Adult Living & 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!


It’s ALL at the JCC: Adult Living and Learning (ALL)

Fall Semester 2015

At the 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 JCCGW! For more information please contact Debbie Sokobin at 301.348.3760 or

Wednesdays | December 2 – 23, 2015
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The first eleven chapters of the Book of Genesis have many of our favorite bible stories from childhood. Yet, if we read them carefully along with key commentaries, they become sophisticated stories about human nature, our place in the world, and the relationship of humans and the divine. Add your insights and voice and learn with us in this class.

Instructor: JoHanna Potts, Master Jewish Educator

Class Cost:
$25 members
$35 general public

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For more information, contact Debbie Sokobin at 301.348.3760 or

Do you know computer basics but want to go to the next level? The first three sessions will focus on how to use Microsoft Word to create, edit, and store documents, including how to copy, cut and paste, insert graphics, etc. The second three sessions will present exercises on the use of Microsoft Excel to track financial information and manage tasks.

Wed. Oct. 14-Nov. 18
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Jerry Hulman

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The modern pushcart is the internet auction.  Ebay is probably the most widely used auction website, but, there are others including Rasmus and GSAauctions.  Some merchandise is listed at a fixed price, a starting bid price, or a combination of auction and fixed price.  There are many strategies for buying and selling at each of these sites.  Want to sell something?  Want to buy something?  Want to sell that old Hudson Bay blanket or buy a used car?  Come learn a few key strategies and DON’TS to help you sell and buy stuff.

Mon. Oct. 12 – Nov. 16
10:30 – 11:30am
Jerry Hulman

This course examines life in the Arab sector of Israeli society through the lens of an Israeli TV series called “Avodah Aravit.”  In the first prime time TV series in Israel where the Arab characters actually speak in Arabic,  Sayed Kashua uses comedy to convey what it means to live in Israel while Arab.  Each episode will be preceded by a short introduction and followed by class discussion. 

Wednesdays at the JCCGW
Oct. 14 – Nov. 18
10:30am – 12:00pm
Ira Weiss

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Oct. 13 – Nov. 17
10:30am – 12:00pm
Debra Vardon

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Get your creative juices flowing with this wonderful ceramics class! Led by a fabulous artist, Debra Vardon, you will learn the ins and outs of the pottery wheel as well as different aspects of working with clay.

Ceramics: Materials Fee: $12
Code: 14766

“Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem”
Thursday, November 19, 7:30pm

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In Israel there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce. Only rabbis can legitimate a marriage or its dissolution. But this dissolution is only possible with full consent from the husband, who in the end has more power than the judges. Viviane Amsalem has been applying for divorce for three years. But her husband Elisha will not agree. His cold intransigence, Viviane’s determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the judges shape a procedure in which tragedy vies with absurdity, and everything is brought out for judgment, apart from the initial request. (Hebrew with English subtitles)


This month’s topic: Justice Louis Brandeis (Facilitated by Jay Reiss)

Thursday, September 24th
1:30 – 3:30pm
JCC of Greater Washington
Open to the Community

Tuesdays beginning October 13th
11:00am – noon
Facilitator: Hilda Rubin

Explore the contributions of Jewish women to music and of women to Jewish music. We will learn about the lives Sophie Tucker, Fanny Brice and Dinah Shore through their histories and music with performer Karen Webber Gilat.

Wednesdays, Dec. 2-16
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
$15 members/$30 gen. public

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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.

Melton School Classes 2015-2016

Check out upcoming classes at The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning starting on October 22. Click here for more info.

Biblical Archaeology Forum

2015-2016 Schedule and Subscription Information

Now in its third decade, BAF presents a series of 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: $5 – Residents of CES Life Communities, high school students and co-sponsors; $8 – BASONOVA & JCCGW members, and; $10 – the general public. For more information, please contact

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.

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