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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: 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.

Courses:

Intermediate Bridge

Session II
Wednesdays, March 27–May 22
(8 weeks; no class May 15)
3:15pm–5:15pm
Location: The J
Instructor: Yen DeAnda, ACBL accredited, Ruby Life Master
Continue your bridge adventure with dynamic slide presentations and interactive lessons.
Fee: $135/ $120 member
Code: #9571

 

Beginning Bridge Lessons

Thursdays, February 7-March 28 (8 weeks)
3:15-5:15pm
Location: The J
Contact Shari.Berman@jccnv.org or 703.537.3068
Instructor: Yen DeAnda, ACBL accredited, Ruby Life Master
Learn to play bridge with friends or to compete in local tournaments with dynamic PowerPoint presentations and interactive lessons. In eight 2-hour sessions, students will learn the basics of the game of bridge starting with party/social bridge, eventually moving on to duplicate bridge. This class is truly for beginners who have never played bridge.
Fee:     $180/ $160 member
Code:  # 9749
Click here for the registration form.

 

Life’s Blueprint: The Science and Art of Embryo Creation

Monday, March 18, noon–2pm
Location:  The J
Presented by Professor Ben-Zion Shilo, Ph.D, the Hilda and Cecil Professorial Chair of Molecular Genetics, Weizmann Institute of Science
Professor Shilo’s seminal work with developing embryos is not only scientifically significant, it is also beautiful! His groundbreaking work investigating how signaling enzymes inside cells operate during development, and what goes wrong when their communication system breaks down, provides hope for cancer prevention. In addition, his amazing photographs of cell division highlight the beauty of biology.
Fee: Free! A kosher lunch will be served courtesy of the ACWIS! Register by March 13.

For more information or to register, contact Shari.Berman@jccnv.org, or 703.537.3068.

Co-sponsored by the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science, DC and Mid-Atlantic Region

 

Celebrated Civil War Women

Mondays, April 1, May 6, June 3 (4 sessions, the first Monday of the month)
10:30am–noon
Location: The J
Field trip to Ben Lomond Historical Site in Manassas, VA on June 3 departs the J at 10:00am and returns at 2:30pm
Instructor: Mary Lipsey, Burke Historical Society
Mary Lipsey will give a series of interesting talks about both renowned and obscure women who played significant roles during the Civil War. From “underground” women who escaped detection as spies and soldiers to leading first ladies and “second” ladies to the famous nurse Clara Barton. Ms. Lipsey will enthrall you with unusual accounts and little known anecdotes of these brave individuals. The course will conclude with a half-day field trip to a nearby, yet little known Civil War destination, the Ben Lomond Historic Site, whose grounds include a famous home/ former Confederate hospital, its outbuildings, and lovely rose garden.
Fee: $80/ $60 members (includes bus transportation, museum admission, and hearty snack)
Code: #9577

 

Cancelled: Grace Paley: The Short Story and the Even Shorter Story

Mondays, March 11–April 1 (4 weeks)
Noon–1:30pm
Location: Temple Rodef Shalom, 2100 Westmoreland St., Falls Church
Instructors: Kay Menchel and Cam Menchel, literary scholars
In this class, we’ll read a selection from Grace Paley’s collected stories. Paley (1922–2007) was a master of the form. Each session we’ll discuss one or two of her very short stories (which might run only two or three pages), as well as one that’s slightly longer. Paley’s narrative exuberance, incisiveness, and verbal charm will give us an opportunity to discuss form, metaphor, the role of big ideas in fiction, and postwar American life — of which Paley is an inimitable and hilarious chronicler.
Week 1: "Goodbye and Good Luck" and "This is a Story about My Friend George, the Toy Inventor"
Week 2: "An Irrevocable Diameter" and "Wants"
Week 3: "Faith in a Tree" and "Debts"
Week 4: "A Conversation with My Father" and "Mother"
Participants must purchase the book: Grace Paley: The Collected Stories published by FSG Classics 1994 ISBN 9 780374 530280
Fee: $72/ $48 members
Code: #9579
PROMO CODE FOR TRS MEMBERS: TRSMEM6
*Temple Rodef Shalom members, please enter promo code on the cart payment screen for online registration.

