Seniors

Explore the calendar listings below for social and cultural events, volunteer opportunities, holiday gatherings and more programs geared towards seniors in the Greater Washington community. Search the full calendar by clicking on “View All Events” below, then sort by your interests.

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Sun
Dec
  9
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Machar - The Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism
6045 16th St. NW, Washington DC 20011
Four students from Machar's 2018 class will provide a sample of b’mitzvah talks ranging from history to service projects to family immigration stories to a survey of b’mitzvah ceremonies in secular humanistic Jewish congregations around the country. The session will culminate in a consideration of what the b’mitzvah project could mean for anyone at Machar considering this for themselves or others in the future.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Teens, DC, Humanist, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sun
Dec
  9
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Can classic Jewish texts help us grapple with contemporary challenges like natural disaster, environmental crisis, and climate change? In this class, we'll read and discuss rabbinic stories of Noah and the generation of the Flood to draw out Jewish insights about the habits of the heart that lead us into environmental trouble — and consider ways to better support and shelter each other amidst the coming storms. Class will be led by Rabbi Julia Watts Belser.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Dec
  9
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
 
Shaare Tefila Congregation
16620 Georgia Avenue, Olney MD 20832
Bring your friends & join us for a family concert & Chanukah celebration with award winning musician Barry Louis Polisar! Sing & dance to original songs "All I Want is You", "Don't Stick Your Finger Up Your Nose" & "I Wanna Be a Dog". Take pictures in the holiday photo booth and enjoy the festive, Kosher Latke Bar & other refreshments. Buy tickets by December 5th at bit.ly/2SPDuL4. Maximum family price is $40.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Teens, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; Adults $20, Teens $10, Kids 5-13 $5, Under 5 Free

 
 
Sun
Dec
  9
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 
Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington
3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria VA 22304
Whose permission is needed to test a child or an adult unable to consent? Who owns our DNA? What about the police using the results? What can we disclose about a cousin who has tested? The rules of the road for the ethical challenges facing genealogists interested in using DNA evidence as part of their family history research. Learn how applying the Golden Rule can guide us through many if not most of the situations in which we as genetic genealogists find ourselves. The Legal Genealogist Judy G...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Dec
  9
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington
2850 Quebec Street Northwest, Washington DC 20008
Rabbis Under Arrest Program & Annual Meeting With the Capitol and National Mall as backdrop, Washington rabbis have risked arrest to support causes ranging from civil rights to Soviet Jewry and immigration. A distinguished panel of local rabbis will share their experiences as we reflect on this unique intersection of secular and religious life. Rabbi Aaron Alexander, Adas Israel Congregation Rabbi Mindy Portnoy, Temple Sinai (Emeritus) Rabbi Aaron Potek, GatherDC Rabbi Jonathan Schnitzer, B’...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Non-denominational, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education
Event Cost:  Free; $0-20

 
 
Sun
Dec
  9
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
Experience an immersive culinary-inspired concert with Gourmet Symphony as they unite a performance by the Last Stand Quartet — comprised of musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra — with curated food and beverage from Susan Barocas, chef, food writer, founding director of the Jewish Food Experience and guest chef at the 2014, 2015, and 2016 White House Seders. The evening will be centered on the String Quartet No. 8 of Dimitri Shostakovich, a Russian composer who was oppressed by Joseph...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Culinary, Social Events
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $55/ $45 member

 
 
Sun
Dec
  9
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Sephardic Heritage International DC (SHIN DC)
2829 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC 20007
Join Sephardic Heritage International (SHIN) DC, HIAS & partners at Temple Micah for an evening of Arabic music & Hanukkah treats, as we raise awareness of ways each of us can help Syrian and other refugee crises worldwide. SHIN's annual Hanukkah program is inspired by a Syrian Jewish narrative that Sephardic refugees began lighting an extra flame each night of Hanukkah to commemorate the security & tolerance they found in Aleppo, following expulsion from Spain in 1492. Famous for his fresh ren...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, DC, Conservative, Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; Early bird until 11/30 ($20 /2 ppl); Reg ($18 /p)

 
 
Sun
Dec
  9
6:15 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Jews United for Justice
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
All the details can be found here: https://jufj.org/event/against-all-odds/ Join Congressman Elijah Cummings, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, and Will Jawando, Candidate for Montgomery County Council, for a showing of the documentary "Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class" Cosponsored with Jews United for Justice Evening's Schedule: 6:15 PM Snacks, schmoozing and Chanukah candle lighting 7:00 PM Documentary showing 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM Discussion with Congressman Elijah Cumm...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, Advocacy, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Dec
  9
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
3333 14th St NW , Washington, DC DC  20010
This Pulitzer Prize-winning romantic comedy is a poignant valentine to unlikely love. On a moonlit night in 1944 Missouri, middle-aged Jewish accountant Matt Freidman has only one chance to win the heart of Sally Talley, a 31-year-old ‘old maid’ from a bigoted Protestant family. After a lifetime of believing they’ll never truly belong in the world around them, Matt and Sally reawaken one another to love, ultimately finding that they do belong – together. Directed by Aaron Posner, Talley’s Folly ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
Dec
  10
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
Read My Story and Remember Me - Memoir Writing Group Mondays: October 8th, November 12th, December 10th 11:00am–12:30pm 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 jccnv.org/me...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Fee: $5/ Free for members

