Jewish Study Center - Washington, DC

About Us


Who We Are

The Jewish Study Center offers a wide array of classes and programs of Jewish content and invites anyone, regardless of background, to learn, grow and socialize with our community of learners. 

Our classes include text study in Bible, Mishna, Talmud, and Midrash, as well as courses in Jewish arts and culture, ethics, history, and philosophy.  Courses regularly apply Jewish tradition to issues of social action, politics, interpersonal relationships, and work.


The Study Center offers three semesters of courses per year, varying in range from single session classes to those lasting up to ten weeks. Courses typically meet weekly at one of several convenient locations in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. 


Our Philosophy

The Study Center is committed to a pluralistic egalitarian approach to Jewish study that encourages active participation the rich and meaningful tradition of Judaism. Teachers continue to study in our learning community and students often become teachers.  


Come learn with us.


Board of Directors
Amy Schwartz President

Vice President
Ken Goldstein Secretary
Jerry Garfinkel Treasurer
Beryl Neurmann Board Member
Diana Cohen Altman Board Member

Zev Lewis

Board Member & Administrator


Board Member
Vivien Clair Board Member

Past Presidents
Paul Bardack
Bob Rovinsky
Ken Goldstein
Gilah Langner
Elaine Reuben
Sheryl Segal
Norman Shore

Advisory Board
Robyn Helzner
Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt
Sheldon Kimmel
Rabbi Gilah Langner
Paul Scham, Ph.D.
Norman Shore


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.....I REALLY enjoyed last Thursday's class. The challah had doubled in size by the time I arrived home!  I couldn't believe my eyes. I now understand why bread is used as a symbol of fellowship and life in both the Jewish and Christian traditions.  It truly is a miracle of life.  And the satisfaction I felt when I took the baked loaves out of the oven that night, it was indescribable. The only thing better was breaking that bread with friends on Shabbat and being told that it was delicious.  Maraming, maraming salamat (thank you very much) for this wonderful gift!
Warmest thanks, 
Tanya Lat (from the Philippines)


On behalf of Hill Havurah, we thank the Jewish Study Center for sending us Master Storyteller Bob Rovinsky, who enthralled our eight participants with his Tales from the Heart.  Bob was a terrific workshop leader who kept everyone's attention, even the two children who attended.  We all agreed that the Hill Center is, indeed, a lovely venue, and the room they gave us was perfect! Thanks again.  And we're looking forward to continuing collaboration.

Laurie Solnik for Hill Havurah


Thanks to the JSC, I became "Zahara"! I first took Judaism 101 at the JSC with Barbara White, because I wanted to learn more about my own heritage -- I was serving on the board of a Jewish organization and knew very little about Judaism due to my secular, interfaith upbringing. After that class, I was hooked. I went on to learn basic Hebrew so I could start to say the blessings. Then when I learned Barbara was hosting a Bat Mitvah class at Fabrangen, I signed up. At the ceremony two years later, I was called up to the bimah, using my new Hebrew name, Zahara Aviva. Later I even taught a JSC class on Jewish Poetry. I am grateful that the JSC has been there to guide me on my journey of learning and transformation.