Classes & Events
Hadar in DC

Hadar is actively growing its programming in the Washington DC area. We are partnering with local organizations from across the denominational spectrum to bring Hadar's high-quality teaching to the DC community. This includes day-long learning programs, lectures and classes, and much more.

 

Wednesday Morning Tefillah

Shaharit Minyan

When? Next meeting: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 7:30 am
Where? Adams Morgan

Join us for a new once-a-month weekday davening hosted in Adams Morgan on the first Wednesday of every month. We start at 7:30am and have you out of there, spiritually-nourished, by 8am. Please email Avi Strausberg for the address and to RSVP so we can ensure we have a minyan at (strausberg@hadar.org).

 

Past Events

Lunch and Learn with the EDCJCC and Rabbi Avi Strausberg

Jewish Ethics: Do Torah and Morality Always Go Together?

When? Tuesday, May 7, 2019 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Where? TBA

Rabbinic texts are rich in the rabbis’ ethical wrestlings with a range of topics from how to divide scarce resources, when it’s permissible to defend oneself with force, and what to do if one ox gores another. Join us in this four-part lunch and learn series in which we will dive into the rabbis’ ethical debates and shed light on our own. The series costs $25 for one class and dessert and drinks $65 for the 3 class series.

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12th Annual National Rainbow Seder

With GLOE, Hadar, and the EDJCC

When? Sunday, April 14, 2019 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Where? Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Now in its 12th year, the National Rainbow Seder is one of the nation’s largest and longest-running Passover seders for the queer Jewish community and its allies, co-presented by GLOE – GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement at the Edlavitch DCJCC and the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion & Faith program. Hosted inside the Equality Center ballroom at the HRC headquarters in Washington, DC, this year’s program will feature a full Passover seder complete with a specially-commissioned Haggadah (the Jewish text containing the Passover story) retelling the traditional tale of Jewish triumphs of resistance alongside the hard-fought progress made by the LGBTQ equality movement over the past decade since the National Rainbow Seder’s inception.

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Resilience Unmasked, Purim, Protest and Power

With Sixth and I Synagogue

When? Tuesday, March 19, 2019 7:00 pm
Where? Sixth and I Synagogue, 600 I Street, NW Washington, DC 20001

Thousands of women in recent months have come forward to share their #MeToo stories, drawing on deep reserves of strength and resilience. In time for Purim, explore with Rabbi Avi Strausberg the many faces of resilience from Jewish tradition—from Esther and Queen Vashti to Dina and a bride on her wedding night—and discover how they can offer insight into the contemporary struggle for justice. For those in their 20s and 30s.

Register here!

 

Sisterhood Shabbat 5779 at Adas Israel

 

When? March 22-23, 2019
Where? Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec Street, NW Washington, DC 20008

The theme is “The Eternal Flame: From Purim to Passover to Pittsburgh – Women’s Contributions to Jewish Resiliency through the Ages.” Rabbi Avi Strausberg will be teaching at Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday night as well as on Shabbat day.

Learn more here

 

Winter Talmud Classes with Rabbi Avi Strausberg

 

When? All classes begin the week of February 4. Exact dates vary by location. Click below for more information.

Where? Dupont and Shepherd Park (email Rav Avi Strausberg at strausberg@hadar.org for exact location)

In this five-session series, we'll explore some of the major passages in the 6th chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin ("the verdict is completed"). This chapter deals with the application of the death penalty and explores issues of atonement, human dignity, and the place of the Divine in our sorrow. What does it mean to give someone a "mitah yafah," a beautiful death and how does it apply to the case of one who is being executed? For whose benefit are all of the mourning rituals around death: the one who has died or the living? How do we preserve human dignity with someone at the hands of the criminal justice system?
This class will not be havruta-based. We will go through and discuss the texts together; both the original text and a translation will be provided. The content for the five-sessions will be cumulative, therefore, registration for all parts of the series is highly encouraged.

Click here to choose your location, register, and learn more!

 

Lunch and Learn with the EDCJCC and Rabbi Shai Held

Jewish Ethics - Humiliation: Judaism’s Fourth Cardinal Sin?

When? Tuesday, March 5, 2019 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Where? The Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Ask a knowledgeable Jew, and they are likely to tell you that Judaism has three cardinal sins that one should sooner die than commit: idolatry, sexual immorality, and murder. But fascinatingly, many legal authorities insist that there is actually a fourth: it is preferable to die rather than humiliate another person. In this session, we’ll explore the biblical roots of this idea and study some of the thinkers who insist that it has the status of normative Jewish law—and we’ll also consider some very good reasons why they may be wrong. And, of course, we'll ask: just why is human dignity so central to Jewish theology and practice?

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"Oh My Heavens: Judaism and the Afterlife"

With Rav Avi Strausberg at Sixth and I

When? Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Where? Sixth and I Synagogue, 600 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Who gets a place in the world to come? How long is purgatory, and how painful will it be? While many believe there’s no Jewish conception of heaven or hell, key Jewish texts do in fact paint a picture of the afterlife. Using teachings from the Talmud and from modern thinkers, Rabbi Avi Strausberg leads a discussion on heaven, hell, and everything in between to explore how Jewish conceptions of death can help us lead a better life. For those in their 20s and 30s.

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Is Learning from Flawed Leaders an Oxymoron? or; Cultivating the Art of Selective Listening

Bagels and Shmooze with Rabbi Avi Strausberg

When? Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 12:30 pm

Where? American University Hillel, Kay Spiritual Life Center 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

No registration necessary!

 

Jewish Ethics: Do Torah and Morality Always Go Together?

Lunch and Learn with the EDCJCC and Rabbi Avi Strausberg

When? Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Where? The Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Rabbinic texts are rich in the rabbis’ ethical wrestlings with a range of topics from how to divide scarce resources, when it’s permissible to defend oneself with force, and what to do if one ox gores another. Join us in this four-part lunch and learn series in which we will dive into the rabbis’ ethical debates and shed light on our own. The series costs $25 for one class and dessert and drinks $65 for the 3 class series.

Click here for more information and to register.