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Apr
6
Mon
Yiddish Theater Lab: One of Those
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A blue background with yellow text reading, Yiddish Theater LabOne of Those

By Paula Prilutski, adapted and translated by Allen Lewis Rickman, directed by Kevin Place
Monday, April 6, 7:00 PM

When Judith, still reeling from the loss of her mother, clashes with her father’s new wife, she rebels against the patriarchy and is thrown out of her home.  With no options available, the strong-willed Judith makes choices she will forever regret; and despite her best efforts and the help of family and friends, Judith finds herself unable to escape the chains of her history.

Playwright Bio: Paula Prilutski (1876 – unknown) was one of the very few women playwrights in the Yiddish theater to have been identified. Born in Warsaw, Prilutski originally wrote in Polish and switched to Yiddish after being introduced to the Yiddish Theater scene in Poland. In addition to full-length plays, she wrote one-act plays and poetry. One of Those was originally presented by the legendary Esther-Rokhl Kaminska — “The Mother of Yiddish Theater” —in Warsaw in 1912. Prilutski’s fate during World War II remains unknown to this day.

Translator Bio: Allen Lewis Rickman is a playwright, director and actor. His work has been presented in six languages and produced internationally. He adapted, directed and wrote supertitle translations for three plays in Yiddish for the Folksbiene and two for New Yiddish Rep. Rickman has had a long career in theater, television and film. His numerous acting credits include Relatively Speaking on Broadway and award-winning television series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as well as a significant amount of work in Yiddish Theater.

Why this play?
One of Those is a forgotten gem of the Yiddish Theater, recently given new life through Allen Lewis Rickman’s beautiful adaptation and translation which was presented as a staged reading by YIVO in May of 2018. Much like Sholem Asch’s well-known play, God of Vengeance, One of Those features prostitutes and brothels, frequent subjects of Yiddish Theater. However, Prilutski’s characters all possess a flawed dignity (arguably more so than the characters created by her male peers), which elevate them from mere symbols to complex characters. Without a doubt, Prilutski’s epic, proto-feminist drama was ahead of its time when she wrote it in 1912. We feel strongly that it still has something to say about independent women living in an un-free world today.

 

For pay-what-you-choose tickets, please visit the Theater J website. Please contact the box office with any questions at 202.777.3210.

Apr
7
Tue
Inclusion Virtual Dance Party
Apr 7 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

 

 

Join the Inclusion & Disabilities program of the EDCJCC and Dreams for Kids DC for a virtual dance party! Free to (virtually) attend, but please register in order to get the Zoom link.

Apr
13
Mon
CANCELLED: Spring Blood Drive – Bloodmobile Edition
Apr 13 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The blood drive is still on and we need your participation! There is currently a blood shortage and more donations are essential to our community’s health and saving lives.

The blood drive will take place in a bloodmobile parked outside of the DCJCC. Precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of the donor and the recipients. Please reach out with any questions or concerns.   

Help replenish the blood supply in the DC metro area!

It’s safe, easy, confidential, and extremely rewarding. The EDCJCC partners with Inova Blood Services to bring skilled technicians and top-of-the-line equipment for our quarterly blood drives.

A few facts about donating blood:

  • One blood donation can save four lives
  • All donations stay in the Washington, DC area
  • Every 17 seconds, someone in the DC area needs a blood donation
  • One out of 10 people will need a donation before the age of 70
  • The body quickly replaces the amount of blood given during the donation

For more information and to see eligibility requirements for donating, please click here. Please plan on your blood donation to take about an hour from start to finish.

Making an appointment in advance is highly encouraged.

***Please note that appointments can be made up to 24 hours in advance, but if you miss the deadline to make an appointment you should still come in! Walk-ins will be taken throughout the evening.***

Apr
21
Tue
Inclusion Virtual Game Time
Apr 21 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

 

 

Join the Inclusion & Disabilities program of the EDCJCC and Dreams for Kids DC for virtual game time! Free to (virtually) attend, but please register in order to get the Zoom link.

Intro to Judaism Online
Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:15 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. Topics will include Shabbat and holidays, prayer, lifecycle rituals, ethics, and beliefs.

This class is ideal for all learners with questions. Whether you’ve never studied Judaism before or you’re looking for a Hebrew School refresher – or you’re somewhere in between – this class is for you.

Dates:
Tuesdays, April 21-June 9, 2020; 7:30 PM – 9:15 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? Contact us to learn about special discounts for program participants.

JoHanna Potts is the former director of The Department of Jewish Life and Learning at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and has been teaching Introduction to Judaism at the EDCJCC for six years. Her teaching passion is to bring enjoyment to Jewish learning with a view towards empowering individuals to create lives of meaning through Judaism.

Please contact Amanda Herring at (202) 777-3253 or send an email with any questions. Before registering, make sure you are familiar with the JLL Registration Policies.

Apr
28
Tue
Inclusion Virtual Show & Tell
Apr 28 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

 

 

Join the Inclusion & Disabilities program of the EDCJCC and Dreams for Kids DC for a virtual show & tell! Free to (virtually) attend, but please register in order to get the Zoom link.

May
3
Sun
Hunger Action at DC Central Kitchen
May 3 @ 8:45 am – 12:00 pm

DC Central Kitchen develops and operates social ventures targeting the cycle of hunger and poverty. Each of our ventures create opportunities for meaningful careers, expand access to healthy food, and test innovative solutions to systemic failures. 

Join us to volunteer on site at the DC Central Kitchen. Tasks include chopping vegetables, sorting fresh produce, mixing salads, portioning meals, preparing and cooking food.

To work in the kitchen volunteers must wear long pants, closed-toed shoes – non-slip soles recommended, shirts with sleeves (short sleeves are okay, tank tops are not), and a hat or other head covering. Hairnets are provided if you don’t bring a hat. Midriff shirts are not allowed.  Aprons and gloves will be provided.

Volunteers must be at least 12 years old to participate, no exceptions please. Registration required.

If you aren’t feeling well and have any flu or cold-like symptoms we request that you volunteer a different time for the safety of those we serve.

If you have any questions please email Josh at jsherman@edcjcc.org.

May
21
Thu
Hunger Action at EDCJCC
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us at the Edlavitch DCJCC to mix, chop, and prepare food for homeless shelters and other agencies serving those in need in the DC area.

No cooking skills are necessary! Individuals of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to participate.

The food prepared during Hunger Action is donated to Charlie’s Place, who serves breakfast to our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

We request a $7.00 donation to help us cover the costs of ingredients to ensure we are able to provide the highest quality food possible. If you would like to volunteer but are unable to make the donation, please contact Josh at jsherman@edcjcc.org.

If you aren’t feeling well and have any flu or cold-like symptoms we request that you volunteer a different time for the safety of those we serve.

If you have any questions please email Josh at jsherman@edcjcc.org.

Jun
23
Tue
Intro to Judaism
Jun 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:15 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. Topics will include Shabbat and holidays, prayer, lifecycle rituals, ethics, and beliefs.

This class is ideal for all learners with questions. Whether you’ve never studied Judaism before or you’re looking for a Hebrew School refresher – or you’re somewhere in between – this class is for you.

Dates:
Tuesdays, June 23-August 18, 2020; 7:30 PM – 9:15 PM
There will be no class July 30

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? Contact us to learn about special discounts for program participants.

JoHanna Potts is the former director of The Department of Jewish Life and Learning at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and has been teaching Introduction to Judaism at the EDCJCC for six years. Her teaching passion is to bring enjoyment to Jewish learning with a view towards empowering individuals to create lives of meaning through Judaism.

Please contact Amanda Herring at (202) 777-3253 or send an email with any questions. Before registering, make sure you are familiar with the JLL Registration Policies.