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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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:  

 
 
Dec 12 - Jan 19
Multiple times available
 
1333 H St NE, Washington DC 20002
In this witty and touching play, a psychotherapist named Ella, single mother of an autistic child, gets a visit from a new and desperate patient: God. The late Anat Gov was known as Israel’s Wendy Wasserstein, and in her gently veiled analogy, Ella and God must learn to help each other—after all, God is suffering from having accrued too much power, while Ella has lost whatever faith (in God) she might have had. As both battle low-grade depression, the fate of the world may just hang in the balan...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $20-$65

 
 
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:  

 
 
Sun
Dec
  16
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
The TRS Blood Drive is on Sunday, December 16 – 8:30 am to 2:00 pm in the social hall. Please save the date, and sign up at http://bit.ly/TempleRodefShalom1216 or contact Nancy Bleeker at nancycb700@gmail.com or Susan Freilich at sularkar1@aol.com or 703-472-3564. Bring your teen with you!! Teens, age 16, may donate with written parental consent; 17 or older are eligible without parental consent. Delicious refreshments and TLC will be provided by the Women of TRS. Do a mitzvah for your neig...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Volunteer
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sun
Dec
  16
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Congregation B'nai Tzedek
10621 South Glen Road, Potomac MD 20854
Gulliver’s Troubles: American Foreign Policy in the Volatile Middle East Aaron David Miller, a Vice President and Middle East Program Director at the Wilson Center, is among America’s foremost experts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. policy in the Middle East. A former adviser to six secretaries of state (George Schultz to Colin Powell), he helped shape America’s policy in the region for more than two decades. A prolific commentator, Miller is currently a global affairs analyst for C...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10 General Public

 
 
Sun
Dec
  16
2:00 PM - 3:30 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:  

 
 
Sun
Dec
  16
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:  

 
 
Sun
Dec
  16
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
SVIVAH
8201 16th Street, Silver Spring MD 20910
Introducing SVIVAH, a new venture dedicated to Jewish womanhood in the greater DC area. SVIVAH believes in a Jewish community made stronger by enriching the lives of its women. Join SVIVAH for a women's gathering discussing empowered life transitions. "It's All About The Becoming" with special guest speaker Dvora Entin, LCSW of Philadelphia. Life is far from static and women are keenly attuned to its ebbs and flows. Join us as Dvora Entin, LCSW shares her perspective on “The Pivot,” respecting...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Women & Girls, Maryland, Non-denominational, Adult Education, Fitness & Wellness, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Suggested Donation: $18

 
 
Mon
Dec
  17
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
2019 Mah Jongg Cards It’s that time of year again for you, your family members and friends (all over the globe) to order their 2019 Mah Jongg cards. Costs remain the same: $8.00 for small cards and $9.00 for large cards. The National Mah Jongg League sends the Temple a rebate check based on the number of cards ordered. This effort supports various TRS programs and charitable giving throughout the community. These are official cards and will be sent directly to you from the National Mah Jongg Lea...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Fundraising/Philanthropy
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $8 small card; $9 large card

 
 
Mon
Dec
  17
12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
Topic: Press Coverage in a Volatile Political Environment Facilitated by Mimi Rosenberg, Adult Program Advisor Presented by Jeanine Herbst, NPR Newscaster Jeanine will discuss how news stories are chosen and covered and what it takes to work them through in this unusual political environment. Participants are welcome to bring a dairy, parve, or meatless lunch. Featured speakers will be announced in The Voice and here at jccnv.org. Coffee and tea will be provided.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, History/Education, Politics, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Fee: $5/ Free for member

 
 
Tue
Dec
  18
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

 
 
Wed
Dec
  19
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
Talley’s Folly – Pulitzer Prize Winning Romantic Comedy (Theatre J production at GALA Hispanic Theatre) By Lanford Wilson, directed by Aaron Posner Wednesday, December 19th, depart the J 11:00am; return approx. 3:30pm “...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, ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Social Events
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; Fee: $56/ $46 J member

 
 
Wed
Dec
  19
12:00 PM - 1:30 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:  

 
 
Wed
Dec
  19
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: