Boomers

Whether you are an empty nester, married or single, this area is designed to provide you with the information and resources to enrich your Jewish life.

The calendar listings below are filled with a range of activities and programs targeted toward your stage of life and potential interests. Search the full calendar by clicking on “View All Events” below, then sort by your interests or age group. 

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Upcoming Events
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Tue
Oct
  16
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
Oct
  16
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
7612 Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
Presented by Nadine Epstein, Editor-in-Chief and CEO of Moment Magazine Please join us for a conversation about Elie Wiesel (1928–2016), the author of Night, survivor of Auschwitz and a powerful, enduring voice of the Holocaust. Epstein is the editor of Elie Wiesel: An Extraordinary Life and Legacy, in which she shares her memories of Wiesel and those of other friends and colleagues who knew him, such as Elisha Wiesel, Wolf Blitzer, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Kati Marton, Michael Berenbaum, and Bern...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, History/Education, Social Events
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5 for all participants (includes light snacks)

 
 
Tue
Oct
  16
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
 
Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County
8215 Old Georgetown RD, Bethesda MD 20814
Do you know family or friends in Israel who speak Hebrew and you would like to join in their conversations? Come speak and practice your Hebrew with us, in an informal welcoming group. We help each other.
Listed In:  Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, History/Education
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Tue
Oct
  16
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
8215 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda MD 20814
The Moral, the Political and the Partisan: Jewish Community and Jewish Values in an Era of Polarization Presented by: Yehuda Kurtzer, President, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America The corrosive nature of partisanship in American political culture is the central threat to Jews in America today. We are at a critical juncture for a new conversation, one that asks us to consider how our political choices as Jews implicate our collective identity as Jews in America. In our quest to thrive, w...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, Advocacy, History/Education, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, Politics
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Tue
Oct
  16
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
The New Israel Fund (New Israel Fund)
600 I St. NW, Washington DC 20001
Featuring Mickey Gitzin, NIF Director in Israel and Tamara Wittes, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution Moderated by Rabbi Shira Stutman of Sixth & I Historic Synagogue About: As Israel celebrates 70 years of independence, we have many reasons to take pride in its democracy. But just as we cannot take our own democracy for granted in America, nor can Israelis. What are the current risks to Israel’s democratic character? How does it relate to the reality here in the U.S. and how can Israe...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Advocacy, Israel
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $6

 
 
Wed
Oct
  17
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum with Special Exhibit: Americans and the Holocaust: “By the time Nazi Germany forced the world into war, democratic civilization itself was at stake. The US military fought for almost four years to defend democracy, and more than 400,000 Americans died. The American people —soldiers and civilians alike — made enormous sacrifices to free Europe from Nazi oppression. Yet saving Jews and others targeted for murder by the Nazi regime and its collaborators never...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; Fee: $16/ $10 member for bus transportation

 
 
Wed
Oct
  17
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Jewish Study Center
2850 Quebec St, NW, Washington DC 20008
Like the Jewish community itself, Jewish museums are changing at a rapid rate. So are the stories they need to tell. We will discuss trends in American, European, and Israeli museums, possible new narratives, and their implications for future Jewish museum exhibitions, public programs, and online resources. Instructor, Avi Decter was the first professional director of what is now the National Museum of American Jewish History and was a founder of the Council of American Museums. He helped plan ...
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:  $10 - $24;  JSC, Adas members $15, others $20

 
 
Wed
Oct
  17
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville MD 20852
On the Map (2016): English, 85 minutes, Documentary You’ll cheer the Maccabi Tel Aviv’s ’77 European win, a baseball team made up of Israeli & American players, as it captures the spirit of a nation triumphant against all odds. This event is partnered with the Foundation Of Jewish Studies, who will provide post-film speaker.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Maryland, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10, $12 @ door

 
 
Wed
Oct
  17
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
1101 Sixth Street, SW,  Washington, DC DC 20024
Tom and Amber, freshmen at Princeton University, seem to be on the same page about where their relationship is heading, until suddenly they aren’t. What begins as a casual hook up turns into a Title IX trial in which both students have everything to lose. Tackling the highly charged topic of sexual consent, this provocative new play by Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51) investigates the intersection of gender and race in campus politics today, offering a nuanced and psychologically rich portrait of a ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Teens, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Oct
  18
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
 
