Special Events

Race, History, and Community: A Series Focusing on Race and Justice in America
The Edlavitch DCJCC, in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council, the American Jewish Committee, the Anti Defamation League, the Adas Israel Congregation Racial Justice Working Group and Sixth & I, is thrilled to offer a three-part program series in the winter/spring of 2017 focusing on education, community building and dialogue around issues of race in America. 

Sunday, January 22, 12:45 - 4:00 pm

The first program in the series is a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Opened to the public on September 24, 2016, the Museum is the newest member of the Smithsonian Institution and the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members.

Registration for this event is now full. If you would like to be on the waitlist please email Darya at daryaw@edcjcc.org.

Film Screening: Get In The Way, The Journey of John Lewis
Monday, February 27, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
The second program in our series is a screening of the film Get In The Way, The Journey of John Lewis. In 1965, the historic Selma March known as Bloody Sunday was a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. John Lewis—now a revered U.S. Congressman, then a young student—co-led hundreds of peaceful marchers seeking voting rights for African Americans in the South. This is the first biographical film about Lewis, a respected legislator and elder statesman who continues to practice nonviolence in his determined fight for justice. The film will be followed by a presentation on ways the audience can get involved in the movement for racial justice today. 

If you have any questions please contact Sonya Weisburd at sonyaw@edcjcc.org.
Monday, March 20, 6:30-8:30 pm
Sixth & I, 600 I St NW
Join us for a guided discussion and exploration of Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehesi Coates, a MacArthur “genius” grant winner and national correspondent at The Atlantic.  Written as a letter from Coates to his 15 year old son, the book provides an unflinching portrait of the reality of being a Black man in the US today.  Facilitated by Suzanne Feinspan, this workshop will explore the book’s major themes, how we connect with it individually, and how we might connect with it as Jews. Come whether you’ve read the whole thing, a chapter, or just a page! All are welcome to participate in this conversation but the workshop is primarily designed as an exploration of these concepts for those who identify as white.
A light vegetarian dinner will be served.

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Religious Diversity & Human Dignity: The Possibilities and Challenges of Interreligious Engagement
Sunday, February 12, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
We live in one of the most religiously diverse societies in the history of humankind. Everyday people with different beliefs and practices encounter one another in supermarkets, soccer fields, classrooms, and around family tables. How do we create an ethos of respectful engagement and mutual enrichment, acknowledging both our similarities and differences? What are the values that support such an effort? What are some practical ways to actualize our best intentions? Join our team of scholar-practitioners from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions as we explore these and other vital questions relating to the intersection of personal identity, communal formation, and civic life.

Questions? Contact us for more information on any Jewish Life program, event, or class.

Darya Watnick

Jewish Engagement Manager
(202) 777-3259

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