Lifelong Learning


Adults Lifelong Learning

Founded on the belief that learning is a lifelong endeavor, the JCCGW offers a comprehensive range of educational programs that stimulate minds, help participants maintain a healthy lifestyle, and encourage community and social engagement.

Questions about lifelong learning at the JCCGW? Contact us!


Adult Center for Education (ACE) Seminars

ACE SeminarsSeminars offered at the JCCGW and Leisure World
With a wide variety of stimulating, high-level courses taught by outstanding volunteer instructors, ACE Seminars provide a unique opportunity for members to dive headfirst into learning. The series, composed of 12 six-week courses, span a broad range of subjects, including but not limited to opera, Judaic study, creative writing, foreign languages, literature, history, music, current events, computer technology, and Israeli life and culture. Learn more about ACE Seminars here. Questions? Contact Melanie Greenfield at 301-348-3807 or

Jewish Learning

Strengthen your Jewish heritage, learn Hebrew, explore Israel, study the Torah, and much more through the JCCGW’s Jewish Family Living & Learning program. Learn more about the Jewish Family Living & Learning program.

Gateways / English as a Second Language Classes

The Gateways program at the JCCGW has evolved into a comprehensive English as a Second Language (ESOL) program featuring a Citizenship component. Immigrant seniors from several countries – although predominantly the former Soviet Union – meet at the Center twice a week and learn English from a dedicated staff of volunteers who have worked with the program for many years.


From proactive senior health education to diabetic health maintenance, the JCCGW is proud to offer members of all ages a number of ongoing wellness programs and activities that strengthen both body and mind. See the comprehensive list of all JCCGW wellness programs and activities.

Hobbies, Games & Clubs

Join fellow bridge lovers for duplicate bridge at the Center every Monday at 7:15 p.m. All levels are welcome and master points are given. No preregistration is needed and games are open to members and non-members of the JCCGW and American Contract Bridge League. Sessions are $5 for JCCGW members/$7 for the general public and light refreshments (coffee, tea, and cookies) are served. For more information, Barbara Sadick 301-983-5905

For beginners or those who haven’t played recently and want to get back in the game.  Covers point count evaluation, basic play techniques and opening bids and responses for basic bidding. Register!

Basic bidding and responses are reviewed, as well as an introduction to new bids (takeout doubles, pre-empts, overcalls and the strong 2C opening bids). This is also a great class for those who played years ago and want to get back into bridge and modernize their skills. Register!

Now that you have a basic knowledge of bidding, let us show you how to plan your play of the hand.  Usually, there is some method to actually make your contract.  We will show you the methods of counting your tricks and recognizing how to find the extra ones that you need.  Includes: Promotion, Length, Finessing and how to Get Rid of Losers. Register!

Topics include Stayman, Jacoby Transfers, Weak 2s, the Strong SC Opener and Blackwood.We will spend up to 1-1/2 weeks on each topic.These are the conventions that you must learn to complete your basic biddiing arsenal. After this class you will progress on to the intermediate level. Register!

Triple letter. Double word. There’s nothing like an old-fashioned game of Scrabble. Get your fix with the JCCGW Scrabble Club every Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Center. New players are always welcome. Contact Debbie at

Learn the ancient game of Mah Jongg, including strategies, etiquette, and rule. Meet other players or form your own group. For more information, including class dates, fees, and more, contact Francie Kranzberg 301-348-7313

History lovers unite every fourth Thursday at 1 p.m. (at Ring House) in a club devoted to all things historical. All history buffs welcome! For more information, contact Debbie Sokobin at 301-348-3760 or

Senior Interests

From classes to trips to just being social, the JCCGW is a hub for active seniors. Explore all the exciting ways the Center serves seniors here.


The JCCGW depends on the time and dedication of its enthusiastic volunteers. Each year, over 500 members donate their time and expertise in every facet of the Center. Volunteering not only enables participants to give something back to their community, but it provides opportunities to meet new people, share talents, and have fun. For information about volunteering at the JCCGW, contact Gloria Derkay at 301-348-3740 or