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Beth El encourages everyone to engage in lifelong Jewish learning.
Our classes are open to congregants as well as to friends of the community.

Adult Hebrew 2019-2020 Registration Now Open

Adult Hebrew meets each Sunday during Religious School (if there is no Religious School that week, there are no Adult Hebrew classes either). Beginning Adult Hebrew meets from 10-11 am. Intermediate Adult Hebrew I meets from 10-11 am. Intermediate Adult Hebrew II meets from 11 am to noon.

Cost is $125 for members, $150 for all others.  Members can charge the fee to their Beth El account or pay by credit card; non-members must pay by credit card.

To register, go to the October calendar, click on the course you want, scroll to the bottom and fill in the very short sign-up form. 

Please Contact the Religious School Office for more information.

Fall 2019 Learning Opportunity

Discover "A Life of Meaning: Embracing Reform Judaism’s Sacred Path” with Rabbi David Spinrad this fall!

This fall, we invite you to join Rabbi David Spinrad for "A Life of Meaning: Embracing Reform Judaism’s Sacred Path.” Our five-part contemporary exploration of Reform Judaism will explore history, mitzvoth and ethics, justice, spirituality, and ongoing revelation in our world and in our lives. We will meet from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Learning Center on consecutive Wednesdays 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, and 11/20. Space is limited to 25 participants and requires purchasing A Life of Meaning: Exploring Reform Judaism’s Sacred Path, available on Amazon as well as through CCAR Press. 

This class is now full. To get on the waitlist, please call the office at 703-370-9400 or email

Ongoing Programs

Adult Hebrew meets each Sunday during Religious School, Adult Hebrew classes meet at 10:00 am (beginner and intermediate). Please Contact the Religious School Office for more information.

The Torah Discussion Group meets every Saturday morning at 9, except when high holidays fall on Shabbat. We discuss the portion of the week, which can be found on the Beth El website calendar. Contact Gilah Goldsmith for more information. 

Beth El hosts Interfaith Bible Study sessions on the 3rd Thursday of every month.  Please contact Linda Tolkan if you would like to join the group or be added to the email list.

Goals of BEHC Interfaith Programs

The clergy and lay leadership at Beth El work to ensure that all of our study programs address the needs and interests of the following communities:

  • Jews in an interfaith relationship
  • Non-Jewish partners of Beth El members
  • Children of interfaith families
  • Individuals considering or preparing for conversion


  • To welcome, support, and educate interfaith families and couples at Beth El
  • To provide opportunities to the Beth El Community to understand the needs, interests, and value of interfaith families and couples
  • To offer information, support, and friendship to those considering or preparing for conversion

Recommended Books

  • Choosing a Jewish Life by Anita Diamant
  • The Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life: An Book edited by Ronnie Friedland and Edmund Case
  • Introducing My Faith and My Community: The Jewish Outreach Institute Guide for the Christian in a Jewish Faith Relationship by Rabbi Kerry M. Olitsky
  • Making a Successful Jewish Interfaith Marriage: The Jewish Outreach Institute Guide to Opportunities, Challenges and Resources by Rabbi Kerry Olitsky with Joan Peterson Littman

Many of these titles are available from Beth El's Outreach collection located in the library.

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