Calendar

Nov
15
Fri
JFamily and EDCJCC Preschool Tot Shabbat
Nov 15 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join the JFamily Ambassadors and the Edlavitch DCJCC Preschool for Tot Shabbat program at the Edlavitch DCJCC. We will sing songs, read stories, and share snacks to bring in Shabbat. This kid friendly program is open to all, no JCC membership is required.

5:30pm – Tot Shabbat service

6:00pm – Snacks and social time

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

Dec
5
Thu
Hot Topics in Jewish Thought
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In this four-week series, we will study and discuss select Jewish ethics and writings as they pertain to the contemporary and complex issues we face as a nation today. Topics will include immigration, gun control and the right to bear arms, the opioid crisis, and abortion. No previous knowledge necessary. Open to individuals of all backgrounds and affiliations.

Taught by Rabbi Hyim Shafner of Kesher Israel: The Georgetown Synagogue

December 5 — Immigration
How does Judaism view immigration in light of the seemingly competing values of loving your neighbor and having secure borders.

January 9 — Gun Control and the Right to Bear Arms
How do the age old Jewish values of holiness of life and the mitzvah of self-defense, war and peace, and strength and humility relate to the modern issue of the right to bear arms?

February 6 — The Opioid Crisis
Do we have the right to do with our bodies what we wish? We will look at Jewish ideas of health, misleading advertising, and medical ethics in light of the current crisis of opioid addiction.

March 12 — Abortion
We will take a close look at what the Talmud says about abortion and fetal status to help answer questions, in a Jewish context, such as when does life begin? Does a fetus have a status in Jewish law and thought? Should government have jurisdiction over our person?

Rabbi Hyim Shafner is the rabbi of Kesher Israel: The Georgetown Synagogue, in Washington, DC. Previously, Rabbi Shafner served as senior Rabbi of Bais Abraham Congregation in St. Louis, Missouri, as the Rabbi of the Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis, and as the Rabbi of India for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. He has Rabbinical Ordination, an MSW in social work and an MA in Jewish philosophy from Yeshiva University. He holds a certificate in Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. Rabbi Shafner is the author of the Everything Jewish Wedding Book (2008), a founding writer of Morethodoxy, and a periodic contributor to The Journal of Jewish Ideas and Ideals.

Dec
7
Sat
JFamily Havdalah and Ice Cream
Dec 7 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Celebrate the end of Shabbat and the start of a new week with JFamily! The afternoon will include Havdalah set making, music & stories, delicious snacks (ICE CREAM) and a family Havdalah service!

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

Jan
9
Thu
Hot Topics in Jewish Thought
Jan 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In this four-week series, we will study and discuss select Jewish ethics and writings as they pertain to the contemporary and complex issues we face as a nation today. Topics will include immigration, gun control and the right to bear arms, the opioid crisis, and abortion. No previous knowledge necessary. Open to individuals of all backgrounds and affiliations.

Taught by Rabbi Hyim Shafner of Kesher Israel: The Georgetown Synagogue

December 5 — Immigration
How does Judaism view immigration in light of the seemingly competing values of loving your neighbor and having secure borders.

January 9 — Gun Control and the Right to Bear Arms
How do the age old Jewish values of holiness of life and the mitzvah of self-defense, war and peace, and strength and humility relate to the modern issue of the right to bear arms?

February 6 — The Opioid Crisis
Do we have the right to do with our bodies what we wish? We will look at Jewish ideas of health, misleading advertising, and medical ethics in light of the current crisis of opioid addiction.

March 12 — Abortion
We will take a close look at what the Talmud says about abortion and fetal status to help answer questions, in a Jewish context, such as when does life begin? Does a fetus have a status in Jewish law and thought? Should government have jurisdiction over our person?

