Lifelong Learning


Adas Israel Congregation
2850 Quebec St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, director
Adas Israel offers a variety of classes, programs and special events, open to members and non-members including: Adas Reads, Jewish Literacy, Hebrew Literacy, Learners’ Minyanim (Shabbat services), Adult B’nai Mitzvah, couples workshops, Saturday morning weekly study of the Torah portion, Downtown Bible Study, Adult Retreat, three annual endowed lectures, sites for Jewish Study Center classes, programs for converts plus learning through doing – tikkun olam. There will be 3 weekends on the themes of Torah li’shma, tikkun olam and Ahavat Israel.

Adult Center for Education (ACE)
JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852
Melanie Greenfield
Offers high-level courses for adults seeking ongoing education during the spring and fall of the year at the JCC on Monday and in Leisure World on Tuesday. Topics include history, music and art appreciation, Jewish and Israeli subjects, literature, Spanish, Russian, computer skills and more.

Aish HaTorah Center for Jewish Learning
11418 Old Georgetown Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852
Executive Director: Rabbi Shlomo Buxbaum
Aish HaTorah is a Jewish Learning Center for Jews of all backgrounds, affiliations and levels of observance. Our mission is to assist Jews of all backgrounds to understand the depth and richness of Judaism and to inspire a love of being Jewish. We offer daily classes throughout the Greater Washington area on the full spectrum of Jewish topics and Shabbat morning services and classes for those beginning their Jewish journey or those looking to take their Jewish knowledge to the next level.

B’nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852
Fax: 301-881-6221
Staff Contact: Rabbi Michael Safra
B’nai Israel Congregation provides Jewish educational programming to satisfy the desire for knowledge within the adult population. Award-winning programs include one-time workshops, short courses and guest lecture series presented in a welcoming environment intended for adults at all educational levels. Examples of past programming include the L.I.F.E. (Learning Is For Everyone) Lecture series; monthly Lunch and Learn (Torah study); Scholar-in-Residence weekends; Hebrew Reading for Beginners; Adult B’nai Mitzvah; Jewish Text Study, courses on prayer, identity, Jewish thought, and the modern Middle East.

chaplain michael bloom
Scholar in Residence
P. O. Box 9806
Arlington, VA 22219
[email protected]
Engaging programs on distinctive topics including Jewish humor, origins of Jewish food, American Jewish military history, wide world of Jewish customs, the responsa literature/T’shuvot.

Capital Retreat Center
Business Office: 11300 Rockville Pk., Suite 407
Rockville, MD 20852
Office: 301-468-2267
1-866-430-2267 (toll free)
Fax: 301-468-1719
Director of Retreat Sales:
Richard Weinstock
[email protected]
Jewish home away from home with guest services team ready to make your event meaningful and smooth. Glatt kosher (under Star-K) retreat center for the Mid-Atlantic region. Hotel and motel style accomodations, 56-person leadership center and heated cabins for year-round use; additional cabins and platform tents available in season. Meeting rooms, 700-seat dining room, two lakes, aquatic center, outdoor amphitheater and complete recreational facilities. High-speed Internet access in rooms and Internet cafe available. Ropes course and zip lines for team and confidence-building activities. Group, family or corporate events welcome. ACA accredited, JCCA member agency.

The Foundation
for Jewish Studies
12230 Wilkins Ave.
Rockville, MD 20852
Fax: 301-770-4509
Director: Lauren B. Strauss
Sponsors adult Jewish learning in the metropolitan area in cooperation with local community organizations and all Jewish denominations. Programs include the Distinguished Scholar Series, Community Lectures, Holiday Weekend Study Retreats, Travel and Study Seminars, and the Bible Study Center. Many events are free and open to the public.

Greater Washington Community Kollel
10900 Lockwood Dr.
Silver Spring, MD 20901
[email protected]
Rosh Kollel: Rabbi Menachem Winter
Founder: Rabbi Kalman Winter Zt’l
A Torah learning center that reaches forth to the affiliated in need of encouragement, the unaffiliated who need identification and the many college students who need inspiration.

Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Rd.
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Rabbi Michael Feshbach
[email protected]
Temple Shalom offers a comprehensive selection of courses focusing on the needs of our congregants and reaching out to the community. Programs throughout the year explore both the “how-to” and “why” of Jewish life, the basic building blocks of holidays and customs and the insights, struggles and historic circumstances that gave birth and give power to the rites and rituals of the Jewish people. We were the first synagogue or communal institution in the Washington area to offer the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Engaging Israel series, and will continue, in cooperation with other congregations, to focus on that program in the Fall of 2014. Other offerings include a weekday brown-bag lunch Bible study; book groups; classes in religious studies and classical rabbinic sources; Hebrew language classes and one-day Hebrew Marathons; Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah opportunities; a Rabbinic Study Group focused on core texts from Jewish tradition, and topics of contemporary interest developed at members’ requests and inspired by current events.

JCC of Greater Washington Jewish Family Living & Learning
JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852
Coordinator: Tracey Dorfmann
Wide variety of language programs, educational lecture series, Jewish holiday celebrations and workshops, Yiddish programming and interfaith outreach classes strengthens participants’ Jewish heritage, gives them a better understanding of Judaism and enhances their cultural experience.

