A 29-Week Hebrew Course Providing Understanding of Biblical Hebrew
(Registration deadline is this week: Wednesday, October 20th)
The purpose of this class is to make reading and understanding Biblical (Classical) Hebrew a skill accessible to all. This primer not only provides a thorough walkthrough of basic Hebrew grammatical concepts and vocabulary, but also aides the student in perfecting each chapter with maximum retention through easy to follow lessons. Each student will gain the necessary tools to become confident in reading and more successfully translating Hebrew. This class is designed for the beginner to the intermediate student. All beginning students will be required to use the text Teach Yourself to Read Hebrew by EKS Publishing prior to the start of the class. This will assist the beginner in memorization of the Hebrew alephbet and obtaining basic reading skills, while minimizing the acclimation period due to learning a new character set. Beginners may check this out of our synagogue library as there will be copies reserved for your use. Beginners' classes will start 2 weeks prior to the main class.
Classes will be held at the Beit HaShofar library in the basement of the synagogue on Thursday evenings from 7:30pm - 9pm and are open to ALL serious students, regardless of affiliation. For our convenience, registration and payments are organized and accepted online only.
This class runs for 27 weeks with breaks for the holidays (29 weeks for beginners). There will be one text used (with its accompanying answer key) along with supplemental materials. These will be ordered for you upon receipt of payment.
By studying Biblical Hebrew, you will not only learn valuable vocabulary that will help with Torah study, but useful siddur vocabulary as well. You will also be able to connect with Hebrew in a more personal way. With as little as 30 minutes per day, each student will attain greater proficiency in reading and comprehension of Hebrew. To be within a synagogue without a basic understanding of Hebrew can be likened to a Jewish bakery without challah! Make this the year that YOU commit yourself to Hebrew language learning and increase your literacy of the holy tongue.
Cost of the Program: The registration fee is $80 for members, $160 for non-members. If you already own the book The First Hebrew Primer, the fee for the class is $50 for members, $130 for non-members. We consider members to be people who have regularly attended our Saturday services and weekly classes for at least 6 months.
This payment will cover all materials, texts and handouts given in class. All books and resources will be ordered for you. Registrations and payments will not be accepted after October 20th, 2010 unless special arrangements are made.
Texts Being Used:
1) The First Hebrew Primer - The Easy Way by EKS Publishing
2) Teach Yourself to Read Hebrew by EKS Publishing
3) Answer Book: The First Hebrew Primer by EKS Publishing
All classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 7:30pm - 9pm.
Class schedule will vary based on entrance level:
October 28 Beginners (learning alephbet, learning vowels and how to read - first 3 chapters)
Beginners, Advanced Beginners and Intermediate:
Main classes start on November 11th , 2010
November: 11, 18 (no class on the 25th...this is Thanksgiving!!!!)
December: 16, 23, 30 (no class on the 2nd or the 9th ....this is Chanukah!!!!!)
January: all Thursday evenings
February: all Thursday evenings
March: all Thursday evenings
April: 7, 14, 28 (no class on the 21st!!!!)
May: all Thursday evenings
June: 2, 16 (last class) (no class on Shavuot, the 9th!!!!)
Note: Missing 3 or more classes will result in being dropped from the roster. Each class is very important to attend. Missing classes frequently causes a decrease in class functionality as well as a decline in the student's ability to comprehend the material. Do your part and reduce frustration...come to class.