Hebrew Classes

Interested in learning Hebrew? The Bender JCC offers a variety of Hebrew classes in a supportive, fun environment through conversation, reading, and writing.

Hebrew language program

REGISTER FOR HEBREW CLASSES HERE

 

During the school year, the Bender JCC offers a variety of daytime and evening Hebrew classes, from beginner (Aleph level) to advanced level.

The only Israeli Style Program in the DC area! 

Ulpan Ben Yehuda – Welcomes all Hebrew Learners around the Nation

The Program:
  • Cutting edge Hebrew language program
  • Virtual interactive class
  • 8 different levels – Digital and printed materials of ALL HEBREW LEVELS, from beginners to advanced.
  • State of the art multimedia curriculum developed by the Israeli center of educational technology.
  • Cultivates all aspects of Hebrew Language:
    • Grammar and content
    • Conversations and literature,
    • Poetry and actual information,
    • Drills and exercises
    • Topics for lively discussion, songs and moral dilemmas.
    • Writing, independent reading,
    • Current events and biblical text.
  • Students speak, read, write and listen to spoken Hebrew, encounter new view of points on daily life in Israel, Jewish traditions and history and general world knowledge.

Our instructors are the biggest draw – bringing engaging personality and decades of instructional experience in Israel and the US. We are the only Ulpan that is using a multimedia curriculum designed by the Israeli Ministry of Education and constantly updated by the director of the Hebrew language program, Rivka Degani (301-348-3810).

What do our students say?

The covid 19 lockdown has had very little effect on our Hebrew class because the Zoom sessions are just as interesting, interactive, and informative as our in-person classes have been–with the advantage of skipping the rush-hour drive to the JCC.”

-Beryl B.

“I want to let you know that I like the Zoom experience. It allows for the class to occur with full participation. The screen sharing and messaging capabilities complement the experience and provide for extra learning modalities. In no way do I feel that I am missing out on learning opportunities”.

-Donna B.

“Thanks for all you do especially your class discussion of the holidays. I feel I am learning more than just speaking Hebrew.”

-Marc L.

“Can’t remember where you parked your car? Medical researchers tell us that studying a foreign language as an adult is one of the best ways to maintain high brain function as we age. So, even if the religious, cultural, and social benefits don’t move you, consider studying Hebrew to keep your memory and concentration sharp. It couldn’t hurt.”

Marvin S.,

Class offerings listed below:

Open to all – New language learners welcome! (Ages 14+)

Hebrew Classes Winter- Spring 2021

 

Hebrew Aleph ( Beginning Hebrew)

Perfect for students with no or very limited previous Hebrew knowledge.

For students with no previous Hebrew knowledge. Reading and writing will be taught simultaneously. Both the cursive and printed alphabets are taught simultaneously, along with vocabulary for basic dialogue. Basic gender, nouns, adjectives, and verbs in the present tense, personal pronouns, and conjunctions are taught through Israeli multimedia program.

This fast-paced program meets once a week, using a multimedia program.

Teens and all ages welcome.

Dates: Tuesday PM | February 2–June 29, 2021
Time: 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Cost: $420 + $75 Multimedia Fee*


Hebrew Aleph+

For students who master reading, writing, and basic vocabulary in the present tense.

We will enrich our vocabulary in topics such as the house, places in Israel, food, and family.

This fast-paced program meets once a week, using a multimedia program Bishvil- Ha-Ivrit 1

Teens and all ages welcome.

Dates: Wednesday Evenings | February 3– June 16, 2021

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Cost: $420


Hebrew Bet

For students who master the basic vocabulary of 300-400 words, can use verbs in present tense and conjugate adjectives and some prepositions. Students will learn past tense, enrich vocabulary, reinforce reading and listening comprehension and achieve better fluency in verbal expressions

This fast-paced program meets once a week, using a multimedia program.

Teens and all ages welcome.

Dates: Tuesday Mornings | January 26 – June 15, 2021
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Dates: Monday Evenings | June 28, 2021 (skip day 5/17/2021)
Time:  7:00 PM – 9:00

Dates:  Thursday Evenings | January 28 – June 10, 2021
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Cost: $420


Hebrew Gimel (Intermediate Hebrew Level)

This multimedia course is for students who are able to express themselves in Hebrew using simple sentences in both the present and past and some future tense. Focus is on expanding vocabulary and improving reading and listening comprehension and improve fluency. Students in this class will continue to develop reading comprehension through Bishvil Haivrit 4

Dates: Friday Mornings | January 29 – June 11, 2021
Time: 10:00 – 12:00 PM

Dates: Tuesday Evenings | January 26 – June 15, 2021
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Dates: Thursday Evenings | February 11 – June 24, 2021
Time: 4:45 – 6:45 PM

Cost: $420


Hebrew Hay (Upper Intermediate)

For students who have mastered basic conjugation in active and passive verb groups and can understand and talk about everyday life, news, and more. Emphasize in this class will be on reading and listening comprehension of some texts from the Bible, Mishna, and short stories by Israeli writers. We will reinforce the knowledge of verb conjugation, expand vocabulary, and deepen our understanding of Hebrew grammar.

Multimedia program: Bishvil Haivrit 5

Dates: Thursday Evenings | February 4 – June 17, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Cost: $420


Advanced Hebrew Vav

This class is conducted entirely in Hebrew. For students who have a good level of language proficiency and good oral expression, grammar, reading, and listening comprehension. Focus is on conversation, expanding and increasing understanding of the Hebrew language through the use of multimedia programs, literary texts, articles, newspapers, and textbook “Bishvil Haivrit 5. In this class, you will improve your fluency and understanding of Hebrew grammar and expand your vocabulary.

Dates: Wednesday Evenings | January 27 – June 9, 2021
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Cost: $420


Proficient Hebrew

This class is conducted entirely in Hebrew. For students who have a high level of language proficiency and good oral expression, grammar, reading, and listening comprehension. Focus is on conversation, expanding and increasing understanding of the Hebrew language through the use of literary texts, articles, and newspapers, and advanced textbooks. In this class, you will improve your fluency and understanding of Israeli literature and current event

Dates: Wednesday Mornings | January 27 – June 9, 2021
Time: 11:00 – 1:00 PM

Dates:  Monday Evenings | February 8 – June 28, 2021
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM (skip day 5/17/2021)

Cost: $420

REGISTER FOR HEBREW CLASSES HERE


*$75 Multimedia Fee charged for all Hebrew and Yiddish classes. You will need to select a $75 fee when you register. We will charge this fee if you forget upon registration.

Questions about how to register for Hebrew and Yiddish classes – or how to get involved at the Bender JCC? Contact us!