Courses in Hebrew start this week at the Northern Virginia Jewish Community Center. Through the Ulpan method, students can learn or improve conversation, comprehension, reading and grammar skills.

Beginner classes will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Community Center, 8822 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, and at the Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, 1441 Wiehle Ave., Reston.

Intermediate and advanced level courses will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at the same locations.

All courses run for 16 sessions and cost $74 for members and $108 for nonmembers. Call 323-0880 to register.

Find out about China's culture, customs, history and geography at six informal talks led by an American Field Service exchange high school teacher from China starting Jan. 21.

Talks begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Senior Center, 401 Great Falls St., Falls Church, and conclude with a Chinese meal.

Space is limited and a modest fee is required. Call Gary DeBarr at 536-2308 or 536-3664.

Train to become a volunteer for the Northern Virginia Hot Line, a 24-hour confidential listening, referral and crisis intervention service.

Classes begin in February and cover communication skills. Volunteers are asked to commit three or four hours a week to the hot line after training ends.

Call 527-4011 or write Northern Virginia Hot Line, P.O. Box 187, Arlington, Va. 22210.

"Reentering the Job Market" is the subject of a five-week workshop starting Wednesday for Fairfax and Falls Church men and women, sponsored by the Fairfax County Reentry Women's Employment Center.

The program will help each participant to assess job-related strengths, establish realistic career goals and believe in an ability to find satisfying work.

The program will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Reentry Center, 5501 Backlick Rd., Springfield. The cost of registration ranges from free of charge to $50, based on a sliding scale.

The Reentry Center also offers job seekers a career reference library, job bank, resume critiques, and individual career counseling.

To register or find out about other services at the Reentry Center, call 750-0633 during business hours.

Volunteer to become a money management counselor for individuals and families who need help planning a budget and locating financial resources through the Fairfax County Financial Education Center.

Volunteers may become leaders of workshops on basic budgeting and record keeping or may act as liaisons for clients on financial issues with county agencies, such as community mental health centers and the Area Agency on Aging. Training is available and required.

For more information and an application, call the Financial Education Center at 642-0815.