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The J's Adult Learning Institute (ALI)

POZEZ JCC ADULT LEARNING INSTITUTE (ALI)  

ALI is the J’s adult lifelong learning center. Its mission is to provide intellectually stimulating, enjoyable, and engaging opportunities to expand your mind and your knowledge with other adults of all backgrounds and ages. 

Contact: Shari Berman, 703.537.3068, Marcia Gordon, 703.537.3066


Register Now!

We are pleased to announce our Fall 2019 line-up of classes! The semester begins on Sunday, September 8. Please take a moment to review the schedule below and sign up for one or more of these fabulous opportunities to continue your lifelong learning with us!  Please note that all courses will be held at the Pozez JCC unless indicated otherwise.

ALI-Temple Rodef Shalom Partnership
As part of our exciting partnership with Temple Rodef Shalom (TRS), we try to offer a course each semester on its Falls Church campus. 

Lunch
Please feel free to bring a dairy or parve/meatless lunch to any class.  Coffee/tea will be served at all classes.

 

How to Register

You must be a J-Family or J-Journey member or have a J-Pass to participate in ALI classes held at
the J.

  1. Submit completed registration form and payment to the J’s Guest Services desk;
  2. Mail completed registration form with payment, payable to “Pozez JCC,” to 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA 22031; 
  3. Call the J’s Registrar at 703.537.3043 and be prepared to give a credit card number to secure your place in the course;
  4. Or register online at theJ.org. 

 

Courses:  

Intermediate Bridge Lessons

Summer Session
Wednesdays, 3:15pm–5:15pm
July 10–August 28 (7 weeks; no class Aug. 14)
Instructor: Yen DeAnda, ACBL accredited Ruby Life Master
Continue your bridge adventure with dynamic PPT presentations and interactive lessons. Develop a competitive edge, while playing with friends or competing in tournaments. Build a solid foundation, explore new conventions, and form long-lasting partnerships.
Fee:  $156 
Code: #9940

 

Beginning Bridge II

Thursdays, 3:15pm-5:15pm
July 11-August 29 (7 weeks; no class Aug. 15)
Continue your bridge adventure with engaging PowerPoint presentations and interactive lessons. Beginning Bridge 2 builds on concepts from the previous class and explores the healthy benefits of Stayman and Jacoby Transfers. Prerequisite - Beginning Bridge 1 or having played social bridge.
Fee: $156
Code: #9944

 

Beginning Bridge I

Sundays, 10am-noon
July 14-August 25 (6 weeks; no class Aug. 18)
Learn to play bridge with dynamic powerpoint presentations in six 2-hour interactive lessons. Beginning Bridge 1 covers bidding, playing of the hand and getting to the best game. This class is for students who have never played bridge but have always wanted to learn. Bring a friend!
Fee: $135
Code: #9943

 

ALI Kick-Off Program with Ralph Nurnberger
The Protocols of the Elders of Zion: The Persistence of Evil

Sunday, September 8, 1pm-3pm
Presented by Ralph Nurnberger, Ph.D., historian, and political analyst|
The pamphlet The Protocols of the Elders of Zion may be the most significant anti-Semitic document ever. This presentation will cover the origins, history, and international influence of this notorious creed. The author’s identity remains a mystery, which Dr. Nurnberger will seek to unravel. Once it was published, the Russian secret police used it; Hitler mentions it in Mein Kampf; Henry Ford distributed it; conspiracy theorists cite it to explain the 9/11 attacks; organizers of the August 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville claim it motivated them; it is quoted in the Hamas Charter; and was the basis for television series produced in Arab countries. The document remains as malicious today as it was when it was originally published. Come hear Dr. Nurnberger's talk on how this infamous document is still relevant in today's climate of hate.
Fee:    $18
Code:  #10245

  

Book Talk with Author Harry Butowsky, I Survived: My Name is Yitzkhak

Monday, September 9, 12:30pm–2pm
Instructor: Dr. Harry Butowsky, author, retired GMU professor, and National Parks Department manager
When the Second World War began in 1939, more than 3.5 million Jews lived in Poland. By 1945, 90 percent of them would be dead. I Survived: My Name Is Yitzkhak presents the remarkable story of one man who made it out alive. Interviewed by Dr. Harry Butowsky, Mr. Neiman narrates his service in two armies, imprisonment in a Soviet work camp, and escape to the United States in stunning, heartbreaking detail. At every turn, Mr. Neiman's memories reveal the struggles, ingenuities, and small kindnesses of everyday life under total war as he crisscrosses borders, battles hunger, and escapes violence. I Survived represents a unique and invaluable addition to the oral history of World War II and to the great wealth of stories that let us know and honor the grit, determination, and intelligence of regular people in extraordinary circumstances. I Survived will be for sale for $18; Mr. Butowsky will be signing copies.

As a special addition, we are thrilled to have Holocaust survivor and former Grodno University history professor Boris Klyen, of Belarus, speak about his family’s personal experiences with what he called the ‘second Holocaust’ which took place in Russia in 1953 under Josef Stalin’s regime. Attendees will have an opportunity to view secret documents that have been made public and are housed in the National Archives.
Fee:  $15
Code: #10091

 

Voices of the Apocrypha… Tobit, Judith, and Additions to Daniel

Tuesdays, 12:30pm–2pm
September 10–24 (3 weeks)
Instructor: John Rybicki, biblical scholar and historian
Various versions of the Septuagint (the Hebrew Scriptures in Greek) contain books that are not included in the canon of the Hebrew TaNaKh. These books remain important because they tell us about the Judaism of the day … generally Second Temple Judaism and its various concerns, practices, and beliefs. Within this course, three of these apocryphal (Greek: “to hide away”) texts will be examined: The book of Tobit, the book of Judith, and the additions to the book of Daniel found in the Septuagint but not in the TaNaKh.
Fee:  $42 (3 weeks); $15 per session
Code:  #10092

 

The Copper Scroll Project

Monday, October 7, 10:30am–noon
Instructor: Shelley Neese, investigative journalist and author
The Copper Scroll Project is a relative newcomer to the modern treasure hunt. Part of the Dead Sea Scrolls collection, these two rolls were discovered in a cave in the same location in Qurum. Yet, the Copper Scroll is unlike any of the leather and papyrus documents previously found, though not just for its metal plates. The relic reads like a coded map, listing dozens of hiding spots where tithes and vessels thought to be secreted from the Jewish Temple were stored for safekeeping. More than 50 years after archaeologists found this unique artifact, four adventurers have dared to chase after the scroll’s priceless relics. Journalist Shelley Neese gives her first-hand account of a 10-year adventure to expose this secret and controversial finding.
Fee: $15
Code: #10094

 

Judaism Redefined

Tuesdays, 10:30am–noon
October 29–November 19 (4 weeks)
Instructor: Rabbi Mendel Deitsch, Jewish Student Center at George Mason University
This is not a series of lectures; it is a series of interactive discussions. It is not a repeat of what you experienced in Hebrew school; it is fun, stimulating, deep, and relevant. It is not a time to listen; it’s a time to question. It is not geared to tell you what to think; it provides an opportunity to explore Judaism’s rich heritage at your own pace with you in the driver’s seat. This is a platform upon which participants explore central elements of Judaism that are relevant, interesting, and empowering for all Jews, irrespective of background, education, and level of commitment. By the end of this journey, you will have a richer appreciation for some of the core elements of Jewish heritage and identity, along with a deeper understanding of how these interface with modern life.
Fee:  $75 (includes book and course materials)
Code:  #10095

 

America’s Jewish Military

Mondays, November 4, 11 (2 weeks)

[Session I] Field Trip to NMAJM

Monday, November 4, 10:30am–2pm
Bus departs the J 10:30am; return approx. 2pm
Since colonial days, American Jews have served their country's military. Come hear their stories as told at the National Museum of American Jewish Military. In the first session of this two-part program honoring our Jewish soldiers and veterans, participants will travel to the NMAJM, also known as the Jewish War Veterans Museum in Washington, DC, for a tour and talk by docent Mike Rugel.
Fee:  $18 (includes transportation and snack); 10% discount for veterans
Code: #10096


[Session II] One Pilot's View of the War

Monday, November 11, 12:30pm–2pm

Ronald Markiewicz, veteran of the USAF, will give a stirring presentation on “One Pilot’s View of the War.” This special Veterans Day program is in collaboration with Thursday at the J and Project Welcome Home.
Coffee, tea, and a special dessert served
Fee:  No admission fee; open to the community
Code: #10097

 

Palette Knife Painting: Landscapes

Monday, November 18, 10:30am–12:30pm
Location: The J’s new Cultural Arts Center
Instructor: Nataliya Gurshman, Artist
In this 2-hour workshop, students will watch Ms. Gurshman demonstrate how to use a palette knife with acrylic paints and then try using it themselves to create beautiful, rich, textural paintings of their chosen landscapes. Elements of composition, proportions, tonal values and focal point will be covered during the workshop. No prior art experience is necessary, just a bit of courage and desire to learn something new! Please bring a photocopy of a landscape you have photographed (or from a book/magazine) and would like to paint (8”x10”). Each student will walk out with a finished original acrylic painting ready to be hung in his/her home.
Fee: $25 (includes art materials)
Register at Guest Services Desk or click here for tickets

Presented by ALI in collaboration with Cultural Arts

 

 Jewish Geography: The Jews of Ireland

Tuesday, November 19, 12:30pm–2pm
Presented by Ambassador Daniel Mulhall, Embassy of Ireland
Ambassador Mulhall will speak about the fascinating history of the Jews of Ireland. In addition, he will discuss the many parallels between the Irish and Jewish peoples. The Ambassador will also talk about relations between Ireland and Israel and initiatives in the United States.
Fee: $5
Code: #10246

In partnership with Thursday at the J and the Embassy of Ireland


Introduction to Hebrew Calligraphy

Mondays, 10:30am–noon
November 25, December 2 (2 weeks)
Instructor: Alexandra Casser, soferet (Torah scribe)
Have you ever wondered how the Pentateuch (five books of Moses) was actually written down to form the Torah?  This class will teach you about the millennia-old art of Hebrew calligraphy with soferet  Alexandra Casser. Over two classes, students will learn about the duties and responsibilities of a scribe, the tools modern scribes use, and how to form the letters of the Hebrew script used to write Torah scrolls on parchment. This is a hands-on class where students will try their hand at calligraphy using chisel markers and paper.
Fee:  $40 (includes art supplies)
Code:  #10098
Presented with the Arts and Ideas Department

 

The History of Medicine: From Witchcraft to Robots

Tuesdays, 1pm–2:30pm
December 3–17 (3 weeks)
Instructor: Rita Way, retired nurse
Part 1 of this course will focus on prehistoric medicine through the rise of modern medicine. We will travel through time and history to learn how medicine has evolved from the days of witchcraft and medicine men to the era of modern medicine. We will highlight some of the themes and key milestones in the story of medicine and discuss the development of ideas about the causes of disease from Greco-Roman humoral theory up to the discoveries of germs and genes in the modern era. Rita will touch upon Jewish medicine in the context of its history.

Part II will be offered in the spring — stay tuned!
Fee: $45
Code:  #10099

 

A Taste of Melton

Monday, December 9, 12:30pm–2pm
See more details in the Sept.–Nov. Voice newsletter

 

Bridge Lessons

(Beginner and Intermediate levels), Beginner Mah Jongg Lessons

A minimum of 4 students is required for bridge and mah jongg lessons. Contact Shari if you are interested. 


Language Classes

French

Fridays, Noon–1pm
September 6–October 25 (8 weeks)
Instructor: Ms. Barbara Sontz received her BA in French, with a minor in Secondary Education at Queens College, New York. She continued her graduate studies with a Master’s Equivalent of 30 credits at Queens College. She taught French Levels I and II at Louis Pasteur Junior High School in New York for 15 years.

This is a beginner class for those just starting their French adventure or wanting to review basic French. Topics to be covered are pronunciation, conversational vocabulary, and basic grammar. You will be speaking French from day one! We will be using a wonderful guide book called “Painless French” to reinforce our lessons, and short review exercises will be assigned. The book can be purchased on Amazon or at Barnes & Noble.
Fee:  $95
Code: #10100

 

Hebrew

Private and semi-private lessons at all levels are available.
Instructor:  Einat Cohen
Conversational classes need a minimum of 4 registered students. Contact Shari for more information or to express interest in taking a Hebrew class.
Fee:  $50/hour private; $40/hour per person semi-private
Code: #800

 

Conversational Hebrew I

Sundays, 5:30pm–7pm
September 8–November 17 (8 weeks; no class on Sept. 29, Oct. 13, 20)
Instructor: Einat Cohen
Whether you are interested in learning how to speak Hebrew for travel, business, or personal pleasure and growth, this class focuses on simple spoken Hebrew. The lessons are planned for students with little or no knowledge of conversational Hebrew or the aleph-bet.
Fee: $180
Code: #10234

 

Spanish

Instructor: Dr. Michael Gorman received his BA, MA, and Ph.D. from American University and continued his studies at the National University of Mexico.

Spanish I

This beginner class is for those who are brand new to the Spanish language or have had a little bit of Spanish in their past. You will learn the alphabet, basic vocabulary and simple phrases for conversational use, and develop basic skills. There are no textbooks, no homework, and no tests; just come to class ready to learn and have fun.

Session I 

Mondays, 12:30pm–2pm
September 9–October 28
(5 weeks; no class Sept. 30, Oct. 14, 21)
Fee:    $75
Code: #10101

Session II

Mondays, 12:30pm–2pm
November 4–December 16 (7 weeks)
Fee: $105
Code: #10247

 

Spanish II

This continuing class is for those who have taken the Spanish I class at the J or have some knowledge of the language. You will continue to develop your skills and also review previous material. There are no tests, homework, or grades.

Session I 

Wednesdays, 12:30pm–2pm
September 4–October 30 
(8 weeks; no class Oct. 9)
Fee:    $120
Code: #10102

Session II

Wednesdays, 12:30pm–2pm
November 6–December 18 (6 weeks; no class Nov. 27)
Fee:     $90
Code:  #10248

 

Spanish III

This continuing class is for those who have taken the Spanish II class at the J or equivalent experience. This is a conversational class and includes grammar. You will continue to develop your skills and also review previous material. There are no tests, homework, or grades.

Session I

Wednesdays, 2:30pm–3:30pm
September 4–October 30 
(8 weeks; no class Oct. 9)
Fee:      $80
Code:   #10103

Session II

Wednesdays, 2:30pm–3:30pm
November 6–December 18
(6 weeks; no class Nov. 27)
Fee:    $60
Code:  #10249

 

Yiddish 

Instructor: Norman Buder

Yiddish:  Level I

Wednesdays, 1pm–2:30pm
September 4–October 30 (8 weeks; no class Oct. 9)
This class is for true beginners who have no knowledge of Yiddish, other than perhaps a few words or common expressions in use today. Students will be introduced to the Yiddish alphabet and to the principles of reading Yiddish phonetically at an elementary level. We will also learn some rudiments of conversation, e.g. asking and answering simple questions like: "What is your name?"; "How are you?"; "Where do you live?"; "Where do you work?” etc.
Fee:    $75
Code:  #10229


Yiddish:  Level II

Join this class if you have some knowledge of Yiddish and would like to continue to learn to speak and read the language.

Session I
Mondays, 2pm–4pm
September 9–October 28 
(5 weeks; no class Sept. 30, October 14, 21)
Fee:    $62
Code: #10104


Session II

Mondays, 2pm–4pm
November 4–December 16 (7 weeks)
Fee:     $87
Code:  #10250

 

Adults

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