Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Saturday, June 4th, 8:00 PM – Midnight. In-person. One of the most famous traditions of Shavuot is to dedicate a night of study to prepare ourselves to receive Torah again. This is called a Tikkun, an enhancement, an upgrade on our spiritual software to be better partners with God in creating a better world. Amazing speakers, teachers, musicians, and food! Stay tuned for more information about it soon.

The Jews of Tin Pan Alley

Saturday, May 14th, 2022, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. In-person. An exploration of the lives and music of celebrated Jewish songwriters, whose achievements would come to dominate that body of work known as the “Great American Songbook.” We’ll discuss the lives, careers, and music of such luminaries as the Brothers Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, and more. Live performances from Seth Kibel will make this program as exciting as the music itself.

Tenement Museum Virtual Tour

Monday, May 9, 2022, 6:30 – 7:30 PM. Online. Step back in time with a tour of the Tenement Museum on New York’s Lower East Side. Learn the story of the Rogarschevsky family, a Lithuanian Jewish family who lived in the Museum’s building in the early 1910s. This is the final event in this year’s Book Club, which focused on the Jewish immigrant experience in New York City’s Lower East Side.

Lunch & Learn with Mike Stein: Facing Holocaust Deniers

Saturday, May 7th, 12:00 – 1:00 PM. In-person. Michael Stein traveled as a volunteer to Auschwitz-Birkenau to gather evidence to be used in a trial to discredit Holocaust deniers. Mike will describe his trip, what he found, and what resulted from his participation.

Yom Ha’Shoah Commemoration: Testimony from Peter Gorog

Sunday, May 1, 10:30 AM. Online. Yom Ha’Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) falls on April 28, 2022. The full name of the day commemorating the victims of the Holocaust is “Yom Ha’Shoah Ve-Hagevurah”— literally the “Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism.” Our students are fortunate to still have the opportunity to hear stories of survival directly from Holocaust survivors. This year we have two opportunities for them to participate. The second testimony will be given by Peter Gorog, who was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1941. He survived the Budapest ghetto. This session will be attended by 5th through 7th graders in the Religious School, but all are welcome.

Adio Querida: A Celebration of Sephardic Music in Memory of Flory Jagoda

Sunday, May 1, 2022, 3:30 PM. In-person. Agudas Achim Congregation, 2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria, VA. A musical tribute to long-time CEH member Flory Jagoda, the “flame-keeper of Sephardic music.” $18/person ($20 at the door), $36/family. All tickets will include a link to a rebroadcast of the concert that can be viewed anytime between May 19 and June 2.

Community Torah Repair Fundraiser

Sunday, May 1, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. In-person. A Sefer Torah is delicate and precious. While we take care of it well, sometimes we need to fix a letter here and there. This is an opportunity to fulfill the Mitzvah (commandment) of writing a Sefer Torah, by writing one letter with a soferet (Torah scribe). We want to invite you and your family to this unique opportunity to help our community and engage in the experience of writing a Sefer Torah. Each family will have a dedicated time slot with the soferet to help her fix one letter.

Yom Ha’Shoah Commemoration: Testimony from Ruth Cohen

Tuesday, April 26, 7:00 PM. Online. Yom Ha’Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) falls on April 28, 2022. The full name of the day commemorating the victims of the Holocaust is “Yom Ha’Shoah Ve-Hagevurah”— literally the “Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism.” Our students are fortunate to still have the opportunity to hear stories of survival directly from Holocaust survivors. This year we have two opportunities for them to participate. The first testimony will be given by Ruth Cohen, who was born in Mukacevo, Czechoslovakia, in 1930. She is a survivor of Auschwitz and other camps. This session will be attended by 8th and 9th graders in the Religious School, but all are welcome.

Spirits Tasting and Bar Cart Dedication

Sunday, April 24, 7:00 PM. Help us inaugurate CEH’s new bar cart by joining us for a spirits tasting with Brett Drucker (who led our successful wine tasting earlier this year). Taste several spirits, which may include scotch, bourbon & rye, and learn about the manufacturing processes. Thank you to John & Jeanne Howard for donating the bar cart!

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