Mar
20
Wed
Beginning Hebrew
Mar 20 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Instructor: Yehudit Shem-Tov-Gerrig
Time: Wednesdays, February 6-April 10, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $110, Non-Members $154, free for Tamid students. Minimum 5 students.
Text: Aleph Isn’t Tough: An Introduction to Hebrew for Adults ($18.95)
Registration required. Click here to register.

Learn to read Hebrew! No previous experience required. This class introduces the student to Hebrew letters and vowels, and broadens the student’s understanding of the use of Hebrew in Jewish life, ritual, study, and tradition. The student will learn to read Hebrew phonetically, to recognize common Hebrew roots used in prayer, and to write block letters. This course provides a foundation for the rest of our Hebrew classes. No prerequisites.

Adult B’nai Mitzvah
Mar 20 @ 10:30 pm - 12:00 am

Never became a Bar or Bat Mitzvah? Now is your time! Becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah as an adult provides a unique opportunity to explore Jewish thought, practice and ritual. This is an 18-month class, with lively conversation on a variety of topics including liturgy and prayer, holidays, lifecycle, text study, theology, Reform Judaism. This is an amazing way to speak to your Jewish soul, to create community through shared learning, doing mitzvot and building relationships with others, lasting long beyond the class itself. It is also an opportunity for adults to learn the skills to be called to the Torah. Each class member will have the opportunity to read from the Torah as desired, and to help lead the congregation, culminating with a Shabbat morning celebration on March 7, 2020.

Beginning Hebrew
Mar 20 @ 11:00 pm - 12:00 am

Instructor: Yehudit Shem-Tov-Gerrig
Time: Wednesdays, February 6-April 10, 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $110, Non-Members $154, free for Tamid students. Minimum 5 students.
Text: Aleph Isn’t Tough: An Introduction to Hebrew for Adults ($18.95)
Registration required. Click here to register.

Learn to read Hebrew! No previous experience required. This class introduces the student to Hebrew letters and vowels, and broadens the student’s understanding of the use of Hebrew in Jewish life, ritual, study, and tradition. The student will learn to read Hebrew phonetically, to recognize common Hebrew roots used in prayer, and to write block letters. This course provides a foundation for the rest of our Hebrew classes. No prerequisites.

Mar
21
Thu
Prayer Hebrew 1: Sh’ma and Its Blessings
Mar 21 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Instructor: Elizabeth Lacher
Time: Thursdays, February 7-May 30, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $110, Non-Members $154, free for Tamid students
Text: Hineni: Prayer Hebrew for Adults ($22.95)
Registration required. Click here to register.

The emphasis of these classes is on improving prayer fluency, the acquisition of basic prayer vocabulary, and understanding the structure of the prayer service. Each class will focus on one section of the prayer service, and may include additional prayers as desired by the students.

Prerequisites: Beginning Hebrew or equivalent. Knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet and basic pronunciation.

Biblical Hebrew 2
Mar 21 @ 11:15 pm - 12:15 am

For students who want to be able to read, understand, and translate selections from Torah. We will learn to recognize variety of verb forms and expand knowledge of Biblical vocabulary.

Prerequisites: Biblical Hebrew 1 or equivalent. Some familiarity with Hebrew grammar and vocabulary.

TextThe First Hebrew Primer, 3rd edition ($33.95) starting with Chapter 20

Mar
23
Sat
Shabbat Sustenance– For the Body, Soul, and Mind
Mar 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

We will begin our Shabbat morning experience with sustenance for the body – bagels and shmear, coffee and tea.  From there, we will enter into soul-filled sustenance, that may vary some from week to week, including mindful experiences of prayer, music, meditation or yoga. The remainder of our time together with be sustenance for the mind, a time of conversation and insight. Come for the food, stay for the spirit – we hope you will join us on this nourishing Shabbat morning journey!

Mar
24
Sun
Advanced Modern Hebrew
Mar 24 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Instructor: Yehudit Shem-Tov-Gerrig
Time: Tuesdays, February 5-April 9, 7:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.
Fee: Member $110, Non-Members $154, free for Tamid students. Minimum 5 students.
Text: Brandeis Modern Hebrew ($82, free PDF text available)
Registration required. Click here to register.

This course will focus on gaining vocabulary and confidence with modern Hebrew, and on recognizing and using Hebrew grammar.

Prerequisites: Intermediate Modern Hebrew I or equivalent. At least one year previous instruction with conversational Hebrew and familiarity with basic verb forms.

The History of the Jews in America, 1654 to the Present
Mar 24 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

The year 2004 marked the 350th anniversary of the organized Jewish community in what would become the United States of America that began with the arrival of 23 refugees from Pernambuco, Brazil to New Amsterdam/New York. The course will chart the evolution of the Jews in America from the Colonial Era to the 21st century, breaking the chronology into 6 distinct periods. Subsequently we will explore a series of themes such as efforts to achieve civic equality and Jewish participation in American politics and the military, the history of immigration and ghetto life from the 19th century up to the latest waves of immigration from the former Soviet Union and Israel, American Jewish demographic trends, and the history of Judaism in American and the specific paths of Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Orthodox Judaism.

Tanakh Chevruta
Mar 24 @ 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm

Tanakh is Torah + Neviim (Prophets) + Ketuvim (Writings). The Hebrew Bible! Chevruta is a study and partnership. This study group explores Jewish spirituality by reading and discussing sacred tezts. We try to take a literary and historical view of Scripture and discern the lessons it offers to apply to contemporary life. The group decides which parts of the Tanakh to read together; last year we covered much of Deuteronomy and Numbers. Come explore the Tanakh with us; everyone has something to offer and something to learn!

Prerequisites: None

Text: Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures (The New JPS translation according to the traditional Hebrew text). Copis available in the NVHC Library or bring your own.

 

Mar
26
Tue
Advanced Modern Hebrew
Mar 26 @ 11:15 pm - 12:15 am

Instructor: Yehudit Shem-Tov-Gerrig
Time: Tuesdays, February 5-April 9, 7:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.
Fee: Member $110, Non-Members $154, free for Tamid students. Minimum 5 students.
Text: Brandeis Modern Hebrew ($82, free PDF text available)
Registration required. Click here to register.

This course will focus on gaining vocabulary and confidence with modern Hebrew, and on recognizing and using Hebrew grammar.

Prerequisites: Intermediate Modern Hebrew I or equivalent. At least one year previous instruction with conversational Hebrew and familiarity with basic verb forms.