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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Tue
Apr
  24
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Imagine Israel)
4200 Connecticut Avenue NW , Washington DC 20036
Jewish (and non-Jewish) professionals in the arena of food recovery and food justice are invited to a special breakfast with Joseph Gitler, CEO and founder of Leket Israel. Come hear how Gitler turned his one-man mission into Israel’s largest food bank rescue network, which feeds more than 200,000 impoverished Israelis every week.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, DC, Professional Development, Israel, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, Professional Development
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Tue
Apr
  24
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
 
University of Maryland (Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies - University of Maryland)
3972 Campus Drive, College Park MD 20742
A conference to commemorate Israel's 70th Anniversary Recent events have made it clear there is currently a crisis in the relations between American Jews and Israel. In response, GIIS and MOMENT are holding a public conference to better analyze and understand it. Participants will include scholars, activists, and community leaders representing a wide range of views. Distinguished speaker, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of th Union for Reform Judaism. The conference is free and open to the publ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, History/Education, Israel
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Tue
Apr
  24
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Sefirat Ha'Omer Yoga - Tuesday mornings 8:45 - 10 am from April 3 to May 15 (seven weeks) For seven weeks, for 49 days we count the Omer in the period between Passover to Shavout. Each of the seven weeks is linked to an emotional/soul level attribute or Sephira: Chesed/Loving Kindness; Gevurah/Inner Discipline; Tiferet/Compassion, Truth and Beauty; Netzach/Strength and Endurance; Hod/Humility; Yesod/Bonding and Connection; Malchut/Leadership and Majesty. Each day of the week is also linked to ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Women & Girls, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5

 
 
Tue
Apr
  24
6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Join us as we celebrate the EDCJCC's many contributions to the community, present the Lee G. Rubenstein Outstanding Leadership Award, and take part in a "Taste of the Neighborhood" featuring DC's most popular and well-known chefs.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Couples, GLBT, Singles, DC, Culinary, Social Events
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Tue
Apr
  24
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Imagine Israel)
3211 Wilson Blvd, Arlington VA 22201
Join The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington's Imagine Israel, NOVA Tribe Series, and Young Leadership of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington for a night of social justice, wine and conversation as we hear from Joseph Gitler, CEO and founder of Leket Israel. Hear how Gitler turned his one-man mission into Israel's largest food bank rescue network, which feeds more than 200,000 impoverished Israelis every week. Learn about what you can do to prevent food insecurity here in Greater Was...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Israel, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, Social Events
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Wed
Apr
  25
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, 9:30 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. For toddlers, explore age appropriate toys, informal play time for children and caregivers, meet current GECC families and get to know our amazing community. Please register at GECCDirector@bnaitzedek....
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
Apr
  25
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
JSSA (JSSA Specialized Employment)
200 Wood Hill Road, Rockville MD 20850
Learn about JSSA’s transitioning youth services • Career Exploration and Assessments • Work Adjustment Training • Job Development and Coaching • Social Engagement Programs • New Pre-Transitional Youth Program • DDA Programs Meet key transition resources • Specialized Employment Services Staff • Employer Partners • State and County Transition Representatives
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Special Needs, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Career/Employment, Counseling/Support
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Wed
Apr
  25
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
 
Jewish Study Center
2850 Quebec St, NW, Washington DC 20008
How do various musical settings of Psalm 100 highlight various aspects of the text? We will study the psalm and listen to different compositions spanning genres to include Hazzanut (cantorial singing), art song, church music, and folk songs. As a group, we will discuss the various ways these works influence our understanding and internalization of this powerful psalm. Arianne (Ari) Brown is the cantor at Adas Israel Congregation. Fluent in Hebrew and Yiddish, Cantor Brown is an expert Torah and...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Adult Education, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; JSC, Adas members $15, others $20

 
 
Wed
Apr
  25
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
Apr
  25
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Bender JCC and JWI Present: She Says: Real Women, Real Conversation
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Women & Girls, Maryland, History/Education
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Wed
Apr
  25
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
Women's Self-Defense Workshop All women are invited to participate in a hands-on workshop taught by Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office deputies. Learn self-defense tips, such as situational awareness, how to hold keys, and what to do if you are attacked. A discussion about domestic violence is included. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers for this interactive program. Light refreshments. Contact: Stephanie Husik Tebor, stephanieteborphd@verizon.net, 703.508.4836 Cost: $5.00 Women of TRS members;...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Women & Girls, Northern Virginia, Reform, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5, WoTRS members; $7, nonmembers

 
 
Wed
Apr
  25
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County
8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD 20814
Initially hospice programs were about a physical place where care was provided in just the last days of life. As this care model evolved, hospice care became less about a physical space and more about a manner of holistic palliative care. Today hospice care, in most instances, comes to the patient. Today hospice care is available earlier in the progression of life limiting illness. Hospice attends to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the chronically ill, terminally ill or seriously ...
Listed In:  Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, Counseling/Support, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Wed
Apr
  25
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
4300 Nebraska Ave. NW, Washington DC 20016
Invigorate your passion for social change in 2018 with Federation’s Changemakers Series! Dynamic Israeli agents of change lead community conversations about their unique ideas and influential actions that disrupt Israel’s status quo and affect social change in Israeli society. Learn how Joseph Gitler, CEO & Founder of Leket Israel, the National Food Bank, turned his one-man mission into Israel’s largest food bank rescue network, which feeds more than 200,000 impoverished Israelis every day.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Advocacy, Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $18

 
 
Wed
Apr
  25
7:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
1529 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036
A gripping medical drama about a doctor at the onset of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. Dr. Roz Kagan offers a new miracle drug to save Ray Leon’s hemophiliac twins. But miracles aren’t always what they appear to be, and life on the cutting edge of biomedicine means moral ambiguity and impossible choices. Powerful, urgent, and beautiful, Roz and Ray charts the untold story of a devastating chapter of medical and queer history. Directed by Adam Immerwahr.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
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Wed
Apr
  25
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Embassy Of Israel
5612 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20015
One show only! “Director Alison Chernick profiles the violin virtuoso, through his performance, of course, but she also reveals a personality as expressive as his musicianship. ” – Pat Padua, The Washington Post From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; “praying with the violin,” says renowned Tel Aviv violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Alison Chernick’s enchanting ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost: