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Lifelong Learning

    Lifelong learning is one of the three pillars of our Jewish Values. We are each encouraged to engage in spiritual and intellectual growth, throughout our lives, in order to both bring us closer to God and to enrich our personal and Jewish lives.

     Here at Agudas Achim, we strive to support the embrace of this principle by providing our congregational community with access to a rich selection of topical insights from many diverse and distinguished sources of learning.
     We offer programming for various levels of background and education, from entry level novice through the deeply immersed, in order to address the needs of the broadest possible cross-section of our community. And, more than that, we urge each of you to explore the many offerings you can find on the events calendar of this website,  and engage.

Visit our Shlicha's Page for her course and event offerings.


Daf HaShavua – Weekly Talmud Study
Fridays Beginning October 5 | 9:00 -10:00 a.m.
Rabbi Steven Rein

     Our lives are filled with opportunities to recognize G-d’s presence by saying a blessing. Each time we act on the opportunity, we sanctify both G-d and ourselves. We will begin our study of Massekhet Berakhot, Tractate Berakhot, to look at the rubrics, guidelines and theology of these daily blessings. (NEW Tractate) (No prior Talmud study required; texts will be in English)

Parashat HaShavua
Every Shabbat | 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Rabbi Steven Rein
       Participate in a lively discussion of the week’s Torah portion for half an hour before the start of Shabbat morning services. Newcomers always welcome!

Torah B’bayit: Jewish Learning in Your Home

             What Jewish topic do you want to learn about or discuss? What text have you always wanted to explore but never had the opportunity? What current Jewish issue is on your mind? 
             Torah B’bayit: Jewish Learning in Your Home is an opportunity for you to open up your home to a small group of friends and members of our community, come up with a Jewish topic, and Rabbi Rein will bring the materials to study. Start brainstorming Jewish topics your group would like to delve into, then contact Rabbi Rein to schedule a date and time.

Monthly | Flexible Dates/Times | Beginning October
Rabbi Steven Rein

Jewish Learning @ Greenspring and Goodwin House with Rabbi Rein and Hazzan Dienstfrey

     Join Rabbi Rein and Hazzan Dienstfrey for some learning in your neighborhood. If you live at the Greenspring Retirement Community in Springfield or at Goodwin House Alexandria, we will be coming to you to gather, study, and sing!

Greenspring: Sept. 26, 2018 (Sukkot); Feb. 26, May 28, Aug. 27, 2019 @ 11:00 a.m.
Goodwin House: Dates/Times TBA

Caffeine for Your Soul

     Shot of Torah and a shot of espresso! Meet up with Rabbi Rein to find the holy spark in every bean! Throughout the year, Rabbi Rein will be at different coffee shops downtown. Come by during your lunch break for a drink and a nosh.

Dates and Locations TBA
Rabbi Steven Rein


Introduction to Judaism

             Always been curious about Judaism? Never paid attention in Hebrew school? Thinking about (or is someone you love thinking about) officially joining the Tribe? 
             Introduction to Judaism covers both Judaism’s biggest and most life-changing ideas, as well as the nuts-and-bolts of daily Jewish living. The class is geared towards both Jews and non-Jews who want to learn more. Bring your questions and explore the wisdom, depth, and joy of Jewish living.

Thursdays | October 11, 2018 – February 28, 2019
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Rabbi Steven Rein

"The Texts of Our Lives" 

     Join Rabbi Jack Moline in conversation with five members of the Agudas Achim community as they explore their life story and the texts that influenced them. Guests will be announced at least a month ahead of time. 

Tuesdays | Dec 11, Jan 15, Feb 5, Mar 5, Apr 2
7:15 pm – 9:00 p.m.
Rabbi Jack Moline

Spring 2019 Classes

Mahloket Matters: How to Disagree Constructively

       Many of the most heated ideological and political conflicts in the world today arise from the contradictory ways various groups interpret their reality and texts. From religious and historical texts to the texts of social and mainstream media, conflicting groups find themselves in ever deepening narrative divides, with little to no ability to understand and engage in meaningful and constructive disagreement.
     Each class revolves around a conceptual question which is currently under ideological and political debate in Israel and the United States. The end goal is to increase our curiosity, motivation and ability to understand competing ideological and political narratives today.

Thursdays | March 14, 21, 28; April 4, 11
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Rabbi Steven Rein

The Role of the Mikvah in the 21st Century

             Mikvah has been an important - and some would say essential - Jewish ritual for thousands of years. But is mikvah a ritual we can still relate to? The Adas Israel Community Mikvah in DC is the only pluralist, community mikvah between Baltimore and Richmond. It is a place where anyone can create a spiritual moment and mark an important transition in their life. Immersing in the mikvah is an opportunity to connect the body and soul with God's natural world. Join Jen Halpern, volunteer mikvah guide, in a conversation about reimagining the tradition of mikvah in the 21st century.

Spring 2019 Date TBA
Jen Halpern

Theodicy – Understanding Suffering in our Day

     Why do people suffer? Why do people prosper? Together we will explore the nature of suffering from Biblical to Modern Times.

Thursdays | May 2, 9, 16, 23
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Rabbi Steven Rein


Wed, September 18 2019 18 Elul 5779