Rosh Hashana Radio: Holiday Prep From Soul To Table
Sep
28
8:30 PM20:30

Rosh Hashana Radio: Holiday Prep From Soul To Table

Bring us home for the holidays! Hang out with us LIVE featuring master chefs, Jewish scholars, therapists, a beekeeper & more!

Find some words of inspiration and spirited conversation as we walk into these holy days. It’s also your chance to ask advice on making your challah sweeter, your brisket more tender, how to navigate your crazy cousins, or create a meaningful, multifaith table. Everything is on the table…. from the comfort of your own home!

Let's make the holidays beautiful & meaningful - together.

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A Conversation: SVIVAH's More-Than Book Club
Sep
15
7:30 PM19:30

A Conversation: SVIVAH's More-Than Book Club

Join SVIVAH for A Conversation. Let's gather together to discuss books that are relevant to our lives--and can help us clarify how we want to walk through the world.

"Shifting Selves": Stories Exploring Identities in Flux

In September, our conversation will focus on the idea of "shifting selves" with stories that explore identities that are in flux. Choose one (or more) of the following works. We look forward to seeing you and hearing your perspective. 

Facilitated by Katie Schenk and author Alison Buckholtz

Educated by Tara Westover

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

All You Could Ever Know by Nicole Chung

With thanks to Moorenko’s for hosting us! First scoop (or coffee) is on us!

Didn't read the books but still want to come? Take a listen to these podcasts and join the conversation.

Listen to Nicole Chung: Before You Gain Anything You Lose Everything

Listen to Tara Westover: Oprah's Super Soul Conversations

Listen to Dani Shapiro: Family Secrets

We will be gathering on Sunday 9/15 at 7:30-9:00PM at Moorenko’s Ice Cream Cafe at 8030 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

There is plentiful free street parking, as well as two nearby public lots that are also free. This location is also near the Silver Spring Metro.

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HerTorah: Summer Edition
Aug
6
7:30 PM19:30

HerTorah: Summer Edition

Join us once again for a powerful evening of connection over text and an amplification of women’s Torah perspectives. HerTorah is a program offered in partnership with SVIVAH and Maharat.

This program is appropriate for learners of all levels/backgrounds. Women* 12+ welcomed.

Summer Supper with Aliza Sperling

Join us for a summer evening together enjoying beautiful Torah, beautiful food, and fabulous company. HerTorah will gather at Soupergirl Takoma for a light supper and another opportunity to learn from one another. RSVPs gratefully appreciated; seats are limited.

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Registration for this gathering is full.

We’re sorry to miss you, but glad we don’t have to wait long! RSVP for our next gathering on Sunday 9/8!

"When Teachers Disappoint Us": Aliza Sperling will take us through a discussion of the role teachers play in our lives, the impact they have, and our expectations of those who teach us -- both formally and informally. An opportunity to reflect on the humanity of our teachers; what we value, need, and expect from them in their roles, and if it is possible to protect ourselves when they let us down. A perfect conversation for summer vacation!
Sponsorships & Dedications are most gratefully welcomed. Reach out to connect@svivah.org

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Aliza Sperling

teaches Jewish texts and thought to adults and youth throughout the DC area, and designs innovative text-based curricula and educational programs for various Jewish schools and organizations. She is a graduate of Yeshivat Maharat, a faculty member of member of the Wexner Foundation, and an iCenter fellow. She also authored a halachic analysis of whether a blind person may read Torah for the collective. Aliza is the Director of the HerTorah program of SVIVAH.

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HerTorah: July Gathering featuring Nechama Goldman Barash
Jul
2
7:15 PM19:15

HerTorah: July Gathering featuring Nechama Goldman Barash

Join us once again for a powerful evening of connection over text and an amplification of women’s Torah perspectives. HerTorah is a program offered in partnership with SVIVAH and Maharat.

Featuring Nechama Goldman Barash:
Shame on You: The Ethics of Public Shaming to Out Immoral Behavior

A look at the Jewish prohibitions against talebearing and evil speech contrasted with the commandment “to rebuke” in an attempt to understand if social media can be used to publicly expose corruption and protect vulnerable populations or, will the concern for the severe sin of public shaming neutralize any such possibility.


