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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Mon
Feb
  18
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
 
Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies
Gilchrist Hall, Rockville MD 20850
With Professor Paul Root Wolpe Director, Center for Ethics, Emory University Professor Wolpe is a nationally recognized authority in the field of ethics, a keen observer of ethical issues in medicine, technology, and space exploration. He will identify ethical dilemmas and how they may be understood in the 2000-year Jewish tradition and in modern thinking. He will discuss the Jewish disproportionate representation in the field of ethics, and the reason for this. Sessions will include: “You...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Non-denominational, Adult Education, History/Education
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Mon
Feb
  18
12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
Coordinated by Mimi Rosenberg, Adult Program Advisor Participants are welcome to bring a dairy, parve, or meatless lunch. Coffee and tea will be provided. Fee: $5/ Free for member No RSVP — Just come! Topic: What’s Happening in the Supreme Court Presented by Amy Marshak, Litigator at the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown University Law Center and former law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Join a former Supreme Court clerk to discuss the current cases an...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, History/Education, Politics, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; $5/ Free for member

 
 
Tue
Feb
  19
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
FMMC musicians return to the J to present an exciting blend of old and new musical masterpieces with a Jewish connection. The program includes George Gershwin’s wonderful Cuban Overture, works by Felix Mendelssohn, and a lovely newly-commissioned piece for flute and piano by Jewish American composer, Andrea Clearfield.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Social Events
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Tue
Feb
  19
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
600 I Street NW, Washington DC 20001
Bernard-Henri Lévy—one of the West’s leading intellectuals—asserts in The Empire and the Five Kings: America’s Abdication and the Fate of the World, America is retreating from its traditional leadership role as Russia, China, Turkey, Iran, and Sunni radical Islamism are taking steps to assert power and influence and undermine the liberal values that have been a hallmark of Western civilization.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Politics
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $15

 
 
Wed
Feb
  20
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
3830 Seminary Rd, Alexandria VA 22304
Inclement Weather Policy If Fairfax County schools are closed, our Adult 55+ program held at Beth El is canceled. If schools have a delayed opening, we will hold our program at the regular time. Winter Film Series: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Wednesday, February 20, 10:30am 2018 | 1h 35 min| Documentary, Biography “Charmingly soft-spoken and yet powerfully incisive expressing his profound ideals, Fred Rogers was a unique presence on television for generations. Through interviews of his family an...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Social Events
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5 all participants

 
 
Wed
Feb
  20
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (Jewish Community Relations Council of GW)
11 Bladen Street, Annapolis MD 21401
Join the JCRC of Greater Washington at our annual Maryland Jewish Advocacy Day in Annapolis. Meet with legislators to share our 2019 legislative priorities. Buses transportation is available from both the Bender JCC and Leisure World. Registration is required.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Advocacy, Politics
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $20

 
 
Wed
Feb
  20
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
 
Jewish Study Center
2850 Quebec St, NW, Washington DC 20008
By the summer of 1945, the war in Europe was over, but repairing the destruction was just beginning. In the Pacific, and particularly in Europe, synagogues had been damaged, destroyed, defamed. Many American Jewish service members, like their forebears the Maccabees, followed their military victory over an enemy who sought to destroy Jews by restoring the temple. Michael Rugel is the Programs and Content Coordinator at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History. He writes and spea...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Non-denominational, Arts & Culture, History/Education
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; JSC, Adas, Museum members $15, others $20

 
 
Wed
Feb
  20
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Kesher Israel Congregation
2801 N St., NW, Washington DC 20007-3340
Join us for four weeks of learning and free kosher dinner with our February Beit Midrash! Sign up by Wednesday, January 23: https://tinyurl.com/KesherFebBM Kesher’s February Beit Midrash is a four-week learning initiative for Torah study and community building. The program will meet at Kesher Israel on Wednesday evenings in February and include sponsored kosher dinner (7:30pm-8:00pm), followed by community-wide learning (8:00p-9:00p). Learning will be in chavrutot (pairs) with optional chaburot...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Orthodox, Adult Education, History/Education
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Wed
Feb
  20
8:15 PM - 9:25 PM
 
Jewish Study Center
2850 Quebec St., NW, Washington DC 20008
The 150 religious poems that make up the Book of Psalms are deeply familiar and deeply strange. Entwined in both Jewish and Christian tradition, they form the backbone of the liturgy and yet speak to us in a modern, sometimes perplexing voice. We’ll read, compare translations and trace the powerful imagery in these works. Readings in English. Amy Schwartz is president of the Jewish Study Center and opinion and book editor of Moment Magazine
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Non-denominational, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  more than $50; 4 sessions: JSC, Adas members $55, non-members

 
 
