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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Hebrew language program

The 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.

Class offerings listed below:

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Hebrew Aleph

For students with no previous Hebrew knowledge. Both the cursive and printed alphabets are taught, along with vocabulary for basic dialogue. Students must be 14 years or older.

Monday Hebrew Aleph

Dates: Mondays | January 29 – June 25
Times: 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Cost: $420

Register for Monday Aleph

Hebrew Aleph II

For students who have basic vocabulary of every day conversation (about 200 words) and know the present form of verbs. Students must be 14 years or older.

Wednesday Hebrew Aleph II

Dates: Wednesday | February 14 – July 27
Times: 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Cost: $420

Register for Wednesday Aleph II

Hebrew Bet – 14 years or older

For students who have mastered basic conjugation in present and past tenses, and have a vocabulary of 400 words. Students must be 14 years or older.

Tuesday Hebrew Bet

Dates: Tuesdays | February 6 – June 12
Times: 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Cost: $420

Register for Tuesday Bet

Thursday Hebrew Bet

Dates: Thursdays | February 15 – June 28
Times: 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Cost: $420

Register for Thursday Bet

Hebrew Gimel

For students who are familiar with active verb conjugations of all groups in present and past tenses. Students must be 14 years or older.

Tuesday Gimel

Dates: Tuesdays | February 6 – June 12
Times: 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Cost: $420

Register Tuesday

Thursday Gimel

Dates: Thursdays | February 15 – June 28
Times: 4:45 – 6:45 PM
Cost: $420

Register Thursday

Friday Gimel

Dates: Fridays | February 16 – July 13
Times: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cost: $420

Register Friday

Hebrew Dalet

For students who have mastered basic conjugation in active and passive verb groups. Students must be 14 years or older.

Thursday Hebrew Dalet

Dates: Thursdays | February 15 – June 28
Times: 7:15 – 9:15 PM
Cost: $420

Register for Thursday Dalet

Hebrew Vav

Conducted entirely in Hebrew. We will read literary texts and improve grammar skills, in addition to using the digital resources. Students must be 14 years or older.

Wednesday Morning Hebrew Vav

Dates: Wednesdays | February 14 – June 27
Times: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Cost: $420

Register for Morning Vav

Wednesday Evening Hebrew Vav

Dates: Wednesdays | February 14 – June 27
Times: 7:15 – 9:15 PM
Cost: $420

Register for Evening Vav

Advanced Hebrew

This class is taught entirely in Hebrew with an emphasis on conversation. We will read from Israeli newspapers and listen to Israeli broadcast news, and read a novel or short stories. Students must be 14 years or older.

Monday Advanced Hebrew

Dates: Mondays | February 12 – June 25
Times: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Cost: $420

Register for Advanced Hebrew


Yiddish language Program

Yiddish Language

This course is for students who do not have prior Yiddish or Hebrew knowledge. The alphabet as well as basic conversation will be taught.

Beginner Yiddish Language

Dates: Thursdays | February 1 – May 10
Times: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Cost: $200

Register for Beginner 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.

Intermediate Yiddish

This course is for those who have a basic understanding, or prior study, of written and spoken Yiddish. Students with an ability to understand basic spoken Yiddish will improve their skills through texts, conversation and short movies

Intermediate Yiddish

Dates: Tuesdays | February 6 – May 8
Times: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Cost: $200

Register for Intermediate Yiddish

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!