Back to School for Adult Jewish Education!

Graphic courtesy of Clipart

Graphic courtesy of Clipart

Building off of my last post, here’s a little bit of what you can expect from area institutions offering adult Jewish education courses this fall. Time to sharpen your pencils!

The Jewish Study Center

The Jewish Study Center was founded in 1978 as a nonprofit institute aimed at creating adult education initiatives for the D.C. area Jewish community. Their mission is to offer a wide breadth of hands-on learning experiences. JSC offers three semesters of 15-20 courses per year for approximately 300 students per semester. Classes this fall include a Rosh Hashanah mini-session, a Chanukah seder, ethnic cooking classes and Kosher wine tastings, book reading, book writing and comic book lectures, Jewish rituals, the Israel Lobby and the Middle East, Jewish culture locally and around the globe, and much more.

Classes will be held at St. Maragaret’s Episcopal Church, Sixth & I, Adas Israel, the DCJCC, and all over town. Find more information here!

The Foundation for Jewish Studies

Founded in 1983, FJS offers in-depth studies with the intention of fostering knowledge and faithfulness to the ideals of Judaism. Programs persist more or less year-round, and include The Lunch & Learn Bible Series, Community Heritage Lectures, The Distinguished Scholars Series, Weekend Study Retreats, and the Bible Study Center.

Classes will be held at The Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, the Pearlstone Center, the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Ohr Kodesh Congregation, and Sixth & I.

The Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning

Operated in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, PJLL reaches out to Jews of all ages for educational and other community-sharing experiences. Classes this season include The Florence Melton Adult Mini-School of Greater Washington, The Jewish Heritage Program, the Me’ah Program, Judaism – An Owner’s Manual, The Golden Age: Jews and Arabs in Spain, Jewish Leadership Institute, Book Talk, Am Echad, J-Dentity, Capital Kabbalah, Big Questions Salon and J-Book Writer’s Camp.

Locations are PJLL Headquarters, Temple Beth Ami, the JCC of Greater Washington, the DCJCC, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Find more information here.


And if you’re still holding onto those dog days of summer, then never you fear! D.C. area Birthright alums over the age of 21 have the chance to join the Reverse Mifgash Retreat! Israeli Birthright alums will be joining us from Sept. 12 to 14 at Capital Camps for some good ol’ campside fun. Registration closes on the 5th, so sign up today!

Shabbat Shalom!


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