threatened, not only in this country but almost everywhere.


News in Review Roundtable

Mondays (ongoing, 4th Monday) March 25, April 22, May 13 (note 2nd Monday)
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
No RSVP — Just come!


First Friday Book Group

Calling All Readers!
Fridays, April 5, May 3
If you enjoy discussing books with men and women of varied backgrounds and life experiences, this group is for you. Contact to confirm date and book selections.
Fee: $5/ Free for members
No RSVP — Just come!

April: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
May: Dirty Wars and Polished Silver by Lynda Schuster


Read My Story and Remember Me - Memoir Writing Group

Mondays, April 8, May 13
Coordinator: Carol Backman
Contact:, 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 on the J’s website. They can be viewed at
Fee: $5/ Free for members
No RSVP — Just come!


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. Often, the group decides to go out to dinner afterward at a nearby restaurant.

Congregation Beth Emeth 
12523 Lawyers Road 
Herndon, VA 20171 

Apr. 10, May 15
Wednesdays, 5:15pm-6:30pm

Fee: Free

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


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