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

During the school year, the Bender JCC offers a variety of daytime and evening Hebrew classes, from beginner (Aleph level) to advanced (Hay level), in both Ulpan Ben Yehuda conversational Hebrew and prayer book Hebrew. Evening classes are offered in the summer.

The only Israeli Style Program in the DC area! 

An enjoyable and effective way to learn the language using:

  • Israeli movies & films
  • Israeli books & newspapers
  • Israeli certified teachers

Offering day and evening conversational Hebrew classes, from beginner (Aleph level) to advanced (Hay level).

Our instructors are the biggest draw – bringing engaging personality and decades of instructional experience in Israel and the US.  The curriculum is designed by the Israeli Ministry of Education and constantly updated by the director of the Hebrew language program, Rivka Degani (301-348-3810).

Class offerings listed below:

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

LEARN HEBREW BY 2020

Class links open Monday, August 5 for members and Monday, August 19 for the general public.
Cost for each class listed below: $420 plus textbook.

Hebrew Aleph

For students with no previous Hebrew knowledge. Learn both cursive and printed alphabets and basic vocabulary for dialogues.

Teens and all ages welcome.

Dates: Tuesdays | September 3 – February 4 (Skip Dates: 10/1, 10/8, 12/31)
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

 

Dates: Wednesdays | September 4 – February 5 (No skip dates)
Time: 7:30 AM – 9:30 PM

 


Hebrew Aleph +

For students who know the printed and cursive letters and master conjugation of some verbs in the present tense and a vocabulary of ~150 words.

Teens and all ages welcome.

Dates: Mondays | September 9 – February 3 (Skip dates: 9/30, 10/14, 10/21)
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 PM

 


Hebrew Bet

For students who have mastered basic conjugation in the present tense, with a vocabulary of 400 words.

Dates: Thursdays | September 5 – January 16 (Skip Dates: 11/28)
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 PM


Hebrew Bet +

For students who have mastered basic conjugation in present and past tense, and have a vocabulary of 400 words.

Dates: Tuesdays | September 3 – February 4 (Skip dates: 10/1, 10/8, 12/31)
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 AM


Hebrew Gimel

For students who are familiar with active verb conjugations in present, past tenses and some future.

Dates: Tuesdays | September 3 – February 4 (Skip dates: 10/1, 10/8, 12/31)
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 PM

Dates: Thursdays | September 5 – January 16 (Skip dates: 11/28)
Time: 4:45 – 6:45 PM

Dates: Friday | September 6 – January 24 (Skip date: 11/29)
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Hebrew Hey

For students who have mastered conjugation in active and passive verb groups in all tenses. Emphasis is on conversation, some literary texts are taught as well.

Dates: Wednesdays | September 4 – February 5 (No Skip Dates)
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Dates: Thursdays | September 5 – January 16 (Skip Date: 11/28)
Time: 7:15 – 9:15 PM


Hebrew Vav

Conducted entirely in Hebrew. We will read literary texts and improve grammar skills.

Dates: Wednesdays | September 5 – February 5 (No Skip Dates)
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Dates: Wednesdays | September 5 – February 5 (No Skip Dates)
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 PM


Advanced Hebrew

This class is taught entirely in Hebrew with an emphasis on conversation. We will read from Israeli newspapers and listen to Israeli broadcast news, and read a novel or short stories.

Dates: Monday | September 9 – February 3 (Skip dates: 9/30, 10/14, 10/21)
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM


Yiddish Language – Beginner

This course introduces spoken and written Yiddish using dialogues, songs, oral exercises, proverbs and video clips to build basic speaking and listening skills. The Yiddish alefbeyz is introduced and is different than Hebrew.

Dates: Thursdays | October 24 – January 9 (Skip date: 11/28)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM


Yiddish Language – Intermediate

Class conducted primarily in Yiddish and will cover grammar and sentence patterns as they occur in our dialogues and readings. For those with an ability to understand basic Yiddish.

Dates: Thursdays | October 24 – January 9 (Skip date: 11/28)
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM

For more information on the classes, please email Rivka Degani, Director, Hebrew Language Program or call 301-348-3810.


 

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