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A Conversation with Sarah Hurwitz

Sept. 23, 7:00 pm

After a decade as a political speechwriter for leaders like Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama and as the head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama, Sarah Hurwitz decided to apply her skills as a communicator to writing a book about Judaism. Register today for this amazing event.
Hurwitz was the quintessential lapsed Jew - until age 36 when she attended a beginner's class on Judaism. Attending on a whim, she found beautiful rituals, helpful guidance on living an ethical life, and new conceptions of God. She learned none of this in Hebrew school or doing the two synagogue services she grudging attended each year. That class led to a challenging, moving, and ultimately life-transforming journey. 
This event is complimentary to members of the sponsoring sisterhood. All others wishing to attend will be asked for an $18 donation to register. For additional information, please email 

Distinguished Speaker Series: Marvin Kalb on "Assignment Russia"

Date: Sunday, September 19
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Award-winning journalist and author, Marvin Kalb, will speak to us via Zoom about his latest memoir, “Assignment Russia.” Released in April, the book follows his career as a foreign correspondent in Moscow at "the crucible of the Cold War" and at the birth of broadcast news. For those of you who heard Marvin speak at the J on his previous memoir, “I Was Peter the Great,” you know you are in for a treat! As its sequel, “Assignment Russia” gives an eyewitness account of historic events from one of the 'Murrow Boys.' The Pozez JCC is thrilled to have Mr. Kalb return to kick off the year of important speaker briefings! The hardback edition of “Assignment Russia” can be purchased from Scrawl Books, a Northern Virginia independent bookstore, for $24.99 by clicking here:
Fee: $10/household. You must register for this program.
To register, click here:

Be Your Best Self in 2021: Eating for Energy (In person)
Thursday, September 23, 11 am-noon

Featuring Nutritionist Linda Mench

Are you tired after meals, depend on caffeine to get going, or feel just plain tuckered out all day long? Learn how our food choices and nutrient needs throughout the day affect our physical health and optimal wellness. Using food as fuel, you will learn how meal timing and certain nutrients can help us achieve better results in the gym and more energy to enjoy our daily activities. When you join this workshop, you will also receive a recipe booklet containing five days of meals and a shopping list based on key nutrients to support your energetic health.

Fee: Complimentary, but registration is required. To register, click here: 



Sept. 25 at 7 and at 8:30
With the struggles of 2020 giving way to a more hopeful future, Chronicle of a Life and Love reflects on finding the value of life in the midst of death; Schumann’s seminal song cycle gives voice to a lifetime of love and loss, while Auslander’s droll, unflinching essay about the loss of his young neighbor, his Baba, and his Zaida, examines the ever-changing terrain of grief.
Initially conceived and created as a film, IN Series presents Chronicle of a Life and Love as a live performance, featuring mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Mondragon, actor Noah Mitchel, and pianist Robert Ainsley.


Sept. 30, 7:30 pm

Film | Dir. Shirel Peleg | 101 min
Narrative Germany, Israel  2019
EnglishHebrewGermanArabic with English subtitles
Sparks fly when two families from wildly different cultural backgrounds collide to plan a same-sex wedding in this fun-filled screwball romantic comedy.
After a string of brief relationships, Shira has finally found real love and gets engaged to Maria, a German who has uprooted her life with a move to Tel Aviv. The two families awkwardly try to overcome their cultural and religious differences, with the exception of Shira’s headstrong and fiercely independent grandmother, Berta, who strongly disapproves of any marriage between Germans and Jews.
Berta will go to any length to break-up the happy couple, until her own love life gets complicated after she secretly starts seeing a Palestinian man. As Shira’s younger brother eagerly documents the family chaos for a school video project, Shira and Maria discover the road to happiness is filled with unexpected, but hilarious complications.
 Becoming Dr. Ruth
September 30-October 24
   Don’t miss the return of this triumphant and life-affirming story of a woman who found her own unique place in the world. Before she became America’s favorite sex therapist, Dr. Ruth Westheimer had to flee Germany in the Kindertransport, become a sniper in Jerusalem, and survive as a single mother in America. Naomi Jacobson, who earned a Helen Hayes Award nomination for the role in 2018, returns to Theater J for an unforgettable, heart-warming evening of theater.
2021 Unity Walk
Sunday, Sept. 12, 1:00 pm
The annual Inter-Faith Council of Greater Washington Unity Walk brings together hundreds of people from all faiths and backgrounds in a public display of solidarity and hope. Join us as we support one another and begin to heal our communities and our region at IFC’s annual Unity Walk. The event will start at 1:00 PM at Washington Hebrew Congregation with tours of the synagogue and an opening ceremony and will continue along Massachusetts Ave., NW with a closing ceremony at the Mahatma Gandhi Statue at 5:30 PM.    


A Look Back at Civil Rights Decision From the US Supreme Court's 2020-2021 term, and a look ahead to upcoming cases

Brown Bag Lunch Speaker's Series 

Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1:00 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 brown bag lunch speakers' series: A Look Back at Civil Rights Decisions From the US Supreme Court's 2020-2021 term, and a look ahead to upcoming cases, featuring Art Spitzer, Senior Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union of the District of Columbia. 
Click here for more information.
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 lectures and various educational programs. 

Find out more here. 



September 26 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Head to the apple orchard to pick fresh, delicious apples for Sukkot, a fall harvest holiday! We’ll celebrate together outside as we pick apples, have professional family photos taken, and read stories. This program is a collaboration of The Jewish Federation, PJ Library, Bender JCC, and Shaare Torah. This program is being offered in two locations, to register for the VA location follow the link below.
Waters Orchard
22711 Wildcat Rd., Germantown, MD
(Includes bag to pick one peck of apples)
If you and your family live in VA, sign up to pick with Pozez JCCNV
Stribling Orchard
11587 Poverty Hollow Lane, Markham, Virginia
Registration Deadline: September 20 at midnight
2021 Gala: An Online Celebration
Thursday,, Oct. 14. 7:00 pm
Mark your calendars and join the JCRC for our 2021 Gala: An Online Celebration on Thursday, October 14 at 7:00 PM featuring former basketball star, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Amar'e Stoudemire interviewed by Abby Pogrebin. This year, we are proud to honor Breslau-Goldman Awardees Helane and Richard Goldstein, Sara and Samuel Lessans Community Leadership Awardees Stacey and David Topol, and Distinguished Service Awardee Rabbi Amy Schwartzman.
The Israeli/Palestinian Dilemma: Moving Beyond Who's Right and Who's Wrong
On three consecutive Sundays on October 17, 24, and 31
beginning at 12:00 PM
Over the course of these three Sundays, you will:
• Broaden your understanding of the historical narratives that motivate all sides.
• Learn from leading experts in the field.
• Hear stories from people living in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank caught in a generations-long struggle.
• Learn more about people and organizations successfully working to bring Israelis and Palestinians together to effect change.
• Enjoy performances from artists using culture to bridge the gap.
The symposium will be offered via a virtual conferencing platform. Depending on the Covid situation in the fall, some of our sessions may be offered live. We'll update registrants on this option.

Gender & Team Dynamics

 A Zoom discussion led by Dr. Naomi Mercer, WRJ Recording Secretary and Senior Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the American Bankers Association

Open to all members of the local Jewish Community

Date and Time: Sunday, October 10, 3:00pm

Link to register:

Registrants must give their name, email, address, phone number, & temple/synagogue to complete registration. 
This session explores team dynamics through the lens of gender and examines the most common barriers that women and non-binary persons face to workplace equity in meetings and among teams. Learn practical skills for recognizing and addressing gender inequities as a member or leader of a team. Male allies welcome.


Annual Wexler Lecture: Once We Were Slaves

Oct. 17,  7:00 pm

In this talk, Laura Arnold Leibman examines five objects owned by a diverse group of Jewish women who all lived in New York in the years between 1750 and 1850: a letter from impoverished Hannah Louzada seeking assistance; a set of silver cups owned by Reyna Levy Moses; an ivory miniature owned by Sarah Brandon Moses, who was born enslaved and became one of the wealthiest Jewish women in New York; a book created by Sarah Ann Hays Mordecai; and a family silhouette owned by Rebbetzin Jane Symons Isaacs. These objects offer intimate and tangible views into the lives of Jewish American women from a range of statuses, beliefs, and lifestyles—both rich and poor, Sephardi and Ashkenazi, slaves and slaveowners. Special attention is paid to Sarah Brandon Moses and her ivory miniature, who are the subject of Laura’s latest book Once We Were Slaves: The Extraordinary Journey of a Multi-Racial Jewish Family (2021).
 Tuesdays with Morrie
November 10-December 5
Based on the best-selling memoir, Tuesdays With Morrie is the powerful and moving story of Mitch Albom, a hard-driving sportswriter, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Directed by Jenna Place, this tender yet profound play recounts the two men reuniting as Morrie faces his own mortality as an ALS patient. What starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a beautiful lesson in humanity, compassion, and friendship.

Compulsion or The  House Behind
January 26-February 20, 2022

Sid Silver is a man obsessed. When he learns about a young girl named Anne Frank and her diary, Silver makes it his mission to ensure her tale is heard. But is the manuscript a work of art? A cultural treasure? Or simply a valuable product? As he fights for the diary’s publication and the rights to adapt it into a play, Silver’s idealism turns to fanaticism, and his good intentions may prove to be his undoing. A fascinating, semi-fictional story about one forgotten writer’s battle for one extraordinary girl’s diary.

Nathan the Wise 

March 16–April 10, 2022

In 12th century Jerusalem, Jews, Christians, and Muslims live side by side in peace—or so they hope. As tensions rise, the ruling sultan asks: “Which religion is the one most beloved by G-d?” Lives, and the future of Jerusalem itself, are on the line as the brilliant Jewish merchant Nathan seeks to answer the question. This funny and timely 18th-century Shakespearean play is chock full of mistaken identities, foiled romances, and relationships across cultural and religious divides. Michael Bloom’s smart new adaptation celebrates the common humanity that unites us all.

Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Other Identities

June 9–July 3, 2022

August 1991: simmering tensions in the racially polarized neighborhood of Crown Heights erupt into riots after a Black child was killed by a car in the Chabad-Lubavitcher Rebbe’s motorcade and a white Jewish scholar was slain in retaliation. Anna Deavere Smith’s groundbreaking documentary play uses verbatim testimony from individuals throughout the diverse community, creating a nuanced portrait of a shared but divided geography. This theatrical event – performed over 30 years after these life-changing riots – promises a tour-de-force solo performance and a story which touches upon every American regardless of race, color, or beliefs.
Fri, September 17 2021 11 Tishrei 5782