American Jewish Committee
7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda MD 20817
AJC Bethesda Breakfast Roundtable
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Maryland
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Oct
  18
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
Alaska: An “Armchair” Overview of our Exciting, Beautiful 49th State Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless) 12:30: Program Presented by Debbie Sage, Alaska and Vancouver Vacation Specialist, Discover Alaska Cruise Tours & Ed Cooper, Operations Manager, Discover Alaska Cruise Tours Enjoy an “armchair” visit of Alaska: “The Last Frontier.” Get to know our 49th state with a colorfully narrated slide show of the beautiful state from a tour perspective. We will learn about Denali National Par...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, History/Education, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Fee: $5/ Free J member

 
 
Thu
Oct
  18
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
Oct
  18
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
National Museum of American Jewish Military History
1811 R Street, NW, Washington DC 20009
Professor Leah Garrett joins us to discuss her book Young Lions: How Jewish Authors Reinvented the American War Novel for the inaugural talk in our Alan S. Brown scholar series. Young Lions: How Jewish Authors Reinvented the American War Novel shows how Jews, traditionally castigated as weak and cowardly, for the first time became the popular literary representatives of what it meant to be a soldier and what it meant to be an American. Revisiting best-selling works ranging from Norman Mailer’s ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Oct
  18
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville MD 20852
Open House – featuring a gallery show, string trio and other live entertainment, along with a preview featuring the Cinema J season.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Oct
  18
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
The Immigration Crisis: Taking Action We have seen intense and rapid action on immigration recently. The Immigration Working Group of the Temple Rodef Shalom Social Action Committee invites you to explore and understand the impact on families and children and hear recommendations on how we can respond. Speakers include members of our local immigrant community, Frank Sharry (a leading advocate and spokesperson for broad immigration reform), and Lisa Johnson-Firth (principal of an immigration an...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Advocacy
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Oct
  18
7:30 PM - 7:50 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
2911 District Avenue, Fairfax VA 22031
An inspiring journey behind one woman's ambitious project to create the entire Torah, in needlepoint. Over 1,000 stitchers in almost 20 countries each stitched a portion, hoping that the final work becomes a traveling museum exhibition.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $14 / $12 J Members

 
 
Thu
Oct
  18
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
1101 Sixth Street, SW,  Washington, DC DC 20024
Tom and Amber, freshmen at Princeton University, seem to be on the same page about where their relationship is heading, until suddenly they aren’t. What begins as a casual hook up turns into a Title IX trial in which both students have everything to lose. Tackling the highly charged topic of sexual consent, this provocative new play by Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51) investigates the intersection of gender and race in campus politics today, offering a nuanced and psychologically rich portrait of a ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Teens, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Oct
  18
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
2911 District Avenue, Fairfax VA 22031
For 18 years, Annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival has been celebrating the scope of Jewish life, culture, and identity on the big screen. Thanks to you, NVJFF is one of the largest cultural events in Northern Virginia. Single Tickets: $14 General Admission $12 J Members $9 Groups (15+ people, in advance only. Please call 703-537-3000) Passes: Festival Passes are available online and at the JCCNV Reception Desk until October 17th. Festival Pass: An all-inclusive festival experi...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $14 - General Admission $12 - J Members

 
 
Thu
Oct
  18
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Washington Jewish Film Festival)
1529 Q St NW, Washington DC 20036
Charlotte Gainsbourg turns in an exuberant performance as Nina, Romain Gary’s overbearing single mom, and César-winner Pierre Niney plays the illustrious author in this filial love story adapted from Gary’s eponymous autobiographical novel. Hounding the boy at every turn—from his childhood in Poland, to his adolescence in the South of France, to his WWII adventures as a bombardier—Nina continually brags to everyone she meets that her son will become a great writer, a war hero, a French ambassado...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Parenting
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Oct
  18
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Congregation Har Shalom (Peace Mountain Theatre Company)
11510 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
A Shayna Maidel tells the story of two sisters - one a survivor of Nazi concentration camps, the other brought up as an American - as they reunite in New York in 1946 after years of separation. In the course of a heartrending evening, they achieve the intimacy that transcends the theatrical event. Playwright Barbara Lebow's play is a deeply personalized story of sisterhood, family and a crisis of faith. A Shayna Maidel will be performed over three weekends in October: Thursday, October 11; Sat...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $24/door; $22/advance; $12/students; $18/groups

 
 
Thu
Oct
  18
8:00 PM - 9:40 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
2911 District Avenue, Fairfax VA 22031
The Last Suit Pablo Solarz | Drama | 92 min | Spain, Argentina | 2017 | Spanish with English Subtitles Abraham Burszteins kids have sold his Buenos Aires residence and planted him in a retirement home. But Abraham survived the Holocaust, made a successful life in a foreign land, and isn't about to fade away so quietly! Instead, he's planned a one-way trip to the other side of the world to find the man who years earlier saved him from certain death. Generously sponsored by Anita and Steve Dien...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $14 / $12 J Members

