About The Institute


The Foundation for Jewish Studies was established by Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman, z”l, in 1983 with a generous anonymous gift, part of which was used to start an endowment. Our signature program, The Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Scholar Series, brings internationally renowned scholars to speak on topics of Jewish culture, history, literature, religion, etc. to audiences in the Greater Washington, D.C. area. Other programs include full Days of Learning, Jewish Enrichment through cultural programs (including concerts, films and more), Learning on Wheels day trips and ongoing classes.

In 2018, one year after Rabbi Haberman's passing, the Foundation's Board of Directors voted to change the name of the organization to the Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies. This change was not only to honor the memory of our founder, but to more accurately reflect and continue his vision for a strong future of adult Jewish learning for the greater Washington, D.C. area.

"A Hanukkah Rededication: Honoring the Legacy of Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman"  December 9, 2018, Washington Hebrew Congregation

"A Hanukkah Rededication: Honoring the Legacy of Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman"
December 9, 2018, Washington Hebrew Congregation

 

Our Vision

A Jewish community enriched through quality lifelong Jewish learning.

Our Mission

The Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies provides adults with high quality in-depth encounters with Jewish thought, history, and culture.