MakomDC – November

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‚ÄčTrust & Distrust – The Winding Arc of Every Relationship.
We build so many walls around our relationships to protect ourselves from pain and  disappointment. And often for good reason. Breaches in trust, however rarely or normally they occur in our lives, are extremely disruptive. A full retreat unconsciously creates an illusion of emotional safety. But fully feeling life, an essential Jewish virtue, requires us to expand our layers of trust, while also not diminishing all the boundaries that allow us to function in the world. Throughout this month, we’ll unpack the value of trusting without apology, and maintaining a healthy level of distrust as well. 

MakomDC November Calendar

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

The Spiritual Child – An Evening of Science and Spirituality
November 1 @ 7:30pm, Biran Beit Midrash
Presented by the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington (JMCW)
Lighting Shabbat candles with our children, helping a homebound neighbor, a special nighttime ritual, the wonder of watching a beautiful bird on a family hike. . . . all of these contribute to the spiritual development of children (and adults!). In her book, The Spiritual Child: The Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving, Dr. Lisa Miller blends pathbreaking research with families’ stories to illustrate the crucial value of spirituality to the mental and physical health of children and teens. Come join us as we study together to combine new research results with Jewish texts, explore practical suggestions, and share a contemplative sit. 

Dr. Miller is a Professor of Psychology and Education, Director of the Clinical Psychology Program at Columbia University, Teachers College and Founder of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, the first Ivy League graduate program in spirituality and psychology.


Scholar: Rabba Yaffa Epstein
November 15 @ 7:30pm Register
Join us as our November scholar, Rabba Yaffa Epstein, teaches on this month's topic Trust & Distrust. Rabba Yaffa Epstein is a renowned Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy guru around the world.

*This event will be livestreamed:


Post- Kiddush Halakah Class
November 19
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.

The Text
November 22 @ 7:30pm Register
Explore transformative Jewish texts in their original Aramaic and Hebrew. That means we will break our teeth together and study with no translations but with lots of support from your peers and teachers.
  Pursuing Racial Justice: A Panel Discussion 
November 13 @ 1-3pm Register
Presented by the Tikkun Olam Committee

Join us for our challenging panel discussion,  as we unpack the dimensions of racial justice work in the Jewish community. Yavilah McCoy is a celebrated artist and advocate and Rabbi Kimelman-Block is the Director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action. Child care will be available.



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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