 
 
Fri
Oct
  19
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
2911 District Avenue, Fairfax VA 22031
For 18 years, Annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival has been celebrating the scope of Jewish life, culture, and identity on the big screen. Thanks to you, NVJFF is one of the largest cultural events in Northern Virginia. Single Tickets: $14 General Admission $12 J Members $9 Groups (15+ people, in advance only. Please call 703-537-3000) Passes: Festival Passes are available online and at the JCCNV Reception Desk until October 17th. Festival Pass: An all-inclusive festival experi...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $14 - General Admission $12 - J Members

 
 
Fri
Oct
  19
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
2911 District Avenue, Fairfax VA 22031
Wendy's Shabbat Rachel Myers | Documentary | 10 min | USA | 2017 | English Friends usher in the Sabbath by candlelight, with challah bread and grape juice (no wine at Wendy's) to complement their chicken nuggets and fries. Shabbat is typically observed at home with family, but here these seniors share in the celebration of their religion at Wendys. This is a story of rediscovering the joys of community again in older age, and in the longing for ritual, however unorthodox it may appear.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $14 / $12 J Members

 
 
Fri
Oct
  19
10:50 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
2911 District Avenue, Fairfax VA 22031
Life is Rich Bonnie Rich | Documentary | 46 min | USA | 2018 | English A real-life comedy about Bonnie Rich, a filmmaker and Jewish mom on a mission to persuade her millennial daughters to raise her unborn grandchildren Jewish. While her daughters see little need for Jewish ritual that doesn't involve food, Bonnie wants them to see Judaism as more than matzo ball soup. So she lures her daughters into Jewish sing-alongs and drags them to meet with rabbis. In the process, Bonnie finds herself co...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $14 / $12 J Members

 
 
Fri
Oct
  19
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
2911 District Avenue, Fairfax VA 22031
Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George's Creators Ema Ryan Yamazaki | Documentary | 81 min | USA | 2017 | English The mischievous monkey Curious George made his first appearance more than 75 years ago and has been entertaining readers young and old ever since. If not for a pair of handmade bicycles, however, the beloved children's book character might never have made it out of Nazi-occupied Europe. Brought to life with whimsical animation, Monkey Business celebrates the power of sto...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $14 / $12 J Members

 
 
Fri
Oct
  19
2:20 PM - 5:00 PM
 
The Tasman Center for Jewish Creativity
3101 12th Street Northeast, Washington DC 20017
Autumn is a natural time for transitions as the weather begins to turn colder, and leaves change color and begin to fall away. As we move into the season of fall, what are you willing to change or do differently? This workshop will allow you to carve out space for a mini-retreat which will include yoga, meditation, reflection, watercolor painting and intention setting at Bluebird Sky Yoga. Led by Erin Brindle, Art Therapist and Sarah Tasman, community rabbi. Work/Trade opportunities/Scholarship...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), GLBT, Interfaith, DC, Arts & Culture, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  more than $50; $75

 
 
Fri
Oct
  19
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
555 Water St. SW, Washington DC 20024
District Shabbat combines the high energy of Washington and the deep spirituality of Reform Judaism to create this all-ages downtown Shabbat experience along the beautiful Southwest Waterfront. Tot Shabbat & Family Dinner (perfect for families with young children) 5:30 pm Cost: Free Shot of Torah (A spirited discussion with WHC’s rabbis fueled by soft drinks, adult beverages, and hors d’oeuvres) 6:15 pm Cost: Free Shabbat Service featuring WHC’s clergy and internationally celebrated musician...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, DC, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; $18 for dinner

 
 
Fri
Oct
  19
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb St, NW, Washington DC 20016
Through their voices and spirit, Cathedra, the professional choir of the Washington National Cathedral, will help bring attention to and show compassion for the families who now call America “home.” We will deepen our understanding of today’s global refugee crisis, connect with the Jewish movement for refugees, commit (or recommit) to taking action. National Refugee Shabbat is a project of HIAS.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, DC, Reform, Advocacy, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sat
Oct
  20
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
Oct
  20
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Come for services (which run from 10am to approximately 12:30pm, followed by a kiddush), stay for great literature discussions. After services, Congregation Etz Hayim congregants will lead discussions about books of particular interest to them. There are copies of each title in the CEH library. These diverse selections are sure to spark lively discussion! Oct 20: Yiddish Civilization. Author: Paul Kriwaczek. Discussion facilitator: Jonathan Greenberg. Feb 16: Liar’s Gospel. Author: Naomi Alderma...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost: