Our Jewish education series, primarily targeted for young professionals, provides a variety of opportunities to satisfy an appetite for Jewish learning, spiritual growth, and modern discourse on an ancient religion.

To learn more or find out if registration is open for a given class, check out our events calendar or contact our Jewish Life Programming Associate, Dan. Our regular offerings include:

Interfaith Couples Workshop

Thursdays, February 3, 10, 17, and 24 (In-Person with Rabbi Aaron)
Mondays, May 2, 9, 16, and 23 (In-Person with Rabbi Aaron)

A guided, nonjudgmental space for Jews and their non-Jewish partners to participate in practical conversations, gain insight from case studies, find personal support, and engage in religious and secular text study. Click here to add your name to our current inquiry list for February and May 2022.

What It Takes

This series features intensive, skill-based classes designed for people at all points along the Jewish spectrum. Learn about and connect with rituals, practices, and holidays over sessions spanning one to three days. For a list of past and future What It Takes courses, including WIT: To Officiate Your Friend’s Wedding, WIT: High Holidays, and WIT: Havdallah, click here.

Jewish Welcome Workshop: An In-depth Introduction to Judaism

This 38-week introductory course is designed for those interested in learning more about Judaism and/or converting. Participants learn both within the classroom and through immersion in the larger Sixth & I and Washington DC community. At the end of the program, non-Jewish participants will be prepared to convert to Judaism or to live as a Ger Toshav (“fellow traveler”) with the Jewish people.

The course starts in September of each year and runs for 38 weeks, usually on Thursday nights. Participants can choose to enroll in either the 5:30 pm or 7:30 pm section. This class is for people in their 20s and 30s. The class is a mix of lectures, group activities, text studies, and holiday celebrations. No Hebrew language knowledge is required. Those wishing to convert will meet with one of the rabbis individually during the year and beyond. The rabbi—in consultation with you—determines when you are ready for the actual conversion.

To be considered for the 2021-2022 cohort, for which registration begins in the spring, please join this inquiry list. If you are interested in meeting with a rabbi before that time to discuss the process of conversion, please contact Dan to set up a meeting.

An Introduction to Judaism class is a prerequisite for the Jewish Welcome Workshop. One option is our 5-week Basically Jewish course. You are welcome to take the introductory class somewhere else as well.

Building A Jewish Home

Mondays, December 6, 13, and 20 (In-Person with Rabbi Nora)

Open to singles and couples both Jewish and interfaith, this course explores what it means to create a Jewish home. Through guided conversation, students talk, learn, and discover ways to infuse Jewish values and traditions into their homes and lives. To be added to our inquiry list for December 2021, please click here.

Basically Jewish

Mondays, January 3, 10, 24, 31, and February 7 (Virtual with Rabbi Nora)
Wednesdays, March 23, 30, April 6, 13, and 20 (In-Person with Rabbi Nora)

An experiential introduction to Judaism course designed for Jews and non-Jews looking to discover or reconnect with Judaism. The five-week course for those in their 20s and 30s allows students to develop a deeper connection with the Jewish faith through a digestible introduction to Jewish traditions, customs, and rituals. To be added to our inquiry list for winter 2022, please click here.

*No one will be turned away from any of our classes due to a lack of funds. For more information about setting up a payment plan, please contact our Jewish Life Programming Associate, Dan.

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