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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Aug 21 - Nov 6
Multiple times available
 
MentorPrize
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MentorPrize recruits mentors for nonprofit groups in the Greater Washington, D.C. region that serve thousands of disadvantaged individuals — from at-risk youth to teen parents. We alleviate a tremendous burden for our program partners by referring qualified mentors to them. Our recruitment efforts involve collaborating with corporations, organizations and other entities to promote mentoring to their constituents and the community. Once a potential mentor is identified, we work one-on-one to help...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Women & Girls, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Children/Teens/Family, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Professional Development, Volunteer
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Wed
Aug
  23
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jewish Food Experience)
4 T St NW, Washington DC 20001
Join Federation’s Jewish Food Experience® (JFE) and Young Leadership at Tyber Creek Wine Bar & Kitchen for a happy hour featuring delicious wood-fired fare, roasted veggie-based appetizers including bruschetta, hummus and flatbreads, a flight of three Rosés and a signature summer cocktail. Meet and mingle with other young professionals in the community and restaurant owners, Jordan and Jonathan Stahl, and Chef Kerry Tate who helms the wood-fired oven around which the restaurant’s menu is based. ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Couples, Singles, DC, Culinary, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; options starting at $15

 
 
Wed
Aug
  23
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Embassy Of Israel
5612 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20015
Reel Israel DC’s August film is Harmonia. One show only! Nominated for four Israeli Academy Awards, Harmonia is a modern adaptation of the mythological triangle between the childless Abraham and Sarah and young Hagar, set in the Jerusalem Philharmonic. Conductor Abraham, and his wife Sarah, the orchestra’s harpist, cannot have children. When Hagar, a young horn player from East Jerusalem, joins the western side orchestra, she bonds with Sarah and a unique friendship evolves between the two wom...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, Israel
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Fri
Aug
  25
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20850
Adat Shalom wishes to welcome the community to join us for a special opportunity to practice yoga during the months of August and September. It is called "Elul Yoga,"named for this particular time of year in the Jewish calendar--a time to build our capacity for spiritual growth in anticipation of the new year season, beginning with Rosh HaShana. Please join Adat Shalom's Hazzan/Rabbi Rachel, a certified teacher and long-time hatha yoga practitioner, for a weekly stretch of body, heart, mind an...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5 for members; $10 for non-members and visitors

 
 
Fri
Aug
  25
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Oseh Shalom
7515 Olive Branch Way, Laurel MD 20707
Back to Shul Dinner & Services- Friday Night 6pm Join us for our annual Back to Shul Night. We will have a special preview of guests Bagels ‘n Box. Their contemporary approach to Jewish Prayer is designed to connect young people with our Jewish traditions. Dinner is at 6 pm (Donations Accepted: $5, max $15 for family for dinner. Pay at the Door) Services at 7:30 pm (No need to RSVP for just services)
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; $5 Donation

 
 
Sat
Aug
  26
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Oseh Shalom
7515 Olive Branch Way, Laurel MD 20707
Bagels 'N Box Concert-- Saturday Night 7pm Come join us for a fabulous experience that is fun for all ages. Bagels ‘n Box is the story of 2 childhood friends united by their passion for revolutionizing Jewish music. The experience they give is a fusion of centuries-old prayer and cutting-edge vocal percussion, preserving the traditional sound of Judaism within an exciting hip-hop context. Check out their website at http://www.bagelsnbox.com and share with friends. Tickets are $10 ($40 max/F...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Arts & Culture, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10 person/ $40 family max

 
 
Sun
Aug
  27
11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
1500 S Capital Street SE, Wahsington DC 20003
Come out to the ballgame for Federation’s third annual Jewish Community Day at Nationals Park. Join more than 1,500 community members at Grand Slam Sunday and watch the Nationals take on the Mets!
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, DC, Community-Wide/Festivals, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
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Aug 31 - Sep 4
Multiple times available
 
Mosaic Outdoor Mountain Club of Maryland
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The Mosaic's Jewish Outdoor Escape is held every year during an extended Labor Day Weekend. It gives Jewish outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world. Whether you love hiking through large stands of ponderosa pines or appreciate historic places, Prescott offers things to do and places to see for everyone. Mild seasons make it an appealing destination year-round. A mile-high city, Prescott is nestled in the Ponderosa Pines of Prescott National Forest. This year's Jewish Outdoor Escape will be ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Couples, Singles, Fitness & Wellness, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $409 until 7/31; see description for late fees

 
 
Fri
Sep
  1
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20850
Adat Shalom wishes to welcome the community to join us for a special opportunity to practice yoga during the months of August and September. It is called "Elul Yoga,"named for this particular time of year in the Jewish calendar--a time to build our capacity for spiritual growth in anticipation of the new year season, beginning with Rosh HaShana. Please join Adat Shalom's Hazzan/Rabbi Rachel, a certified teacher and long-time hatha yoga practitioner, for a weekly stretch of body, heart, mind an...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5 for members; $10 for non-members and visitors

 
 
Fri
Sep
  1
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Temple Shalom Back-to-Shul Erev Shabbat Services and Potluck Dinner 5:30 pm – Tot Shabbat Service 6:15 pm – Community Potluck Dinner Sign up for Potluck Dinner; bring a dairy/vegetarian dish for 8 people to share! 7:30 pm – Family Service The area’s most diverse Reform congregation invites members and non-members of all ages to enjoy our monthly Tot Shabbat, Potluck, and Family Service. Meet members of our Board, Religious Education Committee, and Prospective Membership Committee. Get read...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Maryland, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
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Tue
Sep
  5
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
 
Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County
8215 Old Georgetown RD, Bethesda MD 20814
Participants in this friendly, informal drop-in group practice their Hebrew conversation skills. Previous conversation topics have included vacations, clothes, family, pets, songs... Fluency not required. Group meets at 1:30 on the first and third Tuesday of each month.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Sep
  5
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Preparing for Childbirth is a comprehensive 4-week series covering labor anatomy and physiology, pain management, and common variations and complications. Included are practice exercises designed specifically for labor and delivery. Preparing for Childbirth also includes thorough and judgment-free discussion of all labor and delivery scenarios, including unmedicated births, epidurals and c-s...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Couples, DC, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Sep
  6
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Want to learn Hebrew? You're in the right place! The Edlavitch JCC offers six levels of conversational Hebrew, from learning the aleph bet to reading advanced literature. Our teachers are native Hebrew speakers with many years of teaching experience. They regularly tweak their classes to fit the needs and interests of their students. Find out more about our Hebrew teachers here! Classes ar...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  more than $50; $336 regular, $300 member, $240 Birthright/MASA

 
 
Fri
Sep
  8
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20850
Adat Shalom wishes to welcome the community to join us for a special opportunity to practice yoga during the months of August and September. It is called "Elul Yoga,"named for this particular time of year in the Jewish calendar--a time to build our capacity for spiritual growth in anticipation of the new year season, beginning with Rosh HaShana. Please join Adat Shalom's Hazzan/Rabbi Rachel, a certified teacher and long-time hatha yoga practitioner, for a weekly stretch of body, heart, mind an...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5 for members; $10 for non-members and visitors

 
 
Fri
Sep
  8
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Bethesda Jewish Congregation
6601 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda MD 20817
Come find out why Bethesda Jewish Congregation (BJC) is ‘more than a synagogue’ and how our Religious School can enhance your children’s lives. Are you an Interfaith Family seeking a Jewish Education? Chat with us -- we’re Bethesda Jewish Congregation (BJC) and we celebrate diversity! Join our Religious School for a fun, casual evening at our family Back to Shul Night. The BBQ will be sizzlin’ with burgers and dogs, Annie’s famous slaw will top the table fixins, and tangy ices will add just...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Couples, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Maryland, Non-denominational, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost: