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Hebrew and Yiddish Language Classes

Cafe Ivrit (Hebrew Cafe)

Wednesdays (weekly)
8:15am – 9:15am

Facilitated by Na'ama Gold, Community Shlicha

No previous knowledge required.

Shalom (Hello)! Did you always want to converse in Hebrew? Join Na’ama each week for conversational Hebrew. You will learn and practice Hebrew in a fun and interactive way while learning more about Israel!
Fee: Free (we ask that you try to attend regularly)



Private Lessons

Contact:, 703.537.3060
Private and semi-private lessons in conversational Hebrew are available at all levels.
Private: $50/ hour
Semi-Private: $40/ hour
Code: #800

Beginning Yiddish

Mondays, July 11–August 29 (8 weeks)
Instructor: Norman Buder
Join this level one class if you have some knowledge of Yiddish and would like to continue to learn to speak and read the language.
Fee: $80/ $70 member
Code: #7395

Jewish Genetic Genealogy — A Study in Endogamy

In partnership with Fairfax Genealogical Society (FxGS)
Monday, July 25, 7pm
Presenter: Israel Pickholtz, Jewish Genealogy researcher and author
Need help understanding and interpreting your DNA test results? DNA results are especially complicated for Jews, who have largely “married within the tribe” for hundreds of years — a practice known as endogamy. This phenomenon, with variations, occurs in other populations, including early American colonial society. In this presentation, Israel Pickholtz will tackle this challenge head on. Since every family is different, rather than taking a “how-to” approach, he will demonstrate how he dealt with endogamy in his family and identify general lessons that apply to all DNA research. His goal is to inspire listeners and readers to say, “I can do this!” Following the talk, copies of his book, ENDOGAMY: One Family, One People, will be available for purchase and signing.
Cost: $8/ $5 J and FxGS members in advance/ $10 at the door
Code: #7367


Chai Mitzvah Program

Coming this fall to the J
We are the first JCC to offer this program to our community! Register now to take part in this experiential approach to Jewish learning.

Each individual will have the chance to explore learning, spirituality, and social action on their own terms and at their own pace. In addition to the monthly group learning, each individual will:
• Identify something Jewish you want to learn
• Take on or deepen an existing Jewish ritual
• Engage in a social action project

Local Rabbis will facilitate the nine monthly study sessions which will include: Rites of Passage, Tzedakah/Philanthropy, Mindfulness/Conscious Living, and Israel and the Jewish Spirit.

Space will be limited due to the unique nature of this individualized approach to deepening your own engagement with Jewish life. There will be a celebration at the end of the journey — certificates will be awarded and JNF will plant a tree in Israel on each participant’s behalf.



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