MakomDC – April

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‚ÄčLove & Hate – The Essential Emotional Muscles, Fully Exposed.
“Love your neighbor as you love yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). We first read this teaching in the Torah, but the rabbis felt it was too important to keep these words hidden in the middle of the Torah text. This phrase appears as part of Birchot Hashachar, the daily morning blessings, to remind us that it is hard to return to love – but we must. We fight, we cheat, we lie, and sometimes we hate – it’s part of being human. But love is a unique tool – a tool that can erase shame and vanish the shells that build up around the heart. In this month’s learning, we will explore the very human emotion of hate, and its antidote, love. We will uncover the tools for living more connected, holy lives. 

MakomDC April Calendar

Stay tuned for a wide range of April learning and gathering opportunities in the Biran Beit Midrash!

Open Beit Midrash
April 4 @ 7:30pm Register
A place to sit across the table from fellow seekers and explore the rich, sophisticated, sacred texts that have animated our people for so many years. We'll question together, grapple together, and passionately talk through the uplifting and challenging ideas these ancient and modern texts provide. Jewish learning has the potential to create an unmatched soulful energy. The "Open Beit Midrash" is where that energy is found.


Scholar: Dr. Elana Stein Hain
April 25 @ 7:30pm Register
Join us as our April scholar, Dr. Elana Stein Hain, teaches on this month's topic Love & Hate. Dr. Elana Stein Hain is a well regarded scholar who supports female leaders in the Orthodox Jewish community.

*This event will be livestreamed:

.Post- Kiddush Halakah Class
April 8
Rabbi Alexander will give a text-based class, after kiddush, using halakhah (Jewish life and living) as a prism with which to access our monthly topic. We’ll explore the unique intersection of faith and doubt as it appears in Jewish legal texts, with serious attention to how it has evolved over the centuries.



In order to make these engaging and relevant learning options open to as many people as possible, we have decided to offer almost all of the programming at no charge, thanks to the generosity of many Adas members. At the same time, we still cannot possibly expect to cover all the costs associated with producing these important programs without additional support from you. When you register for an event, you will be presented with the option to offer a donation. Thanks in advance for your support.

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