Hebrew & Yiddish

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

The Center 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.

Our instructors bring a wealth of ability to the Center’s Hebrew program, and all incorporate discussions on relevant Jewish holidays and current events. For more information, please contact Rivka Degani at 301-348-3810 or rdegani@benderjccgw.org.

Class offerings listed below:

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FALL Classes

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. Students must be 14 years or older.
Textbook: Bishvil Ha ivrit Book 5, a multimedia program developed by Center for Educational Technology Israel

Dates: Monday | February 25 – June 24
Times: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Cost: $420
Code: 19090

Register for Advanced Hebrew Monday


Hebrew Aleph Plus

For students who have a basic vocabulary of everyday conversation (about 200 words) and know the present form of verbs. Students must be 14 years or older.

Dates: Tuesdays | February 12 – June 25
Times: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Cost: $420
Code: 19115

Register for Hebrew Aleph Plus


Hebrew Aleph 2

For students who have mastered basic conjugation in the present tense, and have a vocabulary of 300 words.

Dates: Thursdays | January 31 – June 20
Times: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Cost: $420
Code: 19162

Register for Hebrew Aleph Plus


Hebrew Aleph Monday

For students with no previous Hebrew knowledge. Both the cursive and printed alphabets are taught, along with vocabulary for basic dialogues. Textbook Bishvil Ha ivrit Mechina and Book 1, a multimedia program developed by Center for Educational Technology Israel. Students must be 14 years or older.

Dates: Monday | January 14 – June 3
Times:  9:30 – 11:30 AM
Cost: $420
Code: 19161

Register for Hebrew Aleph Monday


Hebrew Aleph Wednesday PM

For students with no previous Hebrew knowledge. Both the cursive and printed alphabets are taught, along with vocabulary for basic dialogues. Textbook Bishvil Ha ivrit Mechina and Book 1, a multimedia program developed by Center for Educational Technology Israel. Students must be 14 years or older.

Dates: Wednesday| January 30 – June 19
Times: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Cost: $420
Code: 19126

Register for Hebrew Aleph Wednesday PM


Hebrew Bet Monday

For students who have mastered basic conjugation in present tense, and have a vocabulary of 400 words. Textbook Bishvil Ha ivrit Book 1, a multimedia program developed by Center for Educational Technology Israel Students must be 14 years or older.
Textbook will be purchased in class.

Dates: Monday | February 25 – June 24
Times: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Cost: $380
Code: 19123

Register for Hebrew Bet Monday


Hebrew Bet Tuesday

For students who have mastered basic conjugation in the present tense, and have a vocabulary of 400 words. Textbook Bishvil Ha ivrit Mechina and Book 1, a multimedia program developed by Center for Educational Technology Israel Students must be 14 years or older.

Dates: Tuesday | February 12 – June 25
Times: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Cost: $420
Code: 19125

Register for Hebrew Bet Tuesday


Hebrew Dalet PM

For students who have mastered conjugation in active and passive verb groups in all tenses. Students must be 14 years or older.. Textbook Bishvil Ha ivrit Book 4, a multimedia program developed by Center for Educational Technology.

Dates: Thursday | January 31 – June 20
Times: 7:15 PM – 9:15 PM
Cost: $420
Code: 19104

Register for Hebrew Dalet PM


Hebrew Gimel Friday

For students who are familiar with active verb conjugations of all groups in present and past tenses Textbook Bishvil Ha ivrit Book 3, a multimedia program developed by Center for Educational Technology Israel. Students must be 14 years or older.

Dates: Friday | January 25 – June 14
Times: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cost: $420
Code: 19164

Register for Hebrew Gimel Friday


Hebrew Gimel Tuesday

For students who are familiar with active verb conjugations of all groups in present and past tenses Textbook Bishvil Ha ivrit Book 3, a multimedia program developed by Center for Educational Technology Israel. Students must be 14 years or older.
Textbook will be purchased in class

Dates: Tuesday | February 12 – June 25
Times: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Cost: $420
Code: 19084

Register for Hebrew Gimel Tuesday


Hebrew Gimel Thursday

For students who are familiar with active verb conjugations of all groups in present and past tenses Textbook Bishvil Ha ivrit Book 3, a multimedia program developed by Center for Educational Technology Israel. Students must be 14 years or older.
Skip dates: 11/22.

Dates: Thursday | January 31 – June 20
Times: 4:45 PM – 6:45 PM
Cost: $420
Code: 19163

Register for Hebrew Gimel Thursday


Hebrew Vav Wednesday AM

Conducted entirely in Hebrew. We will read literary texts and improve grammar skills, in addition to using Bishvil Ha ivrit Book 5, a multimedia program developed by Center for Educational Technology Israel Students must be 14 years or older.

Dates: Wednesday | January 30 – June 12
Times: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Cost: $420
Code: 19121

Register for Hebrew Vav Wednesday AM


Hebrew Vav Wednesday PM

Conducted entirely in Hebrew. We will read literary texts and improve grammar skills, in addition to using Bishvil Ha ivrit Book 5, a multimedia program developed by Center for Educational Technology Israel Students must be 14 years or older.

Dates: Wednesday | January 30 – June 12
Times: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Cost: $420
Code: 19092

Register for Hebrew Vav Wednesday PM


Yiddish language Program

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 gradually introduced, so do not worry if your Hebrew-reading skills are weak. (The Yiddish system is different enough that if you do know Hebrew, you will not be bored.)  A textbook will be available for purchase.
Instructor: Lee Goldberg

Dates: Thursday | February 14 – May 9
Times: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Cost: $200
Code: 19110

Register for Yiddish Language – Beginner


Yiddish Language – Intermediate

This class goes beyond the rudiments of Yiddish to identify grammar and sentence patterns within the context of the readings.

Dates: Thursday | February 14 – May 9
Times: 7:30 – 9:00 PM
Cost: $200
Code: 19173

Register for Yiddish Language – Intermediate


Questions about Hebrew and Yiddish classes at the Bender JCC? Contact us!