Rabbi Hyim Shafner is the rabbi of Kesher Israel: The Georgetown Synagogue, in Washington, DC. Previously, Rabbi Shafner served as senior Rabbi of Bais Abraham Congregation in St. Louis, Missouri, as the Rabbi of the Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis, and as the Rabbi of India for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. He has Rabbinical Ordination, an MSW in social work and an MA in Jewish philosophy from Yeshiva University. He holds a certificate in Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. Rabbi Shafner is the author of the Everything Jewish Wedding Book (2008), a founding writer of Morethodoxy, and a periodic contributor to The Journal of Jewish Ideas and Ideals.

Jan
16
Thu
The Torah of Our World: Series on the Jewish Bible
Jan 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

929 English is a project dedicated to creating a global Jewish conversation around issues that unite and divide us, but always anchored in or inspired by Tanakh. In this series we will examine each of the five books of the Torah with an eye towards literary structure, broad themes, and historical context. The course will draw upon the daily reflections of 929 writers and contributors and will be taught by a team of 929 educators and local scholars and community leaders.

Rabbi Adam Mintz is the Director of 929 English. Rabbi Adam Mintz is the rabbi of Kehilat Rayim Ahuvim, a Modern Orthodox community he founded on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. In addition, Rabbi Mintz is a member of the Talmud faculty at Yeshivat Maharat and has taught as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at City College, New York for the past six years. Rabbi Mintz received his rabbinical ordination at Yeshiva University and obtained his PhD in Jewish History at New York University. He is married to Sharon and they have three children Noam (married to Lily), Ariel and Shoshana.

 

Shira Hecht-Koller is the Director of Education for 929 English. Shira is the Director of Communal Engagement at Drisha in NYC, teaches Bible and Talmud to a wide variety of audiences, and writes and speaks on topics of education, creative living and family life. She was a Fellow at the Paideia Institute of Jewish Studies in Stockholm, where she continues to serve as a consultant. She received her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and is a graduate of the Bruriah Scholars Program in Advanced Talmud Studies at Midreshet Lindenbaum. She is an avid tennis fan, amateur photographer and loves to hike and explore the world with her partner Aaron and children Dalya, Shachar, Amitai and Aiden.

Dr. Erica Brown is the director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership and an associate professor of curriculum and pedagogy at The George Washington University. She is the author of twelve books on leadership, the Hebrew Bible and spirituality; her latest is The Book of Esther: Power, Fate and Fragility in Exile (Koren/OU). Erica has degrees from Yeshiva University, University of London, Harvard University and Baltimore Hebrew University. She was a Jerusalem Fellow, is a faculty member of the Wexner Foundation, an Avi Chai Fellow and the recipient of the 2009 Covenant Award for her work in education. She has been published in the New York Times, Tablet and The Jewish Review of Books and wrote a monthly column for the New York Jewish Week. She has blogged for Psychology Today, Newsweek/Washington Post’s “On Faith” and JTA and tweets on one page of Talmud study a day at DrEricaBrown.

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld is the rabbi of Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue. He received rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, an affiliate of Yeshiva University, and a Masters in Jewish History from Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University. From 1999 to 2004, Rabbi Herzfeld was Associate Rabbi at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, where he was mentored by Rabbi Avi Weiss. Rabbi Herzfeld teaches dozens of Torah classes each week, including a Daf Yomi class that reviews a page of the Talmud each day. Rabbi Herzfeld is also a founding member of the Beltway VAAD. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Dr. Rhanni Herzfeld, and seven children.

Jan
30
Thu
The Torah of Our World: Series on the Jewish Bible
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

929 English is a project dedicated to creating a global Jewish conversation around issues that unite and divide us, but always anchored in or inspired by Tanakh. In this series we will examine each of the five books of the Torah with an eye towards literary structure, broad themes, and historical context. The course will draw upon the daily reflections of 929 writers and contributors and will be taught by a team of 929 educators and local scholars and community leaders.

