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 2018

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

Teens help adults to learn or hone technology skills

Thursdays from 3:30 PM-4:30 PM

February 1 – May 17, 2018

Registration is Free

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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 | Ongoing throughout the year.
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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This course will cover the ancient wisdom that reveals how the universe and life work. On a literal level, the word “Kabbalah” means “to receive.” Join Rabbi Hillel Shaps from the Greater Washington Kollel on an exploration of this ancient spiritual path.

This course will explore the many facets of Israeli society. Each week a different Shaliach – Israeli Emissary – will give a talk about a different aspect of Israel.

Join this exploration of the Ultra-Orthodox community in Israel with scholar Ira Weiss as we view the highly acclaimed Israeli television series “Srugim”. Ira will introduce each episode and then lead a follow-up discussion.

Dates: Thursdays | April 12 – May 31 (skip date 5/24)
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Cost: $27
Code: 17615

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Looking for a creative outlet? Eager to get your hands a little dirty? Debra Vardon is offering daytime & evening Ceramics class for newbies and experienced artists!

We supply the clay and tools and you get to work independently!


Have you ever wanted to paint a masterpiece? Whether or not you have ever held a brush to canvas, Gabriela Roitman will walk you through the creation of up to two beautiful pieces of original work.

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In this class we will use different materials – paper, metal, fabric, etc. – to create either a keepsake box or collage to hang on the wall.

Dates: Mondays | March 5 – April 30
Instructor: Gabriela Roitman
Cost: $80 (members) $90 (public)
Code: 18052

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Discover the ancient secrets of Kabbalah and learn how to gain a greater connection to the Divine, to your peers and to your inner soul!

No prior knowledge of Hebrew or Judaism necessary.


Jewish Ethical Wills are known as the “Torah of our Lives.” Join Rabbanit Chava Evans of the Bender JCC staff, on a journey of Torah, ethics, culture and family legacy and create a document to share with your family.


Study the Book of Exodus with Rabbi JoHanna Potts of The Jewish Studio. The class will read key commentaries and text together and connect the dots to uncover truths about human nature, our place in the world and the relationship between humans and the divine.

Bring a dairy/vegetarian brown bag lunch or purchase something yummy from the JCC Canteen!


An exploration of the History of Zionism through Israeli documentary footage

Experience a condensed history of the Jewish state through lecture and film footage with scholar Ira Weiss.

Dates: Mondays | March 26 – May 14
Cost: $32 (members) $42 (public)
Code: 17624

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This course will study the origin, growth and state of the American presidency based on real case studies: the organization and development of the Executive Office, the president as legislator, the president and foreign policy and the president as Commander in Chief.


Come to discuss how federal policies are made in an atmosphere of significant global threats, budgetary constraints and differing political views. The speaker will cover the federal budget, the Iran/North Korea threat and why bipartisanship is needed to address our most important national and international issues. Instructor Stephen Goldberg is a graduate of MIT. He was a representative of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget to the National Security Council.


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.

Melton School Classes

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Biblical Archaeology Forum

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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

Subscriptions to the BAF 2017-2018 lecture season are coming soon.

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)