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Saturday, December 13th, 2014
1:46 pm
mixer/party/Jewish ecotour info - (hey is this thing still on?)
If so, and you are at all interested in going on an adventure(ish) ecotour trip with a Jewish group and some Jewish flavor, there is a holiday party at a bar called Science Club on Monday night. Ami has lead a bunch of groups to Costa Rica, but also to Alaska, dog sledding up inMaine, and some shorter more local trips to DC for rafting and such. 2015 trips also include Trinidad & Tobago and Baja Mexico.

Lots more info at https://www.facebook.com/events/1540464959533985/. Mixer/party/sales pitch Goes 6-9, with free drinks to the first 20 folks to show.
Sunday, April 12th, 2009
6:44 pm
an amazing book i need to recommend - Ace of Spades by David Matthews
this is my first posting. hello! my name is sarah, and i'm half black half jewish. my mother is jewish.

A friend of mine recommended a book called 'Ace of Spades' by David Matthews (you can find it here: http://tr.im/iGsu), and I love it so much. I'm half way through it and I can't believe how great this book is. It's so funny and personable. There are moments where I have to put the book down and just burst out laughing. But wow, is it well written! David Matthews is poetic with his words. Truly astounding.

Here's a brief description from The New Yorker:
The son of a Zionist white mother and a Malcolm X-admiring black father, Matthews, in this memoir, is a boy without a race in a city, Baltimore, that requires him to choose one. The story of racial pinball is not entirely unfamiliar: the black kids reject him as too light-skinned, the whites as too broad-nosed. But Matthews displays improvisational verve—blacks are "burnished" and "browned butter," and whites are anything from "alabaster" to "a puffy marshmallow in Baltimore’s steaming cup of cocoa"—and narrates with the vigor of a movie script. Indeed, it is on television that, as a child, he finds the clarity he yearns for. "I was a living contradiction of elements that shouldn’t have been," he writes at one point, whereas on TV "everything was black, or white, and a lot like life."

Really, i can't recommend this book more! I love it! Have you read it?

here's the author, david matthews:
Thursday, November 13th, 2008
11:04 am
Vegan *and* Kosher
Hi all. I posted this question over at washingtondc, but I thought you guys might be able to help me out.

In about a month, a friend and I are going to be visiting the DC area. I'm a vegan, and my friend keeps Kosher. He says he knows of one good Kosher restaurant in the area, but that it's rather meat-centric.

I'm not necessarily looking for a Kosher Vegan restaurant (mainly because I've googled "vegan kosher dc" and I don't think such a place exists), but a decent Kosher restaurant where I might be able to find *something* would really be great.

Any ideas?

Either by car or by Metro is fine.
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
10:32 am
High Holidays already??
Has anyone been to any of the High Holday Services at Sixth and I ? I'm finding their service descriptions to be vague.

What is a "traditional learners" (the Young Professional Explanatory) service? I'm a young professional but I don't need my service spelled out for me.

There's the Participatory Traditional Service (all ages), which sounds...participatory and traditional. But it's "creative" and incorporates "story and song". Can anyone tell me what I'm getting myself into here? 

For reference I grew up conservative, and am comfortable in an all Hebrew/traditional/egalitarian environment. Not saying that's where I have to be, just where I'm comfortable.

Any info would be nifty.

I may cross-post to washingtondc

Current Mood: blah
Monday, June 30th, 2008
11:36 am
Possible sexual predator in NW DC

The Metropolitan Police Department is currently investigating several sexual assaults in the Second District that may be related.

* The first incident occurred on May 16, 2008 in the 2400 block of Huidekoper Place, NW.
* The second incident occurred on May 25, 2008 in the 3000 block of Newark Street, NW.
* The third incident occurred on June 26, 2008 in the 2400 block of Tunlaw Road, NW.

In each case a female victim was awakened in the early morning hours by an unknown male suspect who gained entry to their residence by unknown means. The suspect has either attempted or has sexually assaulted the victims.

The suspect in each case is described as a white or Hispanic male, approximately 5'10" - 6'0" in height, with a medium build, wearing dark colored pants and a collared shirt.

Also see: http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0608/531456.html
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
3:04 pm
FYI... Panera by the Rockville JCC / Kosher Mart /Microcenter will make their sandwiches on matzoh
So I needed a cup of Internet and I was on Rockville Pike, so I stopped off at the Panera behind Microcenter (Federal Plaza). As I sat here with coffee and a little fruit the guy at the next table mentioned that the folk here are willing to make their sandwiches on matzoh. They can't do Panini, as that gets grilled (and would crush) but any normal sandwich is possible.

(I keep more ingredient kosher than 'cares about the prep surfaces' kosher, so this was pretty cool information for possible later use. Not today, as I'm soon bringing herring to my mom. . . )
Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
11:26 am
Happy Rosh Chodesh!
Happy Rosh Chodesh Adar 1, y'all!
Tuesday, December 18th, 2007
3:26 pm
DCJCC December 25 Day of Service
The Washington DCJCC continues to accept registrations for its 21st Annual December 25th Day of Service. 500 additional volunteers are needed for a variety of service projects at 60 social service agencies throughout the metropolitan area on December 25. Individuals who are willing to serve as volunteer team captains are especially needed.

Projects include serving meals in soup kitchens, painting a homeless shelter, delivering gifts to transitional housing facilities, a blood drive, parties for children's hospitals, and visiting seniors in nursing homes. Projects are available from 7:00 am to 6:00 p.m. and are located throughout DC, MD and VA. Each project lasts approximately 2-3 hours.

While a number of projects are sold out, there are still many opportunities available. Please view the registration page for a list of volunteer sites.

For more information on the project, please visit the About the December 25 Day of Service page.
Monday, December 3rd, 2007
3:39 pm
DCJCC December 25 Day of Service
Apologies to those who may have already seen this in washingtondc

The Washington DCJCC is now accepting registrations for its 21st Annual December 25th Day of Service. Over 1,000 volunteers are needed for a variety of service projects at 60 social service agencies throughout the metropolitan area on December 25. Projects include serving meals in soup kitchens, painting a homeless shelter, delivering gifts to transitional housing facilities, a blood drive, parties for children's hospitals, and visiting seniors in nursing homes.

If you are unable to participate on December 25, but would still like to help with preparing for the event, volunteers are needed to wrap gifts in advance of the event. Several December dates are available. Or, consider helping provide some of the in kind donation items that volunteers will distribute on December 25.

Visit the registration page for more information. I'm happy to answer questions about the event as well.

I hope you'll be able to participate!
3:24 pm
DC Minyan Chanukah Party!
DC Minyan is having its annual Chanukah Party this Saturday night in Adams Morgan:

Chanukah Party, 12/8, 9 pm
Tom Tom, 2333 18th St. NW, upstairs
Cover charge $10 for charity
Sunday, November 4th, 2007
9:59 pm
looking for a room in an apartment or house! please help!
hey! i'm tzippy. i'm a student at american university. i'm a math major (woo hoo!) . i'm a violinist and play in my university's symphony. i am currently living in the dorms. as you can imagine (or know from experience), it is so hard to keep kosher and Shabbos in the dorms, and I am trying to find an affordable living situation off-campus.

i'm looking for a room in an apartment, house, whatever. i wouldn't mind sharing a bedroom or living in a partitioned-off-space in a living room, if that's what it takes. i just want access to a kosher kitchen, already! hehe.

i would like a place that's near the metro, it doesn't really matter to me if it's in Marlyand or DC. im willing to pay up to $700 a month, but could do a bit more if need be. i am also an experienced babysitter, and could thus help out a family with kids if they wanted.

please let me know if you know of anything! I would love to move off campus! i can give character references and all that jazz, if need be.

thanks! i really appreciate it! :) please respond to this post if you know of anything available! i would be looking to move in around early to mid january and would best like a six-month lease.

Current Mood: cheerful
Friday, March 30th, 2007
5:25 pm
You're invited to A Unique Seder for Unique People
Hey there!

Every year, my friend herodotusjr and I hold a Passover seder, and this year we're opening it up to all the freaks, geeks, queers and weirdos in the greater Washington DC area!

Read below for more information, and if you want to come, make sure you RSVP via the website link below!


What?: A Unique Seder for Unique People
When?: Saturday, April 7th @ 7 PM
Where?: herodotusjr’s House – College Park, MD

(Actual address to his house found inside the evite. Make sure you RSVP.)

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Feel free to pass on this notice to any group, list, or LJ community (or individuals) that you think might have people interested in attending. Just make sure that they RSVP via the Evite page above!

We hope to see you on that Night That's Different From All Other Nights!

(x-posted to a bunch of different from the norm Jewish and other spiritual communities)

Current Mood: cold
Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
9:04 am
Have we got a seder for you! Hundreds join us each year!

Join the Jewish Sports and Social Network, Travelling Shabbat Singles, and the Professionals in the City for our- 13th Annual First Night Seder Monday April 2 7:30 pm at B'nai Israel Congregation, 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, Maryland

Interactive Participatory Fast Paced Kosher for Passover Fun Enjoy a traditional Passover all-you-can-eat dinner with vegetarian options. As this event is strictly Kosher for Passover, you are not permitted to bring in any outside food to this event. To make this event accessible to as many people as possible, we have gone to great lengths to keep this event as low cost as possible, as well as to offer vegetarian and other special needs options. The food provided includes matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, sliced turkey, grilled vegetables, assorted kugels, vegetable cutlets and stuffed peppers for the vegetarians, and dessert of macaroons and Passover cookies.

This event is open to the community, and there will be special tables reserved for singles and young adults, as well as families with children.

Pre-paid registration is required for this event. Please notify us at the time of ticket purchase if you would like our vegetarian option, or if you have special dietary or other requirements. No outside food allowed. Also, please email us if you would like to be one of the readers or singers at this event.

$40 if you purchase your tickets by 5 pm this Friday, March 23. $50 after March 23.

Prepaid registration is required for this event. No payments will be accepted at the door.

Send checks payable to JSSN to 203 Lawrence Drive, Rockville MD 20850

Volunteers still needed - volunteer and get in free!
Email volunteer@jssn.org or call 301-610-5397 to sign up to help!

Email seder@jssn.org or call 301-610-JEWS for more information.
Friday, March 2nd, 2007
7:32 pm
in-home help needed for visitor
I am a disabled Jewish professor visiting the area March 7-12 for a conference, and I'm looking for a nice female to help me get ready in the mornings and evenings. I can't dress or bathe myself. I don't need to be lifted. I will pay $10/hr, and need 2-4 hrs in the mornings, and 1-2 hrs in the evenings. I'll be staying in Arlington. Comment if interested.
Tuesday, February 27th, 2007
5:22 pm
Hazon Bike Ride
Sign up to ride (or help with the ride) for sustainable living in the Jewish world! Half of the money supports Hazon, and half supports local Jewish environmental causes. This is the Hazon's first bike ride in the DC area, so let's make it a good one!
Monday, February 5th, 2007
2:40 pm
Adas program on Conservative decision on homosexuality
I'm not an Adas congregant, but this seems like an informative program, and it's something that I'm curious about: [link]
Monday, January 22nd, 2007
11:05 pm
Cheap trip to Israel!

I was scheduled to go on a Birthright Alum trip to Israel at the end of February, but the trip will be cancelled if 5 more people don't sign up by Friday.  Because of the need for more participants, they are opening it up to anyone under 32.  For Birthright alum, the trip is $1,000 total (airfare, hotel, food and activities included).  Non-alum pay $1250.  It's a great deal for what seems like it'll be an amazing trip!  Let me know if you are interested!

