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Welcome to our Virtual J – a one-stop webpage that offers opportunities for you to stay connected and engaged.  The Virtual J is fluid - continually being updated with new live-stream programs and video on demand links. 

While registering for our programs, if you would like to show your support of the Pozez JCC, please consider making a donation. The J has been hard-hit by the impact of COVID-19, any amount that you give will be greatly appreciated and will help cover costs for staff and ongoing operating costs. Thank you for considering. 

For the month-at-a-glance calendar of Virtual J live-stream programs, click here!

To view all the activities, events, and videos-on-demand offered in the Virtual J, click on the categories below to open the programming accordions.

Live-Streamed Programs and Events

Divas Dine In
Thursday October 22, 8:30pm
Join Julie and Melissa for a Divas and Diners (DnD) VIRTUAL fun-filled evening with wonderful friends new and not-so-new. Schmooze and laugh together, enjoy your favorite drink or dessert and talk with other women!
To register: 
http://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0rdOqorTgpHNQlbblRqPUbBmL3xmPE_xP1

RACISM AND SYSTEMIC BIAS: A Four-Session Workshop Series
The streets are talking. Are we listening? The Interfaith Communities for Dialogue (ICD)* is excited to invite you to this series of virtual workshops. Racism is all around us and within us. Where does it come from? How does it affect you and all of us as a community? Knowledge is power. Ask questions. Express your views. Let’s learn together.

Session 1: UNDERSTANDING SYSTEMIC RACISM
Sunday, October 25, 4pm–6pm
Speaker: Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, a family physician, epidemiologist, and Past President of the American Public Health Association. Compelling speaker on race and racism.
Through engaging allegories and memorable mental images, acclaimed speaker Camara Jones leads us to an understanding of the definition of racism, the levels at which it operates, and the elements of decision-making at a policy level. Don’t miss this exciting speaker.

REGISTER NOW! as space is limited. (Go to https://bit.ly/dljRABJ
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing a Zoom link to join the meeting.

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS IN THIS SERIES (hold the dates):

Session 2: Sunday, November 8, 4pm–6pm
Evidence and Impact of Systemic Racism, Part 1: Education and Justice
Session 3: January 31, 2021
Evidence and Impact of Systemic Racism, Part 2: Health and Housing
Session 4: March 7, 2021
Building Bridges to Racial Equity

*Interfaith Communities for Dialogue (ICD) is a network of faith-based and associated organizations dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and positive relationships among diverse people in and around Fairfax County through education, engagement, and support.

Destination: Holy of Holies An Archeological Walk Through the Jerusalem Temple
Sunday, October 25, 7:30pm via Zoom
A collaboration of BASNOVA, B’nai Israel Congregation, and the Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies
Presented by Joan Branham, Professor of Art History and Associate Dean, School of Arts and Sciences at Providence College
King Herod designed and built the Jerusalem Temple in the late first century BCE. Herod wanted a grander complex than the one hastily constructed after the return from the Babylonian exile. His Temple lasted less than a century, destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE. In its time, it was, and continues to be, a powerful symbol of sacred space; it continues to influence Judaism and Christianity to this day. This illustrated talk will serve as a guide through the Temple by following in the footsteps of the High Priest and worshippers (including Jesus) and navigating the barriers of sanctity and systems of blood, purity, sacrifice, and gender.
To register go to:  http://www.basonova.org/upcoming-lectures.html or call 888.350.8842.

News in Review Roundtable
Monday, October 26, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Facilitated by Richard Kraus
It's your turn to speak! Come express your opinions and listen to those of others on important topics in the news. Questions? Contact Shari.Berman@theJ.org
Use this link to join on the day and time of program:  https://zoom.us/j/97671367255 

Diplomacy Through a Jewish/Latino Lens – A Webinar
Wednesday, October 28, 11am-noon
A collaboration of the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia, Bender JCC of Greater Washington, and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Washington Regional Office
Featuring:  Amb. Lisa Kubiske, Pozez JCC Board Member and former U.S. Ambassador to Honduras and Deputy Chief of Mission in Brazil and Dina Siegel Vann, Director, AJC Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs; Moderated by Jason Isaacson, AJC Chief Policy and Political Affairs Officer 
Diplomacy is the main instrument of foreign policy. International treaties, agreements, and alliances are the result of diplomatic negotiations that represent a country’s most important goals. But what really happens behind the curtain? And how have the Jewish people been involved in formal and informal diplomacy? Hear the inside perspective of how diplomacy works between the U.S. and Latin America through a Jewish lens.  
This Webinar is complimentary; however, registration is required.
Click here to register.
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/2316008982822/WN_aaLs8zkXSi2hdaKAqfbxpQ

A Tribute to RBG: “The Genius of Women” with Bestselling Author Janice Kaplan
Wednesday, October 28 at 7pm on Zoom
Presented by JCC of Northern NJ
Last March, as part of Women’s History Month, the JCC of Northern NJ had planned to host author Janice Kaplan and hear about her new book, The Genius of Women: From Overlooked to Changing the World. The COVID-19 pandemic ambushed our original plans. On October 28, however, our event will be reimagined, as an online event, and as a tribute to the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg z”l. The timing of this event seizes the moment to celebrate the life and success of Ginsburg and also narrowly precede our national Election Day.

Ms. Kaplan will share the stories that built her book, of women who faced challenges and obstacles and who succeeded nevertheless, just like RBG.

This special event is also a moment of collaboration among local individuals and organizations, namely, Gail Friedberg Rottenstrich, a local leader in our community and former Deputy Mayor of Fair Lawn NJ, League of Women Voters of Northern Valley, Temple Beth Sholom (Fair Lawn), Glen Rock Jewish Center, Hadassah of Pascack Valley/Northern Valley & Jewish Federation of Northern NJ’s Women’s Philanthropy. Lisa Harris Glass, COO of Jewish Federation of Northern NJ, will make opening remarks.

Participants are encouraged to purchase their book, The Genius of Women: From Overlooked to Changing the World, on Amazon or from their local bookstore.
Tickets: $10 (Seniors, first responders welcome for free; contact events@jccnnj.org to receive your complimentary ticket)
Registration link: https://jccnnj.org/event/genius-of-women/

Parenting Workshop (Virtual): Parenting Without Power Struggles
Wednesday, October 28, 8pm-9:30pm
Led by Claire Lerner, LCSW-C
Presented by Edlavitch DCJCC
This workshop will provide strategies for how to encourage your child's growing need to assert independence while still maintaining your control and authority. Struggles around mealtime, potty training, cooperation and others will be addressed.
Click here for details and to register

Grandparenting Workshop (Virtual): Intro to Compassionate Communication
Mondays November 9, 16, 23, 30 (4 weeks)
6:30pm-8:30pm
Presented by the Pozez JCC, Bender JCC, and Edlavitch DCJCC
Join grandparents from around the DMV (and beyond) as facilitator Amalia Phillips, life-long Jewish educator turned compassionate listening coach, leads this 4-part Grandparent workshop on compassionate communication and becoming a powerful peacemaker in your family.
Fee: $100 for an individual and $180 for a couple.
To register: https://community.benderjccgw.org/s/registration?searchKeyword=grandparent

Wandering Dixie: Dispatches from the Lost Jewish South
Author Sue Eisenfeld in conversation with Amy Milligan, Asstistant Professor of Jewish Studies & Women’s Studies, Old Dominion University

Wednesday, November 18, 7:30pm EST via Zoom
In partnership with the Weinstein JCC of Richmond, Old Dominion University’s Institute of Jewish Understanding and Inclusion, and the Konikoff Center for Learning at the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater
Sue Eisenfeld is a Yankee by birth, a Virginian by choice, an urbanite who came to love the rural South, a Civil War buff, and a Jewish woman. In Wandering Dixie, she travels to nine states, uncovering how the history of Jewish southerners converges with her personal story and the region’s complex, conflicted present. Sue Eisenfeld follows her curiosity about Jewish Confederates and casts an unflinching eye on early southern Jews’ participation in slavery. In the process, she discovers the unexpected ways that race, religion, and hidden histories intertwine. Join us for this timely conversation of revelation about our nation’s fraught history and reckoning with the true nature of America.

Wandering Dixie can be purchased at Scrawl Books at:  https://www.scrawlbooks.com/book/9780814255810 for $19.95 plus tax.

Fee:    $10 program; $26 includes program and book
Code: 13098
You must register for this program. Go to theJ.org/register and sign into your account. New users must create an account. Enter the class code # in the column on the left and be prepared to give a credit card number. Having issues logging on? Call 703.323.0880 for assistance. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email. In addition, you will receive a Zoom access link no later than the day before the program. Program questions? Contact Shari.Berman@thej.org or 703.537.3068.

Family & Friends ThanksGAME Night
Sunday, November 22
6:30pm–7:30pm
All ages are welcome!
Have fun with the whole family, just yourself, and/or invite your friends for a fun pre-Thanksgiving event focused on giving thanks and playing games! Hosted virtually on Zoom by tech-savvy, professional and engaging hosts, mainstages makes sure to have a mix of creative challenges, trivia questions, and active games that will get everyone up and moving around. With a wide array of games geared to entertain a large age range, there’s sure to be something for everyone!

Join us for this TV-like game show experience where you get to participate from your own home! Whether you are there to play, or there to watch, everyone will leave feeling the warmth of our shared community… and that is something to be thankful for! Questions, contact Jessica.Tischler@theJ.org.  
Fee:    $10 per household
Code: 12882

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The J’s Got Talent!
Saturday, December 12
7pm–8pm
All ages are welcome to attend. (16+ to perform)
Join friends, neighbors, and family for a night filled with extraordinary talents, hosted by New York theater and entertainment company mainstages. This virtual event on Zoom will be fun for all and will include interactive games and interviews in between tremendous talents both big and small. Be sure to stay to the end and vote for your favorite act and help them win the grand prize!

This event is open to the entire community, whether you are watching or performing, and will surely be a fun night for all and a great way to share in the holiday season as we appreciate all the wonderful talents our community has to offer! Questions? Contact Jessica.Tischler@theJ.org.  
Fee:     $10 per household
Code:  12883

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Calling All Talented Performers!
Do you, your friends or someone you know have a special talent and are at least 16 years of age? Can you sing, dance, juggle, play an instrument, do magic…or, so much more?! The community wants to see your talent (must be appropriate for all ages). To apply to be on The J’s Got Talent, please fill out the application form by clicking here and returning the form, via email, to Jessica.Tischler@theJ.org. While there is no fee to submit an application, we ask that you encourage two households to register for the event (of course they’ll want to see you perform!). We will also send you a registration discount code specific to you once your application is accepted.

Love Yourself First Virtual Workshop
Sunday, December 13, 4pm-6:30pm (EST)
Calling all women! Has 2020 put you in a negative slump? If so, then join us as we learn to set new positive intentions about how we feel, think and speak to ourselves and others. Join instructor, Alli Goozh, as she engages us in ways that we can explore our internalized beliefs about beauty and self-worth, and are given tools to change the conversation from criticism to kindness.

This two hour workshop will move through activities and exercises including:

  • Dismantling the “beauty myth” through instructor-led discussions and group dialogue
  • Loosening tense bodies through gentle stretches and all-level yoga poses
  • Mapping out specific steps to be kinder to ourselves, and therefore each other
  • Learning how to see and experience ourselves as worthy, from the inside-out
  • Defining plans to offer our unique contributions to our communities, leading by example

The workshop will begin with an engaging talk from Rabbi Aviva Funke from the Bureau of Jewish Education. She will speak about the connection between self-empowerment and Judaism.

Alli Goozh is a Certified Transformation Coach, Certified Life Purpose Life Coach, Certified Embody Love Movement™ Facilitator, Reiki Master for more 20 years, and fitness instructor for more than 12 years.

This project is funded by a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix and is in partnership with the Bureau of Jewish Education.

Fee: $18
Registration link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/valleyofthesunjcc/Activity_Search/1624

The Jewish Book Council (JBC) 30-minute talks
The JBC hosts a 30-minute talk with one of their authors about their new books. https://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/events/jbc-authors-at-the-table.
 

Adult Education Classes

Private and Semi Private Virtual Hebrew Lessons
Instructor: Einat Cohen
Private and semi-private Hebrew lessons at all levels are available starting in September. Contact Shari.Berman@theJ.org for more information, to express interest, and to register for lessons. 
Fee (4 package session): $200 

Hebrew Language Classes – Virtual
The Pozez JCC is thrilled to be partnering with the Bender JCC of Greater Washington to offer Hebrew classes at all levels this fall! Using a cutting-edge Hebrew language program that utilizes the latest technology, each class cultivates all aspects of Hebrew including grammar; vocabulary; conversation; literature and poetry; current events; and bible. Students will read, speak and write Hebrew in this Ulpan-style setting! Two-hour morning and evening classes are offered weekly and run for 20 weeks – starting in early-mid September and ending by February 1, 2021.
Session Fee:  $420, plus an annual $75 Multimedia Fee

For additional information, please contact Rivka Degani at rdegani@benderjccgw.org or 301.348.3810, or go to:  https://www.benderjccgw.org/arts-culture-jewish-life/hebrew-yiddish/ to learn about specific class level curriculum and session dates and times.
To register for a class, click here

Level II Yiddish
Mondays, September 14–November 9 (8 weeks; no class Sept. 28)
2pm–4pm
Instructor: Norman Buder
Join this class if you have some knowledge of Yiddish and would like to continue to learn to speak and read the language.

You must register for this class. Go to theJ.org/register and sign into your account or create an account. Enter the class code below in the column on the left. Having trouble logging in? Call 703.323.0880 for assistance. Program questions? Contact Shari.Berman@theJ.org.  
Fee:    $90
Code: 10829

Exploring Opera: Aria Ready?
Thursdays, October 122, 4pm5:30pm (4 weeks)
In partnership with the Osher Marin JCC
Join opera appreciation instructor James Sokol and vocal coach Ron Valentino for a unique journey through opera history via the exploration of arias. Each live, online session focuses on different periods of opera history, from the Baroque & Classical through the Romantic & Bel Canto to the Verismo & Modern. Not familiar with some of these terms? No worries; we’ve got you covered! Learn about and hear different repertoire, singers, musical styles, and vocal challenges unique to each period. Video performance clips bring the excitement and beauty of opera into the discussion. This is a wonderful series for the opera newcomer and the long-time fan!
For details, pricing & tickets, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exploring-opera-aria-ready-tickets-117854107809?aff=PozezJCCNVA

Are American Jews and Israel Heading for Divorce?
With Liel Leibovitz
Mondays, October 5–26, 8pm EST
In Partnership with JCC of Greater Baltimore's Wisdom Studio of the Gordon Center for Performing Arts
Ask American Jews and Israelis to define their relationship, and you'd hear something that sounds a lot like a couple on the brink of divorce. Stateside, progressive Jews are feeling increasingly uncomfortable with Israel's right-wing government and its policies, while Israelis, in turn, have less and less patience for American Jews and their demands for religious pluralism. Liel Leibovitz, an Israeli-American journalist with roots in both communities, will shed light on the fissures tearing the world's two largest Jewish centers apart, and find surprising reasons to be hopeful not always reported in the press.

Liel Leibovitz is an editor at large for Tablet Magazine and the co-host of its popular podcast, Unorthodox. He is the author or co-author of several books, including, most recently, The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia: From Abraham to Zabar's and Everything in Between.
Fee:    $96/household
Code: 12846
To register: Go to thej.org/register, sign into your account (or create an account for new users), and enter the class code in the box on the left. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with Zoom access information.

25 Years After the Assassination of Yitzchak Rabin: Where is Israel’s Society Today?
Beginning, Tuesday, October 13-November 24, 4pm (four-part series)
Presented by the Jewish Federation of Milwaukee
In commemoration of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination in 1995, we invite you to take a closer look at Israeli society 25 years later.
October 13: Jewish-Arab Relations
October 27: Religions-Secular Conflict
November 10: The Right vs. the Left
November 24: Q&A with Yaron Zilbeman- director of the movie “Incitement” that tells the story of Yigal Amir, Yitzhak Rabin’s assassin.
All sessions are free and virtual.
Register for sessions here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfBFdwuxxXYSrPw9KebFxroYuCZyc9yfKyffdXEZI4i0AsauQ/viewform?usp=sf_link 

Would you like to travel? Now you can from the safety of your home!

Armchair Travel to… Murals of Cincinnati via Zoom
Monday, November 30, 2pm-3:30pm
In partnership with the Osher Marin JCC
Featuring James Sokol, Director, Adult Learning and Living, OMJCC
Cincinnati has become an art gallery! Take a virtual “walk” through historic downtown streets and explore some of the city’s impressive collection of monumental murals. Transforming the area one wall at a time, ArtWorks Youth Apprentices & Professional Artists have already turned bare walls into public masterpieces by painting hundreds of murals throughout Greater Cincinnati and the Northern Kentucky Region. Join Trip Leader James Sokol to meet and "tour" with special guest Liz Neidich, get an overview of the inspiring & impactful ArtWorks program, take in-depth look at 20 of the most exciting and fan-favorite murals, and enjoy live, fun banter and Q&A about these inspiring works!
For details & tickets:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/still-traveling-murals-of-cincinnati-tickets-121119791557?aff=PozezJCC 

Armchair Travel: Explore Marvelous Morocco via Zoom
Mondays, December 7–28 (4 weeks)
2pm–3:15pm
In partnership with the Osher Marin JCC
Featuring James Sokol, Director, Adult Learning and Living, OMJCC
Pour yourself a cup of mint tea and join James Sokol on four virtual trips to this magical North African country, so different from most Arab-dominant nations. Morocco has its own unique, fascinating culture – a blend of indigenous Berber, Arabian, Sub-Saharan African and European (Christian and Jewish) influences. Individual visit highlights include:
• Morocco Overview & Marrakech's Medina (Dec. 7)
• The Gardens of Marrakech (Dec. 14)
• Moroccan-Jewish Life (Dec. 21)
• Koutoubia Mosque & Local Muslim Life (Dec. 28)
In this first series on Morocco, join our wonderful, local guide Nabil for visits around his diverse, vibrant, 1000-year-old city – Marrakesh – to discover wonders that await!
Attend the full series or individual visits - whatever works best for you.
For details & tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/still-traveling-marvelous-marrakech-tickets-121240959975?aff=PozezJCC 

When Bubbe Met Amy: Millennial Jewish Comedians
With Jonathan Branfman
Tuesdays, December 1–22, 8pm EST
In Partnership with the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia & The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta 
Love Barbra Streisand and Fran Drescher? Then come learn about the next generation of Jewish women comedians: Amy Schumer (of Inside Amy Schumer), Tiffany Haddish (of Black Mitzvah), Rachel Bloom (of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), and Abby Jacobson & Ilana Glazer (of Broad City). While laughing hard, you’ll also gain insight about how millennial Jews view Jewish identity, gender, sexuality, and race.

Jonathan Branfman researches Jewish media stardom at Cornell University. From Eddie Cantor to Barbra Streisand to the rap superstar Drake, Jonathan asks how Jewish stars perform race, gender, and sexuality in pop culture. His work on gender and sexuality has also included co-founding a holistic sex-ed program at the Ohio State University and publishing an LGBTQ children's book, which is now translated into 23 languages.
Fee:    $96/household
Code: 12847
To register: Go to thej.org/register, sign into your account (or create an account for new users), and enter the class code in the box on the left. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with Zoom access information.

Video on Demand 

In Conversation: Jeffrey Rosen & Dahlia Lithwick - Conversations with RBG
Join Jew­ish Book Coun­cil and its JBC Net­work part­ners for a very spe­cial con­ver­sa­tion with Jef­frey Rosen and Dahlia Lith­wick about Rosen’s new book, Con­ver­sa­tions with RBG: Ruth Bad­er Gins­burg on Life, Love, Lib­er­ty, and Law.
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Elections 2020 with Kate Hanley
During a September program on the Virtual J, Kate Hanley, co-chair of the Virginia State Board of Elections' General Registrar & Electoral Board Advisory Workgroup, shared vital 2020 election procedures information.
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The History of the Jewish Press in America (Nashville JCC)
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The Multiple Universes of Al Andalus
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Momentum Boost
An inspirational series that explores the topics you care about most, and shares tips, wise words, and intimate conversations with celebrated guests.
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Why Racism Matters to Jews
Featuring: Dr. LaNitra Berger, Senior Director, Office of Fellowships, Office of Undergraduate Education, George Mason University; Dr. Charles Chavis, Assistant Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and History and Director of the John Mitchell, Jr. Program for History, Justice, and Race, at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University; and Rabbi Jeffrey Saxe, Temple Rodef Shalom, Falls Church, VA.

Join us for a thought-provoking conversation among three local professionals who care deeply about racial inequality and the status of Black-Jewish relations today, followed by a Q&A with the audience. Dr. Berger will speak to how Jews might feel about their whiteness considering the current climate of racism toward “others,” while also experiencing anti-Semitism. Dr. Chavis will give a historical perspective on how the Black Jewish Alliance rose during the Civil Rights movement and where it is now as dramatic events unfold each day. Rabbi Saxe will discuss what our congregations and communities can do to help in this significant moment of racial awakening, as well as how Jews of color might feel about their experiences. This is a dialogue for anyone who values equality and justice for all. Click here to watch the webinar.  

The Sarajevo Haggadah
Presented by Les Bergen, trustee of the Capital Jewish Museum and collector of Haggadot
The Sarajevo Haggadah is one of the most famous Jewish books in the world. A religious and cultural icon, its history is replete with mystery and intrigue. Its survival is nothing short of remarkable—from the expulsion of Spanish Jews in the Inquisition, resurfacing in Italy in 1609 and later Sarajevo, courageously saved from a Nazi general and then hidden, and surviving 1990’s Serb bombardment. Learn how it has become a symbol of interreligious respect and cooperation. Watch the live stream here. 

Road Scholar
This organization is committed to making learning possible even when travel is not with a collection of fascinating, free online lectures for adults!
https://www.facebook.com/rsadventures/posts/3563993153615366

The Vel D’Hiv Round-Up of Jews in France during WWII
Road Scholar presents a lecture about the largest mass arrest to take place in war-time French history. It was conducted by the French police, not the Nazis. Approximately 42 minutes in length (including introductions and Q&A by Road Scholar staff), it features Dr. Eileen M. Angelini, who shows actual photographs of the round-up, and compares two films which dramatize this significant Holocaust event.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eyUCKdQQ0U&list=PLZpGKgsTb6KEz3yRNMtcsbKkTrBoxFjr1&index=4 

Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community
Presented by Les Bergen, CJM Docent. Co-Sponsored by the Capital Jewish Museum (CJM).
A chronicle of the people, places, and events that shaped the history of the Washington area's Jewish community from 1795-present. Watch the live stream here.

Helpful Resources for While You're Staying Safe at Home

JSSA Workshops and Groups
JSSA professionals conduct workshops and seminars on coping with issues related to the COVID-19 crisis and other mental health concerns, as well as facilitate support groups for seniors, unemployed adults, teens, LGBTQ+ teens, and children.
Click here to learn more.

Moment Magazine’s Guide to the Global Pandemic
This resource is full of articles of newsworthy, factual content as well as lighter fare.
Click here to view the site.

Best Free Things to Do at Home
While you're at home, click here for a compilation of free services that will help pass the time.

Online Activities for Adults
Fairfax County's Virtual Center for Active Adults

The Pozez JCC has partnered with Fairfax County's Virtual Center for Active Adults website https://bit.ly/NCSvcaa  
Here are several upcoming events that may be of interest:
September 29, 10:30am-11:30am: 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s by the Alzheimer’s Association. Limited Series. http://bit.ly/VCAAalz  
September 29, noon-1pm: Gentlemen’s Health http://bit.ly/VCAAzoom 
October 1, noon-1pm: Ladies’ Health http://bit.ly/VCAAzoom 

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How to Cope with Loneliness During the Coronavirus Pandemic 

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Live-Streamed Programs and Events

Bite Size Fun with GJF
Tuesdays, noon EST
Ages: 2-6
Bring your lunch or snacks, and have some fun with our J-Family Ambassadors Michelle and Melissa! Crafts, stories, and surprises! Supply lists for crafts will be provided in advance.
To Register:
October 20 – Chesed:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMsdumgpjIpHdHYyPajzFpD7mKiOmO-aPTX 
October 27 – Chesed
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYvf-iqpjgtH9HRkV_XKowET5Tp_-t8sKPs 

Afternoon Sillies with GJF: A Weekly Program
Thursdays, 4pm EST
Ages: 2-6
Bring a snack and get those sillies out with J-Family Ambassadors Tracy and Julie. Whether it is a puppet show, a craft, or a special guest, Tracy and Julie will be there to end your day with a smile! Supply lists, if needed, will be provided in advance.
To Register:
October 22 – Chesed
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvf-qhqz8jE9efexDRMn_liExWMwBaAy46
October 29 – Chesed
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwlceqqqDgoGdXkLx3alDy9NVG0Xb5S_7Mi

Eat Sleep Poop
Wednesdays, October 21, November 11, November 18, 8pm EST  
Presented by Pozez JCC and Bender JCCGW
Have a picky eater? Struggling with potty training? Have not slept in a while? We are here to help! Sign up for our virtual parenting series below. 
Price: $15/session
To Register:
November 11 - SLEEP: Solving Your Little One's Sleeplessness with Jessica Dodson
November 18 - POOP: Potty Training with Sally

Bim Bom Bag (Mezuzah) Project & Program
Zoom meeting November 12, 2pm
Sign up by November 4
This program most enjoyed by children 3yrs. and up
Presented by the Pozez JCC's GJF program, the Bender JCC, and the Edlavitch DCJCC
Enjoy a bag-tastic and exciting opportunity to learn about Jewish customs and holidays through arts & crafts, stories, and discussions. When you sign up, we will provide Mezuzah themed arts & crafts activities to work on independently with your kid(s). A few days later we will get together on Zoom to share our creative crafts, read a story, and learn cool facts about Mezuzahs. Please note: In order to fulfill Bim Bom bag orders, registration closes firmly on November 4 at 11:30pm.
Fee:    $15/bag
Code: 12904
The J-Family Ambassador program is brought to you by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

Parenting Workshop (Virtual): Parenting Without Power Struggles
Wednesday, October 28, 8pm-9:30pm
Led by Claire Lerner, LCSW-C
Presented by Edlavitch DCJCC
This workshop will provide strategies for how to encourage your child's growing need to assert independence while still maintaining your control and authority. Struggles around mealtime, potty training, cooperation and others will be addressed.
Click here for details and to register

SummerQuest in Fall: Fantasy Adventures Online! Search for the Dragon Emperor: A Six Week Journey 
Sundays, October 18-November 22 (6 weeks)
1pm-3:30pm
Ages: 7-12
Bring Summer to your home year-round with SummerQuest in the Fall! The Pozez JCC is excited to partner with Developmental Support Associates as they take you through a highly interactive social experience that integrates virtual, physical, and sensory components via a psycho-educational quest. Before each weekly fantasy adventure begins, a package of real treasures and activities is delivered to your door. These tangible materials are woven into your role-play adventure and helps to bring the story to life within your home. Participants become characters in the story, and the decisions they make with their peers determine how the story will unfold. The result is fun, fast paced, challenging, family-friendly and person-centered.

Players of SummerQuest enjoy facing challenges with their peers, while the SummerQuest team focuses on promoting personal, social and cognitive growth for each participant through positive energy, emotional support, mindfulness and so much more!

SummerQuest is designed for people who enjoy storytelling, role play, imaginary play, drama and creative expression. This program is great for children who are twice exceptional (2E), have social anxiety, could benefit from positive behavioral interventions, and/or children who love gaming and interactive adventures! Players will need access to a Zoom-capable device. To learn more about Developmental Support Associates, visit www.developmentalsupport.com or visit www.thesummerquest.com to learn more about the program. For questions, please contact Jessica.Tischler@theJ.org.  
Fee:    $498 (includes the 6 classes and weekly in-home activity packages)
Code: 12844

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SummerQuest in the Fall: Fantasy Adventures Online! Search for the Dragon Emperor: A Six Week Journey
Sundays, October 18-November 22 (6 weeks)
4pm-6:30pm
Ages: 13-17
Bring Summer to your home year-round with SummerQuest in the Fall! The Pozez JCC is excited to partner with Developmental Support Associates as they take you through a highly interactive social experience that integrates virtual, physical, and sensory components via a psycho-educational quest. Before each weekly fantasy adventure begins, a package of real treasures and activities is delivered to your door. These tangible materials are woven into your role-play adventure and helps to bring the story to life within your home. Participants become characters in the story, and the decisions they make with their peers determine how the story will unfold. The result is fun, fast paced, challenging, family-friendly and person-centered.

Players of SummerQuest enjoy facing challenges with their peers, while the SummerQuest team focuses on promoting personal, social and cognitive growth for each participant through positive energy, emotional support, mindfulness and so much more!

SummerQuest is designed for people who enjoy storytelling, role play, imaginary play, drama and creative expression. This program is great for children who are twice exceptional (2E), have social anxiety, could benefit from positive behavioral interventions, and/or children who love gaming and interactive adventures! Players will need access to a Zoom-capable device. To learn more about Developmental Support Associates, visit www.developmentalsupport.com or visit www.thesummerquest.com to learn more about the program. For questions, please contact Jessica.Tischler@theJ.org
Fee:    $498 (includes the 6 classes and weekly in-home activity packages)
Code: 12845

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Family & Friends ThanksGAME Night
Sunday, November 22
6:30pm–7:30pm
All ages are welcome!
Have fun with the whole family, just yourself, and/or invite your friends for a fun pre-Thanksgiving event focused on giving thanks and playing games! Hosted virtually on Zoom by tech-savvy, professional and engaging hosts, mainstages makes sure to have a mix of creative challenges, trivia questions, and active games that will get everyone up and moving around. With a wide array of games geared to entertain a large age range, there’s sure to be something for everyone!

Join us for this TV-like game show experience where you get to participate from your own home! Whether you are there to play, or there to watch, everyone will leave feeling the warmth of our shared community… and that is something to be thankful for! Questions, contact Jessica.Tischler@theJ.org.  
Fee:    $10 per household
Code: 12882

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Bim Bom Bag (Chanukah) Project & Program
Friday, December 10, 4pm (via Zoom)
Sign up by December 2
This program most enjoyed by children 3yrs. and up
Presented by the Pozez JCC's GJF program, the Bender JCC, and the Edlavitch DCJCC
Enjoy a bag-tastic and exciting opportunity to learn about Jewish customs and holidays through arts & crafts, stories, and discussions. When you sign up, we will provide Chanukah themed arts & crafts activities to work on independently with your kid(s). A few days later we will get together on Zoom to share our creative crafts, read a story, and learn cool facts about Chanukah. Please note: In order to fulfill Bim Bom bag orders, registration closes firmly on December 2 at 11:30pm.
Fee: $15/bag
Code: 13100

The J-Family Ambassador program is brought to you by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

The J’s Got Talent!
Saturday, December 12
7pm–8pm
All ages are welcome to attend. (16+ to perform)
Join friends, neighbors, and family for a night filled with extraordinary talents, hosted by New York theater and entertainment company mainstages. This virtual event on Zoom will be fun for all and will include interactive games and interviews in between tremendous talents both big and small. Be sure to stay to the end and vote for your favorite act and help them win the grand prize!

This event is open to the entire community, whether you are watching or performing, and will surely be a fun night for all and a great way to share in the holiday season as we appreciate all the wonderful talents our community has to offer! Questions? Contact Jessica.Tischler@theJ.org.  
Fee:     $10 per household
Code:  12883

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Calling All Talented Performers! 
Do you, your friends or someone you know have a special talent and are at least 16 years of age? Can you sing, dance, juggle, play an instrument, do magic…or, so much more?! The community wants to see your talent (must be appropriate for all ages). To apply to be on The J’s Got Talent, please fill out the application form by clicking here and returning the form, via email, to Jessica.Tischler@theJ.org. While there is no fee to submit an application, we ask that you encourage two households to register for the event (of course they’ll want to see you perform!). We will also send you a registration discount code specific to you once your application is accepted.