Rabbi Adam Mintz is the Director of 929 English. Rabbi Adam Mintz is the rabbi of Kehilat Rayim Ahuvim, a Modern Orthodox community he founded on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. In addition, Rabbi Mintz is a member of the Talmud faculty at Yeshivat Maharat and has taught as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at City College, New York for the past six years. Rabbi Mintz received his rabbinical ordination at Yeshiva University and obtained his PhD in Jewish History at New York University. He is married to Sharon and they have three children Noam (married to Lily), Ariel and Shoshana.

 

Shira Hecht-Koller is the Director of Education for 929 English. Shira is the Director of Communal Engagement at Drisha in NYC, teaches Bible and Talmud to a wide variety of audiences, and writes and speaks on topics of education, creative living and family life. She was a Fellow at the Paideia Institute of Jewish Studies in Stockholm, where she continues to serve as a consultant. She received her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and is a graduate of the Bruriah Scholars Program in Advanced Talmud Studies at Midreshet Lindenbaum. She is an avid tennis fan, amateur photographer and loves to hike and explore the world with her partner Aaron and children Dalya, Shachar, Amitai and Aiden.

Dr. Erica Brown is the director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership and an associate professor of curriculum and pedagogy at The George Washington University. She is the author of twelve books on leadership, the Hebrew Bible and spirituality; her latest is The Book of Esther: Power, Fate and Fragility in Exile (Koren/OU). Erica has degrees from Yeshiva University, University of London, Harvard University and Baltimore Hebrew University. She was a Jerusalem Fellow, is a faculty member of the Wexner Foundation, an Avi Chai Fellow and the recipient of the 2009 Covenant Award for her work in education. She has been published in the New York Times, Tablet and The Jewish Review of Books and wrote a monthly column for the New York Jewish Week. She has blogged for Psychology Today, Newsweek/Washington Post’s “On Faith” and JTA and tweets on one page of Talmud study a day at DrEricaBrown.

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld is the rabbi of Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue. He received rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, an affiliate of Yeshiva University, and a Masters in Jewish History from Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University. From 1999 to 2004, Rabbi Herzfeld was Associate Rabbi at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, where he was mentored by Rabbi Avi Weiss. Rabbi Herzfeld teaches dozens of Torah classes each week, including a Daf Yomi class that reviews a page of the Talmud each day. Rabbi Herzfeld is also a founding member of the Beltway VAAD. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Dr. Rhanni Herzfeld, and seven children.

Feb
6
Thu
Hot Topics in Jewish Thought
Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In this four-week series, we will study and discuss select Jewish ethics and writings as they pertain to the contemporary and complex issues we face as a nation today. Topics will include immigration, gun control and the right to bear arms, the opioid crisis, and abortion. No previous knowledge necessary. Open to individuals of all backgrounds and affiliations.

Taught by Rabbi Hyim Shafner of Kesher Israel: The Georgetown Synagogue

December 5 — Immigration
How does Judaism view immigration in light of the seemingly competing values of loving your neighbor and having secure borders.

January 9 — Gun Control and the Right to Bear Arms
How do the age old Jewish values of holiness of life and the mitzvah of self-defense, war and peace, and strength and humility relate to the modern issue of the right to bear arms?

February 6 — The Opioid Crisis
Do we have the right to do with our bodies what we wish? We will look at Jewish ideas of health, misleading advertising, and medical ethics in light of the current crisis of opioid addiction.

March 12 — Abortion
We will take a close look at what the Talmud says about abortion and fetal status to help answer questions, in a Jewish context, such as when does life begin? Does a fetus have a status in Jewish law and thought? Should government have jurisdiction over our person?

Rabbi Hyim Shafner is the rabbi of Kesher Israel: The Georgetown Synagogue, in Washington, DC. Previously, Rabbi Shafner served as senior Rabbi of Bais Abraham Congregation in St. Louis, Missouri, as the Rabbi of the Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis, and as the Rabbi of India for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. He has Rabbinical Ordination, an MSW in social work and an MA in Jewish philosophy from Yeshiva University. He holds a certificate in Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. Rabbi Shafner is the author of the Everything Jewish Wedding Book (2008), a founding writer of Morethodoxy, and a periodic contributor to The Journal of Jewish Ideas and Ideals.

Feb
13
Thu
The Torah of Our World: Series on the Jewish Bible
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

929 English is a project dedicated to creating a global Jewish conversation around issues that unite and divide us, but always anchored in or inspired by Tanakh. In this series we will examine each of the five books of the Torah with an eye towards literary structure, broad themes, and historical context. The course will draw upon the daily reflections of 929 writers and contributors and will be taught by a team of 929 educators and local scholars and community leaders.

Rabbi Adam Mintz is the Director of 929 English. Rabbi Adam Mintz is the rabbi of Kehilat Rayim Ahuvim, a Modern Orthodox community he founded on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. In addition, Rabbi Mintz is a member of the Talmud faculty at Yeshivat Maharat and has taught as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at City College, New York for the past six years. Rabbi Mintz received his rabbinical ordination at Yeshiva University and obtained his PhD in Jewish History at New York University. He is married to Sharon and they have three children Noam (married to Lily), Ariel and Shoshana.

 

Shira Hecht-Koller is the Director of Education for 929 English. Shira is the Director of Communal Engagement at Drisha in NYC, teaches Bible and Talmud to a wide variety of audiences, and writes and speaks on topics of education, creative living and family life. She was a Fellow at the Paideia Institute of Jewish Studies in Stockholm, where she continues to serve as a consultant. She received her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and is a graduate of the Bruriah Scholars Program in Advanced Talmud Studies at Midreshet Lindenbaum. She is an avid tennis fan, amateur photographer and loves to hike and explore the world with her partner Aaron and children Dalya, Shachar, Amitai and Aiden.

Dr. Erica Brown is the director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership and an associate professor of curriculum and pedagogy at The George Washington University. She is the author of twelve books on leadership, the Hebrew Bible and spirituality; her latest is The Book of Esther: Power, Fate and Fragility in Exile (Koren/OU). Erica has degrees from Yeshiva University, University of London, Harvard University and Baltimore Hebrew University. She was a Jerusalem Fellow, is a faculty member of the Wexner Foundation, an Avi Chai Fellow and the recipient of the 2009 Covenant Award for her work in education. She has been published in the New York Times, Tablet and The Jewish Review of Books and wrote a monthly column for the New York Jewish Week. She has blogged for Psychology Today, Newsweek/Washington Post’s “On Faith” and JTA and tweets on one page of Talmud study a day at DrEricaBrown.

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld is the rabbi of Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue. He received rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, an affiliate of Yeshiva University, and a Masters in Jewish History from Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University. From 1999 to 2004, Rabbi Herzfeld was Associate Rabbi at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, where he was mentored by Rabbi Avi Weiss. Rabbi Herzfeld teaches dozens of Torah classes each week, including a Daf Yomi class that reviews a page of the Talmud each day. Rabbi Herzfeld is also a founding member of the Beltway VAAD. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Dr. Rhanni Herzfeld, and seven children.

Feb
27
Thu
The Torah of Our World: Series on the Jewish Bible
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

929 English is a project dedicated to creating a global Jewish conversation around issues that unite and divide us, but always anchored in or inspired by Tanakh. In this series we will examine each of the five books of the Torah with an eye towards literary structure, broad themes, and historical context. The course will draw upon the daily reflections of 929 writers and contributors and will be taught by a team of 929 educators and local scholars and community leaders.

Rabbi Adam Mintz is the Director of 929 English. Rabbi Adam Mintz is the rabbi of Kehilat Rayim Ahuvim, a Modern Orthodox community he founded on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. In addition, Rabbi Mintz is a member of the Talmud faculty at Yeshivat Maharat and has taught as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at City College, New York for the past six years. Rabbi Mintz received his rabbinical ordination at Yeshiva University and obtained his PhD in Jewish History at New York University. He is married to Sharon and they have three children Noam (married to Lily), Ariel and Shoshana.

 

Shira Hecht-Koller is the Director of Education for 929 English. Shira is the Director of Communal Engagement at Drisha in NYC, teaches Bible and Talmud to a wide variety of audiences, and writes and speaks on topics of education, creative living and family life. She was a Fellow at the Paideia Institute of Jewish Studies in Stockholm, where she continues to serve as a consultant. She received her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and is a graduate of the Bruriah Scholars Program in Advanced Talmud Studies at Midreshet Lindenbaum. She is an avid tennis fan, amateur photographer and loves to hike and explore the world with her partner Aaron and children Dalya, Shachar, Amitai and Aiden.

Dr. Erica Brown is the director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership and an associate professor of curriculum and pedagogy at The George Washington University. She is the author of twelve books on leadership, the Hebrew Bible and spirituality; her latest is The Book of Esther: Power, Fate and Fragility in Exile (Koren/OU). Erica has degrees from Yeshiva University, University of London, Harvard University and Baltimore Hebrew University. She was a Jerusalem Fellow, is a faculty member of the Wexner Foundation, an Avi Chai Fellow and the recipient of the 2009 Covenant Award for her work in education. She has been published in the New York Times, Tablet and The Jewish Review of Books and wrote a monthly column for the New York Jewish Week. She has blogged for Psychology Today, Newsweek/Washington Post’s “On Faith” and JTA and tweets on one page of Talmud study a day at DrEricaBrown.

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld is the rabbi of Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue. He received rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, an affiliate of Yeshiva University, and a Masters in Jewish History from Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University. From 1999 to 2004, Rabbi Herzfeld was Associate Rabbi at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, where he was mentored by Rabbi Avi Weiss. Rabbi Herzfeld teaches dozens of Torah classes each week, including a Daf Yomi class that reviews a page of the Talmud each day. Rabbi Herzfeld is also a founding member of the Beltway VAAD. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Dr. Rhanni Herzfeld, and seven children.

Mar
12
Thu
Hot Topics in Jewish Thought
Mar 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In this four-week series, we will study and discuss select Jewish ethics and writings as they pertain to the contemporary and complex issues we face as a nation today. Topics will include immigration, gun control and the right to bear arms, the opioid crisis, and abortion. No previous knowledge necessary. Open to individuals of all backgrounds and affiliations.

Taught by Rabbi Hyim Shafner of Kesher Israel: The Georgetown Synagogue

December 5 — Immigration
How does Judaism view immigration in light of the seemingly competing values of loving your neighbor and having secure borders.

January 9 — Gun Control and the Right to Bear Arms
How do the age old Jewish values of holiness of life and the mitzvah of self-defense, war and peace, and strength and humility relate to the modern issue of the right to bear arms?

February 6 — The Opioid Crisis
Do we have the right to do with our bodies what we wish? We will look at Jewish ideas of health, misleading advertising, and medical ethics in light of the current crisis of opioid addiction.

March 12 — Abortion
We will take a close look at what the Talmud says about abortion and fetal status to help answer questions, in a Jewish context, such as when does life begin? Does a fetus have a status in Jewish law and thought? Should government have jurisdiction over our person?

Rabbi Hyim Shafner is the rabbi of Kesher Israel: The Georgetown Synagogue, in Washington, DC. Previously, Rabbi Shafner served as senior Rabbi of Bais Abraham Congregation in St. Louis, Missouri, as the Rabbi of the Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis, and as the Rabbi of India for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. He has Rabbinical Ordination, an MSW in social work and an MA in Jewish philosophy from Yeshiva University. He holds a certificate in Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. Rabbi Shafner is the author of the Everything Jewish Wedding Book (2008), a founding writer of Morethodoxy, and a periodic contributor to The Journal of Jewish Ideas and Ideals.