Jewish Study Center - Washington, DC

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Fall Semester 2017


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JSC Wednesdays at Adas Israel

2850 Quebec St. NW (Metro: Cleveland Park) Co-sponsored with Adas Israel Congregation


Jews, Identity and Racial Justice: Having the Conversations:
Oct. 18, 25, Nov 1 at 7 p.m.
Co-sponsored with the Jewish Community Relations Council

____Oct. 18: Let’s Talk Among Ourselves

____Oct. 25: I’ve Always Wanted To Ask. . .

____Nov. 1: What’s next for the Jewish community and racial justice?


Global Jewish Cultures: Farideh Goldin: An Iranian Jewish Woman Tells Her Story
Oct. 18 at 8:25-9:25 p.m. (note late starting time)


Why I Became a Military Rabbi
Oct. 25, 7-8:15 p.m. Speaker: Rabbi Yonatan Warren


Book Talk: You Are the Book: A Spiritual Memoir by Rabbi Tamara Miller
Nov. 1, 7-8:15 p.m.


Israel’s Other Arts
Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 at 8:15 p.m.

____Oct. 25: Jewish Street Art

____Nov. 1: The Man Who Taught Ben Gurion to Stand on His Head: Martial Arts in Israel ____and the Improbable Career of Moshe Feldenkrais


The Poetry Peace Game – Poetry Games in Yiddish and Arabic!
Nov. 8, 7-9 p.m.

____7pm -The Yiddish Poetry Game: No Yiddish required!

____8pm -The Arabic Poetry Game: No Arabic is required!


Looking Outward: A Taste of Other Faiths
Nov. 8 and 15 at 8:15 p.m.

____Nov. 8: The Balance of Buddhism: What Everyone Should Know

____Nov. 15: Jesus and the Rabbis: The Jewish Version


Hitler’s “City of the Jews”: Recently Unearthed Memories from Theresienstadt
Nov. 15, 7-8:15 p.m.


What is happening with the Western Wall
Nov. 15, 7-8:15pm


The Janice Garfunkel Memorial Lecture—lecturer to be announced
Nov. 29, 7-9 p.m. Free of charge—refreshments!


Book Talk: Embroidery and Sacred Text: New Designs in Judaic Needlework by Rachel Braun Dec. 6, 7-8:15 p.m.


Ask the Rabbis Live: How Can We Disagree Jewishly?
Balancing Civility with Political Disagreement

Dec. 6 at 8:15-9:25 p.m.




Thursday Nights at Temple Rodef Shalom
October 26, Nov. 2, 9
2100 Westmoreland St., Falls Church, VA
Co-Sponsored by the JSC and the TRS Beit Midrash
All classes are subject to minimum enrollment.


The Media and Democracy: Hammer or Mirror?

October 26, Nov. 2, 9

1917: Zionism in a World Turned Upside Down

October 26, Nov. 2, 9

Introduction to Mussar Practice: A Jewish Approach to Daily Living

October 26, Nov. 2, 9

Los Judíos/Jewish Latin America: Jews of Ecuador

____Oct 26 - Jewish Latin America, an Overview
____Nov 2 - Documentary film: An Unknown Country: The Jewish Exiles of Ecuador
____Nov 9 -Jewish Ecuador, an Insider’s View - Betty Adler, Photographer



Celebrate Chanukah with the Jewish Study Center!


Thursday, Dec. 14 at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History

1811 R St., NW (Metro: Dupont Circle) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Eat, drink sing, light candles, and tour the Museum! Co-sponsored by the Museum, the JSC and the Jewish War Veterans


SAVE THE DATE – Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7-9 p.m.: Max Ticktin Memorial Latke-Hamentasch Debate



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The Jewish Study Center mourns the passing of Max Ticktin, z"l, one of our founders and a guiding spirit for many years. We were just one of the many, many institutions and organizations inspired or launched by Max in his long and fruitful life. His vision of a cooperative and participatory "Lehrhaus"--where teachers learn and learners teach, and where everyone has something to teach others--shaped us and carried through the many other institutions he shaped and the many lives he touched.




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.