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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Thu
Sep
  20
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
2700 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. DC 20566
Set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true and inspiring story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist whose dream of making her concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall is dashed by the onset of World War II. Despite devastating personal loss, music enables Jura to endure and pursue her dreams. Performed by Jura’s daughter, Grammy-nominated pianist Mona Golabek, The Pianist of Willesden Lane combines enthralling story telling w...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  more than $50; $44-$74

 
 
Thu
Sep
  20
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
American Israel Public Affairs Committee
TBD, Bethesda MD 21029
AIPAC presents Nitzan Nuriel for the Greater Washington Real Estate Division. Nuriel, Brig. Gen. Res., and Associate at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel, and former Director, Counter-Terrorism Bureau, Israel. Nuriel is the former director of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau of at the Prime Minster's office (2007-2012).
Listed In:  DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Advocacy, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Sep
  20
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
Evening Mah Jongg Lessons - Fall 2018 A three-session Mah Jongg class for beginners is offered this September at Temple Rodef Shalom. Do not register unless you are prepared to play at least once a week the first few months. The dates are Thursday evenings September 13th, 20th and 27th, 2018: Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm Enrollment is limited so please don't delay in registering. Plan to attend all three sessions. Cost for 9 hours of lessons with your Mah Jongg Card is $ 85.00. To register, ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Women & Girls, Northern Virginia, Reform, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $85/three sessions

 
 
Thu
Sep
  20
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
2700 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. DC 20566
Set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true and inspiring story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist whose dream of making her concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall is dashed by the onset of World War II. Despite devastating personal loss, music enables Jura to endure and pursue her dreams. Performed by Jura’s daughter, Grammy-nominated pianist Mona Golabek, The Pianist of Willesden Lane combines enthralling story telling w...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  more than $50; $44-$74

 
 
Fri
Sep
  21
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
OneTable (OneTable DC)
V Street, NW, Washington DC 20001
YOU'RE INVITED Join us on an urban farm in Shaw to celebrate the season's bounty with hands-on workshops and a farm-to-Sukkah feast grounded in the themes of the agricultural harvest festival. Amanda Herring, OneTable's JOFEE fellow, Mollie Sharfman from GatherDC, and Elizabeth Heyman from Jews United for Justice invite you to end your week by taking a pause from the busyness of the city to connect with nature and eat from the harvest at Common Good City Farm. From a pickling lesson to tastin...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Couples, Singles, DC, Non-denominational, Culinary, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $18

 
 
Fri
Sep
  21
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
2700 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. DC 20566
Set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true and inspiring story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist whose dream of making her concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall is dashed by the onset of World War II. Despite devastating personal loss, music enables Jura to endure and pursue her dreams. Performed by Jura’s daughter, Grammy-nominated pianist Mona Golabek, The Pianist of Willesden Lane combines enthralling story telling w...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  more than $50; $44-$74

 
 
Sat
Sep
  22
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
2700 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. DC 20566
Set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true and inspiring story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist whose dream of making her concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall is dashed by the onset of World War II. Despite devastating personal loss, music enables Jura to endure and pursue her dreams. Performed by Jura’s daughter, Grammy-nominated pianist Mona Golabek, The Pianist of Willesden Lane combines enthralling story telling w...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  more than $50; $44-$74

 
 
Sat
Sep
  22
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
2700 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. DC 20566
Set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true and inspiring story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist whose dream of making her concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall is dashed by the onset of World War II. Despite devastating personal loss, music enables Jura to endure and pursue her dreams. Performed by Jura’s daughter, Grammy-nominated pianist Mona Golabek, The Pianist of Willesden Lane combines enthralling story telling w...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  more than $50; $44-$74

 
 
Sun
Sep
  23
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
Once again, the challenge…Construct the Sukkah! If you can count past 10, and if you have ever managed to put a piece of IKEA furniture together, this will be a "walk in the park." And we’ll also need men to drink the free coffee and eat the free donuts. You don’t have to have any particular construction skills, just be willing to join in the activity and have some fun. So, strap on your tool belt, grab your hammers, and join us on the front lawn of TRS for the annual Raising of the Sukkah. And...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Teens, Northern Virginia, Reform, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Sep
  23
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Help us build on sukkah! No experience required. Non-members welcome.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Sep
  23
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Considering synagogue membership, pre-school or religious school? Come learn more about the dynamic programming at Etz Hayim...and enjoy a free (kosher/meat) picnic.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Sep
  23
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
American and Israeli Jewry’s Holocaust commemorations have traditionally focused on the experiences of those who were murdered in concentration camps in Poland. However, about 2.7 million Holocaust victims – close to half – were murdered by bullets in Nazi-occupied Soviet Union. Ukraine alone is estimated to have 1,000 Jewish mass graves. Today, most of these are abandoned, and many are subject to ongoing desecrations. What can American Jews do to ensure that the memory of the Jews who died in U...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Sep
  23
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Theater J)
2700 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. DC 20566
Set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true and inspiring story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist whose dream of making her concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall is dashed by the onset of World War II. Despite devastating personal loss, music enables Jura to endure and pursue her dreams. Performed by Jura’s daughter, Grammy-nominated pianist Mona Golabek, The Pianist of Willesden Lane combines enthralling story telling w...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  more than $50; $44-$74

 
 
Sun
Sep
  23
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
4:30 PM - Groundbreaking (Free) 5:30 PM - Dinner* and Activities (Dinner is Kosher Style) 6:30 PM - Services (Free) “To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven…a time to plant and a time to harvest.” (Ecclesiastes read on Shabbat during Sukkot) Sukkot is a time of harvest. We spend a week dwelling in our temporary shelter, sharing meals and time together. This year, we till the earth to sow seeds for our future permanent dwelling. Join us for the groundbreaking f...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $ 5.00 - $15.00

 
 
Sun
Sep
  23
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
 
Congregation B'nai Tzedek
10621 South Glen Road, Potomac MD 20854
Free and open to all! Block Party and Grand Opening of our Musical Playground! Tour our award winning preschool, enjoy bounce houses, DJs, Arts & Crafts in the Sukkah, My Gym, Karate, Soccer, Bookstore on Wheels, Brooklyn Sandwich Co, Kona Ices and MORE! Please bring a new unwrapped toy for children in foster care with MoCo HHS. RSVP: rsvp@bnaitzedek.org
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Community-Wide/Festivals, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free With Food for Sale