Hebrew Classes

Registration for Winter and Spring classes is OPEN!

It’s never too late to learn Hebrew! The Bender JCC is pleased to offer a variety of virtual and hybrid daytime and evening Hebrew classes year-round, from beginner (Aleph level) to advanced (Hay level), in Ulpan Ben Yehuda conversational Hebrew. Ulpan is an Israeli method for teaching and improving all Hebrew language skills—speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing. Ulpan classes at the Bender JCC are taught by highly qualified and experienced teachers.

We are the only Ulpan in the area that uses a multimedia curriculum created by the Israeli Center of Educational Technology (CET) which includes Hebrew language learning, Israeli culture, and literature as well as Jewish tradition.

For more information, please contact Rivka Degani at 301-348-3820 or rdegani@benderjccgw.org.

Hebrew language program


What do our students say?

“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.

See below for our schedule of classes, tuition information and details on how to register!

Class offerings listed below:

Summer 2023 Intensive Beginning Hebrew | Hybrid

A fast-paced, virtual, 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 a short conversations in basic Hebrew with 150 words learned in class.

Option 1: 6/26/2023-8/7/2023 | 6-8 PM
Option 2: 6/29/2023-8/3/2023 | 6-8 PM

Beginning Hebrew Aleph-Winter 2023-Spring 2023

This multimedia class is taught HYBRID and is appropriate for students with no previous knowledge of Hebrew. By the end of the course, you will be able to read, write and conduct short conversations in Hebrew with about 150 most useful words.

Monday: 2/6/2023- 6/26/23 – Skip Day (5/29/2023)  9:30-11:30AM

Hebrew Aleph Plus -Winter 2023-Spring 2023
This class is taught HYBRID and uses an interactive curriculum and is appropriate for students who know Hebrew reading, writing and basic vocabulary of 100- 150 words.

Thursday: 2/2/23 – 6/29/23 (Skip Days – 4/6/23 and 5/25/23) 6:00 -8:00 PM

Hebrew Bet -Winter 2023-Spring 2023
This multimedia class is taught HYBRID and is appropriate 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.

Monday: 1/30/23 – 6/19/23 (Skip Days – 5/29/23) 6:00-8:00 PM

Intermediate Hebrew Gimel – Winter 2023-Spring 2023
This multimedia course will be taught HYBRID appropriate for students who can express themselves in Hebrew using simple sentences in the present past, and future tense. The focus is on expanding vocabulary, improving reading, and listening comprehension and speaking fluency. Students will continue to enrich their vocabulary through Bishvil Haivrit 4/5, short stories, and current events.

Two Options:
Monday: 2/06/23-6/26/23 (Skip Day 5/29/23) 3:45-5:45 PM
Wednesday: 2/1/23 -6/28/23 (Skip Day 4/5/23 and 4/12/23) 6:00- 8:00 PM

Hebrew Vav – Winter 2023-Spring 2023
This multimedia class will be taught virtually only is appropriate for students who have mastered basic conjugation in active and passive verb groups. The emphasis will be on reading and listening comprehension of texts from the Bible, Mishna, and short stories by Israeli writers.

Thursday: 2/2/23-6/29/23 (Skip Days 4/6/23 and 5/25/23) 7:00-9:00 PM

Advanced Hebrew- PM –Winter 2023-Spring 2023
This class is conducted only virtually and entirely in Hebrew and is appropriate for students with a high level of language proficiency. Focus is on conversation, expanding and increasing understanding of the Hebrew language using literary texts, articles, newspapers, and advanced textbooks. The goal of this class is to improve the fluency and understanding of Israeli literature and current events.

Three Options:
Monday: 1/30/2023 – 6/19/2023 (Skip Day 5/29/23) 6:00-8:00 PM
Wednesday: 2/1/2023 -6/21/2023 (Skip Day 5/25/23) 9:00 -11:00 AM
Friday: 2/3/2023 -6/14/2023 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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

Our registration system works best using Google Chrome.