Developing a Modern Jewish Sexual Ethic

A conversation with Nechama Goldman Barash and Maharat Ruth Friedman. What does Judaism say about sexual morality? Let’s acknowledge some of the unprecedented challenges facing this generation. Across denominations, there is a call to use Jewish practice, ritual and ethics when developing and maintaining intimacy. The sources give a fascinating insight into the struggle religion has to sanctify the sexual and how Judaism persisted nonetheless in developing a positive ethic that can help guide us today.

And Aliza Sperling:
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Nechama Goldman Barash made aliyah over 20 years ago after graduating from Stern College. She studied in Matan’s Advanced Talmud Institute and holds a master’s degree in Talmud from Bar-Ilan University. She is a graduate of Nishmat’s Yoetzet Halacha program and is a certified sex educator through Yahel and the Eden Center. She also studied in Matan’s advanced halakha program, Hilkhata. Nechama teaches contemporary halakha and Talmud at Matan and Pardes, as well as Talmud and Women & Halakha in Torah V’Avodah (TVA), a Matan gap year program. She is an active member of Beit Hillel and participates in interfaith dialogue through Roots, based in Gush Etzion, close to where she lives with her family. She is currently working on a book focused on matters of gender and halakha.

Maharat Ruth Friedman is a member of the inaugural class of Yeshivat Maharat, the first institution to ordain Orthodox women as spiritual leaders and halakhic (legal) authorities. She and her husband Yoni moved to DC in 2013 to begin her position as Maharat at Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue, where Maharat Friedman’s responsibilities include overseeing the conversion program, supervising the operation of the community mikvah, directing adult education, providing pastoral counseling, teaching in the community, and more. She is a proud member of both the Chicago and Washington Boards of Rabbis, and sits on the Executive Committee of the International Rabbinic Fellowship, of which she is also a member.  Maharat Ruth is also a founding member of the Beltway VAAD. She and Yoni are the proud parents of their sons Ezra and Joebear, and their rambunctious dog, Cocoa.


*Refreshments will be served. We welcome women 12+

Need a ride? Bring a friend and SVIVAH will sponsor your Uber/Lyft.
Sponsorships & Dedications are most gratefully welcomed. Reach out to connect@svivah.org

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HerTorah gathers together a diverse community of Jewish women

to connect over our shared heritage, explore our collective wisdom, and elevate

our communal experience

in learning with and

from one another.

Yeshivat Maharat square logo.png

The Aviv Foundation

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Healthy Hilarity: Improv Night
Jun
24
7:30 PM19:30

Healthy Hilarity: Improv Night

Because laughter is the best medicine!

Join SVIVAH for a fun night out learning to do Improv and together we’ll experiment with making each other laugh!

SVIVAH is so excited to be working with the fabulously and hilariously talented Karin Naor! Karin understands and appreciates comedy’s ability to bring people closer together and create a space to talk about just about anything. She’ll have the crowd laughing with you in no time!. Be bold, be brave, be hilarious with us at Healthy Hilarity: Improv Night --- we won't make you get up on stage if you don't want to, but we know we'll have you laughing no matter what!


Performing is not mandatory, but we look forward to everyone contributing creatively!

SVIVAH is thrilled to be presenting this evening in partnership with Sharsheret and JScreen.

Women 18+ welcomed.

There is parking in the building. On the street ; Public Parking garages at 1315 East-West Highway, 1133 East-West Highway and Kennett St Garage. Metro accessible.

SVIVAH is proud to be a Sharsheret Supports Partner.

$18 donation to register*

We want to celebrate YOU!!

There’s scientific proof that individuals who feel supported by friends and community have healthier life outcomes. If you’ve had a health journey or are currently walking your road to wellness, we would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to give you a standing ovation and show you how much we support you! Enter your information here (can be anonymous) and bask in the support of this powerful community of women surrounding you!


*Register with a Suggested Donation of $18 — but, as always, cost should never, ever be a barrier to enjoying SVIVAH.

