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.


December 2019

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.

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Past Events

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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