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Sure, downing a few pints of Guinness and spouting from Ulysses on St. Patrick’s Day will put anyone in touch with his or her Irish roots. Biblical narrative, though, links the present-day Irish people directly to Moses. Upon the exodus from Egypt, according to some Biblical scholars, the Irish—led by Gaedel—trekked west, and the Jews—led by Moses—headed for Israel. That, it appears, explains the feelings of guilt both peoples share. Dr. R. Mark Scowcroft, associate professor of English at Catholic University and a specialist in medieval languages, will make the connections between such seemingly disparate figures as Noah, Joyce, Chaim Herzog, and Gerry Adams during “Common Ground—The Irish: A Lost Tribe of Israel.” There will be plenty of “latkes of the Irish” (green-colored potato pancakes) on hand and maybe even a few glasses of shamrock-infused Manischewitz. Irish-Jewish eyes will be smiling at 7:30 p.m. at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 16th & Q Sts. NW. Free. (202) 518-9400. (Elissa Silverman)