Adult Education

Congregation Etz Hayim offers ongoing Adult Education programs and events to members and friends in the community. Each year we develop a program with formal and informal learning activities that will help you explore, connect, and discover the riches of a Jewish journey.

Jews in Comedy Presentation

Click here to see our upcoming programs. Preregistration is required for all events. Contact the office for registration information.

Adult Education programs are supported through the generous support of the Jean Koshar and Samuel Rothstein Memorial Fund.

Previous programs include:

I’d Be Honored! Learn how to graciously and expertly accept an honor at Shabbat or Festival services. We’ll teach you how to open the ark, recite the blessings before and after the Torah reading (have an aliyah), lift the Torah (hagbah), dress the Torah (g’lilah), and assist others coming up for honors.

Jewish Artists in the Smithsonian. Spend an afternoon at the Smithsonian American Art Museum exploring paintings and sculptures created by Jews who immigrated to the U.S. between 1880 and 1920. Led by a CEH congregant and SAAM docent.

Transgender Conversation. Embrace all of our neighbors by engaging with a member of the Transgender Advocacy Speakers Bureau. Our speaker will help us building a better understanding of transgender life experiences through storytelling and open candid dialogue.

The Book of Prophets. Learn about the Book of Prophets, a fascinating part of the Tanach that contains the story of Israel from the conquest of Canaan to the Babylonian exile. No knowledge of Hebrew is necessary, just a desire to ask questions and learn.


Have an idea for a class? Always dreamed of teaching? Contact Laura Naide at with your ideas!

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