Hebrew & Yiddish Classes

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.

Hebrew language program

REGISTER FOR HEBREW & YIDDISH CLASSES HERE

 

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 view of points on daily life in Israel, Jewish traditions and history and general world knowledge.

Our instructors are the biggest draw – bringing engaging personality and decades of instructional experience in Israel and 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 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+)

Fall Semester 2020-21 classes

 

Hebrew Aleph ( Beginning Hebrew)

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

For students with no previous Hebrew knowledge. Reading and writing will be taught simultaneously. Both the cursive and printed alphabets are taught simultaneously, along with vocabulary for basic dialogue. Basic gender, nouns, adjectives and verbs in the present tense, personal pronouns and conjunctions are taught through Israeli multimedia program.

Teens and all ages welcome.

Dates: Monday Mornings | September 14 – February 1, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Dates: Wednesday Evenings | September 9 – January 27, 2021

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Cost: $420 + $75 Multimedia Fee*


Hebrew Bet

For students who master basic vocabulary of 300-400 words, can use verbs in present tense and conjugate adjectives and some prepositions. Students will learn past tense, enrich vocabulary, reinforce reading and listening comprehension and achieve better fluency in verbal expressions

This fast-paced program meets once a week, using a multimedia program.

Teens and all ages welcome.

Dates: Tuesday Mornings | September 8 – January 19, 2021
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Dates: Monday Evenings | September 14 – February 1, 2021
Time: 5:00  – 7:00 PM

Dates:  Thursday Evenings | September 3 – January 28, 2021
Time: 7:00  – 9:00 PM (skip day 11/26/2020)

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 and some future tense. Focus is on expanding vocabulary and improving reading and listening comprehension and improve fluency. Students in this class will continue to develop reading comprehension through Bishvil Haivrit 3-4

Dates: Friday Mornings | September 4 – January 15, 2021
Time: 10:00 – 12:00 PM

Dates: Tuesday Evenings | September 8 – January 19, 2021
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Dates: Thursday Evenings | September 3 – January 21, 2021
Time: 4:45 – 6:45 PM

Cost: $420 + $75 Multimedia Fee*


Hebrew Hay (Upper Intermediate)

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 Haivrit 5

Dates: Thursday Evenings | September 3 – January 21, 2021
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Cost: $420 + $75 Multimedia Fee*


Advanced Hebrew Vav

This class is conducted entirely in Hebrew. For students who have a good 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 multimedia program, literary texts, articles, newspapers and textbook “Bishvil Haivrit 5. In this class you will improve your fluency and understanding of Hebrew grammar and expand your vocabulary.

Dates: Wednesday Evenings | September 2 – January 13, 2021
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Cost: $420 + $75 Multimedia Fee*

Proficient 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 textbook. In this class you will improve your fluency and understanding of Israeli literature and current event

Dates: Wednesday Mornings | September 9 – January 20, 2021
Time: 11:00 – 1:00 PM

Dates:  Monday Evenings | September 14 – February 1, 2021
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Cost: $420 + $75 Multimedia Fee*


*$75 Multimedia Fee charged for all Hebrew and Yiddish classes. You will need to select $75 fee when you register. We will charge this fee if you forget upon registration.

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