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Spring 2016


Full List coming soon, but for now, here's the first one to tempt you!



Wednesdays at Adas Israel Congregation

2850 Quebec St. NW, Metro: Cleveland Park—Red Line


Guns and Gun Violence—Is There a Jewish Answer?

Instructor: Tom Diaz

May 4, 11, 18 at 7 p.m.


This fact-based course seeks to address the issue of guns and gun violence in America from a

neutral perspective, with special attention to insights from Jewish thought and historical


May 4: The Problem—A Primer on Guns and Gun Violence in America. An intensive introduction

to the types of firearms available in the United States—their history, how they work, and their

design implications. At the end of this session, participants will understand such terms as

“semiautomatic,” “machine gun,” “high-capacity magazines,” and more. They will leave with

handouts containing more detailed information and links to sources of data about the types and

prevalence of gun violence in America.

May 11: The Solutions?—The law and the Law. This session will survey existing federal and

state laws regulating firearms. What’s legal, what’s not? What are the major proposals for more

laws or regulations? What do their advocates and opponents say about them? At the midpoint of

this session, we’ll switch to discussing the specific historical experiences of Jews and points of

reference from Jewish thought about violence, self-defense, and tikkun olam.

May 18: So, nu? In a (lightly) moderated final session, participants will discuss the ultimate

question of what, if anything, Jews bring to this issue or should do about it.

Tom Diaz, a member of Adas Israel, has six decades of experience with firearms, from Boy

Scouts and the military through Congressional and advocacy work, including for a gun violence

prevention group. He has written two books and many articles about guns and the gun industry.

Despite a long history of advocacy, he promises that this course will be as neutral as humanly










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1. Register early. For a $5 discount, pre-register online or by email at least 48 hours before the class session.

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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.





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