Adult Jewish Education

HAZAK: Lunch and Learn: “The Best Chanukah Gift Ever”

December 10, 2019 - 11:30am - 1:00pm

Hazak will host the Jewish Genealogy Society of Washington (JGSW) to help each of us with tools to be able to tell our stories to our children and grandchildren.  Our first speaker will be Sheila Wexler, President of the JGSW, presenting Tracing Your Jewish Roots. It includes getting started, resources online, and DNA testing. The speaker will discuss her own genealogy experience followed by brief information about JGSGW.  “Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy" (published by Avotaynu) will be available for purchase for $15 to non-JGSGW members.

Tuesdays with Lyle

December 10, 2019 - 1:15pm - 2:15pm

Rabbi Lyle Fishman teaches a class on Tuesdays at 12:15 PM at Arnold and Porter, LLC, 601 Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, DC.

(It alternates weeks with another Tuesday class; Issues in Jewish Political Traditions at 10:00 AM at Ohr Kodesh Congregation.)

Talmud Class - Masechet Shabbat

December 10, 2019 - 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Instructor: Richard Friedman

This class focuses on the text of the Talmud -- what it says and how it says it. Discussions are lively, and range from legal details to the theology of commandments.  All questions are fair; no belief is assumed except that study of Torah is worthwhile.  Texts are in Hebrew/Aramaic and English.  Participants include people who have studied Talmud before and people who have not.

Enhancing Biblical Literacy

December 11, 2019 - 10:00am - 11:30am

We will study key biblical passages as identified by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin in Biblical Litreracy. Please bring a tanach.

Biblical Hebrew: Grammar of the Biblical Narrative

December 11, 2019 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Classes facilitated by Rabbi Lyle Fishman.

Several Ohr Kodesh members and their friends expressed interest in learning to translate passages from the Bible.  Click here to listen to audio recordings of past sessions.

Conversational Hebrew with Hagar

December 11, 2019 - 1:45pm - 2:45pm

Improve your Hebrew and discuss daily topics using conversation and games. Contact Hagar for more info at hnetser [at] ohrkodesh [dot] org

Learner's Luncheon: "Maccabees: Heroes or Extremists?"

December 14, 2019 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

The program for December 14: Maccabees: Heroes or Extremists?

Gary Simms will chair this Hanukkah-themed Learners’ Lunch

Jews for Exegesis: Rashbam's Commentary on the Torah Portion

December 14, 2019 - 12:15pm - 1:00pm

Jews for Exegesis: Rashbam's Commentary on the Torah Portion
Facilitator: Richard Friedman
Date: Saturdays, Shabbat during kiddush

Yiddish Film Series (2019-20)

December 14, 2019 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Ohr Kodesh Salzberg Family Library

7th Annual Lewis Rushefsky Yiddish Film Series

Featuring films of the Yiddish Theatre

Nov. 16, 2019

Dec. 14, 2019

Jan. 11, 2020

(snow cancellation backup date: Jan. 25)

March 7, 2020

All films will begin at 7:30 pm


Rosh Chodesh Program

December 15, 2019 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Rosh Chodesh programs are generally scheduled one Sunday each month in proximity to the actual date of Rosh Chodesh.  They typically take place in private homes.  All are welcome!


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