Students

As a teen or college student embarking on your own independent Jewish journey, you can join the Greater Washington Jewish community through classes, programs and events listed here. Below you will see links to separate "teen" and "college" pages, where you can find resources that are best suited for you. All the cool and fun Jewish events and programs are included in the calendar listings on each page.

To find programs targeted to your other interests, search the full calendar of events by clicking on “View All Events” below, then sort by your interests.

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Upcoming Events
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Mon
Nov
  27
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC 20016
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
What do I believe about God? What happens after we die? How do I succeed at failure? How do I rest when I have no time? As adults, we all have questions about being Jewish, and many of us are still searching for answers. Despite years of religious school as children, many of us are unsure how to find meaning in our faith and culture as adults, and issues that may not have been relevant to u...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Reform, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; $100 per person, $180 per couple

 
 
Mon
Nov
  27
7:15 PM - 9:15 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC 20016
Expand your appreciation of Jewish life and culture and join the hundreds who have participated in WHC's unique adult education program. We offer a wide array of classes taught by knowledgeable and passionate instructors from Washington Hebrew Congregation and beyond. WHC Academy meets on Monday nights, from 7:15 - 9:15 pm with coffee, a light snack, and time to socialize. Our second class this fall is "Nationalism, Anti-Semitism, and the Jewish Community: Historical Lessons for Today" taught b...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $25 for WHC members; $54 for non-members

 
 
Tue
Nov
  28
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Congregation Har Shalom
11510 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
This title, as proclaimed in Spamalot, says it all. As a collection of individuals, we have created an influence on the Broadway musical, starting in the Tin Pan Alley era where almost every tunesmith was of Jewish descent. We as a people have become an industry mainstay; how did this happen and how did it evolve? The lecture series will focus on the unique “Jewish Connection” that enhanced the Broadway Musical experience. Steve Friedman is an internationally recognized Broadway Musical historia...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Nov
  29
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation (Julia Bindeman Suburban Center)
11810 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Explore why we do what we do as Jews, find the sources for our traditions, and delve into the origins for these ideas with Back to Basics. Taught by Gerdy Trachtman, retired WHC Religious School Associate Principal, you’ll find yourself ready to dig deep and find a closer connection with Judaism. Concentrating on the holidays, life cycle events, history, theology, Jewish religious movements...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Reform, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; $150 for WHC members; $250 for non-members

 
 
Wed
Nov
  29
7:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
The year is 1939 and Atlanta’s posh German Jews are preparing for Ballyhoo, their annual lavish country club ball.  The Freitag family hopes that the party of the year will be the chance for their daughters to meet their future husbands—but when their uncle brings home his new employee, a handsome Eastern European bachelor from Brooklyn, everyone must confront their own prejudices, desires, and beliefs.  Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is an achingly beautiful,...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Nov
  29
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Wednesdays, November 1st, 8th, 22nd, and 29th, 7:30-9pm with Sue Dorfman (Kripalu yoga instructor) Fridays, November 3rd,10th and 17th, December 1st, 8th, and 15th, 8:30-10am with Hazzan Rabbi Rachel (Hatha yoga instructor) In the season of gratitude (Thanksgiving) and light (Chanukah), we will explore these themes through the lens of yoga, with special attention to physical alignment and ease of movement. Come dressed for movement and bring a yoga mat -- all other props provided. All yoga l...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5/class(M); $10/class(NM)

 
 
Thu
Nov
  30
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation (Julia Bindeman Suburban Center)
11810 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
For intermediate and advanced Hebrew speakers, exercise your conversational skills at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center on Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:00 am. This course, which is intended for intermediate and advanced Hebrew speakers, will give you the opportunity to practice your Hebrew in a fun and friendly environment. Focusing on speaking skills only, the ability to read or write Hebr...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $50 per semester

 
 
Thu
Nov
  30
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation (Julia Bindeman Suburban Center)
11810 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Have you ever wanted to learn to speak Hebrew, but found the idea of trying to read the language too daunting? If yes, this course is for you. Using an innovative method that emphasizes conversation over decoding the aleph bet, you’ll find yourself speaking Hebrew from the first class on – and having fun! This class is ideal for those with no knowledge of or familiarity with Hebrew. The abi...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $50 per semester

 
 
Thu
Nov
  30
7:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
The year is 1939 and Atlanta’s posh German Jews are preparing for Ballyhoo, their annual lavish country club ball.  The Freitag family hopes that the party of the year will be the chance for their daughters to meet their future husbands—but when their uncle brings home his new employee, a handsome Eastern European bachelor from Brooklyn, everyone must confront their own prejudices, desires, and beliefs.  Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is an achingly beautiful,...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Dec
  1
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Wednesdays, November 1st, 8th, 22nd, and 29th, 7:30-9pm with Sue Dorfman (Kripalu yoga instructor) Fridays, November 3rd,10th and 17th, December 1st, 8th, and 15th, 8:30-10am with Hazzan Rabbi Rachel (Hatha yoga instructor) In the season of gratitude (Thanksgiving) and light (Chanukah), we will explore these themes through the lens of yoga, with special attention to physical alignment and ease of movement. Come dressed for movement and bring a yoga mat -- all other props provided. All yoga l...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5/class(M); $10/class(NM)

 
 
Fri
Dec
  1
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
University of Maryland (Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies - University of Maryland)
8270 Alumni Dr., College Park MD 20742
Daily life is complicated, dangerous, and full of yearning.The living and the dead; dreams and waking life coexist in an uneasy world overflowing with absurdity, humor, sadness and compassion. We encounter a strangely endearing group of imprisoned mis?ts hell bent on holding a mirror up to nature and smashing it into smaller shards. The only way they can free themselves is to allow the release of these stories, no matter the cost. Adapted from acclaimed Israeli author Etgar Keret's book of shor...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; Student/Youth: $10

 
 
Sat
Dec
  2
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
University of Maryland (Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies - University of Maryland)
8270 Alumni Dr., College Park MD 20742
Daily life is complicated, dangerous, and full of yearning.The living and the dead; dreams and waking life coexist in an uneasy world overflowing with absurdity, humor, sadness and compassion. We encounter a strangely endearing group of imprisoned mis?ts hell bent on holding a mirror up to nature and smashing it into smaller shards. The only way they can free themselves is to allow the release of these stories, no matter the cost. Adapted from acclaimed Israeli author Etgar Keret's book of shor...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; Student/Youth: $10

 
 
Sat
Dec
  2
8:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
The year is 1939 and Atlanta’s posh German Jews are preparing for Ballyhoo, their annual lavish country club ball.  The Freitag family hopes that the party of the year will be the chance for their daughters to meet their future husbands—but when their uncle brings home his new employee, a handsome Eastern European bachelor from Brooklyn, everyone must confront their own prejudices, desires, and beliefs.  Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is an achingly beautiful,...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Dec
  3
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Exploring Mindfulness in Jewish Life - A Day Retreat Join esteemed meditation instructor Sylvia Boorstein for a day of learning about mindfulness and meditation. Boorstein's teachings are based in both Jewish and Buddhist traditions. A boxed lunch option is available, or you may bring your own.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Adult Education, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Dec
  3
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jewish Life and Learning)
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
TALK ISRAEL teaches teens Israel advocacy and engagement in a one-day conference. Throughout the day, a variety of workshops and activities will teach all things Israel, preparing teens to lead conversations about Israel on college campuses and beyond. The conference will offer a safe space to talk about Israel and connect with peers throughout the Greater Washington community. Tell a teen you know to apply. Cost: $15 Questions: Email Samantha.Vinokor@shalomdc.org or visit the website at shalo...
Listed In:  Teens, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Advocacy, Israel, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $15

 
 
Sun
Dec
  3
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC 20016
Stories abound of Jewish immigrants climbing the ladder of social mobility as they successfully integrated into new and different worlds during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. But historian Eddy Portnoy has discovered others, Jewish bunglers and blockheads – among them drunks, thieves, murderers, wrestlers, psychics, and beauty queens – who didn’t make it into the history books. Their follies and foibles were fodder for the pages of Yiddish daily newspapers in New York and Warsaw, the ma...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Dec
  3
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
 
Congregation Har Shalom
11510 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
Sheldon Low is one of the brightest young stars in Jewish rock music today performing rock concerts, ‘Light Up Shabbat’ services, seminars, and leading Artist-in-Residency weekends in Jewish communities throughout North America. Low has a strong fan base among youth audiences, playing over 100 shows per year and appearing at conventions, conferences, and Jewish festivals, as well as dozens of Jewish camps each summer. Widely known for his exhilarating live performances and services, Low regularl...
Listed In:  Families, Teens, Maryland, Conservative, Arts & Culture, Parenting, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10 pp /$20 per family/ $5 each for group of 20

 
 
Sun
Dec
  3
7:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
The year is 1939 and Atlanta’s posh German Jews are preparing for Ballyhoo, their annual lavish country club ball.  The Freitag family hopes that the party of the year will be the chance for their daughters to meet their future husbands—but when their uncle brings home his new employee, a handsome Eastern European bachelor from Brooklyn, everyone must confront their own prejudices, desires, and beliefs.  Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is an achingly beautiful,...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
Dec
  4
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC 20016
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
What do I believe about God? What happens after we die? How do I succeed at failure? How do I rest when I have no time? As adults, we all have questions about being Jewish, and many of us are still searching for answers. Despite years of religious school as children, many of us are unsure how to find meaning in our faith and culture as adults, and issues that may not have been relevant to u...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Reform, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; $100 per person, $180 per couple

 
 
Mon
Dec
  4
7:15 PM - 9:15 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC 20016
Expand your appreciation of Jewish life and culture and join the hundreds who have participated in WHC's unique adult education program. We offer a wide array of classes taught by knowledgeable and passionate instructors from Washington Hebrew Congregation and beyond. WHC Academy meets on Monday nights, from 7:15 - 9:15 pm with coffee, a light snack, and time to socialize. Our second class this fall is "Nationalism, Anti-Semitism, and the Jewish Community: Historical Lessons for Today" taught b...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $25 for WHC members; $54 for non-members

 
 
Mon
Dec
  4
7:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
The year is 1939 and Atlanta’s posh German Jews are preparing for Ballyhoo, their annual lavish country club ball.  The Freitag family hopes that the party of the year will be the chance for their daughters to meet their future husbands—but when their uncle brings home his new employee, a handsome Eastern European bachelor from Brooklyn, everyone must confront their own prejudices, desires, and beliefs.  Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is an achingly beautiful,...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Dec
  5
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Congregation Har Shalom
11510 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
This title, as proclaimed in Spamalot, says it all. As a collection of individuals, we have created an influence on the Broadway musical, starting in the Tin Pan Alley era where almost every tunesmith was of Jewish descent. We as a people have become an industry mainstay; how did this happen and how did it evolve? The lecture series will focus on the unique “Jewish Connection” that enhanced the Broadway Musical experience. Steve Friedman is an internationally recognized Broadway Musical historia...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Dec
  6
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Embassy Of Israel
815 V. St. NW, Washington DC 20001
Hadag Nahash combines funky hip-hop grooves with flavors of rock, reggae and Middle Eastern music. The best-selling hip-hop artists in Israel, they have shared a stage with superstars like The Black Eyed Peas, Cypress Hill, and Matisyahu. Hadag Nahash features a full electric band, along with turntables and samples backed by their notoriously bold frontman. Feverishly devoted to equality and civil rights, the group is the soundtrack for the Israeli struggle against corruption and racism. Hadag...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), DC, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $45

 
 
Wed
Dec
  6
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Congregation B'nai Tzedek
10621 South Glen Rd. , Potomac MD 20854
Screenagers Movie followed by a guided discussion with parents and their children. Screenagers is an award-winning documentary on how tech time impacts kids' development and advice on empowering kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. For students in grades 6-12 and their parents. Open to the community. Co-sponsored by Har Shalom & JSSA.
Listed In:  Families, Teens, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5 for pizza

 
 
Wed
Dec
  6
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Rockville Open House)
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville MD 20852
Rockville Open House (ROH) is a supervised, safe gathering space for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, questioning, or intersex (LGBTQQI) Jewish teens, and their straight/non-Jewish friends and allies, between the ages of 13-18 yrs old. ROH is open on the first Wednesday of each month, September 2017-June 2018, from 6:30-8:30pm at the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington Teen Lounge (6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD).
Listed In:  Families, GLBT, Teens, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Advocacy, Counseling/Support, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Dec
  6
7:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
The year is 1939 and Atlanta’s posh German Jews are preparing for Ballyhoo, their annual lavish country club ball.  The Freitag family hopes that the party of the year will be the chance for their daughters to meet their future husbands—but when their uncle brings home his new employee, a handsome Eastern European bachelor from Brooklyn, everyone must confront their own prejudices, desires, and beliefs.  Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is an achingly beautiful,...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Dec
  7
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC: Book Festival and Literary Arts )
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville MD 20852
How Technology is Shaping Our Culture Former editor of The New Republic and now a writer for The Atlantic, Franklin Foer weighs into the vexing issues posed by the growing power of “Big Technology” in World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech. Foer’s new book presses us to understand the ideas that motivate technology companies, not just buy into the romantic myths they want us to believe. It is an important, vital book at the exact right time in the zeitgeist.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, History/Education
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $18 - $39

 
 
Thu
Dec
  7
7:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
The year is 1939 and Atlanta’s posh German Jews are preparing for Ballyhoo, their annual lavish country club ball.  The Freitag family hopes that the party of the year will be the chance for their daughters to meet their future husbands—but when their uncle brings home his new employee, a handsome Eastern European bachelor from Brooklyn, everyone must confront their own prejudices, desires, and beliefs.  Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is an achingly beautiful,...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Dec
  8
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Wednesdays, November 1st, 8th, 22nd, and 29th, 7:30-9pm with Sue Dorfman (Kripalu yoga instructor) Fridays, November 3rd,10th and 17th, December 1st, 8th, and 15th, 8:30-10am with Hazzan Rabbi Rachel (Hatha yoga instructor) In the season of gratitude (Thanksgiving) and light (Chanukah), we will explore these themes through the lens of yoga, with special attention to physical alignment and ease of movement. Come dressed for movement and bring a yoga mat -- all other props provided. All yoga l...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5/class(M); $10/class(NM)

 
 
Sat
Dec
  9
8:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
The year is 1939 and Atlanta’s posh German Jews are preparing for Ballyhoo, their annual lavish country club ball.  The Freitag family hopes that the party of the year will be the chance for their daughters to meet their future husbands—but when their uncle brings home his new employee, a handsome Eastern European bachelor from Brooklyn, everyone must confront their own prejudices, desires, and beliefs.  Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is an achingly beautiful,...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost: