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Expand your appreciation of Jewish life and culture and join the hundreds who have participated in WHC's unique adult education program. We offer a wide array of classes taught by knowledgeable and passionate instructors from WHC and beyond. WHC Academy meets on Monday nights, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm with coffee, a light snack, and time to socialize.

Spring Courses

This three-part semester will look at Judaism as a sociological, historical, and liturgical drama. We will begin by asking, “Who are the actors?”—a dive into Jewish identity in the 21st century. Then we will examine two of our major Jewish scripts: The Haggadah and the Machzor. As texts with which we recite and engage yearly, they tell us where we have been, where we are, and where we want to go. Join us for one part or for all three—lend your voice to the ongoing drama that is Judaism today. 

The Actors: Who Are the Jews?
February 4, 11, 18, & 25

What is it to be a Reform Jew today? How has Israel informed our American Jewish identity? How has the presumption of white-privilege changed our Judaism? How do Jewish men and Jewish women differ? We will explore these questions of identity throughout the month. Join us as we create more questions than answers.

Script 1: The Haggadah
March 4, 11, 18, 25

American Judaism has published more Haggadot than any other type of Jewish text. Why the need to write, adapt, and re-write? What does this text tell us about the communities who wrote them? What does this text tell us about us, the Jews who sit every year and recite these words? As we prepare for the celebration of Passover, this class will look at different types of Haggadot and other rituals that have been added along the way. 

Script 2: The Machzor (Holiday prayerbook)
April 1, 8, 15, & 22

This year, Washington Hebrew will be using the new Reform Machzor, Mishkan HaNefesh. Join us as we discover what these new pages have to offer. We will dive into the most iconic prayers and will discover how Reform High Holiday prayerbooks have changed over time. What do those changes say about the people who wrote them? What do those changes say about us, the people who currently engage with the text?

WHC Academy costs $25 for members; $54 for non-members.

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