Calendar: October 25-28



Evening of Comedy with Annabelle Gurwitch

The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia opens its third performing arts season Oct. 25 with an evening of comedic storytelling with Annabelle Gurwitch. Known as the co-host of TV’s Dinner and a Movie, Annabelle is a Jewish mother, passionate environmentalist, reluctant atheist and the author of the new book I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50. As an actress, she’s guest starred in more than 50 TV series, including: Dexter, Boston Legal and Seinfeld. She hosted sustainability series WA$TED on Discovery Channel’s Planet Green Network for three seasons, and headlined programs on SyFy, ABC, The Style Channel, and was the news anchor of the award-winning, satirical, Not Necessarily the News on HBO.

8 p.m.
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax
[email protected], 703-537-3000

Rosh Chodesh Service with Kolot HaLev Choir and Band

Greet the new month and celebrate Shabbat with Shirat HaNefesh’s choir-in-residence, the Kolot HaLev Choir and Band, which will be offering special music for the Hallel.

9:30 a.m.
N. Chevy Chase Christian Church, Community Room
8814 Kensington Parkway, Chevy Chase, 240-292-9450

Park Potomac Fall Festival

Foulger-Pratt presents a free event, which features an opportunity to sample free food from the restaurants at Park Potomac, including Founding Farmers, Sugo, Zoes Kitchen and Elevation Burger. There will also be wine tastings from The Wine Harvest, beer from Flying Dog and live music all day long.

1 p.m.
Park Potomac
12505 Park Potomac Ave., Potomac
[email protected], 443-451-7144

Deli Night

Congregation Sha’are Shalom’s annual Deli Night features a full menu, with corned beef, pastrami, chopped chicken liver, turkey, egg salad, potato salad, kosher hot dogs and more. Includes desserts and drinks

6 p.m.
18 Henry Ford Circle, Waldorf, 301-645-4606
$12 for adults, $6 for children 6 to 12, children under 6 are free


Breaking Bread: Stories of Luther Place and N Street Village

Luther Place Memorial Church will hold an interfaith event celebrating the 40 years of helping
homelessness issues in D.C. with the release of Breaking Bread: Stories of Luther Place and N Street Village, which tells the story of how biblical hospitality expanded in the hearts and practices of the many people involved in the formation and ongoing work of N Street Village. The book release event will be followed by a reception and book sale.

1 p.m.
1226 Vermont Ave., N.W.
[email protected]
The $20 cost of each book will go towards supporting the work of N Street Village’s Luther Place Night Shelter.

Broadway Songs of Love

This musical evening is being offered to Congregation Har Shalom members and the community at large as a way to showcase local talent in an intimate setting. Featured artist is baritone Michael Nansel, an award-winning singer and actor. Best known as an opera singer, he is also an accomplished recitalist and concert artist, and appears frequently in musical theater classics, with 66 roles to his credit. He sings music from the Mozart to Sondheim, from Verdi to Rodger and Hammerstein. He was the Wichita Grand Opera Singer of the Year in 2012 and was the 2003 dual winner of the Washington Area Theatre Community Honors for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical.

7:30 p.m.
[email protected], 301-299-7087
11510 Falls Road, Potomac
$20 in advance, $25 at the door. Group rate $18 per person, with a minimum of 10 people.

Allan Goodman

Local author Allan Goodman will speak at the Beth Sholom Library Speakers Series. His newly published book Father, Son, Stone is a historical novel that blends history, fiction and mystery. The book revolves around one of the most historical and controversial sites in Jerusalem, The Kotel. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

7 p.m.
Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah
11825 Seven Locks Rd., Potomac
[email protected]


“How Jewish is the Jewish State? Religion and Society in Israel”

This all-day academic conference examines the separation of state and religion in Israel, looks into the treatment and the internal structure of non-Jews in the Jewish state and asks about Jewish religious pluralism and Orthodox dominance. Leading experts from Israel, Europe and the United States will speak on these questions, drawing upon their own scholarship, teaching, and variant experiences at several different institutions.

9 a.m.
School of International Service Abramson Family Founders Room
American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., 202-885-3780
This event is free with RSVP

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