Adult Living & Learning

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Founded on the belief that learning is a lifelong endeavor, the Bender JCC 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 Bender JCC? Contact us!

Education

ALL at the Bender JCC: Adult Living and Learning (ALL)

Fall 2016

At the Bender JCC of Greater Washington, one can fulfill all of the keys to healthy aging!  Workout in our fitness center to maintain your body and reduce your stress, cultivate social relationships through our various social clubs, have a nutritious kosher meal, and keep your brain stimulated through our new ALL (Adult Living and Learning) Program. It’s ALL here at the Bender JCC! For more information please contact Debbie Sokobin at 301.348.3760 or dsokobin@jccgw.org.

This four-week class will empower you to take control of your health, improve the quality of your life, and help you understand the key to healthy aging.  Learn what foods and lifestyle habits are key to longevity and will keep you feeling energized.  Discover how to reduce your risk for physical and mental disability as you age while enhancing overall health and well-being.

Instructor: Lori Fish Bard, HHC, AADP

Wednesdays, Oct. 19 – Nov. 9
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$40 members/$50 general public

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The second season of the highly acclaimed Israeli television series “Shtisel” is here! Ira will precede each episode with a discussion of this unique perspective of life in Israel and then follow the episode with Q & A.

Instructor: Ira Weiss, PhD

Wednesdays, Oct. 19 – Nov. 30 (skip 11/23)
10:30 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.

$30 members/$40 general public

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Have you ever thought about sharing your family history with the generations to come? Have you started more than once but put down the pen? Join Roberta Benor as she provides specific questions and guidelines to follow as you share your legacy! By the end of the coursem you will be well on your way to finishing writing your life story.

Instructor: Roberta Benor

Wednesdays, Oct. 19 – Nov 16
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

$25 members/$35 general public

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Do you love singing along to show tunes from the ‘50’s and ‘60’s? Hum a song all day once you’ve heard it? Then join us as we sing and discuss the “greats”—Oklahoma, South Pacific, Fiddler—all the way to Les Miz, Phantom & today’s Kinky Boots. Nancy Naden Brownstein will take you on the journey. She has been performing and teaching in DC for 35 years.

Instructor: Nancy Brownstein

Wednesdays, Sept. 7 – 28
11:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

$20 members/$30 general public

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Join this class for lots of instruction both on and off the pottery wheel with our expert instructor.

Instructor: Debra Vardon

Wednesdays, Sept. 21 – Nov. 9 (skip 10/12)
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$80 members/$95 general public

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$25 materials fee

Pay Materials Fee

Are you interested in learning new computer skills? Honing the skills you already have? Bring your laptop, smartphone, iPad, etc. and be paired with a teenage computer expert. Potential topics include: send/receive emails, open documents, view, share, and post photos, using Social media including Facebook and Twitter. This program is FREE and SPACE IS LIMITED!

Thursdays beginning Oct. 6
3:30 – 4:30pm

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Perhaps you are transitioning from driving, or maybe you do not like driving in heavy traffic anymore. Have you considered what other options are available? Are you aware of discounts and special services offered when using public transit? The training workshops are specially designed to help adults, age 50+, and navigate the transit systems in Montgomery County and the DC Metropolitan region.

Wednesday, Sept. 14 AND Thursday, Sept. 15

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Lunch is included on 9/14)

FREE Please register through Connect-A-Ride at 301.738.3252

Wednesday, October 19
10:00am – 2:30pm

This class is designed to sharpen your skills behind the wheels and make you a safer and better driver. The class and curriculum was created by AARP. Many insurance companies will give a discount for successfully completing the class.

Instructor: Jerry Hulman, Certified AARP Volunteer Instructor

Cost: $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for non-members.

Please call Debbie Sokobin at 301.348.3760 to make your reservation and receive payment details. Reservations and payment are required before the start of the class.

November 15, 22, and 29
11am – 12:30pm

Ever think about the time when you will no longer drive?

Few people plan for a time when they can no longer drive.  The Still Driving? Support Group offers older adults the opportunity to talk about driving and changes that take place with aging that may affect your ability to drive safely, and concerns of living without a car.  Learn about available transportation options to help you remain mobile and be able to put together a plan for the transition from driving.   Still Driving? Support Group provides three 90-minute sessions led by a facilitator, and at the 2nd meeting a Certified Mobility Specialist from Connect-A-Ride will provide an overview of transportation options that can help you stay mobile when you stop driving. (We need a minimum of 8 folks registered to run the class.)

To register for this free program, or for more information, call Connect-A-Ride at 301.738.3252 or email ConnectARide@AccessJCA.org. The Still Driving? Support Groups are administered by JCA with grant funding from Montgomery County Department of Transportation.

ALL at Leisure World: Adult Living and Learning (ALL)

The second season of the highly acclaimed Israeli television series “Shtisel” is here! Ira will precede each episode with a discussion of this unique perspective of life in Israel and then follow the episode with Q & A.

Instructor: Ira Weiss, PhD

Thursdays, Oct. 20 – Dec. 1 (skip 11/24)
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

$30 Leisure World Residents

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Have you ever thought about sharing your family history with the generations to come? Have you started more than once but put down the pen? Join Roberta Benor as she provides specific questions and guidelines to follow as you share your legacy! By the end of the coursem you will be well on your way to finishing writing your life story.

Instructor: Roberta Benor

Thursdays, Oct. 20 – Nov. 17
1:00 – 2:00pm

$25 Leisure World Residents

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Jewish Learning

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

Melton School Classes 2016

Check out upcoming classes at The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning starting on November 1. Click here for more info.

Biblical Archaeology Forum

Click here for the 2016 schedule

The Biblical Archaeology Forum (BAF) begins its thirty-second year in September with Maryland University professor Kenneth Holum looking back on his own three decades excavating King Herod’s monumental building at Caesarea and highlighting recent discoveries.

Please join us for a series of eight scholarly lectures on the latest archaeological research findings and related fields such as history, art and texts of ancient times. Reservations are not required. Fees per lecture are: free – high school students; $5 – Residents of CES Life Communities, college students and co-sponsors; $8 – BASONOVA & Bender JCC members, and; $10 – the general public. For more information, please contact BAF.JCCGW@gmail.com.

Click here to subscribe to the BAF 2016-2017 lecture season.

Gateways / English as a Second Language Classes

The Gateways program at the Bender JCC 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.

Program funded in part by: MCAEL (Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy)