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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Thu
Mar
  21
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Free. Bring a vegetarian/dairy lunch and the Book of Joshua for an in-depth learning with Rabbi Lia Bass of this fascinating text which contains the story of Israel from the conquest of Canaan to the Babylonian exile. No knowledge of Hebrew is necessary, just your desire to learn! Contact the Etz Hayim office for a copy of the text: office@etzhayim.net
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Mar
  21
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
Evening Mah Jongg Lessons in March Thursday, March 7, 14, and 21, 6:30-9:30 pm Join us for a three-session Mah Jongg class for beginners taught by Iva Gresko. These evening lessons are perfect for those whose days are filled with work or family. Please don’t register unless you’re prepared to play at least once a week the first few months. Plan to attend all three sessions. Enrollment is limited, so register now. Cost: $85, includes nine hours of lessons and includes the 2018 National Mah Jo...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $85 includes card

 
 
Thu
Mar
  21
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
37th and O Streets, NW, Washington, DC DC 20007
If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother! Written in 1898, Gordin’s story of power and pride revolves around Mirele Efros, a wealthy widow and clever business woman who wants to find a good wife for her son. When her children turn against her, Mirele experiences a fall of Shakespearean proportions. Wildly successful in its time, Gordin’s masterpiece of Yiddish theater shines in a scintillating new English translation. Produced in partnership with the Georgetown University Theater and Performance...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Mar
  22
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC: Children & Family Programs)
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Join us for a monthly challah-making and music-filled session to share joyful Judaism from generation to generation. Connect with other grandparents while bonding with your grandbabies and having fun! Every month will offer different activities such as art and tikkun olam — but making challah and music making will always be included!
Listed In:  Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Culinary, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; Members: $10, General Public: $15

 
 
Sat
Mar
  23
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Disability and Inclusion Speaker Judy Heumann and Zoe Gross Inclusion Advisory Committee - Disability Awareness on March 23 - Special Guests Judy Heumann and Zoe Gross. Judy Heumann is a veteran advocate for disability rights from fighting for her own teaching credentials to her tenure as Asst. Sect'y of Education under President Obama. Zoe Gross is a young autism self-advocate joining Judy for teaching at our morning Shabbat service and again at 1pm acharei-oneg (after Shabbat lunch) - don...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Advocacy
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Mar
  23
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
37th and O Streets, NW, Washington, DC DC 20007
If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother! Written in 1898, Gordin’s story of power and pride revolves around Mirele Efros, a wealthy widow and clever business woman who wants to find a good wife for her son. When her children turn against her, Mirele experiences a fall of Shakespearean proportions. Wildly successful in its time, Gordin’s masterpiece of Yiddish theater shines in a scintillating new English translation. Produced in partnership with the Georgetown University Theater and Performance...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mar 24 - Mar 26
Multiple times available
 
American Israel Public Affairs Committee
801 Mt Vernon Place NW, Washington MD 20001
The AIPAC Policy Conference is the largest gathering of pro-Israel activists. Over 18,000 people from all 50 states and all backgrounds come together for a three day educational, inspirational and empowering experience. On the third day we lobby our Members of Congress to support the partnership between the U.S. and Israel and to ensure that the friendship between the United States and Israel remains unbreakable.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Adult Education, Leadership Development, Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Fair/Expo, History/Education, Israel, Leadership Development, Networking, Politics
Event Cost:  more than $50; $399 for AIPAC Club and $499 for Delegates

 
 
Sun
Mar
  24
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Meet local authors from the DMV area and hear first-hand as they describe and introduce their books. Learn more about the stories behind the stories, their inspirations, and upcoming projects. Bagels and coffee served. Come find your next must-read author! Appropriate for all ages and free to the public.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Fair/Expo
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Mar
  24
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Relations between China and Israel have expanded rapidly since the early 2000s in areas such as diplomacy, trade, investment, construction, educational partnerships, scientific cooperation and tourism. China’s prime interests in Israel and advanced technology and its location as part of the Belt and Road Initiative. Israel seeks to expand its ties with the world’s fastest growing major economy and diversify its export markets and investments from the United States and Europe. Although evolving r...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Mar
  24
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
 
Tikvat Israel Congregation
2200 Baltimore Road, Rockville MD 20851
Tikvat Israel invites you to join us on Sunday, March 24 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Social Hall for our revitalized Purim Carnival. Our Carnival is fun for the whole family and will feature: New Games! Bounce House! 30’ Long Inflatable Obstacle Course! Face Painting! Visit from the Kona Ice Truck! Prizes! Food! Silent Auction! (see information below) Wristband pricing: 0-2 years old FREE (games only, food available for purchase) 3-6 years old $5 for games only, $10 for games + meal 7-...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Teens, Maryland, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; varies

 
 
Sun
Mar
  24
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 
Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington
3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria VA 22304
Using their work on the story of Rabbi Hirsh Frankel (a German Rabbi who was convicted of being a magician in 1712 and imprisoned for 2 years), Arline and Daniel Sachs will explain how to find the truth when presented with conflicting evidence. While knowing only prayer book Hebrew, Daniel translated a distant cousin’s book about their common ancestor Rabbi Frankel from Hebrew to English using the Internet. That book helped them correct long-accepted information that had been often quoted in oth...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Mar
  24
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 
National Museum of American Jewish Military History
1811 R Street, NW, Washington DC 20904
Jessica Cooperman joins us to discuss her new book Making Judaism Safe for America: World War I and the Origins of Religious Pluralism. Program is co-sponsored by the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council with an introduction from Rabbi Irving Elson, Director. In 1956, the sociologist Will Herberg described the United States as a “triple-melting pot,” a country in which “three religious communities - Protestant, Catholic, Jewish – are America.” This description of an American society in which Judaism an...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Mar
  24
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
37th and O Streets, NW, Washington, DC DC 20007
If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother! Written in 1898, Gordin’s story of power and pride revolves around Mirele Efros, a wealthy widow and clever business woman who wants to find a good wife for her son. When her children turn against her, Mirele experiences a fall of Shakespearean proportions. Wildly successful in its time, Gordin’s masterpiece of Yiddish theater shines in a scintillating new English translation. Produced in partnership with the Georgetown University Theater and Performance...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Mar
  24
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
37th and O Streets, NW, Washington, DC DC 20007
If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother! Written in 1898, Gordin’s story of power and pride revolves around Mirele Efros, a wealthy widow and clever business woman who wants to find a good wife for her son. When her children turn against her, Mirele experiences a fall of Shakespearean proportions. Wildly successful in its time, Gordin’s masterpiece of Yiddish theater shines in a scintillating new English translation. Produced in partnership with the Georgetown University Theater and Performance...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
Mar
  25
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
Honored as one of Forward’s 50 most influential American Jews for 2018, Dr. Keren McGinity has been recognized for detailing the harassment she personally suffered in the Jewish institutional world and for issuing a broader call for a Jewish response to the #MeToo movement. McGinity is the inaugural director of the Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement Program at Hebrew College and an honorary research associate at Brandeis University. She earned her PhD from Brown University where she is a visi...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Women & Girls, Northern Virginia, Reform, Adult Education, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Mar
  26
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Center for Israel Studies at American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20036
Former Member of Knesset and public intellectual Einat Wilf will offer remarks on “Women and Politics in Israel Today” followed by a discussion with moderator Tamara Wittes (Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution). Co-sponsored by American University Center for Israel Studies and Women and Politics Institute, School of Public Affairs. Free with RSVP (space limited)
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel, Politics
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Mar
  26
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb St, NW, Washington DC 20016
With great joy and meaning, we invite you to a very special event welcoming three Israeli couples into the covenant of marriage. None of these couples can be married in their homeland under the auspices of the Orthodox Chief Rabbinate for three very different reasons: • One is a heterosexual couple in which the male is not recognized as Jewish because his mother, who converted, is deaf, and this conversion was not recognized in Israel. • The second is a progressive Jewish couple who rejects t...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Conservative, Reform, Advocacy, Politics, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; $18 suggested donation

 
 
Wed
Mar
  27
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
37th and O Streets, NW, Washington, DC DC 20007
If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother! Written in 1898, Gordin’s story of power and pride revolves around Mirele Efros, a wealthy widow and clever business woman who wants to find a good wife for her son. When her children turn against her, Mirele experiences a fall of Shakespearean proportions. Wildly successful in its time, Gordin’s masterpiece of Yiddish theater shines in a scintillating new English translation. Produced in partnership with the Georgetown University Theater and Performance...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mar 27 - Apr 1
Multiple times available
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Spend time exploring Amsterdam and The Hague during this Israel Your Way Pre-Trip experience.
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Couples, Seniors, Singles, Women & Girls, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Travel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Mar
  27
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Kensington Park Library
4201 Knowles Avenue, Kensington Park Library, Kensington MD 20895
Behnaz Mistry, from New York Life Insurance, will provide valuable information, tips, and tools to help you achieve financial security. Attendees will learn the basics of building a strong financial foundation. Topics covered include managing debt, building savings, and protecting against risk and unexpected events.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, Professional Development
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Mar
  27
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
37th and O Streets, NW, Washington, DC DC 20007
If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother! Written in 1898, Gordin’s story of power and pride revolves around Mirele Efros, a wealthy widow and clever business woman who wants to find a good wife for her son. When her children turn against her, Mirele experiences a fall of Shakespearean proportions. Wildly successful in its time, Gordin’s masterpiece of Yiddish theater shines in a scintillating new English translation. Produced in partnership with the Georgetown University Theater and Performance...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Mar
  27
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Embassy Of Israel
5612 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20015
One Show Only! “An intriguing tale of forbidden first love. ” – Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter Benny’s hair is as red as the fur of her devout father’s treasured calf – which he believes will bring salvation. But the 17-year-old feels as lonely and trapped as the calf in its enclosure. Benny’s mother died giving birth to her, and she grew up alone with her caring yet patriarchal father. He is a figure of authority and a mentor for many people in their religious community in Jerusalem. ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Mar
  28
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
1600 Jonquil St NW, Washington DC 20012
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America invite you to a Community Conversation with Yossi Klein Halevi on: Israelis Go to the Polls: What the Election Campaign Reveals about Israel The current election campaign in Israel has been characterized by surprise mergers and criminal scandal. Yossi Klein Halevi will reflect on the impact of events leading up to the Israeli elections and what they reveal about trends and shifts in Israeli society. ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Adult Education, Leadership Development, History/Education, Israel, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, Politics
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Mar
  28
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
37th and O Streets, NW, Washington, DC DC 20007
If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother! Written in 1898, Gordin’s story of power and pride revolves around Mirele Efros, a wealthy widow and clever business woman who wants to find a good wife for her son. When her children turn against her, Mirele experiences a fall of Shakespearean proportions. Wildly successful in its time, Gordin’s masterpiece of Yiddish theater shines in a scintillating new English translation. Produced in partnership with the Georgetown University Theater and Performance...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Mar
  28
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Center for Israel Studies at American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20036
Please join the American University Center for Israel Studies and Dept. of Performing Arts for a special performance by Shesh Besh, Arab-Jewish ensemble of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. The Shesh Besh ensemble’s onstage presence and repertoire are a living metaphor for people striving to coexist. Their performances reflect their belief that the language of music binds hearts and builds a real bridge between peoples. The ensemble performs traditional Oriental material alongside works by cla...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Mar
  29
10:45 AM - 3:15 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
Enjoy a spring day outside and inside as we visit the newly-renovated Glenstone Museum. This contemporary art museum of post-World War II artworks encompasses two buildings, several outdoor sculptures and more than 230 acres of landscape (paths, streams, meadows, forests), all fully integrated with architecture and artworks. The Gallery hosts changing exhibitions in generously proportioned spaces and opens up to a terrace overlooking a pond. The Pavilions offer changing exhibitions and rooms ded...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $16/ $10 J member

 
 
Mar 29 - Apr 1
Multiple times available
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Is it your first time in Israel? Has it been a while since your last visit? Spend a few extra days experiencing the land and culture with this Israel Your Way Pre-Trip experience.
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Couples, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Women & Girls, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel, Travel, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Mar
  30
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Biblical Wisdom and Contemporary Living It is commonplace to say that the Bible provides guidance for modern living. But in what way is this really true? Most people haven't a clue. Come explore with Rabbi Sid.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Mar
  30
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim (Congregation Har Tzeon Agudath Achim)
1840 University Blvd West, Silver Spring MD 20902
Join HTAA Shabbat morning to listen to Tzachi Levy, senior Shaliach from the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington! He will be speaking on Israel & World Jewry.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sat
Mar
  30
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
37th and O Streets, NW, Washington, DC DC 20007
If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother! Written in 1898, Gordin’s story of power and pride revolves around Mirele Efros, a wealthy widow and clever business woman who wants to find a good wife for her son. When her children turn against her, Mirele experiences a fall of Shakespearean proportions. Wildly successful in its time, Gordin’s masterpiece of Yiddish theater shines in a scintillating new English translation. Produced in partnership with the Georgetown University Theater and Performance...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost: