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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Mon
Jun
  26
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
 
Greater Washington Community Kollel
1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC 20004
"Good Advice, Bad Advice: The Fiduciary and Suitability Standards in Halachah" A DC Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Grossman at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP Conference Room 236/237 Complimentary lunch will be served. RSVP to info@gwckollel.org
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Adult Education, Professional Development, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Jun
  27
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Maryland/Israel Development Center
3514 International Drive N.W., Washington DC 20008
Join the Maryland/Israel Development Center for its annual networking event and interactive panel discussion with Israeli Embassy officials and a fond Boy Voyage for Commercial Attaché Anat Katz who is returning to Israel this summer after an extremely successful five year posting in the US. This year’s Israel Embassy panelists are: Anat Katz, Commercial Attaché Einat Weiss, Counselor for Political Affairs Martin Peled-Flax, Minister for Congressional Affairs The event is free of charge to all...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Israel, Networking, Politics
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; 2017 MIDC members free; $18 non-members

 
 
Tue
Jun
  27
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Washington Jewish Film Festival)
1529 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036
The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography Dir. Errol Morris (76min, USA, 2016) Documentary Portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman found her medium in 1980: the larger-than-life Polaroid Land 20×24 camera. For the next thirty-five years she captured the “surfaces” of those who visited her Cambridge, Massachusetts studio: families, Beat poets, rock stars, and Harvard notables. As pictures begin to fade and her retirement looms, Dorfman gives Errol Morris an inside tour of her backyard archive.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $13

 
 
Wed
Jun
  28
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
Directed by Aaron Posner, a riveting psychological drama from one of America’s master playwrights, Arthur Miller. Sylvia Gellburg has suddenly, mysteriously, become paralyzed from the waist down, and her husband, a self-denying Jew, can’t figure out why. Set in Brooklyn throughout the rampage of Kristallnacht in 1938, this rare and gripping drama demands we confront our fears, our assumptions, and our anguish. Miller balances private and public morality in this astonishing and electrifying play ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $47

 
 
Wed
Jun
  28
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
Directed by Aaron Posner, a riveting psychological drama from one of America’s master playwrights, Arthur Miller. Sylvia Gellburg has suddenly, mysteriously, become paralyzed from the waist down, and her husband, a self-denying Jew, can’t figure out why. Set in Brooklyn throughout the rampage of Kristallnacht in 1938, this rare and gripping drama demands we confront our fears, our assumptions, and our anguish. Miller balances private and public morality in this astonishing and electrifying play ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $47

 
 
Wed
Jun
  28
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
J Street
2100 Westmoreland St, Falls Church VA 22043
Securing Israel's Future: What are the Challenges? A Conversation with Former Shin Bet Director Carmi Gillon A prominent figure in Israeli security, diplomacy and business, Carmi Gillon headed the Shin Bet (Israeli Security Service) during the heart of the Oslo peace process. He was recently featured in The Gatekeepers, an Oscar-nominated documentary film featuring six former heads of the Shin Bet highlighting the need for a two state solution. A graduate of Harvard Business School, Gillon has ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel, Politics
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Jun
  28
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Bethesda Jewish Congregation
6601 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda MD 20817
The BJC Open Book Club meets in the Library at 8 pm, usually on the 4th Wednesday of every month. For June 28, the book is Moonglow by Michael Chabon. From the Jewish slums of pre-war South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of New York’s Wallkill prison, from the heyday of the space program to the twilight of the “American Century,” the novel revisits an entire era through a single life, and collapses a lifetime into a single week. A...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Non-denominational, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Thu
Jun
  29
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Pregnancy loss is an issue that impacts many and yet remains deeply enshrouded in shame and silence. As a result many women experience ongoing emotional and physical challenges following a loss, and are often not afforded the time and space to process the experience. This workshop is designed to help you connect with your emotional and physical self after pregnancy loss. Our time together will consist of gentle movement, journaling, guided visualization, discussion, and mindfulness, all aimed at...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Women & Girls, DC, Counseling/Support
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Jun
  29
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
Directed by Aaron Posner, a riveting psychological drama from one of America’s master playwrights, Arthur Miller. Sylvia Gellburg has suddenly, mysteriously, become paralyzed from the waist down, and her husband, a self-denying Jew, can’t figure out why. Set in Brooklyn throughout the rampage of Kristallnacht in 1938, this rare and gripping drama demands we confront our fears, our assumptions, and our anguish. Miller balances private and public morality in this astonishing and electrifying play ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $47

 
 
Fri
Jun
  30
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
Directed by Aaron Posner, a riveting psychological drama from one of America’s master playwrights, Arthur Miller. Sylvia Gellburg has suddenly, mysteriously, become paralyzed from the waist down, and her husband, a self-denying Jew, can’t figure out why. Set in Brooklyn throughout the rampage of Kristallnacht in 1938, this rare and gripping drama demands we confront our fears, our assumptions, and our anguish. Miller balances private and public morality in this astonishing and electrifying play ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $47

 
 
Sat
Jul
  1
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
Directed by Aaron Posner, a riveting psychological drama from one of America’s master playwrights, Arthur Miller. Sylvia Gellburg has suddenly, mysteriously, become paralyzed from the waist down, and her husband, a self-denying Jew, can’t figure out why. Set in Brooklyn throughout the rampage of Kristallnacht in 1938, this rare and gripping drama demands we confront our fears, our assumptions, and our anguish. Miller balances private and public morality in this astonishing and electrifying play ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $47

 
 
Sun
Jul
  2
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
Directed by Aaron Posner, a riveting psychological drama from one of America’s master playwrights, Arthur Miller. Sylvia Gellburg has suddenly, mysteriously, become paralyzed from the waist down, and her husband, a self-denying Jew, can’t figure out why. Set in Brooklyn throughout the rampage of Kristallnacht in 1938, this rare and gripping drama demands we confront our fears, our assumptions, and our anguish. Miller balances private and public morality in this astonishing and electrifying play ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $47

 
 
Sun
Jul
  2
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
Directed by Aaron Posner, a riveting psychological drama from one of America’s master playwrights, Arthur Miller. Sylvia Gellburg has suddenly, mysteriously, become paralyzed from the waist down, and her husband, a self-denying Jew, can’t figure out why. Set in Brooklyn throughout the rampage of Kristallnacht in 1938, this rare and gripping drama demands we confront our fears, our assumptions, and our anguish. Miller balances private and public morality in this astonishing and electrifying play ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $47

 
 
Wed
Jul
  5
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
Directed by Aaron Posner, a riveting psychological drama from one of America’s master playwrights, Arthur Miller. Sylvia Gellburg has suddenly, mysteriously, become paralyzed from the waist down, and her husband, a self-denying Jew, can’t figure out why. Set in Brooklyn throughout the rampage of Kristallnacht in 1938, this rare and gripping drama demands we confront our fears, our assumptions, and our anguish. Miller balances private and public morality in this astonishing and electrifying play ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $47

 
 
Thu
Jul
  6
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
 
Jewish Women International
1129 20th Street NW, Suite 801, Washington DC 20036
All college DC women interns are invited to a special "Summer Series” breakfast hosted by JWI to discuss current issues unique to young women, and ways you can get involved and make a difference. Our theme for this summer is “Be Your Own Wonder Women.” Register at https://www.jwi.org/summer · Financial Empowerment (Thursday, July 6th) · Political Empowerment (Thursday, July 13th) · Campus Empowerment (Thursday, July 20th)
Listed In:  College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Women & Girls, DC, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Advocacy, Career/Employment, Leadership Development, Politics, Professional Development, Social Events
Event Cost: