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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Wed
Mar
  20
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Oseh Shalom
7515 Olive Branch Way, Laurel MD 20707
Come in Costume! Start the evening off with Pizza by signing up here no later than Friday, March 15. Stay for Oseh’s Purim Shpiel featuring your favorite TV characters. Enjoy the full night’s schedule. 6:00 pm Pizza & Salad: RSVP Required for Dinner. 6:45 pm Costume Parade 7:00 pm Shpiel & Megillah 8:00 pm Hamantashen & Wine Tasting Bring tzedakah for Matanot L’Evyonim
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
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Wed
Mar
  20
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
37th and O Streets, NW, Washington, DC DC 20007
If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother! Written in 1898, Gordin’s story of power and pride revolves around Mirele Efros, a wealthy widow and clever business woman who wants to find a good wife for her son. When her children turn against her, Mirele experiences a fall of Shakespearean proportions. Wildly successful in its time, Gordin’s masterpiece of Yiddish theater shines in a scintillating new English translation. Produced in partnership with the Georgetown University Theater and Performance...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
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Thu
Mar
  21
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Free. Bring a vegetarian/dairy lunch and the Book of Joshua for an in-depth learning with Rabbi Lia Bass of this fascinating text which contains the story of Israel from the conquest of Canaan to the Babylonian exile. No knowledge of Hebrew is necessary, just your desire to learn! Contact the Etz Hayim office for a copy of the text: office@etzhayim.net
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education
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Thu
Mar
  21
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
CORE Foundations at Kennedy Krieger Institute
13313 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring MD 20904
Patricia Sastoque and Rhonda Workman from the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) will share an overview regarding the DDA application process, eligibility, and the three Medicaid Waivers programs they administer. This event is to provide an introduction to the DDA's service delivery system and geared toward individuals and families. Co-presented by CORE Foundations, Maryland Center For Developmental Disabilities, Developmental Disabilities Administration, and Kennedy Krieger Sc...
Listed In:  Families, Special Needs, Maryland, Adult Education, Fitness & Wellness, Parenting
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Thu
Mar
  21
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
Evening Mah Jongg Lessons in March Thursday, March 7, 14, and 21, 6:30-9:30 pm Join us for a three-session Mah Jongg class for beginners taught by Iva Gresko. These evening lessons are perfect for those whose days are filled with work or family. Please don’t register unless you’re prepared to play at least once a week the first few months. Plan to attend all three sessions. Enrollment is limited, so register now. Cost: $85, includes nine hours of lessons and includes the 2018 National Mah Jo...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $85 includes card

 
 
Thu
Mar
  21
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
37th and O Streets, NW, Washington, DC DC 20007
If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother! Written in 1898, Gordin’s story of power and pride revolves around Mirele Efros, a wealthy widow and clever business woman who wants to find a good wife for her son. When her children turn against her, Mirele experiences a fall of Shakespearean proportions. Wildly successful in its time, Gordin’s masterpiece of Yiddish theater shines in a scintillating new English translation. Produced in partnership with the Georgetown University Theater and Performance...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
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Fri
Mar
  22
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC: Children & Family Programs)
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Join us for a monthly challah-making and music-filled session to share joyful Judaism from generation to generation. Connect with other grandparents while bonding with your grandbabies and having fun! Every month will offer different activities such as art and tikkun olam — but making challah and music making will always be included!
Listed In:  Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Culinary, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; Members: $10, General Public: $15

 
 
Sat
Mar
  23
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Congregation Adat Reyim
6500 Westbury Oaks Court, Springfield VA 22152
Introducing Shabbat Family Jam -- a new full-bodied, joyful, family Shabbat experience at Congregation Adat Reyim. Together, we will enjoy a unique Shabbat learning and worship experience full of gratitude, Ruach and Jewish experiences to treasure together! Bring family and friends! Stay to enjoy a nosh afterwards - Kosher oneg noshes and treats are provided. Perfect for 1-8 year olds and their loving adults.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Interfaith, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
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Sat
Mar
  23
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Disability and Inclusion Speaker Judy Heumann and Zoe Gross Inclusion Advisory Committee - Disability Awareness on March 23 - Special Guests Judy Heumann and Zoe Gross. Judy Heumann is a veteran advocate for disability rights from fighting for her own teaching credentials to her tenure as Asst. Sect'y of Education under President Obama. Zoe Gross is a young autism self-advocate joining Judy for teaching at our morning Shabbat service and again at 1pm acharei-oneg (after Shabbat lunch) - don...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Advocacy
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Sat
Mar
  23
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
 
Krav Maga CDK
5454 Wisconsin Ave , Chevy Chase MD 20815
This ones for the fellows. Krav Maga CDK Third Party Protection Seminar is one you don’t want to miss. Krav Maga specializes in not only protecting your self but protecting the lives of your the people you care about as well. In this workshop you will learn principles and techniques as they pertain to third party protection. Whether they are armed or unarmed, doing nothing when something is required is a bad idea. What you will learn: Krav Maga combatives has they pertain to third party protec...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, DC, Maryland, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  more than $50; $79

 
 
Sat
Mar
  23
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (GLOE - Kurlander Program for GLBT Outreach & Engagement)
1606 20th Street NW, Washington DC 20009
Join GLOE for a night of drag, drinks, dancing, and a celebration of Purim! We'll serve the food and discounted drinks - you serve the Purim-inspired looks. We can't wait to see you there! Interested, but nervous because you don't know anyone yet? We'll connect you with a friendly GLOE community member in advance. Contact GLOE Program Manager Ariel Weinstein at arielw@edcjcc.org. Feel free to forward to a friend as well. Tickets: $10/person * * Participating should never be cost-prohibitive....
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, GLBT, DC, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Sat
Mar
  23
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
37th and O Streets, NW, Washington, DC DC 20007
If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother! Written in 1898, Gordin’s story of power and pride revolves around Mirele Efros, a wealthy widow and clever business woman who wants to find a good wife for her son. When her children turn against her, Mirele experiences a fall of Shakespearean proportions. Wildly successful in its time, Gordin’s masterpiece of Yiddish theater shines in a scintillating new English translation. Produced in partnership with the Georgetown University Theater and Performance...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
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Mar 24 - Mar 26
Multiple times available
 
American Israel Public Affairs Committee
801 Mt Vernon Place NW, Washington MD 20001
The AIPAC Policy Conference is the largest gathering of pro-Israel activists. Over 18,000 people from all 50 states and all backgrounds come together for a three day educational, inspirational and empowering experience. On the third day we lobby our Members of Congress to support the partnership between the U.S. and Israel and to ensure that the friendship between the United States and Israel remains unbreakable.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Adult Education, Leadership Development, Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Fair/Expo, History/Education, Israel, Leadership Development, Networking, Politics
Event Cost:  more than $50; $399 for AIPAC Club and $499 for Delegates

 
 
Sun
Mar
  24
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Meet local authors from the DMV area and hear first-hand as they describe and introduce their books. Learn more about the stories behind the stories, their inspirations, and upcoming projects. Bagels and coffee served. Come find your next must-read author! Appropriate for all ages and free to the public.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Fair/Expo
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Sun
Mar
  24
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Relations between China and Israel have expanded rapidly since the early 2000s in areas such as diplomacy, trade, investment, construction, educational partnerships, scientific cooperation and tourism. China’s prime interests in Israel and advanced technology and its location as part of the Belt and Road Initiative. Israel seeks to expand its ties with the world’s fastest growing major economy and diversify its export markets and investments from the United States and Europe. Although evolving r...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost: