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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)

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Get Ready for the High Holidays With the Jewish Study Center!


Co-sponsored with Adas Israel Congregation.
Classes will be held at Adas Israel, 2850 Quebec Street, NW.
METRO: Red Line: Cleveland Park


Wednesday, September 10 at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.




New Wines for the New Year
7-9pm  A kosher wine tasting and social hour with study and refreshments.Entertaining for Rosh Hashana?  Turning over a new leaf socially?  Learn something new about red, white and sparkling kosher wines, with taste tests and treats.  Instructor: Steven Bellman is proprietor of Paul’s Wine & Spirits in Friendship Heights, DC and has decades of experience with kosher wine.
Participants get 15% discount coupon at Paul’s Wine & Spirits.

Pre-registration required by Sept. 7 to ensure supplies Adas/JSC members $20, non-members $25.


The Wisdom of Jewish Tradition: A Psychological Perspective on Atonement & Forgiveness
7:00-8:15 p.m. Instructor: Deborah Fisher, Psy.D, is an organizational management consultant, executive coach and licensed psychologist in Maryland.  She is also Vice President of Education and Youth at Adas Israel Congregation.
Adas/JSC members $15, non-members $20

Ask the Rabbis:  Do Jews Have a Different Sense of Sin From Other People?
7-8:15 p.m.:A panel discussion co-sponsored by Moment Magazine.  Compare local rabbis’ perspectives from many angles!  Adas/JSC members $15, non-members $20.

Forgive Me: Modern Poetry of Atonement
8:15-9:30 p.m. From contemporary liturgy to the poetry of William Carlos Williams and Yehuda Amichai.  Instructor: Amy E. Schwartz is president of the Jewish Study Center and Opinion Editor, Moment Magazine. Adas/JSC members $15, non-members $20



Fall 2014 course listings will be up in early September 2014


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Learn with us for less!  


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