We want you in the room if you want to be in the room, so contribute what you can. And — if you want to support others for whom cost is a barrier to participation, please consider rounding up your donation or sponsoring someone else’s registration and know that it is so very, very much appreciated and needed!

Sponsorship opportunities available. Be in touch to dedicate this evening to an important woman in your life — connect@svivah.org

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About Karin…

Karin Naor is a veteran screenwriter, copywriter, and creative writing educator. She has worked internationally for leading marketing firms and was comedy writer for two of the most popular prime-time comedy shows in Israel! Here in DC, Karin has dedicated her talent to helping others discover their creative voices through unique workshops focused on comic writing and stand-up. With her gift for comic timing, Karin guides her students toward the perfect punchline.

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Some more info about Improv Night:


1) This event is for anyone who wants to be included in a circle of Jewish women. So if you identify as either of those, (Jew-ish, too!) you belong in this room and gladly.

2) The event is from 7:30-9:45PM with intentional flexibility! We know some of you are still rushing home from work. Others are putting kids to bed. And others have an early wakeup in the morning. Come when you can; stay till you can't.

3) Yes, Sharsheret and JScreen will be there and we are so glad! This event is NOT just for survivors or focused on health/wellness -- This is just part of how Svivah works! We bring in the agencies and people who work hard at creating a stronger #Jewishwomanhood and we weave them into our #powerfulcommunityofwomen. We should know them, and they should know us!

4) You won't have to take the mic unless you want to! You can sit back and enjoy the show, or you can flex you comic muscles if you feel like taking the stage.

5) ZERO prior comic or improv experience is necessary OR expected!

6) Our improv teacher Karin Naor is AMAZING. Her comic pedigree is out of this world and we are SO lucky to have her! She is going to lead us through an improv "class"/group performance.... but you determine if you want to volunteer to be at the front of the room. You can come and be an audience member OR a performer. Or both!

7) Svivah chose to do improv because comedy -- particularly laughing about our lives -- has the ability to create connections between people. And that's what SVIVAH is all about. This night is going to be SO FUN, plus it's a chance to get to know new people in a new way!

8) We've got a GREAT crowd already -- so snag your seats. We can't wait to laugh with you!!


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93Queen DC Community Premiere Screening
Jun
11
7:15 PM19:15

93Queen DC Community Premiere Screening

Please join us for the DC Community Premiere Screening of 93Queen, co-sponsored by Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue, Ohr Kodesh Congregation, Temple Shalom, Tifereth Israel Congregation and Svivah, in partnership with the JxJ Washington Jewish Film Festival!

Tuesday, June 11th
7:15 PM - 9:30PM
Ohr Kodesh Congregation
8300 Meadowbrook Lane

Movie screening followed by SKYPE Discussion with Director Paula Eiselt.

Complimentary drinks and snacks! All are welcome to attend!

Please note, this is NOT a women-only event.

TICKETS: $5 online / $8 door
PURCHASE TICKETS FROM THE OHR KODESH WEBSITE:
ohrkodesh.org/forms/93queen-registration

ABOUT 93QUEEN:
Set in the Hasidic enclave of Borough Park, Brooklyn, 93Queen follows a group of tenacious Hasidic women who are smashing the patriarchy in their community by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York City. With unprecedented—and insider—access, 93Queen offers up a unique portrayal of a group of empowered women who are taking matters into their own hands to change their own community from within.

For more information please visit www.93queen.com.
Questions please email tamar@meanstreetsmanagement.com.
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HerTorah: Biblical Daughters Stand Up to Power: featuring Judy Klitsner
Jun
5
7:15 PM19:15

HerTorah: Biblical Daughters Stand Up to Power: featuring Judy Klitsner

  • Gwendolyn Coffield Community Center (2nd Floor) (map)
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Join us once again for a powerful evening of connection over text and an amplification of women’s Torah perspectives. HerTorah is a program offered in partnership with SVIVAH and Maharat.

Judy Klitsner

How Biblical Daughters Stand up to Power: In our conversation, we will focus on the narratives of several "daughters" who, at critical points in the books of Exodus and Numbers, push back against conventional wisdom and challenge the structures of power. We will note how the courage of these women, in the face of both political and religious authority, will help a nation recover its endangered path toward redemption.

