Adult Education

"The purpose of learning...is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live."

                                ~Mortimer Adler (American philosopher, educator, editor 1902-2001)

Judaism values life-long learning. Learning as an adult can stimulate deeper participation in Jewish life and generate new meaning for many other aspects of one’s life. It links individuals to a vibrant global community, and to the wisdom and life-experiences of the Jewish People spanning centuries. Federation promotes pluralistic and inclusive adult learning in both formal and experiential settings.

Why is a Jewish Adult Education Important?

Adult education is a powerful mechanism for generating participation and meaning in Jewish life. Jewish education benefits adult learners while creating significant opportunities for community growth. Communities are strengthened by strong social networks among people from multiple generations and across geographic divides. It is through the efforts of individuals who feel inspired by Judaism that the traditions of social activism and compassion are fortified for future generations.

Learning is a way of strengthening one’s Jewish identity and connection to our tradition. Additionally, since much of Jewish learning is done with others, it augments community building.

Use these “inspiring and empowering adult” activities to promote awareness and advocacy for the rights of individuals with disabilities. 

What kind of adult worker/learner are you?
Researchers talk about 4 types of learners. As a learner, how can this help you select classes and learning experiences appropriate for your style? 
And as a teacher, how can you plan lessons to better engage the four types of adult learners?

Need information for items not included on this page?  Please contact Federation's department of Jewish Life and Learning.

Upcoming Events

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Tue
Feb
  21
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
7751 Alumni Drive, College Park MD 20742
An experience like no other. Wrestling with questions of how to find love while unable to love herself fully, Fertile goes on an unforgettable journey of self-discovery - a journey that is alluring and enticing. This one woman show will blow you away. Actress Ramona Alexander brings energy, nuance, and "impressive talent" to the title role, while seamlessly switching back and forth between portrayals of all the characters in Fertile's life - from a nerdy girl scout leader to a witch doctor, a ...
Listed In:  College (Late Teens/Early 20s), GLBT, Women & Girls, Maryland, Arts & Culture
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Tue
Feb
  21
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Washington Jewish Film Festival)
1529 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036
The Last Laugh is a feature documentary that proceeds from the premise that the Holocaust would seem to be an absolutely off-limits topic for comedy. But is it? History shows that even the victims of the Nazi concentration camps themselves used humor as a means of survival and resistance. Still, any use of comedy in connection with this horror risks diminishing the suffering of millions. So where is the line? If we make the Holocaust off limits, what are the implications for other controversial ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, History/Education
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $13
 
 
Wed
Feb
  22
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC 20016
When Hitler took power in Germany in 1933, he systematically disenfranchised Jewish lawyers, taking away their access to the courts and their right to practice the law. The exhibit, "Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich," on display at Washington Hebrew Congregation from February 13 - March 2, traces how Hitler stripped away individual rights and chronicles the ensuing silence from members of the legal profession. We'll celebrate the exhibit and explore wha...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Reform, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Wed
Feb
  22
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
The How and the Why - a new play about womanhood, family, & survival of the fittest, from the writer of the hit TV shows The Affair and House of Cards. This exhilarating and keenly perceptive play about science, family, and survival of the fittest grapples with the choices faced by women of every generation. Emotion and evolution collide on the eve of a prestigious conference when an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the field. The air crac...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Women & Girls, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  
 
 
Wed
Feb
  22
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (JCCGW: Biblical Archaeology Forum)
6125 Montrose rd, Rockville MD 20852
Power, Politics and Palaces: The Architectural Innovations of King Herod Lisa Kahn | George Mason University When Caesar Augustus appointed Herod as King of the Jews, the political and physical landscape of Judea was bleak. Herod, however, crafted a personal agenda that was to transform his country and his place in history. Reviled for great cruelty, this king is now also recognized for his daring architectural innovations. Herod rebuilt the Temple in Jerusalem and created the thriving port C...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $10 general admission
 
 
Thu
Feb
  23
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jewish Leadership Institute)
6101 Executive Blvd, Rockville MD 20850
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
The Tomorrow Fellowship is for middle to upper level managers that currently work within a Jewish Communal setting. Applicants must have at least 5 years experience and intend to work within the community for an additional 2 years. Sessions are: 2/23/2017 and 3/24/2017 at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Office 4/5/2017 at Venable LLP, Tysons Corner VA 4/28/2017 at the Ritz Carlt...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Leadership Development, Networking, Professional Development
Event Cost:  more than $50; $600 for 6 Sessions
 
