Adult Living & Learning

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!


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

Fall 2017

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

Study Judaism with your own private teacher!

LINKS, in partnership with the Bender JCC, offers men and women of all backgrounds an opportunity to discover or deepen their knowledge of Judaism, its culture, history and traditions by studying one-on-one with a carefully selected and experienced study partner. Choose any topic of your interest including Hebrew reading, Jewish philosophy and ethics, or history.

Dates*: Mondays | Ongoing throughout the year.
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 PM. Refreshments will be served.
Cost: FREE, but you must register

*Join at any time

To register to be matched with a knowledgeable study partner or for more information, please contact Rabbi Hillel Shaps at: or 347-869-9361. You can also visit our Facebook page at

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Have you ever wanted to paint a masterpiece? Whether or not you have ever held a brush to a canvas, Gabriela Roitman will walk you step-by-step toward the creation of not one but TWO beautiful pieces of work over the seven week course. You will choose a famous painting and recreate it and then have it as a keepsake! (Material fees included)

Dates: Mondays| October 16 – November 27
Time: 1:15 – 2:15 PM
Cost: $80 for Bender JCC Members | $90 for the General Public. Material fees included.
Code: 17522

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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. SPACE IS LIMITED!

Dates: Thursdays | October 19 – December 14 (No Class on November 23)
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Cost: FREE, but you must register.

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Is your profile ready for the LinkedIn revolution? Join us for a hands-on, step-by-step boot camp where you will learn to create a new user profile and maximize your impact using it; develop a strategy that expands your network and raises your profile whether it is for a job search or just to enhance your on-line footprint. Bring a laptop and get to work!

Instructor: Elisse Wright Barnes

Dates: Sunday, November 12
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Cost: $65 for Bender JCC Members | $75 for the General Public.
Codes: 17521

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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: Rabbi JoHanna Potts

Dates: Tuesdays | October 3 – October 24
Time: 7:30 – 8:30 PM
Cost: $27 for Bender JCC Members | $37 for General Public.
Code: 16824

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What is the most precious thing you leave behind when you die? Your legacy may be the values and beliefs that guided you and should remain as a legacy for your family. An Ethical Will is an opportunity to explore your legacy and give them as a guide to life for your family in generations to come. We will discuss the tradition of Ethical Wills and how you can revive this ancient and beautiful practice.

Instructor: Rabbi Evan Krame

Dates: Thursdays | October 26 – November 9
Time: 7:30 – 8:45 PM
Cost: $27 for Bender JCC Members | $37 for General Public.
Code: 16825

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This course will explore the many facets of Israeli society. Five different Israeli shlichim (emissaries) in our community will discuss the Israeli military experience, the land and its beauty, Israeli history, and Israel as “Start-Up Nation”.

Instructor: Shlichim

Dates: Wednesdays | October 18 – November 15
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Cost: $32 for Bender JCC Members | $42 for General Public
Code: 16826

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AARP volunteer instructor, Jerry Hulman, will be back to lead this day of review to help you earn a discount on your auto insurance.

Instructor: Jerry Hulman
Date: Friday, October 30
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Cost: $15 for AARP Members | $20 for General Public

Registration: To register, please call 301-348-3760 and leave your name. Payment is required before the beginning of the class: $15 for AARP members and $20 for the general public. Please make checks payable to AARP.

Ira Weiss will lead us in an intensive study of the History of Zionism through the screening of seven short documentary films. See the birth of the State of Israel, her tragedies and triumphs.

Dates: Mondays | October 16 – November 20
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Cost: $32 for Bender JCC Members | $42 for General Public
Code: 16859

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We will explore Israel as we watch the highly acclaimed Israeli television series Srugim. Ira Weiss will precede each episode with a discussion of this unique perspective of life in Israel and then follow the episode with a Q&A.

Date: Thursdays | October 19 – November 30 (No Class on November 23)
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Cost: $35 for Bender JCC Members & the General Public
Code: 16857

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Go where life takes you! In this two-day workshop you will learn:

  • How to travel to the destinations of your choice
  • How to read Ride-On & Metro bus schedules
  • How to read the Metro system map & understand fee schedules
  • How to save money by using a SmarTrip or Senior SmarTrip fare card

Day 1: Wednesday, September 13
Lesson Plan: Classroom Training
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Day 2: Thursday, September 14
Lesson Plan: Group bus ride & Metrorail Ride
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Free lunch is provided.

Registration required – No walk-ins. To reserve your seat call JCA at: 301-738-3252

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

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Biblical Archaeology Forum

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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

Subscriptions to the BAF 2017-2018 lecture season are coming soon.

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)