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Learning CenterWho is wise? He who learns from all people. As it is said, 'From all my teachers, I have gotten understanding.'(Avot 4:1) - Rabbi Ben Zoma

Beth El's education programs provide opportunities to study and learn at all times during one's life. Whether you seek to learn new skills, share your own experiences or build a new foundation upon which to grow and learn, you can find classes and activities here at Beth El. Come, learn with us!

Religious School | Adult Education | Beth El Preschool/JCCNV | Interfaith & Outreach

Religious School

Our goal is to open the windows of Judaism and instill in our children that reform Judaism is exciting, relevant and important to the world. Visit the Religious School page for more information.

For parents of young children, we have a special program for non-members who wish to introduce their pre-K through second grade children to our religious school experience.

For details contact our Director, Barry Smith, or Assistant Education Director and Office Manager, Laura Naide, or call the Religious School office at 703 370 6644.

Adult Education

Beth El's clergy, staff, and knowledgeable lay leaders provide a wide variety of opportunities to meet your desire for life-long learning.

All course offerings, Shabbat afternoon seminars and scholar-in-residence programs are open to members and non-members alike, including religious school students who have completed the B'nai Mitzvah program.

Visit the Adult Education page for more information, or contact Deb Smith-Cohen.

Beth El Preschool/JCCNV

The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV), in collaboration with Beth El Hebrew Congregation is pleased to offer a Jewish preschool program with extended childcare! We welcome children ages two through four years old. Our goal is to promote developmental growth through creative interaction between children and teachers within a warm, caring, Jewish environment. Visit the Preschool page or contact Dina Backer, Director, telephone 703 537 3084.

Interfaith and Outreach

Beth El welcomes and supports families, couples, and those considering conversion. We offer targeted programming that increases informed Judaic knowledge among the outreach communities. Learn more.


Did You Know...?

MAJYK 2017 is coming to Beth El?  

The Mid-Atlantic Jr. Youth Kallah will be hosted by Beth El on December 15-17 to experience a taste of NFTY and learn about its traditions and lingo.  In order to make this a success we need to find host families for 150-200 middle schoolers.  Please contact our Youth Advisors, Nori and Marissa, to become a host family!


Beth El is raising funds for a new playground?

With seed money from Cantor Jason Kaufman's concert, the JCCNV was able to start a fund with all proceeds going towards a new playground for the preschool.  If you would like to donate towards this very worthy project, simply send your donations to Beth El Hebrew Congregation and notate "Playground."  If you donate on line, the playground fund is first on the list!


Lifelong Learning

Wednesdays during the school year
@ 7:00 PM
See calendar for exact dates and subjects



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Beth El House

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Beth El House enables formerly homeless families to work toward self-sufficiency and confidence.


Upcoming Events



TONIGHT, December 6 at 7:00 PM

"The Israeli Intelligence Community"

Who is the intelligence community; what are its areas of activity, how was it established,
and what were the defining events in its history.
You do NOT want to miss this exciting speaker.



December 15 - 17




December 19, 20, 21 

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

***December 20 will also sort during religious school

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM***







There are activities, meetings, services and seminars at Beth El each week, ranging from service opportunities to Jewish learning and education, drawing members and guests from throughout the Washington, D.C. area.

the full calendar