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Ezra Klein

Ezra Klein

In Why We’re Polarized, the editor-at-large and cofounder of Vox reveals the structural and psychological forces behind America’s descent into division and dysfunction and what that polarization has done to the way we see the world and one another.

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Jewish Flavor...

Jewish Flavor: Plant-Based Cooking

From avocado-tahini dip to date and walnut truffles, learn how to make modern Israeli vegan recipes during this class led by in-house chef Vered Guttman.

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Guest House

Guest House

This feature documentary follows the stories of three women in a re-entry house as they attempt to acclimate to life after being released from incarceration and battling addiction. A Q&A with co-director Hannah Dweck and others connected to the film follows the screening.

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6th Street Mi...

6th Street Minyan: Renewal Shabbat

Rabbi Jesse and musician Aaron Shneyer lead a laid-back, egalitarian minyan.

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Diane Rehm

Diane Rehm

In When My Time Comes, the renowned radio host examines the right-to-die movement from human, medical, legal, and ethical perspectives, and explores the arguments both for and against the issue.

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Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman

In Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future, the Nobel Prize–winning economist offers an accessible and compelling introduction to today’s major policy issues within the context of a wider debate in the 2020 election year.

Is God an Ang...

Is God an Angry Vegan?

As plant-based diets grow in popularity, Rabbi Jesse explores what Jewish tradition has to say about the ethics of eating—or not eating—meat.

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Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton

Keaton and her brother Randy were close at a young age, until Randy became troubled and reclusive, leading a life away from his sister’s and their family. Brother & Sister contemplates the inner workings of families and the bond between siblings, even when pulled far apart.

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Friday Night ...

Friday Night Services with MesorahDC

Service with soulful melodies and contemporary insights.

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Saturday Morn...

Saturday Morning Services with MesorahDC

Service with soulful melodies and contemporary insights. Separate seating for men and women during services.

Kinan Azmeh’s...

Kinan Azmeh’s CityBand

Best known as a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, the composer and virtuoso clarinetist leads his CityBand, which spans genres including jazz, contemporary, folk, and classical music alongside the deeply resonant musical influences of Azmeh’s own Syrian homeland.

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It’s Only Nat...

It’s Only Natural

On Tu B’Shvat, the Jewish New Year for trees, Rabbi Aaron leads a seder in the Kabbalist tradition exploring our responsibility to preserve the natural world. Locally sourced snacks included.

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Branching Out...

Branching Out: A Tu B’Shvat Yoga Class

In celebration of Tu B’Shvat, ground yourself with a gentle yoga flow and guided meditation led by Jewish mindfulness teacher Alison Waldman.

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Shabbat: Brea...

Shabbat: Break Away

This interactive service led by Rabbi Jesse and musician Aaron Shneyer is lighter on prayer and has a less structured and more casual vibe than a traditional service. Enjoy appetizers and drinks before the 7:00 pm service, and a home-cooked dinner after.

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Shabbat: Day Off

Shabbat: Day Off

This come one, come all Shabbat offering has something for everyone, whether you’re looking to dive deep into the week’s teachings, get more acquainted with Saturday morning services, or introduce kids to Shabbat rituals. Lunch to follow.

Melissa Aldan...

Melissa Aldana Quartet

On her fifth album, Visions, the Chilean-born tenor saxophonist evokes the life of Frida Kahlo and brimms with Aldana’s trademark harmonic sophistication and deftly spun solos.

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Amanda Shires...

Amanda Shires Atmosphereless Tour

A self-described singing, songwriting, fiddle-playing Texan, Shires is renowned for her acclaimed solo albums and her new all-female country supergroup, The Highwomen.

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Take on the T...

Take on the Talmud

Dive into the wisdom and moving stories of the Talmud and learn the surprising ways it can teach us to live a life of meaning and purpose with Rabbi Jesse.

Bat for Lashes

Bat for Lashes

In an intimate set, British singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and visual artist Natasha Khan performs previous Bat For Lashes material and songs from her new album, Lost Girls.

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What it Takes...

What it Takes: How to Officiate Your Friend’s Wedding

Rabbi Shira offers a primer on how to officiate a friend’s Jewish or interfaith wedding and gives helpful advice if you are having a friend officiate your wedding.

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Dan Pfeiffer

Dan Pfeiffer

President Obama’s former communications director, the co-host of “Pod Save America,” and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Yes We (Still) Can offers a political playbook for fixing our democracy with Un-Trumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again.

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Shabbat: Good...

Shabbat: Good Soul

Traditional and contemplative, this egalitarian service led by Rabbi Shira offers a deep sense of focus and intention, aided by stirring music from Aaron Shneyer and Michal Bilick. Enjoy appetizers and drinks before the 7:00 pm service, and a home-cooked dinner after.

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Saturday Morn...

Saturday Morning Services with MesorahDC

Service with soulful melodies and contemporary insights. Separate seating for men and women during services.

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Building a Je...

Building a Jewish Home

For couples and singles both Jewish and interfaith this workshop led by Rabbi Aaron focuses on how to craft a unique Jewish life.

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Shabbat: Hit ...

Shabbat: Hit Reset

Blending contemporary and traditional elements, this inclusive service led by Rabbi Shira and musician Aaron Shneyer is designed to foster community in a thoughtful, accessible, and radically welcoming setting. Open to all.

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Matthew Whitaker

Matthew Whitaker

A piano and Hammond B-3 organ wunderkind currently taking the jazz world by storm, the 17-year-old is the youngest musician to be endorsed by Hammond in the company’s history.

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