 

Jewish Songwriters Who Shaped American Music

Tuesdays, March 12–April 2 (4 weeks)
12:30pm–2pm
Location: The J
Instructors: Natalie Neviasky, founder SeniorRec; Kay Menchel and Cam Menchel, literary scholars; Ted Benjamin, CBE HAZAK Coordinator; Roberta Comack-Katleman, entertainer and musical instructor
For decades Jewish lyricists, along with composers, have entertained millions of people and have changed the face of American music. From favorite holiday melodies and catchy Broadway show tunes to classic popular songs and even familiar commercial jingles, these songwriters have left a lasting impression on the music industry. This course will bring five of America’s favorite lyricists to life through diverse and inspiring presentations. Learn things you didn’t know about Irving Berlin, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, and Barry Manilow, and hear their memorable songs. Can you name that tune?
Fee: $80/ $60 member
Code: #9578 

 

Nineteenth Century American Travelers and Explorers

Monday, April 29, 1:30pm–3pm
Location: The J
Instructor: Stuart Endick, retired attorney and antiquarian book collector
Rare book enthusiast Stuart Endick returns to ALI to discuss another fascinating aspect of antiquarian book collecting: Nineteenth Century travel books. Among the topics covered are how literary celebrities of the day such as William Cullen Bryant, Edward Everett Hale, and Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. financed their extensive travels through published accounts of their jaunts, as well as forgotten works of Nathaniel Hawthorne and the exotic traveler Bayard Taylor. Stuart will also show examples of the thrilling travel adventures written for teenagers of the era and will discuss how Eretz Israel ('the Holy Land") and Jewish communities were described in travel literature.
Fee: $18/ $12 member
Code: #9520 

 

Elie Wiesel: Man, Mensch, and Mentor

Tuesdays, April 30–May 14 (3 weeks)
12:30pm–2pm
Location: The J
Instructors: Nadine Epstein, journalist, author, and editor-in-chief/CEO, Moment Magazine; Cantor Hinda Eisen Labovitz, Ohr Kodesh Congregation, Chevy Chase, MD; and Cayo Gamber, associate professor, University Writing Program and Holocaust Studies, The George Washington University, Washington, DC
Over multiple sessions, adult learners will be given an authentic portrait of Elie Wiesel, the man, the mensch, and the mentor. Remembered for being a Holocaust survivor, renowned writer, educator, and activist, as well as Nobel Laureate, Mr. Wiesel built intimate relationships with many fortunate people who were able to spend significant time with him. In this course, you will hear from an undergraduate student of his at Boston University, a mentee and colleague at Moment Magazine, and a professor of literature and writing who has studied and taught about Mr. Wiesel’s works. Each presenter will speak from his/her unique perspective, giving personal anecdotes and lessons learned from this extraordinary man and his literature.

Jewish Book Council author Nadine Epstein will share her memories of Wiesel and those of 30+ people she interviewed for her book, Elie Wiesel, An Extraordinary Life and Legacy. A book signing will take place after the session on April 30.
Fee: $54/ $36 members
Code: #9580
 


Language Classes

Hebrew

Lessons

Private and semi-private lessons in conversational Hebrew are available at all levels. Contact Shari.Berman@jccnv.org, or 703.537.3068.

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

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

 

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

Mondays, March 25–May 22 (8 weeks; no class Apr. 8)
12:30pm–2pm
Location: The J
Instructor: Dr. Michael Gorman
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.
Fee: $135/ $120 member
Code: #9905

 

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. Students will continue to develop their skills and also review previous material. There are no tests, homework, or grades.

Session II
Wednesdays, February 27–April 17 (8 weeks)
12:30pm–2pm
Location: The J
Fee: $145/ $110 member
Code: #9582

Session III
Wednesdays, May 1–June 19 (8 weeks)
12:30pm–2pm
Location: The J
Fee: $145/ $110 member
Code: # 9583

 

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. Students will continue to develop their skills and also review previous material. There are no tests, homework, or grades.

Session II
Wednesdays, February 27–April 17 (8 weeks)
2:30pm–3:30pm
Location: The J
Fee: $96/ $72 member
Code: #9585

Session III
Wednesdays, May 1–June 19 (8 weeks)
2:30pm–3:30pm
Location: The J
Fee: $96/ $72 member
Code: #9586

 

Yiddish 

Level II

Session I
Mondays, February 25–April 22 (8 weeks, no class April 8)
2pm–4pm
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: #9587


Session II
Mondays, April 29–July 1 (8 weeks; no class May 27, June 10)
2pm–4pm
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: #9588 

 

Adults

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Adult Learning Institute, Trips, Programs

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