Adult Learning

Adult Education – Virtual Edition

We may not be able to be in the same room together, but we can still study, learn, and grow together.  Our community has a wealth of knowledge to share and we could not be more excited to help bring that knowledge to you.  Please join us as we branch out into new territory, exploring a variety of Jewish experiences.

Check back often for additional events.  If you have any questions, please contact the Temple Office at 301-942-2000 or Rabbi Mark Levine, Director of Congregational Learning, at

Upcoming Adult Education
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On-Going Adult Education Programs

Torah Study:
Minyan and Torah Study
Saturday Mornings at 9:00am

All are welcome to join our discussions of the weekly Torah portion and the other books comprising the Hebrew Bible. This is a drop-in class; all are encouraged to participate regardless of levels of expertise. Attend class at any time – everyone’s point of view is welcome. The group is informal and led by group members.  Each class begins with a summary of the Torah portion of the week, followed by a discussion of various interpretations and insights from Reform and other commentators.  Discussion includes the other books of the Hebrew Bible.  Emphasis is on what our holy texts meant when they were written and what they mean in today’s society.


A Sample of Past Adult Education Programs

Is There a War Against Religious Pluralism in Israel?
Western WallPrime Minister Netanyahu’s suspension of the Kotel Agreement, which would have created an egalitarian prayer plaza at the Wester

n Wall, and his Cabinet’s vote to grant a monopoly on conversions to the ultra-Orthodox, have rocked Israel/Diaspora relations. What should progressive Jews do?

Edit Reizes and Larry Wolff from The Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism will bring their firsthand experience and unique perspectives to this discussion on religious pluralism in Israel and the controversy over egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall.


Government BranchesResponsibility and Ethics in Washington:
Questions We Need to Ask!

Guest Speaker: Noah Bookbinder, Executive Director of CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington)

Noah Bookbinder, a past board member of Temple Emanuel became CREW’s (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) Executive Director in March 2015. From 2013 to 2015 Noah as Director of the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs at the United States Sentencing Commission, where he helped guide the Commission on important policy decisions including its historic 2014 action to reduce sentences for most federal drug offenders.
Before that, Bookbinder served as Chief Counsel for Criminal Justice for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, where he worked from 2005 to 2013. In that position, he advised Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on a wide variety of criminal justice issues, ranging from corruption and fraud to sentencing, corrections, and forensic science reform.


Scientific and Faith Perspectives on Climate Change
Before the FloodFree Screening of “Before The Flood” and Panel Discussion

From Academy Award winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award winning actor, environmental activist, and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio: Watch the National Geographic documentary “Before the Flood” followed by a panel discussion featuring Rabbi Warren Stone and Dr. Robert H. Rich, Ph.D., CAE.  There is no cost for this program. Members and Non-members Welcome!   This program is supported by Interfaith Power and Light.


Magnificent Movie MusicMagnificent Movie Music:
Jewish Composers and the Golden Age of Film
With Dr. Rachel Franklin
3-Session Series

Film music can inspire and romance us; our pulse can race, we get goose bumps, our stomachs churn, our tear ducts fill up. Experiencing a great film score can have a life-long impact.

It is impossible to imagine many of our most historic movies without the great Jewish film composers of the 20th century. During our course we’ll trace the immigration patterns of Jewish musicians from Europe and Russia to Hollywood, investigating how so many Jewish composers became such an integral part of cinematic history.

Join Dr. Rachel Franklin, pianist extraordinaire, who will provide live music as she guides us through a wealth of film scores from early “talkies” to Westerns, Noir, Sci-fi and beyond.