Lifelong Learning

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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!

Education

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.

Questions? Contact Debbie Sokobin at 301-348-3760 or dsokobin@jccgw.org

Mondays | April 13 – May 18
10 – 11 a.m.
Leisure World (Clubhouse I, 3700 Rossmoor Blvd., Silver Spring, MD)
$15/class (class runs for 6 weeks)

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

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Mondays | April 13 – May 18
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Leisure World (Clubhouse I, 3700 Rossmoor Blvd., Silver Spring, MD)
$15/class (class runs for 6 weeks)

An examination of the Ultra-Orthodox sector of Israeli society through the lens of the Israeli TV series ShtiselShtisel won the Israeli Academy Award for Best TV Drama in 2014.  Each session will begin with a short introduction followed by a screening of an episode of the Israeli TV program.   Q&A and discussion will follow each screening. See a different slice and gain some new insight into Ultra-Orthodox life.

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Facilitator: Ira Weiss, PhD, is a retired neurophysiologist and an avid collector of cinema related to Jews and Israel.

 

Mondays | April 13 – May 18
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Leisure World (Clubhouse I, 3700 Rossmoor Blvd., Silver Spring, MD)
$15/class (class runs for 6 weeks)

This class will explore many complex issues surrounding who is a Jew, what impacts the strength of one’s Jewish identity, especially the ever more fragile identity of our youth. Threats to Jewish identity and how Israel, social activism, and one’s background plays into identity and inevitably the strength of the Jewish community. Each week will feature a different Rabbi or Jewish educator each with a unique perspective.

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Tuesdays | April 14 – May 19
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
JCC of Greater Washington (6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD)
$15/class (class runs for 6 weeks)

An examination of the Ultra-Orthodox sector of Israeli society through the lens of the Israeli TV series ShtiselShtisel won the Israeli Academy Award for Best TV Drama in 2014.  Each session will begin with a short introduction followed by a screening of an episode of the Israeli TV program.   Q&A and discussion will follow each screening. See a different slice and gain some new insight into Ultra-Orthodox life.

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Facilitator: Ira Weiss, PhD, is a retired neurophysiologist and an avid collector of cinema related to Jews and Israel.

 

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.

Wellness

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 barbsadick@comcast.net.

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 dsokobin@jccgw.org

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 francie.kranzberg@sshalomdc.org.

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 dsokobin@jccgw.org

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.

Volunteering

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 solivera@jccgw.org.