Summer Renovation Schedule and Locations

Bridge, Mah Jongg, and 60+ Mix N Mingle – Not meeting during the summer and will resume in the fall

Duplicate Bridge – Monday evenings, from 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Meet at the JCCGW in Room 5, using the preschool entrance

Men’s Club, Women’s Connections, ESOL classes, Hebrew Conversation Group, Men’s Poetry Group and Book Group – Continue on current days and times. Meet at B’nai Israel in Fanaroff Hall/Pavillion. Follow these directions:

  • Enter B’nai Israel at the Education Wing entrance.
  • Check in with the Security Guard
  • Turn to your RIGHT and walk down the hall through the double doors
  • Make a left at the sign for Fanaroff Hall

From classes to trips to just being social, the JCCGW is a hub for busy seniors. Encouraging active minds, active bodies, and community engagement, the Center leads the way in Montgomery County for seniors that want to live life to the fullest. Explore the many ways seniors enjoy the JCCGW.

Questions about senior activities and programming at the JCCGW? Contact us!

Coming of Age in Maryland

Coming of Age in Maryland offers monthly activities, excursions, and special events to members aged 60 and over. Activities include theater, museums, lectures, performances, “Food and Fun” restaurant outings that feature a game component, an annual health and wellness expo, and much more. Learn more about the JCCGW’s Coming of Age in Maryland program. For more information, contact Frieda Enoch at 301-348-3809 or


Lifelong Learning

The JCCGW offers a comprehensive range of educational programs that stimulate minds, help members maintain a healthy lifestyle, and encourage community and social engagement. Explore Lifelong Learning at the JCCGW.

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.


In the JCCGW’s continuing effort to care for members in body, mind, and spirit, the Center offers a number of wellness programs and activities for individuals of all ages, with an emphasis on aging and senior wellness. Explore the Center’s wellness programs and activities.


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

Selma Sweetbaum Senior Satellite Programs

We are glad that you are here and welcome! Come meet new friends, hear cultural topics as well as news of the day, get your blood pressure checked, exercise and come and enjoy a delicious, hot kosher meal! Read more here.


Gateways / English as a Second Language Progam

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)

Games, Clubs & Interest Groups

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 Online!

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 Online!

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 Online!

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 Online!

From lifelong singers to those just starting out, all senior singers are welcome at the JCCGW senior adult chorus. Led by Frieda Enoch, the chorus entertains at Jewish holiday celebrations and special events. If you love to sing, you’re welcome to join! Practices are every Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at Ring House. Contact Frieda Enoch at


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, contact Barbara Sadick at 301-983-5905 or

History lovers unite every fourth Thursday at 1 p.m. at the JCCGW in a club devoted to all things historical. All history buffs welcome! For more information, contact Debbie Sokobin at 301-348-3760 or

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 Meryl Trachtman 301.348.3808 or

Seniors Organized for Change (SOC) is a nonpartisan political lecture series providing a range of talks relating to local, state, national, and international issues. The program is free and open to the public. It meets Thursdays, 10:45-11:45 a.m. at Ring House.

Let’s Get Social

Created for singles aged 60 and older, this active group is for people who like to exchange ideas and meet others. Talk, schmooze, and make lasting personal connections. Meets the fourth Thursday of every month. For more information or to be placed on the group e-mail list, contact Meryl Trachtman at 301-348-3808 or

Tuesdays, May 5-May 26 from 1:30-3 p.m.

The Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA), in cooperation with the JCCGW, will conduct a four-session interactive course entitled Connecting in Friendship. Held at the JCCGW and led by licensed social workers Leslie Kessler and Hileia Seeger, this course builds social skills to help older adults make friends and develop good relationships.

The fee is $60.00 and preregistration is required. To learn more and to register, please call 240.788.2438 or email

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Tuesdays, 1 – 2:30 p.m. and Wednesdays, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Men are invited to this weekly get-together to meet new friends and discuss topics of interest such as current events, politics, and health. This program is free but registration is requested by contacting volunteer facilitator Herb Heldman at 301.881.1989 or or Debbie Sokobin at 301.348.3760 or

The New Friends is a group of single women and men 60+. The purpose of this group is to make new friends, plan social activities, and share common interests. New Friends meets the first Friday of the month at noon, and is free with membership. For more information, contact Debbie Sokobin at 301-348-3760 or

Mondays, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

If you want to meet new friends, do some social networking, and discuss topics such as politics, religion, marriage, and life in general, consider joining this group led by volunteer Enid Portnoy. For more information, contact Debbie Sokobin at or 301.348.3760.