Jewish Study Center - Washington, DC

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Spring Semester 2018


Special Notice:

CANCELLED: The April 11 class on “The Passover Narrative from the African American Tradition”

Wednesday Nights at Adas Israel Congregation

At 7:00 p.m. or 8:15 p.m.


April 18 at 7 p.m. - Telling Our Stories: American Jewish Museums

(See the Film Fest’s related movie, May 5 or 6)


April 18 at 8:15 p.m. - Jews in D.C.: The Numbers and What They Mean


April 25 at 7 p.m. - The Psalms in Words and Music Psalm 100: Exploring of the Relationship of Sacred Music and Text


April 25 at 8:15 p.m. - Does Israel Have Its Own Cuisine?


May 2 at 7 p.m. - Jews, India and Bollywood: A Discussion

(See the Film Festival’s related movies, May 7 or 12)

May 2 at 8:15 p.m. - How World War I Changed the Jewish World


May 9 at 7:00 p.m. - Beyond the Headlines: The Global Refugee Crisis through a Jewish Lens (Co-sponsored with HIAS)


May 16 at 7:00 p.m - What Is a Jewish Book? A Discussion


May 16 at 8:15 p.m. - Chaim Grade: Intellectual Life in Vilna Between the Wars


May 23, 30, at 8:15 p.m. - Untangling the Psalms


May 23, 30, June 6 - Synagogue Skills

An Introduction to Leyning, 7:00 p.m.

A Taste of Zmirot, 8:15 p.m.


June 6 at 8:15 p.m. - The Balance of Buddhism: What Everyone Should Know (Part II)



Thursday Nights at Temple Rodef Shalom

Each class meets for three sessions: April 26, May 3 and 10 at 7:00 p.m.


Jerusalem: Celebrating 50 Years Since Reunification


The Jewish Presence in Early Jazz - with Rob Bamberger


Jews in Blues: Judaism and Law Enforcement -with Cantor Michael Shochet


Judaism at the Core — with Cantor Allen Leider


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Weather-Related Cancellations:
Classes may be canceled for the following reasons:

• The building is closed due to inclement weather.

• The teacher cannot make it to the class due to inclement weather.

• The teacher cannot make it to the class due to illness.

The easiest way to see if a class is canceled to inclement weather is to call the building where your class will be held:
Adas Israel Synagogue, (202) 362-4433

Temple Rodef Shalom, (703) 532-2217


Illness related Cancellations
If a class is canceled due to teacher illness we will notify you as soon as possible. Class sessions canceled due to weather will be rescheduled as soon as possible and when possible at the same place, time and day of the week as the original session.

Enrollment-Related Cancellations We request that you pre-register and pre-pay for the classes so we can inform you of any potential changes to the class. If there are no pre-registrations 24 hours before a class, that class may be canceled. If fewer than five students show up for a class’s first session, the instructor has the option of canceling the class after waiting 15 minutes. (However, many instructors choose to proceed.)
If your class is canceled due to under-enrollment prior to the first session, we will make every effort to inform you if you have signed up. Cancellations will also be posted on our web site. All advance cancellations will be posted by 12:00 p.m. the day of a scheduled program. We suggest you check our web site after 12:00 p.m. the day of your program to confirm your course status.


For information about rescheduled class sessions, refunds or other matters, please call (202) 332-1221) or message the Study Center at

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Learn with us for less!  


We offer the following ways to reduce your tuition:
1. Register early. For a $5 discount, pre-register online or by email at least 48 hours before the class session.

2. Bring a friend for free.   Bring along a new student who takes out a Jewish Study Center membership,  and you can take that evening’s class for free. 

3.  Special offer for those 30 and under: Pay $30 and you'll get a ticket good for any six classes this term! Just show it for admission. (It's still a good idea to register for classes so we know you're coming; classes with no pre-registrations may be cancelled.) You can buy the ticket online or at the door.

4.Take advantage of our volunteer program!  If you would like to take classes but tuition is a barrier, please contact us about receiving free tuition in return for volunteering your time. We are a teaching and learning community and want no one turned away for financial reasons.  Contact us at: info@jewishstudycenter or (202) 332-1221.

5. Become a member of the Jewish Study Center!   Member benefits include discounts and special events.