Fall 2018 Class Descriptions
Wednesday Nights at Adas Israel Congregation
2850 Quebec St. NW (Metro: Cleveland Parkâ€”Red Line)
Co-Sponsored with Adas Israel Congregation
Jan.23 at 7 pm -Loving the Earth: The Fourth Annual Community Tu B’Shevat Seder
Leaders: Gilah Langner & Susan Barocas
From its ancient origins as the deadline for determining offerings of tree fruit at the Temple, to the 16th century mystical creation of a Feast of Fruits, down to our climate-challenged times, Tu B'Shevat is the Jewish holiday that reminds us of our love for, and dependence on, the natural world. Join us for the fourth annual JSC Tu B'Shevat Seder at Adas Israel! We'll attune ourselves to the earth's rhythms and cycles, tasting the three types of fruits and seven species of foods from the land of Israel. We'll enter into "tree consciousness" and sing Tu B'Shevat songs.
On a practical level, we'll be hearing from a speaker involved in climate change work about positive signs of hope and how we can act in ways that could matter for the health of the planet. Join us for another memorable Seder evening!
Gilah Langner is the rabbi of Shirat HaNefesh in Chevy Chase, MD and Kol Ami Congregation in Arlington, VA. Susan Barocas is a writer, chef, teacher, filmmaker and organizer of special events.
Adas, JSC members $20, others $30 (W-1) Pre-registration required by Jan. 21 (or we’ll run out of food!)
Jan. 30 at 7 pm -- The Rich Legacy of Jews in Ethiopia
Instructor: Harrison Heller
JSC, Adas, JWV members $15, others $20 (W-2)
Jan. 30, Feb. 6,20, 27at 8:15 pm -- Savoring the Psalms
Instructor: Amy Schwartz
The 150 religious poems that make up the Book of Psalms are deeply familiar and deeply strange. Entwined in both Jewish and Christian tradition, they form the backbone of the liturgy and yet speak to us in a modern, sometimes perplexing voice. We’ll read, compare translations and trace the powerful imagery in these works. Readings in English.
Amy Schwartz is president of the JSC and opinion/book editor of Moment Magazine.
Four sessions: JSC, Adas members $55, non-members $75 (W-3)
Feb. 6 at 7 pm --The Work Must Be Done: Raoul Wallenberg’s Mission to Rescue Hungary’s Jews
Speaker: Her Excellency Karin Olofsdotter
Raoul Wallenberg, scion of a distinguished Swedish family, variously architect, businessman and diplomat, paid with his life for his all-consuming efforts to use all means at his disposal to enable Hungarian Jews to escape death at the hands of the Nazis occupying Hungary in the course of WWII. Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter, Sweden’s current envoy to the United States and, earlier, Sweden’s ambassador to Hungary, has found the story of Mr. Wallenberg’s wartime activities enormously compelling. While serving in Hungary, she was able to learn more from various sources about Raoul Wallenberg’s resourceful efforts to save as many Hungarian Jews as possible.
JSC, Adas members $15, others $20 (W-4)
Feb. 13 at 7 pm -- When Rabbis Pray for Congress: The Great American Story of Jewish Prayers in the House and Senate
Instructor: Howard Mortman
Since the Civil War, more than 613 Jewish prayers from 430 rabbis have opened sessions of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Who are they and what did they say? Take a unique historical tour through a treasure trove of historical trivia—including seven prayers in Congress from Adas Israel rabbis, going back to a D-Day-themed blessing in June 5, 1944!
Howard Mortman is C-SPAN’s Communications Director and a seasoned Washington journalist. He has also written and performed political comedy, and his tweets have been featured on "Late Night with Seth Meyers."
Adas, JSC members $15, others $20 (W-5)
Feb. 13 at 8:15 pm -- Behind the Great Yeshivas of Prewar Lithuania
Instructor: Thomas Timberg
Many people have heard of the great 19th-century yeshivas in Lithuania, with their dramatic effect on Jewish life and scholarship, but few realize how radically this Jewish educational institution differed from its predecessors. It became a major cultural and political force in the Jewish community, but also—because of its funding from abroad—one that moved it away from the culture of the wider community and heightened scholars’ dependence on foreign (especially American) support. After the destruction of Eastern European Jewry, however, it was that link that helped transform the yeshivas into American and Israeli institutions.
JSC, Adas members $15, others $20. (W-6)
Feb. 20 at 7 pm --Echoing the Maccabees: How Jewish Soldiers Restored Synagogues after WWII
Instructor: Michael Rugel
Michael Rugel is the Programs and Content Coordinator at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History. He writes and speaks frequently about Jews in the American military and produced a series of videos featuring American Jewish liberators of concentration camps. He recently appeared in the PBS documentary film GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II.
JSC, Adas, Museum members $15, others $20. (W-7)
Feb. 27 at 7 pm -- The Secrets of Ashkenazi Comfort Food
Instructor: Susan Barocas
In the depths of winter, even the most adventurous eaters sometimes long for the old-fashioned tastes of Eastern European comfort cooking. Can these old recipes be made modern and healthy? Beloved community chef Susan Barocas will lead us through the planning and cooking of such multi-generational standbys as borscht, eggplant caviar and even a cholent. She'll feed us with recipes, stories and, of course, copious samples.
Susan Barocas is a writer, chef, teacher, filmmaker and organizer of special events.
This program is in memory of Phillip S. Lewis, CPA, of blessed memory, whose commitment to the Washington Jewish community lasted for more than 93 years.
JSC, Adas members $15, others $20 (W-8)
Pregistration required by Monday, Feb. 25
Mar. 6 at 7 pm -- Annual Max Ticktin Memorial Latke-Hamentasch Debate!
Which is better—the latke or the hamentasch?
Our yet-to-be-revealed celebrity moderator and learned panelists address the eternal conundrum: Diane Bolz, Arts Editor David Fallick, Yiddishist Elissa Silverman, at-large member, D.C. Council
. . .and others to be announced The audience is invited to join the panel afterwards in mouth-watering, hands-on research.
JSC, Adas members $10, others $12. Refreshments included! (W-9)
Tuesdays at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History
Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 at 7-9:15 pm with 15 minute break-- From Generation to Generation: An Introduction to Jewish Genealogy
Instructors: Sheila Wexler and Mary-Jane Roth
Rapid advances in technology have brought about a golden age of genealogical research. If you’ve been wanting to join in, here’s your chance! In this four-class course, seasoned genealogists will introduce you to tracing your Jewish family history, providing participants with crucial resources and key tools. Students will learn how to enrich their personal stories through out-of-class assignments and then share their work in class.
You must have basic computer skills and internet access to complete the assignments. A helpful optional resource book, "Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy," will be available for sale ($12 for JGSGW members, $15 for non-members). Class size is limited to 20 students, so register soon!
Sheila Wexler is the president and Mary-Jane Roth is the vice president for programs of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington.
Four sessions: JSC, Museum, JWV members $80, others $95 (W-10)
â€¢ The building is closed due to inclement weather.
â€¢ The teacher cannot make it to the class due to inclement weather.
â€¢ The teacher cannot make it to the class due to illness.
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