Adam Sandler at the DCJCC! (sort of)

So ever since we wrote this description for our Chanukah Carnival, I’ve had Adam Sandler’s “Chanukah Song” in my head.

See, this is what I wrote:

Grab your socks and your yarmulke, it’s time to bounce for Chanukah. 

This year’s rockin’ Chanukah party will feature a moon bounce, games, crafts, treats and plenty of fun for the whole family.

Clever, but now it’s stuck.  So in the interest of fairness, I thought it was only right to share his song with you:

Why does this happen?  Apparently, it’s an earworm (I thought I just made that up, but it’s real, from the translation of the German Ohrwurm), and apparently women, musicians and people who are neurotic, tired or stressed are most susceptible.  It hardly seems fair.  I can’t help being female, And if you’re tired or stressed, it just seems cruel to add this.  (I can’t play an instrument, and I like to think I’m no more neurotic than the next person…)

So I suppose I’m stuck with this on my own until Chanukah actually starts on Tuesday, December 20.  For eight nights after that, the rest of the Jewish population can join me.  It’s a good song, no?

And if you want to know what started it all, join us this Sunday morning—yarmulkes not required.

Snomageddon Updates

So here’s a quick summary of where our schedule stands in lieu of the weather:

  • Pre-school and administrative offices will close at noon.
  • Nehirim Queer Shabbaton is still on. We have arranged to keep the building open for this and other Shabbat services in the building on Saturday.
  • Fitness Center is scheduled to remain open until our normal Friday closing time of 6:00 pm.
  • Kids’ Swim Classes for Saturday and Sunday have been cancelled. Make-up classes will be scheduled.
  • Interfaith Couples’ Shabbat dinner has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.
  • Rikkud DC for Sunday night has been cancelled (more due to the Super Bowl than weather)
  • The Gift Shop will be closed on Sunday

Other programs that may be affected:

  • Theater J’s performance of “The Four of Us” on Saturday night, Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening. 
  • Kids’ Karate Classes on Sunday.
  • Group Exercise classes.
  • Soccer and Basketball leagues on Sunday.
  • Yiddish Class for Sunday evening. 

We will post new information as it becomes available.

Notice of Washington DCJCC Annual Meeting

Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Ina & Jack Kay Community Hall
Washington DCJCC
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

The Washington DCJCC cordially invites its members and friends to the 23rd Annual Meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, May 26, 2009. Board member Renay Regardie will chair the meeting. Reservations are required since space is limited.

The slate of Officers nominated for the Washington DCJCC Board of Directors are:

Robert Tracy, President
Mindy Strelitz, Senior Vice President
Daniel Hirsch, Vice President
Stephen Kelin, Vice President
Arnold Polinger, Vice President
Jon Rutenberg, Vice President
Rose Cohen, Treasurer
Amos Hochstein, Assistant Treasurer
Myrna Fawcett, Secretary

Board Members for re-nomination, 3 year terms are:

Patty Abramson
Michele G. Berman
Marion Lewin
Stephen Lachter
Jack Moskowitz
Sidney Moskowitz
Melanie Franco Nussdorf
Michael Salzberg

New Board Nominees are:

Lois Fingerhut

The installation of officers and awards presentations will take place beginning at 6:30 pm. A dessert reception will follow.

Please make your reservations with Amabda Libman (202) 777.3256. The deadline for reservations is May 22.

The Annual Meeting is supported by the Nancy Raskin Endowment Fund.

Snowpacolypse. Meh.

Okay. So the Fitness Center is opening on-time this morning. The Preschool will open at 10am. For you parents out there this means we will not accept responsibility for any child before 10am. No exceptions. The rest of our programs, including tonight’s Theater J Benefit will occur as-scheduled. And this tired CPO will be dragging his tuches into work from the ‘burbs past the homes of drowsing Montgomery County children who once again lend credence to the notion that they are constructed entirely of tissue paper.

This Week at the 16th Street J

Summer’s over, but that means things are really busy this week at the Washington DCJCC:

Tuesday, September 2

1st Day of Preschool

Sunrise Boot Camp with Elana— Rise and shine for a 6am ass-kicking workout to increase your stamina, strength and cardio-vascular endurance.

