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Nov
26
Fri
Fitness Open House
Nov 26 – Nov 28 all-day
Fitness Open House @ Edlavitch DCJCC

This Black Friday, opt into fitness with the EDCJCC!

Our newly-renovated facility includes all new Precor cardio & strength training equipment, group exercise studio, refreshed indoor lap pool, and brand new locker rooms. We’ll help you reach your health & fitness goals in a safe environment!

 

Tour & Tote Bag

Drop in for a tour of the Fitness Center and get a free EDCJCC tote bag (while supplies last)! Tours are available 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Friday-Sunday.

Free Group Classes

Want to get a taste of some of our excellent group exercise classes? Sign up now for one of these free classes:

Hatha Yoga
Friday, November 26, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
This traditional yoga practice promotes mental as well as physical health and well being. You’ll leave practice refreshed and ready to take on whatever the rest of your day has to offer.

Doonya Dance
Saturday, November 27, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
This Bollywood workout is a dance-based high-intensity interval training fitness program. Each heart-pounding routine targets a major muscle group through innovative choreography and body-weight and weighted movements.

Adult Karate
Friday, November 26, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Saturday, November 27, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Karate combines the best aspects of fitness workouts and pillar of values. In addition to establishing self-defense skills, martial arts training shapes the confidence and respect both for oneself and for others.

Swim Strokes Development Clinic
Friday, November 26, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Saturday, November 27, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Sunday, November 28, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
This special Open House Swim Stroke Development Clinic is for swimmers of all abilities. It will focus on front crawl, back crawl, and rotary breathing; the goal is for swimmers to improve their technique and learn drills that will help them continue to improve.

Free workouts

Prefer a solo workout or swim to a group class? Drop in for a free workout, lap swim, or family swim session.

No registration fee

Join the Fitness Center over Black Friday weekend and pay no registration fee!

Please email Christopher Sargent with any questions.
Nov
28
Sun
Hanukkah Film Festival
Nov 28 @ 5:00 pm – Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm

Celebrate Hanukkah with eight days and nights of award-winning films playing November 28 – December 5.

Night 1: Sunday, November 28, 5:00 PM
Xueta Island w/ Broken Candle and Unraveling
Fascinating documentary on the Chuetas of Majorca, who are believed to be descendants of the island’s Inquisition-era Jewish population, forced to renounce their Judaism by the Catholic Church in the 15th century. Plays with short films Unraveling and The Broken Candle.

Night 2: Monday, November 29, 7:00 PM
Kiss Me Kosher
Two generations of Israeli women fall for a German woman and a Palestinian man, in this comic love story full of misadventure and discovery.

Night 3: Tuesday, November 30, 7:00 PM
Mish Mish w/ The Tattooed Torah

In a basement near Paris, a treasure-trove of Egyptian animated films from the Frenkel brothers is discovered. The three creators of Mish-Mish Effendi, the region’s Mickey Mouse, reveal an Arab-Jewish golden age long-forgotten. Plays with short film The Tattooed Torah.

Night 4: Wednesday, December 1, 7:00 PM
Latter Day Jew
Meet H. Alan Scott – a gay, former Mormon / converted Jew / cancer survivor / writer-comedian searching for his spiritual path and preparing for his Bar Mitzvah at age 35.

Night 5: Thursday, December 2, 7:30 PM
Leona
Leona tells the story of a young Jewish woman from Mexico City who finds herself torn between her family and her forbidden love.

Day 6: Friday, December 3, 1:00 PM
The Crossing
In this film for the whole family, four courageous children flee the Nazi occupation for Sweden.

Night 7: Saturday, December 4
The Crossing, 6:00 PM
In this film for the whole family, four courageous children flee the Nazi occupation for Sweden.

A Starry Sky Above the Roman Ghetto, 8:10 PM
Past and present meet upon the discovery of an old, mysterious photograph that will end up tying together Christian and Jewish students in search of the truth.

