For the health and safety of our members, guests, and staff, masks are required in all shared spaces at the Pozez JCC regardless of vaccination status.

Virtual J-Adult Programming

Adult Programming

ALI: Level II Yiddish - fall session (virtual)

Date: Monday, September 20, 2021

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

Be Your Best Self in 2021: Eating for Energy

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Contact: Shari.Berman@theJ.org

Learn how our food choices and nutrient needs throughout the day affect our physical health and optimal wellness. …Read more and Register

Private Tour of the Lucy Burns Museum

Date: Friday, September 24, 2021

Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Contact: Shari.Berman@theJ.org

This is a private one-hour docent-led tour. Explore professional exhibits and prison cells which tell the story of the 91 years of prison history, as well as the narrative of the suffragists who were imprisoned there in 1917 for picketing the White House …Read more and Register

Judy & Sy Wengrovitz Pop-Up Art Sale!

Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Pop-Up Sales offer discounted, unframed paintings by Judy Wengrovitz. …Read more and Register

Pozez JCC Goes Apple Picking

Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021

Time: 2:00 pm

Contact: Amy.Lummer@theJ.org

Come one, come all, families, grandparents, singles — apple picking is fun for everyone!…Read more and Register

News in Review Roundtable 2 (virtual)

Date: Monday, September 27, 2021

Time: 12:15 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 - fall session (virtual)

Date: Monday, September 27, 2021

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

What Makes Us Happy? (In-Person)

Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021

Time: 12:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Contact: Shari.Berman@theJ.org

Amy Schwartz will lead an interactive program as we attempt not to discover the secret to happiness, but to explore Jewish insights into this elusive state of mind. …Read more and Register

First Friday Book Group Meeting (virtual)

Date: Friday, October 1, 2021

Time: 11:30 am

Contact: Shari.Berman@theJ.org

Each month we’ll discuss a book from a list compiled by group members. All are welcome.…Read more and Register

ALI: Level II Yiddish - fall session (virtual)

Date: Monday, October 4, 2021

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: Breathtaking Barcelona (Virtual)

Date: Monday, October 4, 2021

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Contact: Shari.Berman@theJ.org

Let virtual trip leader James Sokol zoom you to this beautiful, vibrant, colorful city to meet and "tour" with our fantastic, professional, local guide Marta, who will share her passion for and knowledge of different aspects of this exciting city.…Read more and Register

Sip & Schmooze + BINGO (virtual)

Date: Monday, October 4, 2021

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Contact: Shari.Berman@theJ.org

An informal opportunity for conversation with others. We will sip our preferred beverages and schmooze for the first 30 minutes or so, and then play BINGO!…Read more and Register

Spanish I (In-Person)

Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Contact: Shari.Berman@theJ.org

This beginner class is for those who are either brand new to the Spanish language or have had a little bit of Spanish in their past. …Read more and Register

Art & Artists: Masters of Madrid's Prado (virtual)

Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Contact: Shari.Berman@theJ.org

Let virtual trip leader James Sokol zoom you to Spain for a guided visit of important paintings from the 16th to the 19th centuries.…Read more and Register

Be Your Best Self in 2021: Good Night, Sleep Tight! (In-Person)

Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Time: 10:30 am - 11:45 am

Contact: Shari.Berman@theJ.org

Dr. Eric Sklar will join us to talk about the different types of sleep problems, including insomnia, excessive sleepiness, sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome.…Read more and Register

Conversational Spanish (In-Person)

Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021

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: Spanish Dances & Other Folk Music (virtual)

Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Contact: Shari.Berman@theJ.org

In this unique program with a focus on Spain, pianist Ian Scarfe introduces classical composers who embraced the spirit of dance.…Read more and Register

Virtual Activities: BINGO, Trivia, Cooking and more

Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021

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 Broadway: "I Want" Songs (virtual)

Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Contact: Shari.Berman@theJ.org

Dancer, choreographer, and director, Bob Fosse (think “jazz hands”), said that most songs fall into two categories: 1) “I Want” songs and 2) “I Am” songs. Explore “I Want” songs in our October series.…Read more and Register

Special Virtual Author Presentation: The Mystery Behind Mysteries

Date: Friday, October 8, 2021

Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Contact: Shari.Berman@theJ.org

Local mystery author Alan Orloff (a native of Rockville, MD now living in Florida) will talk about the genre of mystery novels and his writing process.…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
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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.
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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