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ALIVE! Truck-to-Trunk Food Distribution
 Saturday, June 26
ALIVE! will distribute emergency groceries at two drive-through sites on Saturday, June 26 from 8:30 am – 10:30 am at the parking lots of Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave) and Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus (lot B-1 via Dawes Ave). This food distribution is for City of Alexandria residents.
Drive-through encouraged whenever possible for contactless distribution. You do not need to get out of your vehicle. 
Walk-up service is reserved for those without personal vehicles. If you have a car, please go to the drive-through line. Do not park on neighboring streets to access the walk-up lines. Bring a cart or reusable bags to carry groceries home.
Follow current CDC guidelines. Do not come if you feel sick.

For more information on this event, please contact Ann Patterson

ALIVE! House Sidewalk Sale
Saturday, June 19 from 10 AM – 3 PM on S. Payne Street (between Commerce Street & Prince Street) *rain date Sunday, June 20
Proceeds benefit ALIVE! House and Friends of Guest House transitional shelters.


Shlichut: Soundtrack of My Life - Israel Through Music with Shy
Wednesdays, June 2,  9, 16, 23
7 pm - midnight
Songs tell stories. Each session we will talk about one song that tells my Israeli story, and the story of Israel.

J TALKS: Frank Sinatra – “I Did It My Way”

Monday, June 28 l 3:00 PM I $10

Guest: Award-winning Author, James Kaplan
The story of Frank Sinatra’s rise and self-invention and the story of his fall and remarkable comeback is fascinating and compelling! Author of “Frank: The Voice” and “Sinatra: The Chairman”, both New York Times Bestsellers, James Kaplan tells the true story of an American icon, affectionately known as ‘Ol’ Blue Eyes.’


June 14 to July 19, 2021 | 6 Sessions
Mondays, 7:00pm to 8:30pm (US & Can EST)
Makeup Date: July 21 

Price: $189 Regular / $169 Theater J Subscriber and/or Angel Donor
Registration closes Noon, June 10

How does a play transform when it is adapted into a film? What are the similarities and differences between the work of a theater and film director? Is it still the same piece of art across two different media? In this illuminating class team-taught by the leaders of the EDCJCC’s Theater and Film programs, you’ll gain fresh insights into narrative, perspective, and art-making. Join Theater J’s Adam Immerwahr and JxJ’s Ilya Tovbis in comparing scripts to screenplays and productions to cinema as we dive into the connection between these two forms of storytelling. This is a discussion-based, participatory course.
Please note: Script purchases and film rentals will be required.

BEYOND THE SCRIPT: Masterpieces of the Jewish Theater

June 24 to July 22, 2021 | 5 Sessions
Thursdays, 5:30pm to 7:00pm (US & Can EST)
Makeup Date: August 5 

Price: $169 Regular / $149 Theater J Subscriber and/or Angel Donor
Registration closes Noon, June 17

Join Theater J’s artistic director for the book club-like class that started it all. Using the dramatic theories of Aristotle as a guide, we’ll study plot, character, and dramatic tension in the theater as we enjoy five intriguing and challenging Jewish masterpieces of the theater. Come prepared to roll up your sleeves and unpack these texts in a lively group setting. Adam’s Beyond the Script classes have been a highlight of Theater J’s Classes for Theater Lovers for many years—don’t miss out on this chance to learn how a theater professional breaks down and studies a play.
Please note: Script purchases are required. This course will feature different scripts than previous “Beyond the Script” courses.


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Reconsidering Pride
Thursday, June 24, Noon-1pm
This training will provide foundational information about the history of Pride and how to be inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community by addressing homophobia, transphobia, and heteronormativity. This training will apply an intersectional lens to Pride, as well as share how to incorporate critical components of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion within our congregations and communities.


The Recent Conflict in Israel and Gaza in the Context of International Law
Monday, June 21, 1-2 pm
American Jewish Committee (AJC), The American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, Tzedek DC, The Next Gen Lawyers Division and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Lawyers Division invite you to the next session in our virtual (Zoom) brown bag lunch speakers’ series:
Tuesday, June 22 at 1:30 pm ET
Are American Jews white? The question, answered differently by different generations of American Jews, gets at the heart of American Jewish identity. Have Jews remained separate and distinct from the rest of middle-class America or have they assimilated so much that they have become white? Come explore the contentious history and sociology of Jews and racial definition. Journey back through history and discover some (surprising) insights into the debate over Jewish whiteness. 
Daniel Silva, Author of The Cellist,
in Conversation with Dana Bash
Monday, July 12 at 8pm EDT

This is a book bundle – a book purchase ($36 includes tax and shipping) is required to access the stream.
Daniel Silva follows up his acclaimed #1 New York Times bestsellers The Order, The New Girl, and The Other Woman with this riveting, action-packed tale of espionage and suspense featuring art restorer and spy Gabriel Allon. The fatal poisoning of a Russian billionaire sends Gabriel Allon on a dangerous journey across Europe and into the orbit of a musical virtuoso who may hold the key to the truth about his friend’s death. The plot Allon uncovers leads to secret channels of money and influence that go to the very heart of Western democracy and threaten the stability of the global order. 


