Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

"Chocolate City" Reading Group

chocolate city reading group

What: The Edlavitch DCJCC is partnering with our neighbors at Foundry United Methodist Church for a series of events surrounding the book Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in our Nation's Capital by Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove. In September, join a reading group with other EDCJCC community members as we take a deep dive into the history of our neighborhoods, city, and region through a reading of Chocolate City over the course of a few months. As we learn together, we’ll pay particular attention to the role of local faith communities in organizing, participating in, or stifling the many local and national political battles which have played out in our streets.

Each group will be limited to 12 people. Groups will have a facilitator and discussion questions to take them through this journey. We encourage you to secure your copy of the book at Mahogany Books. Groups will have the option to meet virtually or in person, either in someone's home or at the EDCJCC. The decision to meet in person must be unanimous.

In November, authors Chris Myers Asch and Derek Musgrove will join us for the Foundry United Methodist Church's Kirk Symposium, offering two days of learning and interacting with the authors. Details and registration for the Kirk Symposium will be provided separately.

When: Reading groups will meet every other week for an hour starting on September 23rd. After the first meeting, the meeting day and time can be determined by each reading group. If the date and time selected does not work for anyone who registers, you will have the opportunity to join one of Foundry's reading groups following the same reading guide and schedule.

Registration: Participation is free but registration is required. If multiple members of your household would like to participate we ask that you please register each person individually and appreciate your cooperation in advance. Please click on the ticket icon or the "Sign Me Up" button in order to proceed to registration.

Questions? Email Sonya Weisburd at

This program is brought to you in partnership with the Foundry United Methodist Church.

Effective September 1, all visitors entering the EDCJCC's building are required to show proof of vaccination. Participants at outdoor events will not be checked for vaccination status, but it is our hope that regardless of where we gather, we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community. All individuals regardless of vaccination status must be masked indoors. For more information, visit


Time: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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