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, March 11 at 12:45pm
    The Secret of Clouds: A Conversation with Alyson Richman About Her Latest Novel

    Join Temple Sinai DayTimers as we welcome acclaimed author Alyson Richman to talk about her work. We will learn about her inspiration and the development of her latest novel, The Secret of Clouds, released just this month. Alyson is best known for The Lost Wife, a tale of a couple who are separated in a concentration camp during World War II and reunited 60 years later at their grandchildren’s wedding. She has written seven works that have been published in more than 15 languages and received both national and international attention.

    The Secret of Clouds was initially inspired by a story from a friend and teacher. The story centers around the transformative and powerful bond that develops between a twelve-year old boy with a rare disease and the young teacher who is called in to tutor him.

    Alyson graduated from Wellesley College in 1994 and received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. She lives with her family in Long Island, New York.

    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, March 8.

  • 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.

  • 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.