Hebrew Classes Begin— From Beginner to Advanced Conversation, take your Hebrew to the next level.

Wednesday, September 3

Prep and Plan— With the Anniversary of Katrina and Gustav bearing down on the Gulf Coast, this emergency preparedness fair is a timely opportunity to do what you can to protect yourself and your community. Sign-up for the Blood Drive and/or CPR Training.

Interfaith Couples Workshop–Our popular four-session workshop with Dr. Marion Usher has helped hundreds of interfaith couples successfully navigate the challenges and joys of bringing together two heritages in a relationship.

J-on-Demand Movie and Trivia Night: Keeping the Faith— Free beer is just one of the fringe benefits of this classic Ben Stiller/Ed Norton film and trivia explosion.

Thursday, September 4

Hunger Action— Cook and distribute meals to he homeless of DC. Our motto, “We won’t serve anything we wouldn’t eat ourselves.”

Saturday, September 6

Little Flippers Swim Classes– Both 11:30 am and 12 noon sessions for 4-18 month children with caregivers.

Sunday, September 7

Fall Sports Leagues Begin– Co-ed Softball and 3-on-3 Basketball get-it-on.

Little Flippers and Little Tadpoles— Swim lessons for 4-18 month children and 3 to 5-year-olds.

If you’re looking for and can’t find it…

We’re right now migrating to a new web platform. We’re told there might be some service interruptions. That means that any service interruptions are bound to be brief. It is only when they guarantee seamless migration that not even the savviest of webaholics will notice, that service is lost for days on end.

So hit refresh often. And if all else fails, feel free to go all bricks-and-mortar on us — call us at (202) 518-9400.

This Week at the 16th Street J

Click to Register for Session IIHot Times in The City Summer Day Camp

Session II Begins Monday, June 30
Spots still available in Camp Skate, JKids and for CITs (we’ll even pro-rate if you’re reading this after Monday 6/30)

Is your kid spending the summer at Camp XBox? Get them off the couch and into the best urban camp in the country.

The Annual Washington Jewish Film Festival Friendraiser: The Debt

The DebtMonday, June 30, 7:30 pm
Join past donors to the WJFF for a great film and light reception. Meet Susan Barocas, the new director of the WJFF as it gets ready to launch its 19th edition this December.

2007, Israel, 35mm,
93 minutes, Hebrew, German and Russian with English subtitles
Director: Assaf Bernstein

This thrilling drama tells the tale of three Mossad agents who capture the “Surgeon of Birkenau”, a monstrous Nazi war criminal in 1964. The agents keep him confined to their safe house on the outskirts of Berlin awaiting further instructions to return to Israel. As they watch over the captive, a psychological duel begins between the Nazi doctor and the three young agents; leading to the doctor’s eventual escape. Unable to face their horrible failure, the agents fabricate the Surgeon’s death and return to Israel as heroes. More than thirty years later, the Surgeon resurfaces in the Ukraine, claiming he wishes to confess his crimes against humanity. Gila Almagor (Munich, In Treatment) plays the ex-Mossad agent Rachel, who must take action to protect their lie by terminating a man known to be dead and redeem the debt against which she has built her life.

Hebraica Mirrors by Matatiaou in the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery

Opens July 1 through September 30
Hebraica Mirrors by MatatiaouHebraica Mirrors includes over 60 fine prints on Arches Velum and leather parchment, representing the crossroads of contemporary design and traditional Hebrew calligraphy by the French Jewish artist Matatiaou. This universal graphic interpretation is inspired by the Zohar- the direct origin of the Kabbalah, written circa 1300. The exhibition comes to us from The Jewish Museum of Florida.

This Week at the 16th Street J

A sampling of program highlights from the upcoming week at the 16th Street J:

Monday, May 19

About The Body7:30 pm–The Screening Room presents: About The Body. When a terrorist attack occurs, the dead are mourned, the calls for vengeance are issued and eventually, the news cycle churns on. But what of those whose lives, whose physical bodies have been forever changed by the trauma? How does a young woman regain a sense of comfort and joy in her damaged body? This extraordinary documentary follows 12 such young women, recovering from injuries sustained in attacks, participating in a movement workshop run by Israeli Prize winning dancer Ohad Naharin. Following the screening will be a discussion with Steve Shafarman, creator of FlexAware™ for movement and healing.

