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November 2022

Scriptural Reasoning: “Leadership”

November 16, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Virginia Theological Seminary, 3630 Bishop Walker Circle
Alexandria, Virginia 22304
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Join the Rumi Forum for this month's Scriptural Reasoning session on Leadership: The Making of a Leader! The session will be led by Hurunnessa Fariad, Director of Outreach at Multifaith Neighbors Network.  Scriptural Reasoning (SR) is a practice where Christians, Jews, and Muslims study each other’s sacred texts. SR participants meet once a month to read short passages from their respective scriptures on a certain topic. Facilitated by a study leader, each session is an opportunity to listen and share…

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Our Values: In Theory and In Practice

November 20, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Zoom, 3520 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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Join the Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society for a two-part session on Jewish and Muslim values, comparing and contrasting the religious and moral ideals as written versus the nuance and variety in their manifestation. The dialogue will consider questions such as, what are our values in theory, and how do we tend to behave in practice where the rubber meets the road? In what ways have our ideals uplifted us?  And how have they tended to give way to alternative, less-elevated choices? …

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Non-Profit Security Grant Webinar

November 22, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Online MD United States + Google Map

The Jewish Federations is hosting a free Nonprofit Security Program Webinar for nonprofits facing threats to their building's safety and security to prepare and position themselves to successfully apply when the RFP in each state is issued. Speakers: Mark Silveira, Senior Advisor, Office of Grants Administration of FEMA’s Grants Program Directorate, Nate Looney, JFNA Director of Community Safety and Belonging, and other experts. The webinar will take place online on November 22, 1:30-3:oo PM. Please RSVP at https://form.jotform.com/222988419186976?utm_campaign=webinar.  

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December 2022

DC Temple Festival of Lights

December 1, 2022 @ 10:00 am - January 2, 2023 @ 9:00 pm
LDS Temple Visitors’ Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive
Kensington, MD 20895 United States
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Come & see the Festival of Lights at the Washington DC LDS Temple. Enjoy over 400,000 lights and beautifully decorated Christmas Trees! The lights will be on every evening from dusk to 9:00 PM, December 1-January 2. Additionally, the Visitors’ Center is open from 10 AM to 9 PM every day for you to see beautiful Créche displays featuring nativities from around the world, take in one of the many performances, and give back to the community at the Light…

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Lox & Vodka and Tabla for Two Concert

December 10, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
Tikvat Israel Congregation, 2200 Baltimore Rd
Rockville, MD 20851 United States
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On Saturday Dec. 10th, at 7:30 p.m. Focus Music and the Rumi Forum are jointly sponsoring a concert featuring two musical groups: Lox & Vodka, and Tabla for Two. The venue is the Tikvat Israel Congregation, 220 Baltimore Rd., Rockville, MD 20851.  Lox & Vodka plays Klezmer, Jewish soul music dating from the Middle Ages; Tabla for Two plays traditional and classical music from Afghanistan and India.  Tickets are $20 advance, and $25 at the door. Visit www.focusmusic.org for more…

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Abrahamic House Ugly Sweater Party

December 18, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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 Wear your finest “ugly” sweater and bring along a plate of your favorite holiday cookies on Sunday, December 18th as we gather to light candles to celebrate the first day of Hanukkah and the final Sunday of Advent! We’ll provide warm cider, hot chocolate, and some of our own cookies to kick off a cookie exchange! After a candle lighting ceremony, we’ll have games out in the living room (dreidels, sock/mitten game, etc.), and more cookies for decorating in the…

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Shabe Yalda Celebration

December 21, 2022 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
abrahamic house

Shabe Yalda, or Yalda night, is an evening of festivities and merriment that begins when the sun sets on the last day of fall (last day of Maah e Azar on Jalali Calendar) and continues until the dawn of the first day of winter, or first day of Maah e Dey. During this night, Persians read the enchanting poems by Hafez  حافظ and great Persian mythology such as Shahnameh شاهنامه , Khosro va Shireen خسرو و شیرین, and Leili va…

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January 2023

Video Viewing and Program: To Bigotry No Sanction

January 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
GWU Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW
Washington DC,
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The George Washington University’s John L. Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom presents TO BIGOTRY NO SANCTION, a short documentary inspired by George Washington’s 1792 Letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island.  The film will be followed by a discussion with Maggie Siddiqi, Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the Department of Education, and Professor Joseph Capizzi from the Catholic University of America.

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Our Values: In Theory and In Practice

January 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

As part of JIDS continued effort to “keep it real,” we’ll talk about the Islamic values as they are supposed to be (i.e., when taught in theory). And we’ll present how these values are often stressed in the real world to the point where we tend to practice very different values when the rubber meets the road. kid

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Curator’s Choice: Gateway to Luck with Patrick A. Polk

January 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Patrick A. Polk, the Fowler’s senior curator of Latin American and Caribbean popular arts, discusses the fascinating history of a large, intricately carved, teakwood shrine located inside the Jain Center of Southern California (JCSC) in Buena Park. Modeled after a famous temple in Palitana, Gujarat, India, it was commissioned by the British colonial authorities for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. It was later purchased by Las Vegas hotelier and reinstalled at the Castaways Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.…

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