Plenary Session: How the Women of the Exodus Courageously Lead a Nation to Redemption

Breakout Session: The Five Daughters of Tzelofkhad Change the Law

Judy Klitsner is a senior lecturer in Bible at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, where she has educated a generation of students, many of whom now serve as educators and heads of school in locations throughout the Jewish world. A student of the great Bible teacher Nechama Leibowitz, Judy weaves together traditional exegesis, modern scholarship and her own original interpretations that are informed by close readings of the text. She is a frequent guest lecturer in the US, Europe and Israel and she is a regular visiting lecturer at the London School of Jewish Studies. Judy is the author of Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other, which received a National Jewish book award. Judy is founding board chair of Sacred Spaces, an organization dedicated to preventing abuse in Jewish institutions.

This session is appropriate for learners of all levels/backgrounds.

Simple Words: “Devotion” with Aliza Sperling

Ruth's choice to follow Naomi to the Land of Israel is totally irrational, born of a deep devotion to her husband and mother in law. We will consider the power of devotion, and how it breathes hope and life into what had been a story of loss and despair.


*Refreshments will be served. We welcome women 12+

Need a ride? Bring a friend and SVIVAH will sponsor your Uber/Lyft.
Sponsorships & Dedications are most gratefully welcomed. Reach out to connect@svivah.org

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HerTorah gathers together a diverse community of Jewish women

to connect over our shared heritage, explore our collective wisdom, and elevate

our communal experience

in learning with and

from one another.

Yeshivat Maharat square logo.png

The Aviv Foundation

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HOME: An Exploration Through Art
May
13
8:00 PM20:00

HOME: An Exploration Through Art

Join the women of SVIVAH for a powerful conversation about identity and community through the visual medium of artistic masterpieces. Our conversation will be guided by Elizabeth Diament, Senior Educator, National Gallery of Art.

Register for location information.

Suggested Donation $10 — but, as always, cost should never, ever be a barrier to enjoying SVIVAH.

If you can help us continue to build this powerful community of Jewish womanhood, we are so very grateful.

Sponsorship opportunities available. Be in touch to dedicate this evening to an important woman in your life — connect@svivah.org

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Liz Diament is the Senior Educator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Originally from London, she holds a degree in Art History from Manchester University and a Master’s in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education. At the National Gallery, she manages school and adult tours and docent education for about 200 docents. Liz has been invited to lead professional development workshops in museum and school settings throughout the U.S. Inspired by her experience at the National Gallery, Liz has explored and presented about ways to integrate a museum teaching philosophy into the study of Torah and text.

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HerTorah: Power & Authority with Rabba Wendy Amsellem
May
6
7:15 PM19:15

HerTorah: Power & Authority with Rabba Wendy Amsellem

  • Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center (map)
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Join us once again for a powerful evening of connection over text and an amplification of women’s Torah perspectives.

Power & Authority with Rabba Wendy Amsellem

Should knowledge be a prerequisite for leadership? Can certain kinds of knowledge be privileged over others? We will discuss a story in Tractate Horayot that details a falling-out among community leaders and the contesting of their claims to power and authority. This session is appropriate for learners of all levels/backgrounds.

Simple Words: Memory with Aliza Sperling

In this time period between Yom Ha’Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and Yom Ha’Zikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day), we will look at what it means to “remember” an event. How do we “re-member” ourselves? A look at Jewish views on memory and how they can impact our own projects of memory/remembering.

Ready to Receive: Jewish Mindfulness with Alesandra Zsiba

Alesandra Zsiba, Director of the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington at Adas Israel will be sharing her Jewish mindfulness practice focusing on making ourselves ready to be receptive. All levels welcomed to create space to explore the multiple spiritual dimensions of Jewish tradition.

*Refreshments will be served. We welcome women 12+
Sponsorships & Dedications are most gratefully welcomed. Reach out to connect@svivah.org

Event parking is free. Click here for parking, map, and public transportation information.

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HerTorah gathers together a diverse community of Jewish women

to connect over our shared heritage, explore our collective wisdom, and elevate

our communal experience

in learning with and

from one another.

Yeshivat Maharat square logo.png

The Aviv Foundation

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HerTorah: HerStory: Making the Exodus Our Own
Apr
2
7:30 PM19:30

HerTorah: HerStory: Making the Exodus Our Own

HerTorah gathers together a diverse community of Jewish women to connect over our shared heritage, explore our collective wisdom, and elevate our communal experience in learning with and from one another.

HerStory: Making the Exodus Our Own - with Rachel Sharansky Danziger
On Passover, we are instructed to tell the story of the Exodus in the first person. But how can we turn a story that happened to some distant ‘them’ into a story about us? Through textual study and personal anecdotes, we will explore how the authors of the Hagaddah invite us to remake the exodus into our own ongoing story. Rachel's reflections on her family’s exodus from the USSR, and especially on the challenge of passing their story on from one generation to another, will help us think about how we experience, and relate, our own lived and inherited stories.

HerTorah is directed by Aliza Sperling, generously sponsored by the Aviv Foundation, presented in partnership with Maharat, and inspired by each one of us.

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Nahanni Rous, producer of JWA’s “Can We Talk?” Podcast, shares her thoughts on the Passover haggadah

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Women's Open Mic Night
Mar
2
7:30 PM19:30

Women's Open Mic Night

  • A Kehillat Pardes, The Rock Creek Synagogue Event (map)
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It’s back! Women’s Open Mic Night!

Start warming up those vocal cords, practice your lines, polish those tap shoes.

We want to see you SHINE.

Share your talent or just come enjoy a fabulous night out!
A night for women to take the spotlight and support female performance art!
Sing, dance, play music, read poetry -- take the stage or not -- just COME! 

Both performers and non-performers should register here: https://bit.ly/2UmB864 
*recommended age for performers and audience members is 14 and up

Performers sign up for a 4 minute slot. You can sing, dance, play an instrument (there will be a piano), perform comedy, read a poem, share your art, etc or just come watch!!!!!!

Performers can bring in equipment to use for their performance such as phones or iPods to plug into the amp.

Event is $7 if you Register by March 1, or $10 at the door
Please arrive at 7:30pm for registration, seating, and food. Show will begin at 7:45pm!

Location:
13300 Arctic Ave (in the band room)
Kehilat Pardes, The Rock Creek Synagogue/Berman Hebrew Academy

*Event is sponsored by Kehilat Pardes, Svivah, and The Deborah Lerner Gross Jewish Cultural Arts Center (of the Berman Hebrew Academy)
For more info, please email: dahliatop@gmail.com

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SVIVAH Book Club: February Gathering
Feb
13
7:45 PM19:45

SVIVAH Book Club: February Gathering

Want to read fantastic books in the company of others? Pick your pleasure! Read one or both of these outstanding titles and we will come together in February for a scintillating discussion of both!

"Good and Mad" by Rebecca Traister

"Fed Up" by Gemma Hartley

This event will take place at a private home near downtown Silver Spring and is accessible by public transportation. Register here for the address.

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Coming Soon!
Dec
31
12:00 PM12:00

Coming Soon!

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Krav Maga Self Defence Training Seminar! Women’s Beit Midrash curated by Aliza Sperling! Girls’ Empowerment Dance Class! Community Gather & Conversation!

There’s great stuff in the works at SVIVAH! Have something in mind? A program you want to see happen? A great speaker to recommend? Is there something YOU can offer the SVIVAH community? Please be in touch! connect@svivah.org
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It's All About The Becoming
Dec
16
7:30 PM19:30

It's All About The Becoming

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Event parking is permitted in the Giant/CVS parking lot. Follow the stairs past The Pearl building and follow High Park Lane to reach the back entrance to the Club Room at Blair House for our event!

Street parking also available. Metro accessible.

Moving forward often requires leaving something, someone, some piece of ourselves, our identities behind. Sometimes we “let go” of something we want to be rid of. Sometimes we have to have our fingers pried off what needs to be “let go” to move forward. That “letting go” — and the emotions we feel in the process — THAT is what shapes who we become next.”
— Can’t wait see all of you on Sunday! And to introduce you to Dvora — her life’s work is making women stronger.
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