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Oct
17
Sun
Handmade for the Homeless – October 2021
Oct 17 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Join fellow knitters and crocheters over Zoom to make handmade goodies for a great cause! Our goal is to contribute as many warm winter items as possible to distribute to individuals experiencing homelessness in the DC area.

All levels of knitters and crocheters are welcome.  Don’t know how to knit or crochet? We’ll teach you!

Please email Chana at chanaengel@gmail.com to register and receive the link to this event.


What should I have with me at home?

Please have your own needles/crochet hooks. If you are not already working on a warm winter item and are looking for a great project or just starting out, please have:

  • #8 or #10 knitting needles (circular or straight) or a size H crochet hook
  • Patterns you’re working on or want to start

What do you supply?

We provide lots of beautiful yarn, several patterns including hat patterns using #17 needles or a size N crochet hook, and experienced knitters and crocheters to teach anyone who would like to learn how to knit or crochet.

If you can’t join us over Zoom, join us in spirit by knitting or crocheting:

  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Gloves and Mittens
  • Socks or slippers
  • Other items to keep people warm during the cold winter months

Please hold onto finished items at this time. If you do not have the space to store finished items, please contact Sonya at sonyaw@edcjcc.org to make arrangements for a pick-up. Thank you!

Want to know more or join our virtual community? Like us on Facebook!

If you have any questions about this event contact Chana at chanaengel@gmail.com.

 

ArtStream: Behind the Scenes
Oct 17 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

The EDCJCC and ArtStream are partnering to offer a year of classes!

In the first six-week session, students will explore the different types of work involved in a stage production. Did you ever wonder what it’s like to be a stage manager, property master, music director, choreographer, or house manager? If so, this class is for you! As a bonus, you will have the chance to hear from the Edlavitch DCJCC’s Theater J staff.

Sundays, October 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
$235 for six classes
All classes held virtually

Learn more about ArtStream by visiting www.art-stream.org. If you have any questions, please email Joy Stein, Director of Inclusion & Disability Programming, at joys@edcjcc.org.

Registration deadline: Friday, October 8, 2021

Oct
20
Wed
EDCJCC Urban Gardening at LAYC
Oct 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


WHAT: Join the Edlavitch DCJCC for an exciting new partnership with the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) and Urban Beet to bring fresh herbs and vegetables to youth at the LAYC Drop-in Center throughout the summer. Urban Beet has put in a brand-new urban garden at the LAYC Drop-in Center and we need volunteers to help maintain it on a weekly basis.

You don’t have to have any gardening experience – just the desire to get your hands in the dirt and help grow some plants! Come down at the end of a long day to relax, unwind, and get closer to Mother Nature. Children of all ages are welcome but must be supervised closely by an adult.

WHEN: We are looking for volunteers on a weekly basis so you can sign up to volunteer once or as many times in a month/over the summer as you would like. We plan to volunteer through the month of October.

Volunteer days will occur every Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:00 PM starting with Wednesday, May 5. After you register, you will receive a google spreadsheet to choose which Wednesdays throughout the month/over the summer you would like to come garden with us.

WHERE: The LAYC Drop-in Center is located in Columbia Heights. The exact address will be provided upon registration.

Questions? Email Sonya at sonyaw@edcjcc.org

Persian Lessons
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Opening Night Film of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Persian Lessons is easily the pick: it’s a hugely compelling, highly original Holocaust drama” -Daily Mail

Gilles, a young Jewish Belgian man, is arrested in 1942 by the SS and sent to a concentration camp in Germany. He narrowly avoids execution by swearing to the guards that he is not Jewish, but Persian.

This lie temporarily saves him, but then Gilles is assigned a seemingly untenable mission: to teach Persian to Koch, the officer in charge of the camp’s kitchen, who dreams of opening a restaurant in Persia (Iran) once the war is over.

Gilles finds himself having to invent a language he doesn’t know, word by word. As the unusual relationship between the two men begins to incite jealousy and suspicion, Gilles becomes acutely aware that one false move could expose his swindle. Directed by Vadim Perelman (House Of Sand And Fog).

