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Adult Education

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Adult Ed Brochure 2016-17

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Still to Come:


with Izabella Tabarovsky

The Holy Practice of Immersion: What Can the Mikveh Experience Teach a Modern Spiritual Seeker?

Sunday May 28, 2017  Meeting Time and Place: TBD
Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.

Mikveh is one of the most sacred and embodied rituals in Judaism. Immersing in mikveh’s “mayyim hayyim” – the living waters – can add a uniquely private element of sacredness as we mark new beginnings in our lives, celebrate joyous occasions, process grief, and simply look to reconnect our hearts, bodies and souls. We will organize a small group to visit the new Ohev Sholom mikveh. We will discuss the practice of immersion, sing songs, and allow time for participants to experience individual immersions for themselves.


Israel’s Cultural Revival:  Three Videos and Discussions on Three Sundays:

April 23, April 30, and May 7

Sunday, April 23, 10-Noon: The Israeli Economy, presented by Steven Berer, at N. Chevy Chase Christian Church, Community Room.

Sunday April 30, 1-3 p.m.: Tzahal/The Israeli Defense Forces, presented by Gideon Amir, at the home of Roanne and Hazzan Tasat, 2445 Lyttonsville Rd., Apt. 305, Silver Spring, MD.

Sunday, May 7, 5-7 p.m: The Ingathering of the Exiles, led by Orit Simhoni, at the home of Drs. Neal Epstein and Deborah Warden, 8005 Ashboro Court, Chevy Chase, MD.

The Tekumah series presents the story of Israel as a modern nation and what it means to be Israeli, what Israel has achieved, and what Israel dreams of becoming.  Three one-hour segments offer compelling films from an extraordinary
26-part series on the development of Israeli culture.   Each video will be presented by a Shirat member who will lead a discussion afterwards.  A perfect way to commemorate Yom HaShoah, Israel’s Remembrance Day, and Israeli Independence Day.


An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

Sunday, May 21, 2017

It’s 1895, in Paris.  Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish army officer, has been convicted of treason and imprisoned on Devil’s Island.  He has been publicly humiliated, bound in chains and banished to solitary confinement.  But was he really a spy for Germany?  Or was his fate sealed because he was a Jew in an anti-Semitic time and place? Slowly, the petit bureaucrat Georges Picquart begins to suspect that Dreyfus has been scapegoated. This is a spy thriller and psychological examination of the infamous Dreyfus affair through the perspective of Picquart, the functionary-turned-whistle-blower.

For more information, please contact Heidi Coleman.