Adult Education

adults in classroom discussionJudaism 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 Jewish Adult Education Important?

“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)

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.


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Shalom Hartman Institute of North America

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington announced a new partnership with the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America (SHI). Developed as a strategic response to the current challenges facing American and Jewish civic societies within the unique dynamic of Greater Washington, the partnership will operate at the intersection of connection, change and leadership. Read more about the partnership with the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America (SHI).

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SVIVAH aims to be inclusive, open-minded, and respectful of every path every woman is on. All those who are interested in being part of a Jewish community of women are welcome and encouraged welcome fellow sisters in the same way. SVIVAH is beautiful sisterhood – differences intrigue us and help us grow, while our commonalities unite us and help us flourish.

The Haberman Institute is the primary addresses for high quality adult Jewish learning opportunities in the Greater Washington area. Haberman offers programs such as academic lectures, full Days of Learning, ongoing classes, cultural programs, and trips of Jewish interest. Learn more about the Haberman Institute and view a full listing of their programs.

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The mission of the Jewish Study Center is to provide classes and programs of Jewish study in the widest breadth of topics as possible; and to accomplish this in an atmosphere where any person, regardless of background or level of current involvement, can feel comfortable to study and to establish a serious relationship with the Jewish tradition.  Visit the Jewish Study Center‘s website to learn more.

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The B’nai Israel Adult Education program offers a rich array of adult education programs in a variety of formats – from single lectures, to book clubs, to mini-mesters and courses of study that last a year or more.

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The Temple Rodef Shalom adult education program is rich with scholarly lectures, formal and informal study, discussion groups, Judaic classes, Hebrew classes, and other unique learning opportunities offer our members various ways to enrich spiritual and intellectual growth.

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Hadar is actively growing its programming in the Washington DC area. We are partnering with local organizations from across the denominational spectrum to bring Hadar’s high-quality teaching to the DC community.


The Rabbi Samuel Scolnic Adult Institute offers classes in a wide variety of subjects, including traditional Bible studies, theology, and European or American Jewish history.

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Serving learning centers in over 1,600 communities and on the internet, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) is the world’s preeminent provider of Jewish learning. Find a location near you.

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Upcoming Events

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Riverside Center for Performing Arts Dinner Theatre: South Pacific

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 | 10:30 am - 6:00 pm

ECE New Teacher Orientation

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Align: Art & Spirituality Series

Sunday, August 25, 2019 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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End of Summer Special Event Summer of ’69: A Blast from the Past

Sunday, August 25, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Woodside Synagogue Annual Banquet

Sunday, August 25, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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News in Review Roundtable

Monday, August 26, 2019 | 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

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New Families Community Gathering

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Avodah Shabbat Kiddush Lunch

Saturday, August 31, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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