Learning to be Social During Social Distancing for Teens and Young Adults
NEW VIRTUAL GROUPS
Teens ages 13-17, meet every Tuesday, 5pm
Young Adults 18+, meet every Tuesday, 6pm
Facilitated by Scott Lillich,a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) who has been in social services for over a decade, being a licensed counselor for the last seven years. He has worked with various populations, including children and families at risk for foster care and adult and adolescents at risk for incarceration.
A social support group to help teens and young adults learn new ways to increase socialization during social distancing. The group will go over (and in some cases participate in) different games, activities, and applications available to help in maintaining social interaction with family and friends during the COVID-19 pandemic.
These sessions are at no cost.
To register, click here: https://www.jssa.org/learning-to-be-social-during-social-distancing-for-teens-young-adults/ 

This program is brought to you by the Jewish Social Services Agency (JSSA)

LGBTQIA+ Teen Support Group for Ages 13- 17 – NEW VIRTUAL GROUP
Wednesdays (ongoing), 1pm-2pm
Presented by Scott Lillich, LCPC and Maddie Stewart-Bodin
Join us for an open support group that will meet weekly to discuss LGBTQIA+ issues and offer a safe space for support. Group will offer individuals information on resources in the community, as well as discuss the importance of building a support system. The group will also work in providing education to individuals on the milestones of therapy for LGBTQIA+ individuals.
These sessions are offered at no cost.
To register, click here:
https://www.jssa.org/new-lgbtqia-teen-support-group-ages-13-17/ 

Scott Lillich is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been in social services for over a decade, being a licensed counselor for the last seven years. He has worked with various populations, including children and families at risk for foster care and adult and adolescents at risk for incarceration. He has a history of providing services in a variety of settings, including in-home, hospitals, and office settings. He has provided groups for people in isolation, prison institutions, as well as crisis home and group home placements. He utilizes a multi-modal approach to utilize a more beneficial therapeutic experience for the client, including experience with CBT, DBT, Feminist, Narrative, and Play Therapy. He is a member of the American Counseling Association and their following divisions: The Association of Child and Adolescent Counseling (ACAC), the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD), and the Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC).

Maddie Stewart-Boldin has worked at JSSA for one year in the Behavioral Health Support Services team. Her role at JSSA has led her to work with school aged youth navigating mental health systems and adults with a variety of disabilities. Maddie graduated with a BA from Middlebury College and is a professional who has demonstrated interest in advocating for school aged youth and young adults living in recovery from addiction and mental health disorders.

This program is brought to you by the Jewish Social Services Agency (JSSA)

Ongoing Programs 

Family & Friends BINGO! (Online)
Wednesdays (biweekly), October 21, November 4, 18, December 9
5pm–5:45pm
Ages: all ages!
Come one, come all to play Bingo with us! RSVP is required no later than noon of the day of each Bingo game to Jessica.Tischler@theJ.org to receive your Bingo card and link to Zoom. Free to play! It would be greatly appreciated if you would please consider making a donation in lieu of a program fee. Click here to donate.

Kids Trivia (Online)
Wednesdays (once a month), October 28, December 2
5pm–5:45pm
Ages: 6-12
Join us once a month to play trivia! The questions will be geared towards kids and some weeks may be themed. You will have the option of playing on a team or individually and will always have the option of asking friends for help! For questions, email Jessica.Tischler@theJ.orgFree to play! It would be greatly appreciated if you would please consider making a donation in lieu of a program fee. Click here to donate
Click here to register.

Teens & Adults Trivia (Online)
Wednesdays (once a month), November 11, December 16
5pm-5:45pm
Ages: 13+
Join us once a month to play trivia! The questions will be geared towards teens and adults. You will have the option of playing on a team or individually and will always have the option of asking friends for help! For questions, please email Jessica.Tischler@theJ.orgFree to play! It would be greatly appreciated if you would please consider making a donation in lieu of a program fee. Click here to donate.
Register here!

 

Helpful Resources for Families

PJ Library's Resources for talking with Children about Racism
Repairing the world, tikkun olam, starts at home. Right now, even if it feels uncomfortable, it's important for families to talk about race and racism together. PJ Library provides resources that offer starting points for parents, educators, and caregivers about how to handle conversations about race, racism, diversity and inclusion, even with very young children. Click here to view their resource page

JSSA Workshops and Groups
JSSA professionals conduct workshops and seminars on coping with issues related to the COVID-19 crisis and other mental health concerns, as well as facilitate support groups for seniors, unemployed adults, teens, LGBTQ+ teens, and children.
Click here to learn more
.

Pozez Picks - Virtual Author Series


Nancy Grace, Don’t be a Victim: Fighting Back against America’s Crime Wave

In conversation with John Lemley, Sirius Radio Host
Tuesday, October 27, 8pm EST
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Discover gripping true crime stories and the surprising tools you need to keep you and your family safe — from iconic legal commentator, TV journalist, and New York Times bestselling author Nancy Grace. Nancy Grace wasn’t always the influential legal authority we know today. One moment changed her future forever: her fiancé was murdered just before their wedding. Driven to deliver justice for other crime victims, Nancy became a felony prosecutor and for a decade, put the “bad guys” behind bars in Atlanta. Now, with a new and potentially life-saving book, Nancy puts her crime-fighting expertise to work, to empower you to stay safe in the face of daily dangers. For a full description of the book and author’s bio, click here.

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Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy, Never Alone

Sunday, November 8, 1:pm EST
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Never Alone is a classic account of courage, integrity and belonging. In 1977, Natan Sharansky, a leading activist for the democratic dissident movement in the Soviet Union and the movement for free Jewish emigration, was arrested. He spent nine years as a political prisoner, convicted of treason against the state. In Never Alone, Natan Sharansky and historian Gil Troy show how Sharansky's years in prison, many spent in harsh solitary confinement, prepared him for his public life, bringing extraordinary moral clarity and uncompromising honesty to his work as an Israeli politician and the head of the Jewish Agency. For a full description of the book and author’s bio, click here.

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Joan Lunden, Why Did I Come Into This Room? A Candid Conversation About Aging

In Conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Journalist
Sunday, November 8, 8pm EST
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
A funny “What to Expect When You're Expecting” for the aging woman, acclaimed journalist and Baby Boomer Joan Lunden delves into various phases of aging in her most candid and revealing book yet. Lunden takes the dull and depressing out of aging, replacing it with wit and humor. Why Did I Come into This Room? explores the science of aging and how it impacts the body and brain. For a full description of the book and author’s bio, click here.

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Esther Safran Foer, I Want You to Know We’re Still Here: A Post Holocaust Memoir

In conversation with one of her sons -- TBD
Opens with Kristallnacht Commemoration -- Rabbi Brian Glusman
Monday, November 9, 8pm EST
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

Esther Safran Foer grew up in a home where the past was too terrible to speak of. The child of parents who were each the sole survivors of their respective families, for Esther the Holocaust loomed in the backdrop of daily life, felt but never discussed. The result was a childhood marked by painful silences and continued tragedy. Even as she built a successful career, married, and raised three children, Esther felt herself searching. When Esther’s mother casually mentions an astonishing revelation—that her father had a previous wife and daughter, both killed in the Holocaust—Esther resolves to find out who they were, and how her father survived. The poignant and deeply moving story is not only of Esther’s journey, but of four generations of survivors, storytellers, and memory keepers living in the shadow of the Holocaust, determined not just to keep the past alive and imbue the present with life and more life. For a full description of the book and author’s bio, click here.

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Dale Berra, My Dad, Yogi

Tuesday, November 10, 8pm EST 
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Everyone knows Yogi Berra. The American icon was the backbone of the New York Yankees through ten World Series Championships, managed the National League Champion New York Mets in 1973, and had an ingenious way with words that remains an indelible part of our lexicon. But no one knew him like his family did. My Dad, Yogi is Dale Berra's chronicle of the unshakeable bond with his father and an intimate portrait providing a unique perspective on one of the great sports figures of the 20th Century. My Dad, Yogi is Dale's tribute to his dad -- a treat for baseball fans and a poignant story for all fathers and sons. For a full description of the book and author’s bio, click here.

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John Grisham, A Time for Mercy
Wednesday, November 11, 3pm EST
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

Zoom Author Talk + Q & A

Jake Brigance is back! The hero of A Time to Kill, one of the most popular novels of our time, returns in a courtroom drama that showcases #1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham at the height of his storytelling powers.

Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake’s fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line.

In what may be the most personal and accomplished legal thriller of John Grisham’s storied career, we deepen our acquaintance with the iconic Southern town of Clanton and the vivid cast of characters that so many readers know and cherish. The result is a richly rewarding novel that is both timely and timeless, full of wit, drama, and—most of all—heart.

Bursting with all the courthouse scheming, small-town intrigue, and stunning plot twists that have become the hallmarks of the master of the legal thriller, A Time for Mercy is John Grisham’s most powerful courtroom drama yet.

There is a time to kill and a time for justice. Now comes A Time for Mercy.

All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event.

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Cameron Douglas, Long Way Home

Wednesday, November 11, 8pm EST
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
From the scion of Hollywood royalty--son of Michael Douglas, grandson of Kirk Douglas--a moving, often shocking, ultimately inspiring memoir detailing his struggle to regain his dignity, humanity, and place in society after many years of drug abuse and almost eight years in prison.

Sparing no one in his sphere--least of all himself--Cameron Douglas gives us a raw and unstintingly honest recounting of his harrowing, remarkable, and, in the end, inspiring life story. For a full description of the book and author’s bio, click here.

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Michael J. Fox, No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality
In Conversation with Harlan Coben, New York Times Bestselling Author
Thursday, November 19, 8pm EST

Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
In No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality, Michael shares personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions about time affect the way we approach mortality. Thoughtful and moving, but with Fox’s trademark sense of humor, his book provides a vehicle for reflection about our lives, our loves, and our losses.

Running through the narrative is the drama of the medical madness Fox recently experienced, that included his daily negotiations with the Parkinson’s disease he’s had since 1991, and a spinal cord issue that necessitated immediate surgery. His challenge to learn how to walk again, only to suffer a devastating fall, nearly caused him to ditch his trademark optimism and “get out of the lemonade business altogether.”

Does he make it all of the way back? Read the book. 

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Transgender Day of Remembrance
Mimi Lemay, What We Will Become: A Mother, Son, and a Journey of Transformation
Friday, November 20, 2pm EST   
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Mimi Lemay recounts her memoir of her transgender child’s odyssey, and her journey outside the boundaries of the faith and culture that shaped her. 

From the age of two-and-a-half, Jacob, born “Em,” adamantly told his family he was a boy. While his mother Mimi struggled to understand and come to terms with the fact that her child may be transgender, she experienced a sense of déjà vu—the journey to uncover the source of her child’s inner turmoil unearthed ghosts from Mimi’s past and her own struggle to live an authentic life.    
 
Mimi was raised in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family, every aspect of her life dictated by ancient rules and her role as a woman largely preordained from cradle to grave. As a young woman, Mimi wrestled with the demands of her faith and eventually made the painful decision to leave her religious community and the strict gender roles it upheld.
 
Having risen from the ashes of her former life, Mimi was prepared to help her son forge a new one — at a time when there was little consensus on how best to help young transgender children. What We Will Become is a powerful testament to how painful events from the past can be redeemed to give us hope for the future. For full details and author’s bio, click here.

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Melissa Clark, Kid in the Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Tips for Young Home Cooks

Sunday, November 22, 1pm EST
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium
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ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Melissa Clark, the New York Times food columnist and beloved home cooking authority, spins 100 all-new recipes for a robust new audience of home chefs: kids ages 8-14!

With seventy-five full-color photographs and helpful lessons on topics such as how to measure, the ingredients you really need (anchovies, guys!), stuff you can fudge (herbs), and how to clean up like nothing ever happened, this must-have resource is both friendly and authoritative. For a full description of the book and author’s bio, click here.

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David Baldacci, Daylight: An Atlee Pine Thriller
Sunday, November 22, 8pm EST
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium
ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
FBI Agent Atlee Pine's search for her sister Mercy clashes with military investigator John Puller's high-stakes case, leading them both deep into a global conspiracy -- from which neither of them will escape unscathed.

For many long years, Atlee Pine was tormented by uncertainty after her twin sister, Mercy, was abducted at the age of six and never seen again. Now, just as Atlee is pressured to end her investigation into Mercy's disappearance, she finally gets her most promising breakthrough yet: the identity of her sister's kidnapper, Ito Vincenzo.

With time running out, Atlee and her assistant Carol Blum race to Vincenzo's last known location in Trenton, New Jersey -- and unknowingly stumble straight into John Puller's case, blowing his arrest during a drug ring investigation involving a military installation.

Stunningly, Pine and Puller's joint investigation uncovers a connection between Vincenzo's family and a breathtaking scheme that strikes at the very heart of global democracy. Peeling back the layers of deceit, lies and cover-ups, Atlee finally discovers the truth about what happened to Mercy. And that truth will shock Pine to her very core.

About the Author
David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world's favorite storytellers. His books are published in over forty-five languages and in more than eighty countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at DavidBaldacci.com and his foundation at https://WishYouWellFoundation.org  

All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event.

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Live Streamed Programs and Events

Virtual 41st Annual Interfaith Concert
Thursday, November 19, 7:30pm EDT

Presented by Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington
Participating performers include:
Mosaic Harmony
Cambodian Buddhist Dancers
Baha’i Chorale
Performance from the ADAMS Center
Interfaith Duet
Combined Interfaith Choir
For more details and to purchase tickets: https://ifcmw.org/programs/concert/

Israeli Dance with Ethan Halpern
Ongoing, Tuesdays, 8pm
Join us weekly for a zoom dance class that incorporates Jewish and Israeli culture through choreographed dances set to modern music by Israeli artists. The dances students learn are recognized in most programs internationally. No experience is required. 
Join Zoom Meeting Tuesdays @ 8pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83336312400?pwd=SVozNWdNM20wVUFrTHY5TUZuNjZRZz09 
Meeting ID: 833 3631 2400
Passcode: 923463

 

J-Dance: Video-on-demand dance stretches with Miss Vera

Cinema J: Films

Cinema J: YidLife Crisis
An award-winning Yiddish comedy web series and cultural brand created by Jamie Elman & Eli Batalion. Click here to view the film.  

Cinema J: Yidl Mitn Fidl -- Throw Back Thursday (classic Yiddish films via YouTube)
One of the most successful Yiddish films of all time Yidl Mitn Fidl, stars the great comedienne Molly Picon, star of theatre, film, and vaudeville.
Click here to view.

Cinema J: Without a Home -- Throw Back Thursday (classic Yiddish films via YouTube)
The last pre-war film produced in Poland, Without a Home tells the heart-rending story of a man who emigrates without his family, intending to bring them the US later.
Click here to view.

Cinema J: YidLife Crisis (Season 2, Episode 1)
An award-winning Yiddish comedy web series and cultural brand created by Jamie Elman & Eli Batalion.
Click here to view. 

Cinema J: YidLife Crisis (Season 3, Episode 1)
An award-winning Yiddish comedy web series and cultural brand created by Jamie Elman & Eli Batalion.
Click here to view.

Cinema J: Chai Flicks
Enjoy a selection of films from our previous Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival. Visit the site and click on Free Trial to receive a one month free trial. Here's an opportunity to watch great Jewish films from the comfort of your home.

Click here to visit the site.

Exploring the Arts

Omanut Babayit: Arts at Home
Summer Activities with the Israeli Artists Project Artist Community
The IAP brings together some of the best teaching artists in their community to share their skills and offer a wide variety of classes and workshops for all ages. If you love the arts, you’ll love exploring their classes.
Click here for details: https://www.omanutbabayit.org/ 

Audio Plays – Two Opportunities!
Both Plays Available thru July 19th
(plays can be enjoyed on your computer or phone)

The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg
Faye Bascov is about to throw an opulent Christmas dinner—a tradition for this secular, well-educated Jewish family. But any family gathering is an invitation for old resentments to boil over, as Faye’s sister-in-law Julie and the extended family have plenty to hash out.
To listen click here: https://bit.ly/THE_ASSEMBLED_PARTIES_BY_RICHARD_GREENBERG 

The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud
From the author of The Natural comes a classic short story about a young rabbinical student and his fateful encounter with an enigmatic matchmaker. A co-production with the National Jewish Theater.
To listen click here: https://bit.ly/LATW-THE-MAGIC-BARREL 

These audio plays have been generously been provided to our community by L.A. Theater Works, the world’s largest producer of professionally performed audio plays. Their mission is to record and preserve great performances of important stage plays, using new technology to make world-class theatre accessible to the widest possible audience, and to expand the use of theatre as a teaching tool.

The Dybbuk (opera on YouTube)
Pittsburg Jewish Music presents this haunting opera based on the famous play by the same name.
Click here to view.

Niv Ashkenazi: Violins of Hope
Niv Ashkenazi: Violins of Hope was recorded at The Soraya and was released in March 2020. It is the first solo album recorded on one of the Violins of Hope. Click here to listen. More about the Violins of Hope and Niv Ashkenazi can be found on their website by clicking here


Nani Noam Vazan in Concert
Noam “Nani” Vazana is an acclaimed international singer, composer, pianist and trombonist. Click here to enjoy her phenomenal concert at the Kennedy Center. Like what you hear? Help Noam make the world's 1st original songs Ladino album and check out her crowdsourcing link : https://noam-vazana.com/support-crowd-funding/ 
 If you're interested in learning more about the Ladino language, click here for an interesting article. 

The Origins of Jewish Performance
Read this interesting article about the origins of Jewish performance.
Click here to read the article.

Jewish Humor with Michael Krasny
Watch this interesting and hilarious lecture about the historic and cultural role that humor plays in Jewish life with American radio host Michael Krazny.
Click here to view the video. 


The Ruth Rubin Legacy: Archive of Yiddish Folk Songs
Ruth Rubin was a scholar, collector, and performer of Yiddish folk songs.
Click here to enjoy her collection of Peysekh - Passover Songs.

Idan Raichel's 2016 Concert
Producer, keyboardist, Lyricist, composer and Performer Idan Raichel is a global music icon who has brought his inspiring example and soul-stirring music to some of the planet’s biggest stages. Click here to watch the concert.

Idan Raichel & Friends 2009 Concert
Producer, keyboardist, Lyricist, composer and Performer Idan Raichel is a global music icon who has brought his inspiring example and soul-stirring music to some of the planet’s biggest stages. Click here to watch the video.

Nefesh Mountain November 2018 Concert
Nefesh Mountain is the place where Bluegrass, Old-Time, and American Roots music meet with Jewish heritage and tradition. Click here to enjoy the concert. 

Programs

Watch for upcoming programs here.

 

Vaccine Clinic

Giant Pharmacy Clinic at the Pozez JCC
October 21, 2pm-5pm

Please download the consent form, fill it out and bring it, and your insurance card, with you when you come to the vaccine clinic.

Vaccines Being Offered:
Regular Quadrivalent (4 strain), Flu, ages 5-65
High Dose Quadrivalent (4 strain), Flu, age 65+
Pneumonia vaccine - Prevnar-13, age 65+
Pneumonia vaccine - Pneumovax-23, age 65+ (unless one has chronic illness such as diabetes, asthma, COPD, smoker, then they need it earlier)
Shingles - Shingrix, age 50+ ( 2-shot series separated by 2-6 months)
Hepatitis A Havrix, age 18+ (2 shot series separated by 6 months)
Hepatitis B Engerix-b, age 18+ (3 shot series 0,1, then 6 months)
T-dap - Boostrix, age 18+ (Booster every 10 years)

Tents will be set-up outside in the West Parking Lot. Back-up plan will be a set-up in the J.

Insurance Information:
Medicare-B (65+) covers flu and pneumonia at no charge to patient

Cigna, Federal plan, Tricare, and Carefirst medical plans cover all the above vaccines at no charge to patient. Most Aetna plans cover vaccines. Most all other plans cover the flu vaccines at no charge.

Giant is also offering a discounted rate to those who don't have any insurance. Cost could be as low as $19.00 depending on the turnout. You can ask about this at the clinic.

Fitness Videos

Ongoing Weekly Programs

Hebrew Through Song
Tuesdays, 9am

Join Rotem Ur, Shaliach at Shaare Torah Congregation in Maryland, and learn Hebrew through songs. 
Register here.

Israeli Dance with Ethan Halpern
Tuesdays, 8pm

Join us weekly for a zoom dance class that incorporates Jewish and Israeli culture through choreographed dances set to modern music by Israeli artists. The dances students learn are recognized in most programs internationally. No experience is required. 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83336312400?pwd=SVozNWdNM20wVUFrTHY5TUZuNjZRZz09
Meeting ID: 833 3631 2400
Passcode: 923463

Fill Up Your Cup... with Weekly News Updates from Israel!*
Wednesdays, 10am-11am 
Join Shy Ashkenazi, Pozez JCC's Shaliach, for a conversation about what's happening in Israel today. Click here to register.

*This program is presented by the Pozez JCC-JAFI’s Shiri Rahamim Shlichut Program, which is supported by a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

IEF - Israel Engagement Fellowship for teens in 10th-12th grades

IEF - Israel Engagement Fellowship
Sundays, October 18-December 13 (no meeting Nov. 29), 4pm-5:15pm
Participation is open to any 10th–12th grader regardless of school/synagogue membership/affiliation.
Are you a future leader? Are you looking for a unique addition to your college application? Are you interested in strengthening your connection to Israel? The Israel Engagement Fellowship is just what you are looking for!

During the free eight-part seminar, you will:
• Explore the trends on college campus and how Israel fits into broader conversations
• Learn the importance of building allies and coalitions to impact change
• Examine the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and learn from differing narratives
• Graduate with the knowledge, experience, and confidence to engage with and advocate for Israel in your own meaningful way on college campus and beyond
Fee: There is no cost to participate.

Application deadline is Wednesday, October 14. Apply here: https://www.jcouncil.org/get-involved/israel-action-center/israel-engagement-fellowship 

QUESTIONS: Contact Adam Odesser at aodesser@jcouncil.org 

The Israel Engagement Fellowship was created in partnership with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and is funded by a generous gift from Margo and Yoram Cohen.

Upcoming Livestream Programs

Are American Jews and Israel Heading for Divorce?
With Liel Leibovitz
Mondays, October 5–26, 8pm EST
In Partnership with JCC of Greater Baltimore's Wisdom Studio of the Gordon Center for Performing Arts 
Ask American Jews and Israelis to define their relationship, and you'd hear something that sounds a lot like a couple on the brink of divorce. Stateside, progressive Jews are feeling increasingly uncomfortable with Israel's right-wing government and its policies, while Israelis, in turn, have less and less patience for American Jews and their demands for religious pluralism. Liel Leibovitz, an Israeli-American journalist with roots in both communities, will shed light on the fissures tearing the world's two largest Jewish centers apart, and find surprising reasons to be hopeful not always reported in the press.

Liel Leibovitz is an editor at large for Tablet Magazine and the co-host of its popular podcast, Unorthodox. He is the author or co-author of several books, including, most recently, The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia: From Abraham to Zabar's and Everything in Between.
Fee: $96/household
Code: #12846 
To register: Go to thej.org/register, sign into your account (or create an account for new users), and enter the class code in the box on the left. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with Zoom access information.

25 Years After the Assassination of Yitzchak Rabin: Where is Israel’s Society Today? 
Beginning, Tuesday, October 13-November 24, 4pm (four-part series)
Presented by the Jewish Federation of Milwaukee 
In commemoration of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination in 1995, we invite you to take a closer look at Israeli society 25 years later. 
October 13: Jewish-Arab Relations
October 27: Religions-Secular Conflict
November 10: The Right vs. the Left 
November 24: Q&A with Yaron Zilbeman- director of the movie “Incitement” that tells the story of Yigal Amir, Yitzhak Rabin’s assassin.
All sessions are free and virtual. 
Register for sessions here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfBFdwuxxXYSrPw9KebFxroYuCZyc9yfKyffdXEZI4i0AsauQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Video on Demand

Why Racism Matters to Jews
Featuring: Dr. LaNitra Berger, Senior Director, Office of Fellowships, Office of Undergraduate Education, George Mason University; Dr. Charles Chavis, Assistant Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and History and Director of the John Mitchell, Jr. Program for History, Justice, and Race, at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University; and Rabbi Jeffrey Saxe, Temple Rodef Shalom, Falls Church, VA.

Join us for a thought-provoking conversation among three local professionals who care deeply about racial inequality and the status of Black-Jewish relations today, followed by a Q&A with the audience. Dr. Berger will speak to how Jews might feel about their whiteness considering the current climate of racism toward “others,” while also experiencing anti-Semitism. Dr. Chavis will give a historical perspective on how the Black Jewish Alliance rose during the Civil Rights movement and where it is now as dramatic events unfold each day. Rabbi Saxe will discuss what our congregations and communities can do to help in this significant moment of racial awakening, as well as how Jews of color might feel about their experiences. This is a dialogue for anyone who values equality and justice for all. Click here to watch the webinar.  

Israel Story Podcasts
You might be familiar with the hit podcast Israel Story. Frequently called the "Israeli 'This American Life,'" Israel Story is the world's largest and leading Jewish podcast, with hundreds of thousands of listeners in 194 countries around the globe. They tell heartwarming, thoughtful and fascinating human-interest tales from Israel. Shying away from politics, their content offers a unique glimpse into Israeli society and provides an unusually effective (and fun!) way of expanding the conversation about Israel. They just launched their fifth season with "Alone, Together" - a miniseries that explores life in Israel during COVID-19.

You can access their entire body of work (nearly 100 full-length episodes) on their website, or by subscribing to their feed in English and/or Hebrew. Additionally, they offer live online presentations, workshops, and interviews, and have done countless virtual events during the pandemic.

Jewish Baseball Players
This short video showcases Jewish baseball players of past and present, but still alive, along with owners, sportscasters, and other professionals connected to MLB, signing and speaking about what it means to be part of a first-ever all-Jewish piece of artwork! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnBFmjuBXu0&feature=youtu.be 

   

Pikuach Nefesh – He who saves one man’s life saves the entire world
The Pozez JCC continues to support and build CommUNITY during this challenging time for so many people in our area. We hope you will join us in standing together to help those in need by supporting the following programs:

Giant Pharmacy Clinic at the Pozez JCC
October 21, 2pm-5pm

Please download the consent form, fill it out and bring it, and your insurance card, with you when you come to the vaccine clinic.

Vaccines Being Offered:
Regular Quadrivalent (4 strain), Flu, ages 5-65
High Dose Quadrivalent (4 strain), Flu, age 65+
Pneumonia vaccine - Prevnar-13, age 65+
Pneumonia vaccine - Pneumovax-23, age 65+ (unless one has chronic illness such as diabetes, asthma, COPD, smoker, then they need it earlier)
Shingles - Shingrix, age 50+ ( 2-shot series separated by 2-6 months)
Hepatitis A Havrix, age 18+ (2 shot series separated by 6 months)
Hepatitis B Engerix-b, age 18+ (3 shot series 0,1, then 6 months)
T-dap - Boostrix, age 18+ (Booster every 10 years)

Tents will be set-up outside in the West Parking Lot. Back-up plan will be a set-up in the J.

Insurance Information:
Medicare-B (65+) covers flu and pneumonia at no charge to patient

Cigna, Federal plan, Tricare, and Carefirst medical plans cover all the above vaccines at no charge to patient. Most Aetna plans cover vaccines. Most all other plans cover the flu vaccines at no charge.

Giant is also offering a discounted rate to those who don't have any insurance. Cost could be as low as $19.00 depending on the turnout. You can ask about this at the clinic.

Volunteer Fairfax Presents "Volunteerfest"
Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25
Join Volunteer Fairfax for VolunteerFest, a weekend of service that mobilizes hundreds of volunteers in a variety of volunteer events across Fairfax County! We encourage people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to join in and give volunteering a try!

VolunteerFest will include a variety of in person projects or activities that you and your family can complete entirely at home. Whether in-person, virtual or at home, VolunteerFest will have something for you!
Learn more by clicking here: https://www.volunteerfairfax.org/events/volunteer-fest-2020/ 

Pozez JCC and The American Red Cross Blood Drives
In the months ahead, the Pozez JCC is hosting several blood drives to help our County replenish its critically low supply. Every day, blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Please mark your calendar and register to give blood on the following dates and times:
Tuesday, November 3, 9am-2:30pm
Thursday, December 24, 9am-2:30pm
Thursday, December 31, 9am-2:30pm
Monday, March 8, 10am-4pm

The blood donation process from the time you arrive until the time you leave takes about an hour. The donation itself is only about 8-10 minutes on average.

Sign up by clicking here: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=JCC%20Northern%20VA&cid=siebel&med=email&source=bdc_email&utm_source=siebel&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=bdc_email

Jam the J-Trolley
Weekly Collection of Non-Perishable Food and Personal Care Items
Wednesdays, ongoing @ the J from 3:30pm-5:30pm (new hours so you can drop off your donations when picking up your delivery from Shouk - see below).
Every Wednesday afternoon, please bring non-perishable food and personal care items to the J to help us Jam the J-Trolley and donate these items to hose in need in Fairfax County.

Suggested non-perishable foods include: Canned chicken, canned chili, canned fruit, rice, spaghetti sauces, and cardboard boxes.

Suggested items include: Toothpaste/Toothbrushes, deodorant and lotions, diapers & baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, adult incontinence underwear, laundry & dish detergent, household cleaners, paper towels & toilet paper. 

New: The Jewish Community Support Line - 703-J-CARING
When you feel overwhelmed or uncertain about your options for support, your Jewish community is here for you.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, JSSA, and our network of local human service organizations are proud to introduce 703-J-CARING: The Jewish Community Support Line, serving residents of DC, MD, and Northern Virginia.  

With one call to 703-J-CARING (703-522-7464), you can connect with a professional case manager ready to assist you in finding the resources and support that are right for you. All calls are confidential.

Case managers are standing by to support you Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Find resources & support for: Adult/Senior Care Services, Career Services, Early Childhood Services, Emergency Assistance, Health & Wellness, …and much more.

Kosher Food Deliveries

Shouk Delivers to the Pozez JCC on Wednesdays at 5pm!
Shouk is a fast casual concept with a unique take on Israeli street food. Voted Best Fast Casual in DC three years running, Shouk is also featured on the Food Network and Forbes Magazine. Shouk's food is plant-based, planet-friendly, and certified Kosher. If you've never heard of Shouk, check out this recent Washington Post review.

In addition to its a-la-carte menu, check out Shouk's pantry of provisions and their new Meal Kits, where you can make a full Shouk dinner at home. 

1. You can order either via Shouk's website or app  
2. Choose Hood Drop and find Fairfax. 
3. Order for later. Ordering is open until 3pm, but note that Shouk often sells out so don't sleep on this!
4. Pick up your food in the Pozez JCC parking lot at 5pm on Wednesdays. Please have your order number ready so that they can quickly locate your order and get you on your way.

Social Action Resources

Listen, Learn, & Act: JCRC's Anti Racism Resources for Our Community
Curated by Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)
To help us renew and deepen our commitment to the Black community as well as support Jews of Color; specifically Black Jews, the JCRC of Greater Washington has created a resource list – for learning and self-examination around explicit and implicit racism, and for taking concrete anti-racist action to advance justice and equity in our society. https://jcouncil.org/page/listen-learn-act

Top 10 Important Books to Read on Race Relations

PJ Library's Resources for Talking with Children about Racism

Repairing the world, tikkun olam, starts at home. Right now, even if it feels uncomfortable, it's important for families to talk about race and racism together. PJ Library provides resources that offer starting points for parents, educators, and caregivers about how to handle conversations about race, racism, diversity and inclusion, even with very young children. Click here to view their resource page.


Nancy Grace, Don’t be a Victim: Fighting Back against America’s Crime Wave

In conversation with John Lemley, Sirius Radio Host
Tuesday, October 27, 8pm EST
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Discover gripping true crime stories and the surprising tools you need to keep you and your family safe — from iconic legal commentator, TV journalist, and New York Times bestselling author Nancy Grace. Nancy Grace wasn’t always the influential legal authority we know today. One moment changed her future forever: her fiancé was murdered just before their wedding. Driven to deliver justice for other crime victims, Nancy became a felony prosecutor and for a decade, put the “bad guys” behind bars in Atlanta. Now, with a new and potentially life-saving book, Nancy puts her crime-fighting expertise to work, to empower you to stay safe in the face of daily dangers. For a full description of the book and author’s bio, click here.

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Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy, Never Alone

Sunday, November 8, 1:pm EST
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Never Alone is a classic account of courage, integrity and belonging. In 1977, Natan Sharansky, a leading activist for the democratic dissident movement in the Soviet Union and the movement for free Jewish emigration, was arrested. He spent nine years as a political prisoner, convicted of treason against the state. In Never Alone, Natan Sharansky and historian Gil Troy show how Sharansky's years in prison, many spent in harsh solitary confinement, prepared him for his public life, bringing extraordinary moral clarity and uncompromising honesty to his work as an Israeli politician and the head of the Jewish Agency. For a full description of the book and author’s bio, click here.

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Joan Lunden, Why Did I Come Into This Room? A Candid Conversation About Aging

In Conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Journalist
Sunday, November 8, 8pm EST
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
A funny “What to Expect When You're Expecting” for the aging woman, acclaimed journalist and Baby Boomer Joan Lunden delves into various phases of aging in her most candid and revealing book yet. Lunden takes the dull and depressing out of aging, replacing it with wit and humor. Why Did I Come into This Room? explores the science of aging and how it impacts the body and brain. For a full description of the book and author’s bio, click here.

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Esther Safran Foer, I Want You to Know We’re Still Here: A Post Holocaust Memoir

In conversation with one of her sons -- TBD
Opens with Kristallnacht Commemoration -- Rabbi Brian Glusman
Monday, November 9, 8pm EST
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

Esther Safran Foer grew up in a home where the past was too terrible to speak of. The child of parents who were each the sole survivors of their respective families, for Esther the Holocaust loomed in the backdrop of daily life, felt but never discussed. The result was a childhood marked by painful silences and continued tragedy. Even as she built a successful career, married, and raised three children, Esther felt herself searching. When Esther’s mother casually mentions an astonishing revelation—that her father had a previous wife and daughter, both killed in the Holocaust—Esther resolves to find out who they were, and how her father survived. The poignant and deeply moving story is not only of Esther’s journey, but of four generations of survivors, storytellers, and memory keepers living in the shadow of the Holocaust, determined not just to keep the past alive and imbue the present with life and more life. For a full description of the book and author’s bio, click here.

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Dale Berra, My Dad, Yogi

Tuesday, November 10, 8pm EST 
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Everyone knows Yogi Berra. The American icon was the backbone of the New York Yankees through ten World Series Championships, managed the National League Champion New York Mets in 1973, and had an ingenious way with words that remains an indelible part of our lexicon. But no one knew him like his family did. My Dad, Yogi is Dale Berra's chronicle of the unshakeable bond with his father and an intimate portrait providing a unique perspective on one of the great sports figures of the 20th Century. My Dad, Yogi is Dale's tribute to his dad -- a treat for baseball fans and a poignant story for all fathers and sons. For a full description of the book and author’s bio, click here.

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John Grisham, A Time for Mercy
Wednesday, November 11, 3pm EST
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

Zoom Author Talk + Q & A

Jake Brigance is back! The hero of A Time to Kill, one of the most popular novels of our time, returns in a courtroom drama that showcases #1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham at the height of his storytelling powers.

Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake’s fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line.

In what may be the most personal and accomplished legal thriller of John Grisham’s storied career, we deepen our acquaintance with the iconic Southern town of Clanton and the vivid cast of characters that so many readers know and cherish. The result is a richly rewarding novel that is both timely and timeless, full of wit, drama, and—most of all—heart.

Bursting with all the courthouse scheming, small-town intrigue, and stunning plot twists that have become the hallmarks of the master of the legal thriller, A Time for Mercy is John Grisham’s most powerful courtroom drama yet.

There is a time to kill and a time for justice. Now comes A Time for Mercy.

All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event.

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Cameron Douglas, Long Way Home

Wednesday, November 11, 8pm EST
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
From the scion of Hollywood royalty--son of Michael Douglas, grandson of Kirk Douglas--a moving, often shocking, ultimately inspiring memoir detailing his struggle to regain his dignity, humanity, and place in society after many years of drug abuse and almost eight years in prison.

Sparing no one in his sphere--least of all himself--Cameron Douglas gives us a raw and unstintingly honest recounting of his harrowing, remarkable, and, in the end, inspiring life story. For a full description of the book and author’s bio, click here.

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Michael J. Fox, No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality
In Conversation with Harlan Coben, New York Times Bestselling Author
Thursday, November 19, 8pm EST
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.
In No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality, Michael shares personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions about time affect the way we approach mortality. Thoughtful and moving, but with Fox’s trademark sense of humor, his book provides a vehicle for reflection about our lives, our loves, and our losses.

Running through the narrative is the drama of the medical madness Fox recently experienced, that included his daily negotiations with the Parkinson’s disease he’s had since 1991, and a spinal cord issue that necessitated immediate surgery. His challenge to learn how to walk again, only to suffer a devastating fall, nearly caused him to ditch his trademark optimism and “get out of the lemonade business altogether.”

Does he make it all of the way back? Read the book. 
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Transgender Day of Remembrance
Mimi Lemay, What We Will Become: A Mother, Son, and a Journey of Transformation

Friday, November 20, 2pm EST   
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Mimi Lemay recounts her memoir of her transgender child’s odyssey, and her journey outside the boundaries of the faith and culture that shaped her.

From the age of two-and-a-half, Jacob, born “Em,” adamantly told his family he was a boy. While his mother Mimi struggled to understand and come to terms with the fact that her child may be transgender, she experienced a sense of déjà vu—the journey to uncover the source of her child’s inner turmoil unearthed ghosts from Mimi’s past and her own struggle to live an authentic life.    
 
Mimi was raised in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family, every aspect of her life dictated by ancient rules and her role as a woman largely preordained from cradle to grave. As a young woman, Mimi wrestled with the demands of her faith and eventually made the painful decision to leave her religious community and the strict gender roles it upheld.
 
Having risen from the ashes of her former life, Mimi was prepared to help her son forge a new one — at a time when there was little consensus on how best to help young transgender children. What We Will Become is a powerful testament to how painful events from the past can be redeemed to give us hope for the future. For full details and author’s bio, click here.

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Melissa Clark, Kid in the Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Tips for Young Home Cooks

Sunday, November 22, 1pm EST
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium
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ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Melissa Clark, the New York Times food columnist and beloved home cooking authority, spins 100 all-new recipes for a robust new audience of home chefs: kids ages 8-14!

With seventy-five full-color photographs and helpful lessons on topics such as how to measure, the ingredients you really need (anchovies, guys!), stuff you can fudge (herbs), and how to clean up like nothing ever happened, this must-have resource is both friendly and authoritative. For a full description of the book and author’s bio, click here.

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David Baldacci, Daylight: An Atlee Pine Thriller
Sunday, November 22, 8pm EST
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium
ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
FBI Agent Atlee Pine's search for her sister Mercy clashes with military investigator John Puller's high-stakes case, leading them both deep into a global conspiracy -- from which neither of them will escape unscathed.

For many long years, Atlee Pine was tormented by uncertainty after her twin sister, Mercy, was abducted at the age of six and never seen again. Now, just as Atlee is pressured to end her investigation into Mercy's disappearance, she finally gets her most promising breakthrough yet: the identity of her sister's kidnapper, Ito Vincenzo.

With time running out, Atlee and her assistant Carol Blum race to Vincenzo's last known location in Trenton, New Jersey -- and unknowingly stumble straight into John Puller's case, blowing his arrest during a drug ring investigation involving a military installation.

Stunningly, Pine and Puller's joint investigation uncovers a connection between Vincenzo's family and a breathtaking scheme that strikes at the very heart of global democracy. Peeling back the layers of deceit, lies and cover-ups, Atlee finally discovers the truth about what happened to Mercy. And that truth will shock Pine to her very core.

About the Author
David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world's favorite storytellers. His books are published in over forty-five languages and in more than eighty countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at DavidBaldacci.com and his foundation at https://WishYouWellFoundation.org  

All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event.

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Live Streamed Programs and Events         

Discovering Missions Virtually (DMV): A Community-Wide Challenge
Thursday, October 8-Wednesday, October 14
Sign up by October 6th
All ages welcome to participate.
Presented by the Pozez, Bender and Edlavitch JCC's
Have fun this fall! Here at mission control we've created a fun community-wide virtual challenge! If you choose to accept this challenge, you will be given a list of missions (things you may find at home, in your neighborhood, in your community or online) to complete using the free online app called Goose Chase. 

During a Goose Chase scavenger hunt, you will be asked to complete missions that range from taking pictures to answering questions. All ages can participate in the hunt and the best way to win is through teamwork. The hunt is creative, interactive, and fun. Think of it as a crazy game show and YOU are the contestant! The hunt will take you approximately 2 hours but you don't have to do it all in one day. Leading up to the event, you will receive an email with a link to the app and instructions on playing. Questions: amy.lummer@thej.orgjradosh@benderjccgw.orglindsayk@edjcc.org
Fee:    Priceless
Prize: Bragging Rights (and Fun!)
To Register: https://forms.gle/BRNE1Dc625YExuXz8

SummerQuest in Fall: Fantasy Adventures Online! Search for the Dragon Emperor: A Six Week Journey 
Sundays, October 18-November 22 (6 weeks)
1pm-3:30pm
Ages: 7-12
Bring Summer to your home year-round with SummerQuest in the Fall! The Pozez JCC is excited to partner with Developmental Support Associates as they take you through a highly interactive social experience that integrates virtual, physical, and sensory components via a psycho-educational quest. Before each weekly fantasy adventure begins, a package of real treasures and activities is delivered to your door. These tangible materials are woven into your role-play adventure and helps to bring the story to life within your home. Participants become characters in the story, and the decisions they make with their peers determine how the story will unfold. The result is fun, fast paced, challenging, family-friendly and person-centered.

Players of SummerQuest enjoy facing challenges with their peers, while the SummerQuest team focuses on promoting personal, social and cognitive growth for each participant through positive energy, emotional support, mindfulness and so much more!

SummerQuest is designed for people who enjoy storytelling, role play, imaginary play, drama and creative expression. This program is great for children who are twice exceptional (2E), have social anxiety, could benefit from positive behavioral interventions, and/or children who love gaming and interactive adventures! Players will need access to a Zoom-capable device. To learn more about Developmental Support Associates, visit www.developmentalsupport.com or visit www.thesummerquest.com to learn more about the program. For questions, please contact Jessica.Tischler@theJ.org.  
Fee:    $498 (includes the 6 classes and weekly in-home activity packages)
Code: #12844

Register

SummerQuest in the Fall: Fantasy Adventures Online! Search for the Dragon Emperor: A Six Week Journey 
Sundays, October 18-November 22 (6 weeks)
4pm-6:30pm
Ages: 13-17
Bring Summer to your home year-round with SummerQuest in the Fall! The Pozez JCC is excited to partner with Developmental Support Associates as they take you through a highly interactive social experience that integrates virtual, physical, and sensory components via a psycho-educational quest. Before each weekly fantasy adventure begins, a package of real treasures and activities is delivered to your door. These tangible materials are woven into your role-play adventure and helps to bring the story to life within your home. Participants become characters in the story, and the decisions they make with their peers determine how the story will unfold. The result is fun, fast paced, challenging, family-friendly and person-centered.

Players of SummerQuest enjoy facing challenges with their peers, while the SummerQuest team focuses on promoting personal, social and cognitive growth for each participant through positive energy, emotional support, mindfulness and so much more!

