It’s been a tumultuous few months, and we’ve missed you, our students and teachers! We hope you’ve been safe and well. And while we at the JSC paused our operations, we couldn’t help noticing that along with all the heartache, upheaval and trauma, there has also opened up a surprising new space for online education—in particular, online Jewish education.
Like all of you, we’re alert to the needs around us, not just for our own safety but for justice and equity in our wider world. We’re eager to return to learning and to take part in the debates and inquiries raging on every side—on race, politics, culture, identity and memory—topics we’ve visited many times, but on which we always have more to learn. And like you, we’re eager to learn together in actual spaces together again when the time comes—whenever that may be.
Meanwhile, we’re planning a full fall semester, to be held online as long as necessary. And this summer, we’re excited to try our wings in virtual space, bringing together speakers—and topics!—from far outside our usual spaces.
Our first summer classes took us to New England for a piece of lost Jewish history in Burlington, Vermont, and an improbable visual feast.
Later in the summer our Challah Workshop from Jerusalem was our first international event and included practical tips on making challah as well as a discussion of the Jewish traditions and Halacha (Jewish law) concerning challah.
If you missed any of these classes, our website has links to their recorded videos.
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The Jewish Study Center was founded in 1978 as an independent nonprofit institute of adult Jewish education in the Washington, D.C. area. Our mission is to provide classes and programs of Jewish study in the widest possible breadth of topics in an atmosphere where any person, regardless of background or level of current involvement, can feel comfortable studying and establishing a serious relationship with the Jewish tradition.
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