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.

 

January 2019

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.

 

"Let's Talk About Sex"

With Rabbi Avi Strausberg

When? Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

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

When it comes to sex, the rabbis have a number of opinions about what makes sex positive and sacred and what kind of sex we should avoid. In this class led by Rabbi Avi Strausberg, explore how rabbinic texts can be applied to contemporary relationships.

Click here to register and learn more!

 

February 2019

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, Potomac, 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!

 

March 2019

Jewish Ethics: Do Torah and Morality Always Go Together?

Lunch and Learn with the EDCJCC and Rabbi Shai Held

When? Tuesday, March 5, 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.

 

May 2019

Jewish Ethics: Do Torah and Morality Always Go Together?

Lunch and Learn with the EDCJCC and Hadar Faculty

When? Tuesday, May 7, 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.

 

Past Events

Because We Have To or Because We Want To? with Rabbi Shai Held

When? December 24 at 7:00 - 8:15 pm
Where? The Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School

Does Judaism care only about what we do, or also about who we are? In other words, what is the place of virtue ethics in Judaism? Does Halakhah exhaust our obligations as Jews? How does a commitment to worshiping a universal God of creation affect our understanding of ethics? (Why) Does Halakhah sometimes seem to permit less-than-ideal ethical behavior? What is the ideal motivation when we engage in interpersonal mitzvot (bein adam lehaveiro)—should we care for people because we have to, or because we have taught ourselves to want to?

 
MakomDC Scholar in Residence with Dena Weiss - Won't You Be My Neighbor? The Right to Privacy in Jewish Sources

Tuesday, December 11 @ 7:30PM. 

In this class we'll be exploring some of the Jewish legal perspectives on how to build one's physical home. One of the core areas of concern for the Rabbis is the question of what it takes to be a good neighbor and how to balance the values of privacy in an environment of close community and shared space. These conversations touch on fundamental explorations of what and why to share and what the moral and spiritual values of privacy might be.

Register through Adas Israel Congregation.


 
EDCJCC Hannukah Yom Iyyun with Rabbis Avi Killip, Aviva Richman, and Avi Strausberg:

December 9th @ 10 am-12:30 pm at The Broadmoor, 3601 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Register through the EDCJCC here.

 

The Tattoo Taboo with Rabbi Avi Strausberg at Sixth and I

December 4, 7:00 pm. Register through Sixth and I, here,

Community Singing Workshop at Fabrangen Havurah with Joey Weisenberg
"The Rabbi's Views on Good Sex & Bad Sex" at Tifereth Israel with Rabbi Avi Strausberg
November 29th at 7:30 pm. In partnership with Tifereth Israel and Segulah. Register here.
"Women of the Book" at Sixth and I with Rabbi Avi Strausberg.
November 27th at 7:00 pm. Register through Sixth and I, here.
Open Talmud Class in Shepherd Park with Rabbi Avi Strausberg:

Thursdays, October 18th, October 25th, November 1st, November 8th, November 15th from 8:30-9:30pm. Please reach out to strausberg@hadar.org for the address and registration.

 

"Women of the Book" at Sixth and I with Rabbi Avi Strausberg.

 

EDCJCC Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Ethan Tucker:
November 13th from 11:30am-1:00 pm.