Adult Learning

 Adult Education ON GOING CLASSES:


Biblical Hebrew
Instructor: Rabbi Lyle Fishman
Date: Wednesdays at 1:30 PM

Conversational Hebrew
Instructor: Hagar Netser
Date: Mondays & Wednesdays at 1:45 

Enhancing Biblical Literacy
Instructor: Rabbi Lyle Fishman
Date: Wednesdays at 10:00
We will study classic passages from the Bible that impact who we are as Jews in 5780 and beyond. We will be guided by the passages identified by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin. Please bring a Tanakh.

Hazak Lunch and Learn
Coordinator: Sandra Walter
Date: Once a month
Hazak is the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s (USCJ’s) organization for mature Jews. It provides programming for people 55 and older who are members of USCJ-affiliated congregations.

Hazak compliments congregational adult education programs with specially designed social, spiritual and educational components for them. Hazak members have the opportunity to meet on a regular basis with peers from their own congregations and with fellow Jews from other affiliated Conservative congregations in their community, region and nation. Please check calendar for schedules.

Israel Table
Instructor: Hagar Netser
Date: Alternating Saturdays during Shabbat Kiddush when synagogue is open

Discussion of Israeli current events in English

Jews for Exegesis: Rashbam's Commentary on the Torah Portion
Facilitator: Richard Friedman
Date: Saturdays, Shabbat during kiddush. While synagogue is closed, meets via Zoom on Wednesdays at 8:30 pm

Each week we study a selection from the commentary of Rashbam (Rabbi Sh'muel ben Meir) on the weekly parashah. Rashbam was a grandson of Rashi; his commentary emphasizes the p'shat, the straightforward meaning of the verses. We focus both on how Rashbam understands the biblical verses and on how he frequently disagrees with his grandfather.  Previous experience with Torah commentary is not required; nor is Hebrew fluency, since a translation is available. Discussion is simultaneously irreverent and serious. We meet in the far corner of the social hall -- please join us.

Ohr Kodesh Book Club
Date: First Wednesdays on each month
Take part in the Ohr Kodesh Book Club. Since 1999, a changing group of members has come together monthly to read and discuss a book with a Jewish theme or connection. Alternating between fiction and non-fiction, we try to select books that are readily available in paperback or in the public library. For upcoming titles click the monthly calendar

For additional information, contact Barry Cantor, 301-933-3776.

Rosh Chodesh Programs
Coordinator: Katherine Ralston
Selected Sundays.  Celebrations of the new month blend learning and spirituality.

Talmud - Masechet Shabbat
Instructor: Richard Friedman
Date: Tuesday nights at 8:30 PM

This class focuses on the text of the Talmud -- what it says and how it says it. Lively discussions range from legal details to the theology of commandments.  No belief is assumed except that study of Torah is worthwhile.  Texts are in Hebrew/Aramaic and English.   

Talmud - Tractate B’rakhot
Instructor: Rabbi Lyle Fishman
Date: Sunday at 8:00 AM

Each Sunday from 8:00-8:45 am we meet in my study to investigate the thinking of the Rabbis of the Mishnah and Talmud (200 BCE-500 CE).  In our continuing study of tractate B’rakhot,we have reached chapter 9 (page 58B), where we discover their insights into the natural phenomena of comets, thunder and lightning. We use the Hebrew text of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz and discuss the material in English. New students are welcome.

The Jewish Political Tradition
Instructor: Rabbi Lyle Fishman
Date: Alternating Tuesdays at 10:00 AM

We are studying The Jewish Political Tradition, Volume 2 edited by Michael Walzer.
Please check calendar for schedules

Tikkun Leyl Shavuot
Annual all-night study on the eve of the first day of Shavuot.  OKC members and staff lead sessions that illuminate a chosen theme.   

Tuesdays with Lyle
Instructor: Rabbi Lyle Fishman
Date: Tuesday at 1:15 PM, Location: Offsite: Office of Arnold & Porter in DC

We are studying  The Unfolding Tradition: Jewish Law After Sinai
Please check calendar for schedules

Shabbat Learners’ Lunch
Coordinator:  Helen Sunshine
Selected Saturdays during Shabbat Kiddush
Congregational luncheons are enriched by learning and discussion focusing on a theme.

Visiting Scholars
Selected Saturdays during Shabbat Services

  • The Chaim and Ella Stern Memorial Lecture
  • The Anne F. and Julius Schlezinger Memorial Law Lecture
  • The Anna Ilona and Bela Gondos Memorial Lecture

Ohr Kodesh Congregation

8300 Meadowbrook Lane
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: (301) 589-3880
Fax:  (301) 495-4801

Email: executivedirector@

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