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.


Upcoming Events

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.


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

December 24 at 7:00 - 8:15 pm, at 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?


Ongoing Classes

Open Talmud Class at Dupont (Hamilton House, 1255 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036) with Rabbi Avi Strausberg.
Please email to register.
Mondays, November 26, December 3, December 10, December 17th from 8-9pm
Intermediate/Advanced Talmud Class (Potomac/Bethesda, rotating household locations) with Rabbi Avi Strausberg:
Mondays, beginning November 5, 2018, from 10am-12pm. Please reach out to for the address and registration.

Past Events

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 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.


Rabbi Aviva Richman and Joey Weisenberg at Pearlstone Retreat Center's Shavuot Beit Midrash

Friday May 18 - May 21, 2018 (Shavuot)

Joey Weisenberg will lead singing and Rabbi Aviva Richman will teach on subjects such as "The Torah Was Not Given to Angels": How do we receive the Torah as ourselves? Reclaiming Boshet: from embarrassment to revelation in the Sfas Emes ; and Victim, Survivor, Advocate? Torah and the #metoo moment.


Sunday, May 20, 2018 (Shavuot Day 1)

Rabbi Jason Rubenstein will teach "Bread from the Earth and Torah from Heaven": a Radical Midrash for Shavuot at Kehillat Pardes.


Rabbi Elie Kaunfer at Adas Israel Congregation: The Other in Jewish Prayer

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

We will analyze sections of the amidah. Along the way, we will explore: Are traditional prayer formulas able to express my own values/ideas of prayer? What do you do when you "disagree" with the prayer's content? Does traditional Jewish prayer make room for people who have doubts about God and/or doubts about the efficacy of prayer? We will analyze the original Biblical context to help us connect to the prayer.

Rabbi Ethan Tucker at Ohev Sholom the National Synagogue

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Rabbi Ethan Tucker will teach three classes: during Shabbat morning services, after lunch, and during Seudah Shlishit.


Rabbi Aviva Richman at Ohr Kodesh Congregation

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Rabbi Aviva Richman will deliver The Anne F. and Julius Schlezinger Memorial Law Day Lecture, on "Sexual Harassment."

Compassion, Love, and the American Future: Rabbi Shai Held in conversation with Martha Nussbaum

Thursday, March 15 at 8pm - Register here.

The Edlavitch DCJCC is thrilled to bring Rabbi Shai Held and philosopher Martha Nussbaum together as part of our Words and Ideas program, which brings together dynamic thought-leaders to examine ideas, thought, and contemporary questions through a Jewish lens.

Freedom and Redemption: A Day of Learning in Preparation for Passover with the Edlavitch DCJCC and Hadar

Sunday March 18, 2018, from 1:30-5:00pm - Register here.

This learning program will include a panel and a breakout sessions, led by Hadar faculty Rabbis Ethan Tucker, Elie Kaunfer, and Avi Killip. Each session will bring open-hearted and passionate discussions coupled with deep classical text study and new interpretations for a modern age.

Ladies Lunch & Learn

November 14, 2017, January 18, 2018, March 6, and May 8, 2018.

With the Edlavitch DCJCC

A ladies' lunch and learn, titled "Stories That Touch Our Lives - Narratives in the Jewish Tradition." Rabbis Elie Kaunfer, Avi Killip, and Ethan Tucker will lead us in text study and discussion in this 4 class series at the Somerset House.

Rabbi Shai Held in conversation with Jeffrey Golderg, to launch Heart of Torah

October 8, 2017

Adas Israel Congregation, co-sponsored by 6th & I and Washington Board of Rabbis

Repentance, Forgiveness, Personal Change: Entering the Days of Awe

September 10, 2017

With Edlavitch DCJCC. A half-day workshop of passionate and open-hearted discussions about many of the most crucial questions Jews ask during the High Holidays.