JCC University

JCC University

We’re excited to launch JCC University, a one-stop-shop for all of the EDCJCC’s virtual class offerings. No matter where you are in the country – or world! – JCC University can help you learn something new while building community.

Upcoming Events

Intro to Judaism
Jan 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Come explore the rich fabric of Judaism! Using traditional texts and modern examples, we will cover the fundamentals of Jewish life, including Shabbat and holidays, prayer, lifecycle rituals, ethics, and beliefs.

This class is ideal for learners with questions – whether you’ve never studied Judaism before in your life, you’re looking for a Hebrew School refresher, or you’re somewhere in between!
This session will be 7 sessions on Zoom and one in person session, the instructor will be in touch to confirm the date and location of your in-person session.

Dates: 8 Tuesdays, January 10 – February 28

General Registration: $210
Discounted Member: $180
Couple’s Price: $318

Instructor: Rabbi JoHannah Potts
JoHanna Potts is the former director of The Department of Jewish Life and Learning at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Her teaching passion is to bring enjoyment to Jewish learning with a view towards empowering individuals to create lives of meaning through Judaism. Previously, she served as Director of Education at Temples Solel and Shalom, Director of The Primary School at Washington Hebrew Congregation, and Director of the Middle School at Gesher Jewish Day School. In 2006, she served as co-chair of the Conference for Alternatives in Jewish Education at Duke University. She has been involved with the DCJCC Jewish Women’s Project and helped coordinate and lead the group’s text study activities. JoHanna currently teaches the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, the Heritage series, a Women’s Torah Study Group, and conducts teacher training workshops.

Please contact Amanda Herring by email with any questions. Before registering, make sure you are familiar with the JLL Registration Policies.

The Torah of TV
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

What do shows like The Truman Show, Disney’s Coco, or The Handmaid’s Tale have to do with Torah? Rabbinical student Sammy Kanter will help students navigate the moral dilemmas and theoretical scenarios portrayed on our screens to help us better understand what Torah or Jewish thought might be trying to tell us.  

Each week, you will be assigned video “homework” which will all be available to rent or stream with a service (or at the Library) prior to class. Then, during class, we will explore ancient and modern Jewish teachings and discuss how they relate to the media we consume today.  

Join us for engaging community discussion, Torah learning, and binge-watching all in one awesome 4-week class! 

Dates: Wednesdays, January 18-February 8, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Presented in partnership with JxJ