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Monthly and Ongoing Programs

Thursday at the J

Thursdays, noon- 2pm
Contact: Michele Endick, 703.537.3095
Bring a friend and plan to attend our weekly program for active adults.
Bring a dairy or parve/meatless bagged lunch, unless otherwise noted, to enjoy

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

Author Talk: Before and After Loss: A Neurologist’s Perspective on Loss, Grief, and Our Brain (in collaboration with Thursday at the J and the J’s Community Engagement Department)

Thursday, February 27, 12:30pm–2pm
Presented by Lisa M. Shulman, MD, professor of neurology at the University of Maryland and author
In Before and After Loss, neurologist Dr. Lisa Shulman describes a personal story of loss and her quest to understand the science behind the mind-altering experience of grief. Part memoir and part scientific discovery, this moving book combines Shulman’s perspectives as an expert in brain science and behavior, with her experience as a clinician, caregiver, and widow. Drawing on recent studies of emotional trauma, she explains how the mind, brain, and body respond and heal following traumatic loss. The experience of loss not only applies to the death of loved ones, but also a range of difficult life experiences including a new diagnosis, a divorce, an assault, or financial instability. The “fog of confusion” after loss reflects the brain’s protective response to trauma and can be reversed by interventions (journaling, dream interpretation, mindfulness, and spiritual practices) that help us integrate difficult times into our life story. Shulman’s frank and empathetic account helps readers regain their emotional balance by navigating the passage from the disorientation of loss to healing and growth. Dr. Shulman’s book, Before and After Loss will be available for purchase at the event, and she will be happy to sign purchased copies.
Fee: $5
Code: #10293



Winter Movie: Pavarotti

Thursday, March 5, noon–2pm
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless); Program: 12:30pm
2019 I 1h 54 min I Documentary, Biography
A look at the life and work of opera legend Luciano Pavarotti. This movie was directed by Ron Howard.
Coffee, tea and movie munchies provided.
No RSVP – Just Come!


What Exactly Is CBD?
Uses and Benefits of CBD, Acupuncture and Hypnosis

Thursday, March 12, noon–2:30pm; 
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or pareve/meatless); Program: 12:30pm
Presented by Amy Kossoff, MD
Dr. Kossoff specializes in Integrative medicine, acupuncture, and hypnosis
Coffee, tea, and dessert provided.
No RSVP – Just Come!


Good Leads on Good Reads for 2020

Thursday, April 30, noon–2:30pm
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless)
12:30pm: Program
Presented by Librarians from The City of Fairfax Regional Library and other staff
Join us for our annual program with librarians from the City of Fairfax Regional Library. They will present new and interesting reads for 2020. Bring your Fairfax County Library System card to be able to check out some of these books after the program!
Coffee, tea, and dessert provided.


Hot Topics in Nutrition

Thursday, May 14, noon–2pm
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless)
Program: 12:30pm
Presented by Dr. Lawrence J. Cheskin, Professor and Chair, Nutrition, and Interim Chair, Global and Community Health at College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University
Learn current information regarding nutrition by Dr. Cheskin, a practicing physician, founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center. Presentation will include practical ways to lead a healthier lifestyle by tweaking one’s diet using the most up to date nutrition information.
Coffee, tea and healthy snack provided.
No RSVP – Just Come!


Author Talk: A Rosenberg by Any Other Name: A History of Jewish Name Changing in America

