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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)

Winter 2015 Classes


Tuesday Nights at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History
1811 R Street NW (one block from Dupont Circle Metro - Red Line)
JSC, Jewish War Veteras and Museum members receive discount. 

Feminist Readings of the Talmud - Jan. 13, 20, Feb 10 7-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday Nights at Adas Israel Congregation - Co-Sponsored by Adas Israel Congregation 2850 Quebec St. NW (Cleveland Park metro - Red Line)
JSC, Adas members receive discount. 


Global Jewish Cultures on Three Continents: - Jan. 14, 21, 28 at 7 p.m.
Jan. 14 - Jewish Culture and Yiddish ‘Renewal’ In Sweden
Jan. 21 - Jews of Cape Verde
Jan. 28 - Jews in a Changing Cuba

Caring for Caregivers Jewishly: - Jan. 14, 7-8:15 p.m


Some of Their Best Friends: Righteous Gentiles of the Bible - Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 11, 18 8:15-9:25 p.m.


Mikvah: Beyond the Headlines - Jan,14, Feb. 11 8:15 – 9:25 p.m.
Jan. 14 - Into The Depths: Mikvah Past and Present
Feb. 11 - If These Walls Could Talk: Mikvah Guides Discuss Their Work

Becoming Blessers, Being Blessings - Co-Sponsored by Minyan Oneg Shabbat

Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb. 18 7-8:15 p.m.


Using the Holocaust Against the Jews? - Feb. 11, 8:15 p.m.




The Great Latke-Hamentasch Debate! - Feb. 25, 7 p.m. - This event is supported by a grant from The Jewish Food Experience, a program of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington -



Join the Jewish Study Center for A Tu B’Shevat Seder!- Feb. 4, 7-9 p.m. Preregistration reqsuired by Feb. 1 - This event is supported by a grant from The Jewish Food Experience, a program of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington - JFElogo

Sundays in Northern Virginia

Co-Sponsored by Temple Rodef Shalom 2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church, VA

Archaeology’s Imprint on the Modern Jewish World: - January 11, 18, & 25 at 2:00 PM

Free Event
Jan. 11 - Abuses in the Name of Biblical Archaeology
Jan. 18 - King Herod’s Caesarea and American-Israeli Relations Today
Jan. 25 - Diarna: A High-Tech Virtual Museum of Jewish Life in the Middle East and North Africa

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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.




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