Life Long Learning

Lifelong Learning Program

The Oseh Shalom Life Long Learning Committee offers a broad range of programs for all interests and background.   Programs include Jewish movies, cooking classes, book brunches, multi-part classes by our Rabbis, music, financial planning and more.  And of course, we encourage you to come to weekly services and explore the Torah and what it means to you and your family.  Many of our Saturday morning services are small and become discussion groups and opportunities to explore.

We welcome ideas and committee members.  We are always looking for ways to better include all our members.  Have an idea? please contact us.  We are richer for all our members. For details or questions, contact

Lifelong Learning Program Calendar: 2018-2019

  • Sundays, October 14, 21, 28, November 4 and 11, 10:00 am:  Beginner Hebrew reading crash course taught by Oseh Shalom member Eileen Hollander.
  • Thursdays, October 11, 18, and 25. 7-8:30 pm: The Life of All the Worlds: Aliveness, Being and Jewish Spirituality” with Rabbi Josh Jacobs-Velde.  This experiential class will use the practices of Jewish meditation and qigong (simple, mindful movement) to tap into the feeling of everpresent aliveness and Being as a powerful tool for deepening our Jewish spiritual practice.
  • Sunday, November 11, 10:00 am:  “One Book” brunch with author and storyteller Noa Baum on her memoir A Land Twice Promised: An Israeli Woman’s Quest for Peace.
  •  Sunday, December 9 and 16, 10:00 am:  Rabbi Emeritus Gary Fink, “Anti-Semitism: Ancient Roots and Modern Branches” The classes will explore sources of anti-Jewish sentiments in the ancient world and how those ideas have evolved and are manifest in modern times.
  • Monday, December 10, 7:30 pm:  Professor Kenneth Seeskin, Professor of Jewish Civilization, Northwestern University, “”Is Judaism Really Monotheistic? A Maimonidean Perspective,” co-sponsored with the Foundation of Jewish Studies, Beth Shalom Congregation, Columbia Jewish Congregation and Temple Isaiah, at Beth Shalom, Columbia, Maryland.
  • Sunday, January 6 at 7:15 pm:  Jewish Film Series begins with “Menache,” a heartwarming story of a loving Brooklyn father who fights against Orthodox tradition in order to keep custody of his only son after his wife passes away.
  • Sundays, January 27, February 3 and 10, 10:00 am:  “Reconstructionism and the Evolution of Judaism” with Rabbi Josh Jacobs-Velde.  This class will look at the origins of Reconstructionism through the dynamic and creative thought of Mordechai Kaplan, as well as the contemporary expressions of our Reconstructionist movement.
  • Monday, February 25 at 7:15 pm:  Jewish Film Series, “Rosenwald” from acclaimed documentarian Aviva Kempner about Julius Rosenwald who rose to become the President of Sears and, together with African American communities in the Jim Crow South, built over 5,300 schools during the early 20th century.  Trip to local restored Rosenwald school during February.
  • Sunday, March 17 at 10:00 am:  author and food blogger Laura Kumin, “Purim Around the World,” cooking talk, demonstration, recipes, and tastings.
  • Sunday, March 24 at 6:00 pm:  Jewish Film Series, “Deli Man” a documentary history of the American institution of the Jewish delicatessen, with pre-show deli sandwich dinner.
  • Tuesdays, April 30, May 7, May 21, 7:00 pm:  “We Need to Talk about Death: Jewish Mourning Practices and Wisdom for Life’s Ultimate Transition” with Rabbi Josh Jacobs-Velde.
  • Wednesday, May 1 at 7:15 pm:  Yom HaShoah commemoration, with “The Lady in No. 6”, an Oscar winning documentary about the oldest living Holocaust survivor and pianist.
  • Monday, May 6, 7:30 pm:  Journalist, biographer and long-time Oseh Shalom member Elaine Povich on her book John McCain: American Maverick and his legacy.

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Rosh Chodesh Women’s Discussion Group

Rosh Chodesh is a Women’s Discussion group open to members and non-members interested in discussing topics related to Jewish Women, ranging from history and theology to personal relationships and traditions. We meet at Oseh or in homes of members on the first Sunday of the month at 2 pm but occasionally have evening programs as well. Join our Google group to find out more. No obligation to host or come to meetings by joining. Questions? Want to get on the list? email Melody Magnus:

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