Effective February 4, 2022, all members, guests, and staff must show proof of coronavirus vaccination in order to enter the building. Please email a copy of your vax record to IgotMyShot@theJ.org ahead of the start date to ensure a smooth transition.

Virtual J-Adult Programming

Adult Programming

ALI: Conversational Spanish (in person)

Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Contact: Shari.Berman@theJ.org

This class is for those who have taken Spanish I and II at the J or equivalent experience.…Read more and Register

Songs & Stories: A Tribute to Jule Styne (Virtual)

Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Contact: Shari.Berman@theJ.org

Join Paris-based jazz & cabaret entertainer Gilda Solve for her special program featuring songs by Jewish-English-American songwriter Jule Styne, best known for Broadway’s Gypsy, Funny Girl and more.…Read more and Register

Virtual Activities: BINGO, Trivia, Cooking and more

Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Time: 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Contact: Jessica.Tischler@theJ.org

Join us for some fun virtual programs every Wednesday through May 2022! Socialize, learn, and explore all from the comfort of your home!…Read more and Register

Exploring Opera: Compare & Contrast (Virtual)

Date: Thursday, January 20, 2022

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Contact: Shari.Berman@theJ.org

Join James Sokol for this special mini-series filled with popular arias, fabulous singers, and gorgeous music; a great series for opera newcomers & the long-time fans.…Read more and Register

Ladies Loving Laughter & Learning (4Ls) Monthly Book Club (virtual)

Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022

Time: 10:30 am

Contact: Laurie.Albert@theJ.org

An active group of women, ages 50+ who enjoy reading and discussing interesting and inspiring books each month.…Read more and Register

News in Review Roundtable 2 (Virtual)

Date: Monday, January 24, 2022

Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Contact: Shari.Berman@theJ.org

It's your turn to speak! Express your opinions and listen to those of others on important issues in the news.…Read more and Register

ALI: Level II Yiddish (Winter Session, Virtual)

Date: Monday, January 24, 2022

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Contact: Shari.Berman@theJ.org

Join this class if you have some knowledge of Yiddish and would like to continue to learn to speak and read the language. …Read more and Register

Still Traveling: Italy's Campania Coast (Virtual)

Date: Monday, January 24, 2022

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Contact: Shari.Berman@theJ.org

Our delightful, professional, local guide Antonella offers four virtual “trips” to discover favorite areas beyond her hometown of Napoli (Naples), which is the gateway to interesting and beautiful treasures for those who venture beyond it.…Read more and Register

ALI: Conversational Spanish (in person)

Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Contact: Shari.Berman@theJ.org

This class is for those who have taken Spanish I and II at the J or equivalent experience.…Read more and Register

Virtual Activities: BINGO, Trivia, Cooking and more

Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Time: 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Contact: Jessica.Tischler@theJ.org

Join us for some fun virtual programs every Wednesday through May 2022! Socialize, learn, and explore all from the comfort of your home!…Read more and Register

Exploring Opera: Compare & Contrast (Virtual)

Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Contact: Shari.Berman@theJ.org

Join James Sokol for this special mini-series filled with popular arias, fabulous singers, and gorgeous music; a great series for opera newcomers & the long-time fans.…Read more and Register

Divas & Diners - Vienna

Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022

Time: 7:00 pm

Contact: Amy.Lummer@theJ.org

Gather together outside at Bazin’s and connect with other women over food and drinks.…Read more and Register

Violins of Hope - Remembrance of Music: A Special Event for Int'l Holocaust Remembrance Day

Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022

Time: 7:30 pm

Contact: Shy.Ashkenazi@theJ.org

Virtuoso Violinist Niv Ashkenazi will take us on an incredible journey telling the stories behind the violins, their historical background and about the Violins of Hope program.…Read more and Register

ALI: Level II Yiddish (Winter Session, Virtual)

Date: Monday, January 31, 2022

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Contact: Shari.Berman@theJ.org

Join this class if you have some knowledge of Yiddish and would like to continue to learn to speak and read the language. …Read more and Register

Still Traveling: Italy's Campania Coast (Virtual)

Date: Monday, January 31, 2022

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Contact: Shari.Berman@theJ.org

Our delightful, professional, local guide Antonella offers four virtual “trips” to discover favorite areas beyond her hometown of Napoli (Naples), which is the gateway to interesting and beautiful treasures for those who venture beyond it.…Read more and Register

Israel Connections: The Land. The People. The Image.

Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Time: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Contact: Shari.Berman@theJ.org

This course explores three important aspects of Israel: the land; the people; and the image portrayed in the media.…Read more and Register

ALI: Conversational Spanish (in person)

Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Contact: Shari.Berman@theJ.org

This class is for those who have taken Spanish I and II at the J or equivalent experience.…Read more and Register

Music & Morsels: Greatest Hits of the 80s... the 1780s! (virtual)

Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Contact: Shari.Berman@theJ.org

Pianist Ian Scarfe shares a program featuring the big names of the classical era: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Joseph Haydn.…Read more and Register

Virtual Activities: BINGO, Trivia, Cooking and more

Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Time: 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Contact: Jessica.Tischler@theJ.org

Join us for some fun virtual programs every Wednesday through May 2022! Socialize, learn, and explore all from the comfort of your home!…Read more and Register

Roots, Rhythm, and Resilience: Musical Intersections of Black and Jewish Diasporas (virtual)

Date: Thursday, February 3, 2022

Time: 12:00 am

Contact: help@mnjcc.org

This four-part virtual lecture and concert series explores the cultural, musical, and political intersectionality of Black and Jewish cultures throughout the centuries.…Read more and Register

 

Adult Learning Institute (ALI) Ongoing Private 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

Video on Demand

NAVIGATING THE MEDIA: ALWAYS CONSIDER THE SOURCE 

Recorded: Wednesday, February 17, 7:30pm EST via the Virtual JCC

Presented by Lynn Walsh, Assistant Director, TrustingNews.org; Former Ethics Chair & national president, Society of Professional Journalists; Adjunct Professor, Point Loma Nazarene University; Ohio University Alumna

Moderated by Peter Maer, retired CBS News White House Correspondent

In partnership with Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia and Prosserman JCC, Toronto, Canada

In today’s media maze, it can be challenging to stay abreast of the information reported in a 24-hour news cycle and, more importantly, to understand the reliability of the content. Media literacy, recognizing misinformation/disinformation and fake news, has become more important than ever.

NOTE: The program begins around 1:47 seconds after tapping the play arrow.

 

ALI Series: Operation Moses – Beta Israel’s Amazing Journey
This 2-part series was about a little-known African nation of Jews, known as “Beta Israel,” whose history dates to King Solomon! Session 1 focused on a new book which tells the fascinating, dramatic story of rescue of this nation. Session 2 highlighted the unique history of Beta Israel and provided a first-hand account of its liberation (which inspired a 2019 film) and its difficult resettlement in Israel.

Session 1:
Author Talk on Red Sea Spies - The True Story of Mossad’s Fake Diving Resort

Recording features author, Raffi Berg and Mossad mission commander, Dani Limor in conversation. 
Raffi’s book can be purchased locally at Scrawl Books: https://www.scrawlbooks.com/book/9781785786006 
Recording (October 19, 2020): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG3xy4Pd1mo&feature=youtu.be 

Session 2:
The Real Story Behind Netflix’s film The Red Sea Diving Resort
Recording features Naftali Aklum, Co-Founder, Yerus Project in conversation with Pozez JCC Senior Shaliach, Shy Ashkenazi
Naftali founded the YERUS Project to bring about awareness of this community and stimulate economic development in the Negev. To make a donation to the YERUS Project or contact Naftali for a speaking engagement, click here: naftaliaklum@gmail.com 
Recording (January 10, 2021): https://youtu.be/Sma_J76cfuY 

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.
Click here

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.
Click here

The History of the Jewish Press in America (Nashville JCC)
Click here

The Multiple Universes of Al Andalus
Click here

Momentum Boost
An inspirational series that explores the topics you care about most, and shares tips, wise words, and intimate conversations with celebrated guests.
Click here

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 While You're at Home

TechAge Spring 2021 Classes Start Soon!
Brought to you by the Louis S. Wolk JCC of Greater Rochester
TechAge offers technology classes for adults, taught by adults, remotely via Zoom. Classes are 1 hour in length, and one or two sessions. Spring classes are related to iPad/iPhone usage and online safety. For more information on all classes, or to register, go to: TechAge (jccrochester.org)

Note: You must register in advance. Registration closes 8 hours prior to the start time of the first session. Zoom invitations will be emailed out a few days prior to class with electronic handouts. No refunds for missed classes, however, classes are recorded and will be made available to students.

Pozez JCC members can register for the lower JCC membership rate!

Questions? Leave a voicemail for TechAge at 585.461.2000 ext. 463 or send us an email at techage@jccrochester.org

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.

JewBelong's Thanksgiving Haggadah - Created especially for Pandemic 2020!
https://www.jewbelong.com/holidays/thanksgiving/ 

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
 

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Connect with Purpose with your Grandchildren

 

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