Jewish Family Living and Learning

Strengthen your Jewish heritage, gain a better understanding for Judaism and enhance your cultural experience through our wide variety of language programs, educational lecture series, Jewish holiday celebrations and workshops, Yiddish programming and interfaith outreach classes.

Hebrew & Yiddish

HebrewLearn Hebrew in a supportive and fun environment through conversation, reading, writing and more. Ulpan Ben Yehuda conversational Hebrew and prayerbook Hebrew are offered in small classes, in both daytime and evening, from the very beginner stages to more advanced levels.

YiddishOur Yiddish language course introduces students to spoken and written Yiddish using dialogues, songs, oral exercises, proverbs, and video clips to build basic speaking and listening skills.

Holiday Celebrations

Celebrate Judaism through holiday festivals, family and community gatherings and festive workshops.


The JCCGW is a welcoming environment for mixed-faith couples and families. We provide resources to those exploring what it means to be part of a Jewish community. Personal support, ongoing interaction, and a nonjudgmental approach allow individuals with non-Jewish backgrounds and others embracing Judaism to feel welcome. For more information about interfaith programs, contact Jennifer Smith at 301-348-3778 or

Israel Lecture Series

We offer incisive and informative free lectures on modern Israel. Program co-sponsors include the Israeli Embassy, the Jewish Agency for Israel and Israel in D.C.

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


ShalomLearning blends traditional classroom instruction with interactive online learning activities to make Jewish education more exciting, convenient and fun. Your kids will learn about their heritage and develop a strong, positive Jewish identity.

Shoresh Hebrew High School

After thirteen years of challenging young minds with Jewish studies, Shoresh Hebrew High School has found a new home at the JCC of Greater Washington to make their unique Jewish studies program more accessible to teenagers in grades 8-12.

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