Around Town

Contemporary French and American Jewish Life: The End of the “Liberal Narrative”

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
10:00 AM -11:30 AM
Speaker: Marc Weitzmann, Journalist
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Despite its barbarity, the 20th century was in many ways “the Jewish Century” as Yuri Slezkine famously called it. This was especially true of France and of the US, the two countries that, in the West, sheltered the most important diaspora Jewish communities after WWII. During the decades of prosperity Jews in France and in the US became in different ways an essential part of “the liberal story” that structured the middle-class and gave the west its identity. How did this happen, and what does the crisis of liberalism mean for Jews today?

Virtual Tour of Historical Jewish DC 
Thursday, January 21, 2021
7:30 PM -8:30 PM
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Join us on a virtual walking tour! Log on to explore the story of one Jewish neighborhood in Washington, DC, and watch the neighborhood change with time as we move from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement to our current day. This virtual tour will lead you into the historic heart of Jewish life, visiting four former synagogues in the 7th Street neighborhood which was once a hub of Jewish commercial and religious life in the nation’s capital. We’ll examine cross-cultural connections and learn about how many communities lived together in one neighborhood that was always changing. Our tour will end with a sneak peek of the Capital Jewish Museum, which will open to the public in 2022!
$5  Friends of the Haberman Institute, $8  General Public

Is There a Jewish Continuity Crisis?

Monday, January 25, 2021
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Speaker: Michal Raucher
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Jews express a great deal of concern about demographics. Some say this concern came out of modern, political Zionism, others suggest it is a post-Holocaust phenomenon. The demographic concerns get louder and quieter at different points in time. Join us to explore the contours of this concern over Jewish demographics; we’ll look closely at Jewish reproductive rates, and we’ll have a chance to problematize the discourse. The language of crisis makes it seem like all of our energy, funds, etc. should be directed towards solving the crisis, but in many ways, our tradition, our laws, our cultural norms challenge the idea of “crisis” when it comes to demographics.

Ideas and Events Shaping American Jewish Life (Session #1)
Wednesday, February 3, 2021

12:30 PM  –  2:00 PM
Presenter: David Epstein

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Join us to reflect on how our narratives fit into the context of the American story and explore other related issues related to how your family’s immigrant narrative fits into our broader Jewish community.

Ideas and Events Shaping American Jewish Life (Session #2)
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Presenter: David Epstein
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We will continue to reflect on the American Jewish experience with a deep dive into today’s realities. Our discussion will be both personal and universal and will include conversations around such topics as what   it means to say, “I am proud to be Jewish?” and to say, “I am a Jewish American.”

Jesus and Judaism: Why the Connection Matters
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
7:30 PM –  9:00 PM

Speaker: Amy-Jill Levine
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Jesus of Nazareth is often seen as rejecting a Judaism incorrectly characterized as legalistic, misogynistic, vengeful, and xenophobic. Understanding Jesus in his Jewish context corrects false stereotypes, brings new meaning to his parables, politics, and piety, and it offers a new path for Jewish-Christian relations. Back by popular demand, join us as we welcome internationally renowned scholar and teacher, Dr. Levine to our community again!


A growing community of tomorrow’s game changers!

IAC Eitanim brings together the next generation’s Jewish-American and Israeli-American middle and high school students for an immersive, innovative, project-based learning experience that strengthens participants’ Jewish identity, builds their connection to Israel, and ignites their “Israeliness”.

15 online sessions, each 90-minute long: Engage with central Jewish and Israeli-American community challenges while promoting a mindset of entrepreneurship, innovation, critical thinking, problem-solving, and other soft skills.

Connect with teens from across the country while learning from leading mentors and experts through this incredible online opportunity! Meeting new friends through national events and competitions and creating connections from across the country with like-minded Jewish and Israeli-American young leaders!



Looking for engaging activities for your child during winter break? Look no further! At The Coding Space, we’re on a mission to help kids develop critical thinking skills, confidence, and self-expression through learning to code. Whether kids are new to coding or already proficient in programming languages like JavaScript and Python, our interactive, virtual coding classes, and camps are fun for everyone. Our experienced instructors balance screen time using our signature 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio with hands-on activities, games, and opportunities to create and explore, even in your own home.

Choose from 1.5 or 3-hour options on Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 21-23 and Dec. 28-30 between 10:00 am-1:00 pm. Our 1.5-hour program will include a warm-up activity and project-based coding. In our 3-hour program, kids will also participate in a hands-on activity, such as The Coding Space Cooks or Scavenger Hunt, and choose from STEM electives like 3D modeling, pixel art, or level design. Pick the best option for you and your child! Ages 6+. We recommend the 1.5-hour option for ages 6 & 7.

Use code BenderJCC for 10% off! Sign up HERE

Diller Teen Tikkun Olam awards

The award celebrates Jewish teens who have demonstrated impressive leadership and are actively engaged in community service projects that embody the value of Tikkun Olam, or repairing the world.  Up to 15 selected teens from across the United States are acknowledged annually for their visionary actions with an award of $36,000, to be used to further their philanthropic work or their education. The award is open to Jewish teens who are residents of the US and are between the ages of 13-19 at the time of applying. Teen’s projects can help either the Jewish community or the general community, so long as teens have not been compensated for their services. Nominations are due on December 18, 2020 and applications are due January 8, 2021. Teens do not have to be nominated in order to apply, however those who have been nominated must also apply. For more information, go to or email

Sunday Tours at Capital Camps:

Offering COVID-safe, in-person tours only 70 miles from DC and Baltimore! Families can join us at camp for a walking tour – see a cabin, our pool and lake, ropes course and so much more. We will answer all of your questions personally as we walk the grounds of camp. Tour dates and sign-up HERE!

“The Search for Humanity: The Auschwitz Memoirs of Levi, Frankl, and Amery”
What does Auschwitz illuminate about the nature and limits of humanity?
This course will delve into the philosophical, social, and religious aspects of this question, through a close engagement with the Holocaust memoirs of Primo Levi (Survival in Auschwitz), Viktor Frankl (Man’s Search for Meaning), and Jean Améry (At the Mind’s Limits).
Six Tuesday Afternoons
November 10 – December 15 | 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Instructor: Jerome Copulsky
Learn more and register here.

Edlavitch DCJCC’s Film, Theater, and Music Virtual Classes: Fall Session
Ongoing classes through December 31

In these welcoming, intimate, and participatory classes, patrons learn from professional artists and art-makers about a variety of topics that help them to better understand and engage with various mediums of art. Class topics include, but are not limited to Hidden Gems of Jewish Cinema (October 19 – November 23); Shosa on Screen: Through the Eyes of Children (October 14 – November 18); At the Intersection: Black and Jewish Plays (November 17 – December 15); and Torah as Drama: An Actor’s Approach to Reading Scripture (December 1 – 29).


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.