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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Thu
Feb
  22
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia- Cultural Arts Department)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
FMMC musicians return to the J to present a concert of musical masterworks with a Jewish connection. The program includes a rarely-heard piano sonata by Felix Mendelssohn; a lovely suite for clarinet, violin, and piano by Jewish French composer Darius Milhaud; and a collection of songs with Jewish themes. Program: Darius Milhaud: Suite for clarinet, violin, and piano. Albert Hunt, clarinet; Shearom Chung, violin; and Nikola Paskalov, piano. Felix Mendelssohn: Sonata in E major, Op. 6. Steven Sc...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Thu
Feb
  22
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
Leading from the Inside Out - A Two-Part Series by the Women's Center Thursday, February 22 and March 8, Thursday, 7:00-9:00 pm Each interactive workshop will be led by Shirley Clark, Executive Director, and Eileen Farias, Director of Educational Programs. February 22: Energy Management: Leading with Intention and Purpose. You will learn how to: identify practices to address all four areas of energy; create an awareness of how to be mindfully proactive; and encourage techniques for staying ce...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Women & Girls, Northern Virginia, Reform, Advocacy, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $25 for per session; $40 for both

 
 
Thu
Feb
  22
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (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.
Class Description Do you imagine fantastic stories and scenarios in your head? Do you hear vivid characters talking to each other wish individual voices? Do you wish you had the tools and skills to put these scenes and dialogues down on paper? Join us for our first ever dramatic writing class, taught by award-winning playwright Renee Calarco, and try your hand at playwriting. The class wil...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; $260

 
 
Thu
Feb
  22
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent parkway, Columbia MD 21044
Playwright Susan McCully’s original production about Baltimore’s famed Cone sisters, “All She Must Possess,” will premiere at Rep Stage, the professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC). Dr. Claribel and Miss Etta Cone, daughters of German-Jewish immigrants, could have lived tranquil, appropriate lives as respected Victorian ladies. Instead, the iconic duo voraciously collected art and curios from around the world. The unassuming Etta, often overshadowed by her si...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Feb
  22
7:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
1529 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036
She's America's favorite sex therapist! But before she became Dr. Ruth, Karola Siegel had to flee Germany in the Kindertransport, become a sniper in Jerusalem, and survive as a single mother in America.  Starring Naomi Jacobson, this heartwarming one-woman show is written by the author of Theater J’s Freud’s Last Session. Filled with humor and honesty, Becoming Dr. Ruth is a triumphant and life-affirming story of a girl who found her own unique place in the world. Directed by Holly Twyford.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Feb
  22
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda MD 20852
After 15 years as leader of The Idan Raichel Project, international music icon Idan Raichel is focusing on the basic essence of his songs with a solo piano concert entitled Idan Raichel: Piano Songs. Raichel presents his melodies, lyrics, and the stories behind them in their pure, stripped-down form, as they were originally written at home or in the studio. This intimate and inspiring show allows Raichel to demonstrate his gifts as a singer-songwriter and endearing solo stage presence. This perf...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $32 - $74

 
 
Thu
Feb
  22
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Signature Theatre
4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington VA 22206
Robbie Schaefer, of acclaimed folk/rock/indie band Eddie From Ohio, crafts a touching and funny world premiere musical portrait about father, son, and the space between them. A master storyteller, Robbie journeys from his Jewish father’s immigration to the United States, to his childhood in India, discovering his passion for music, and raising a family. Entwined throughout is his cherished relationship with his father and the discovery of his father’s haunted past during World War II. Enriched...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  more than $50; $40 - 89

 
 
Fri
Feb
  23
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Temple Beth Ami
14330 Travilah Road, Rockville MD 20850
Please join us at 7:30 pm for Erev Shabbat Services, with remarks from special guest speaker, Liz Weintraub. Liz has a long history of leadership in self-advocacy and has held many board and advisory positions at state and national organizations. Her work focuses on improving quality of life for people with disabilities. All are invited to an Oneg Shabbat following services.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Reform, Advocacy, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Feb
  23
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent parkway, Columbia MD 21044
Playwright Susan McCully’s original production about Baltimore’s famed Cone sisters, “All She Must Possess,” will premiere at Rep Stage, the professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC). Dr. Claribel and Miss Etta Cone, daughters of German-Jewish immigrants, could have lived tranquil, appropriate lives as respected Victorian ladies. Instead, the iconic duo voraciously collected art and curios from around the world. The unassuming Etta, often overshadowed by her si...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Feb
  24
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Members of the Inclusion Committee and individuals with special needs participate in the Shabbat morning service. Our guest speaker will be Lt. Col. (Res.) Tiran Attia, Director of Special in Uniform, an innovative program sponsored by Jewish National Fund that aims to integrate young people with autism and other disabilities into the IDF. After their service, Special in Uniform helps usher its graduates toward a self-sufficient life, through employment or other meaningful societal involvement. ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Feb
  24
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
 
Tikvat Israel Congregation
2200 Baltimore Road, Rockville MD 20851
February is known as Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). Our Inclusion Shabbat will feature “Connecting Cultures” founder Lobna (Luby) Ismail (right) will present thought-provoking ideas connecting her Muslim-American identity and culture alongside living with multiple sclerosis.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Feb
  24
9:45 AM - 11:45 AM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
It is commonplace to say that the Bible provides guidance for modern living. But in what way is this really true? Most people haven’t a clue. For the last two years, Rabbi Sid Schwarz’s Biblical Wisdom course has been so popular he has kept the same format and is now offering Part III. The class explores how Biblical stories provide guidance to three issues that human beings have been struggling with since the dawn of civilization. The class includes some presentation from Rabbi Sid, working in ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Feb
  24
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Join Haya Laufer and Luther Jett for a discussion of Amos Oz's "The Black Box", a work of modern Israeli literature that centers around family dynamics and challenges.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Adult Education, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Feb
  24
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent parkway, Columbia MD 21044
Playwright Susan McCully’s original production about Baltimore’s famed Cone sisters, “All She Must Possess,” will premiere at Rep Stage, the professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC). Dr. Claribel and Miss Etta Cone, daughters of German-Jewish immigrants, could have lived tranquil, appropriate lives as respected Victorian ladies. Instead, the iconic duo voraciously collected art and curios from around the world. The unassuming Etta, often overshadowed by her si...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Feb
  24
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Signature Theatre
4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington VA 22206
Robbie Schaefer, of acclaimed folk/rock/indie band Eddie From Ohio, crafts a touching and funny world premiere musical portrait about father, son, and the space between them. A master storyteller, Robbie journeys from his Jewish father’s immigration to the United States, to his childhood in India, discovering his passion for music, and raising a family. Entwined throughout is his cherished relationship with his father and the discovery of his father’s haunted past during World War II. Enriched...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  more than $50; $40 - 89