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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Tue
Dec
  11
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
Food 4 Thought: Torah, Politics and the Synagogue What does Judaism suggest as appropriate roles for Jewish involvement in politics individually, for the synagogue and for clergy? Are there limits to the appropriate role for clergy and the synagogue, in general, and in today's political climate? How does or should the clergy/synagogue decide what political issues to pursue? Rabbi Saxe will share his personal philosophy of social action, how Judaism’s teachings and principals inform his actions ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Adult Education, Advocacy, Politics
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Dec
  12
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Jewish Study Center
2850 Quebec St, NW, Washington DC 20008
Rabbi Avi Strausberg in conversation with Rabbi Shira Stutman and others. Rabbis and clergy of all religions and denominations have struggled to adjust to a new and more polarized political environment. In many areas of political protest—from rallies against family separation at the border to anti-Trump demonstrations in London--female rabbis are front and center. Is this a surprising development, or was it inevitable? Do female clergy have a special responsibility in divisive times, or is...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Non-denominational, Adult Education, History/Education, Politics
Event Cost:  Free; FREE

 
 
Dec 12 - Jan 19
Multiple times available
 
1333 H St NE, Washington DC 20002
In this witty and touching play, a psychotherapist named Ella, single mother of an autistic child, gets a visit from a new and desperate patient: God. The late Anat Gov was known as Israel’s Wendy Wasserstein, and in her gently veiled analogy, Ella and God must learn to help each other—after all, God is suffering from having accrued too much power, while Ella has lost whatever faith (in God) she might have had. As both battle low-grade depression, the fate of the world may just hang in the balan...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $20-$65

 
 
Thu
Dec
  13
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Drop-in or come every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month! $10 payable at the door.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Arts & Culture, Fitness & Wellness, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Sat
Dec
  15
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 
Temple Sinai
3100 Military Road, NW, Washington DC 20015
Securing and safeguarding women’s reproductive rights has been a longstanding issue in this country. The present political environment as exemplified by recent judicial appointments, executive pronouncements and legislative developments has only served to heighten the concern and focus on a host of issues ranging from contraception, reproductive health, sex education to the right to abortion. The scope of these issues crosses national, state and local boundaries. While understandable focus has b...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Women & Girls, DC, Reform, Advocacy, Politics
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Dec
  16
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
The TRS Blood Drive is on Sunday, December 16 – 8:30 am to 2:00 pm in the social hall. Please save the date, and sign up at http://bit.ly/TempleRodefShalom1216 or contact Nancy Bleeker at nancycb700@gmail.com or Susan Freilich at sularkar1@aol.com or 703-472-3564. Bring your teen with you!! Teens, age 16, may donate with written parental consent; 17 or older are eligible without parental consent. Delicious refreshments and TLC will be provided by the Women of TRS. Do a mitzvah for your neig...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Volunteer
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sun
Dec
  16
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Embrace all of our neighbors by engaging in dialogue with a member of the Transgender Advocacy Speakers Bureau. Our speaker will help us build a better understanding of transgender life experiences through storytelling and open, candid discussion.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), GLBT, Interfaith, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Adult Education, Advocacy, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Dec
  16
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Congregation B'nai Tzedek
10621 South Glen Road, Potomac MD 20854
Gulliver’s Troubles: American Foreign Policy in the Volatile Middle East Aaron David Miller, a Vice President and Middle East Program Director at the Wilson Center, is among America’s foremost experts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. policy in the Middle East. A former adviser to six secretaries of state (George Schultz to Colin Powell), he helped shape America’s policy in the region for more than two decades. A prolific commentator, Miller is currently a global affairs analyst for C...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10 General Public

 
 
Sun
Dec
  16
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
SVIVAH
8201 16th Street, Silver Spring MD 20910
Introducing SVIVAH, a new venture dedicated to Jewish womanhood in the greater DC area. SVIVAH believes in a Jewish community made stronger by enriching the lives of its women. Join SVIVAH for a women's gathering discussing empowered life transitions. "It's All About The Becoming" with special guest speaker Dvora Entin, LCSW of Philadelphia. Life is far from static and women are keenly attuned to its ebbs and flows. Join us as Dvora Entin, LCSW shares her perspective on “The Pivot,” respecting...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Women & Girls, Maryland, Non-denominational, Adult Education, Fitness & Wellness, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Suggested Donation: $18

 
 
Thu
Dec
  20
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Washington Jewish Film Festival)
7235 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda MD 20814
Over the nearly seven decades of its existence, the Mossad has cultivated its image as a daring, all-powerful intelligence agency for which no ‘mission impossible’ exists. For the first time, WJFF-alum Duki Dror (Shadow in Baghdad, Partner with the Enemy) offers a peak behind the Mossad’s nearly impenetrable history, coaxing illuminating interviews out of 24 former spy-chiefs and operatives who detail their clandestine operations, ethical struggles, and the personal price paid in service of the...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, Israel, Politics
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
Dec
  24
7:00 PM - 11:59 PM
 
