A variety of courses and programs for adults, teen-agers and children are offered this fall by area churches nad religious education centers A stampling of classes are listed below.

Northern Virginia Jewish Community Center, 2820 Dorr Ave., Fairfax: Educational, recreational and social activities for all ages begin Sunday, Sept. 17 at various area locations. Call 573-7377 for complete details of time, place and cost.

Dharmadhatu, Buddhist Meditation and Study Center, 3229 Idaho Ave. NW: Open house, Saturdays through Dec. 9, 4 to 6 p.m., provides introduction to Buddhist thought, practices and classes taught at the center. Call 685-5307 for complete information.

First Baptist Church of Wheaton, 10914 Georgia Ave., Wheaton: Cardio-pulmonary Resusciation course conducted by the Wheaton Rescue Squad begins Oct. l. Free. Call 949-6585 for information.

Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, l Chevy Chase Circle NW: Lectures, demonstrations and master class by composer Kenneth Leighton, Thursday, l to 4 p.m. and Friday, l to 3 p.m. Cost is $4 per session. Call 363-2202 for information.

College of Jewish Studies, 9325 Brookville Rd., Silver Spring: Courses in education, Hebrew, history, philosophy and rabbinic studies begin Sunday, Sept. 17. Call 587-3020 for complete information.

Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, 9601 Cedar La., Bethesda: Fall adult classes begin Oct. l; senior high classes, Sept. 24. Participants may register at the church on Sept. 17 or Sept. 24 after services. Call 942-3802 for information.

Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill La., Alexandria: Fall trimester of School of Religion begins Sept. 24. Participants may register by mail or in person between services on Sunday. Call 765-6682 for information. Registration fee is $10 per person or $20 per family.

Partners, a trained lay community of Christian adult educatiors, offers courses in Christian community and commitment at various area churches beginning Oct. l. Donation is $20 per person. Call 524-5576 for complete information.

Jewish Study Center located at Parkmont School, 1640 Wisconsin Ave. NW: Fall program begins Sept. 18. Classes meet either on Monday or Thursday evenings for 10 weeks. Cost is $25. Call 667-7829 or 920-1651 for additional information.