Jewish Life

Leo & Anna Smilow Center for Jewish Living and Learning

Connect with Jewish life and culture your way through innovative and inclusive programs exploring modern life, social justice, culture, and more.

Upcoming Events

Summer Language Class Registration Deadline
May 30 all-day
Summer Language Class Registration Deadline @ Zoom

Interested in learning or practicing a new language? You’re in the right place! Click here to learn more about the language classes we offer throughout the year.

This summer, all language classes will be held virtually via Zoom, from June 13-August 10, 2022. Plus, all students will be invited to an in-person Closing Shabbat in the EDCJCC Parking Lot to meet their classmates and teachers in person. Hebrew students will also receive a free ticket to Hebrew at the Movies.

The deadline to register for summer language classes is Monday, May 30, 2022.

Learn more and register today

Intro To Judaism 2.0
Jun 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm


Intro to Judaism 2.0Building on an Introduction to Judaism, this class will delve into the Jewish values of social justice, righteous giving, compassion, sacred time, peoplehood as well as key events in Jewish history that have given shape to how Judaism continues to evolve over time and space. Participants will focus on creating their Jewish Life: Celebrating Jewish holidays that meld Jewish tradition and their own core Jewish values, marking life’s milestones in ways that add meaning and depth and reflect who they are, deepening an appreciation of Jewish history and how it has shaped diverse approaches to Judaism.

The class is an 8-week series of “text based” exploration of some topical issues – economic and social justice, forgiveness, anti-semitism, beyond Ashkenazic Judaism.

This Session
Dates: 8 Tuesdays, June 14 – August 2, 2022

Time: 7:30PM – 9:30 PM

General Registration: $200
Discounted Member : $170
Interfaith Couples Workshop Alumni: $150/couple
Did you go on Birthright or Honeymoon Israel in the past year? Ssend us an email to learn about special discounts for program participants.

Please contact Amanda Herring with any questions.

Before registering, make sure you are familiar with the JLL Registration Policies

Instructor: JoHanna Potts
The former director of The Department of Jewish Life and Learning at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and has been teaching Introduction to Judaism at the EDCJCC for six years. Her teaching passion is to bring enjoyment to Jewish learning with a view towards empowering individuals to create lives of meaning through Judaism.