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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.

 

Ongoing Events

Female-Led Parashat Hashavuah Class

When? Every other Friday morning from October 25, 2019 to June 26, 2020, 9:30-10:30 am
Where? Ohr Kodesh Congregation (8300 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase)

The class will be co-taught by renowned local rabbis and top educators, Rabbi Avi Strausberg and Rabbi Penina Alexander. The class will delve into one piece of each week’s parashah and examine it critically with commentary from our sages. All learning levels welcome.

Email Nicole Rosen to learn more and sign up!

 

February 2020

Intermarriage Lecture Series

Intermarriage
When? February 10,17, and 24, 2020
Where? Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation's Capital (6045 16th St NW)

A three part series with Rabbi Ethan Tucker.

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Tell It To Me Straight: Deception and Fraud in Jewish Law

When? DATE CHANGE: February 12, 2020, 12:15-1:30pm
Where? Hillel International, 800 Eighth Street NW

We all know that stealing is off limits in Jewish law but what about the stealing of hearts and minds? In this session, we'll explore just how honest we need to be in our interactions with other people. To what extent is it permissible to mislead and to give false impressions and to what extent is this just theft by another name?

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March 2020

God, Humanity, and the Rest of Creation: Jewish Theology in a Time of Climate Emergency with Rabbi Shai Held

When? March 5, 2020, 7:30-9:00pm
Where? EDCJCC (1529 16th St NW)

We live in a time of unprecedented climate emergency: greenhouse gas emissions are causing vast-- and irreversible-- changes to earth's climate. Droughts, floods, heat waves, extreme weather events and rise in sea-levels endanger millions of lives. How should religious people respond to the crisis? How does the way we imagine the relationship between God, humanity, and the rest of creation shape our sense of responsibility for the fate of the earth and its inhabitants? Beginning with the Bible and concluding with contemporary theology and environmental ethics, we'll develop a textually-rooted Jewish theology for this precarious moment. We'll bear in mind the sobering words of Governor Jay Inslee of Washington: "We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we are the last generation that can do something about it." We'll conclude with an invitation to connect to Interfaith Power & Light, a grassroots group through which Jewish communities and congregations of many faiths are working together to respond to climate change: www.ipldmv.org.

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Everyday Moral Dilemmas with Rabbi Avi Strausberg

When? Wednesdays, March 11, 18, 25, 8:30pm-9:30pm
Where? home-hosted in Shepherd Park; email for location

In this course, we’re going to be wrestling with every day moral dilemmas, the sorts of which we each encounter all of the time in our lives. We’ll consider questions like: "Can I 'take' a paperclip and just what constitutes stealing?" and "Are there instances in which it is not only permissible to lie but in fact necessary?" We'll pose these every day moral dilemmas to classic Jewish sources and see what, if any wisdom, they have to offer us when confronted with these questions. In doing so, we'll attempt to not only answer the dilemmas before us but suggest a model for what it might look like to turn to Jewish texts for guidance on pressing questions of our times. This series is appropriate for people of all learning backgrounds. Participants can pay on a sliding scale from $18 to $36 for the series.

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Taste of Rebbe Nachman with Rabbi Avi Strausberg

When? Thursdays, March 12, 19, 26, 7:30pm-8:30pm
Where? Hamilton House (1255 Hampshire Ave NW)

In this series, we'll turn to Rebbe Nachman for his thoughts on the nature of disagreement, how to live with doubt, and the key to a happy, holy life. Our core texts will be Sihot HaRan and Likutei Moharan. This series is appropriate for people of all learning backgrounds who want a first exposure to Rebbe Nachman's teachings or want to delve a bit deeper. Participants can pay on a sliding scale from $18 to $36 for the series.

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May 2020

Yom Iyyun: Torah for the #MeToo Movement with Rabbi Avi Killip, Rabbi Avi Richman, and Rabbi Avi Strausberg

When? May 3, 2020, 1:00-4:45pm
Where? EDCJCC (1529 16th St NW)

In this turbulent moment of public attention to sexual assault and harassment, we will probe rabbinic sources that speak to our questions, fears and hopes. When approached with sensitivity and creativity, how can our tradition help us envision the meaning of leadership, the role of community and the importance of theology in confronting these realities?

