JCC University

JCC University

We’re excited to launch JCC University, a one-stop-shop for all of the EDCJCC’s virtual class offerings. No matter where you are in the country – or world! – JCC University can help you learn something new while building community.

Upcoming Events

Jan
26
Tue
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Siblings Without Squabbles
Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

It’s a fact of family life that each child is driven to define their individuality and worth within the family system, and that this drive leaves to conflict. This workshop will help parents understand the roots of sibling rivalry and offer approaches to helping siblings ultimately work through the inevitable challenges they encounter in forging their lifelong relationship. It will also address typical challenges of managing multiple children.

Feb
1
Mon
Intro to Judaism
Feb 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Intro to Judaism - Spring Session

Come explore the rich fabric of Judaism! Using traditional texts and modern examples, we will cover the fundamentals of Jewish life, including Shabbat and holidays, prayer, lifecycle rituals, ethics, and beliefs.

This class is ideal for learners with questions – whether you’ve never studied Judaism before in your life, you’re looking for a Hebrew School refresher, or you’re somewhere in between!

Mondays, February 1 – March 22, 2021, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Cost:
General Registration: $200
Discounted Member : $170
Interfaith Couples Workshop Alumni: $150/couple
Did you go on Birthright or Honeymoon Israel in the past year? Send us an email to learn about special discounts for program participants.

Instructor: Rabbi JoHannah Potts
JoHanna Potts is the former director of The Department of Jewish Life and Learning at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Her teaching passion is to bring enjoyment to Jewish learning with a view towards empowering individuals to create lives of meaning through Judaism. Previously, she served as Director of Education at Temples Solel and Shalom, Director of The Primary School at Washington Hebrew Congregation, and Director of the Middle School at Gesher Jewish Day School. In 2006, she served as co-chair of the Conference for Alternatives in Jewish Education at Duke University. She has been involved with the DCJCC Jewish Women’s Project and helped coordinate and lead the group’s text study activities. JoHanna currently teaches the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, the Heritage series, a Women’s Torah Study Group, and conducts teacher training workshops.

Please contact Amanda Herring by email with any questions. Before registering, make sure you are familiar with the JLL Registration Policies.

So You Want To: Start A Podcast Class Series
Feb 1 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Podcasting has become a increasingly popular way to tell stories and build community. In this class series we will discuss what a podcast is, brainstorm story topics, and explore various podcast formats and interview styles. You will learn how to write a script, edit, produce and market your podcast, and investigate different platforms where you can publish your podcast.

 

Dates: 6 class series – Mondays, February 1- March 8 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cost: 
$149
Young adults (18-32): $129

*Class will be recorded if you are unable to attend one of the sessions

If the cost of this class is prohibitive, you need to pay in installments, or it does not fit your schedule, please email Stacy Miller, Director of EntryPointDC, at stacym@edcjcc.org

About the Instructors:

erika.jpgErika Ettin is the creator and co-host of the podcast So, We Met Online, author of the book Love at First Site, and Founder of A Little Nudge, where she helps people navigate the world of online dating.  After working in the finance industry for over seven years (and doing years of online dating herself), Erika realized that her true calling was personal marketing, or helping people put their best foot forward online. A Little Nudge has been featured in The Washington Post, NPR, Good Day Philadelphia, JDate, News Channel 8, Ask Men, and more.

pp5-e1542236735364-267x300.jpgJulia Levy is the creator and co-host of the podcast Peach and Prosperity, a show featuring Southern stories of economic inspiration, historical significance and cultural creativity. As a dad and daughter duo, the podcast brings a unique multi-generational perspective with a narrative style.

 

 

Feb
2
Tue
Hack Your Dating Life: Keys to Success in 2021 for Adults 45+
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jolly Christmas.pngDating has never been easy and 2020 has made it even harder, but we are here to help! Whether you’re getting out there for the first time in a long time, or dating is old hat, there is a lot to learn and discuss about the modern age of dating. In this interactive class series facilitated by dating expert Erika Ettin and therapist Alex Honigman, we will examine what you are putting out there in the dating world to help you attract the person you are looking for, decipher your deal-breakers, learn to present your best self online and in person, and discuss healthy relationships. At the end of each class, you will also get to mingle in small groups with other single classmates!

About the Instructors:

erika.jpgErika Ettin is the author of Love at First Site and Founder of A Little Nudge, where she helps people navigate the world of online dating. Her services include: writing a unique profile to get you noticed, helping to choose your best profile pictures, writing one-of-a-kind emails to get someone’s attention, and planning dates. After working in the finance industry for over seven years (and doing years of online dating herself), Erika realized that her true calling was personal marketing, or helping people put their best foot forward online. A Little Nudge has been featured in The Washington Post, NPR, Good Day Philadelphia, JDate, News Channel 8, Ask Men, and more.

IMG_4761.jpgAlex Honigman, LICSW, MA enjoys the relationship between the psyche and society. Having never wanted to pick a side in the nature versus nurture debate he pursued degrees in both Psychology and Sociology and finally a Masters of Social Work with an emphasis on clinical interventions. He has worked as an educator for non-profits and lecturer for Universities.  Starting as a therapist for survivors of trauma, moving on to perpetrators and spent significant time as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at a Forensic State Hospital.  Alex continues to emphasize culture as a key component to effective therapy and the changing of systems (organizations and businesses).  Whether this be through; music, film, tv, art, comics, games, memes or other aspects of popular (or sometimes unpopular) culture.  Utilizing an individuals cultural values to make for a more meaningful individualized therapeutic intervention.

Dates: 4 class series – Tuesdays, February 2 – February 23 – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cost: 
$120

This class is for adults 45+. We are also offering this class series for adults 21-45 in January.

If the cost of this class is prohibitive, you need to pay in installements, or it does not fit your schedule, please email Stacy Miller, Director of EntryPointDC, at stacym@edcjcc.org

This class is presented by EntryPointDC, the young professionals program of the EDCJCC.

Feb
3
Wed
So You Want To: Create A Film With Your Phone
Feb 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SYWT make a movieDid you know you have a portable movie studio in your pocket? You don’t need a big budget to create a professional or just-for-fun film, just an idea and your phone or tablet. Learn the basics of movie storytelling and how to override the automatic settings on your devices to create more impactful pictures and videos.  In this class series students will watch and discuss classic movie scenes, gain insider secrets about professional mobile filmmaking and learn how to write, produce, and edit their own movies in a variety of genres.

Dates: 6 class series – Wednesdays, February 3- March 10 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Cost: 
$149
Young adults (18-32): $129

*We will record classes if you are unable to attend one of the sessions

If the cost of this class is prohibitive, you need to pay in installements, or it does not fit your schedule, please email Stacy Miller, Director of EntryPointDC, at stacym@edcjcc.org

About the Instructor:

joe-2-resized (1).jpgJoe Frankel is the founder of Imaginary Courtyard Inc, a content marketing agency that promotes movies and brands through video production and creative storytelling. He co-created the animated comedy series, Steve Guttenberg: Frenchman that is currently under development in Hollywood and he has worked as a writer, director, producer and script doctor for 25 years in Toronto, New York, and LA for companies ranging from Cineplex Entertainment to Universal Studios. An alumnus of the MFA Writing for Screen & Television program at USC (University of Southern California) in Los Angeles and the BFA Film & Video Production program at York University, Joe is also the co-founder of the Zoom Student Film Festival. He sits on the annual judges panel reviewing submissions from high-school students around the world.