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.

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
Jun
  18
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad) (American Friends of Lubavitch)
17th and Constitution, NW, Washington DC 20006
Prominent political, business, international and academic leaders from across - and indeed well beyond - the Jewish community, come together in a pleasant and decidedly non-partisan environment for the Lamplighter Awards in order to recognize individuals of distinction. A number of members of the diplomatic corps attend, making it a highlight of the Washington calendar every year. Honorees/special guests at our events have included: Vice President Joe Biden, Congressional leaders such as The Ho...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, DC, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $500

 
 
Tue
Jun
  18
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Embassy Of Israel
2700 F Street, NW, Washington DC 20566
Yogev Shetrit was born in 1978 and has been a professional drummer, performer, composer, and music teacher for the past 18 years. In 2015, Shetrit established his band with the goal of playing his own compositions. The album “New Path” contains 11 instrumental pieces composed, arranged and produced by Shetrit, who plays drums and percussion. He elegantly fuses traditional North African music, Gnawa, Andalusian music from his Moroccan heritage, along with contemporary jazz, Jewish and Mediterra...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Jun
  19
9:45 AM - 4:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
Enjoy a lovely June day touring this magnificent mansion and gardens. Marjorie Post purchased Hillwood with the intent to leave it as a museum that would inspire and educate the public. We will view the introductory film followed by a guided mansion tour, which will include information about Marjorie and her collections. Enjoy lunch in the café, take a self-guided garden tour (it’s June — think roses) and be sure to see the special exhibit: Mid-Century Master: The Photography of Alfred Eisensta...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Social Events
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; Fee: $34

 
 
Wed
Jun
  19
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim (Congregation Har Tzeon Agudath Achim)
1840 University Blvd West, Silver Spring MD 20902
Enjoy parent/child classes like Music Together & KinderMusik? This class is right for you! Adults and children of all ages are welcome in Rhythm 'N' Ruach! A new nationwide program Rhythm 'N' Ruach has come for the FIRST TIME to the MoCo area! Rachel's Play Lab is happy to introduce Auntie A and her tie dye! Learn more at rhythmnruach.com or email AuntieA@rhythmnruach.com
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $15 drop-in / $70 7-week class

 
 
Thu
Jun
  20
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Kensington Park Library
4201 Knowles Ave, Kensington MD 20895
Judaic Fine Artist and Graphic Designer Avrum Ashery will talk about some of his art presented at the White House in 1976, the Smithsonian, and an illustration that was banned in the Soviet Union.
Listed In:  Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education
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Thu
Jun
  20
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
Cooking with Chef Evan: Challah* Challah is an indispensable part of the Shabbat meal. Learn the secrets to crafting your very own challah with Chef Evan. We'll cover everything from making the dough, the different techniques for braiding, and the bake. You'll go home with dough ready for you to add some flair! Will you make traditional challah or will you spice it up? Throw some dough with Rodef 2100! Things will get floury - you're strongly encouraged to bring an apron for this one. Contact...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, GLBT, Interfaith, Northern Virginia, Reform, Culinary, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Thu
Jun
  20
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia-Community Engagement Department)
7145 Main St, Clifton VA 20124
Calling women of all ages and stages!!! Schmooze and laugh over dinner, dessert, and/or drinks. Take a break from your regular routine and connect with friends new and not-so-new. Come out for this relaxing social monthly gathering — bring a friend, and make new ones too! Check out this amazing restaurant: https://trattoriavillagio.com. Please RSVP with Michelle.Leichty@theJ.org (note there are multiple ways to RSVP and a limited number of seats). Each woman pays her own tab.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Women & Girls, Northern Virginia, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Each woman pays her own tab

 
 
Fri
Jun
  21
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
The Jewish Studio
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
A musical celebration of shabbat, outdoors and with caring community.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Non-denominational, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Jun
  22
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
 
Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington
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Shabbat of Parashat Beha’alotcha as Shabbat Cholim: Honoring the Sick and Those who Care for Them. In preparation for this Shabbat, BCGW plans to distribute educational materials about how to connect with friends and neighbors who are ailing, and bring comfort with assistance, presence, and through volunteering. In Beha’alotcha, Miriam the Prophetess is stricken, and Moses pleads with God, “Please heal her!” Each of us has the power to ease the burdens that come with illness. Our materials will ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Non-denominational, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, Fitness & Wellness, History/Education
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Sun
Jun
  23
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Maccabi USA-Sports for Israel
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place Southwest, Washington DC 20024
Maccabi USA DC FLF (Future Leaders Forum) invites Maccabi USA Alumni, Athletes, family members and all our friends in the DC area, to join our first Maccabi FunRun in DC, to bring together the Jewish community for a day of sports and fundraising for local Jewish and Israeli charities, and the Global Maccabi Movement.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Teens, DC, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $20

 
 
Sun
Jun
  23
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD 20814
The Generations After is sponsoring a memoir-writing workshop. Acclaimed Canadian author/editor Gina Roitman will lead the workshop. Ms. Roitman is the author of the auto-fiction collection Tell Me a Story, Tell Me the Truth, and You Have No Claim and co-author of the biography Midway to China and Beyond. Two of her radio essays based on memoir have aired on CBC Radio. In addition, she has written the memoirs of two child survivors and edited the work of another publication. Her own work has a...
Listed In:  Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, History/Education, Professional Development
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $30/$36 door

 
 
Mon
Jun
  24
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
National Jewish Health, Washington DC Office (National Jewish Health - Washington DC Regional Office)
1201 Rockville Pike, Rockville MD 20852
Our annual event, the 23rd Annual Capital Area Breath of Life Golf Classic, supporting National Jewish Health, will be held on Monday, June 24, 2019 at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland. Since its inception, this tournament has raised over a million dollars to benefit patient care and research for respiratory, cardiac, immune and related diseases. For 120 years, National Jewish Health has been the preeminent respiratory research and treatment center in the nation. As the only insti...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Singles, Women & Girls, Maryland, Fitness & Wellness, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Volunteer
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
Jun
  24
12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
News in Review Roundtable; 4th Monday each month (ongoing) Coordinated by Mimi Rosenberg It is your turn to speak! Bring your educated opinions on a timely news event. A lively discussion on selected topics will be moderated by various facilitators. Come share your viewpoints and opinions. Coffee and tea will be provided. Fee: Included in J-Family and J-Journey memberships. One day membership upgrades are available for $10 to J-Pass cardholders; $20 for general admission.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Politics, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; members - free; $20 - general

 
 
Mon
Jun
  24
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
 
SVIVAH
235 Carroll St NW, Washington DC 20012
"Laughter is the best medicine!" Join SVIVAH for a fun night out doing Improv together! Together, we'll experiment at making each other laugh. Performing is not mandatory, but we look forward to everyone contributing creatively! The evening is presented in partnership with Sharsheret and JScreen.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Women & Girls, DC, Non-denominational, Fitness & Wellness, Networking, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $18

 
 
Wed
Jun
  26
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim (Congregation Har Tzeon Agudath Achim)
1840 University Blvd West, Silver Spring MD 20902
Enjoy parent/child classes like Music Together & KinderMusik? This class is right for you! Adults and children of all ages are welcome in Rhythm 'N' Ruach! A new nationwide program Rhythm 'N' Ruach has come for the FIRST TIME to the MoCo area! Rachel's Play Lab is happy to introduce Auntie A and her tie dye! Learn more at rhythmnruach.com or email AuntieA@rhythmnruach.com
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $15 drop-in / $70 7-week class