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Adult Education

Adult Education at OT includes classes, lectures, and seminars that enrich the Jewish culture of our adult members. We invite you to check out our ongoing and upcoming classes, and special events below.

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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. All ongoing classes are currently meeting on Zoom.

IsraelNews with Mala, Tuesdays, 9:30-10:15am. Make yourself a cup of Israeli nachle (coffee) and join on Zoom to hear some Israeli local news from an Israeli! Israeli culture, food, education, and other interesting news talk with Israelis! Register here.

Short Story Series, every-other-Tuesday, 11:00am-12:00pm. Join a lively literary discussion without committing to read a novel. Register here.

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 Erin Dreyfuss to be added to the class list.

Torah Study Lunch and Learn, Thursdays, 12:00pm. Join our rabbis on Thursdays for a weekly lunch and learn Torah study to supplement your Shabbat observance. Email Erin Dreyfuss to be added to the class list.

Talmud Study with Rabbi Bedo, Fridays, 10:00am. The Zoom link and texts will be sent to everyone on the class list. Email Rabbi Bedo to be added to the class list.

ScholarStream 5782, series through June 1. We are excited to sponsor the Conservative Movement's ScholarStream learning opportunities throughout 5782. Scholarstream 5782 features three distinct arcs of learning that stand alone or flow into each other. Cultivating Our Relationships (series 1 & 2), Defining Our Sacred Spaces (series 3, 4, and 5), and Renewing Our Resilience (series 6, 7, and 8) will offer an exploration of who we are, where we are in relation to others, and how we move forward in this complicated world. Check out all the fantastic classes throughout the year and register here. To register for free, enter coupon code OlamTikvah21 under Event Fees, then click Apply.

Upcoming Classes

Women in the Bible with Susan Kristol, Mondays, February 28, March 7, April 4, 9:30am on Zoom. Deborah, Jael and Sisera’s mother, and the Witch of Endor. What is the significance of these four women in the Tanakh, and how did their image change over time? We’ll look at the Biblical text along with commentary and artwork of various periods. Register here.

Book Discussion with Rabbi Kalender: The Lost Shtetl by Max Gross, Sunday, May 1, 6:30pm. What if there was a hidden Jewish village in Poland that escaped the Holocaust? Read The Lost Shtetl and join Rabbi Kalender for a fascinating discussion of this surprising novel. Register for the discussion here.

JTS Evening of Learning, Sunday, May 15, 4:30-9:00pm at Kol Shalom, Rockville, MD. Expanding the Canon: Transforming Judaism in the 21st Century. Jewish learning has long focused on texts by an elite group of ancient rabbis. What would it mean to radically expand our canon, incorporating the voices of women, Jews of Color, people with disabilities, and other historically marginalized groups? JTS scholars will introduce new voices and also offer new lenses through which to read ancient texts. Together we will explore how diversifying our canonical texts can help us create a more inclusive Jewish community. Register here.

Previous Classes

Click the class titles below to watch some of our past class offerings.

Scholar in Residence: Jennifer Billinson, PhD, Sundays, March 27 & April 3
  Download the presentation from week 1

Israel Speaker: Gadeer Kamal-Mreeh, Sunday, March 27

Women in the Bible with Susan Kristol, Mondays, February 28, March 7, April 4
  Download the Women in the Bible class resources from week 1
  Download the Women in the Bible class resources from week 2
  Download the Women in the Bible class resources from week 3

European Jews, Jewish Europe with Rabbi Viki Bedo, Wednesdays, January 19-February 9

On Rockingham Street discussion with David Kuney, Wednesday, December 8

Judaism in Popular Culture Revisited with Debra Beland Ackerman, Mondays, November 8-22

Dear Rabbi, I Have a Question with Rabbi Viki Bedo, Wednesdays, October 13-November 3
  Download the Dear Rabbi class resources from week 1
  Download the Dear Rabbi class resources from week 2

Tikkun Leil Shavuot, Sunday, May 16, 6:30-8:00pm

Us and Them with Debra Beland Ackerman, Fridays, April 9-23

Exploring Judaism's Denominational Divide with Rabbi Brett Isserow, Mondays, February 22-March 15
  Download the Denominational Divide class resources from week 1
  Download the Denominational Divide class resources from week 2
  Download the Denominational Divide class resources from week 3
  Download the Denominational Divide class resources for week 4

Scholar in Residence: Dr. Rachel B. Gross, Sundays, February 21 & 28

Psalms with Susan Kristol, Fridays, January 22-February 5
  Click here to download the Psalms class resources

Film Discussion of Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance, Sunday, December 20

Elijah: The Man, the Myth, the Legend, Fridays, October 16-December 11

Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Religious Freedom, Sunday, November 29

Torah Study, Thursdays at 12:00pm

Talmud Study with Rabbi Bedo, Fridays at 10:00am

Contact

Co-Chairs Sharyn Stahl and Ellen Katkin

Sat, May 28 2022 27 Iyyar 5782