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Education at Kesher

Upcoming Special Events

Email our education coordinator for more information! Kesher Israel classes are open to women and men and geared toward students of all backgrounds and levels. 

Parent-Child Learning: Tu B'Shvat Edition
Saturday, February 15
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Scholar in Residence: Dr. Shana Strauch Schick
Shabbat, February 21-22
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Adar Beit Midrash
Tuesdays, February 25, March 3, March 17, March 24
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Ongoing Classes and Programs

Daf Yomi
Monday-Thursday at 9:30 pm
Friday following Shacharit
Motzei Shabbat after Havdalah
Sunday at 8:45am (with a bagel breakfast)

Learn a daf (folio) of Gemara a day with Dr. Alan Gersch. Email Alan to get involved!

Tuesday Morning Talmud Study
Tuesdays at 8:00 am

Join Rabbi Shafner for small-group Talmud study on Tuesday mornings after Shacharit. The group is learning Tractate Berachot. No previous knowledge necessary. 

Basic Judaism: An In-Depth Overview of Jewish Law and Practice
Tuesdays at 7:15 pm-9:00 pm

This class, taught by Rabbi Shafner, examines the fundamental concepts of Judaism, with plenty of time for questions and discussion. We will look at the laws of berachot, Shabbat, and various holidays with an eye towards understanding the practical application of the halakha. Open to all levels of observance and knowledge. 

90-Second Daily Halacha: The Laws of Pesach
Tuesdays at 8:00 pm

Listen to Rabbi Shafner's daily 2 minute Halacha on WhatsApp. Sign up by clicking here

Kids Mishnah Nosh with the Rabbi
Every other Shabbat, two hours before Mincha
On winter hiatus


Past Classes:

Kashrut: Its Philosophy, Laws, and Practical Application

Changing the Past: Teshuvah and the High Holidays

From the Talmud to Today: A Topical Introduction to Jewish Literacy, Halacha and History

Sponsored by the Dr. H. Harold Gelfand Memorial Institute of Adult Education

The Dr. H. Harold Gelfand Memorial Institute of Adult Education at Kesher Israel Congregation

The Institute was established in 1989 to provide Jewish adult education activities within the Kesher Israel community, as well as throughout the Washington, DC, area. The Institute thrives, offering a variety of courses during the year and a Shabbat Dinner & Drash and Lunch & Learn lecture series.

Since the establishment of the Institute, its activities have been supported by a combination of private donations, grants, and general synagogue revenues. 

Donations to support education activities are encouraged and can be made online.

Fri, February 21 2020 26 Shevat 5780