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THE JCCNV Adult Learning Institute (ALI)

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


Register Now!

We are pleased to announce our Spring 2019 line-up of classes! 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 offeringcourses at TRS! Everyone is welcome to attend classes at both venues. Please note the location when registering.

Lunch:

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

 

How to Register:

  1. Submit completed registration form and payment to the J’s front desk;
  2. Mail completed registration form with payment, payable to “JCCNV,” to JCCNV, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA 22031;
  3. 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
  4. Register online.

 

Fall 2018 ALI Courses:

Intermediate Bridge

Wednesdays, September 26 - November 14 (8 weeks)
3:15pm - 5:15pm
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

Wise Aging

Every other Friday, November 16, 30, December 14
10:00am - 12:00pm
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
Contact Carla.Rosenfeld@jccnv.org, 703.537.3060

 

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

Tuesdays, November 6 - 20 (3 weeks)
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Field Trip: Nov. 13th field trip departs the JCCNV at 9:30am; returns at 3:30pm
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, D.C. 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, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
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.
Fee:    $8/ $5 JCC 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
Author Jeremy Dauber, will present a rich account of Jewish humor — its nature, development, and vital role throughout history. Laughter welcome! 
Fee: $12/ $8 member
Registration: Click here to purchase tickets

 

Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy

Mondays, November 26 - December 17 (4 weeks) 
11:30am - 1:30pm
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 genealogy.

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. 
Fee: $72/ $48 member*
Code: #9445

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

 PROMO CODE FOR TRS MEMBERS: TRSMEM5
*Temple Rodef Shalom members, please enter promo  code TRSMEM5 on the cart payment screen for online registration

 

Perspectives on the Recent Rise in Anti-Semitism

Tuesdays, November 27 - December 11 (3 weeks)
12:30pm – 2:00pm
Instructors: Darcy Hirsh, Jewish Community Relations Council; Alan Ronkin, American Jewish Committee Washington DC Office; Seth Gordon-Lipkin, Anti- Defamation League Washington DC Region; Cpt. Ryan Morgan, Fairfax County Police Department; Cpt. Ronchez Hancock, VA State Police

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

 

Author Talk with Jenna Blum - The Lost Family

Wednesday, January 9, 10:30am-noon
Location: The J
Instructors: Jenna Blum, acclaimed author and teacher, Grub Street Writing Center, Boston, MA
Jenna Blum, the New York Times and internationally bestselling author ( Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers) will delight us with excerpts from her third novel, a charming, funny, and elegantly bittersweet study of loss and love. The Lost Family chronicles the story of a family's devastating loss in Auschwitz and the renewed hope and challenges of surviving haunting grief in New York City. Jenna has been named one of Oprah's Top 30 Women Writers and brings to light her secondhand knowledge of the Holocaust, from five years of interviews with survivors (for the Steven Spielberg Survivors of the Shoah Foundation). A book signing follows the presentation.
Fee: $18/ $12 member 
Code: #9569

 

Intermediate Bridge

Session I
Wednesdays, January 9 - February 27  (8 weeks)
3:15pm - 5:15pm
Instructor: Yen DeAnda, ACBL accredited, Ruby Life Master
Continue your bridge adventure with dynamic slide 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: #9570

 

Jewish Geography: The Jews of Egypt

Monday, January 14, noon - 1:30pm
(snow date: Tuesday, Jan. 22, same time)
Location: The J
Instructor: Maurice M. Mizrahi, Ph.D., lifelong Judaism scholar and teacher
Dr. Maurice M. Mizrahi will give an informative and fascinating talk on the history of the Jews of Egypt. Dr. Mizrahi was born and raised in Egypt until he was forced out in November 1967, after the Six-Day War, at age eighteen. He will cover the ups and downs of this ancient community, which has thrived and sustained itself since the Exodus, in spite of periodic persecutions. He will also include his own family's rich personal experiences. Dr. Mizrahi will speak about such Egyptian Jewish luminaries as Saadia Gaon, Maimonides, the Arizal and the Radbaz, as well as the splendor of ancient Alexandrian Jewry, that treasure trove of Judaica known as the Cairo Geniza, the Karaites, and of course the many anchievements of this community. Finally, Dr. Mizrahi will address the subject of modern times, which led to the practical extinction of Egyptian Jewry for the first time since biblical days. 
Fee: $18/ $12 member
Code: #9572

 

Beginning Duplicate Bridge

Sundays, January 20 - March 17
(8 weeks; no class Feb. 17)
10am - noon
Location: The J
Instructor: Yen DeAnda, ACBL accredited, Ruby Life Master
Dynamic slide presentations  and interactive lessions will help you learn to play bridge with friends or to compete in local tournaments.
Fee: $135/ $120 member
Code: #9573

 

Can Israel Be Jewish For All Jews?