Feb 21 - May 9
Multiple times available
 
Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies
14330 Travilah Rd., Rockville MD 20850
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Join us for a new Melton School Scholars Course! Within the field of ethics, one of the most challenging frontiers is medical ethics. While contemporary medical knowledge preserves life, modern advances have raised moral and ethical dilemmas related to the sanctity and dignity of life—issues whose scope was unimaginable a generation ago. Written by Rabbi Elliot Dorff, PhD, Jewish Medical Eth...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, History/Education, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  more than $50; $250 + $45 reading material

 
 
Thu
Feb
  21
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 
Kehilat Pardes - The Rock Creek Synagogue
13300 Arctic Ave., Rockville MD 20853
Jewish Mysticism The 10-week course will be taught by Rabbi Uri Topolosky 60% discounts available before 12/1! Despite the public chatter about Kabbalah, for many, this important aspect of the Jewish tradition remains a "closed book." This course presents the rich history of Jewish mysticism, along with understandings of many of the texts that have been so central to that tradition, speaking to the deepest mysteries of human existence and to many of life's eternal universal questions.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Orthodox, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; Regular tuition is $250 + $45 for the book

 
 
Thu
Feb
  21
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
15351 Championship Drive, Haymarket VA 20169
Inclement Weather Policy If Prince William County schools are closed, our Adult 55+ program is canceled. If schools have a delayed opening, we will hold our program at the regular time. Join us for an afternoon of good food and laughter! Rabbi Rose will entertain us with her humor following a delicious lunch. This is a great time to meet and socialize with others in the community! Fee: $22 (includes lunch and program) RSVP: Julie.Koppel@jccnv.org or 703.537.3012 Please submit check and registr...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $22 (includes lunch and program)

 
 
Thu
Feb
  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
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Thu
Feb
  21
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
You may eat your lunch in the lobby prior to the program Relax on a cold winter day at the J’s Coffeehouse. Enjoy the country and folk music of Gray Parks. Meet new people, schmooze, hear relaxing music and warm up at the J! Fee: $5/ Free for member Hot chocolate, coffee, tea, and desserts provided. No RSVP – Just come!
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; $5/ Free for member

 
 
Thu
Feb
  21
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
If You Could See Me: Life, Motherhood, and the Pursuit of Sanity with Erin Mahone Life is hard but it can be made a little easier with laughter, love, and support. In this one-woman show, Mahone shares humorous and heartbreaking stories and beloved songs highlighting her experiences growing up in a family where mental illness was the norm but love and humor prevailed. Her grandfather lived with schizophrenia and as a young person, was not allowed to talk about the things that were happening ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10 / $8 member

 
 
Thu
Feb
  21
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC: Book Festival and Literary Arts )
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
In the vein of Tuesdays with Morrie, a devoted protégé and friend of one of the world’s great thinkers takes us into the sacred space of the classroom, showing Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel not only as an extraordinary human being, but as a master teacher. The world remembers Elie Wiesel—Nobel laureate, activist, and author of more than forty books, including Oprah’s Book Club selection Night—as a great humanist. He passed away in July 2016. Ariel Burger first ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $15 Ticket Only OR $40 Ticket & Book

 
 
Thu
Feb
  21
7:30 PM - 9:15 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Washington Jewish Film Festival)
7235 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda MD 20814
The Washington Jewish Film Festival Year Round programming presents: Transit Dir. Christian Petzold | 101 min | 2018 Narrative, GermanFrench with English subtitles Thursday, February 21 7:30 PM Bethesda Row Cinema - 7235 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD In Christian Petzold’s brilliant and haunting modern-day adaptation of Anna Seghers’s 1942 novel, Transit Visa, Georg, a German refugee (Franz Rogowski, Happy End), flees to Marseille assuming the identity of a recently deceased writer whose pape...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $13.50

 
 
Fri
Feb
  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

 
 
Fri
Feb
  22
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Temple Beth Ami
14330 Travilah Road, Rockville MD 20850
Temple Beth Ami’s Inclusion Committee invites the congregation and extended community for an evening of inspiration and education on Jewish Disabilities Awareness & Inclusion Shabbat. We welcome as our guest Aaron Kaufman, who joined the DC office of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) in 2016 as a Senior Legislative Associate, focusing on disability and poverty issues. Having cerebral palsy, Aaron feels he brings a unique perspective to JFNA’s efforts on behalf of people with disab...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
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Sat
Feb
  23
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation (Julia Bindeman Suburban Center)
3935 Macomb St, NW, Washington DC 20016
Reclaim the balance and flow in your life. Your wellness and well-being are the focus of this unique Shabbaton that features a keynote given by Rabbi Richard Address, the founder and director of Jewish Sacred Aging. Adults and teens are invited to spend a day with us, and explore a wide range of workshops and mindfulness activities to help you reclaim the balance and flow in your life. Cost: $25 for WHC members; $36 for non-members Featured elements of this special day: Mindful worship Medit...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Reform, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $25 for WHC members; $36 for non-members

 
 
