At NVHC, we have a robust Hebrew program for adults featuring a variety of classes to satisfy a wide range of interests and skill levels.  Our classes are open to anyone interested in learning Hebrew or continuing their Hebrew studies.  Members, non-members, Jews and non-Jews are welcome! Whether you have no previous exposure to Hebrew, want to feel more comfortable with Hebrew during services, become adept at Biblical translation, or learn to speak conversational Hebrew: we have a class for you!  If you need help selecting the right class, please contact the Lifelong Learning Chair. If you can’t find a class that fits your needs, please let us know — we will form new classes if we have a minimum of 5 students.

Learn more about our Hebrew classes and how they fit together by viewing the Hebrew for Adults Chart.

To register online click here.

Class participants can pay through Paypal or mail a check payable to NVHC at least 10 days prior to the first day of class to avoid cancellation of class.

 

Beginning Hebrew

Beginning Hebrew II

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

Wednesdays at 7:30pm.

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

Fee: $110 Members; $154 Non-members; free for TAMID students

Text: Aleph Isn’t Tough, $18.95

Instructor: Yehudit Shem-Tov

Classical Hebrew

Beginning Prayer Hebrew I

The Emphasis of Prayer Hebrew I is to improve prayer fluency, acquire basic prayer vocabulary, and understand the structure of the prayer service. The course begins with a review of basic reading rules and includes a mix of “simple” and more complex prayers. Each class will focus on one section of the prayer service and may also include additional prayers as desired by the students. Students may repeat as often as needed to gain confidence in the prayers.

Wednesdays at 5:30pm.

Prerequisites: Ability to read Hebrew phonetically (Beginning Hebrew or equivalent)

Fee: $110 Members; $154 Non-members; free for TAMID students

Text: Hineini: Prayerbook Hebrew for Adults, $22.50

Instructor: Yehudit Shem-Tov

Biblical Hebrew

Biblical Hebrew

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 and grammar.

Thursdays at 7:15pm.

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

Texts: The First Hebrew Primer: The Adult Beginner’s Path to Biblical Hebrew, Third Edition, $37.95

The First Hebrew Reader: Guided Selectiosn from the Hebrew Bible, $24.95

Modern Hebrew

Introduction to Modern Hebrew

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.

Sundays at 9:30am.

Prerequisites: None

Fee: $110 Members; $154 Non-members; free for TAMID students

Texts: Ivrit Alfon: A Hebrew Primer for Adults, $15.95

Instructor: Yehudit Shem-Tov

Modern Hebrew I

Learn conversational Hebrew, basic Hebrew grammar, and to read and write in script. Introduces simple verb forms.

Sundays at 10:30am.

Prerequisites: Beginning Hebrew or equivalent. Ability to read Hebrew phonetically, familiarity with basic Hebrew vocabulary, and ability to write in block.

Fee: $110 Members; $154 Non-members; free for TAMID students

Text: Brandeis Modern Hebrew, $72.00

Instructor: Yehudit Shem-Tov

Modern Hebrew II

Improve conversational Hebrew skills, knowledge of Hebrew grammar, and ability to read and write Modern Hebrew. Students will practice conversational skills, work on Hebrew grammar and write short paragraphs.

Sundays at 11:30am.

Prerequisites: Modern Hebrew I or equivalent. At least one year previous instruction with conversational Hebrew, ability to write in script, and familiarity with basic verb forms.

Fee: $110 Members; 154 Non-members; free for TAMID students

Text: Brandeis Modern Hebrew, $72.00

Instructor: Yehudit Shem-Tov

Advanced Modern Hebrew

Expand the student’s ability to read, write, speak, and comprehend MOdern Hebrew. This course will introduce students to the future tense. Students will practice conversational skills, translate texts from a range of Hebrew literature, and compose short paragraphs. Exercises will focus on conversational skills, and will reinforce vocabulary and use of proper Hebrew grammar.

Wednesdays at 6:30pm.

Prerequisites: At least four years previous instruction with conversational Hebrew. Familiarity with conversational Hebrew, grammar, and conjugation of present and past tense.

Fee: $110 Members; $154 Non-members; free for TAMID students

Text: None listed.

Instructor: Yehudit Shem-Tov

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