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.

Tuesday Hebrew Aleph
Wednesday Hebrew 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.

Thursday Hebrew 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
Thursday Hebrew 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

Hebrew Gimel II

For students who know the present, past and some future tenses. Students must be 14 years or older.

Monday Gimel II
Wednesday Gimel II
Friday Gimel II

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

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.

Morning Hebrew Vav
Evening Hebrew 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

Yiddish language Program

Yiddish Language

This course introduces spoken and written Yiddish using dialogues, songs, oral exercises, proverbs and video clips to build basic speaking and listening skills. Students must be 14 years or older. The prerequisite is an ability to understand basic spoken Yiddish.

Yiddish Language

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!