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Expressions of the Holocaust
Wednesday, January 27 at 6 PM
The way we measure the laws of morality and justice is greatly influenced by the memory of the Holocaust: the lessons we learned from those years and the people who survived it.  As we reflect on 2020, which was full of complexities and challenges, and look ahead to 2021, what can we learn from the terrible period of the Holocaust about our lives today? On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, join us for a conversation about the past, present, and future, through the lens of Holocaust remembrance. Click here to register.
 
A 3G Perspective: Preserving the Memory of Auschwitz Survivors
Wednesday, January 27 at 8 PM
Join us on International Holocaust Remembrance Day to hear from the descendants of the Auschwitz camps in a panel discussion hosted by 3G Community leaders across the US and Israel. Click here to register.
 
Jewish Disability Advocacy Month (JDAM)
Kickoff event: Our Time, Our Fight
Wednesday, February 3
Join us to hear from thought leaders and experts about the current state of disability rights, and what can be done to promote the best inclusion and supportive care practices. Learn new advocacy strategies and take action to put the needs and rights of people with disabilities squarely on the policy agenda of the Biden administration and the 117th Congress. Click here for more information
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ALIVE! Food Distributions

ALIVE! food distributions are open to all, and we especially hope to reach Alexandrians in need this winter.
 
Emergency Pop-Ups
  • Friday, January 15 from 3:00-4:30 pm at Juvenile Detention Center (200 S. Whiting Street) parking lot.
  • Tuesday, January 19 from 3:00-4:30 pm at Charles Houston Rec Center (901 Wythe Street) parking lot.
Truck-to-Trunk
Saturday, January 30 from 8:30-10:30 am the parking lot of Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave) and the parking lot of Northern Virginia Community College (lot B-1 via Dawes Ave).
 
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ACT for Alexandria invites you to join us for a special training: The Roots - Unpacking Race & Racism in Everyday Terms. This session is presented by the Equity Through Action and sponsored by Dyson Capital so there is no cost to attend.  
 
In this virtual webinar, participants will be introduced to the historical, cultural and operational analysis of racism. This session will examine how individuals are socialized in racialized environments and how identity influences responses to benefits and consequences of racial-cultural social systems. Participants will be provided with a review of key racial equity grounding terms to aid in their understanding.  
 
Topic Overview will include:  
  • A (condensed) History of the Native people of the United States
  • The Construction of Race
  • The History of Slavery & Reconstruction
  • Legal Segregation
  • 1964 - Present Civil Rights
  • Grounding Definitions & Everyday Terms
  • Racial Equity Habit Building Blocks Activity
 
This workshop will be presented on two dates - Friday, December 18 from 10am - 1pm and Monday, January 25 from 10am - 1pm. Please select the date you would like to attend. A link to the Zoom webinar will be shared prior to the event.  
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Senior Services of Alexandria Announces SSA’s January 22 Virtual “Caregiver Support” Program with Insight Memory Care
 
Save the Date for January 22 at 10 am for SSA's Annual Caregiver Support program. Every January SSA hosts its Caregiver Support Workshop, inviting community leaders to share information about resources and programs designed to help those who are serving as caregivers, as well as for their loved ones who are living with memory impairment. We are excited to p Imageartner with Insight Memory Care, a local nonprofit adult day health and resource center providing specialized care, support and education for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments. They will be leading a virtual workshop on “Caregiving at a Glance – Tips, Hints, and Aha Moments” on Friday, January 22 at 10:00 am. If you are interested in attending, please register online at caregiving or call 703-836-4414, ext. 110. 
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Systemic Racism in Health and Housing
Sunday, January 31, 4 pm-6 pm

Presented by Interfaith Communities for Dialogue (ICD)
Pozez JCC community partner, ICD, will hold the third workshop of its 4-part series: Systemic Racism in Health and Housing. You will receive a link to the Zoom meeting when you REGISTER . Also hold the date for the final workshop: March 7, 2021: Building Bridges to Racial Equity. For questions or more information: interfaithcd@gmail.com
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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the OAR Undoing Racism workshops previously scheduled to be held at Beth El are now virtual programs. (OAR was originally known as the Offender Aid and Restoration program.)

OAR is launching three-month virtual cohorts focused on racial justice. The  next cohorts will be from
January 2021 – March 2021 and April 2021 – June 2021. Cohorts will be separated between BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and White People. In order to participate in these virtual cohorts, you must have a working computer/laptop device with a video camera. If you are interested in participating in one of these cohorts, please fill out the application on the OAR web site. Detailed information about the cohorts also is available on this web site.

Space is limited to 20 people per cohort. If you would like more information, please visit the OAR web site or email racialjustice@oaronline.org.
 
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VIRTUAL WALKING TOUR OF HISTORICAL JEWISH DC

with the Capital Jewish Museum
Thursday, January 21, 2021
7:30 - 8:30 PM EST
Join us on a virtual walking tour! Log on to explore the story of one Jewish neighborhood in Washington, DC, and watch the neighborhood change with time as we move from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement to our current day. This virtual tour will lead you into the historic heart of Jewish life, visiting four former synagogues in the 7th Street neighborhood which was once a hub of Jewish commercial and religious life in the nation’s capital. We’ll examine cross-cultural connections and learn about how many communities lived together in one neighborhood that was always changing. Our tour will end with a sneak peek of the Capital Jewish Museum, which will open to the public in 2022!
 
IS THERE A JEWISH CONTINUTITY CRISIS? 
with Dr. Michal Raucher,
Undergraduate Director and Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University
Monday, January 25, 2021
7:30 - 9 PM EST
Jews express a great deal of concern about demographics. Some say this concern came out of modern, political Zionism, others suggest it is a post-Holocaust phenomenon. The demographic concerns get louder and quieter at different points in time. Join us to explore the contours of this concern over Jewish demographics; we’ll look closely at Jewish reproductive rates, and we’ll have a chance to problematize the discourse. The language of crisis makes it seem like all of our energy, funds, etc. should be directed towards solving the crisis, but in many ways, our tradition, our laws, our cultural norms challenge the idea of "crisis" when it comes to demographics.
 
Register or get more information at https://www.habermaninstitute.org/
 
JOINT WITH BETH EL! HOLD THE DATE!
Jesus and Judaism: Why the Connection Matters with Dr. Amy-Jill Levine at 7:30 pm on February 17.
 
Other Hold the Dates
February 3 and 10 | 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
with David Epstein
 
February 24| 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
 
March 2| 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
with Dr. Deborah Waxman
 
March 14| 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
with Marc Zvi Brettler
 
April 7| 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
with Esther Foer
 
May 19 | 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
with Joel Scheraga
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Join a virtual roundtable discussion with MK Merav Michaeli, Member of Knesset, and Rabbi Ofek Meir, Headmaster & CEO of the Leo Baeck Education Center, who will discuss the challenges we face today and the opportunities for a better, more democratic future in Israel. The event will be broadcast on Arzenu Facebook page and You Tube Channel on Thursday, January 28, at 12pm ET / 5pm UK / 7pm IS.
 
Join the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) to celebrate Debbie Friedman Z'L with an evening of song and memory and commemorate her legacy on the occasion of her 10th Yahrzeit. On Thursday, January 28, at 8PM ET on Zoom. Click here to learn more and register. 
Fri, January 15 2021 2 Sh'vat 5781