Sat
Feb
  23
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Rd , Rockville MD 20852
Adults will join us for the screening of an episode from the hit Israeli series, When Heroes Fly. Four friends, veterans of a special force unit, reunite for one final rescue mission. Find, 11 years after their service in the Second Lebanon War, learn about the baggage they carry from that experience. Following the screening, Shana Frenkel, LCSW-C, our JSSA Synagogue Liaison, will speak about PTSD and the impact it has had on Israeli society. Children can choose from an Israeli movie (to be an...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5

 
 
Sun
Feb
  24
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Conservative Judaism fully institutionalized as a denomination only in the United States during the mid-20th century. What happened that resulted in a new Jewish denomination? What does the “Trefah Banquet” have to do with anything: What does it mean that Conservative Judaism views Jewish law (halakha) as both binding and subject to historical development? Come learn how Conservative Judaism started and how it fits into today’s Jewish landscape.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education
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Sun
Feb
  24
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 
Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington
1600 Jonquil Street, NW, Washington DC 20012
Edward David Luft will speak about his book, Stop Thief! The True Story of Abraham Greenthal, King of the Pickpockets in 19th Century New York City, as Revealed from Contemporary Sources. The author was inspired to write his book because he wanted to correct all of the erroneous information online on a popular website. Greenthal, 1822-1889, was probably the greatest pickpocket in history and the head of a gang of criminals with international connections. Crime was the family business, and Greent...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5 for non-members

 
 
Sun
Feb
  24
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Shaare Tefila Congregation
16620 Georgia Avenue, Olney MD 20832
In honor of Jewish Disability & Inclusion Awareness Month we are proud to present a free screening of "Intelligent Lives". You can learn more about this moving film at intelligentlives.org. A panel discussion & light refreshments are included for this free event - Sponsored by Shaare Tefila & B'nai Shalom of Olney
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Advocacy, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sun
Feb
  24
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Congregation Olam Tikvah
3800 Glenbrook Rd., Fairfax VA 22031
February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). Join ReelAbilities Film Festival - Northern Virginia for a pre-festival screening of "My Feral Heart", presented in partnership with Congregation Olam Tikvah and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Synopsis: A sudden bereavement throws Luke, a fiercely independent young man with Down syndrome, into a group home—a daunting new environment where he finds unexpected support from his feisty, streetwise caretaker and a ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5

 
 
Mon
Feb
  25
12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
News in Review Roundtable; 4th Monday each month (ongoing) Coordinated by Mimi Rosenberg It is your turn to speak! Bring your educated opinions on a timely news event. A lively discussion on selected topics will be moderated by various facilitators. Come share your viewpoints and opinions. Coffee and tea will be provided. Fee: $5/ Free J member
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, History/Education, Politics, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; $5/ Free J member

 
 
Wed
Feb
  27
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
1441 Wiehle Avenue, Reston VA 20190
The Eddie Cantor Story: A Jewish Life in Performance and Politics Presented by David Weinstein, author and historian David Weinstein will discuss Eddie Cantor and the history of American Jewish popular entertainment. He will talk about how his book documents Cantor’s significance as a performer, philanthropist, and activist. The book highlights Cantor’s influence on American Jewish social and political history through his celebrity activism, including his courageous campaign against Nazism dur...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Politics, Social Events
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5 for all participants

 
 
Wed
Feb
  27
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
3830 Seminary Rd, Alexandria VA 22304
An Interfaith Program with Rabbi Emeritus Brett Isserow Wednesday, February 27, 10:30am–noon Even though Rabbi Isserow has officially retired from Beth El, we are pleased to have him continue to lead our series of interfaith programs. While we will explore beliefs and practices of other religions and faiths, these interviews also endeavor to give us an insight into the inspiration and motivation that helped shape lives. Contact Shelly closer to program date for presenter details. Fee $5 all pa...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Politics, Social Events
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5 all participants

 
 
Wed
Feb
  27
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
 
Jewish Study Center
2850 Quebec St, NW, Washington DC 20008
In the depths of winter, even the most adventurous eaters sometimes long for the old-fashioned tastes of Eastern European comfort cooking. After all, it’s the food that kept many of our ancestors warm through long, cold winters. What are some of the dishes that we still enjoy today? Can these old recipes be made modern and healthy without losing any of the flavors we love? Beloved community chef Susan Barocas will feed us with history, stories and recipes for such multi-generational standby...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Non-denominational, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, Culinary
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; JSC, Adas members $15, others $20

 
 
Wed
Feb
  27
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Kesher Israel Congregation
2801 N St., NW, Washington DC 20007-3340
Join us for four weeks of learning and free kosher dinner with our February Beit Midrash! Sign up by Wednesday, January 23: https://tinyurl.com/KesherFebBM Kesher’s February Beit Midrash is a four-week learning initiative for Torah study and community building. The program will meet at Kesher Israel on Wednesday evenings in February and include sponsored kosher dinner (7:30pm-8:00pm), followed by community-wide learning (8:00p-9:00p). Learning will be in chavrutot (pairs) with optional chaburot...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Orthodox, Adult Education, History/Education
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