Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

After Dark
Washington DCJCC

After Dark Pre-Registration has closed. We would still love to see you tonight, walk-ins welcome!

Join us for After Dark, our version of a Shavuot experience for young professionals, featuring deli
cious desserts, engaging conversations, and great people! We’ll have traditional Shavuot treats (think ice cream sundaes and cheesecake) on hand to keep you going and plenty of time to make new friends.

Please note Shavuot begins Saturday, May 23 this year.

after dark schedule


Our less-than-traditional class offerings include:

  • For the Love of (Kosher) Chocolate with Rachelle Ferneau, award-winning chocolatier, Dear Coco Chocolate
    Does kosher chocolate really need to be bland? Rachelle Ferneau, founder of artisan Dear Coco Chocolate (all natural, fair trade, vegan, gluten and dairy-free, kosher certified), discusses our favorite indulgence in depth: from the hist of cacao to bean-to-bar making, what makes chocolate great and contemporary issues facing the industry. Class includes a hands-on demonstration where learn to make chocolate decorations and a tasting of globally-inspired Dear Coco Chocolates. This session is sponsored by the Jewish Food Experience

  • Help Make a Museum! with Sam Bass, Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington
    The Society is planning a new regional Jewish museum (projected opening 2020), and needs YOUR help deciding which stories and objects to highlight in the core exhibition! This workshop will include a series of activities designed to get you thinking, talking, and sharing your ideas for this new project. 
  • Israeli Dance with Missy Mandell
    Celebrate the joy of Shavuot through dance! Learn some of the basics of traditional Israeli folk dancing and try out some dances for yourself. Come with your friends excited to dance and have some fun. No previous dance experience necessary.

  • More Torah Your Rabbi Didn't--and Wouldn't--Teach You in Hebrew School with Rabbi Eric Stark
    Torah is full of stories, not all of them cute and innocent. Together we’ll explore a few of the more troubling of these stories to see what they can teach us about our understanding of God and humanity. Bring only your own opinions (or those of a friend).

  • On One Foot: Social Justice Film & Storytelling with Efrat Givaty, Social Justice Fellow, DCJCC & Nechama Porat, Berman Hebrew Academy
    When the sage Hillel was challenged to teach the entire Torah while standing on one foot, he simply said, "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor." Each one of us has an idea or phrase we try to live by, the Torah we recite while standing on one foot. We will screen our short film of communal and social justice leaders' reflections on Rabbi Hillel’s teachings, and through text discuss how these philosophies apply to our own commitment to social justice. Torah #OnOneFoot

  • Preparing for Sinai: Demystifying Mikveh and Immersion for Holy Moments with Rabbi Sarah Tasman
    How did the ancient Israelites prepare to receive the Torah at Mt. Sinai? How does Jewish tradition provide opportunities and practices for marking sacred time? How do you prepare for or mark momentous occasions in your life? Learn about the role of mikveh immersion as a ritual for life transitions and preparing for holy moments. No prior mikveh knowledge neccessary, all are welcome.

  • Represent: A (Smartphone) Photography Workshop with Anna Carson Dewitt and GLOE
    How do we make sure we’re all "seen" in our phone's camera roll? This workshop will show us how to take a great shot while capturing our own unique stories. Too often, LGBTQ Jews and so many others- interfaith, Jews of color, Jews by choice, working class Jews- are left out of Jewish narratives. Using prompts related to the themes of Shavuot, we’ll practice the photography tips, tricks, and techniques that ensure we’re all part of our community’s photo stream.

  • Stretching Our Way Towards Sinai: A Shavuot Yoga Experience with Sara Shalva
    Join Sara Shalva for an engaging session combining Torah study with traditional yoga postures and breathing. Fusing these two ancient traditions, the class will include a meditation, a standing series, a text study and a floor series. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and bring water. If you have your own mat please bring it, we have a limited supply of yoga mats available.

  • Writing the Jewish Self with Arielle Bernstein, MFA
    Many Jewish authors, such as Judy Blume, Michael Chabon, Philip Roth, and Lena Dunham, have reflected on how their Jewish identity and upbringing shaped their identity as writers. In this creative nonfiction workshop you will begin the process of crafting a personal narrative about the unique ways you identify as Jewish. We'll explore the question of what makes a text "Jewish" and consider how writing can open up greater opportunities to both reflect on and share our unique stories.

  • Dawn a film by Director Romed Wyder (95min, Switzerland/UK/Germany/Israel, 2014) with WJFF
    Two men wait through the night in British-controlled Palestine for dawn- and for death. One is a captured English officer, the other is a young Israeli freedom fighter whose assignment is to kill the officer to avenge the British execution of a Jewish prisoner. Based on Eli Wiesel’s best-selling novel. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director Romed Wyder. Co-sponsored by the Embassy of Switzerland.
    This program is at 7:30pm and has a required ticket fee- click here to purchase a ticket.

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Many thanks to our co-sponsors

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Pre-Registration has closed. We would still love to see you tonight- walk-ins welcome!

Time: 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM

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