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Interior Adult Trips

Adult Services Outreach Sites

Everyone Welcome!

Are you searching for a Jewish connection, a place to meet new friends, or to enrich your life with an exciting variety of activities and day trips but don’t live close to the J? Check out the Adult Outreach groups listed on the following pages for the one nearest you. These programs and activities are planned for Adults 55+, though people of all ages are welcome to attend. Programs and activities are subject to change, so confirm beforehand. Payment can be made at the door unless specified otherwise.

Adult Services Outreach locations are currently located in:

For a listing of programs at all sites, check our bi-monthly newsletter The Voice by clicking on the "Adult Services Newsletter" banner to the left of this page (you'll see rotating banners for Centertainment and The Voice Adult Services Newsletter) 

Alexandria: Beth El Hebrew Congregation

3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA
Contact: Shelly Rosenstein, 703.537.3062

All weekly group meetings are held at Beth El Hebrew Congregation. The group meets every Wednesday at 10:30am (unless otherwise noted). Newcomers are always welcome! Coffee, tea, and dessert will be provided.

Fee: $5 for all participants (unless noted otherwise)

Inclement Weather Policy:
If Fairfax County schools are closed, our Adult 55+ program is canceled.  If schools have a delayed opening, we will hold the program at the regular time. 



Older Drivers, Start Your Engines!

Wednesday, January 29, 10:30am–noon
Presented by Mike Perel, Retired, U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Vice Chair of the Fairfax Area Commission on Aging
Drivers, start your engines…and start learning more about how you can stay safe behind the wheel as an older driver! During all the years that you have been driving, traffic has changed, our cars have changed, and YOU have changed. What do these changes portend for driving safety? What are the keys to staying safe as we age? This fun, informative and very interactive presentation will address these questions by focusing on the myth of the unsafe older driver, how aging might affect driving performance, what drivers can do to stay safe, and how new automobile technologies can help us avoid crashes and reduce injuries. This program is a must for anyone that still drives!
Fee: $5
RSVP:,  703.537.3062


Film: Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me

Wednesday, February 5, 10am–noon
Movie begins promptly at 10:15am (note earlier start time)
2017 | 100 min | Documentary, Biography
“American Masters – Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me is the first major film documentary to examine the performer’s vast career and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. Sammy Davis, Jr., had the kind of career that was indisputably legendary, vast in scope and scale. And yet, his life was complex, complicated and contradictory. Davis strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting political territory. Davis was the most public black figure to embrace Judaism, thereby yoking his identity to that of another persecuted minority. Featuring exclusive interviews with Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Kim Novak, with never-before-seen photographs from Davis’ vast personal collection and rare footage from his performances in television, film and concert.” — Film website
Fee: $5
RSVP:, 703.537.3062


The Ongoing Revelation of Reform Judaism

Wednesday, February 12, 10:30–noon
Presented by Rabbi David Spinrad, Beth El Hebrew Congregation
For the Reform Jewish community, we understand that the messages of the Torah must be newly rediscovered in every generation and by every Jew. Ongoing revelation is our theme for this program, as together we will explore the important lessons and future direction of Reform Judaism and Reform Jews in North America.
Fee: $5
RSVP:, 703.537.3062


A Jewish Tour of Paris: Exploring Historical and Contemporary Jewish Paris

Wednesday, February 19, 10:30am–noon
Presented by Gary Lee Kraut, award-winning Paris-based travel writer and tour specialist; editor of the web magazine France Revisited; lecturer
With more than 500,000 Jews, France has the world’s third largest Jewish population after Israel and the United States. More than half of French Jews live in Paris and the surrounding region. Gary will talk about the Jewish history of Paris, along with glimpses of contemporary life as a traveler might encounter it through various sights and neighborhoods in the French capital. The presentation will include 25 sights, individuals and neighborhoods that reveal various aspects of the history of France and their relationship with Jews. In addition, he will cover medieval Jewry, the appeal of France to European Jews throughout the 19th and into the 20th centuries, Jewish artists of the 1920s, anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, major French Jewish figures over the past 200 years, and contemporary Jewish life as the traveler may encounter it. Gary, who currently lives in Paris, has been inspiring and informing travelers to France for three decades.
Fee: $5
RSVP:, 703.537.3062


Beyond the Uniform: The Portrayal of the Israel Defense Force (IDF) in the Cinema

Wednesday, March 4, 10:30am–noon
Presented by Shy Ashkenazi, Israeli Shaliach (Emissary)
The Israel Defense Force is known as one of the strongest armies in the world. However, the IDF is a collective of individuals. The image of the macho, tough Israeli soldier that was created when Israel was founded has changed over time. Join us as we watch film clips and discuss how the IDF has been reflected through the Israeli cinema by hearing stories and showing who the IDF soldiers really are. This will also be a wonderful time to meet Shy!
Fee: $5
RSVP:, 703.537.3062


Jewish Art from Europe: 19th and 20th Centuries

Wednesday, March 11, 10:30am–noon
Presented by Roshna Kapadia, Wandering Docent
In this presentation, we cover visual artists of the Jewish faith who settled in various parts of Europe: Abraham Salomon in England, Max Lieberman from Germany, Modigliani from Italy, and several artists — from Pissarro to Chagall — in France. Depending on the era and environment they were working in, not all of these artists chose to include Jewish themes into their work. In paintings by Solomon and Pissarro, for example, we see no hint of their Jewish heritage. By contrast, Chagall and others emphatically wove Jewish themes and motifs into their work, in direct response to the treatment of Jews leading up to and during World War II.
Fee: $5
RSVP:, 703.537.3062


Joint Program with Agudas Achim Congregation
Will it Be a Sunscreen or Galoshes Day?

Tuesday, March 17, noon–2pm
Location: Agudas Achim Congregation, 2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria
Presented by Jason Samenow, Weather Editor, The Washington Post; Leader, Capital Weather Gang.
Fee: $5 suggested donation
RSVP: A free, kosher lunch will be served at noon followed by the program at 1pm. You must RSVP to, 703.537.3062 no later than March 3. Please indicate if you have any food allergies.


The Golden Era at The Washington Post

Wednesday, March 25, 10:30–noon
Presented by Bob Levey, retired Washington Post columnist
Come reminisce with Bob Levey as he joins us to talk about The Golden Era at the newspaper and discuss other tales from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. His daily column, "Bob Levey’s Washington," appeared in The Post for more than 23 years. Bob, the first reporter hired by the legendary editor Ben Bradlee, was on a first-name-basis friendship with the famous Post publisher Katharine Graham, and sat between Woodward and Bernstein throughout the Watergate hearings. Bob has recently published his first novel, Larry Felder, Candidate, the story of a famous Washington journalist who gives up his career to run for Congress in the Washington suburbs. He will sell and sign copies after his talk.
Fee: $5
RSVP:, 703.537.3062


The Sarajevo Haggadah

Wednesday, April 1, 10:30am–noon
Presented by Les Bergen, trustee of the Capital Jewish Museum
The Sarajevo Haggadah, written in Catalonia in the 14th century, 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. This presentation will explore the travels of The Sarajevo Haggadah, its wonderful illuminations, and how it has become a symbol of interreligious respect and cooperation.
Fee: $5
RSVP:, 703.537.3062


Byline: Ernie Pyle

Wednesday, April 29, 10:30am–noon
Presented by Steve Larocque, Actor, Playwright
Ernie Pyle was one of the greatest journalists of World War II and was famous for chronicling the day-to-day stories of everyday American soldiers. Join us as Steve brings Ernie Pyle to life as he recounts battles of World War II, including the London Blitz, the North African campaign, the invasion of Sicily and bitter mountain combat in Italy, the Normandy invasion, and the glorious liberation of Paris – all in the words of Pyle himself!

Steve LaRocque brings to the role of Ernie Pyle a wealth of experience on two fronts: as an actor/playwright for over 25 years in the greater Washington DC area, and as a military veteran with 29 years on active duty.
Fee: $5
RSVP:, 703.537.3062


Joint Program with Agudas Achim Congregation
The Genius Beat: How Can a Single Soul Redefine the Way We Think About Science, Art, Literature and Music?

Tuesday, May 19, noon–2pm
Presented by Claudia Kalb, Independent Journalist and New York Times Bestselling Author
$5 Suggested donation
RSVP: A free, kosher lunch will be served at noon followed by the program at 1pm. You must RSVP to, 703.537.3062 no later than May 5. Please indicate if you have any food allergies.

Check future issues of the Adult Services Department newsletter, The Voice, or for additional program information.


Reston: Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation

1441 Wiehle Avenue, Reston
Contact: Shari Berman, 703.537.3068

Author Talk
Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe

Tuesday, March 3, 10:30am–noon
Presented by Rebecca Erbelding, archivist, curator and historian at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
America has long been criticized for refusing to give harbor to the Jews of Europe as Hitler and the Nazis closed in. Join us to hear Rebecca tell the extraordinary story of the War Refugee Board, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s little-known effort late in the war to save the Jews who remained.

In January 1944, a young treasury lawyer named John Pehle successfully convinced FDR to authorize funds to help rescue victims of Nazi persecution. What ensued was a 20-month effort that resulted in thousands of lives being saved. A book sale and signing will take place after the presentation.
Fee: $5
RSVP: Roberta Sherman at 

Check future issues of the Adult Services bi-monthly e-newsletter, The Voice, or for dates and details of upcoming programs.

Fee: $5 for all participants unless noted otherwise

Inclement Weather Policy:
If Fairfax County schools are closed, our Adult 55+ program is canceled. If schools have a delayed opening, we will hold the program at NVHC at regular time. 


Greater Gainesville Jewish Community

7371 Atlas Walk Way #165, Gainesville, VA 20155
Contact: Julie Koppel, 703.537.3012

Emergency Preparedness 101

Wednesday, February 5, 1pm–3pm
Location: Bull Run Golf Club House, off Rt. 15 in Haymarket
Presented by Matthew Schultz, Emergency Management Planner for Prince William County
In this day and age, it is very important to be prepared for emergencies of all kinds. Welcome Matthew as he presents an overview of the Prince William County Emergency Management program, along with preparedness information. This is an important program for everyone to attend!
Fee: $15 (includes program and refreshments)
Code: #10295
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form to the J, Attn: Julie Koppel. Make check payable to Pozez JCC with “2/5” on memo line.


Special Concert with Glass Harpist, Jamey Turner

Wednesday, March 4, 1pm
Location: Bull Run Golf Club House, off Rt. 15 in Haymarket
Enjoy a delightful and unusual concert on the “glass harp”— a series of water-filled glasses which produce beautiful, clear, soothing, unique sounds. Mr. Turner is nationally known for his wonderful performances at the Kennedy Center, Disney World, and on The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, and The Today Show, along with many other well-known venues. His past concerts at the J were very well received. Be sure to attend this exciting event!
Fee: $15 (includes light refreshments)
Code: #10363
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form payable to “Pozez JCC” attn.: Julie Koppel with "3/4" on memo line or call the registrar at 703.537.3043 to register with a credit card.


Inclement Weather Policy:
If Prince William County schools are closed, our Adult 55+ program for the Greater Gainesville Jewish Community is canceled.  If schools have a delayed opening, we will hold the program at the regular time.




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