SummerQuest is designed for people who enjoy storytelling, role play, imaginary play, drama and creative expression. This program is great for children who are twice exceptional (2E), have social anxiety, could benefit from positive behavioral interventions, and/or children who love gaming and interactive adventures! Players will need access to a Zoom-capable device. To learn more about Developmental Support Associates, visit www.developmentalsupport.com or visit www.thesummerquest.com to learn more about the program. For questions, please contact Jessica.Tischler@theJ.org
Fee:    $498 (includes the 6 classes and weekly in-home activity packages)
Code: #12845

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Bim Bom Bag (Mezuzah) project and program
Zoom meeting November 12, 2pm
Sign up by November 4
This program most enjoyed by children 3yrs. and up
Presented by the Pozez JCC's GJF program, the Bender JCC, and the Edlavitch DCJCC
Enjoy a bag-tastic and exciting opportunity to learn about Jewish customs and holidays through arts & crafts, stories, and discussions. When you sign up, we will provide Mezuzah themed arts & crafts activities to work on independently with your kid(s). A few days later we will get together on Zoom to share our creative crafts, read a story, and learn cool facts about Mezuzahs. Please note: In order to fulfill Bim Bom bag orders, registration closes firmly on November 4 at 11:30pm.
Fee: $15/bag
Code: 12904
The J-Family Ambassador program is brought to you by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

Family & Friends ThanksGAME Night
Sunday, November 22
6:30pm–7:30pm
All ages are welcome!
Have fun with the whole family, just yourself, and/or invite your friends for a fun pre-Thanksgiving event focused on giving thanks and playing games! Hosted virtually on Zoom by tech-savvy, professional and engaging hosts, mainstages makes sure to have a mix of creative challenges, trivia questions, and active games that will get everyone up and moving around. With a wide array of games geared to entertain a large age range, there’s sure to be something for everyone!

Join us for this TV-like game show experience where you get to participate from your own home! Whether you are there to play, or there to watch, everyone will leave feeling the warmth of our shared community… and that is something to be thankful for! Questions, contact Jessica.Tischler@theJ.org.  
Fee: $10 per household
Code: #12882

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The J’s Got Talent!
Saturday, December 12
7pm–8pm
All ages are welcome to attend. (16+ to perform)
Join friends, neighbors, and family for a night filled with extraordinary talents, hosted by New York theater and entertainment company mainstages. This virtual event on Zoom will be fun for all and will include interactive games and interviews in between tremendous talents both big and small. Be sure to stay to the end and vote for your favorite act and help them win the grand prize!

This event is open to the entire community, whether you are watching or performing, and will surely be a fun night for all and a great way to share in the holiday season as we appreciate all the wonderful talents our community has to offer! Questions? Contact Jessica.Tischler@theJ.org.  
Fee:     $10 per household
Code: #12883

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Calling All Talented Performers! 
Do you, your friends or someone you know have a special talent and are at least 16 years of age? Can you sing, dance, juggle, play an instrument, do magic…or, so much more?! The community wants to see your talent (must be appropriate for all ages). To apply to be on The J’s Got Talent, please fill out the application form by clicking here and returning the form, via email, to Jessica.Tischler@theJ.org. While there is no fee to submit an application, we ask that you encourage two households to register for the event (of course they’ll want to see you perform!). We will also send you a registration discount code specific to you once your application is accepted.

Ongoing Programs for Kids, Teens, and Adults

Family & Friends BINGO! (Online)
Wednesdays (biweekly), October 7, 21, November 4, 18, December 9
5pm–5:45pm
Ages: all ages!
Come one, come all to play Bingo with us! RSVP is required no later than noon of the day of each Bingo game to Jessica.Tischler@theJ.org to receive your Bingo card and link to Zoom. Free to play! It would be greatly appreciated if you would please consider making a donation in lieu of a program fee. Click here to donate.

Kids Trivia (Online)
Wednesdays (once a month), October 28, December 2
5pm–5:45pm
Ages: 6-12
Join us once a month to play trivia! The questions will be geared towards kids and some weeks may be themed. You will have the option of playing on a team or individually and will always have the option of asking friends for help! For questions, email Jessica.Tischler@theJ.orgFree to play! It would be greatly appreciated if you would please consider making a donation in lieu of a program fee. Click here to donate
Click here to register.

Teens & Adults Trivia (Online)
Wednesdays (once a month), October 14, November 11, December 16
5pm-5:45pm
Ages: 13+
Join us once a month to play trivia! The questions will be geared towards teens and adults. You will have the option of playing on a team or individually and will always have the option of asking friends for help! For questions, please email Jessica.Tischler@theJ.orgFree to play! It would be greatly appreciated if you would please consider making a donation in lieu of a program fee. Click here to donate.
Register here!

Online Classes for Kids and Teens

Let’s Play (Social Skills ONLINE)
September 21–December 14 (12 weeks, no class Sept. 28)
Mondays, 4pm–5pm
Ages: 6-8
An opportunity to connect with your peers in a fun and friendly Zoom video chat while continuing to practice social, coping, and executive functioning skills. This class is led by Jill Flynn and designed for children with high-functioning autism, ADHD, and related disorders. Topics will vary each week. If you are brand new to our programs, an intake interview is required via Zoom as well as submitting a child profile form. Registration is first-come, first-served and must be received by Wednesday, September 16. Limited space available.
Fee:        $300
Code:     #11225

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Friends (Social Skills ONLINE)
September 21–December 14 (12 weeks, no class Sept. 28)
Mondays, 5:15pm–6:15pm
Ages: 9-12
An opportunity to connect with your peers in a fun and friendly Zoom video chat while continuing to practice social, coping, and executive functioning skills. This class is led by Jill Flynn and designed for children with high-functioning autism, ADHD, and related disorders. Topics will vary each week. If you are brand new to our programs, an intake interview is required via Zoom as well as submitting a child profile form. Registration is first-come, first-served and must be received by Wednesday, September 16. Limited space available.
Fee:       $300
Code:     #11226

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Teens (Social Skills ONLINE)
September 22–December 8 (12 weeks)
Tuesdays, 5pm–6pm
Ages: 13-15
An opportunity to connect with your peers in a fun and friendly Zoom video chat while continuing to practice social, coping, and executive functioning skills. This class is led by Jill Flynn and designed for teens with high-functioning autism, ADHD, and related disorders. Topics will vary each week. If you are brand new to our programs, an intake interview is required via Zoom as well as submitting a child profile form. Registration is first-come, first-served and must be received by Wednesday, September 16. Limited space available.
Fee:        $300
Code:     #11227

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Gal Pal Kids ONLINE
September 23–December 16 (12 weeks, no class Nov. 25)
Wednesdays, 4pm–5pm
Ages: 6-8
A virtual social skills group just for girls! This group encourages girls to express themselves and work towards personal and social goals. This class is led by Amy Bernhard and designed for girls with ADHD, high functioning autism and related disorders. Classes are run on Zoom and topics will change week to week. If you are brand new to our programs, an intake interview is required via Zoom as well as submitting a child profile form. Registration is first-come, first-served and must be received by Wednesday, September 16. Limited space available.
Fee:        $300
Code:     #11228

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Gal Pal Tweens ONLINE
September 24–December 17 (12 weeks, no class Nov. 26)
Thursdays, 4pm–5pm
Ages: 9-12
A virtual social skills group just for girls! This group encourages girls to express themselves and work towards personal and social goals. This class is led by Amy Bernhard and designed for girls with ADHD, high functioning autism and related disorders. Classes are run on Zoom and topics will change week to week. If you are brand new to our programs, an intake interview is required via Zoom as well as submitting a child profile form. Registration is first-come, first-served and must be received by Wednesday, September 16. Limited space available.
Fee:        $300
Code:     #11229

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Gal Pal Teens ONLINE
September 24–December 17 (12 weeks, no class Nov. 26)
Thursdays, 5:15pm–6:15pm
Ages: 13-15
virtual social skills group just for girls! This group encourages girls to express themselves and work towards personal and social goals. This class is led by Amy Bernhard and designed for girls with ADHD, high functioning autism and related disorders. Classes are run on Zoom and topics will change week to week. If you are brand new to our programs, an intake interview is required via Zoom as well as submitting a child profile form. Registration is first-come, first-served and must be received by Wednesday, September 16. Limited space available.
Fee:        $300
Code:     #11230

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Inspiring Social Skills through Media (Online)
September 23–December 16 (12 weeks, no class Nov. 25)
Wednesdays, 7pm–8pm
Ages: 18+
Social skills lessons can provide opportunities for adults to identify social cues and communication skills in typical social settings. The participants in this class will watch assigned shows, films, episodes, clips and/or other forms of media ahead of time and then we will explore, online, the social skills portrayed in the various media forms.

Using a variety of media formats as a basis for lessons helps break down the behaviors and allows for conversations and instruction on appropriate vs inappropriate behaviors. This information can be applied in real life settings.  There are opportunities to learn about creating relationships, time management, body language, learning about facial expressions, interpersonal skills, conversation starters, self-esteem, building rapport with others, building a reputation, learning about occupations, etc.

This model can also provide practical experience using role play as the characters or as themselves. Character role play may ease anxieties individuals have about discussing these topics and trying them out in a safe environment.

Join Melissa Hochberg for this new and exciting program to enhance a variety of skills while virtually in the company of your peers! Registration is first-come, first-served and must be received by Wednesday, September 16. Limited space available.
Fee:     $240
Code:   #11233

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Online Social Clubs for Kids, Teens, and Adults

Kids Social Club (Online)
Tuesdays (once a month), October 6, November 3, December 8
4pm-4:45pm
Ages: 6-8
Join Arlene Lechner for fun, games, and social time with your peers! This is a free program. Please consider making a contributable donation. Click here to donate.
Register here!

Tweens Social Club (Online)
Tuesdays (once a month), October 6, November 3, December 8
5pm–5:45pm
Ages: 9-12
Join Arlene Lechner for fun, games, and social time with your peers! This is a free program. It would be greatly appreciated if you would please consider making a donation in lieu of a program fee. Click here to donate.
Register here!

Teens Social Club (Online)
Mondays (once a month), October 5, November 2, December 7
4pm–5pm
Ages: 13-17
Join Arlene Lechner for a fun hangout spot while playing games and socializing with your fellow teens! This is a free program. It would be greatly appreciated if you would please consider making a donation in lieu of a program fee. Click here to donate.
Register here!

Adult Game Hour (Online)
Thursdays (ongoing), 1:30pm-2:30pm
Ages: 18+
Join Jessica Tischler for an hour of fun and games while virtually in the company of others!  For questions, email Jessica.Tischler@theJ.org.  This is a free event. It would be greatly appreciated if you would please consider making a donation in lieu of a program fee. Click here to donate.
Register here 

 
 

 


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The content of the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia videos are for entertainment only. The J is not a medical organization and its instructors or staff cannot provide medical advice or diagnosis. Physical exercise in all forms, even without equipment, is a strenuous physical activity. As such, you should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting this fitness program or any other fitness program to determine if it is right for you. If you are predisposed to a medical condition that may be worsened by physical exercise, please do not start this fitness program. Do not start this fitness program if your physician or health care provider advises against it. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath at any time while exercising you should stop immediately.

 

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