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THE JCCNV Adult Learning Institute (ALI)


Contact: Carla.Rosenfeld@jccnv.org, 703.537.3060, Shari.Berman@jccnv.org,  703.537.3068, Marcia.Gordon@jccnv.org, 703.537.3066

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. 

Register Now!

We are pleased to announce our Fall 2018 line-up of classes! The semester begins on Sunday, September 16. Registration is now open. 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!

ALI-Temple Rodef Shalom Partnership
As part of our exciting partnership with Temple Rodef Shalom (TRS), we will be offering a course on Jewish Genealogy in conjunction with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington (JGSGW) this fall! See details below.


Please feel free to bring a dairy or parve/meatless lunch to any class.


How to Register

Submit completed registration form and payment to the J’s front desk;
-Mail completed registration form with payment, payable to “JCCNV,” to JCCNV, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA 22031;
-Call the J’s front desk at 703.323.0880 and be prepared to give a credit card number to secure your place in the course; or
-Register online.


Fall 2018 ALI Courses


Travel, Treats, and Tempranillo

Sunday, September 16, 4pm–5:15pm
Location: The J
Instructor: Andrea Savitch, Unique Travel Events
Enjoy an afternoon with friends as you indulge in fine wine paired with cheese, as recommended by Maitre Fromager Max McCalman. While you tempt your taste buds, learn about the great destinations connected to these tasty treats and how you can experience them in person. Of course, no day is complete without a sweet, so chocolate tops off a delectable afternoon!
Fee: $18/ $12 member
Code: #9279

Intermediate Bridge

Wednesdays, September 26–November 14 (8 weeks)
Location: The J
Instructor: Yen DeAnda, ACBL accredited, Ruby Life Master
Continue your bridge adventure with dynamic PowerPoint presentations and interactive lessons.

Develop a competitive edge, whether you're playing with friends or competing in tournaments. Take your game to the next level — build a solid foundation for your game and explore new conventions. Fourth Suit Forcing, Splinters, Gambling No Trump and more.
Fee: $135/ $120 member
Code: #9436

Back by Popular Demand! Wise Aging

October 5, 19, November 2, 16, 30, December 14 (6 sessions, every other Friday)
Location: The J
Contact Carla.Rosenfeld@jccnv.org, 703.537.3060
Presenters: Rabbi Ann Folb and Harriette Kinberg
This groundbreaking program is specifically designed to meet the social, emotional, and spiritual needs of Jewish seekers entering their second adulthood! Whether you’ve taken the program last year or if this is your first time, you are sure to gain new insights.

You will be guided through reflective work that enables you to come to new understandings about your life, self, and values. Learning modes include text study, active listening, mindfulness meditation, exercises, reflection, and journaling.

Sessions are primarily based on resources developed by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and the book, Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit. Participants will be expected to purchase the book on their own. You will learn, share experiences, and acquire skills for making changes in your lives that will lead to a deeper sense of well-being. Group limited to 12 participants.
Fee: $100/ $75 member
Code: #9437

Wonder Women of the Bible

Tuesdays, October 9–30, 12:30pm–2pm (4 weeks)
Location: The J
Instructors: Maurice M. Mizrahi, Ph.D., lifelong Judaism scholar and teacher; Rabbi Lia Bass, Congregation Etz Hayim, Arlington; Rabbi Michelle (Mina) Goldsmith, Congregation Beth Emeth, Herndon; Rabbi Amy Schwartzman, Temple Rodef Shalom, Falls Church
Dr. Mizrahi will introduce the subject of women in the bible and the traditional roles they played in biblical times. Rabbis Bass, Goldsmith, and Schwartzman will speak to specific female characters — covering the traits that defined them and their relationships with men. In light of the #MeToo movement, this course will highlight and praise biblical women, from our matriarchs to other wonder women, hopefully empowering us to increasingly value females in society.
Fee: $72/ $48 member
Code: #9438

Wrestling with Faith

Thursdays, October 11-November 8 (6 weeks)
Location: Jewish Student Center at George Mason University
4601 Roberts Rd., Fairfax
Instructor: Rabbi Leibel Fajnland
Most people, even the devout, struggle with beliefs about G-d. It may be easy to affirm the basic tenets of Judaism during a prayer service, but when it comes to trusting G-d with our daily decisions, some of us likely share a deep fear that G-d isn’t really looking out for us. We may have been brought up under the assumption that mainstream science is incompatible with religion, so when we see compelling evidence for biological evolution, for example, we feel forced to choose between science and faith. Wrestling with Faith will tackle the big questions and issues that keep people from an intimate relationship with G-d, confronting unspoken doubts and fears, in order to dip deep for the answers.