"The trip is designed to allow birthright alumni to get back to Isreal on a highly subsidized trip and to experience Israel in a different way. We will leave on February 26 th and return on March 7th. The cost of the trip for you is $1000 including airfare, hotel, programming and meals. The trip is being subsidized by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The Taglit-birthright israel Foundation. We will spend time volunteering in the North, really making a difference, Shabbat in the beautiful city of Safed followed by special Purim partying and megillah reading in Safed and Jerusalem. The trip will end with some time in Tel Aviv. It's a great opportunity to get back to Israel and build a community with other young adults living in the Greater Washington area."

9:55 am
Fairfax community television
Last night Fairfax Community television aired a program called "One third of the holocaust" [9:00pm sunday Feb. 21.] The program talks about discrediting the Jewish Holocaust and tried to cast doubt on historical facts. Don't believe me?- check out its website: http://www.onethirdoftheholocaust.com/

Frankly I am surprised Fairfax community access would put something so controversial and offensive on the air. I understand the freedom of speech allows the author the right to film I would never have believed that Cox Cable would willingly broadcast such offensive material. I think that we deserve an apology the stations broadcast and for the rest to stop!

Write to fairfax public broadcast at:
askfpa@fcac.org, hutch@fcac.org, cpena@fcac.org, jplesko@fcac.org

Current Mood: angry
Thursday, December 14th, 2006
2:30 pm
Hanukah starts tomorrow night!
Hanukah starts tomorrow night!

With 8 Nights of Lights, we’ve got 9 Nights of events for you!

Call 301-610-JEWS or email info@jssn.org for more information about any event. See www.jssn.org for complete event information.

1st Candle-Friday 12/15
Start Shabbat and Hanukah off right with our friends at YPK for services at 8:15 p.m. at Beth El Hebrew Congregation (Reform), 3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria VA. Just look for YPK ushering and ask where others are seated. After some socializing, we’ll go out for dessert at a local restaurant. Free!

2nd Candle- Saturday 12/16

It’s party time! Stay in Alexandria with YPK for a party at 7 p.m. at a private home ($10. RSVP to Jay R. at social@jewishfriends.org by 12/15) or party Israeli style with the KushKush Club at 9:30 p.m. at the Rollins Congressional Clubhouse, 1621 Marta Terrace, Rockville MD (Metro: Twinbrook). $10 at the door, plus a donation of snacks or drinks.

3rd Candle- Sunday 12/17

It’s always the biggest event of the holiday! We’re talking about our annual Hanukah Bash and Toy Drive with JDate and Washington Jewish Week! 7-11 p.m. at the Barking Dog, 4723 Elm Street, Bethesda MD (Metro: Bethesda). Hundreds have already signed up! Join a great crowd of over 400 for latkes, music, dancing, games, and more! Plus your first drink (beer/wine/rail) is free! Dressy Casual Attire. Please bring an unopened toy to donate. Only a limited number of $10 tickets are still available online at http://www.ticketweb.com/user/?region=maryland&query=detail&event=701431&interface=jdate Otherwise, it’s $20 at the door- but you can save $5 at the door with a free Washington Jewish Week ISO Ad. Volunteers still needed- email volunteer@jssn.org to sign up and get in for free! Call 301-654-0022 for directions only.

4th Candle- Monday 12/18

Maybe you’ve read about him in the Post, but here to celebrate Hanukah is Comedian Rob Tannenbaum with his revue, “Good For the Jews, “ at 7 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Avenue East, Vienna VA. The star of VH1's "So Jewtastic" special, Tannenbaum teamed up with David Fagin, leader of the power-pop band The Rosenbergs, with tunes like "Good To Be A Jew At Christmas" and "JDate."$15 at www.jamminjava.com or call 703-255-1566, ext 8 for tickets.

5th Candle- Tuesday 12/19

It’s another annual tradition of ice cream and latkes tonight at our Lights, Latkes, and Licks Hanukah Party. 7 p.m. at Gifford’s Ice Cream, 7237 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD (Metro: Bethesda). 1/2 price on all ice cream! Plus hot latkes, music, games, and more! Bring your menorah for a group candle lighting, as well! Call 301-907-3436 for directions. Free!

6th Candle- Wednesday 12/20

If you’re over 40, here’s our Hanukah gift to you- a 40+ Dinner Out and a Hanukah Party at 7:30 p.m. at Andalucia Restaurante, 12300 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, MD. Sample some Spanish specialties, as we celebrate anukah and exchange gifts ($5 or less value). Don’t have a gift? Come any way! Just pay for your own food and drink. Call 301-770-1880 for directions only.

7th Candle- Thursday 12/21

Yet another of our annual favorites! It’s the Gimlets and Gelt Vodka and Latkes Hanukah Party, 7-10 p.m. at Felix’s Spy Lounge, 2406 18th Street NW, Washington DC (Metro: Woodley). Celebrate with us after work at the newly remodeled Spy Lounge, featuring Hanukah drink specials like the $5 Chocolate Gelt, with Ketel One Vodka, Godiva Chocolate Liquor mixed gently and served with a chocolate coin sidecar! Plus latkes, mingling, music, and free Hanukah presents for the first 30 people! Over 150 came out last year for this event! We’ll even have a group candle lighting, where we’ll toast to lighting the candles (while we get sha-mashed)! We’ll also be collecting high school books (think summer reading list) for DC schools. Only $10 at the door! Call 202-483-3549 for directions only.

8th Candle- Friday 12/22

We’ve saved the best for last! Not only will we be celebrating the last night of Hanukah and the start of Shabbat, but also Travelling Shabbat Singles 14th Anniversary with a special Chinese Shabbat Dinner at B’nai Israel Congregation, 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD (Metro: White Flint). What else do Jews eat in late December? The dinner is strictly kosher, and space is very limited. Services are at 6:15 p.m. and are free. The dinner is at 7:30 p.m. and is $20 and requires an RSVP with payment by 12/20 to dinner@jssn.org or 301-610-5397. Call 301-881-6550 for directions only.

Candle Smoldering- Saturday 12/23

As the Hanukah flames flicker and fade, lets have one last taste at our Latkes and Laughs Comedy Night at 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda Hotel “Cabinet” Room, One Bethesda Metro Center, 7400 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda MD (Metro: Bethesda). Come see 5 great local standup comics in one live show. After the show, come on stage and tell a joke. Best joke wins $25! Latkes free, other food and drink available for sale- cash only. $10 at the door. Space is limited, so RSVP today to laugh@jssn.org or call 301-610-5397 to reserve your space. Call 301-657-1234 for directions only.

And coming up!

Don’t miss the year’s biggest event (Over 2000 people!). Now on 2 nights!

Sunday 12/24
13th Annual Gefilte Fish Gala FREE Charity Fundraiser I 8 p.m. at Union Jack's, 4915 St. Elmo Avenue, Bethesda MD (Metro: Bethesda).

This is the big one- celebrating it’s 13th year as DC’s biggest and best party- now in 2 locations. Eat, drink, shoot pool, and dance. Smoke Free, Kosher Pizza, Drink Specials, Door Prizes, Giveaways, Pool, and more! All profits donated to charities, including the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. $5 suggested donation. Also collecting canned goods and clothing for the needy. Casual attire. Call 301-652-2561 for directions only. Volunteers needed to help collect donations. Email gefiltefishvolunteers@yahoo.com to sign up. Free!

Monday 12/25
13th Annual Gefilte Fish Gala FREE Charity Fundraiser II 8 p.m. at UltraBar, 911 F St. NW, Washington, DC (Metro: Gallery Place).

Eat, drink, and dance at this ultra hip club. 3 floors- 80s, 90s, and Club Mix. Smoke Free, Kosher Pizza, Drink Specials, Door Prizes, Giveaways, and more! VIP Floor-$30 includes unlimited drinks, private lounge, as well as a charitable donation. Happy Hour with $3 Beer and Wine and $5 Mixed rail drinks from 8-10. All profits donated to charities, including the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. $5 suggested donation. Also collecting canned goods and clothing for the needy. Casual attire. Call 202-638-4663 for directions only. Volunteers needed to help collect donations. Email gefiltefishvolunteers@yahoo.com to sign up. Free!
12:57 pm
Jewish Women's Torah learning online!!





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