Tuesday, May 20

7:30 pm–Nextbook presents: Amy Bloom. The National Book Award finalist (for her premiere book of stories, Come To Me) and psychoanalyst reads from her most recent novel Away. The final Nextbook event of the season.

Wednesday, May 21

7:30 pm–Introduction to Judaism. One of our most popular classes begins a new 6-week session covering the basics of Jewish ethics, philosophy and observances. If Wednesdays don’t work for you consider the Thursday night session beginning June 5.

Thursday, May 22

6:00 pm–Step-N-Sculpt with Lynda. Memorial Day is around the corner. The beach beckons. Are you ready?

Sunday, May 25

7:30 pm–The Chaim Kempner Author Series Presents: Jewish Major Leaguers. Who have they been? What have they accomplished? And why do we care so much? Featuring: Mark Lerner, Principal Owner of the Washington Nationals, Stan Kasten, President of the Washington Nationals, Dr. Martin Abramowitz, President of Jewish Major Leaguers, Inc., and Aviva Kempner, director of the award-winning documentary The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg.

Previews Postponed to Perfect Production

Theater J has cancelled its previews of David In Shadow in Light that were scheduled for this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The first preview will now be on Saturday, May 11 at 8:00 pm with an additional pay-what-you-can performance Sunday, May 12 at 8:00 pm. The show is the largest production Theater J has ever mounted and they decided to take a few extra days to get things right before putting it in front of a paying house. You can read Artistic Director Ari Roth’s blow-by-blow of the creative process or visit their website for more information.

In the meantime, keep this favorite exchange from one of my favorite movies in mind:

From Shakespeare In Love:

Philip Henslowe: Mr. Fennyman, allow me to explain about the theatre business. The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster.
Hugh Fennyman: So what do we do?
Philip Henslowe: Nothing. Strangely enough, it all turns out well.
Hugh Fennyman: How?
Philip Henslowe: I don’t know. It’s a mystery.

This Week at the 16th Street J

With Passover in the rear-view mirror this week, things can start getting back to, ahem, regular. Sorry. Couldn’t resist. Here’s just a sample of what’s available this week at the Washington DCJCC:

Monday, April 28

7:30pm–The Screening Room presents: The Last Fighters. This documentary film follows the lives of the last six surviving members of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising fighters. The uprising was the best known and most legendary act of armed Jewish resistance (though not the only one) to the Holocaust. The film follows these old veterans and reveals the legacy of their valor, the weight of history and the personalities beyond the legends. The program is supported by the Helen and Milton Covensky Fund of the Washington DCJCC and will include a post-screening discussion with: Aviva Kempner, co-writer and producer of The Last Partisans of Vilna; Dr. Marsha Rozenblit, Professor of Modern Jewish History at University of Maryland; and Estelle Laughlin, Warsaw Ghetto Survivor.

Tuesday, April 29

6:00pm–Boxing Circuit with Kristen. Kick ass and get in shape for spring.

Wednesday, April 30

7:00pm–Class: The Art of Storytelling. Become a storyteller and connect to a powerful oral tradition. When you tell or hear a story, you are participating in one of the most basic and intense of human experiences. Instructor: Noa Baum.

Thursday, May 1

Washington Jewish Music Festival tickets go on-sale today for 16th Street J members only.

6:30pm–LGBTQ Ballroom Dance class with Peter Pawlak. Co-sponsored by the 16th Street J’s Kurlander Program for Gay and Lesbian Outreach and Engagement (GLOE).

Saturday, May 3

10:00am–Spring Yoga Workshop with Samantha (Sam) Caplan. A 90-minute introduction perfect for those who just started practicing or those interested in finding out what yoga is all about. This class will cover yoga fundamentals such as breathing techniques and meditation, as well as break down the proper alignment of some basic poses.

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