Adult Education

Temple Sinai’s commitment to fostering a community of learners gets brought to life through diverse Adult Education programming.

Our Adult Education Committee works throughout the year to plan programs to educate and stimulate minds and spirits. From Hebrew Study classes offered for beginners through more advanced students, to the biannual Scholar-in-Residence program, fall and spring semester classes, and guest speaker programs there are many ways for adults to engage in rich learning experiences together with our clergy, teachers and guest speakers.

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, January 14 at 12:45pm
    Current Political Climate in Israel

    Our first Daytimers’ discussion of 2019 will focus on Israel’s political system as we move toward the upcoming election: its strengths and weaknesses including the “Bibi factor,” the Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox parties, which have usually controlled the balance of power, and the demographic tribes of Israel.

    Join us as we welcome Itzik Eshel, Ph.D., a knowledgeable student of Israel’s political system. Eshel is on the Judaic Studies faculty at the University of Maryland Baltimore County where he currently teaches courses on modern and contemporary Jewish history. He has been a Jewish educator for 30 years with teaching and administrative experience ranging from day schools to university settings. Eshel is nationally-recognized as an innovative program builder and curriculum designer, with special expertise in Hebrew language and Jewish history. He received degrees from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

    Everyone is welcome. Bring a brown bag lunch. Cookies, fruit, coffee and tea are provided. A contribution of $3 per person is requested to cover basic costs.

    Please let us know if you will attend, and bring a friend. If you need a ride, call the temple office at 202-363-6394. For reservations, contact Ron and Libby Merrill at (301) 365-0894 or with your name and the names of people attending with you by Friday, January 11.

  • Thursdays, 10:00-11:30AM | January 17, 24, 31 and February 7

    Since we all have to die, let’s discuss how to do it well. The course will include practical and emotional aspects of preparing to have a dignified death. Topics include: unfinished business; how to talk to loved ones; forgiveness; writing an ethical will; decisions about when to stop treatment; suicide and assisted dying; and the impact of a good death on those we leave behind. There will be some short readings and some writing in and out of class.

    This class will be taught by Dr. Carol Hausman, a clinical psychologist and gerontologist. She has been on the faculties of the Georgetown University School of Medicine, the Washington School of Psychiatry and others.


  • Tuesday, January 29 at 10am

    Join us for a discussion of The Assistant by Bernard Malamud. Set in Brooklyn, the novel portrays the complex relationship that develops between Morris Bober, a worn-out Jewish grocer, and Frank Alpine, a young Italian American.

    All are welcome.

  • Thursdays, 10:00-11:30AM | March 14, 21, April 4, and 11

    The stories of Genesis are rich with evocative images and metaphors, the beauty of which is captured in poetry. Come join us as we delve into the poetry of these ancient stories and explore their connections to our own lives. No experience or expertise of poetry necessary! We’ll focus less on what the poet may have intended and more on what the works evoke in each of us, helping us find our own personal meaning in the sacred texts. Groups will include space for our own writing and reflection.

    This class will be taught by Lauren Mazow Boyle, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, with special interests in psychoanalytic theory and poetry therapy and Rabbi Hannah Goldstein.


  • Sunday, March 17 at 9am

    Join us for a discussion of Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk. When first published, this book created lots of controversy and discussion. For many, rereading it should be thought-provoking, and for those to whom it’s new, it will bring an historical approach to one aspect of American Jewish life in the 1950s.

    A light breakfast will be served. All are welcome.

  • Primary text: Isadore Twersky, A Maimonides Reader

    Maimonides is considered one of the greatest Jewish teachers, philosophers and legal minds ever. There are two components (at least) to the work of Maimonides: his clear enumeration and description of the mitzvot and his deeper philosophical writings. We will explore both using a selection of material from his writings.

    Class will meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, from 10 to 11:30 AM. This class is led by Rabbi Roos and sponsored by the TSWRJ.

  • Sundays, January 6, February 3 and March 3 at 9:15am

    Led by Rabbi Rosenwasser, this group focuses on “Mikraot Gedolot” (medieval commentaries). We approach the weekly parashah by studying it through the lens of our great sages to discover how they made meaning from the text. All are welcome.

  • A wonderful educational opportunity awaits all who attend weekly Torah Study on Saturday mornings, beginning at 9:15 AM. The classes, led by our clergy, focus on the Torah reading for the week.