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Memoir Of War

Friday, August 31 | 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM | Professor Hasia Diner, New York University
Avalon Theater | 5612 Connecticut Ave NW | Washington, DC 20015

About MEMOIR OF WAR: Set in Paris in 1944, author Marguerite Duras must shrewdly navigate the French Resistance and the Gestapo to uncover the whereabouts of her imprisoned husband in this emotionally complex story of love, loss, and perseverance against a backdrop of wartime intrigue.

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Making of a Nation | Jewish Immigration 1820 – 1920

Presented by The Foundation for Jewish Studies

Monday, September 3 | 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM | Professor Hasia Diner, New York University

Immigration is one of the hottest topics in our country today. In this full day program, Professor Diner, one of the foremost historians of American immigration, will delve into the following topics:
• Causes, nature, demographics, and effects of immigration
• The human dimension: immigrant stories
• The effects of changing government policy
• American Jews and Blacks 1915-1935
• Myths vs. facts
• An exploration of where other immigrants went and why

Location: Bender JCC of Greater Washington
$50   In Advance for Friends of the Foundation
$65   In advance for the general public
$75   At the door for all

The Pianist of Willesden Lane

September 12 – 30, 2018

Theater J Presents at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Family Theater 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC

The Pianist of Willesden Lane

Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen, adapted and directed by Hershey Felder. Set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true and inspiring story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist whose dream of making her concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall is dashed by the onset of World War II. Despite the devastating personal loss, music enables Jura to endure and pursue her dreams. Performed by Jura’s daughter, Grammy-nominated pianist Mona Golabek, The Pianist of Willesden Lane combines enthralling storytelling with breath-taking live performances of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and more.

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Jewish Outdoor Escape 2018

August 30 – September 3, 2018

Join 120+ Jewish Outdoor Enthusiasts for an AMAZING End of Summer Weekend!

It’s Summer Camp for Grown-ups. Hosted by Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America held in Morgantown, WV at Emma Kaufmann Camp with a pre-trip in Pittsburgh, PA.

Three to five days of activities: Whitewater Rafting, Biking, Canoeing, Kayaking, Climbing, Hiking at all levels, Spelunking in Laurel Caverns, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, Water Skiing, and much more.

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Understanding Judaism Through the Lens of Islam

Presented by The Foundation for Jewish Studies

Sunday, October 7 | 7:30 – 9:30 PM | Professor David Kraemer, The Jewish Theological Seminary

In many respects, Islam is Judaism’s closest “relative”.  It is a religion of law, based upon both Judaism and other inherited near eastern traditions.  Professor David Kraemer, a prolific author, and commentator who oversees the most extensive collection of rare and contemporary Judaica in the Western Hemisphere, will reveal similarities that exist between these two Abrahamic faiths.  Professor Kraemer will share how studying parallels between Islam and Judaism can help us gain a better understanding of Jewish concepts and beliefs.

Location:  B’nai Israel Congregation

Registration: There is no fee for this program, however, pre-registration is recommended online at

What Can Jewish Culture of Pre-War Germany Teach Us Today?

Presented by The Foundation for Jewish Studies

Tuesday, October 23 | 7:30 – 9:00 PM | Professor Michael Brenner, American University

The 19th Century German Jewish community was the first to attempt to integrate Jewish traditions into a modern European society. Today, it might appear that this attempt failed as a result of the rise of Nazism, and the tragic events of World War II and the Holocaust. But from a distance of almost 80 years, perhaps this conclusion should be reconsidered, as we look at the extent to which the prewar German Jewish community served as the cultural pioneers and role models for Jewish communities generally, and in particular the American Jewish community.

Venue: Adas Israel Congregation
Registration: There is no fee for this program, however, pre-registration is recommended online at

MentorPrize seeks Mentors to serve the community

MentorPrize recruits mentors for various non-profit organizations in the Washington region that serve a broad range of constituencies — from at-risk-youth to immigrants struggling to gain a foothold in the job market. It is aggressively working to identify quality mentors for its partners, which is why it is reaching out to the Bender JCC community.

Research confirms that mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on mentees in a variety of personal, academic and professionals situations. The benefits extend to the mentors as well — improving their morale, communication skills, and emotional well-being.  But finding a meaningful mentoring opportunity can be daunting given the region’s dizzying array of programs. MentorPrize has taken the time to assess dozens of these programs. It is well-positioned to match you with a program that suits your interests and takes into account your time constraints and preferred location.

Go to for more information or fill out a MentorPrize application.  Are you ready to make a difference?

Disability Partnerships

Disability Partnerships is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Rockville, Maryland that seeks to improve the quality of life for persons living with physical disabilities. They created a survey on the health and wellness needs of the physically disabled in our area. Click here to take the survey.

IAC Eitanim

Innovate. Create. Lead. If you are a high school student and are interested in developing your leadership and professional skills while working with leading experts on tangible projects, you are IAC Eitanim! Learn from mentors in marketing, television news, and CEOs. Apply today by visiting!

For more information, contact: | 301-348-7308

Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts Master’s Program

at George Washington University is Currently Accepting Applications!

This is the only master’s program of its kind in the United States. We offer an intensive 13-month, cross-disciplinary curriculum combining coursework in Jewish cultural arts, experiential education and museum education. Graduates will be prepared for careers in Jewish museums and arts institutions, JCCs, college campus organizations, summer camps, and other innovative educational and cultural settings.

Qualified applicants receive up to 85% tuition support, thanks to the generous support of the Jim Joseph Foundation and George Washington University.

Partnering theory with practice, and the classroom with fieldwork, the EE/JCA curriculum enables students to become competent, creative, and reflective professionals. The program:

  • Inspires students to develop exciting and relevant programming for a range of audiences
  • Offers a year-long series of internships at cultural arts and educational institutions
  • Develops professional skills including budgeting, grant writing, workplace collaboration, and effective communication

*Applications need to be submitted by February 1 for funding consideration.

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