Tablescape Traditions: DIY Ritual Objects Crafting Series Class 3
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Elevate your decorating skills and Jewish knowledge at this crafting class series taught by local Jewish artists Hillel Smith, Arielle Zorger, and Emily Cooperman. Learn to make modern and elegant Shabbat ritual items, menorahs, and other ritual objects – and then have the opportunity to showcase your creations at our annual Chanukah Holiday Market.
Make new friends with similar interests and learn new artistic techniques! This class series for those young adults 21-45.
Take 1 class or all 4, we will be meeting every Wednesday in October and your ticket includes wine and snacks. 
 
Class 1:
Painting Techniques & Color Block Shabbat Candle Holders & Blessings Canvas
Wednesday, October 6 

During this class we will learn about the color wheel, painting techniques, and infusing blessings into our home. You will create color block Shabbat candle holders and paint small canvses featuring blessings for our home

 

Class 2: Pottery Techniques & Clay Menorahs
Wednesday, October 13

During this class we will learn about pottery and clay techniques such as marbelizing and discuss how we can bring light to the world in honor of Hanukkah. You will create an air dry clay menorah

Class 3: Stenciling Techniques & Challah Cover
Wednesday, October 20

During this class we will learn about stenciling and discuss our favorite Shabbat rituals. You will create your own stencils and spray paint  challah covers

Class 4: Spray Paintng Techniques & Wooden Dreidels and Mezuzahs
Wednesday, October 27

During this class we will learn about graffiti art and discuss holiday tablescape ideas. You will decoate dreidels and mezuzahs.

About the Instructors:

headshots-hillel.jpeg

Hillel is an artist and designer from Los Angeles, now based in Washington, DC. Focusing on expanding the boundaries of Jewish art, he revitalizes ancient rituals with projects in contemporary media, encouraging creative reconsideration of religious practice. He has painted dynamic Jewish murals around the world and is the founder of the Jewish Street Art Festival. He is fascinated by Hebrew typographic history and teaches about the interaction of technology, identity, and design. https://hillelsmith.info/ @hillel smith
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emily.jpegEmily is a DC-based ceramicist who has been doing pottery at a local studio for more than eight years. She began selling her pottery as Em & Em Pottery (the other “Em” is her dog Emmy) online several years ago and is currently selling on Etsy and in Shop Made in DC. She loves experimenting with glazes and surface design and is inspired by clean lines and bold colors. https://www.etsy.com/shop/EmandEmPottery
 
 
 
 

Dates: 4 class series – Wednesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27
7:00-8:30 PM 

Cost: 

Early Bird Rate until October 1

$100 – all 4 classes
$30 – individual classes

General Admission

$120 – all 4 classes
$36 – individual classes

*Tickets include class, all art supplies, wine, and snacks

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

Oct
21
Thu
Community Cares Night with Housing Up
Oct 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Community Cares Night with Housing Up

Housing Up, a new partner of the EDCJCC, builds thriving communities in Washington, DC by developing affordable housing and offering comprehensive support services to homeless and low-income families.

What: Spend an evening playing games, doing arts & crafts, and leading programs for children and parents living at a Housing Up apartment complex. Volunteers will work with Housing Up staff to run activities and build relationships with the apartment residents. Program supplies will be provided by Housing Up.

This month’s activity will be Halloween themed!

Where: This opportunity is in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, DC. The exact address will be provided upon registration.

When: Thursday, October 21st from 6:30-7:30pm.  This opportunity will occur monthly and volunteers must register for each event.

Safety: The EDCJCC is working with Housing Up to minimize risk for residents, staff, and volunteers. In accordance with Housing Up guidelines, all volunteers must submit proof of covid-19 vaccination to Mira Smith (mirasmith@edcjcc.org) prior to the program. All participants are required to wear masks that cover nose and mouth, and are encouraged to maintain social distancing guidelines. We cannot disclose the vaccination status of program participants. Given eligibility requirements, children under the age of 12 will not be vaccinated.

