We are proud to welcome authors to the EDCJCC throughout the year. These programs provide our community with a chance to hear from writers about their lives and works, as well as opportunities to think deeply about arts and ideas, about authors and stories, and timely topics.
Please note that all ticket sales for these events are final - we cannot offer refunds.
EDLAVITCH DCJCC WRITER'S WORKSHOP
Dates: Sundays, October 30, November 20, and December 18 (please note that while only the first date shows up on the event calendar, registration is for the full 3-class session)
Time: 3:00 PM-6:00 PM
The Writer's Workshop meets monthly for three consecutive months and provides a space where a supportive and diverse group of writers can receive feedback on their poetry, memoir and fiction. Award-winning author and teacher Michelle Brafman has been leading this group since its inception. Prompts will be assigned, but any work is acceptable. No written critiques or preparation is required, just bring your work and a willingness to engage in your fellow writers' words.
Returning Students can sign up directly through the registration page.
New students must apply before registering!
To apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a 2-4 page writing sample from the poetry, memoir or fiction genres and two paragraphs describing your goals for participation in the workshop. The deadline for submissions is October 10.
Michelle Brafman is the author of the novel Washing the Dead and Bertrand Court. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Tablet, Lillith Magazine, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She teaches fiction writing at the John Hopkins MA in Writing Program.
ISRAEL ARTS DC: A CELEBRATION OF CONTEMPORARY ISRAEL THROUGH WORDS AND MOVEMENT
Presented in partnership with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
This November, we are proud to host an Israeli Arts and Culture Festival aimed at revealing and celebrating the vitality of the cultural scene in Israel and the diversity of it’s creators and participants. For an immersive experience, purchase a full festival pass.
Sunday, November 6, 7:00 PM
Israel Story is the English-language version of Sippur Yisraeli, a podcast inspired by This American Life, one of the most popular radio shows on NPR. The podcast tells stories about the people of Israel, each episode focusing on a different theme to show the many faces of Israeli society. This presentation is a multimedia experience that brings their stories to the stage.
Monday, November 7, 7:30 PM
DORIT SASSON’S ACCIDENTAL SOLDIER
At the age of nineteen, Israeli-American Dorit Sasson left her life as a college student in the US and joined the Israel Defense Forces. Her memoir Accidental Soldier depicts how this unexpected decision changed her life and her own sense of self—helping her to discover a sense of courage and conviction she didn’t know she had.
Sunday, November 13, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
ELLA ROTHSCHILD: RETROSPECTIVE AND GAGA CLASS
Experience the unique Israeli dance form Gaga in this special, two-part workshop. This participatory session will include a multi-level dance class, a lecture-conversation and a dance demonstration performed by Howard University dance students and choreographed by Ella Rothschild. Rothschild is a choreographer, Gaga dance teacher and former dancer with the renowned Batsheva Dance Company. The workshop will introduce participants to a movement language developed by Ohad Naharin-artistic director of Batsheva-which is now taught around the world. The lecture-conversation will explore how Rothschild sees the intersection of dance, personal experience, politics and social change in Israel and around the world. All are welcome to attend this FREE EVENT. No dance experience necessary.
Monday, November 14, 7:30 PM
MEIR SHALEV’S TWO SHE-BEARS
Celebrated Israeli author Meir Shalev discusses his latest book Two She-Bears, a story of village love and vengeance in the early days of British Palestine that is still being played out two generations later. Shalev has received many awards for his work, including the National Jewish Book Award and Israel’s Brenner Prize, both for A Pigeon and a Boy.
Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 PM
MAN-O-MANISCHEWITZ: HOW A KOSHER WINE BECAME BIG WITH THE AMERICAN PUBLIC
Roger Horowitz, author of Kosher USA
Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food traces how all-American products like Coca-Cola and Jell-O tried to become kosher; the debates among rabbis over the incorporation of modern science into Jewish law; and the story of how Manischewitz wine became the first kosher product to win over non-Jewish consumers.
Hosted by the Edlavitch JCC of Washington DC and made possible by GW’s Program in Judaic Studies and the GW Food Institute.
Roger Horowitz is director of the Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society at the Hagley Museum and Library.
This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP so we can assure you have a seat--but drop-ins are also welcome.
Thursday, November 17, 7:30 PM
LAWRENCE DOUGLAS’ THE RIGHT WRONG MAN: JOHN DEMJANJUK AND THE LAST GREAT NAZI WAR CRIMES TRIAL
Author and war-crimes expert Lawrence Douglas discusses his book, The Right Wrong Man, which follows the complex trial of 89-year-old Ukrainian-American John Demjanjuk. Accused of being a notorious Nazi guard at the Treblinka extermination camp, it was only after he was cleared of this accusation twice that it was discovered that he was in fact guilty of assisting in the murder of 28,060 Jews at the Sobibor death camp. An intriguing legal drama, Douglas’ book raises fascinating questions about justice and accountability that remain relevant today.
The Bernard Wexler Fund for Jewish History supports an annual lecture that brings outstanding speakers, scholarly research and contemporary issues to the forefront of learning at the Edlavitch DCJCC.