Kol Ami — The Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community

Adult Education

Adult Education

Kol Ami offers a variety of educational programs and social opportunities for adults.  There is never an end to interesting things to study related to Judaism! If you’d like to suggest a future program for Kol Ami, please let us know.  Kol Ami’s Adult Education programming is open to non-members by pre-registration only. Please click HERE to register.

Kol Ami is offering a number of adult learning opportunities in 2022-2023.  Please contact our Adult Education Chair, Michael Jawer, to learn more about them, via .

Weekly Torah Study
with Rabbi Bruce Aft

Join Kol Ami online for a weekly lunchtime Torah study with Rabbi Bruce Aft, focusing on the commentaries of Rabbis Jonathan Sacks and Abraham Twerski.  Sessions are held on Wednesdays, noon to 1 pm, starting on October 19, 2022. Please register to receive the Zoom link as well as links for readings and any schedule changes during the year. Come to as many or as few sessions as you wish. No prior Torah knowledge is necessary — come as you are!

To Register, please click HERE.

Living Jewish

A year-long course for people interested in ways to bring Jewish principles, practices, rituals, and understandings more deeply and joyfully into our everyday contemporary lives, starting September 11, 2022 and running through May 2023.   Classes are led by Rabbi Gilah and Rabbi Richard, and are held on Sundays at 11 am twice a month, mostly on Zoom.  The course is suitable for newcomers and old-timers alike, and can serve as an appropriate introductory course for people exploring conversion to Judaism.

To learn more, please click HERE.

Our syllabus is available HERE

To RSVP, please click HERE.


Adult Talmud Study

Led by Rabbi Richard Ruth, Kol Ami offers two options each week to engage in the study of Talmud:  Tuesday evenings and Thursdays at lunchtime.  Talmud study has been the essence of joyful, engaging learning in Jewish communities for the last thousand years.  Come find out what it’s all about.  The classes follow the Daf Yomi/Daily Page calendar, with all texts studied in English.

To Register, please click HERE.

Our Kitchen Sink Series

Our adult education series offers an eclectic mix of lectures, workshops, and spiritual gatherings.  Here is the line-up for 2022/23:

  • October 22, 2022 at Shabbat Morning Services:  Nancy Kotz, on “Jewish Artists and Genesis”
  • November 13, 2022:  Mark Massey speaking about “The Women Computers of ENIAC”
  • January 8, 2023:  Mike Jawer and JonRobert Johnson speak about four “Overlooked Jews”
  • February 2023: Mary Kuntz and Steve Pershing discuss civil rights and disabilities, as part of Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM)
  • March 26, 2023: “The Soul of Pesach” with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, 11 am to 12:30 pm
  • April 2022:  Field trip to Lloyd Street and the Jewish Museum in Baltimore.
  • May 2022: organized trip to the Washington Jewish Film Festival
  • Rosh Chodesh gatherings every other month:  October, January, March, and May.

To see full descriptions, please click HERE.


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