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 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 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 SUMMER 2021


Hebrew Aleph ( Intensive Beginning Hebrew)

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 summer 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.
Curriculum is created by the Ministry of Education in Israel. .

Teens and all ages welcome.

Dates: Mondays and Thursdays | June 21–August 5, 2021
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Cost: $310

Hebrew Gimel (Intermediate Hebrew Level)

Our unique Intermediate Hebrew Summer Program is designed to improve your Hebrew knowledge with focus on grammar and frequent vocabulary usage confusions.
In this five-week program, you will improve your conversational and grammatical skills Hebrew through short stories, your personal stories and video clips and texts about Israeli culture.
By the end of the program, you will be able to tell your story fluently and with improved grammar.

Dates: Wednesdays | June 30 – July 28
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Cost: $130

Advanced Hebrew Vav

In this five-week program, learn Hebrew through watching and discussing the Israeli Academy Award winning 2018 TV documentary, סליחה על השאלה
Each episode focuses on a different minority group in Israeli society or a group that is considered interesting. The participants look at the camera and answer questions sent from the public and addressed to them through notes. The program is designed to offer a glimpse into the lives of communities on the margins of society and to smash stereotypes while answering questions that people are afraid to ask because they are not politically correct.
This class is conducted only in Hebrew

Dates: Wednesday Evenings | June 30 – July 28
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Cost: $130

(Topics covered are subject to change):

  • Israeli Teenagers
  • Arab Children
  • Polyamories
  • Parolees




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