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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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.


Haberman Institute logoThe Haberman Institute is the primary address 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.


HadarHadar 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.


JLI logoServing 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.

Jewish Studio logoThe Jewish Studio brings Jewish adults together at events that ignite inspiration and fresh insight into Judaism. The Jewish Studio is all about connection.

Jewish Study Center logoThe 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.

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.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is pleased to announce 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).


Sixth & I‘s arts and culture programming—including talks, concerts, and comedy shows—entertains and enlightens the widest possible audience with innovative experiences that fuel curiosity, spark inspiration, and promote interaction with preeminent thought leaders and pop culture influencers.

SVIVAH is a women-designed, women-run, women-centered community dedicated to exploring, designing, and discovering a more nourishing, inspiring, and connected Jewish communal experience for women.

Jewish Rockville Outreach Center, JewishROC, is a warm and welcoming Outreach Center inspiring Jews from all backgrounds and levels of observance to experience a closer connection to Judaism and a deeper spirituality through Torah, education, and engaging Jewish practice.

Temple Rodef Shalom logoThe 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 that offer our community various ways to enrich spiritual and intellectual growth.

Washington Hebrew-Logo-twotoneAdult learning is part of the Jewish educational journey at Washington Hebrew Congregation. Offering an array of activities and learning opportunities for all ages, Washington Hebrew provides adults a framework for Jewish living.

Upcoming Events

Questioning God in the Bible

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Kesher Class: Building Connections and Developing Communication

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 - Tuesday, November 28, 2023 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Wheelchair Accessible

Young Adults Opening Event @ B’nai Israel Congregation

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

First Friday Tot Shabbat & Family Service

Friday, October 6, 2023 | 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Simchat Torah Celebration with Klezmer Band

Saturday, October 7, 2023 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

12 Jewish Questions A (Re) Introduction to Adult-Level Judaism

Monday, October 9, 2023 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

8 Jewish Rituals

Monday, October 9, 2023 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Questioning God in the Bible

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm