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) Programming Offered at Leisure World

ACE SeminarsWith 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. This fall, you can learn about Connecting to your Jewish Roots, The 1950’s: A Decade to Remember or Forget?, Parallel Narratives Never Meet – History of Arab Jewish Conflict Part 2: 1949 – 2014, and Comparative Religions. All lectures are scheduled on Mondays from October 6 – November 10, 2014.

Questions? Contact Debbie Sokobin at 301-348-3760 or


    • JCC members and LW residents: $5/lecture, $20 for the whole series
    • General Public: $7/lecture, $28 for the whole series
(Civil Rights, Korean War, McCarthyism, Cold War)     

Mondays | October 6 – November 10, 2014
10 – 11:15 a.m.
Lead by Paul Levy

Sandwiched between World War II and the turmoil of the 1960’s, the 1950’s is a forgotten decade. Commonly recalled is that it was a time free of conflict, of movement to the suburbs and of general prosperity, all watched over by benign, golf-loving Dwight Eisenhower. But was it? Those who enjoy substantive discussion, critical thinking and have an appreciation for divergent views will enjoy this course.

Session 1: The Korean War

Session 2: McCarthyism

Session 3: The Cold War

Session 4: Politics in the ’50’s

Session 5: Civil Rights

Session 6: Eisenhower’s Farewell and the Military-Industrial Complex

History of Arab Jewish Conflict Part 2: 1949 – 2014

Mondays | October 6 – November 10, 2014
11:25 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lead by Ira Weiss

Session 1:   Israel is born.

Session 2: The 1956 War

Session 3: The 1967 War

Session 4: The 1973 War

Session 5:  The Intifada

Session 6: Is Peace Possible?

Mondays | October 6 – November 10, 2014
1:10 – 2:10 p.m.

In this series, you are invited to expand your world view. Leaders from six different religious faiths in the Greater Washington area will share their beliefs and practices. (Continuation from fall 2013). Confirmed as of today: Baptist, Baha’i, Humanistic Judaism, Mormonism.

Mondays | October 6 – November 10, 2014
2:20 – 3:20 p.m.
Lead by Steve Raucher

While many of us attended Hebrew School in our youth and observed our Judaism to varying degrees since then, some may have forgotten, or never fully explored, Jewish Beliefs, Holiday Observances and Life Cycle Events. This class will provide opportunities to review and discuss the fundamental beliefs and philosophy of Judaism, the major and minor holidays, and life cycle events and customs. We will discuss these topics from multiple streams of Jewish observance – Orthodox, Conservative and Reform. The class will reinforce our knowledge and understanding of being Jewish.

Instructor: Dr. Stephen Raucher, retired MCPS School Administrator, where he taught over 100 sessions of A Jewish American’s Perspective.

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 2014-2015

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Subject: Shemot I: From Slavery to Sinai
Faculty: Rabbi Michael Safra & Rabbi Adam Raskin
Dates: Thursdays 9:30-11:00 am Oct. 23, 2014 – Jan. 22, 2014 (no classes on Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1)
Location: B’nai Israel, 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD

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 Stacy Katz Olivera at 301-348-3889 or