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 17 - Aug 19
Multiple times available
 
Capital Camps & Retreat Center (Capital Camps )
12750 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro PA 17268
Celebrate the end of summer at Capital Camps. Before the chaos of the school year sets in, join with other camp families to swim, play and celebrate Shabbat. Enjoy quality time together, make new friends and new memories. Your family can choose to live in a cabin or an air-conditioned lodge room – all accommodations have private bathrooms. Our food service is kosher under kosher supervision, and chefs create delicious and nutritious options for everyone. Our air-conditioned dining hall is the ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Special Needs, Teens, Early Childhood Educators, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting
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Fri
Aug
  17
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts
1529 16th St NW, Washington DC 20036
The Theatre Lab's Summer Acting Institute for Teens presents Polaroid Stories. A visceral blend of classical mythology and real life stories told by young people living on the streets, Naomi lizuka's Polaroid Stories journeys into a dangerous world where myth-making fulfills a fierce need for transcendence; where storytelling has the power to transform a reality in which characters' lives are continually threatened and devalued. Inspired in part by Ovid's Metamorphoses, Polaroid Stories takes p...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), GLBT, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10-$15

 
 
Sat
Aug
  18
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Drop-in for Parashat HaShavuah (Torah portion discussion) on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 9:30am. Sponsored by the Samuel & Jean Koshar Rothstein Memorial Fund. Stay for Shabbat services at 10am. Kiddush follows services.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
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Mon
Aug
  20
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
600 I Street NW, Washington DC 20001
Start the new year off right with the third of our three-part Jewish cooking series, designed to help you have a sweet start to 5779. Led by our own chef and food writer Vered Guttman, the class includes a demonstration plus a buffet dinner. The menu includes: -Quince candy -Leek latkes -Tilapia and pomegranate ceviche -Black-eyed pea and butternut squash salad -Stuffed Swiss chard with beef and bulgar -Date and honey cake The dinner provided will be kosher; kosher supervision is provided by t...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), DC, Culinary, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $40 in advance; $45 at the door

 
 
Wed
Aug
  22
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
Summer Breeze Concert Series at Temple Rodef Shalom Each Wednesday in August from 11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon Open to the public; no RSVP necessary
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Arts & Culture
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Wed
Aug
  22
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Young Leadership of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington)
1336 U St NW, Washington DC 20009
Join The Jewish Federation’s Young Leadership in welcoming eleven cultural and educational shlichim (Israeli emissaries) to DC. These energetic cultural ambassadors have moved here to enhance our connection to Israel and Israelis through developing social issue-focused projects and events. They will be serving in our local synagogues and schools for the 2018-2019 year as part of Federation’s Imagine Israel initiative.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, DC, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Wed
Aug
  22
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Embassy Of Israel
5612 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20015
This laugh-out-loud army-buddy movie combines screwball comedy, romance and music to create a film as hot as the Negev. Set as the Israeli army withdraws from Lebanon in 2000, this comedy tells the story of three bumbling Israeli reserve soldiers. As members of a military rock band, the trio find themselves stranded and alone in enemy territory when they discover the Israeli army has left them behind. They will have to work together in order to find their way out of enemy territory and back to ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), DC, Arts & Culture, Israel
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Thu
Aug
  23
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Drop-in or come every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month! $10 payable at the door.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Arts & Culture, Fitness & Wellness, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Sun
Aug
  26
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 
Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington
Rileys lock, Poolesville MD 20837
An awesome group of cyclists of differing abilities come together for the dual purpose of having a blast (check!) and raising awareness about and funds for Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington support services (check!)
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Maryland, Fitness & Wellness, Fundraising/Philanthropy
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Wed
Aug
  29
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
Summer Breeze Concert Series at Temple Rodef Shalom Each Wednesday in August from 11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon Open to the public; no RSVP necessary
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Aug
  30
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
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Fri
Aug
  31
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:  

 
 
Sat
Sep
  1
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
 
Temple Emanuel
10101 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington MD 20895
Please join our clergy on Saturday, September 1 for our annual Selichot service, beginning with the movie THE BAND'S VISIT at 8:00 pm followed by an inspiring candlelight Selichot service. THE BAND'S VISIT is about eight Egyptian musicians who comprise the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra arrive by mistake in a small town in Israel's Negev Desert. Their booking set for a different city, and with no transportation out of the town or any hotels to stay at, the band settles at a restaurant o...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Reform, Arts & Culture, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
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Sun
Sep
  2
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Agudas Achim Congregation
2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
All are welcome for an evening of good food, good friends, and music by Ein Lanu Z'man, our house band. Sisterhood's Judaica Shop will be open! In order to kickoff Hunger Awareness Month, please bring some canned fish, chicken, and peanut butter to the AAC barbecue to be distributed to local hunger organizations. While we feed you kosher hot dogs and hamburgers, please help those who are hungry in our community.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
Sep
  3
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
 
The Foundation for Jewish Studies (Foundation for Jewish Studies)
6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Foundation for Jewish Studies Fall Day of Learning "Making of a Nation: Jewish Immigration 1820 - 1920" with Professor Hasia Diner, New York University Immigration is one of the hottest topics in our country today. In this full day program, Professor Diner, one of the foremost historians of American immigration, will delve into the following topics: • Causes, nature, demographics, and effects of immigration • The human dimension: immigrant stories • The effects of changing govern...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Non-denominational, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; $50, $65, $75