Adult Education

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Temple Micah creates opportunities for Jewish learning that challenge, engage, and inspire each member of our community to live a more fulfilled human and Jewish life. Our adult learning offerings include formal classes and lectures, seminars led by Temple Micah professional staff, and lay-led study groups. Group study takes place throughout the week and weekly on Shabbat. We welcome the ongoing growth and reinvention of this learning, including the creation of new groups by our members.

Our educational offerings for adults also include an array of subject matter. Students of all ages can also study Hebrew at home via Zoom, in classes of various levels, or in our lay-led Hebrew poetry study group. Lectures, seminars and study groups consider the Torah and the rest of the Bible from diverse perspectives. Other learning venues–led by staff, clergy, and community members–take up Israel and the Middle East, Zionism, prayer and worship, spirituality, philosophy, Jewish holidays, Reform Judaism, Judaism in modern America, and anything else our community encounters in its life together.


Coming Up

The Jewish American Table

Daily study from November 3-November 25 at 6:30 pm
We aspire for Micah to be a place where we can be both fully Jewish and fully American.  As a way of recognizing this November season, we will be offering something new.
Modeled on our Omer and Elul series, we will gather each evening virtually from Election Day Eve through “Erev” Thanksgiving. Together we will consider citizenship through texts from the library of our Jewish and/or American heritage, process the 2020 election, and anticipate Thanksgiving.

Rescheduled: Friday Black Book Talk with Dr. Gayle Wald

Thursday, December 3, 7:00 pm
Dr. Wald, George Washington University professor of African American Literature, will lead us in a study of the 2018 award winning short story collection, Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah.

Ongoing Classes

Adult Hebrew Refresher

Thursdays at 7:00 pm
We are very pleased to announce that the Hebrew refresher class for adults will continue this fall! Join with fellow Micah members to brush up on basic Hebrew reading and concepts. This class is taught by longtime Micah Hebrew instructor Evie Shen-Tal and is catered towards all levels and abilities. Tuition is $120/student for 8 classes.

Downtown Discussion Group

This study group, led by Rabbi Zemel, chooses a book on Jewish thought to explore together. The Downtown Discussion Group will resume online in the fall. Stay tuned for details about the book we’ll be discussing this year.

Contact: Temple Micah Office

Hebrew Poetry Online

Temple Micah’s lay-led group Hebrew poetry group will resume online in the fall. We read the poetry of Yehuda Amichai and other modern Israeli poets in Hebrew, then translate and discuss in English. We discuss how these poets’ use biblical, liturgical, and contemporary Hebrew is accessible and insightful on many levels to those with even limited Hebrew knowledge.

Contact: Hebrew Poetry

Jewish Thinkers of the 20th and 21st Centuries

Jewish Thinkers, a lay-led study group, meets online every other Monday to read essays of 20th and 21st Century Jewish Thinkers who grapple with fundamental questions of faith and religion.

Contact: Jewish Thinkers

Lunch and Learn

On the second Wednesday of each month, we gather via Zoom to share lunch and hear a presentation from a vast array of speakers. There is no cost because you are bringing your own lunch but you must register to attend. Registrants will receive a Zoom link by email prior to the meeting.

Contact: Temple Micah Office

View past Lunch and Learn lectures here. If you are interested in viewing a Lunch and Learn lecture that is not on our website please contact the office.

Paul Simon: Fiction and Non-Fiction, as Written by Paul Goldberg – 9/14/20
Jacqueline Simon: The Federal Workforce During the Trump Administration – 8/12/20
Jodi Enda: Understanding the women who (still) support Trump – 7/8/20
Rabbi Ari Plost: Thomas Kennedy and Religious Pluralism – 6/10/20
Ari Roth: Resilient Relationships: The Dramas of Creating Cutting Edge Theater – 2/12/20
Susan Subak: Understanding our Emissions; Finding Low-Carbon Culture in the U. S. – 1/8/20
Dr. Evelyn Torton Beck: Hidden from History No More: Jewish Women’s Activism in Second-Wave Feminism – 12/11/19
Rabbi Stephanie Crawley: Breaking the Stigma: Addiction and a Jewish Path to Recovery – 11/13/19
Susan Benda
: Human Trafficking One Senate Investigation at a Time – 10/16/19
Stan Brand
: Minor League Baseball – 9/11/19
Elise Bean: Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World One Senate Investigation at a Time – 8/4/19
Al From: Will the Democrats Create a Path to Re-Election for Donald Trump? – 7/10/19
Juliet Eilperin: Has Barack Obama’s environmental legacy unraveled? A look at America’s climate and public lands policy – 6/12/19
Marianne Szegedy-Maszak: Charmed Lives:History, Family and Fate during Hungary’s Holocaust – 5/8/19
Carla Peterson-Rosenbloom: Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in New York City – 4/10/19
Peter Edelman: The Criminalization of Poverty – 3/13/19
Margaret Henoch: Intelligence Failure: Behind the Scenes at the 2003 Invasion of Iraq – 2/13/19
Alan Kraut: Anti Immigrant Sentiment throughout American History – 1/9/19
Stacy Cloyd: Social Security: Past, Present and Future – 12/12/18
Myra Sklarew:  Through the Archives of the Feet: Holocaust Memory in Lithuania – 11/14/18
Stan Shulman: Team Alaska in Vietnam – 10/10/18
Peter Lovenheim: The Attachment Effect – 9/12/18
David Rosenbaum: How Should Science Inform Public Policy Decisions – 8/8/18
Doug Grob: Understanding China – 7/11/18
Yolanda Savage-Narva: Inclusivity: The Relationship between Blacks and Jews – 6/13/18
Erica Perl: Carving Out Space for Creativity – 5/9/18
Jared Blum: The Anti-Defamation League – 4/11/18
Dana Milbank: What’s up in Washington? – 3/14/18
Cynthia Hogan: Transacting with the US government in the era of Trump – 2/14/18
Larry Cooley & Marina Fanning: Foreign Aid in an ‘America First’ World – 1/10/18
Rabbi Tamara Miller: The Rocky Road to the Rabbinate; a modern day Yentl – 12/13/17
Arthur Freeman: The Evolution of Hanukkah Lamp Design – 11/8/17
Stuart Schwartz: Behind the Scenes of Broadcast News – 10/11/17
Herman and Mary Schwartz: Music of Exile – 9/13/17
Karen Rosenbaum: The Air of Photography – 8/9/17
Daniel Brumberg: Internal Politics and International Policy in Iran – 7/12/17
Owen Herrnstadt: Interacting with Europe regarding BDS?

Monday Morning Study Group

For 2020-2021, the Monday Morning Group book selection is Democracy in Black by Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr., one of America’s preeminent public intellectuals. In this book Dr. Glaude offers a powerful polemic on the state of black America that savages the idea of a post-racial society.  Please note: you must sign up to receive the Zoom link for this group

To sign up, please contact: Jeannelle D’Isa

“Downtown” Discussion Group

Starting Monday, November 2, 12:15 pm
For the 2020-21 discussion season, we will read Leora Batnitzky’s How Judaism Became a Religion.  “Is Judaism a religion, a culture, a nationality-or a mixture of all these?  In How Judaism Became a Religion, Leora Batnitzky boldly argues that this question more than any other has driven modern Jewish thought.  This wide ranging and lucid introduction tells the story of how Judaism came to be defined as a religion in the modern period-and why Jewish thinkers have fought as well as championed this idea.”
This group will continue to meet virtually. Please note: you must sign up to receive the Zoom link for this group
To sign up, contact Jeannelle D’Isa


This lay-led study group explores the powerful language of the Psalms. We engage in depth with the timeless poetry that ranges through the spectrum of human emotions, inspiring literature and liturgy across millennia and still speaking to us today. Reading and discussion are in English, informed by the Hebrew.  All are welcome and no preparation is required.

Contact: Psalms

Torah Study Group

This lay-led group meets each Shabbat morning before services to explore the week’s Torah and Haftarah portions.

Contact: Torah Study Group