Tag - Hebrew education

Making the Case for Hebrew

By Lee Buckman I’m a lover of Hebrew. I like languages in general, but especially Hebrew. Throughout my life, Hebrew was and is one of the primary ways that I identify as a Zionist. In fact, since my four sons were born (our oldest was born in 1989), I have spoken only Hebrew to them. My Hebrew still has an American accent. I make mistakes in...

When Working to Teach Hebrew Language Effectively Inspires Collaboration

By Zvi Weiss with Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper [Welcome to the first article in our “effective collaboration” series, written by alumni of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary. We believe that the power of leadership grows when we work across denominations and boundaries toward a common...

Why Don’t More American Jews Learn Hebrew?

By Rabbi Mitchel Malkus In a recent blog post, Michael Weingrad, Associate Professor at Portland State University, asserts that the reason more American Jews don’t learn Hebrew is that they don’t want to. Weingrad argues that there is an “active pressure of the American Jewish psyche. American Jewish identity is based on feeling...

My First Hebrew Test

An illustration from a Hebrew primer, “Sefat Yisrael,” published in Canada in 1961. The Hebrew caption reads “Todah Morah” (Thanks Teacher). Image courtesy of Hannah Pressman. By Dara Horn Why don’t more American Jews learn Hebrew? The answer seems so obvious that the question never gets asked. After all, haven’t we seen the latest Pew...

Learning to Laugh in Hebrew: How Two Schools Used An Ancient Language to Achieve Integration

photo courtesy Hebrew Language Academy By Bill Hammond On a November morning at Hebrew Language Academy, a public charter school in Brooklyn, a 5-year-old girl led a dozen kindergarten classmates in a “Simon says”-like game, telling them in Hebrew to touch various articles of clothing. “Yadayim al ha chatzait,” the girl said at one point...