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Ongoing Classes

OT offers adult programs throughout the year. There is no fee unless specified. New students are welcome to join most continuing classes at any time.

Mishnah Study with Rabbi Kalender, Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30am. Gather each Wednesday morning to discuss the first Jewish law code. Join this lively group as we consider this core text for Jewish ethics, ritual, and theology. No prior knowledge necessary, and the English translation is provided. New students are welcome to join at any time throughout the year. Email Rabbi Kalender to be added to his class list so you can receive the class materials and Zoom link to participate.

Torah Study Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Kalender, Thursdays, 12:00pm. Join Rabbi Kalender on Thursdays for a weekly lunch and learn Torah study to supplement your Shabbat observance. This class is password protected. The password is sent via email to our listserv, or contact

Upcoming Classes

Israeli Wine Tasting, Thursdays, August 27, September 3, September 10, 8:30-9:15pm. Come together on zoom to learn about the wines, wineries and winemakers, and the geography of winemaking in Israel. Educator and Israeli wine enthusiast, Steve Kerbel, has curated a half-case (six wines) of Israeli wines for a special Call of the Shofar class. Each week, we will enjoy one red and one white. Click here to register for the zoom link and learn more about ordering the wine. Want to attend the class without the wine? That's fine! The Israeli Wine Tasting is part of our ongoing Call of the Shofar initiative.

Short Story Discussion Series, Tuesday, August 25-September 29, 11:00am. Join a lively literary discussion without committing to read a novel. Click here to sign up. Choose the stories that interest you or sign up for the entire series! Want to lead a discussion of your favorite short story? Email Erin Dreyfuss to become a discussion leader. The Short Story Discussion Series is part of our ongoing Call of the Shofar initiative.

Elijah: The Man, The Myth, The Legend with Steve Kerbel, Fridays, October 16-December 11 (excluding November 27), 9:30-10:30am. Elijah is a central figure in the Book of Kings, but the mythology and legends surrounding his life extend way beyond those of any other Biblical prophet. We will start with the Biblical texts describing Elijah's life's work, and then explore the developing sources that bring him to our Passover Seders, Brit Milah ceremonies, and even Camden Yards.

Steve Kerbel is the principal of Steven Kerbel Educational Consulting in Rockville, Maryland. In this capacity he is a consulting  faculty member to the Center for Israel Education in Atlanta, GA and the Site Director for the Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning for Greater Washington DC and faculty member for the Haberman Institute of Jewish Studies. Before this, he served as Director of Education for Congregation B’nai Tzedek and Ohr Kodesh Congregation for a combined 14 years. Prior to that, Steve was the inaugural Retreat Director of Capital Camps & Retreat Center. Steve has also been a full-time faculty member at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville and an educational consultant to the Seaboard Region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. In what seems like a different lifetime, Steve earned a law degree and was in the private practice of law for eight years. Steve is an alum of the University of Maryland, College Park, where he met his wife, Judy, and they have two daughters. Among Steve’s consulting activities, he facilitates wine tastings featuring Israeli wines and teaches about the geography and diversity of Israel through its wines and wine makers.

World of Hope Golf Tournament, April 27, 2021

The 26th Annual World of Hope Golf Tournament, co-sponsored by Capital Caring, is a day of fun, good deeds and golf. Tournament proceeds benefit the Rabbi Itzhaq M. Klirs Adult Education Fund and Capital Caring, so play, volunteer, donate or sponsor! Click here to learn more.


Co-Chairs Melinda Roth and Sharyn Stahl

Sun, September 20 2020 2 Tishrei 5781