Course textbook is included in registration fee.
Fee: $96/ $75 member
No Code. To Register: Please go to www.myjli.com and click “Register” under Wrestling with Faith;, select zip code 22032 and click registration next to the JSC location.

Creative Writing One-Day Workshop

Tuesday, October 16
Location: The J
Instructor: Professor Lisa Leibow, JD, MA
Find your creative writing inspiration! In this two-hour workshop, participants will complete writing exercises using prompts and activities during class. This is a hands-on writing lab, where students will complete writing exercises that emphasize various creative writing techniques such as dialogue, physical description, and sensory details. Ideally, students will leave this course with new scenes or segments of a story, as well as with a wealth of inspiration for their writing in general.

Lisa Leibow earned a Masters in writing with a concentration in fiction from Johns Hopkins University. She has taught writing at Northern Virginia Community College, University of Maryland University College, and at Johns Hopkins University.
Fee: $30/ $25 member
Code: #9439

The Dutch Golden Age: Tulip Mania and the Jews of Amsterdam

Monday, October 22, 10:30am–noon
Location: The J
Instructor: Ralph Nurnberger, Ph.D., nationally recognized foreign policy consultant; retired Georgetown University international relations professor
Amsterdam was the wealthiest city in Europe in the 17th century. After defeating and expelling the Spanish with their Inquisition, Dutch provinces became the world leader in: trade and commerce; banking and finance; art; ship building; printing; science; literature and philosophy. Some citizens looked for ever more unique financial opportunities, including investing in tulip bulbs, which led to the first great capitalist “bubble.” Finally, the tolerant views in Amsterdam enabled religious minorities who had been oppressed elsewhere to come to the city. In particular, Jews from Spain and Portugal moved to Amsterdam where they were able to thrive, enabling Judaism to develop from a “medieval” to a more “modern” religion, with global outreach.
Fee: $24/ $18 member
Code: #9440

Monuments, Museums and Memory in South Africa

Monday, October 29, 10:30am-noon
Location: The J
Instructor: LaNitra M. Berger, Ph. D., Director, Office of Fellowships, Honors College, George Mason University
Monuments and museums are crucial in shaping our collective historical memory. Yet, political and social factors influence the way we view them and understand the past. What is the relationship between monuments, museums, and memory in post-apartheid South Africa? How do the arts help us develop an understanding of South Africa’s complicated past and its contested histories? This program will explore these questions and provide an introduction to South Africa’s vibrant and diverse arts scene. Through a discussion of specific museums, historical sites, and monuments, we will learn about South Africa’s history and how the arts have shaped it. We will focus on recent efforts to strengthen black identity in the arts and public culture through student movements such as #RhodesMustFall, and compare it to movements in the US such as Black Lives Matter and contemporary efforts to remove Confederate statues from public spaces.
Fee: $18/ $12 member
Code: #9441

Jews of the Civil War: Soldiers and Spies

Mondays, November 5, 12 (2 weeks)
Location: The J
Instructors: Les Bergen, M.B.A., retired engineer and federal financial professional; treasurer, Southern Jewish Historical Society; lecturer and guide, Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington; Robert Marcus, co-producer and co-writer of the film “Jewish Soldiers in Blue & Gray”
In the first session, Les Bergen will present a lively talk on key Jewish figures of the Civil War known as spies and pols.

Meet seven Jewish Southerners with Washington connections: a Confederate spy and her pro-union former congressman husband; a career Army officer whose siblings were secessionists, but married into a prominent Philadelphia family; a Jewish VMI cadet who became a knighted sculptor; one of the first female hospital administrators, honored on a U.S. postage stamp; the first two Jewish U.S. Senators, one became a Confederate Senator and the other Secretary of State of the Confederacy.
Fee: $18/ $12 member (special 50% discount for veterans)
Code: #9442

In the second session of this class, November 12, Bob Marcus will introduce his noteworthy film and will answer questions after the screening. This special Veterans Day program is a collaboration with Thursday at the J and Project Welcome Home and is sponsored by the Jewish War Veterans of the USA; FREE AND OPEN TO ALL.
Coffee, tea and a special dessert served!

Tracing Jewish History: The Timeline of TaNaKh
(includes a trip to the Museum of the Bible)

Tuesdays, November 6–20 (3 weeks)
12:30pm–2pm; Nov. 13 field trip departs the J 9:30am; returns 3:30pm
Location: The J
Instructor: John Rybicki, biblical scholar and historian
Explore the history of the bible and its legendary stories. Visit the new Museum of the Bible in downtown Washington, DC with our very own JCCNV “docent” John Rybicki. Participants will experience a visual timeline, examine selected ancient texts and copies of the bible from around the world; watch and engage with a live sofer (Torah scribe), and take part in a special program with Jewish Food Experience Chef Todd Grey of the museum’s Manna restaurant. In addition to a guided tour, participants will have 30+ minutes of free time to explore an exhibit of their choice on their own. (Lunch on own in the restaurant. Donations to the museum are voluntary.)

