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
Apr
  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:  

 
 
Tue
Apr
  23
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Embassy Of Israel
5612 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20015
One Show Only! “[T]ouching and rewarding. ” – Hannah Brown, The Jerusalem Post Four women, whose lives are in turmoil, encounter a mysterious stranger, Neta. His honesty and vulnerability help them reconnect with their families. When Neta’s life takes a sudden wrong turn, he searches to get back on the right path. His story is told through the meetings he has with the women over the course of a years. SAVING NETA comes from director Nir Bergman (BROKEN WINGS) and features an Israeli Film Acade...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, Israel, Social Events
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Wed
Apr
  24
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
 
Jewish Study Center
2850 Quebec St, NW, Washington DC 20008
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Two session workshop. Do you feel inspired to write when you hear the words of Yehuda Amichai, Emma Lazarus or Paul Celan? Is your nightstand full of drafts of half-finished, unpublished poems? If so, then this two-part Jewish poetry writing workshop is for you. In the first session, we will explore the process of writing a poem, using prompts and questions that incorporate Jewish themes ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Non-denominational, Adult Education, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; JSC, Adas members $25, others $35.

 
 
Sat
Apr
  27
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Yachad-Jewish Housing & Community Development Corporation
1317 G Street NW, Washington DC 20005
Perform a double mitzvah while having a glorious experience hearing beautiful music. The Georgetown Chorale will perform Ernest Bloch’s magnificent "Sacred Service" ("Avodath Hakodesh"). Cantor Asa Fradkin, the soloist, called it, “A thrilling piece of music, absolutely an emotional roller coaster.” The concert supports Yachad, the non-profit Jewish housing and community development organization that works across faith groups to make home of lower income residents healthy and safe.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Apr
  28
5:45 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
"It is 1928 and Berlin is at the center of a razzle-dazzle world between two wars. At the bustling Grand Hotel, a series of eclectic guests and staff . . . collide in a non-stop musical toast to the high life” . . . (The play has) a “lavish and lively score to embody the joy, style, and decadence of the 1920’s” — Signature Theatre website There is light food to purchase in the lobby of the theatre if desired prior to the show. $82/ $75 J member (includes bus and orchestra seat); food is separ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $82/ $75 J member

 
 
Sun
Apr
  28
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies
8300 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Presented by Dr. Geraldine Gudefin. American University Bordeaux, as most Americans know, is one of the most important wine regions of France. Less known is the fact that for several centuries, Bordeaux and its region hosted a vibrant Jewish community, which made numerous contributions to the history of France. Join us to retrace the history of this unique Jewish community across four centuries. In this talk, Dr. Gudefin will present both a local and a global story — an exploration of a French...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Non-denominational, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Apr
  30
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
 
Jewish Council for the Aging ® (JCA)
11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax VA 22033
If you are over 50 and looking for a job, this is the place to be. There will be dozens of recruiters, seminars and resume writing help.
Listed In:  Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Career/Employment, Fair/Expo
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Tue
Apr
  30
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
 
Federal Inter-Agency Holocaust Remembrance Program
1215 U Street, NW, Washington DC 20009
Attendees will have the privilege of hearing from two Holocaust survivors. Judge Thomas Buergenthal grew up in the Jewish Ghetto of Kielce (Poland) and is one of the youngest survivors of the Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen concentration camps. His memoir, A Lucky Child, describes these experiences and has been published in many countries. Considered one of the world’s leading international human rights experts, he served as a judge on both the International Court of Justice and the Inter-American ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, History/Education, Politics
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Tue
Apr
  30
2:10 PM - 4:45 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
(Tour sponsored by The Garden Club of Fairfax) Every April, visitors are welcomed to more than 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes, and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.” Historic Garden Week provides visitors with a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with fabulous flower arrangements. We will, in the comfort and ease of our bus, take the McLean tour, featuring thre...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Social Events
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $48/ $42 member (includes bus and ticket)

 
 
Tue
Apr
  30
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
Daniel J. Sokatch is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Israel Fund (NIF), the leading organization committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis. Before joining NIF, Sokatch served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. Prior to his tenure at Federation, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Los Angeles based Progressive Jewish Alliance. Sokatch has been named to the Forward newspaper’s “F...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
May
  2
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
2018 | 90 min | Documentary Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless) 12:30pm: Program After a brief introductory talk by Jordyn Barry, the J’s Director of Jewish Innovation and a short memorial ceremony, we will view this PBS documentary. The film tells “the profound and unique story of the 550,000 Jewish men and women who served in World War II. . .the film brings to life the little-known story of Jews in World War II — as active participants in the fight against Hitler, bigotry, and in...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Israel, Politics, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Thu
May
  2
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
May
  2
6:30 PM - 7:50 PM
 
Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County
8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD 20814
Voices of the Holocaust. Cellist Molly Jones shares her Doctoral recital from University of Maryland that traces Jewish composers lost to the Shoa. Hazzan Fradkin will also lend his voice to the program in this deep and resonant evening devoted to remembrance.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  Free; free

 
 
Fri
May
  3
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Temple Shalom First Fridays Tot Shabbat 5:30 PM Congregational Potluck 6:15 PM Erev Shabbat Family Service 7:30 PM
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
May
  3
6:15 PM - 8:15 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Join us for a delicious and vibrant potluck dinner on the first Friday of every month following the Kabbalat Shabbat service. This is one of our most popular events, especially with families with young children. Services start at 6:15pm. Dinner starts at approximately 7:30pm. Potluck Guidelines Food should be vegetarian (dairy or pareve ), made using hekshered ingredients, and brought in a disposable pan/container. Food cannot be heated in our kitchen. Not a home cook? Pick up something heksh...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
May
  4
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah
11825 Seven Locks Road, Potomac MD 20854
Shoah Shabbat: Holocaust Commemoration Program Join us for morning services followed by special Holocaust programming, lunch followed by informative Panel Discussion. Keynote speaker, Greek Holocaust survivor & author, Yolanda Willis, will share what it was like living in Greece during the persecution of Jews during the Holocaust. We will have a special program honoring our survivors, followed by Greek inspired lunch. Panel discussion after lunch 2:30-4pm: 'Young Jews facing anti-semitism in U...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Orthodox, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $25 for adults but free for survivors

 
 
Sun
May
  5
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
Eclectic Accessory Extravaganza Back by popular demand.  WoTRS’ Eclectic Accessory Extravaganza (Spring Accessory Sale) returns to the South Wing with a wide assortment of previously owned “treasures”.  You will find Ladies’ Fashion Accessories (designer handbags; designer scarves; high quality costume jewelry), Decorative Home Accessories, Household Accessories (small appliances and the like), and even Children’s Accessories. Spread the word to your friends and neighbors.  Items are priced to ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Women & Girls, Northern Virginia, Reform, Fundraising/Philanthropy
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
May
  5
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
 
Temple Emanuel
10101 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington MD 20895
Temple Emanuel's Global Mitzvah Team is thrilled to present The Albert Einstein High School (AEHS) Jazz Ensemble at their Global Mitzvah Concert. The AEHS Jazz Ensemble is the premiere performing ensemble and is comprised of students in grades 9-12. They perform throughout the year at a variety of music venues including the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, Strathmore Music Center, and in NYC. A dessert reception in their honor after the concert for donating their time and talent. Cost is $15/person...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Teens, Maryland, Reform, Arts & Culture, Fundraising/Philanthropy
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $15/person

 
 
Sun
May
  5
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
 
Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (Jewish Community Relations Council of GW)
6101 Executive Blvd., Suite 300, Rockville MD 20852
JCRC's Yom Ha'Shoah v'Hagvurah Commemoration includes arts and artifacts exhibits, a keynote address, music by the community choir, original readings and prayers as well as the inter-generational candle lighting and recitation of the Holocaust Mourner's Kaddish. Additional programming preceding the commemoration includes: - an interactive commemorative program for teens - Dor L'Dor small group discussions with Holocaust survivors for families with teens and adults of all ages - an ar...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Teens, Maryland, Adult Education, Community-Wide/Festivals, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
May
  5
2:00 PM - 4:03 PM
 
Biblical Archaeology Society of Northern Virginia
5634 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church VA 22041
The Rise & Fall of Tell Tayinat, Provincial Capital of the Neo-Hittites and Assyrians J.P. Dessel Tell Tayinat is a large mound located in the ‘Amuq Plain of Turkey, near to the ancient city of Antioch and close to today's Syrian border. Conquest and state formation changed the face of this Iron Age settlement many times during the 9th through 6th centuries BCE. Tell Tayinat reemerged after a long period of abandonment in late 13th century BCE as a Sea Peoples settlement. Sometime during ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10 general admission plus optional luncheon cost

 
 
