Hebrew & Yiddish

Interested in learning Hebrew or Yiddish—or both? The Bender JCC offers a variety of Hebrew and Yiddish classes in a supportive, fun environment through conversation, reading, and writing.

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Summer Hebrew ClassesThe Center offers a variety of daytime and evening Hebrew classes, from beginner (Aleph level) to advanced (Hay level), in both Ulpan Ben Yehuda conversational Hebrew and prayer book Hebrew.

Our instructors bring a wealth of ability to the Center’s Hebrew program, and all incorporate discussions on relevant Jewish holidays and current events. For more information, please contact Rivka Degani at 301-348-3810 or rdegani@benderjccgw.org.All Hebrew Classes

YiddishYiddish | Intermediate/Advanced

In response to student interest in intermediate or advanced Yiddish classes, we are planning, contingent on sufficient enrollment, an intermediate class conducted mostly in Yiddish.

The prerequisite is an ability to understand basic spoken Yiddish.

The Yiddish writing system and the standard YIVO transliteration will be reviewed quickly, but students totally unfamiliar with the alefbeyz should expect to devote ten to twenty hours outside of class, with some assistance from the instructor and any literacy volunteers who step forward, to acquire basic literacy in Yiddish. The class will focus on increasing control of grammar, usage, and vocabulary in Yiddish to be applied in speaking, writing, listening, and reading. We will use published materials drawn from Goldberg’s “yidish af yidish” and Sholom-Aleichem’s “Tevye der milkhiker” (play, movie, and stories, especially “Khave”), mostly either available online, or in printed excerpts distributed in class.

Any students interested in a Yiddish class for beginners should contact Rivka Degani at 301-348-3810.

Which kind of class we hold will depend on student interest and enrollment.

Questions about Hebrew and Yiddish classes at the Bender JCC? Contact us!

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