The Gateways program provides newcomers from the Former Soviet Union with a wide range of Jewish educational and cultural activities, and continues their transition to life in America and in the Washington Jewish community.
- Throughout the year, Gateways offers a variety of programming for seniors, including celebrations of major Jewish Holidays.
- Twice a week, more than 100 adults attend English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and 30 adults focus on the citizenship preparation. Our partnership with Baltimore City Community College helps the Gateways program hire professional citizenship instructors who give senior Russian-speaking adults the opportunity to learn more about the American Government, and prepare students for their civics test and citizenship interview. All of the students who attended citizenship classes got their American citizenship certificates.
- Gateways workshops for ESL teachers and tutors, conducted twice a year, are available to any ESL teacher in the state of Maryland and are publicized by the Maryland Office for New Americans (MONA) and Montgomery Coalition for Adult Literacy and ESOL.
- Citizenship workshops, which take place twice a year, assist eligible newcomers in completing the application process for US citizenship with the help of volunteer attorneys and representatives from USCIS. We are very proud of the exemplary relationship that we have established between Gateways and the United States Immigration Service.
- Every year in May, Gateways has a very special celebration when Russian-speaking veterans gather with their families to commemorate the anniversary of the victory in World War II.
English as a Second Language (ESL) and Citizenship Preparation
Age 60+. Learn English as a second language through grammar work and conversation, and prepare to pass your citizenship test. Beginners to advanced levels. For more information, contact Svetlana Danshes at 301-348-3875 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tuesday and Thursday mornings