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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Mon
May
  22
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Young Leadership of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington)
1513 17th St NW, Washington DC 20036
Ever wanted to mix some tasty cocktails? Join Federation’s Young Leadership, 11 Israeli guests from Reverse Mifgash and members of the Greater Washington community for a craft cocktail experience at Duke's Grocery. Learn to make a few classics, and then enjoy them with friends from Israel and D.C.!
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, DC, Culinary, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
May
  22
7:15 PM - 8:30 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.
Pregnant for the first time? Looking to create a community with other expecting moms to exchange ideas and find support? This group will meet weekly for seven weeks to provide a safe and facilitated space for moms to discuss their experiences and learn from one another. We will explore several topics, including: concerns about childbirth and parenting; balancing family with work outside the...
Listed In:  Couples, Women & Girls, DC, Adult Education, Counseling/Support, Parenting
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
May
  23
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jewish Leadership Institute)
6101 Executive Blvd, Rockville MD 20850
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
The Tomorrow Fellowship is for middle to upper level managers that currently work within a Jewish Communal setting. Applicants must have at least 5 years experience and intend to work within the community for an additional 2 years. Sessions are: 2/23/2017 and 3/24/2017 at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Office 4/5/2017 at Venable LLP, Tysons Corner VA 4/28/2017 at the Ritz Carlt...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Leadership Development, Networking, Professional Development
Event Cost:  more than $50; $600 for 6 Sessions

 
 
Tue
May
  23
6:45 PM - 9:00 PM
 
International Cultural Center
1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring MD 20910
WORDE in partnership with FCWG cordially invites you to join this timely interactive workshop to learn how to recognize and counter hate speech and violence. Training will address: Identifying the roots of hate and bias and how they can escalate when unchecked Becoming an up-stander and providing direct peer support to individuals and communities targeted by hate speech and violence Speakers: Seth Gordon-Lipkin, Education Director, Washington DC Regional Office, ADL Nouf Bazaz, Senior Fellow,...
Listed In:  Families, Teens, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Advocacy, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
May
  23
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Young Leadership of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington)
1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington DC 20003
Join the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington for a day at the ballpark! This night is sure to be a homerun as we cheer for the Washington Nationals as they take on the Seattle Mariners.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, DC, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
May
  23
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Israel Forever Foundation
10621 S. Glen Road, Potomac MD 20854
On Tuesday, May 23rd, the Greater Washington area will join together to celebrate 50 years of a united Jerusalem with the sights, sounds, and tastes of Israel at Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Potomac, MD. Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY 16th District) is confirmed to speak at the event. This event is sponsored by Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C., B'nai Tzedek Potomac, Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), AJC Washington Regional Office, American Zionist Movem...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
May
  23
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
American Jewish Committee
1150 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
Celebrating 25 Years of India-Israel Relations Speakers: Maryland Delegate Aruna Miller | AJC Project Interchange Alumna Minister Gourangalal Das | Embassy of India Minister Yaron Gamburg | Embassy of Israel Moderators: AJC Washington Director Alan Ronkin & Asia Pacific Institute Assistant Director Nissim Reuben
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Maryland, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
May
  24
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Berman Hebrew Academy (Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy)
13300 Arctic Avenue, Rockville MD 20902
Berman Hebrew Academy 73rd Anniversary Celebration honoring Drs. Josh and Lisi Levisohn.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Couples, Seniors, Maryland, Fundraising/Philanthropy
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
May
  25
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Jewish Council for the Aging ® (JCA) (Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA))
12320 Parklawn Drive, Rockville MD 20852
This is a celebration of the JCA Heyman Interages Center volunteers.
Listed In:  Seniors, Maryland, Volunteer
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
May
  26
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim (Congregation Har Tzeon Agudath Achim)
1840 University Blvd West, Silver Spring MD 20902
A tish is a yiddush word for table. It may consist of words on Torah, singing of melodies and zemirot, with refreshments! Join us at HTAA for Kabbalat Shabbat, smiles and uplifting song all year long!
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
May
  30
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
 
Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim (Congregation Har Tzeon Agudath Achim)
1840 University Blvd West, Silver Spring MD 20902
Join us as we bring in Shavuot with learning sessions, discussions and cheesecake! Email Adrienne@htaa.org for more information.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Thu
Jun
  1
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Join us at the EDCJCC to mix, chop, and prepare food for homeless shelters and other agencies serving those in need in the DC area. No cooking skills are necessary! Individuals of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to participate.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, DC, Volunteer
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $7

 
 
Thu
Jun
  1
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
New Israel Fund
3100 Military Road, Washington DC 20015
Join us at Temple Sinai in Washington, DC for a special book reading and discussion with Authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman. Over the past two years, Chabon, Waldman, and other renowned authors have joined forces with Breaking the Silence to tell the stories of the people on the ground. The result of this partnership is the book Kingdom of Olives and Ash, which includes contributions from leading contemporary writers. Moderated by Ted Koppel and featuring Avner Gvaryahu of Breaking the ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), DC, Arts & Culture, Israel, Politics
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Jun
  4
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Charles E. Smith Life Communities
6121 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Educational program and brunch - free and open to the community
Listed In:  Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, Counseling/Support, Networking
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Jun
  4
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation (B'nai Israel Congregation Adult Education)
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Registration: No charge for the first session on March 19. Additional sessions are $12 each or $40 for the entire series. Explore one of the most divisive issues affecting theJewish people today. Participants will explore narratives about Israel and unpack complex visions of peace in the Jewish tradition in order to better understand their own attitudes toward the conflict. Though a shared political platform may not be attainable, this course strives to achieve a shared respect for our differen...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $40 for the series or $12 each