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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Sat
Jun
  23
2:00 PM - 2:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
1529 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Zalmy lives a double life: by day, he’s the rebbe’s loyal foot soldier, driving a tricked-out “Mitzvah Tank” through NYC with his best friend Shmuel. By night, he sneaks away from his Orthodox community to roller-skate, dance in discos, and listen to rock and roll. But when he befriends a zealous young man eager to be his student, the barrier between Zalmy’s two worlds starts to crack—until he must choose once and for all where he belongs. Overflowing with humor and heart, you won’t want to miss...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Jun
  23
8:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
1529 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Zalmy lives a double life: by day, he’s the rebbe’s loyal foot soldier, driving a tricked-out “Mitzvah Tank” through NYC with his best friend Shmuel. By night, he sneaks away from his Orthodox community to roller-skate, dance in discos, and listen to rock and roll. But when he befriends a zealous young man eager to be his student, the barrier between Zalmy’s two worlds starts to crack—until he must choose once and for all where he belongs. Overflowing with humor and heart, you won’t want to miss...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Jun
  24
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
5900 33rd Street, NW, Washington DC 20015
Join local families for a Sunday Fun Day playdate in the park with PJ Library and Federation's Young Leadership! We’ll play, nosh, splash, read and enjoy a special surprise guest. There is a small water park venue so feel free to bring a towel, swimsuit and shoes for your child. Best for kids 6 and under. Please bring a kosher snack to share. Inclement weather: if it’s raining, this event will be postponed.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Interfaith, Maryland, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Jun
  24
2:00 PM - 2:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
1529 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Zalmy lives a double life: by day, he’s the rebbe’s loyal foot soldier, driving a tricked-out “Mitzvah Tank” through NYC with his best friend Shmuel. By night, he sneaks away from his Orthodox community to roller-skate, dance in discos, and listen to rock and roll. But when he befriends a zealous young man eager to be his student, the barrier between Zalmy’s two worlds starts to crack—until he must choose once and for all where he belongs. Overflowing with humor and heart, you won’t want to miss...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Jun
  24
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Bethesda Jewish Congregation
6601 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda MD 20817
New Story Leadership Returns to Bethesda Jewish Congregation For eight years our interfaith community at 6601 Bradley Blvd in partnership with Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church (BHPC), has welcomed young adults from Israel and Palestine to teach us about their experiences in the New Story Leadership (NSL) program. This is an amazing group of young adults working together to find ways that Palestinians and Israelis can live and work and thrive together in peace. NSL is an organization that bri...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Maryland, Leadership Development, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel, Politics
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sun
Jun
  24
7:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
1529 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Zalmy lives a double life: by day, he’s the rebbe’s loyal foot soldier, driving a tricked-out “Mitzvah Tank” through NYC with his best friend Shmuel. By night, he sneaks away from his Orthodox community to roller-skate, dance in discos, and listen to rock and roll. But when he befriends a zealous young man eager to be his student, the barrier between Zalmy’s two worlds starts to crack—until he must choose once and for all where he belongs. Overflowing with humor and heart, you won’t want to miss...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Jun
  26
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Washington Jewish Film Festival)
1529 Q St NW, Washington DC 20036
Four-year-old Muhi was brought to an Israeli hospital from Gaza as an infant. His illness required amputating his limbs and he has lived there ever since. Travel restrictions allowed only Muhi’s grandfather to accompany him to Israel, and seven years later, Muhi has grown into a brave and spirited boy. While most of his family is still in Gaza, Muhi has grown up speaking Hebrew and celebrating Jewish holidays with the other kids in his ward. With the help of an Israeli who lost his own son due ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $13

 
 
Wed
Jun
  27
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation
21740 Beaumeade Circle, Ashburn VA 20147
Beginning Adult Hebrew Classes, with Rabbi Amy Sapowith of Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation! Whether you are thinking of your own adult bar/bat mitzvah, wanting to learn along with your child, or simply want to learn for the joy of learning, please join us on eight Wednesday evenings from 7pm - 8pm: March 14, March 28, April 11, April 25, May 2, May 30, June 13, and June 27. These classes are free to all BCRC Members. The cost for members of the public is $10/session, or $50 for all 8 sessio...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; BCRC members free. $10/class, or $50/all 8 classes

 
 
Wed
Jun
  27
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Embassy Of Israel
5612 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20015
One show only! 17-year-old Asher has always been the wild troublemaker. It’s hard for him to concentrate in class, and he is compelled by a lot of rage and violence; yet he is also street-wise and endowed with a considerable amount of charm. While his oppressive father sees him as a natural successor to the family’s scaffolding business, Asher finds a different masculine role model in Rami, his new literature teacher. Feeling he can’t take the humiliation his father puts him through anymore, As...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Jun
  28
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
4201 Fairfax Dr., Arlington VA 22203
Join us at CUMC’s soup kitchen to help feed Arlington’s homeless. Across the street from the Ballston Metro Station on the orange line (back of building).
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Volunteer
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Jun
  28
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps (Avodah)
1875 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20009
Join Avodah DC for a conversation with local food entrepreneurs. Learn how their cultures have shaped their businesses. Explore how their relationship with food and cooking is influenced by their experiences. Enjoy tasty food samples and beer while you're with us!
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), DC, Adult Education, Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Culinary, Leadership Development, Networking, Professional Development
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Thu
Jun
  28
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Embassy Of Israel
5612 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20015
In this documentary, Team Israel is finally ranked among the world’s best in 2017, and they’re eligible to compete in the prestigious World Baseball Classic. Their line-up includes several Jewish American Major League players like Davis, Josh Zeid and ex-Braves catcher Ryan Lavarnway. With their Mensch on the Bench mascot by their side, the team laughs, cries, and does much soul-searching as they discover the pride of representing Israel on the world stage. Following the film, we’ll be joined by...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Jun
  29
5:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
4201 Fairfax Dr., Arlington VA 22203
Join us at CUMC’s soup kitchen to help feed Arlington’s homeless. Across the street from the Ballston Metro Station on the orange line (back of building).
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Volunteer
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Jun
  29
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Tifereth Israel Congregation
700 Constitution Ave NE, Washington DC 20002
Join Tifereth Israel Millennials Plus (members and friends in their 20s and 30s) for Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art! Open to members, non-members, kids home from college, and parents with little ones. This will be a casual evening of hanging out and listening to live music outside. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. Be sure to RSVP on the facebook page so we'll know to expect you! https://www.facebook.com/events/744072715981809/
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), GLBT, Interfaith, DC, Arts & Culture, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
Jul
  2
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 16th St NW, Washington DC 20036
Winner, Special Jury Award, 2018 Sundance Film Festival In 1980, through a series of coincidences, two complete strangers—19-year-olds Robert Shafran and Edward Galland —made the astonishing discovery that they were identical twins. They had been separated at birth, adopted and raised by different families. Even more incredibly, when their story ran in the New York Post, another 19 year-old, David Kellman, realized he was their triplet, adopted to yet another family. After an overwhelmingly jo...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Teens, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  Free; Pay What You Can