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11th Annual Spring2ACTion Day, April 28
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SILKWORMS AND BOOKWORMS: JEWISH-CHRISTIAN RELATIONS AND HEBREW BOOKS IN ITALY 

TRANSCENDENT MELODIES: EXPLORING THE MUSIC AND CULTURAL CONTEXT OF ISHAY RIBO
Tuesday, April 20 at 6:00 pm ET
Through his creative weaving together of Jewish liturgy, Biblical verses, and reflections on religious life, contemporary Israeli musician Ishay Ribo has been embraced by Jews around the world. Delve into his songs to uncover their levels of meaning, and appreciate how this deeply religious music has transcended cultural divisions among Jews, both within Israel and abroad. 
 
REFLECTIONS ON THE SIGNIFICANCE OF HOLOCAUST MEMORY IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Thursday, April 15 at 3:00 pm ET
The Holocaust happened in another century and on another continent. Seventy-six years later, we live in a vastly different, rapidly changing world. Sara J. Bloomfield will speak about why the history and lessons of the Holocaust are not only timeless but timely, as we honor her with HUC’s highest humanitarian award, the Roger E. Joseph Prize. 
 
THE WORLD OF THE CAIRO GENIZAH: THE JEWS OF MEDIEVAL ISLAM
Tuesday, April 27 at 6:00 pm ET 
For centuries, Jews in medieval Cairo deposited their used writings in their genizah, a storage chamber for sacred books that are no longer useable. Egypt’s dry climate ensured that over 200,000 manuscripts did not disintegrate. During the 19th century, the Cairo Genizah came to the attention of western scholars, and its discovery has revolutionized our understanding of medieval Jewish history.
 
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What Antiracism Requires 
Thursday, April 29 at 1 PM
The JCRC of Greater Washington, American Jewish Committee (AJC), The American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, NextGen Lawyers Division, Tzedek DC, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Lawyers Division invite you to the next session of our virtual brown bag lunch speakers' series; What Antiracism Requires, featuring Dietra Reiser, Founder of Transform for Equity. Click here to register.
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Here come the yoms!
 
Yom HaAtzmaut: Moments of Pride Through Israeli Innovation
Wednesday, April 14, at 8.p.m (EDT).
 
 
Save the date! WUPJ Connections: Facing Our Jewish Future Together, 19 - 22 May
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JTS Evening of Learning: Racial Justice and Jewish Values
May 2 | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Confronting Climate Change: A Jewish Perspective on Community Responsibilities
with Joel Scheraga
May 19 | 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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JEWS OF COLOR 
Tuesday, May 11 at 6:00pm
When the Torah first calls us a People, coming out of Egypt, we are described as an erev rav, a “mixed multitude.” It’s time to refute the definition of Jews as a race – which has been used to justify antisemitism, violence, and even genocide – and adopt a definition of covenant as the foundation of Jewish peoplehood, one that embraces Jews of color and celebrates diversity and inclusion.
 
INTERSECTIONAL JEWISH IDENTITIES
Thursday, May 13 at 3:00 pm ET
We often speak of American Jews in ways that elide their differences or that assume they are all Ashkenazi or white. But American Jews are characterized by vibrant ethnic and racial diversity that must be understood by those of us working to build inclusive Jewish communities. Through her sociological scholarship on Sephardic Jews in America and her own identity as a Latina immigrant, Dr. Bitton will help us consider what is required to nourish a Jewish American diversity project that is complex, rich, and compelling.
 
EVERY BOOK HAS A STORY: THE STORY OF ALPHA BETAH OF BEN SIRA 
Thursday, May 20 at 1:00 pm ET
More than 500 years ago, a contentious and unsettling book representative of what today we would call Pulp Fiction was published. Entitled Alpha Betah of Ben Sira, it was printed for the first time in Constantinople in 1519, became very popular, and was reprinted many times in the 16th century.
 
 
PILGRIMS AND PRISONERS: JEWS ON THE HIGH SEAS
Thursday, May 27 at 6:00 pm ET
Braving pirates and mother nature, medieval Jews pursued their business, communal, and religious interests by crossing the known world, at great risk and, at times, even greater reward. Voyage through time on the pilgrimages, explorations, and trade routes that shaped the medieval Jewish experience.
 
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Taste of History
Museums from across the world come together virtually to share a taste of their unique stories! Travel to these places and learn from the comfort of your own home! Topics range from Civil Rights, to Gardens, to Art and More! There is something for everyone. Donations benefit all museums equally and are being processed through the Lombard Historical Society.
Capital Jewish Museum will be hosting a tour May 11 for Jewish American Heritage Month!
 Join us for tours that are 45-minutes long Tuesday evenings at 7:30/6:30c PM
 
Save the date: June 6
We are pleased to announce that the Israeli Dance Festival DC will take place this year! Although it will look different from previous years, our local dancers will still showcase their energy, spirit, and love of Israeli Dance.
 
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NOT THE SAME AS WHITE: LATINX STUDENTS TALK ABOUT JEWISH SCHOOLING 
Thursday, June 10 at 7:00 pm 
Why does race matter? Explore how colorblindness and perceptions of caring inform the way we think about community. Building on the narratives of Latinx students in Jewish schools, these experts take a bold stance on how intersectionality operates and why we should embrace it.
 
JEWS, WHITENESS, POWER AND PRIVILEGE
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. 
 
 
A JEWISH GRAND TOUR: SHOULD 'TRAVEL' BECOME THE JEWISH PRACTICE OF OUR AGE?
Tuesday, June 15 at 1:00 pm ET
Despite having let go of the idea of pilgrimage over two thousand years ago, should traveling to sites of Jewish significance – in Europe and Israel – enter our practice as a way embedding connections across time and space? Are there, or could there be, a 'canon of places'? And by extension, is there is a 'canon of questions' to discuss when we get there? 
 
CHAGALL AND THE BIBLE
Tuesday, June 8 at 3:00 pm ET
Marc Chagall was profoundly inspired by the Bible throughout his career, producing biblical works in a broad array of mediums, including paintings, etchings, sculptures, mosaics, tapestries, stained-glass windows, ceramics, and stage set designs. Discover how memories of his youth in Vitebsk, his 1931 visit to Palestine, the Russian Revolution, the Holocaust, his personal religiosity, and his admiration for the old masters, informed his imagination to create uniquely modern visual interpretations of the core text of the Jewish people. 
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CRYPTO JEWS: THE LONG JOURNEY
Wednesdays, June 2 & June 9

7:30 - 9:00 PM EDT

The crypto-Jewish experience has been shrouded in mystery for a past that might have been and the imagined future that could be. In our first session (June 2), we will explore Spain, the Inquisition, and the Jewish Diaspora. Our second session (June 9), will focus on the traditions and culture of Hidden Jews in Mexico and the American Southwest.

Click here to register for both sessions.
 

Thu, April 15 2021 3 Iyar 5781