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Hadar in DC

Hadar is actively growing its programming in the Washington DC area. We are partnering with local organizations from across the denominational spectrum to bring Hadar's high-quality teaching to the DC community. This includes day-long learning programs, lectures and classes, and much more.


Past Events


Rabbi Ethan Tucker at Ohev Sholom the National Synagogue

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Rabbi Ethan Tucker will teach three classes: during Shabbat morning services, after lunch, and during Seudah Shlishit.


Rabbi Aviva Richman at Ohr Kodesh Congregation

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Rabbi Aviva Richman will deliver The Anne F. and Julius Schlezinger Memorial Law Day Lecture, on "Sexual Harassment."

Compassion, Love, and the American Future: Rabbi Shai Held in conversation with Martha Nussbaum

Thursday, March 15 at 8pm - Register here .

The Edlavitch DCJCC is thrilled to bring Rabbi Shai Held and philosopher Martha Nussbaum together as part of our Words and Ideas program, which brings together dynamic thought-leaders to examine ideas, thought, and contemporary questions through a Jewish lens.

Freedom and Redemption: A Day of Learning in Preparation for Passover with the Edlavitch DCJCC and Hadar

Sunday March 18, 2018, from 1:30-5:00pm - Register here .

This learning program will include a panel and a breakout sessions, led by Hadar faculty Rabbis Ethan Tucker, Elie Kaunfer, and Avi Killip. Each session will bring open-hearted and passionate discussions coupled with deep classical text study and new interpretations for a modern age.

Ladies Lunch & Learn

November 14, 2017, January 18, 2018, March 6, and May 8, 2018.

With the Edlavitch DCJCC

A ladies' lunch and learn, titled "Stories That Touch Our Lives - Narratives in the Jewish Tradition." Rabbis Elie Kaunfer, Avi Killip, and Ethan Tucker will lead us in text study and discussion in this 4 class series at the Somerset House.

Rabbi Shai Held in conversation with Jeffrey Golderg, to launch Heart of Torah

October 8, 2017

Adas Israel Congregation, co-sponsored by 6th & I and Washington Board of Rabbis

Repentance, Forgiveness, Personal Change: Entering the Days of Awe

September 10, 2017

With Edlavitch DCJCC. A half-day workshop of passionate and open-hearted discussions about many of the most crucial questions Jews ask during the High Holidays.

Upcoming Events

Hadar's Winter Learning Institute in DC

Save the Date: December 23-25, 2018

Click here to learn more!

Upcoming Scholars-in-Residence:

Rabbi Elie Kaunfer at Adas Israel Congregation

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Other in Jewish Prayer —We will analyze sections of the amidah. Along the way, we will explore: Are traditional prayer formulas able to express my own values/ideas of prayer? What do you do when you "disagree" with the prayer's content? Does traditional Jewish prayer make room for people who have doubts about God and/or doubts about the efficacy of prayer? We will analyze the original Biblical context to help us connect to the prayer.


Rabbi Aviva Richman and Joey Weisenberg at Pearlstone Retreat Center's Shavuot Beit Midrash

Friday May 18 - May 21, 2018 (Shavuot)

Joey Weisenberg will lead singing and Rabbi Aviva Richman will teach on subjects such as "The Torah Was Not Given to Angels": How do we receive the Torah as ourselves? ; Reclaiming Boshet: from embarrassment to revelation in the Sfas Emes ; and Victim, Survivor, Advocate? Torah and the #metoo moment.


Sunday, May 20, 2018 (Shavuot Day 1)

Rabbi Jason Rubenstein will teach " Bread from the Earth and Torah from Heaven": a Radical Midrash for Shavuot at Kehillat Pardes.