Please note that volunteers must be at least 18 years old to participate, no exceptions. Please reach out to Mira Smith if you have any questions!

Oct
24
Sun
Cultivate the City Farm Day
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Cultivate the City inspires healthy and sustainable living by empowering communities with tools and training for urban agriculture. Their education programs, community gardens, and CSA utilize unique and innovative farming techniques that support DC’s ecosystem.

What: Join us for a morning of farming at Cultivate the City’s Greenhouse Farm. We will help with a variety of tasks including planting, seeding, harvesting and more! Volunteers will also have the opportunity to learn about Cultivate the City’s work around Washington, DC. No farming experience is necessary!

We welcome children ages 7 and up. Children under the age of 14 must be supervised by an adult

When: Sunday October 24, 9:00am-11:30am.

Where: “The Greenhouse” is located in Northeast DC, adjacent to the Woodbridge neighborhood. The Greenhouse is accessible via the H6 bus line and has parking available. The exact address will be provided upon registration.

Please email Mira Smith at mirasmith@edcjcc.org with any questions!

BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: If your plans need to change due to COVID concerns or local ordinance changes, we will work with you to exchange or credit your ticket toward a comparable program or activity on a future date. We know life is unpredictable these days, and the EDCJCC is here for you!

MASK POLICY: We request that all participants wear masks outdoors when children under the age of 12, who cannot be vaccinated, are present.

For more information, visit edcjcc.org/covidsafety.

Oct
27
Wed
Tablescape Traditions: DIY Ritual Objects Crafting Series Class 4
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Elevate your decorating skills and Jewish knowledge at this crafting class series taught by local Jewish artists Hillel Smith, Arielle Zorger, and Emily Cooperman. Learn to make modern and elegant Shabbat ritual items, menorahs, and other ritual objects – and then have the opportunity to showcase your creations at our annual Chanukah Holiday Market.
Make new friends with similar interests and learn new artistic techniques! This class series for those young adults 21-45.
Take 1 class or all 4, we will be meeting every Wednesday in October and your ticket includes wine and snacks. 
 
Class 1:
Painting Techniques & Color Block Shabbat Candle Holders & Blessings Canvas
Wednesday, October 6 

During this class we will learn about the color wheel, painting techniques, and infusing blessings into our home. You will create color block Shabbat candle holders and paint small canvses featuring blessings for our home

 

Class 2: Pottery Techniques & Clay Menorahs
Wednesday, October 13

During this class we will learn about pottery and clay techniques such as marbelizing and discuss how we can bring light to the world in honor of Hanukkah. You will create an air dry clay menorah

Class 3: Stenciling Techniques & Challah Cover
Wednesday, October 20

During this class we will learn about stenciling and discuss our favorite Shabbat rituals. You will create your own stencils and spray paint  challah covers

Class 4: Spray Paintng Techniques & Wooden Dreidels and Mezuzahs
Wednesday, October 27

During this class we will learn about graffiti art and discuss holiday tablescape ideas. You will decoate dreidels and mezuzahs.

About the Instructors:

headshots-hillel.jpeg

Hillel is an artist and designer from Los Angeles, now based in Washington, DC. Focusing on expanding the boundaries of Jewish art, he revitalizes ancient rituals with projects in contemporary media, encouraging creative reconsideration of religious practice. He has painted dynamic Jewish murals around the world and is the founder of the Jewish Street Art Festival. He is fascinated by Hebrew typographic history and teaches about the interaction of technology, identity, and design. https://hillelsmith.info/ @hillel smith
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emily.jpegEmily is a DC-based ceramicist who has been doing pottery at a local studio for more than eight years. She began selling her pottery as Em & Em Pottery (the other “Em” is her dog Emmy) online several years ago and is currently selling on Etsy and in Shop Made in DC. She loves experimenting with glazes and surface design and is inspired by clean lines and bold colors. https://www.etsy.com/shop/EmandEmPottery
 
 
 
 

Dates: 4 class series – Wednesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27
7:00-8:30 PM 

Cost: 

Early Bird Rate until October 1

$100 – all 4 classes
$30 – individual classes

General Admission

$120 – all 4 classes
$36 – individual classes

*Tickets include class, all art supplies, wine, and snacks

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

Nov
4
Thu
Ambassador Martin Indyk in conversation with Susie Gelman
Nov 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Ambassador Martin Indyk in conversation with Susie Gelman @ Zoom

Ambassador Indyk’s newest book Master of the Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy, to be released October 26, delves into the history of Henry Kissinger’s diplomatic negotiations in the Middle East. Join the EDCJCC in partnership with the Israel Policy Forum in an illuminating conversation between Ambassador Indyk and Susie Gelman, activist, local DC philanthropist, and board chair of the Israel Policy Forum.

More on the book:

More than twenty years have elapsed since the United States last brokered a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians. In that time, three presidents have tried and failed. Martin Indyk—a former United States ambassador to Israel and special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in 2013—has experienced these political frustrations and disappointments firsthand.

Now, in an attempt to understand the arc of American diplomatic influence in the Middle East, he returns to the origins of American-led peace efforts and to the man who created the Middle East peace process—Henry Kissinger. Based on newly available documents from American and Israeli archives, extensive interviews with Kissinger, and Indyk’s own interactions with some of the main players, the author takes readers inside the negotiations. Here is a roster of larger-than-life characters—Anwar Sadat, Golda Meir, Moshe Dayan, Yitzhak Rabin, Hafez al-Assad, and Kissinger himself.

Indyk’s account is both that of a historian poring over the records of these events, as well as an inside player seeking to glean lessons for Middle East peacemaking. He makes clear that understanding Kissinger’s design for Middle East peacemaking is key to comprehending how to—and how not to—make peace.

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More on the Author:

Martin Indyk is a distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a former U.S. ambassador to Israel, assistant secretary of state for Near East Affairs, and special assistant to President Clinton. Previously, Indyk was executive vice president of the Brookings Institution, where he had also served as vice president and director of the Foreign Policy program and the founding director of its Center for Middle East Policy. He served as President Obama’s special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations from July 2013 to June 2014. He lives in New York.

More on Susie Gelman:

A graduate of Harvard University and Georgetown University Law Center, Susie has been board chair of the Israel Policy Forum since 2016. Susie served for three terms as president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, one term as Federation’s campaign co-chair, and is a lifetime member of the Federation’s Board of Directors. She was the inaugural chair of the Birthright Israel Foundation and served as a member of its board as well as the Taglit-Birthright Israel Planning Committee. Susie is a past president of the Georgetown Day School Board of Trustees, where she served on the board for twelve years. She is also the past president and on the board of the Goldman Environmental Foundation. Susie and her husband, Michael, live in Chevy Chase.

Nov
11
Thu
Community Cares Night with Housing Up
Nov 11 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Community Cares Night with Housing Up

Housing Up, a new partner of the EDCJCC, builds thriving communities in Washington, DC by developing affordable housing and offering comprehensive support services to homeless and low-income families.

What: Spend an evening playing games, doing arts & crafts, and leading programs for children and parents living at a Housing Up apartment complex. Volunteers will work with Housing Up staff to run activities and build relationships with the apartment residents. Program supplies will be provided by Housing Up.

This month’s activity will be Thanksgiving themed!

Where: This opportunity is in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, DC. The exact address will be provided upon registration.

When: Thursday, November 11th from 6:30-7:30pm.  This opportunity will occur monthly and volunteers must register for each event.

Safety: The EDCJCC is working with Housing Up to minimize risk for residents, staff, and volunteers. In accordance with Housing Up guidelines, all volunteers must submit proof of covid-19 vaccination to Mira Smith (mirasmith@edcjcc.org) prior to the program. All participants are required to wear masks that cover nose and mouth, and are encouraged to maintain social distancing guidelines. We cannot disclose the vaccination status of program participants. Given eligibility requirements, children under the age of 12 will not be vaccinated.

Please note that volunteers must be at least 18 years old to participate, no exceptions. Please reach out to Mira Smith if you have any questions!