Hebrew Classes at PAS!

by Rebecca Cushman, Adult Education Coordinator

Perhaps you’ve opened the siddur (prayer book) and thought about how thrilling it would be to be able to read the Hebrew side of the page. Perhaps you’ve been to Israel and wished you could greet people in Hebrew, or you’re going to Israel and want to order coffee and bourekas from the shuk (marketplace). Or perhaps you have children or grandchildren who are learning Hebrew in Congregational School and you’re eager to learn alongside them.

I still remember the first time I walked into my college Beginner Hebrew class. I was nervous but excited. Can I really learn a new language? Will the other students in the class be more advanced than me? Taking the risk proved to be so worthwhile. I love being able to understand what I’m reading from the Haggadah. I love going to Israel and greeting the locals with na’im m’od (nice to meet you). I love feeling connected to the language of the Jewish people.

In the words of the great poet Hayim Nahman Bialik, “The golden key to Jewish education is the Hebrew language.” Take the key and open the door to the joy of learning a language steeped in history.

Hebrew classes will meet on Monday nights, beginning October 15.

Hebrew Aleph | 6:00–7:30 pm
This class is for those who want to learn to speak, understand, read, and write modern Hebrew. You'll converse from the first lesson. Knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet is not required.

Hebrew Aleph Plus | 7:30–9:00 pm

This class is for students who can read Hebrew print and cursive letters, but can’t understand what they are reading.

For more information and to register for Hebrew Aleph or Hebrew Aleph plus, please visit the Fall 2018 Classes webpage.