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
Sep
  23
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim (Congregation Har Tzeon Agudath Achim)
1840 University Blvd West, Silver Spring MD 20902
Congressman Jamie Raskin represents Maryland's 8th district, including Montgomery County in the US House of Representatives. Join us in welcoming Congressman Raskin to HTAA!
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Advocacy, Politics
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sun
Sep
  24
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Garden of Remembrance Memorial Park
14321 Comus Rd., Clarksburg MD 20871
The Garden of Remembrance High Holy Days Memorial Services take place at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.at our beautiful Memorial Park on Comus Road in Clarksburg, Maryland. This is our 17th Annual Service and it is conducted by area clergy.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Sep
  24
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Biblical Archaeology Society of Northern Virginia
4052 Campbell Ave , Arlington VA 22206
New Technologies for Studies of Ancient Texts Michael Toth Advanced imaging systems can now empower scholars, scientists and researchers to glean important, new information from ancient texts. This illustrated presentation will demonstrate how these imaging systems offer new insights into ancient manuscripts on parchment and papyrus. Advanced technologies developed during Mr. Toth’s projects – applied to papyri-mâché funeral masks and to ancient manuscripts guarded by monks at St. Catherine’s M...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
Sep
  25
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC 20016
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Have you ever wanted to learn to speak Hebrew, but found the idea of trying to read the language too daunting? If yes, this course is for you. Using an innovative method that emphasizes conversation over decoding the aleph bet, you’ll find yourself speaking Hebrew from the first class on – and having fun! This class is ideal for those with no knowledge of or familiarity with Hebrew. The abi...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $50 per semester

 
 
Mon
Sep
  25
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Tzedek DC
4200 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC 20008
This event is a fundraiser for Tzedek DC, the first legal aid group ever organized by the Greater Washington Jewish community. Tzedek DC’s mission is to safeguard the legal rights of low-income DC residents dealing with life-altering, often unjust debt collection practices, as well as other consumer protection problems. The Cook-off will feature kugel samples from five local chefs, including Alex Levin (Osteria Morini) and Michael Friedman (the Red Hen). The judges will include renowned Jewish f...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Couples, Singles, DC, Advocacy, Fundraising/Philanthropy
Event Cost:  more than $50; $90-$180

 
 
Mon
Sep
  25
7:00 PM - 7:00 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.
They say truth is stranger than fiction! This fall you can work with an award-winning, professional author (Peter Lovenheim) to craft your own truths or the remarkable true stories around you into rich, compelling narratives. Narrative non-fiction is writing based on fact but built with the traditional elements of story. It’s a popular genre, allowing writers to observe the world, explore ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, DC, Adult Education, Professional Development, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Sep
  26
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Magen David Sephardic Congregation
11215 Woodglen Drive, Rockville MD 20852
Experience Sephardic Heritage & Get Inspired! Join us for a unique concert featuring the Bar Yohai Ensemble and Rabbi Haim Ovadia in a medley of High Holiday music from across the Sephardic World! 6:30 Reception - Hors D’oeuvres & Bar 7:15 Concert Tickets available from $20.00 
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $20-$30

 
 
Tue
Sep
  26
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:  

 
 
Tue
Sep
  26
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Jewish Council for the Aging ® (JCA)
Davis Library 6400 Democracy Blvd. Bethesda, MD 20817, Bethesda MD 20817
Join us for a FREE seminar. You have choices and Medicare is one of them. Here are some common questions that the seminar is designed to answer: Do you need to sign up for Medicare now? Can I work and get Medicare? What is the Medicare alphabet - A,B,C and D? What are Medicare Savings Programs? Where do I begin? Who can help me? How can I help Protect, Detect and Report health care fraud? FREE. Walk-ins welcome.…
Listed In:  Seniors, Maryland, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  Free; free

 
 
Tue
Sep
  26
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC 20016
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Explore why we do what we do as Jews, find the sources for our traditions, and delve into the origins for these ideas with Back to Basics. Taught by Gerdy Trachtman, retired WHC Religious School Associate Principal, you’ll find yourself ready to dig deep and find a closer connection with Judaism. Concentrating on the holidays, life cycle events, history, theology, Jewish religious movements...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Reform, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; $150 for WHC members, $250 for non-members

 
 
Wed
Sep
  27
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Congregation B'nai Tzedek (Congregation B'nai Tzedek Laura & Joel Greenzaid Early Childhood Center)
10621 South Glen Rd. , Potomac MD 20854
Free Toddler Play Group at B'nai Tzedek's Laura & Joel Greenzaid Early Childhood Center (GECC). Meets every Wednesday from 9:30 am - 11:00 am, beginning September 13. Explore age appropriate toys, informal play time for children and caregivers, meet current GECC families and get to know our amazing community. FREE! Contact GECCDirector@bnaitzedek.org for more information.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Wed
Sep
  27
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Congregation B'nai Tzedek (Congregation B'nai Tzedek Laura & Joel Greenzaid Early Childhood Center)
10621 South Glen Rd. , Potomac MD 20854
Congregation B'nai Tzedek's Laura & Joel Greenzaid Early Childhood Center (GECC) Baby Play Group. Wednesdays, 9:45 am - 11:00 am, beginning September 13. FREE! A fun, clean environment for babies with their loving adults to play in and hang out. Make new friends in our special baby classroom. Please register at GECCDirector@bnaitzedek.org or call 301-299-1149.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Wed
Sep
  27
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation (Julia Bindeman Suburban Center)
11810 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Explore why we do what we do as Jews, find the sources for our traditions, and delve into the origins for these ideas with Back to Basics. Taught by Gerdy Trachtman, retired WHC Religious School Associate Principal, you’ll find yourself ready to dig deep and find a closer connection with Judaism. Concentrating on the holidays, life cycle events, history, theology, Jewish religious movements...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Reform, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; $150 for WHC members; $250 for non-members

 
 
Wed
Sep
  27
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation (Julia Bindeman Suburban Center)
11810 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Explore why we do what we do as Jews, find the sources for our traditions, and delve into the origins for these ideas with Back to Basics. Taught by Gerdy Trachtman, retired WHC Religious School Associate Principal, you’ll find yourself ready to dig deep and find a closer connection with Judaism. Concentrating on the holidays, life cycle events, history, theology, Jewish religious movements...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Reform, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; $150 for WHC members; $250 for non-members

 
 
Wed
Sep
  27
7:15 PM - 9:30 PM
 
The Foundation for Jewish Studies (Foundation for Jewish Studies)
1600 Jonquil Street, NW, Washington DC 20012
On the eve of the anniversary of Babi Yar, we will look at what happened to 2.8 million Soviet Jews nearly two years before Auschwitz crematoria went into full gear, why that part of the Shoah was forgotten, and why it is so important today to remember and reintegrate it into our collective memory. Izabella Tabarovsky is Senior Program Associate with the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center. Her research focuses on the politics of historical memory in the post-Soviet space. She previously work...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  Free; Free