Jewish learning comes in so many forms for all ages. Regular class offerings include Hebrew, Introduction to Judaism, and Love & Religion, our interfaith couples workshop.

Please make sure you read our Registration Policies before registering for a class.

One-Time Classes

Half-Jewish? Jewish Identity in the 21st Century
Tuesday, February 23, 7:30 pm
Teacher: Rabbi Sarah Tasman
What exactly do we mean by “half Jewish”? For some, being Jewish is the foundation of their identity, while for others, it is just a part of who they are. In this workshop we will explore how Judaism plays into making you who you are and how your identity is larger than the individual pieces that factor into it and how that plays a part in defining our Jewish community.

"Hello, It's Me...": Purim's Lessons on Inner vs. Outer Identities
Thursday, March 10, 7:30pm
Teacher: Halley Cohen
Are you the same person to your friends, your boss, and your family? Does that match the image you have of yourself? How do you defy expectations?
Purim has a lot to say about making sense of who you are to the world. Join other curious minds in a class that uses the Book of Esther, other Jewish texts and stories, and your own life experiences to think about what Purim teaches us about expressing ourselves.

Caring for the Caregiver
Tuesday, March 29, 7:30 pm
Facilitator: Rabbi Steven M. Glazer
Caring for a loved one suffering from dementia or other prolonged illness can be physically and emotionally exhausting.  Through an interactive lecture, Rabbi Glazer will discuss how Judaism addresses the role and the responsibilities of those who care for aging family members and those with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, providing them with comfort and encouragement, helping them to make critical decisions compassionately, and guiding them with the tools and resources they need to help them cope.

The Service of the Heart: Getting the Most Out of Jewish Prayer
Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 pm
Teacher: Joe Gindi
Have you ever felt like prayer could be a more meaningful or visceral experience, or shied away from Jewish prayer because you felt you didn’t know enough? How do we connect our “service of the heart” to the structures and words of the prayer book?  In this workshop we will try out different approaches to prayer, using the language and structure of traditional Jewish prayer as a platform for the yearnings of our hearts. No matter your level of experience with prayer, this workshop will provide skills and techniques to connect to the prayer book, yourself, and (possibly) transcendent power.

Multi-Session Classes

Hebrew Classes
Wednesdays, March 2 - April 20, 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm
Teachers: Naomi McNally & Lorit Chai
Start at the beginning or keep your skills fresh- we offer five levels of Hebrew classes with taught by native Israeli speakers, including reading Israeli literature in Hebrew!

Study Groups
DC Beit Midrash
Mondays year-round, 7:30-9:00 pm.
Currently on hiatus

Learning Opportunities for Kids
Yom Rishon
Yom Rishon at the J is the DCJCC’s Sunday program designed to encourage connection to the Jewish community through art, music, stories, food and experiential learning. We utilize the Center’s extensive resources to create fun-filled mornings and informal Jewish experiences.
More information and dates coming soon!

MoEd DC is an exciting new aftercare program created in partnership with MoEd, a Jewish educational after-school program in Maryland. MoEd DC will offer an easy way for busy families with children from PK4 to 3rd Grade to introduce their children to Hebrew and Jewish learning. The core program focuses on three "Content Days" which includes immersive Hebrew study and Judaics, as well as optional "
Enrichment Days" which may include, yoga, karate, swimming, etc. Click here for complete details.

Language Groups
Chug Kriah Hebrew Reading Group
12:30-2:00pm, alternate Sundays beginning September 7

Leyenkrayz Yiddish Reading Group
2:30-4:00pm, alternate Sundays beginning September 7

Mifgash Hebrew Speakers Group
7:00-8:30pm, alternate Thursdays

*Learning should never be cost-prohibitive. If the cost of any DCJCC class prevents you from registering, please contact Tami Wolf at 202-777-3259 to discuss payment plans or other alternatives.

Questions? Contact us for more information on any Jewish Life program, event, or class.

Tami Wolf
Associate Director of Jewish Life
(202) 777-3259

Sara Shalva

Director of Jewish Innovation
(202) 777-3249

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