July 11 to August 15, 2021 | 5 Sessions (No Class July 25)
Sundays, 1:00pm to 2:30pm (US & Can EST)
Makeup Date: August 22 

Price: $169 Regular / $149 Theater J Subscriber and/or Angel Donor
Registration closes Noon, July 5

Learn to look beyond the script in this one-of-a-kind class with noted Israeli playwright, teacher, and performer. Dive into some of the classics of Israeli writing in this discussion-focused, book-club style class. Discover what these new plays tell us about Israeli society, identity, theater, and politics as we explore fascinating pieces of literature. We will investigate five complicated, challenging plays by five different masters of the art form.
Please note: Script purchases are required. This course will feature different scripts than previous “Beyond the Script” courses.


July 13 to August 3, 2021 | 4 Sessions
Tuesdays, 6:30pm to 8:00pm (US & Can ET)
Makeup Date: August 10 

Price: $149 Regular / $129 Theater J Subscriber and/or Angel Donor
Registration closes Noon, July 6

From Stephen Sondheim to Lin-Manuel Miranda, American musical theater songwriters craft music, lyrics, and story into artistic masterpieces. Study with acclaimed DC actress and song interpreter Felicia Curry (Helen Hayes Award winner and nine-time Helen Hayes nominee) as we analyze the structure, form, and artistry of a set of superb musical theater songs. You’ll learn new ways to understand lyrics, how the words pair with music, and how a song relates to character, plot, and themes. Join Felicia to open a whole new musical world of understanding and appreciation!
Please note: Students will be required to purchase and download some songs via streaming platforms. No prior music experience required. 
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How to Use the JewishGen Discussion Group Effectively  
Sunday, July 11   1:30 pm
Members Only Free Progam
In this talk Phil Goldfarb will help us understand how to use the on-line JewishGen Discussion Group. He will talk about what the group is about and how it can help you. He will also discuss the advantages of the new platform, the rules and guidelines for the group, how to join, settings for group message delivery, and other areas, as well as how to post your message, find archived messages, use hashtags, reply to messages, and other important tools. He will also tell us about some success stories from the discussion group and where to go to get help.
This one-hour program, conducted over Zoom, is a members-only event. It is one of the many activities that is a benefit of JGSGW membership. Instructions for joining the online meeting will be placed under Meeting Notes and Handouts in the Members Only Files. (These files become visible on this website after members sign in.) 
Summer Book Club: Antiquities by Cynthia Ozick
Tuesday, July 13, 11:00 am
Lloyd Wilkinson Petrie, one of the seven elderly trustees of the now-defunct (for thirty-four years) Temple Academy for Boys, is preparing a memoir of his days at the school, intertwined with the troubling distractions of present events. As he navigates, with faltering recall, between the subtle anti-Semitism that pervaded the school’s ethos and his fascination with his own family’s heritage–in particular, his illustrious cousin, the renowned archaeologist Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie–he reconstructs the passions of a childhood encounter with the oddly named Ben-Zion Elefantin, a mystifying older pupil who claims descent from Egypt’s Elephantine Island. From this seed emerges one of Cynthia Ozick’s most wondrous tales, touched by unsettling irony and the elusive flavor of a Kafka parable, and weaving, in her own distinctive voice, myth, and mania, history and illusion.
Strangers in a Strange Land: Jews and Refugees, Past and Present
At the Seder each year, Jews around the world fulfill the commandment to see themselves "as if you yourselves came out of Egypt." And in a post-Holocaust world, Jews everywhere have been inclined to identify with refugees of all nations and religions and with "the stranger in our midst." But what happens when refugee policy becomes a matter of hot political debate right here and now? How are Jewish communities here and in Israel dealing with the rise in refugee issues, and what is our position as Jews? 
Amy E. Schwartz traveled to Germany to report on that country's social and political struggles after a decision to accept 1.3 million refugees from the Syrian civil war and the Afghan war, among other global crises--a decision that inspired and galvanized the country's volunteer sector but also fueled the rise of right-wing backlash.  As Moment Magazine’s Book and Opinion editor, she has overseen coverage of Israel's own internal struggle over how to manage 40,000 migrants from Eritrea as well as the debate in the American Jewish community over whether to welcome Syrian refugees. 
Freedom to Vote Training: How to Mobilize Your Community for Actions


Join the final training in our Freedom to Vote series to learn how to turn out your community for key social justice actions in this campaign and in your other social justice work. The preceding Freedom to Vote trainings focused on current voting rights issues and how we, as a Reform Movement, will engage our Senators through lobby meetings. Now we need to ensure our communities show up to demonstrate the breadth of our base and advocate for our values! We are most impactful when we act together, which demonstrates our collective power. This training will share effective strategies to ensure members of your community turn out for upcoming actions.

This event is part of the Reform Movement's Racial Justice Campaign

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Community Training Series


This series will teach you how to create a DEI working group focused on utilizing the Congregational Assessment Tool, so that you can identify both short and long term goals and establish action plans towards creating an inclusive community for individuals and families from a wide range of backgrounds. 
We are excited to offer a four-session training series for those interested in starting (or continuing) the essential work of incorporating DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) practices and principles into your community. We will cover online/physical spaces, youth and adult programming, religious school, High Holiday planning, membership outreach, and more. 
Please note that session one, DEI 101, is a standalone workshop open to anyone and everyone, which you can select in the registration.
This event is part of the Reform Movement's Racial Justice Campaign

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John Lewis in Virtual Concert

Friday, July 2 8-9 pm
Friday July 23, 8-9 pm

John G. Lewis plays a live virtual concert at 8pm on Facebook at

John G. Lewis is a singer and guitarist with a silky voice and with amazing fluency on guitar. He has developed a hybrid guitar/bass sound and playing technique that produces a lush full sound to accompany his soulful tenor vocals. A linguist by training and a musician by choice, John sings in English, French, and Portuguese and performs an eclectic repertoire of Jazz, Classic R&B, and Pop Classics that he refers to as a "Neo-Lounge mix". His music is an elegant sound track for wine, romance, and passion. He performs as a soloist and with his duo and trio.
Summer Book Club: At the End of the World, Turn Left by Zhanna Slor
Tuesday, August 3, 11:00 am
Zhanna Slor’s debut novel, a unique literary mystery set in Milwaukee’s eclectic Riverwest neighborhood during the 2008 recession, weaves together the tale of two immigrant sisters with very different ideas of home. Masha remembers her childhood in the former USSR but found her life and heart in Israel’s Orthodox community. Anna, a young artist and student, was only an infant when her family left but still yearns to find her roots. When Anna is contacted by a stranger from their hometown and then disappears, Masha is called back to Wisconsin to find her, and this search changes the family forever.


James Bazen Trio in Virtual Concert

Saturday, August 7, 6-7 pm

James Bazen Trio plays a live virtual concert at 6pm on Facebook at

James Bazen has been active in the Baltimore/Washington music scene since 1985. During that time in addition to his own projects (The James Bazen Big Band, The James Bazen Project, Transcendental Light Orchestra) he has played with many bands and musicians including The Go-go Symphony, The Beat Hotel, The Crimestoppers and Cathy Ponton King.

The James Bazen Trio (typically including guitarist extraordinaire Peter Fields and Scott Giambusso the area’s best bassists) has performed at various clubs and restaurants including Laporta’s in Alexandria where they’ve had a steady gig for 9 years. The trio plays a wide variety of jazz, pop and Latin music.

Peter Fields and Fred Lieder in Virtual Concert

Thursday, August 19, 7-8 pm

Peter Fields has captivated audiences in the U.S. and Europe with his mastery of diverse musical styles and unique approach to guitar techniques. In addition to his sophisticated original compositions, his repertoire ranges from classical guitar, Jazz, and Latin music masterpieces, to extraordinary arrangements of R & B classics, and interpretations of ethnic music from various parts of the world. He can be heard on numerous recording projects on Polygram and various independent labels, and on television programs for Fox, National Geographic, Discovery Channels and others. His performances as finalist in the American Fingerstyle Guitar Festival and the National Guitar Championships and the winning of first prize in the Mid - Atlantic song contest established his position as a fresh, new voice in the world of virtuoso guitar music. He has composed scores for film and received commissions from choreographers to create original music for the ballet and modern dance. Most recently he collaborated with the noted Pakistani choreographer Tehreema Mitha on a cross-cultural project for her dance company. He has performed on the Washington Chamber Symphony recitalist series, released an album of his compositions entitled Solo Guitar Music, which was selected as best acoustic album of the year by Northern Virginia Rhythm, and been nominated as Best Jazz Instrumentalist by the Washington Area Music Association. Peter currently holds a residency at Culture House DC – where he maintains his studio and hosts a monthly Showcase for emerging talent in the community. Fields is joined by cellist Fred Lieder in this virtual concert.


Violins of Hope
in Richmond, VA
Aug. 4- Oct. 24

Exhibits - Concerts - Conversations
Violins of HOpe is a collection of violins that survived the HOlocaust. Violins from the collections will be on exhibit at three locations in Richmon; they will be played in concert; and their stories will be shared in lectgirs and varions educational programs.  Members of the Richmond Symphony will play select violins in the Featured Concert at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Sept. 9.

Find out more here. 

Fri, June 18 2021 8 Tammuz 5781