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The J's Adult Learning Institute (ALI)


ALI is the J’s adult lifelong learning center. Its mission is to provide intellectually stimulating, enjoyable, and engaging opportunities to expand your mind and your knowledge with other adults of all backgrounds and ages. 

Contact: Shari Berman, 703.537.3068, Marcia Gordon, 703.537.3066

Register Now!

We are pleased to announce our Fall 2019 line-up of classes! The semester begins on Sunday, September 8. Please take a moment to review the schedule below and sign up for one or more of these fabulous opportunities to continue your lifelong learning with us!  Please note that all courses will be held at the Pozez JCC unless indicated otherwise.

ALI-Temple Rodef Shalom Partnership
As part of our exciting partnership with Temple Rodef Shalom (TRS), we try to offer a course each semester on its Falls Church campus. 

Please feel free to bring a dairy or parve/meatless lunch to any class.  Coffee/tea will be served at all classes.


How to Register

You must be a J-Family or J-Journey member or have a J-Pass to participate in ALI classes held at
the J.

  1. Submit completed registration form and payment to the J’s Guest Services desk;
  2. Mail completed registration form with payment, payable to “Pozez JCC,” to 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA 22031; 
  3. Call the J’s Registrar at 703.537.3043 and be prepared to give a credit card number to secure your place in the course;
  4. Or register online at 



The History of Medicine: From Witchcraft to Robots

Tuesdays, 1pm–2:30pm
December 3–17 (3 weeks)
Instructor: Rita Way, retired nurse
Part 1 of this course will focus on prehistoric medicine through the rise of modern medicine. We will travel through time and history to learn how medicine has evolved from the days of witchcraft and medicine men to the era of modern medicine. We will highlight some of the themes and key milestones in the story of medicine and discuss the development of ideas about the causes of disease from Greco-Roman humoral theory up to the discoveries of germs and genes in the modern era. Rita will touch upon Jewish medicine in the context of its history.

Part II will be offered in the spring — stay tuned!
Fee: $45
Code:  #10099


A Taste of Melton

Monday, December 9, 12:30pm–2pm
See more details in the Sept.–Nov. Voice newsletter


Bridge Lessons

(Beginner and Intermediate levels), Beginner Mah Jongg Lessons

A minimum of 4 students is required for bridge and mah jongg lessons. Contact Shari if you are interested. 

Language Classes


New! Introduction to Russian

Thursdays, 11am‒12:30pm
October 24–December 19 (8 weeks; no class Nov. 28)
Instructor: Helen Getter, New Americans Group Coordinator
This is a course for beginners. You will learn the alphabet, basic grammar, and vocabulary for survival needs. The students will be able to exchange greeting phrases, give and understand personal information, and survive in a Russian-speaking country while traveling for pleasure or on a business trip. You will also be introduced to Russian culture and history, and have fun. Some homework will be assigned; no textbook required.
Fee: $120
Code: # 10276



Private and semi-private lessons at all levels are available.
Instructor:  Einat Cohen
Conversational classes need a minimum of 4 registered students. Contact Shari for more information or to express interest in taking a Hebrew class.
Fee:  $50/hour private; $40/hour per person semi-private
Code: #800




Instructor: Dr. Michael Gorman received his BA, MA, and Ph.D. from American University and continued his studies at the National University of Mexico.

Spanish I

This beginner class is for those who are brand new to the Spanish language or have had a little bit of Spanish in their past. You will learn the alphabet, basic vocabulary and simple phrases for conversational use, and develop basic skills. There are no textbooks, no homework, and no tests; just come to class ready to learn and have fun.

Session II

Mondays, 12:30pm–2pm
November 4–December 16 (7 weeks)
Fee: $105
Code: #10247


Spanish II

This continuing class is for those who have taken the Spanish I class at the J or have some knowledge of the language. You will continue to develop your skills and also review previous material. There are no tests, homework, or grades.

Session II

Wednesdays, 12:30pm–2pm
November 6–December 18 (6 weeks; no class Nov. 27)
Fee:     $90
Code:  #10248


Spanish III

This continuing class is for those who have taken the Spanish II class at the J or equivalent experience. This is a conversational class and includes grammar. You will continue to develop your skills and also review previous material. There are no tests, homework, or grades.

Session II

Wednesdays, 2:30pm–3:30pm
November 6–December 18
(6 weeks; no class Nov. 27)
Fee:    $60
Code:  #10249



Instructor: Norman Buder

Yiddish: Level I

Session II
Wednesdays, 1pm-2:30pm
November 13 – January 29 
(8 weeks - no classes on Nov. 27, Dec. 11 & 25, Jan. 1)
Location: The J
Instructor: Norman Buder
This class is for beginners who have no to minimal knowledge of Yiddish, other than perhaps a few words or common expressions in use today. Students will be introduced to the Yiddish (Hebrew) alphabet and to the principles of reading Yiddish phonetically at an elementary level. We will also learn some rudiments of conversation, e.g. asking and answering simple questions like: "What is your name?"; "How are you?"; "Where do you live?"; "Where do you work?” etc.
Fee:    $80
Code:  #10342


Yiddish:  Level II

Join this class if you have some knowledge of Yiddish and would like to continue to learn to speak and read the language.

Session II

Mondays, 2pm–4pm
November 4–December 16 (7 weeks)
Fee:     $87
Code:  #10250



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