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.

 

The following calendar of events are posted by our Greater Washington community members.

Upcoming Events

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Wed
Mar
  29
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue (Ohev Sholom-The National Synagogue)
11825 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, MD, Potomac MD 20854
Many of us have personal experience with infertility or pregnancy loss, or know someone who does. Please join us for a panel discussion that will address the medical, emotional, and spiritual challenges facing couples and individuals in the Jewish community who are struggling to have children. A resource fair will follow, offering further information provided by event sponsors and partners as well as a pluralistic resource table staffed by local rabbis.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Couples, Women & Girls, Maryland, Non-denominational, Counseling/Support, Fitness & Wellness, History/Education
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5
 
 
Wed
Mar
  29
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
HIAS (HIAS Washington, DC)
2850 Quebec Street, NW, Washington DC 20008
Come sound a rallying cry to the leadership of our country to continue welcoming those seeking refuge. As tens of thousands of victims of violence and persecution are turned away from safety in the United States, we know that our community cannot stand idly by. Join refugee speakers, policy experts, elected officials, and faith leaders to be part of a powerful Jewish voice in support of today’s refugees. Convened by HIAS -- the world’s oldest, and only Jewish, refugee organization -- along wit...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), DC, Adult Education, Advocacy, Politics
Event Cost:  
 
 
Wed
Mar
  29
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington
4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington DC 20016
Activist, author of The Hands of Peace, and Holocaust survivor Marione Ingram will speak in conversation with Dr. Lauren B. Strauss, Scholar in Residence at American University and Executive Director of the Foundation for Jewish Studies. Ms. Ingram will discuss her role in the Civil Rights movement and how her early experiences shaped her later life. Book signing to follow program. Light refreshments provided.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Women & Girls, DC, Adult Education, Advocacy, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Politics
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Thu
Mar
  30
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
Mar
  30
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
5100 Meadowside Lane, Derwood  MD 20855
Admission is Free! Register below: http://www.benderjccgw.org/event/fun-in-the-forest-tzaar-baalei-chayim/ Let’s meet at the Curiosity Corner inside the Meadowside Nature Center for a fun-filled morning celebrating the Jewish value – Tza’ar Ba’alei Chayim – kindness to animals. Enjoy crafts, PJ Library® story time, songs, and exploration around the center. At the center you can listen to songbirds sing overhead, crawl through a cave, feel the fur of woodland animals and enjoy the fragrances o...
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Thu
Mar
  30
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Bethesda Jewish Congregation
6601 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda MD 20817
Passover Workshop How to Make Passover Seders Meaningful and Fun Is it your turn to host the family Seder? Are you determined to make this year’s Seder meaningful and fun for everyone? Then you don’t want to miss this workshop as Rabbi Schnitzer walks us through the highlights of the Haggadah as he offers tips, songs and stories to enhance the Seder experience. Open to all BJC members and non-members. There is no cost, but RSVP to reserve your spot.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Non-denominational, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  
 
 
Thu
Mar
  30
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036
With more than 65 million refugees and displaced people worldwide, the global refugee crisis is worse than any time in history as victims of persecution and violence around the world flee home in search of safety. Come learn more about this staggering crisis and how the United States is responding. We will also explore the stories of today’s refugees and find ways to weave their stories into our upcoming Passover celebrations, the Jewish people’s retelling of our own journey from oppression to f...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), DC, Adult Education, Advocacy, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10
 
 
Fri
Mar
  31
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jewish Life and Learning)
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
Learn how to utilize the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s New Disability Inclusion Planning Tool Workshop to raise consciousness, spark conversation and advance inclusion of individuals with disabilities. *The same workshop will be provided both days; feel free to join us either time.* Refreshments and snacks will be provided for guests. Kosher laws observed.
Listed In:  Special Needs, Maryland, Adult Education, Advocacy
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Fri
Mar
  31
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Bethesda Jewish Congregation
6601 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda MD 20817
Welcome Shabbat in the company of family and friends and surrounded by Mother Nature, a guitar-toting Rabbi Sunny Sxhnitzer and a heavenly vocal ensemble. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be indoors.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Non-denominational, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  
 
 
Fri
Mar
  31
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (EntryPointDC)
1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Interested in joining a community for Shabbat but don't have a place to go? Members of the EntryPointDC community are organized into groups of 14-25 people who host monthly potluck-style Shabbat dinners in their homes or at local restaurants. This program is open to singles and couples and you can sign up to be part of an interest Shabbat Cluster (i.e. 30 somethings, outdoor enthusiasts, cultural art lovers, foodies, etc.) or a general Shabbat Cluster. NEW THIS SEASON: Themed Shabbat dinners, la...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Couples, Singles, DC, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sat
Apr
  1
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
 
Bethesda Jewish Congregation
6601 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda MD 20817
Annual American Red Cross Blood Drive . To make an appointment to donate, sign up at www.redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: "Bethesda Jewish Congregation"). Donating this much needed resource takes about one hour.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Maryland, Fitness & Wellness, Volunteer
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sun
Apr
  2
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jconnect)
6101 Executive Blvd, North Bethesda MD 20852
Join the Greater Washington community, along with 930,000 volunteers from around the world, in a day of service on April 2, 2017. Projects for all ages are available in DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Teens, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Volunteer
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sun
Apr
  2
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom (Sisterhood Treasures Judaica Shop)
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
Michael Aram Judaica Trunk Show Michael Aram is an award-winning American-born artist and designer of metalware, home accessories, and fine jewelry. His designs are derived from the beauty of nature, and are executed in ancient techniques of metal-working he learned in India. Come see the entire assortment of Michael Aram Judaica items, including Seder plates and matzah trays, menorahs, mezzuzot, Kiddush cups, challah knives, candleholders, and apple honey pots. We’ll also have some lovely gif...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Arts & Culture, Fundraising/Philanthropy
Event Cost:  Free; Cost of items purchased
 
 
Sun
Apr
  2
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation (B'nai Israel Congregation Adult Education)
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Registration: No charge for the first session on March 19. Additional sessions are $12 each or $40 for the entire series. Explore one of the most divisive issues affecting theJewish people today. Participants will explore narratives about Israel and unpack complex visions of peace in the Jewish tradition in order to better understand their own attitudes toward the conflict. Though a shared political platform may not be attainable, this course strives to achieve a shared respect for our differen...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $40 for the series or $12 each
 
 
Sun
Apr
  2
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC 20016
The men and women who refused to allow the crimes of Nazis to go unpunished are the subject of an Amram Scholar Series lecture, presented by journalist Andrew Nagorski and Professor Lawrence Douglas. Mr. Nagorski, the former bureau chief for Newsweek Magazine, will share stories he researched for his latest book, "The Nazi Hunters." He tells of the American prosecutors in the Nuremberg and Dachau trials, the case against Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss, the German judge and prosecutor who forc...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  Free; Free