Hebrew Classes

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

Hebrew language program



During the school year, the Bender JCC offers a variety of daytime and evening Hebrew classes, from beginner (Aleph level) to advanced level.

The only Israeli Style Program in the DC area! 

Ulpan Ben Yehuda – Welcomes all Hebrew Learners around the Nation

The Program:
  • Cutting edge Hebrew language program
  • Virtual interactive class
  • 8 different levels – Digital and printed materials of ALL HEBREW LEVELS, from beginners to advanced.
  • State of the art multimedia curriculum developed by the Israeli center of educational technology.
  • Cultivates all aspects of Hebrew Language:
    • Grammar and content
    • Conversations and literature,
    • Poetry and actual information,
    • Drills and exercises
    • Topics for lively discussion, songs and moral dilemmas.
    • Writing, independent reading,
    • Current events and biblical text.
  • Students speak, read, write and listen to spoken Hebrew, encounter new viewpoints on daily life in Israel, Jewish traditions and history, and general world knowledge.

We continue with our state-of-the-art program, no else you can find.

From the comfort of your home or in-person class you can now join our community of Hebrew learners. Our ulpan offers a variety of classes of different levels, from beginner through intermediate and advanced. Our multimedia curriculum created by the Israeli Center of Educational Technology (CET ) includes Hebrew language learning, Israeli culture, and literature as well as Jewish tradition.

Our instructors are the biggest draw- bringing engaging personalities and decades of instructional experience in Israel and in the US. We are the only Ulpan that is using a multimedia curriculum designed by the Israeli Ministry of Education and constantly updated by the director of the Hebrew language program, Rivka Degani (301-348-3810).

What do our students say?

The covid 19 lockdown has had very little effect on our Hebrew class because the Zoom sessions are just as interesting, interactive, and informative as our in-person classes have been–with the advantage of skipping the rush-hour drive to the JCC.”

-Beryl B.

“I want to let you know that I like the Zoom experience. It allows for the class to occur with full participation. The screen sharing and messaging capabilities complement the experience and provide for extra learning modalities. In no way do I feel that I am missing out on learning opportunities”.

-Donna B.

“Thanks for all you do especially your class discussion of the holidays. I feel I am learning more than just speaking Hebrew.”

-Marc L.

“Can’t remember where you parked your car? Medical researchers tell us that studying a foreign language as an adult is one of the best ways to maintain high brain function as we age. So, even if the religious, cultural, and social benefits don’t move you, consider studying Hebrew to keep your memory and concentration sharp. It couldn’t hurt.”

Marvin S.,

Class offerings listed below:

Open to all – New language learners welcome! (Ages 14+)

Hebrew Classes FALL 2021


Hebrew Aleph

Perfect for students with no or very limited previous Hebrew knowledge.

A fast-paced, multimedia class for students with no previous knowledge of Hebrew. By the end of the class you will be able to read, write and conduct short conversations in Hebrew with 150 words learned in class. This fast-paced program meets twice a week.
The curriculum is created by the Ministry of Education in Israel.

Teens and all ages welcome.

Dates: Mondays Oct 4 – Feb 14 (virtual)
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Dates: Tuesdays Oct 5 – Feb 20 (in-person)
Time: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Cost: $420 + $75 Multimedia Fee*

Hebrew Bet

For students who master reading, writing, and basic vocabulary in the present tense. We will enrich our vocabulary in topics such as the house, places in Israel, food, and family and learn the past and future tense. This is a multimedia program Bishvil- Ha-Ivrit 1 -2 Teens and all ages are welcome.

Dates: Wednesdays Oct 6- Feb16
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM (virtual)

Cost: $420 + $75 Multimedia Fee*

Hebrew Bet Plus

For students who master a basic vocabulary of 300-400 words, can use verbs in present and past tense and conjugate adjectives and some prepositions. Students will improve the usage of past tense, will learn the future tense, enrich vocabulary, reinforce reading and listening comprehension and achieve better fluency in verbal expression. Multimedia program “Bishvil Ha – Ivrit” 2

Dates: Mondays Oct 4 – Feb 14
Time: 4:00-6:00 PM (virtual) with Elisheva Barkay

Dates: Thursdays Sep 9- Feb 3
Time: 7:00-9:00 (virtual) with Rivka Degani

Cost: $420 + $75 Multimedia Fee*

Hebrew Gimel (Intermediate Hebrew Level)

This multimedia course is for students who are able to express themselves in Hebrew using simple sentences in both the present and past tenses. Future tense is introduced. Focus is on expanding vocabulary and improving reading and listening comprehension Students in this class will continue to develop reading comprehension through Bishvil Ha- Ivrit 3-4-5

Dates: Tuesdays Oct 5—Feb 15
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM (Hybrid) Rivka Degani

Dates: Thursdays Sep 9- Feb 3
Time: 4:00 -6:00 PM (in person)

Dates: Fridays Sep 10 -Jan 21
Time: 10:00-12:00 pm (in person)

Cost: $420

Hebrew Intermediate Hay (Virtual)

For students who have mastered basic conjugation in active and passive verb groups and can understand and talk about everyday life, news, and more. Emphasize in this class will be on reading and listening comprehension of some texts from the Bible, Mishna, and short stories by Israeli writers. We will reinforce the knowledge of verb conjugation, expand vocabulary and deepen understanding of Hebrew grammar.

Multimedia program : Bishvil Ha-Ivrit 5 (Virtual)

Dates: Thursdays Sep 9 – Feb 3
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM Elisheva Barkay

Cost: $420

Virtual Advanced Hebrew 

This class is conducted entirely in Hebrew. For students who have a high level of language proficiency and good oral expression, grammar, reading, and listening comprehension. Focus is on conversation, expanding and increasing understanding of the Hebrew language through the use of literary texts, articles, and newspapers, and advanced textbooks. In this class, you will improve your fluency and understanding of Israeli literature and current events.

Dates: Mondays Oct 4 – Feb 14
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM Ayala Rosen

Dates: Wednesdays Oct 6- Feb 16
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM Elisheva Barkay

Dates: Wednesdays Oct 6-Feb 16
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Rivka Degani

Cost: $420


Questions about how to register for Hebrew classes – or how to get involved at the Bender JCC? Contact us!