 
 
Mon
Dec
  10
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
3333 14th St NW , Washington, DC DC  20010
This Pulitzer Prize-winning romantic comedy is a poignant valentine to unlikely love. On a moonlit night in 1944 Missouri, middle-aged Jewish accountant Matt Freidman has only one chance to win the heart of Sally Talley, a 31-year-old ‘old maid’ from a bigoted Protestant family. After a lifetime of believing they’ll never truly belong in the world around them, Matt and Sally reawaken one another to love, ultimately finding that they do belong – together. Directed by Aaron Posner, Talley’s Folly ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
Dec
  10
7:45 PM - 9:15 PM
 
The Foundation for Jewish Studies (Foundation for Jewish Studies)
8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia  MD 21044
"Is Judaism Really Monotheistic? A Maimonidean Perspective" with Professor Kenneth Seeskin, Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Professor of Jewish Civilization, Northwestern University The first two commandments of the Decalogue are the primary sources for our Jewish monotheism. How do we understand the commandments? Is belief in one God all that is required to make one a monotheist? If not, what else is needed? Why does the third commandment prohibit us from making images of God? Professor Seeskin,...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Non-denominational, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10, $12, $15

 
 
Tue
Dec
  11
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
Food 4 Thought: Torah, Politics and the Synagogue What does Judaism suggest as appropriate roles for Jewish involvement in politics individually, for the synagogue and for clergy? Are there limits to the appropriate role for clergy and the synagogue, in general, and in today's political climate? How does or should the clergy/synagogue decide what political issues to pursue? Rabbi Saxe will share his personal philosophy of social action, how Judaism’s teachings and principals inform his actions ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Adult Education, Advocacy, Politics
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Dec
  11
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
 
4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax VA 22030
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Jewish Denominations: Addressing the Challenges of Modernity A fascinating study of the explosion in contemporary Judaism as reflected in the denominations. A fresh examination of Jewish identity and religious expression against the backdrop of dramatic political and social change of the past 300 years. Extensive insights into the historical and ideological developments of the major movemen...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; $250 plus materials

 
 
Tue
Dec
  11
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
Perspectives on the Recent Rise in Anti-Semitism Instructors: Darcy Hirsh, Jewish Community Relations Council; Alan Ronkin, American Jewish Committee Washington DC Office; Seth Gordon-Lipkin, Anti- Defamation League Washington DC Region; Cpt. Ryan Morgan, Fairfax County Police Department; Cpt. Ronchez Hancock, VA State Police Anti-Semitism is frequently on the minds of most American Jews. In today’s complex world, anti-Semitism comes in many forms. This class will explore the roots of an...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Politics
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $54/ $36 member

 
 
Tue
Dec
  11
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
Winter Afternoon Mah Jongg Lessons Sponsored by the Women of TRS Dec 4, 11, 18 Tue 1:00 – 4:00 PM A three-session Mah Jongg class for beginners is offered this December at Temple Rodef Shalom. Do not register unless you are prepared to play at least once a week the first few months. Enrollment is limited so please don't delay in registering. Plan to attend all three sessions. To register, send a check made out to WoTRS (Women of Temple Rodef Shalom) - to Iva Gresko, 120 N. Fairfax St., F...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Seniors, Women & Girls, Northern Virginia, Reform, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $85 includes card

 
 
Tue
Dec
  11
7:15 PM - 9:15 PM
 
Tifereth Israel Congregation
7701 16th Street, NW, Washington DC 20012
Livestream from the Jewish Theological Seminary, with introduction and discussion at TI Free to attend and open to all RSVP so we know how many to expect: www.tinyurl.com/JTS1218 Gerson D. Cohen Memorial Lecture What explains the persistence of anti-Semitism through the ages - even here, today, in the United States? Our noted experts will explore anti-Semitism's historical and theological origins and trace its changing nature over time. They will also discuss efforts to counter its pernicious...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education, Politics
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Dec
  12
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
 
Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (Jewish Community Relations Council of GW)
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
Virginia Legislative Breakfast $36 per person $180 Sponsor + 2 tickets $250 Prominent Seating + 2 tickets $720 Prominent Table +10 tickets
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Politics
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; varies depending on level purchased

 
 
Wed
Dec
  12
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Jewish Study Center
2850 Quebec St, NW, Washington DC 20008
Rabbi Avi Strausberg in conversation with Rabbi Shira Stutman and others. Rabbis and clergy of all religions and denominations have struggled to adjust to a new and more polarized political environment. In many areas of political protest—from rallies against family separation at the border to anti-Trump demonstrations in London--female rabbis are front and center. Is this a surprising development, or was it inevitable? Do female clergy have a special responsibility in divisive times, or is...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Non-denominational, Adult Education, History/Education, Politics
Event Cost:  Free; FREE

 
 
Wed
Dec
  12
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville MD 20852
Mr. Predictable (2016): 103 minutes, Hebrew w/ English subtitles, RomCom Adi Levi–thinking he may not have long to live, realizes he’s been a doormat in each of his relationships. A chance encounter with Natalya–a stunning, free-spirited dogwalker–soon turns into a crash course on how to live life to the fullest. This charming and funny romcom will make you look at life anew.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10, $12 @ door

 
 
Wed
Dec
  12
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
3333 14th St NW , Washington, DC DC  20010
This Pulitzer Prize-winning romantic comedy is a poignant valentine to unlikely love. On a moonlit night in 1944 Missouri, middle-aged Jewish accountant Matt Freidman has only one chance to win the heart of Sally Talley, a 31-year-old ‘old maid’ from a bigoted Protestant family. After a lifetime of believing they’ll never truly belong in the world around them, Matt and Sally reawaken one another to love, ultimately finding that they do belong – together. Directed by Aaron Posner, Talley’s Folly ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Dec
  12
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Temple Sinai
3100 Military Road, NW, Washington DC 20015
The Temple Sinai Israel Affairs Committee will open an exhibit of winning Israeli art work, in the form of posters, on the subject of tolerance, equality, accepting the other, and valuing a shared society. Nathan Guttman will discuss the state of diversity in Israel. Jewish and Arab elementary and secondary school youths, as well as children of foreign workers in the greater Tel Aviv area, participated in the contest which was judged by a professional public committee. The blown-up posters were...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Reform, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Dec
  12
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
When the Greeks Ruled the Seas Diane Cline From the Bronze Age to the Roman period and beyond, Greeks created and sold products through risky, long-range trade networks across the seas. Raw materials and finished products were carried together on ships, and were bartered and sold in ports along the trade routes. Sometimes these trading vessels sank, providing us today with a wealth of information about the ancient Mediterranean economy. Archaeological evidence from ancient Greece, especially...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $10 general admission

 
 
Thu
Dec
  13
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Charles E. Smith Life Communities
1801 E. Jefferson Pike, Rockville MD 20852
Please join us for our Winter Open House • Tours • Refreshments • Entertainment • Meet our staff • Learn about our award-winning leisure programming • Learn about our on-site medical model RSVP to 301-816-5000
Listed In:  Seniors, Maryland, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Dec
  13
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
3333 14th St NW , Washington, DC DC  20010
This Pulitzer Prize-winning romantic comedy is a poignant valentine to unlikely love. On a moonlit night in 1944 Missouri, middle-aged Jewish accountant Matt Freidman has only one chance to win the heart of Sally Talley, a 31-year-old ‘old maid’ from a bigoted Protestant family. After a lifetime of believing they’ll never truly belong in the world around them, Matt and Sally reawaken one another to love, ultimately finding that they do belong – together. Directed by Aaron Posner, Talley’s Folly ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Dec
  13
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Drop-in or come every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month! $10 payable at the door.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Arts & Culture, Fitness & Wellness, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Fri
Dec
  14
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation's Capital
6045 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20011
Grandparents and special relatives/friends are invited for a morning of learning and nachas! Guests will attend class side-by-side with their grandchild(ren), experiencing the joy of learning at MILTON through a child's eyes. Kosher refreshments will be available at registration, and an optional lunch will be served following the program.
Listed In:  Seniors, DC, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Dec
  14
6:15 PM - 7:45 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
On the 2nd Friday of each month, join us at 6:15 p.m. for an evening of melodic worship with a little groove thrown in by our own congregational band! This event is especially fun for families with young children. Kosher kiddush follows services. (No musical Shabbat in July - Normal Shabbat services will be held at 6:15pm).
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Dec
  15
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Drop-in for Parashat HaShavuah (Torah portion discussion) on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 9:30am. Sponsored by the Samuel & Jean Koshar Rothstein Memorial Fund. Stay for Shabbat services at 10am. Kiddush follows services.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Dec
  15
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
3333 14th St NW , Washington, DC DC  20010
This Pulitzer Prize-winning romantic comedy is a poignant valentine to unlikely love. On a moonlit night in 1944 Missouri, middle-aged Jewish accountant Matt Freidman has only one chance to win the heart of Sally Talley, a 31-year-old ‘old maid’ from a bigoted Protestant family. After a lifetime of believing they’ll never truly belong in the world around them, Matt and Sally reawaken one another to love, ultimately finding that they do belong – together. Directed by Aaron Posner, Talley’s Folly ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost: