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MakomDC 2022-2023

Engage. Explore. Learn.

Have you been away from Torah study for a while? Have you been a regular in our online or in-person classes in the Biran Beit Midrash? The Exponential Power of Togetherness in Jewish Text and Practice

We are back in full force to offer you a deep dive into serious and meaningful Jewish ideas, texts, and wisdom. Dynamic learning takes place in our Biran Beit Midrash, online and at home with scholars and your Adas Israel rabbis. We will have all the favorites continuing: Boker Or, our annual High Holy Day preparation series, the Mendelsohn Scholar series, and so much more. And we will create new pathways, touchpoints, and ways into Torah study, planting seeds of wisdom into Jewish mysticism, Torah commentary and law, a monthly Shabbat lunch and learn, building blocks of text study, and more.

Keep your eyes out this summer for a full brochure of offerings.

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Intro to Judaism 2022-2023

September 14, 2022‒March 29, 2023
Wednesdays, 7:30‒9 PM

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Are you interested in exploring Jewish tradition from the ground up, with master Jewish teachers? Have you been wondering about the core beliefs and practices that animate the Jewish religion? Are you looking to integrate your experience of God and prayer into the rhythm of your life?

This course is designed to give you the raw materials with which to appreciate and access Jewish tradition. Whatever it is you may be seeking, we offer a safe space for acquiring the experiential and intellectual knowledge that allow you to deepen your own religious life. Topics include, but are not limited to:

The World of the Bible | Ritual exploration | Life cycles (Birth, Marriage, Death) | Shabbat (The Sabbath) | Prayer and Liturgy | Jewish Holidays | Israel | Theology

Note: This class will be a hybrid of virtual and in-person learning. Most sessions will meet on Zoom, with monthly in-person gatherings at Adas.

*350 for Individuals, $450 for Couples *Scholarships available

This course is taught through a collaborative educational partnership with the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program of American Jewish University.

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BaBayit—Building a Jewish Home

Wednesdays, 7:30‒9 PM (Nov. 16, Dec. 7, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 15, April 19)
Taught by Rabbi Sarah Krinsky

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While much of current Jewish life takes place in institutions (synagogues, schools, camps, etc.), the heart of Jewish living is often the home. This course is designed to help explore, explain, bolster, and create practice and rituals centered in the home, with expansive understandings of the myriad “Jewish homes” that make up the fabric of our community.

Each of the six sessions will focus on a practical aspect of Jewish life. Topics will include living Jewish space, creating a Jewish kitchen, observing Jewish time, and practicing Jewish ritual.

Alumni of the 2021‒2022 Intro to Judaism class are especially invited to come together for dinner beforehand to socialize and stay connected with one another.

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Additional Learning Opportunities
 

Friday Parsha Study with Adas Clergy

Fridays at 10am (Summer Classes with Lay Leaders)
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Join us for an exclusive in-depth look at the Torah portion. On alternating Fridays Rabbi Holtzblatt will explore the parsha through the lens of Hassidut and mysticism, Rabbi Alexander will use the Talmud as the prism for the                             weekly reading, and Rabbi Krinsky will teach the hidden recesses of the Parsha’s passages and discover its                                         meaning and relevance. 

Boker Or Shabbat Study

Shabbat Mornings at 8:30am, Resumes Fall 2022
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The Boker Or Torah study group meets Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. with the weekly portion as its focus. Join our clergy and community over zoom each week for an engaging, text-based conversation on the week's parsha,                               before Shabbat services. *Note: Zoom meeting will begin before Shabbat starts. All participants who would like                                to join the class before Shabbat and leave their devices open for Boker Or study may do so. 

Intro to Judaism
Wednesdays at 7:30pm-9pm | Click Here to Register
September 14, 2022‒March 29, 2023

Join the Adas rabbis fo a year of deep, inspiring learning. As of now, the plan is for the class to be a hybrid of virtual and in-person learning. Several times throughout the class, we break from the official material for “small group processing” sessions. These sessions give students the opportunity to reflect on their experience in the class and on how the material is showing up in their personal, spiritual and religious lives. 

BaBayit—Building a Jewish Home with Rabbi Krinsky
Wednesdays, 7:30‒9 PM | Click Here to Register
Nov. 16, Dec. 7, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 15, April 19

While much of current Jewish life takes place in institutions, the heart of Jewish living is often the home. This course is designed to help explore, explain, bolster, and create practice and rituals centered in the home, with expansive understandings of the myriad “Jewish homes” that make up the fabric of our community.

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Study Scholarship Fund
 

The Michael Stern Adult Torah Study Scholarship Fund
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The Michael Stern Adult Torah Study Scholarship Fund is intended to assist members of Adas Israel who seek to advance their understanding of the Jewish faith, in particular through study of our foundational texts together with commentaries from antiquity to the present.

Applicants may seek support to engage in any level of learning - from introduction to Judaism classes to advanced text courses. There is no age restriction for applicants. The award limit under most circumstances is $500 per participant.

Examples of organizations that offer relevant courses of study include the Jewish Study Center, Hadar, Svara, the Brandeis Bardin Institute, the National Havurah Committee including its Summer Institute, the Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies, and Aleph Beta. 

The Fund is jointly administered by Rabbi Kerrith Solomon and Rabbi Sarah Krinsky who are happy to entertain any questions you may have. Applications should be sent to them. The program is ongoing. Applications for 2021 and 2022 will be received and considered on a rolling basis. The application form is below. 

Michael Stern z”l was one of Adas Israel’s own great sages. He engaged in Torah study for its own sake, advancing to the level of “master teacher,” a designation conferred in 2018 by our senior rabbis.

His family has created the Fund to honor Michael’s lifelong love of learning and teaching. 

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