Night 8: Sunday, December 5, 5:00 PM
Here We Are
Aharon has devoted his life to raising his autistic son, Uri. They live together in gentle harmony, finding comfort in a routine of their own making. But Uri is autistic, and now as a young adult, it might finally be time for him to move out.

Nov
29
Mon
JFamily Candle Lighting
Nov 29 @ 5:30 pm – 5:45 pm

Join us each night of Chanukah as we light up the night (virtually) around the DMV. The Pozez JCC, Bender JCCGW, Edlavitch DCJCC, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and more will lead menorah lightings each night of Chanukah! Have your Chanukiah (Menorah) handy to light with us and help spread the light to our community.

NOTE: Friday, December 3: Virtual lighting will occur at 4pm followed by a Shabbat candle lighting. Saturday, December 4 lighting will occur at 5:45pm with Havdalah, followed by lighting the Chanukah menorah.

Hanukkah Film Fest Night 2: Kiss Me Kosher
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hanukkah Film Fest Night 2: Kiss Me Kosher @ Cafritz Hall

Sparks fly when two families from wildly different cultural backgrounds collide to plan a same-sex wedding in this fun-filled screwball romantic comedy.

After a string of brief relationships, Shira has finally found real love and gets engaged to Maria, a German who has uprooted her life with a move to Tel Aviv. The two families awkwardly try to overcome their cultural and religious differences, with the exception of Shira’s headstrong and fiercely independent grandmother, Berta, who strongly disapproves of any marriage between Germans and Jews.

Berta will go to any length to break-up the happy couple, until her own love life gets complicated after she secretly starts seeing a Palestinian man. As Shira’s younger brother eagerly documents the family chaos for a school video project, Shira and Maria discover the road to happiness is filled with unexpected, but hilarious complications.

Nov
30
Tue
Chanukah Grandfriend Event
Nov 30 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Chanukah Grandfriend Event @ Zoom

 

Join us for a virtual, multi-generational event for PJ kids and their “grandfriends” to celebrate the Festival of Lights with stories, a de-light-ful craft project, and lighting the menorah (candelabrum used for Chanukah).

Tuesday, November 30th | 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
$8.00/screen

Please register by Friday, November 17th to receive materials in the mail. Zoom link will be sent prior to the event.

 If logging in from a separate home than your grandchild or your child’s grandparent, please register each household separately. We will mail materials to each household.

This program is a collaboration of PJ Library, the Bender JCC, Edlavitch DCJCC, HoneymoonIsrael, Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

If the $8/screen registration fee poses a barrier to your participation, please email sarah.rabinspira@shalomdc.org.

 

Chanukah Holiday Party
Nov 30 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Chanukah Holiday Party @ Zoom

Come one, come all! Join in for a festive night learning about Chanukah, lighting candles, and playing trivia and dreidel together. Everyone is welcome to join.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Shanna Sorrells, Director of Inclusion and Disability Programming: ssorrells@edcjcc.org.

Please register by Monday, November 29, at 5:00 PM.

JFamily Candle Lighting
Nov 30 @ 5:30 pm – 5:45 pm

Join us each night of Chanukah as we light up the night (virtually) around the DMV. The Pozez JCC, Bender JCCGW, Edlavitch DCJCC, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and more will lead menorah lightings each night of Chanukah! Have your Chanukiah (Menorah) handy to light with us and help spread the light to our community.

NOTE: Friday, December 3: Virtual lighting will occur at 4pm followed by a Shabbat candle lighting. Saturday, December 4 lighting will occur at 5:45pm with Havdalah, followed by lighting the Chanukah menorah.

Hanukkah Film Fest Night 3: Mish Mish with The Tattooed Torah
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Third Night of the 2021 Hanukkah Film Festival (Nov 28-Dec 5)

MISH MISH
Dir. Tal Michael
74min | Israel, France | Documentary
Hebrew, English and French w/English subtitles

In a basement near Paris, a treasure-trove of Egyptian animated films from the Frenkel brothers is discovered. The three creators of Mish-Mish Effendi, the region’s Mickey Mouse, reveal an Arab-Jewish golden age long-forgotten.