Jewish Community Center
of Northern Virginia adult learning institute (ALI)
8900 Little River Tnpk.
Fairfax, VA 22031
TTY 703-323-7937
Fax: 703-323-1993
Adult Programming Director:
Carla Rosenfeld
Offers a variety of Judaic classes and programs, Yiddish and conversational Hebrew instruction.

Jewish Educators’
Assembly – Seaboard Region
c/o Ohr Kodesh Congregation
8300 Meadowbrook Ln.
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Fax: 301-495-4801
President: Rabbi Marc Israel
[email protected]
An organization of educators associated with the Conservative movement. Programs are for the professional growth of the members of the association; also educational programming in the Jewish community.

JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency) Himmelfarb Mobile University
Fax: 301-770-8741
Email: [email protected]
JSSA’s Himmelfarb Mobile University (HMU) program provides stimulating classes to residents of retirement and assisted living facilities and nursing homes, and participants in senior activity programs. HMU presentations help ease isolation and provide intellectual stimulation to its audiences, many of whom cannot take advantage of community learning opportunities. HMU brings interesting learning opportunities to seniors where they live. All classes are taught by volunteers – some actively working in or retired from their field of expertise – others teaching about their hobbies or interests. The hour-long classes encourage interaction in a “group learning” context. Programs can be scheduled as single presentations or multi-part sessions. Class offerings include economics, literature, political science, art, anthropology and much more.

JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency) Training Institute
200 Wood Hill Rd.
Fax: 301-309-2596
Email: [email protected]
JSSA’s Training Institute offers post-graduate and continuing education programs as well as an annual day long symposium for mental health professionals, teachers and counselors. The Institute also offers Jewish clergy trainings, and Core of Knowledge (COK) workshops for child care providers.

Jewish Study Center
5505 Connecticut Ave., N.W. #180
Washington, DC 20015
[email protected]
Eclectic courses on Jewish topics 2-4 nights a week at various locations in the Washington area. Independent, non-denominational, participatory atmosphere; volunteer teachers. Courses change each semester. Welcomes teachers and students of all backgrounds.

Machar – The Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism
P.O. Box 42014
Washington, DC 20015
Embracing history, traditions and ethics of Judaism from a cultural perspective; holiday services and celebrations; social action. Our adult education program runs concurrently with our Jewish Cultural School. Affiliated with the Society for Humanistic Judaism.

National Jewish
Outreach Program
Offers Hebrew Reading Crash Course series; Crash Course in Basic Judaism; Crash Course in Jewish History; Shabbat Across America; Shabbat Beginner Service; holiday programs.

Partnership for
Jewish Life and Learning
Fax: 240-283-6201
Offers and collaborates on the following programs, classes and individual resources that support adult education and lifelong learning across the Greater Washington area: Routes: A Day of Jewish Learning; Steinsaltz Global Day of Learning; Florence Melton School of Adult Learning of Greater Washington; Shulamith Reich Elster Resource Center and Isaac Franck Library Collection, including online resources. Also offers and collaborates on programs that support congregational education across the Greater Washington area and Collaborative Youth Philanthropy Groups.
Florence Melton School of Adult Learning of Greater Washington: A project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Melton enables Jewish learners from all backgrounds to learn about Jewish heritage and culture. Participants explore classic Jewish sources, from biblical through contemporary texts, to investigate issues of Jewish thought, practice and ethics, and to advance their knowledge of Jewish history. Daytime and evening classes available for all adult learners.

Routes: A Day of Jewish Learning: A one-day program offering an array of one-hour sessions on a variety of topics of interest to learners of all backgrounds. Session themes have included: art and culture, music, film, food/wine, Israel, leadership, parenting, politics/history, interfaith discussion, relationships and sex, social justice/contemporary Jewish issues, spirituality and Kabbalah and text and thought.

Tifereth Israel Congregation
Director of Lifelong Learning: Eitan Gutin
[email protected]
At TI you will find opportunities to learn about Jewish history, literature, law, spirituality, ethics, culture, politics, and current events. We regularly engage with Judaism in the kitchen as well as on the printed page. Most of our classes meet conveniently on Shabbat afternoons and Sundays, and our Monday Lunch and Learn program remains an excellent chance to share Torah study and a meal with members of the TI community. We invite you to explore our offerings and discover all of the programs sponsored by TI’s Adult Education Committee as well as Kol Nashim (sisterhood), Chaverim (men’s club), and the Social Action Committee. We look forward to learning with you!

Towson University Baltimore Hebrew Institute
8000 York Rd.
Towson, MD 21252
Director: Jill Max
[email protected]
Admissions: Loryn Strauzer
[email protected]
Towson University continues Baltimore Hebrew University’s mission of providing students with graduate programs in Jewish studies, Jewish education and Jewish communal service. Generous scholarships available. Community lectures, adult education, Hebrew Ulpan, and Biblical Hebrew are offered through Baltimore Hebrew Institute. The BHI Judaic Library collection contains over 70,000 volumes with unique and rare items in special collections.

Ulpan Ben Yehuda
JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852
Fax: 301-881-5512
Hebrew Coordinator: Rivka Degani, 301-348-3810
A comprehensive approach to conversational Hebrew. Classes from beginner to advanced are offered at the JCC of Greater Washington.

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