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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.


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Lifelong Learning

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@ 7:00 PM
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Beth El JCC/NV

Wed., February 14 at 10:30 AM

An Interfaith Program with Rabbi Isserow



Sunday, February 25 at 4:00 PM

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brotherhood interfaith dinner

Tuesday, February 27 at 6:30 PM

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Beth El Lifelong Learning and JCCNV Joint Program

Sunday, March 18 at 2:00 PM

"Shattering Switzerland's Neutrality Myth:  The Inside Story of
the Investigation of Swiss Banks and Stolen Jewish Assets
During the Holocaust"



2nd night passover seder

Saturday, March 31, 6:00 PM

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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.

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