 
Thu
Feb
  23
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation (B'nai Israel Congregation Adult Education)
6301 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Breishit II–The Story of the First Jewish Family 10 Thursdays, February 2–April 6 9:30–11:00 a.m. Registration: $195 with print reader (includes a $100 subsidy) This class meets at B’nai Israel Congregation. Follow the development of the first Jewish family from “The Birth of Two Nations” and “Stolen Blessings” to “Reunion in Egypt” and “Blessing the Grandchildren.” These stories offer ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, History/Education, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $195 with print reader (includes a $100 subsidy)
 
 
Thu
Feb
  23
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation (Julia Bindeman Suburban Center)
11810 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
For intermediate and advanced Hebrew speakers, exercise your conversational skills at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center on Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:00 am. This course, which is intended for intermediate and advanced Hebrew speakers, will give you the opportunity to practice your Hebrew in a fun and friendly environment. Focusing on speaking skills only, the ability to read or write Hebr...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $50
 
 
Thu
Feb
  23
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation (Julia Bindeman Suburban Center)
11810 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Have you ever wanted to learn to speak Hebrew, but found the idea of trying to read the language too daunting? If yes, this course is for you. Using an innovative method that emphasizes conversation over decoding the aleph bet, you’ll find yourself speaking Hebrew from the first class on – and having fun! Held from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm on Thursdays at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center star...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $50
 
 
Thu
Feb
  23
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Bethesda Jewish Congregation
6601 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda MD 20817
Wine and Design! Create your custom piece of Judaica which is sure to become a treasured family heirloom. You paint your pottery, then All Fired UP! brings it back to their studio to glaze and fire in their kiln. About two weeks later your finished project is delivered to BJC for you to pick up. And the wine? Bring your own bottle of white wine or beer. No red wine is allowed. Light noshes and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. $40 for BJC Members, $45 for Non Members. A minimum of ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Social Events
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $40 BJC members; $45 non-members
 
 
Thu
Feb
  23
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
The How and the Why - a new play about womanhood, family, & survival of the fittest, from the writer of the hit TV shows The Affair and House of Cards. This exhilarating and keenly perceptive play about science, family, and survival of the fittest grapples with the choices faced by women of every generation. Emotion and evolution collide on the eve of a prestigious conference when an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the field. The air crac...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Women & Girls, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sat
Feb
  25
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
 
Ohr Kodesh Congregation
8300 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase MD 20815
In recognition of February being “Jewish Disabilities Month,” Ohr Kodesh and its newly-formed Accessibility Committee has invited Liz Weintraub, of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), to speak about the challenges, and rewards, of disability inclusion. She will discuss her own journey as a person with a disability as well as the work she does to encourage others with disabilities to become “self-advocates.” Liz Weintraub is a faculty member of the National Leadership C...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Special Needs, Teens, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Advocacy, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Sat
Feb
  25
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
The How and the Why - a new play about womanhood, family, & survival of the fittest, from the writer of the hit TV shows The Affair and House of Cards. This exhilarating and keenly perceptive play about science, family, and survival of the fittest grapples with the choices faced by women of every generation. Emotion and evolution collide on the eve of a prestigious conference when an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the field. The air crac...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Women & Girls, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sun
Feb
  26
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Charles E. Smith Life Communities
6121 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Join us for a screening of the PBS documentary Being Mortal, which focuses on New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing end of life. A panel discussion, featuring Elisa Gil-Pires,MD, VP Medical Affairs/Medical Director, Charles E. Smith Life Communities, Rabbi David Rose, JSSA Hospice and Suzanne Adelman, LCSW-C, ACHP-SW, JSSA Hospice, follows the screening. This free event is supported by JSSA Hospice. Complim...
Listed In:  Seniors, Maryland, Counseling/Support
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Sun
Feb
  26
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC 20016
At a time of shifting United States policy regarding Israel and its settlements, the Amram Scholar Series presents Professor Dov Waxman to discuss his latest study, "Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict Over Israel". "Trouble in the Tribe" explores the increasingly contentious place of Israel in the American Jewish community as American Jews are arguing about Israeli policies and the treatment of Palestinians more than ever before. Professor Waxman is a scholar of political scienc...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Reform, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  Free; Free