Sun
May
  5
4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (Jewish Community Relations Council of GW)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
The Northern Virginia Holocaust Observance includes arts and artifacts exhibits, a keynote address, music by the community choir, original readings and prayers read by interfaith clergy and dignitaries as well as the inter-generational candle lighting and recitation of the Holocaust Mourner's Kaddish. A separate program for teens will precede the observance as will an art and artifacts exhibit and B'nai B'rith's "Unto Every Person There Is A Name," reading of names of those who perished in the ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Teens, Northern Virginia, Adult Education, Community-Wide/Festivals, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
May
  5
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah
11825 Seven Locks Road, Potomac MD 20854
Honoring the Righteous: Poland Hero's Journey, documentary film Talk & short film documenting a child of Holocaust survivors - Nira, traveling to Poland to find the family of the hero who saved her mom and grandmother, by hiding them for 2 years during the Holocaust. She and her family and friends witnessed Grzegorz Czyzyk’s posthumous honor at a Righteous Among the Nations ceremony. Finding the family and honoring the hero’s memory were lifelong dreams of Nira’s mom. Nira recounts the inspirin...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Orthodox, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
May
  6
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Save a Child's Heart (SACH) Foundation-US, Inc.
6301 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Save a Child's Heart will be honoring the founders of the organization at a fundraising dinner.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
May
  7
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville MD 20852
The Bender JCC ECC invites you to an evening with the associate producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Hedda Sharapan. Ms. Sharapan, a Senior Fellow at the Fred Rogers Center, has been part of the program since its inception 52 years ago. Ms. Sharapan will delight us for an evening of treasured videos and stories from her tenure of over 52 years with Fred Rogers and his company. This evening may touch you in ways you didn’t expect. Don’t let the simplicity of the program fool you — Mister Ro...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, History/Education
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5

 
 
Wed
May
  8
12:00 PM - 12:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
3830 Seminary Rd, Alexandria VA 22304
Presented by David Weinstein, author and historian David Weinstein will discuss Eddie Cantor and the history of American Jewish popular entertainment. The book documents Cantor’s significance as a performer, philanthropist, and activist. This is the first scholarly biography of Eddie Cantor (1892–1964), who starred in theater, film, radio, and television. The book highlights Cantor’s influence on American Jewish social and political history through his celebrity activism, including his courageo...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Politics, Social Events
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5

 
 
Wed
May
  8
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 Q St NW, Washington DC 20036
The Washington Jewish Film and Music Festivals combine to present world-class cinema and music that explore the breadth of the Jewish and Israeli Experience, promoting awareness, appreciation, and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people. The WJFF is one of the OLDEST, LARGEST, and MOST PRESTIGIOUS international Jewish film festivals in the country. The WJMF is recognized as one of the country’s most ESSENTIAL showcases of Jewish music. Recent guests include major US and international talen...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, DC, Maryland, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
May
  8
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
The Mysterious Disappearance of Zerubbabel Ted Lewis Zerubbabel was the heir of the royal Davidic line following the Babylonian exile. According to the prophet Haggai, Zerubbabel was God’s messianic designate, chosen to be God’s own signet ring. The prophet Zechariah calls him “the Branch,” a title given elsewhere to the idyllic future Davidide. Near the end of the sixth century BCE, Zerubbabel returns to Jerusalem to lay the foundation of the Second Temple. Mysteriously, at the height of s...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5 Ring House, College Students; $8 JCC & Basonova

 
 
Thu
May
  9
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 Q St NW, Washington DC 20036
The Washington Jewish Film and Music Festivals combine to present world-class cinema and music that explore the breadth of the Jewish and Israeli Experience, promoting awareness, appreciation, and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people. The WJFF is one of the OLDEST, LARGEST, and MOST PRESTIGIOUS international Jewish film festivals in the country. The WJMF is recognized as one of the country’s most ESSENTIAL showcases of Jewish music. Recent guests include major US and international talen...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, DC, Maryland, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
May
  9
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Join local hazzanim from the Cantors Assembly Seaboard Region to enjoy the music of Israel during a Yom HaAtzmaut celebration.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $18

 
 
Fri
May
  10
7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
 
Charles E. Smith Life Communities
1201 Rockville Pike, Rockville MD 20852
Annual healthcare symposium for healthcare professionals. CEUs for social workers and administrators, Nursing Contact Hours and CMEs for physicians will be available. details to follow.
Listed In:  Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Fitness & Wellness, Professional Development
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $25-$50