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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.

Street Smart Self Defense for Your Safety

Thursday, January 16, noon–2:30pm
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy, parve/meatless); Program: 12:30pm
Presented by Len Garon, professional artist and martial artist
Do you feel vulnerable, nervous, or scared when walking down a street, in a parking lot, or entering or leaving your home? This instruction is for anyone at any age and in any kind of physical condition.

Len Garon will discuss how to be safer in your daily life and demonstrate simple self-defense techniques with your hands, cane, umbrella, walking stick, handbag, or pen that can discourage someone from taking advantage of you. After the program, you can practice some of the Street Smart Self Defense techniques. Bring a cane, umbrella, walking stick, and pen… or just stay and watch!
Coffee, tea, and desserts provided.
No RSVP – Just come!


Winter Movie: Shine

Thursday, January 23, noon–2:30pm
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless); Film: 12:30pm
1996 I 105 min I Bio, Drama, Music
Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Lynn Redgrave, John Gielgud
“Inspired by the troubled but ultimately triumphant life of classical pianist David Helfgott, this moving drama focuses on Helfgott's mental breakdown and painful retreat into a private world while still in his early 20s and on the brink of a glittering international career. After a decade of total obscurity, Helfgott achieves both personal and professional fulfillment through the love and support of a remarkable woman.” — website

Geoffrey Rush won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a leading role among other nominations for his role in this movie.
Coffee, tea, and movie munchies provided.
No RSVP – Just Come!


The Journey – Ethiopian Jews in Israel

Thursday, January 30, noon–2pm
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless); Program: 12:30pm–2pm
Presented by Shy Ashkenazi, Pozez JCC Shaliach (Emissary)
Come meet Shy! Being an accomplished singer and songwriter, he will introduce his program with a song/guitar solo, and then discuss how from the late 1970s until today, the Jewish Ethiopian community in Israel has gone through many changes, challenges, and successes. The story of the Aliya through the desert, integration in Israeli society, and their new Jewish home, is “one that is being recorded over and over, and does not cease to amaze,” says Shy.
Coffee, tea, and dessert provided.
No RSVP – Just Come!


Healthy Living for a Hearty Brain and Body

Thursday, February 6, noon–2pm
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless); Program: 12:30pm
Presented by Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter
Research suggests that healthy living is the key to aging well. This workshop will focus on steps you can take to help reduce your risk of dementia. By changing out old bad habits and incorporating new healthy habits you can boost your brain function and benefit other vital organs. A healthy lifestyle also improves fitness and balance which lowers the possibility of broken bones — a serious contributor to dementia. Join us for this important presentation, do a simple brain exercise, and learn about ways to assess and lower your risk for dementia.
Coffee, tea, and dessert provided.
No RSVP – Just Come!


Winter Movie: On the Basis of Sex

Thursday, February 13, noon–2pm
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless); Program: 12:30pm
2018 I 2hrs I Biography, Drama
“Inspired by the powerful true story of a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones), On the Basis of Sex depicts a then-struggling attorney and new mother facing adversity in her fight for equal rights. When Ruth takes on a ground-breaking case, she knows the outcome could alter the courts' view of gender discrimination. Stronger together, Ruth teams up with her husband, Martin Ginsburg (Armie Hammer), to fight the case that catapults her into one of the most important public figures of our time.” — website
Coffee, tea, and movie munchies provided.
No RSVP – Just Come!


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!


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, January 13, February 17, April 20, May 18

Topic: The Trump Era — How Did It Start? How Will It End?

Monday, February 17 (President’s Day)
Presented by William Schneider, GMU Professor of Politics


Topic:  Fake News: Is the Press Really an Enemy of the People?

Sunday, March 8, 2pm
Featuring Marvin Kalb, award-winning American journalist, and author of Enemy of the People


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, January 27, 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! 

February 7: The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas; Skype with author
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, January 13, February 10, 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, January 10, February 14, 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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