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Past Events

Hadar's Winter Learning Institute in DC

When? December 22-24, 2019
Where? Adas Israel Congregation (2850 Quebec St. NW, Washington, DC)

A multi-day immersive learning program for adults of all ages who are looking for deep Jewish learning. This year's theme is Hiyyuv: Embracing Jewish Obligation.

 

Born Into Debt: The (Egalitarian?) Gift of Hiyyuv

When? December 23, 2019, 7:45-9:00 pm
Where? Adas Israel Congregation (2850 Quebec St. NW)

Is hiyyuv a burden, responsibility or privilege? Is everyone "born into" religious obligation equally, or does the experience of hiyyuv divide along social and experiential lines such as gender? Through the lens of wide-ranging Jewish texts, from classical rabbinic sources to modern Jewish philosophy, to feminist ethnography, we will probe the way hiyyuv intersects with real needs and commitments we hold dear, and confront the power and challenge of an egalitarian view of hiyyuv.

 

How to Learn Talmud: Getting to the Heart of Teshuvah

When? November 11, 18, and 25, December 2, 10, and 16, 2019, 7:00-9:00 pm
Where? GatherDC (1817 M St NW, Washington, DC)

This six-session course with R. Avi Strausberg is a deep-dive into the Gemara around teshuvah, atonement, and what it means to be forgiven. This will be a skill-based class designed to teach how to learn Gemara and to familiarize participants with key phrases and argumentative styles of the Talmud. The first half will be chevruta-based and the second half will be all together. Participants should be able to read Hebrew with an understanding of a few key roots and words. This class is appropriate both for newcomers to Talmud as well as people with a bit of background that want to focus in on the nuts and bolts of a sugya. Space is limited.
Note: Participants should purchase a Frank Dictionary, and bring either a hard copy of a Jastrow or a device to access it online.

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Everyday Morality

When? October 17, 24, 31, and November 7, 2019, 10:00-11:30 am
Where? Temple Sinai (3100 Military Rd NW)

In this course with R. Avi Strausberg, we’re going to be wrestling with every day moral dilemmas, the sorts of which we each encounter all of the time in our lives. We’ll consider questions like: "If and when is it okay to shame someone else for the sake of protecting another," and "Are there instances in which it is not only permissible to lie but in fact necessary?" We'll pose these every day moral dilemmas to classic Jewish sources and see what, if any wisdom, they have to offer us when confronted with these questions. In doing so, we'll attempt to not only answer the dilemmas before us but suggest a model for what it might look like to turn to Jewish texts for guidance on pressing questions of our times.

 

Forgive and Forget or, All the Torah I Never Learned

Pre-High Holiday Lecture Series

When? Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Where? Ohr Kodesh (8300 Meadowbrook Ln, Chevy Chase, MD 20815)

Lecture by Rabbi Avi Strausberg: Jewish sources come down hard on the evils of forgetting Torah. As we approach the High Holidays, a time in which we remember all that has gone wrong, the things we have done, and that which has been done to us, we'll explore the question, "Might there be something gained in forgetting?" Also with music by Rabbi Yosef Goldman.

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The Deeper Meaning of “Avinu Malkenu”

Pre-High Holiday Lecture Series

When? Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Where? Ohev Sholom (1600 Jonquil St NW, Washington, DC 20012)

Lecture by Rabbi Elie Kaunfer: How does our understanding of a prayer – even a “famous” prayer – alter once we know who wrote it? How do human relationships filter into prayers to God? Together we will look at the story of the writing of Avinu Malkenu – Our Father, Our King – and a number of related Talmudic stories to explore these questions.

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Children of Kayin: Original Sin and the Improbability of Teshuvah

Pre-High Holiday Lecture Series

When? Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Where? Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School, 6045 16th St NW.

Lecture by Rabbi Tali Adler: While we usually think of Kayin as the original murderer, some midrashic traditions paint Kayin in a different light: as the original baal teshuvah, or penitent. In this class we will explore the story of Kayin and its midrashic reception. We will ask ourselves: is the concept of teshuvah intuitive? Is there anything that is beyond forgiveness? And how would our Yom Kippur change if we imagined ourselves, on that day, as descendants of Kayin?

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