Thursday, May 7, 12:30pm
Presented by Kirsten Fermaglich, Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Michigan State University
“Our think­ing about Jew­ish name chang­ing tends to focus on clichés: ambi­tious movie stars who adopt­ed glam­orous new names or insen­si­tive Ellis Island offi­cials who changed immi­grants’ names for them. But as Kirsten Fer­maglich ele­gant­ly reveals, the real sto­ry is much more pro­found. Fer­maglich exam­ines pre­vi­ous­ly unex­plored name change peti­tions to upend the clichés, reveal­ing that in twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry New York City, Jew­ish name chang­ing was actu­al­ly a vol­un­tary behav­ior as thou­sands of Jews legal­ly changed their names in order to respond to an upsurge of anti­semitism. Rather than try­ing to escape their her­itage or pass as non-Jew­ish most name-chang­ers remained active mem­bers of the Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ty. This first his­to­ry of name chang­ing in the Unit­ed States demon­strates how his­tor­i­cal debates about immi­gra­tion, anti­semitism, and race, class, mobil­i­ty, gen­der, and fam­i­ly, the bound­aries of the Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ty, and the pow­er of gov­ern­ment are reshaped when name chang­ing becomes part of the con­ver­sa­tion.” — Publisher, New York University Press


Our World Today and in the Future: Distinguished Speaker Series

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Facilitated by Mimi Rosenberg, Adult Program Advisor
Participants are welcome to bring a dairy, parve, or meatless lunch. Featured speakers will be announced in The Voice and at Watch for fliers and posters for up-to-date details. 
Fee: $5 (You must be a J-Family or J-Journey member or have a
J-Pass to participate.)

No RSVP — Just come!

Mondays, February 17, April 20, May 11


Special Spring Political Program
Fake News: Is the Press Really an Enemy of the People?

Sunday, March 8, 2pm-4pm 
Featuring Marvin Kalb, award-winning American journalist, and author of Enemy of the People  Mr. Kalb will talk about how twentieth-century dictators denounced the press and created confusion in the public mind as to what is real and what is fake when it comes to news reporting. His book, available for sale, is a serious indictment of the current administration’s efforts to delegitimize the American press and put our democracy in jeopardy.
Fee: $18
Code: 10569



Topic: Climate Change in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Monday, April 20
Presented by Jim Kinter, Director of the Center for Ocean-Land Atmosphere Studies, George Mason University


Topic:  Opinion Journalism in America Today

Monday, May 11
Presented by Bill Sternberg, Editorial Page Editor of USA Today


News in Review Roundtable

Mondays, February 24, March 23, April 27, May 18
Coordinated by Mimi Rosenberg, Adult Program Advisor
It’s your turn to speak! Bring your educated opinions to discuss the most current news. A lively discussion will be moderated by various facilitators. Come share your viewpoints and opinions on the topics to be discussed.
Fee: Included in J-Family and J-Journey memberships. One day membership upgrades are available for $10 to J-Pass cardholders; $20 for general admission (includes all-day access).


First Friday Book Group

Calling All Readers! 
If you enjoy discussing books with men and women of varied backgrounds and life experiences, this group is for you. Contact to confirm date and book selections. 
Fee: Included in J-Family and J-Journey memberships. J-Pass holders $10 includes
all-day access); all others $20 (includes all-day access).
No RSVP — Just come! 
March 6: A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier
April 3: The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer
May 1: Last Words by Shari J. Ryan

Read My Story and Remember Me - Memoir Writing Group

Mondays, March 9, April 13, May 11
Coordinator: Carol Backman
Join the J’s Memoir Writing Group and learn to create a written legacy for family and friends. Share stories that capture your life experiences. You don’t have to be an expert writer; we will help you get started and provide tips and encouragement along the way. We’ll post your favorite stories on the J’s website. They can be viewed at
Fee: Included in J-Family and J-Journey memberships. One day membership upgrades are available for $10 to J-Pass cardholders; $20 for general admission, (includes all-day access).
No RSVP — Just come!


The J-Men’s Group

Fridays, March 13, April 17, May 8
Our new men’s group is up and running!  Come join us for lively, stimulating afternoons of schmoozing and camaraderie with other men. 
Fee: Included in J-Family and J-Journey memberships. J-Pass holders $10 (includes all-day access); all others $20 (includes all-day access)

Contact: Shelly Rosenstein, 703.537.3062


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