 

Preceded By:

THE TATTOOED TORAH

Dir. Marc Bennet
21min | USA | Documentary Short

 

Over the last three decades, the beloved children’s book by Marvell Ginsburg has been a powerful resource for Holocaust education. Narrated by Ed Asner, the film brings to life the true story of the rescue and restoration of a small Torah from Brno, Czechoslovakia, and teaches the Holocaust not only as a period of destruction but also as an opportunity for redemption

Trailer

Theater J Presents An Author Talk with Mitch Albom
Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Theater J Presents An Author Talk with Mitch Albom @ EDCJCC

Theater J proudly presents internationally renowned bestselling author Mitch Albom for a talk on his new book The Stranger in the Lifeboat. In his profound new novel of hope and faith, a group of shipwrecked passengers pull a strange man from the sea who claims to be “the Lord.” And, he says he can only save them if they all believe in him.

Albom will talk about the book and answer questions submitted in advance from the audience.

Following the talk, Albom will be available for a brief period to sign books, which Politics and Prose will provide.

About Mitch Albom
Mitch Albom is an internationally renowned and bestselling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster, and musician. His books have collectively sold more than 40 million copies worldwide; have been published in 49 territories and in 47 languages around the world; and have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically acclaimed television movies.

All online ticket purchases include a copy of The Stranger in the Lifeboat. A limited number of tickets without the book is available through the Ticket Office at (202) 777-3210, 1pm to 5pm Monday through Friday.

VIRTUAL BOOK TALK: By the Grace of the Game with author Dan Grunfeld in conversation with David Litt
Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tuesday, November 30 | Virtual | Signed Books available from Politics & Prose by pre-order using discount code Special10

Join the EDCJCC for a book launch and discussion with author Dan Grunfeld, whose book By the Grace of the Game is a multi-generational family epic detailing history’s only known journey from Auschwitz to the NBA. Dan’s DC sports legacy comes from his father, Ernie Grunfeld, former president of the Wizards. This book and author event make a perfect Chanukah gift!

About the Book:

Book Cover_By the Grace of the Game.jpegFrom the grips of the Nazis to the top of the Olympic podium, from the cheap seats to center stage at Madison Square Garden, from yellow stars to silver spoons, this complex tale traverses the spectrum of the human experience to detail how perseverance, love, and legacy can survive through generations, carried on the shoulders of a simple and beautiful game.

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR BY THE GRACE OF THE GAME
“Prepare to be moved and inspired by the powerful reflections he shares in this book.” – Adam Silver, NBA commissioner

“This book is a profound and inspirational reminder of why you should never give up.” – Bernard King, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, four-time NBA All-Star

“Once I started to read this book, I couldn’t put it down.” – Wolf Blitzer, CNN anchor and host of The Situation Room

About the Author:

Author photo_Dan Grunfeld.pngDan Grunfeld is a former professional basketball player, an accomplished writer, and a proud graduate of Stanford University. An Academic All-American and All-Conference basketball selection at Stanford, Dan played professionally for eight seasons in top leagues around the world, including in Germany, Spain, and Israel. Dan’s writing has been published more than 40 times in media outlets such as Sports Illustrated, The Jerusalem Post, and NBC News. Dan earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2017 and lives with his wife and son in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he works in venture capital.

About the Interviewer:

Litt Headshot.pngDavid Litt entered the White House as a speechwriter in 2011, and left in 2016 as a senior presidential speechwriter and special assistant to the president. In addition to writing remarks for President Obama on a wide range of domestic policy issues, David served as the lead joke writer for several White House Correspondents’ Dinner monologues. Since leaving government, David’s work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe, among others, and from 2016 to 2018 he was the head writer and producer for Funny Or Die D.C. He is currently a contributing writer for The Guardian and a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, and he has developed TV pilots for Comedy Central and ABC. David’s New York Times bestselling memoir, Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years, was published in 2017. His second book, Democracy in One Book Or Less: How It Works, Why It Doesn’t, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think, was published in June 2020.

This is event is cosponsored by 3GDC 3GDC