Class size is limited to 20.
Fee: $74/ $56 member (includes transportation to and from the museum and special exhibit/tour)
Code: #9443

Journey Through Ukraine

Thursday, November 15, 7pm–8:30pm
Location: The J
In partnership with Fairfax Genealogical Society (FxGS)
Instructor: Lara Diamond, President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Maryland
A voyage of discovery through what was Russia, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary — but now all Ukraine. From the farmlands of Volhynia to overgrown cemeteries in Podolia; from rural Carpathian Mountain villages to modern Lviv, Lara will show you what modern-day Ukraine looks like, what is left of Jewish Ukraine, and what she discovered relating to her own family who emigrated from this region.
Fee: $8/ $5 J and FxGS members in advance/ $10 at door
Code: #9444

Book and Author Talk with Jeremy Dauber
Jewish Comedy (A Serious History)

Monday, November 19, noon
Location: The J
Author Jeremy Dauber, will present a rich account of Jewish humor — its nature, development, and vital role throughout history. Laughter welcome! 
Registration information to be posted soon.

Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy

Mondays, November 26–December 17 (4 weeks)
Location: Temple Rodef Shalom, 2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church
Instructors: Sheila Wexler, President, JGSGW and Mary-Jane Roth, VP of Programs, JGSGW
Seasoned genealogists will give a thorough introduction to tracing your family history and provide participants with crucial resources and key tools, including Jewish sources, to enhance beginning endeavors in the field of Jewish geneology. Topics include: research methods; DNA; live and internet sources; ethical and privacy issues. Students will complete homework assignments and share their work in class. Through a variety of exercises, participants will learn how to discover information pertaining to their roots, enrich their personal family history and share these stories (should they feel comfortable) via family trees, blogs, reunions, and other means.

Class size limited to 20 students. Prerequisite: Basic computer skills; ability to access the internet. A resource book, "Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy” will be for sale for those interested: $15/ $12 JGSGW members .
Fee: $72/ $48 member*
Code: #9445
*Temple Rodef Shalom members, please enter promo code TRSMEM5 on the cart payment screen for online registration.
Click here to register.


Perspectives on the Recent Rise in Anti-Semitism

Tuesdays, November 27–December 11 (3 weeks)
Location: The J
Instructors: TBA
Anti-Semitism is frequently on the minds of most American Jews. In today’s complex world, anti-Semitism comes in many forms. This class will explore the roots of anti-Semitism and how it is playing out internationally, nationally and locally. Join experts from the Jewish Community Relations Council and its Israel Action Center, the Anti-Defamation League, and law enforcement to discuss the current situation including the resurgence of White Supremacism, the growing BDS movement, hate crimes targeting Jewish institutions, and how they are combatted on all levels.
Fee: $54/ $36 member
Code: #9446


Language Classes


Hebrew Lessons

Private and semi-private lessons in conversational Hebrew are available at all levels. Contact Carla.Rosenfeld@jccnv.org, or 703.537.3060.
Private Lessons: $50/hour
Semi-Private: $40/hour (per student)
Code: #800
Beginner Hebrew classes are offered when there is a minimum of four students. Contact Carla if interested.


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 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, September 5–October 31 (8 weeks)
(no class Sept. 19)
Location: The J
Fee: $145/ $110 member
Code: #9449

Session II
Wednesdays, November 7–December 12 (6 weeks)
Location: The J
Fee: $110/ $85 member
Code: #9450

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, September 5–October 31 (8 weeks)
(no class Sept. 19)
Location: The J
Fee: $96/ $72 member
Code: #9451

Session II
Wednesdays, November 7–December 12 (6 weeks)
Location: The J
Fee: $72/ $54 member
Code: #9452


Level II Yiddish

Session I
Mondays, September 17-November 19 (8 weeks)
(no class Sept. 24 and Oct. 1)
Location: The J
Instructor: Norman Buder
Join this class if you have some knowledge of Yiddish and would like to continue to learn to speak and read the language.
Fee: $80/ $70 member
Code: #9453

Session II
Mondays, December 3–February 4 (8 weeks)
(no class Dec. 24, 31)
Location: The J
Instructor: Norman Buder
Join this class if you have some knowledge of Yiddish and would like to continue to learn to speak and read the language.
Fee: $80/ $70 member
Code: #9454


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