Adult Learning

It is through powerful learning experiences that we can deepen our relationships to Judaism and our community. Our Adult Learning community is focused on seeking meaning, creating connection, and relationship building for all. We aim to offer a range of opportunities to gather, share, discuss, debate, and learn from each other.

In parallel with SEED, our Early Childhood School, and The Gan, our Youth Learning Program, our intended outcomes are:

  • Creating meaningful connections to the Jewish people, our congregation, and each other
  • Empowering each of us to articulate our relationship to Judaism through the soul, heart, and mind
  • Building the confidence and competence to live Jewishly

Each year, we will reassess our mission focus and create new offerings that help serve our community and the relationships within it.

This year, we have an exciting lineup of both in-person and virtual Adult Learning offerings that are sure to speak to your Heart, Soul and Mind. In addition to the items below, 5782 offerings will include a service leadership workshop, Yiddish classes, a Scholar in Residence program and potential topical interest learning opportunities.


Senior Learning at Aljoya 

Quarterly from 1-2pm at Aljoya Thorton Place, beginning Friday October 1, 2021

Judaism 201 led by Rabbi Jason

Tuesdays from 7-8 PM at Temple Beth Am, beginning November 9, 2021

Big Conversations for Our Time

Join our clergy and community as we wrestle with the most pressing and complex issues of today. Disagreement and debate are generative when engaged with open souls, hearts, and minds. 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7-8:30 PM at Temple Beth Am, beginning November 10, 2021

Counting the Omer with 7 Weeks of Community Learning

Wednesdays from 7-8 PM at Temple Beth Am, beginning April 20, 2022

Parenting Jewishly

During our Gan Immersive periods at Temple Beth Am


Doorways into T’filah: an Elul Journey

Daily exploration of HaT’filah (The Prayer) and what it means to us. Beginner’s mindset welcome! Daily from 12-12:30 PM on Zoom – August 9 through September 3, 2021

Song Circle

Learn new songs with Rabbi Dana. 2nd Friday of the month before Our Shabbat Table from 5-5:30 PM at Temple Beth Am, beginning October 8, 2021

Prayer Leading Workshop

Join Rabbi Dana during the month of Cheshvan to learn about leading prayer and hone your skills. Four Tuesdays from 7-8PM at Temple Beth Am, beginning October 12, 2021

I and Thou Reading Group

Read and discuss I and Thou by Martin Buber with Rabbi Ruth. Four Tuesdays from 7-8PM at Temple Beth Am, beginning January 4, 2021

Understanding Unconscious Bias

A 2-part series with an anti-bias expert and the Beth Am Clergy


Weekly Torah Study with the Clergy

Every Saturday from 9:15-10:15 AM at Temple Beth Am.

Introduction to Judaism

A wonderful course taught through Washington Coalition of Rabbis. Sundays from 7-8:30 PM on Zoom, October through March (schedule can be found here) Deadline to register is September 23, 2021. Register here! 

Virtual Lunch and Learn

3rd Wednesday of the month from 12-1 PM on Zoom (October through May), beginning October 20, 2021

Adult Hebrew

Led by Debbie Massarano at Temple Beth Am. For registration information reach out to Debbie at

Our upcoming Adult Hebrew offerings are:

Hebrew Through Text on Zoom, Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM (Beginning October 3)

Adult B’nai Mitzvah Hebrew, in-person, Tuesdays, 6:15-7 :0o PM (Beginning October 5)

Beginning Hebrew, in person, Tuesdays 7:00-8:00 PM  (Beginning October 5)