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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.

Fall Courses

Fall I

#MeToo and the Bible
Mondays in October
This past year, women have raised their voices in response to sexual assault, harassment, and gender-based pay inequity. In Judaism’s patriarchal culture, women’s voices have been virtually silent and/or anonymous in our texts. If they were able to, Dinah, Tamar, and Sarah would have also said, “#metoo.” This October, Rabbis Shankman and Fischel will reclaim and celebrate the voices of Judaism’s biblical and post-biblical women.

Fall II

Anti-Semitism: Then and Now
Mondays in November (except November 19)
Our November Academy series will focus on the changes in anti-Semitism over the centuries and the last decades. We will examine the history and origins of anti-Semitism and its impact as well as current manifestations. WHC clergy and guest speakers will explore the role of the church, the current reality, responses to anti-Semitism by the Jewish community, and the question of anti-Israel sentiment as an expression of anti-Semitism.

Fall III*

WHC Academy and Amram Scholar Series Go Conversational
Mondays, December 3, December 10, and December 17
WHC Academy and the Amram Scholar Series are teaming up for three events this December that will bring us together as a community for an open dialogue about current issues and historical events. Each week will begin with a lecture followed by a casual dinner with facilitated dialogue at each table and will conclude with Q&A with the evening's featured speaker. 

*These programs are not included in the price for WHC Academy and must be registered for separately.

Online registration for WHC Academy and Amram Go Conversational is now closed. We will be accepting registrations at the door for Monday, December 17.

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, 29

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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