In collaboration with the Foundation for Jewish Studies
Sunday, February 3, 7:30pm - 9pm

Location: The J
Instructor: Rabbi David Golinkin, scholar, professor and President, The Schecter Institutes, Inc., Jerusalem
As President of The Schechter Institutes, Rabbi Golinkin continues the organization's mission to provide a broad pluralistic dissemination of Jewish studies in Israel and Eastern Europe, boasting the largest Masters in Jewish Studies program in Israel. A simple dessert reception will be provided.
Fee: Free. Donations appreciated!
Code: #9574

 

Welcome to TheaterLand: The Theatrical Scene in Israel Today

In partnership with the J's Cultural Arts Dept.
Tuesday, February 5, noon - 2pm
Location: The J
Instructor: Roy Horovitz, visiting professor, University of Texas - Austin
Israeli theater is the scene of intense activity - impossible to encompass in a single lecture the wealth that exists in theatrical milieu in Israel. Humbly, Horovitz will sketch the evolvement of the Israeli theater in the past 60 years. Learn about the quantitative and geographic scope of the theatrical activity in Israel, its multi-culturalism, e.g. plays in Hebrew, Arabic, English, Russian, and Amharic, the distinctive features of the repertoire it presents. This information will be complimented by live readings and screened examples of outstanding theatrical performances.
Fee: $18/ $12 member
Code: #9575

 

Founding Fathers and Their Homes

Tuesdays, February 12 - March 5 (4 weeks)
12:30pm - 2pm: Field trip to Gunston Hall on March 5
Location: The J
Instructors: Marc Leepson, journalist, historian, and author (Saving Monticello); Susan P. Schoelwer, Ph.D., Robert H. Smith Senior Curator, Mt. Vernon; Gunston Hall staff member
Many of our country's Founding Fathers hale from the Commonwealth of Virginia. This course will look at several of our Founding Fathers, who lived within a 2-hour radius of our current nation's capital, and their famous residences. Marc Leepson will fascinate us with the story of the Levy family's quest to save Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. Susan Schoelwer will talk about Mt. Vernon and her work to restore it to its original plantation estate at the time George Washington lived there. In conjunction with a local field trip to Mason Neck, VA, a staff member of Gunston Hall will give a talk and tour of the home and the little-known Founding Father, George Mason.
Fee: $90/ $66 member (Includes admission to residence and bus transportation)
Code: #9576


Language Classes


Hebrew: 

Hebrew Lessons

Private and semi-private lessons in conversational Hebrew are available at all levels. Contact Carla.Rosenfeld@jccnv.org, or 703.537.3060.

Beginner Hebrew classes are offered when there is a minimum of four students. Contact Carla if interested.

Private Lessons: $50/hour
Semi-Private: $40/hour (per student)
Code: #800

 

Spanish:

Spanish II

Wednesdays, November 7th - December 12th (6 weeks)
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Instructor: Dr. Michael Gorman received his BA, MA, and Ph.D. from American University and continued his studies at the National University of Mexico.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.

Fee: $110/ $85 member
Code: #9450

Spanish III

November 7th - December 12th (6 weeks)
Wednesdays, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Instructor: Dr. Michael Gorman received his BA, MA, and Ph.D. from American University 
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.

Fee: $72/ $54 member
Code: #9452

Yiddish:

 

Level II Yiddish

Session I:

Mondays, September 17th - November 19th (8 weeks)
2:00pm - 4:00pm
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 3rd - February 4th (8 weeks, no class Dec. 24th, 31st)

2:00pm - 4:00pm
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

Adults

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