Open Dor

Welcome to Open Dor

Open Dor is a non-profit 501(c)3 foundation that reaches out to unaffiliated and marginally active Jews, as well as to non-Jews who are part of the Jewish family through marriage to a Jew or through Jewish ancestry, aiming to increase their participation in Jewish learning and culture.

Sound and Sense:
Music and Meaning of Seder Songs

Sunday evenings, March 8th and 15th
7:00 p.m.

Tifereth Israel Congregation 7701-16th St., NW, DC 20012 (202-882-1605)

Music lies at the heart of our seder celebration. Come learn how the songs of the haggadah, which come from various times and places in our history, relate to the themes of the Pesach holiday. Enhance your seder with new insight into traditional songs, as well as recent adaptations and additions to the haggadah.

In addition to the music, Rabbi Miller will be offering hints on how to make your seder more lively, meaningful, and memorable

$15 for each class for TI members and $18 for non-members


“Jewish Passages in 21st Century America:
Contemporary Trends in Jewish Life Cycle Events"

6 Tuesday mornings, beginning March 17, 10-10:50 am


6 Wednesday evenings, beginning March 18, 7:30-8:20 pm

Rabbi Samuel Scolnic Adult Institute

Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County (301-652-2606)

We will examine how various contemporary trends have affected the markers of the Jewish life cycle in America. These trends include assimilation, acculturation, intermarriage, egalitarianism, emerging family patterns, and DIY Judaism. Life cycle events will include naming and birth ceremonies, bar/bat mitzvah, marriage, illness/healing, and death/mourning, as well as recently designed ceremonies for other stages in the Jewish life cycle. Which aspects of these traditional events are halachah (law) and which are minhag (custom)? How well do time-honored traditions meet our current spiritual needs at times of joy, challenge, and grief? What adaptations might we envision?