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Ben Zoma said: Who is he who is wise?  He who learns from every man; as it is said, from all I have gained understanding.---Pirkei  Avot (The  Sayings of the  Fathers)


Spring Semester Begins March 26, 2014 at Three Locations!


Sunday at the Hill Center (Eastern Market Metro)
American Jewish Comedy — March 30—6:30—8:30 p.m.


Tuesdays at the DC Center for the LGBT Community
in the Reeves Center (U Street Metro)


Making Passover Your Own: Two Sessions — April 1 (at 7 and 8:15)

- Create New Passover Menu—7:00

- Make Your Own Haggadah—8:15 
Introduction to Kabbalah — April 29—7:00
Judaism in the Public Square: What the Courts Say—May 6—7:00


Wednesdays at Adas Israel (Cleveland Park Metro)


Diarna: Mapping the Jewish Middle East — March 26—7:00  
Getting Ready for Passover: The Many Flavors of Haroset — April 2—7:00 
Special Free Event: The Yiddish Poetry Game — April 23—7-9:00
Spiritual Challah Baking — April 23—7:00 
Judaism in Transition: Economic Choices — April 23, 30, May 7—7:00 
Exploring the Zohar ­­— April 30, May 7, 14— 7:00 
Untangling the Psalms — April 30, May 7—8:15
Stories of the Beautiful Land: Text on Israel — May 7, 14, 21, 28—7:00 
Jews of Eurasia and the Silk Road:
Jews of Azerbaijan — May 7—7:00 
Jews of Ukraine — May 14—7:00 
Jews of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan — May 28—7:00 
The Sephardic Tradition:
Medieval Poetry — May 14—8:15
Sephardic Liturgical Music — May 21—8:15
Judeo-Arabic Music of the Late 20th Century — May 28—8:15


Thursdays: at the Washington DCJCC 1529 16th St. NW (Dupont Circle metro)


Brilliant Minds, Great Thinkers: 

Dara Horn on Maimonides -Thursday, April 3 - 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Yehuda Mirsky and Shai Held on Kook and Heschel -Thursday, May 8   7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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We offer the following ways to reduce your tuition:
1. Register early. For a $5 discount, pre-register online or by email at least 48 hours before the class session.

2. Bring a friend for free.   Bring along a new student who takes out a Jewish Study Center membership,  and you can take that evening’s class for free. 

3.  Special offer for those 30 and under: Pay $30 and you'll get a ticket good for any six classes this term! Just show it for admission. (It's still a good idea to register for classes so we know you're coming; classes with no pre-registrations may be cancelled.) You can buy the ticket online or at the door.

4.Take advantage of our volunteer program!  If you would like to take classes but tuition is a barrier, please contact us about receiving free tuition in return for volunteering your time. We are a teaching and learning community and want no one turned away for financial reasons.  Contact us at: info@jewishstudycenter or (202) 332-1221.

5. Become a member of the Jewish Study Center!   Member benefits include discounts and special events.




The Jewish Study Center mourns the passing October 25 of Rabbi Janice Garfunkel, its friend and former director.
In cooperation with her family, we have agreed to establish a Rabbi Janice Garfunkel Memorial Fund, which will support a lecture or other educational event on a subject that held meaning for Janice in her life and work. The event will take place on the occasion of her yahrtzeit, either once or annually, as funds permit.
Those who wish to donate in her memory can do so via this website by clicking on DONATE or by filling out the Donation Form and sending it in.





Making Challah, 2013