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Ben Zoma said: Who is he who is wise?  He who learns from every man; as it is said, from all I have gained understanding.---Pirkei  Avot (The  Sayings of the  Fathers)



Fall 2015 Class List


Wednesdays at Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St., NW (near Cleveland Park metro)



Rabbi Janice Garfunkel Memorial Lecture, Dec. 2


Topic: It Takes a Village: Single Parenting by Choice in the Jewish Community


Rabbi Janice Garfunkel was a Reform rabbi, a director of the Jewish Study Center in the 1990s and a valued member of many local communities, including Adas Israel and its Traditional Egalitarian Minyan. She passed away Oct. 25, 2013, leaving two young daughters, after a valiant battle with cancer. This memorial program, sponsored by the Jewish Study Center in conjunction with her friends and family, is intended as an ongoing tribute to the values she held dear, including family, community, and caring for the sick.

Admission free of charge. please let us know if you are coming by registering.



Tuesdays at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History—Oct. 20, 27, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.

Jewish Life in the Military—Three Perspectives Oct. 20, 27, Dec. 1- 7:00-8:15 p.m.
Oct. 20-- 'A Truly Jewish Life in the Military’
Oct. 27—Jews in the Military Since 1654: A Brief History
Dec. 1—Military Ethics From a Jewish Perspective: A Chaplain’s View.


Spiritual Challah-Baking - Tuesday, Dec 1, 2014 7pm-8:15pm


A Special Chanukah Celebration - December 10, Co-Sponsored by the Museum, the Jewish War Veterans and the Jewish Study Center! Eat, drink, sing, light candles, and tour the Museum.





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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.




The Jewish Study Center mourns the passing October 25 of Rabbi Janice Garfunkel, its friend and former director.
In cooperation with her family, we have agreed to establish a Rabbi Janice Garfunkel Memorial Fund, which will support a lecture or other educational event on a subject that held meaning for Janice in her life and work. The event will take place on the occasion of her yahrtzeit, either once or annually, as funds permit.
Those who wish to donate in her memory can do so via this website by clicking on DONATE or by filling out the Donation Form and sending it in.





Making Challah, 2013