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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Tue
Oct
  16
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
 
4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax VA 22030
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Jewish Denominations: Addressing the Challenges of Modernity A fascinating study of the explosion in contemporary Judaism as reflected in the denominations. A fresh examination of Jewish identity and religious expression against the backdrop of dramatic political and social change of the past 300 years. Extensive insights into the historical and ideological developments of the major movemen...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; $250 plus materials

 
 
Tue
Oct
  16
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
7612 Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
Presented by Nadine Epstein, Editor-in-Chief and CEO of Moment Magazine Please join us for a conversation about Elie Wiesel (1928–2016), the author of Night, survivor of Auschwitz and a powerful, enduring voice of the Holocaust. Epstein is the editor of Elie Wiesel: An Extraordinary Life and Legacy, in which she shares her memories of Wiesel and those of other friends and colleagues who knew him, such as Elisha Wiesel, Wolf Blitzer, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Kati Marton, Michael Berenbaum, and Bern...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, History/Education, Social Events
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5 for all participants (includes light snacks)

 
 
Tue
Oct
  16
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
 
Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County
8215 Old Georgetown RD, Bethesda MD 20814
Do you know family or friends in Israel who speak Hebrew and you would like to join in their conversations? Come speak and practice your Hebrew with us, in an informal welcoming group. We help each other.
Listed In:  Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Oct
  16
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
CORE Foundations at Kennedy Krieger Institute
13313 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring MD 20904
In partnership with KEEN Greater DC-Baltimore- whose mission is to empower youth with disabilities by providing free, non-competitive one-to-one programs of exercise, fitness and fun, led by volunteer coaches, we will be offering a yoga class for all abilities on the first and third Tuesday of each month starting in October.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Special Needs, Maryland, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Tue
Oct
  16
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
8215 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda MD 20814
The Moral, the Political and the Partisan: Jewish Community and Jewish Values in an Era of Polarization Presented by: Yehuda Kurtzer, President, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America The corrosive nature of partisanship in American political culture is the central threat to Jews in America today. We are at a critical juncture for a new conversation, one that asks us to consider how our political choices as Jews implicate our collective identity as Jews in America. In our quest to thrive, w...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, Advocacy, History/Education, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, Politics
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Tue
Oct
  16
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
11810 Falls Rd,, Potomac MD 20854
This is a film that every teenager and parent needs to see. The Ripple Effect shares the true story of Kevin Hines, who at 19, attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Incredibly, he survived and has spent the last 17 years on a mission to use his story to help others stay alive. This program is co-sponsored by UMTTR, and NAMI of Montgomery County.
Listed In:  College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Teens, Maryland, Non-denominational, Arts & Culture, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Tue
Oct
  16
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
The New Israel Fund (New Israel Fund)
600 I St. NW, Washington DC 20001
Featuring Mickey Gitzin, NIF Director in Israel and Tamara Wittes, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution Moderated by Rabbi Shira Stutman of Sixth & I Historic Synagogue About: As Israel celebrates 70 years of independence, we have many reasons to take pride in its democracy. But just as we cannot take our own democracy for granted in America, nor can Israelis. What are the current risks to Israel’s democratic character? How does it relate to the reality here in the U.S. and how can Israe...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Advocacy, Israel
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $6

 
 
Wed
Oct
  17
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum with Special Exhibit: Americans and the Holocaust: “By the time Nazi Germany forced the world into war, democratic civilization itself was at stake. The US military fought for almost four years to defend democracy, and more than 400,000 Americans died. The American people —soldiers and civilians alike — made enormous sacrifices to free Europe from Nazi oppression. Yet saving Jews and others targeted for murder by the Nazi regime and its collaborators never...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; Fee: $16/ $10 member for bus transportation

 
 
Wed
Oct
  17
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Jewish Study Center
2850 Quebec St, NW, Washington DC 20008
Like the Jewish community itself, Jewish museums are changing at a rapid rate. So are the stories they need to tell. We will discuss trends in American, European, and Israeli museums, possible new narratives, and their implications for future Jewish museum exhibitions, public programs, and online resources. Instructor, Avi Decter was the first professional director of what is now the National Museum of American Jewish History and was a founder of the Council of American Museums. He helped plan ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Non-denominational, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education
Event Cost:  $10 - $24;  JSC, Adas members $15, others $20

 
 
Wed
Oct
  17
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville MD 20852
On the Map (2016): English, 85 minutes, Documentary You’ll cheer the Maccabi Tel Aviv’s ’77 European win, a baseball team made up of Israeli & American players, as it captures the spirit of a nation triumphant against all odds. This event is partnered with the Foundation Of Jewish Studies, who will provide post-film speaker.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Maryland, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10, $12 @ door

 
 
Wed
Oct
  17
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
1101 Sixth Street, SW,  Washington, DC DC 20024
Tom and Amber, freshmen at Princeton University, seem to be on the same page about where their relationship is heading, until suddenly they aren’t. What begins as a casual hook up turns into a Title IX trial in which both students have everything to lose. Tackling the highly charged topic of sexual consent, this provocative new play by Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51) investigates the intersection of gender and race in campus politics today, offering a nuanced and psychologically rich portrait of a ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Teens, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Oct
  18
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
 
American Jewish Committee
7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda MD 20817
AJC Bethesda Breakfast Roundtable
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Maryland
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Oct
  18
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
Alaska: An “Armchair” Overview of our Exciting, Beautiful 49th State Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless) 12:30: Program Presented by Debbie Sage, Alaska and Vancouver Vacation Specialist, Discover Alaska Cruise Tours & Ed Cooper, Operations Manager, Discover Alaska Cruise Tours Enjoy an “armchair” visit of Alaska: “The Last Frontier.” Get to know our 49th state with a colorfully narrated slide show of the beautiful state from a tour perspective. We will learn about Denali National Par...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, History/Education, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Fee: $5/ Free J member

 
 
Thu
Oct
  18
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Free. Bring a vegetarian/dairy lunch and the Book of Joshua for an in-depth learning with Rabbi Lia Bass of this fascinating text which contains the story of Israel from the conquest of Canaan to the Babylonian exile. No knowledge of Hebrew is necessary, just your desire to learn! Contact the Etz Hayim office for a copy of the text: office@etzhayim.net
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Oct
  18
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Young Leadership of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington)
918 F St NW, Washington DC 20004
Join us for a night of dancing and schmoozing with fellow 20s and 30s in DC, while you support the extraordinary work of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. $50 couvert includes open bar and kosher hors d'oeuvres + $100 tax-deductible gift to The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, DC, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Networking, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $150