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Capital Jewish Food Festival on Sunday, October 9
About the CJFF The Capital Jewish Food Festival explores food as an expression of identity, tradition, and community, and is inspired by the fall harvest festival of Sukkot. Enjoy a wide variety of foods from local restaurants while learning about DC’s Jewish culinary scene and engaging with organizations fighting for food justice and sustainability. Highlights include tasting samples, cooking demonstrations, interactive workshops, headline speaker Michael Twitty, and more. [Tickets: $15-$50; Ages 5 and under are Free] 

Oct 13 at 7:30 PM Talmudic Medicine Between Magic and SciencePresented by Dr. Jason Sion MoktarianAssociate Professor and the Herbert and Stephanie Neuman Chair in Jewish Studies and Iranian Studies, Cornell UniversityLearn more and register HERE to receive the Zoom link.
Although medicine is not the first topic that most people expect to encounter when studying Talmud, this corpus is in fact the richest collection of medical remedies in ancient Judaism before the rise of Islam. The Talmud contains dozens of complex therapies for over a hundred physical afflictions, ranging from toothaches and headaches to more serious conditions like pleurisy or strangury. Many of these therapies rely on natural ingredients such as plants or animal products, while others are superstitious spells or amulets. In this lecture, Professor Mokhtarian describes the ways in which the rabbis adopted and adapted the scientific knowledge of their time in order to address the health needs of their community.

New Online Class!Virtually a Minyan? Digital Life and Jewish CommunityOctober 19 – November 9Four Wednesday Evenings | 7 – 8:00 PM ETInstructor: Rabbi Alana SuskinLearn more and enroll HERE.How do we rebuild our communities in times of shrinking connections, narrow interest groups, and … Covid? What room is there for a digital life in Judaism? Over the past three years, synagogues have struggled with how to maintain a community and meet daily prayer obligations. A variety of responses have been implemented across the denominational spectrum, including outdoor minyans and zoom. This four-session class will explore the rabbinic ideals of community, why minyan is so important to the sages, and why it should be important to us. We will delve into why digital minyans were rejected by some parts of the Jewish world and why they are being reevaluated by others, as well as what digital platforms could be used for and by the Jewish community.

Oct 23 at 7:30 PM Washington’s Jewish Ball PlayersPresented by Phil HochbergWashington Sports Hall of Fame, Redskins/Commanders Ring of Stars

In-person at Temple Shalom in Silver Spring, MD and online! Register here to learn more and join us. 
There have been some 18,000 players in the history of Major League Baseball.  Approximately 1%, 180 players have been Jewish. Of the 180 some 10%, 18 have played for the Washington Senators or Washington Nationals.  None of them were Hall of Famers, but many of them had interesting stories, including the “Clown Prince of Baseball” and a World War II U.S. spy.  And interestingly, probably the best of the “Jewish ballplayers” who played here, well, wasn’t Jewish! (It’s a lot easier to identify the Jewish players who played professional football, basketball, and hockey in Washington. We’ll take a quick look at them, too.) Discover these stories, and many more with Washington’s own, Phil Hochberg.

Capital Camps Virtual Open House.
Attention prospective families. Meet our Camp staff and learn why summer 2023 will be the best summer!

Sports Plus

Offering virtual programming for differently-abled that reaches through the screen to engage participants!  For more information, please go to their website at

College Admissions & Test Prep Information Night for Parents of 8th-10th graders Hosted by Private Prep at Beth El: April 4, 7:30 PM. As the testing and admissions landscape continues to shift, it is hard to know how changes will affect your child’s educational journey. Join Angela Kaufman, Amy Cavanaugh & Steve Feldman from Private Prep to learn about what colleges are looking for from students.  We will cover topics including test optional policies, test prep best practices, and all of your other burning standardized testing and admissions questions in an open, intimate environment.

Private Prep is offering a great academic skills workshop for middle schoolers having a hard time getting organized or developing their study skills.  JCC Members get $50 off their first invoice with Private Prep


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.