Sisterhood Meeting

Sunday, May 22nd, 11:00 AM. In-person and online. Join us to discuss the future of the sisterhood! More than 30 people recently responded to our survey about potential interest in the Etz Hayim Sisterhood, with ideas on its future name and scope. Come to a kick off meeting in the library upstairs to help select events and begin planning its future. Please register to get the Zoom link if you prefer to attend remotely.

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.

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.

Good Deeds Week: Lasagna Love

Good Deeds Day was initiated in 2007 by Israeli businesswoman and philanthropist, Shari Arison. It has evolved into Good Deeds Week! All over the world, hundreds of thousands choose to volunteer and help others, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do something good, large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively change the world. CEH is proud to be part of this initiative in our area led by the Jewish Federation. Join us in doing good through making lasagna!

Shabbat Dinner with Dr. Yizhar Hess

Friday, April 1st. Kabbalat Shabbat services 6:15. Dinner and conversation to follow, around 7:15. In-person only. Cost: $18. Shabbat Dinner with Dr. Yizhar Hess – An open and frank discussion about Jewish pluralism, Zionism, and Human Rights in Israel. This is a unique opportunity to meet one of the most important Zionist leaders of our times.

Ruach and Roll: The Story of Jews in Rock Music

Saturday, March 26, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Please join us for a music-filled tour of the history of Jews in rock’n’roll. From Alan Freed to Carole King, from Bob Dylan to Drake, we will discuss the lives of some of the greatest Jewish contributors to rock’n’roll, and we’ll play plenty of their amazing music along the way.

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