Adult Living & Learning

Founded on the belief that learning is a lifelong endeavor, the Bender JCC offers a comprehensive range of educational programs that stimulate minds, help participants maintain a healthy lifestyle, and encourage community and social engagement.

Questions about lifelong learning at the Bender JCC? Contact us!


ALL at the Bender JCC: Adult Living and Learning (ALL)

Winter/Spring 2017

At the Bender JCC of Greater Washington, one can fulfill all of the keys to healthy aging!  Workout in our fitness center to maintain your body and reduce your stress, cultivate social relationships through our various social clubs, have a nutritious kosher meal, and keep your brain stimulated through our new ALL (Adult Living and Learning) Program. It’s ALL here at the Bender JCC! For more information please contact Debbie Sokobin at 301-348-3760 or

Study Judaism with your own private teacher!

LINKS, in partnership with the Bender JCC, offers men and women of all backgrounds an opportunity to discover or deepen their knowledge of Judaism, its culture, history and traditions by studying one-on-one with a carefully selected and experienced study partner. Choose any topic of your interest including Hebrew reading, Jewish philosophy and ethics, or history.

Dates*: Mondays | May 17 – July 19
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 PM. Refreshments will be served.
Cost: FREE, but you must register

*Join at any time

To register to be matched with a knowledgeable study partner or for more information, please contact Rabbi Hillel Shaps at: or 347-869-9361. You can also visit our Facebook page at

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Are you interested in learning new computer skills? Honing the skills you already have? Bring your laptop, smartphone, iPad, etc. and be paired with a teenage computer expert. Potential topics include: send/receive emails, open documents, view, share, and post photos, using Social media including Facebook and Twitter. SPACE IS LIMITED!

Dates: Thursdays | February 23 – Mid-May
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Cost: FREE

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Instructor: Paul Levy

The curriculum covers controversies throughout our recent history:

  • The display of Confederate symbols and statues
  • Ethical decision making by scientists during the development of the atomic bomb
  • Malcolm X
  • Balancing national security and privacy

Dates: Wednesdays | March 8 – March 29
Time: 1:00 – 2:15 PM
Cost: $25 for Bender JCC Members | $30 for General Public

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Instructor: Debra Vardon

Enjoy Ceramics and learn the pottery wheel with expert instructor and artist, Debra Vardon.

Dates: Wednesdays, February 15 – March 29
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Cost: $100 for Bender JCC Members | $120 for General Public

Materials Fee: $25 | Code: 15990

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Instructor: Jerry Hulman
Date: Wednesday, March 22
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Cost: $15 for AARP Members | $20 for General Public
***Make checks payable to AARP***

Do you remember the days when the family sat at the piano or around the radio and sang together? In this workshop, Cantor Karen Webber will take you on a song journey through melodies that have a rich history only to have become a party of the lexicon of American Song.

We will sing together – “Lemon Tree,” “Dona” and much more!

Dates: Wednesdays, April 5 – 19 (Skip April 12)
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Cost: $20 for Bender JCC Members | $25 for General Public

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Exploring Ultra-Orthodox Life in Israel, Part II at the Bender JCC

Date: Wednesdays, March 1 – April 5
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Cost: $30 for Bender JCC Members | $40 for General Public

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Exploring Ultra-Orthodox Life in Israel, Part II at Leisure World

Date: Thursdays, March 2 – April 6
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Cost: $30 for Bender JCC Members | $40 for General Public

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Jewish Learning

Strengthen your Jewish heritage, learn Hebrew, explore Israel, study the Torah, and much more through the Bender JCC’s Jewish Family Living & Learning program. Learn more about the Jewish Family Living & Learning program.

Biblical Archaeology Forum

Click here for the 2016 schedule

The Biblical Archaeology Forum (BAF) begins its thirty-second year in September with Maryland University professor Kenneth Holum looking back on his own three decades excavating King Herod’s monumental building at Caesarea and highlighting recent discoveries.

Please join us for a series of eight 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: free – high school students; $5 – Residents of CES Life Communities, college students and co-sponsors; $8 – BASONOVA & Bender JCC members, and; $10 – the general public. For more information, please contact

Click here to subscribe to the BAF 2016-2017 lecture season.

Gateways / English as a Second Language Classes

The Gateways program at the Bender JCC 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)

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