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

HerTorah: Power & Authority with Rabba Wendy Amsellem

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: 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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The Aviv Foundation

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

Women's Open Mic Night

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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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