8300 Meadowbrook Ln, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Israeli dancing for kids, Classics, circles / partners / lines. Join us for our annual collaboration of fun and excitement. All skill levels welcome, however, there will be no instruction. 7-7:30pm Dancing for kids and families 7:45-9pm Classics 9pm-2am Circles, Lines and Partner dances $15/person; $10/student; $5/child (kids dancing) For more information contact Mike Fox, markidmike@gmail.com or Ken Avner, ken@kenavner.com.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Maryland, Arts & Culture, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $15

 
 
Tue
Dec
  25
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
 
D25
400 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington DC 20001
December 25th Day of Service (D25) is the Edlavitch DCJCC’s largest volunteer event of the year. Join hundreds of volunteers at a social service agency in the metro-DC area to prepare and serve meals, sing carols, visit home-bound seniors, throw holiday parties, play bingo, and deliver holiday cheer to those in need. This year, while the EDCJCC building is undergoing renovation, the Hyatt Regency will be D25’s home base. Several ways to give back will be available on-site at the Hyatt Regency, ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Teens, DC, Volunteer
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $20/person

 
 
Thu
Dec
  27
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
4201 Fairfax Dr., Arlington VA 22203
Join us at CUMC’s soup kitchen to help feed Arlington’s homeless. Across the street from the Ballston Metro Station on the orange line (back of building).
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Volunteer
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Dec
  27
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Drop-in or come every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month! $10 payable at the door.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Arts & Culture, Fitness & Wellness, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Fri
Dec
  28
5:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
4201 Fairfax Dr., Arlington VA 22203
Join us at CUMC’s soup kitchen to help feed Arlington’s homeless. Across the street from the Ballston Metro Station on the orange line (back of building).
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Volunteer
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Jan
  3
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 
Kehilat Pardes - The Rock Creek Synagogue
13300 Arctic Ave., Rockville MD 20853
Jewish Mysticism The 10-week course will be taught by Rabbi Uri Topolosky 60% discounts available before 12/1! Despite the public chatter about Kabbalah, for many, this important aspect of the Jewish tradition remains a "closed book." This course presents the rich history of Jewish mysticism, along with understandings of many of the texts that have been so central to that tradition, speaking to the deepest mysteries of human existence and to many of life's eternal universal questions.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Orthodox, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; Regular tuition is $250 + $45 for the book

 
 
Thu
Jan
  3
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Charles E. Smith Life Communities
TBD, TBD MD 20852
A special event for those students who have graduated from the H2YP program or from the Student Volunteer Program. We invite you to join us for an evening of bocci, bowling and conversation. This is open to those students 18-25 who have participated in either the H2YP program or Student Volunteer program at Charles E. Smith Life Communities.
Listed In:  Teens, Maryland, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Jan
  10
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 
Kehilat Pardes - The Rock Creek Synagogue
13300 Arctic Ave., Rockville MD 20853
Jewish Mysticism The 10-week course will be taught by Rabbi Uri Topolosky 60% discounts available before 12/1! Despite the public chatter about Kabbalah, for many, this important aspect of the Jewish tradition remains a "closed book." This course presents the rich history of Jewish mysticism, along with understandings of many of the texts that have been so central to that tradition, speaking to the deepest mysteries of human existence and to many of life's eternal universal questions.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Orthodox, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; Regular tuition is $250 + $45 for the book

 
 
Sun
Jan
  13
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Are you ready for the leadership experience of a lifetime? Jteen Philanthropy is your chance to change the world while having an amazing time with your friends. As a member of a giving circle, you will take on the role of a philanthropist and make decisions that impact people and organizations locally and worldwide. Take part in this unique program for an amazing addition to your college res...
Listed In:  Teens, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Leadership Development
Event Cost:  more than $50; $360

 
 
Sun
Jan
  13
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
Lox and Lecture: “The Island of Roses – Tragedy in Paradise” Meet documentary maker and journalist Rebecca Samona` and see her intensely personal movie. Through the memories of her mother, family friends and additional archival material, Rebecca reconstructs the little known story of the life of the Jews of Rhodes, an Italian colony. Following their deportation to Auschwitz in July 1944 and the destruction of the community, the handful of survivors kept alive the memories of this centuries-old ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Arts & Culture, History/Education
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; WoTRS Members $7, Non-WoTRS Members $10

 
 
Mon
Jan
  14
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Shalom Hartman Institute of North America (Shalom Hartman Institute of NA - Washington DC Office)
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
How can we reimagine the relationship between American and Israeli Jewries in light of today's growing tensions? Join The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Shalom Hartman Institute of North America for the second lecture in our partnership series. We will learn with the esteemed Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute. From Family to Consumer? New Models for the Relationship Between Israel & World Jewry The gap between American and Israeli Jews has been ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Northern Virginia, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Thu
Jan
  17
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 
Kehilat Pardes - The Rock Creek Synagogue
13300 Arctic Ave., Rockville MD 20853
Jewish Mysticism The 10-week course will be taught by Rabbi Uri Topolosky 60% discounts available before 12/1! Despite the public chatter about Kabbalah, for many, this important aspect of the Jewish tradition remains a "closed book." This course presents the rich history of Jewish mysticism, along with understandings of many of the texts that have been so central to that tradition, speaking to the deepest mysteries of human existence and to many of life's eternal universal questions.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Orthodox, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; Regular tuition is $250 + $45 for the book

 
 
Thu
Jan
  17
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Washington Jewish Film Festival)
7235 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda MD 20814
The Washington Jewish Film Festival Year Round programming presents: Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People Dir. Oren Rudavsky | 84 min | 2018 Documentary, English Thursday, January 17 7:30 PM Bethesda Row Cinema - 7235 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD Joseph Pulitzer spoke of “fake news” over 100 years ago and fought the dangers that the suppression of news augured for democracy long before our present threats to press freedom. Director Oren Rudavsky’s (The Ruins of Lifta, A Life Apart: Hasidism...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $13.50

 
 
Mon
Jan
  21
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Congregation Etz Hayim is proud to be a sponsor of the 2019 Volunteer Arlington MLK Day of Service. This day will help strengthen and empower our community through hands-on service projects and on-site volunteer training opportunities. Please register on the Volunteer Arlington website at https://volunteer.leadercenter.org/civicrm/event/register?id=17&reset=1 Projects fill up quickly so please register by mid-December or as soon as possible. Choose any of the service projects that interes...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Teens, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Volunteer
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
Jan
  21
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
In conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and the spirit of community that this day inspires, Volunteer Fairfax proudly presents this program that gives families the opportunity to participate in a number of meaningful projects. Visit volunteerfairfax.org to register. Registration opens on December 17th!
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Teens, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Social Events, Volunteer
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Thu
Jan
  24
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 
Kehilat Pardes - The Rock Creek Synagogue
13300 Arctic Ave., Rockville MD 20853
Jewish Mysticism The 10-week course will be taught by Rabbi Uri Topolosky 60% discounts available before 12/1! Despite the public chatter about Kabbalah, for many, this important aspect of the Jewish tradition remains a "closed book." This course presents the rich history of Jewish mysticism, along with understandings of many of the texts that have been so central to that tradition, speaking to the deepest mysteries of human existence and to many of life's eternal universal questions.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Orthodox, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; Regular tuition is $250 + $45 for the book

 
 
Thu
Jan
  31
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 
Kehilat Pardes - The Rock Creek Synagogue
13300 Arctic Ave., Rockville MD 20853
Jewish Mysticism The 10-week course will be taught by Rabbi Uri Topolosky 60% discounts available before 12/1! Despite the public chatter about Kabbalah, for many, this important aspect of the Jewish tradition remains a "closed book." This course presents the rich history of Jewish mysticism, along with understandings of many of the texts that have been so central to that tradition, speaking to the deepest mysteries of human existence and to many of life's eternal universal questions.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Orthodox, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; Regular tuition is $250 + $45 for the book

 
 
Wed
Feb
  6
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Washington Jewish Film Festival)
555 11th St NW, Washington DC 20004
The Washington Jewish Film Festival Year Round programming presents: Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes Dir. Sophie Huber | 85 min | 2018 Documentary, English Wednesday, February 6 7:30 PM E Street Cinema - 555 11th Street NW WDC An exploration of the vision behind the iconic American jazz record label Blue Note Records. Since 1939, Blue Note artists have been encouraged to push creative boundaries in search of uncompromising expressions. Through current recording sessions, rare archive a...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $13.50

 
 
Thu
Feb
  7
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 
Kehilat Pardes - The Rock Creek Synagogue
13300 Arctic Ave., Rockville MD 20853
Jewish Mysticism The 10-week course will be taught by Rabbi Uri Topolosky 60% discounts available before 12/1! Despite the public chatter about Kabbalah, for many, this important aspect of the Jewish tradition remains a "closed book." This course presents the rich history of Jewish mysticism, along with understandings of many of the texts that have been so central to that tradition, speaking to the deepest mysteries of human existence and to many of life's eternal universal questions.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Orthodox, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; Regular tuition is $250 + $45 for the book

 
 
Sun
Feb
  10
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Are you ready for the leadership experience of a lifetime? Jteen Philanthropy is your chance to change the world while having an amazing time with your friends. As a member of a giving circle, you will take on the role of a philanthropist and make decisions that impact people and organizations locally and worldwide. Take part in this unique program for an amazing addition to your college res...
Listed In:  Teens, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Leadership Development
Event Cost:  more than $50; $360