Prayerbook Hebrew Literacy for Advanced Beginners

Prayerbook Hebrew Literacy for Advanced Beginners

March 11, 2019 | 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Pioneer Valley
Jewish Community of Amherst
742 Main St.
Amherst, MA 01002

This 8-session class is for those of you with some exposure to the Hebrew alphabet, whether recently or in your childhood, who do not necessarily read out loud smoothly or have comprehension of the text. All consonants and vowels will be reviewed, as well as the rudiments of the structure of the language and some core vocabulary for Shabbat evening and morning services. In addition, we will become familiar with Kol Haneshama, the prayer book that we use primarily at the JCA. The hope of this class is that you will become much more comfortable with participating in community prayer services and with Jewish rituals at home.
For our basic text, we will use Aleph Isn’t Tough: An Introduction to Hebrew for Adults, Book 1 by Linda Motzkin (URJ Press, 2000; ISBN 978-0807407264), available for purchase from several online bookstores. It will be supplemented by handouts as appropriate and use of the prayer book as needed.
Janis Levy has been involved in leading services and teaching in the Jewish community in Northampton. And, for almost ten years, she worked with a former rabbi there to launch and teach follow-up classes for a major adult Hebrew literacy program. She began teaching Prayerbook Hebrew Literacy at the JCA in Fall 2018.
Class dates are Mondays • February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11, 18, 25

Registration required at
Suggested contribution: $36, not including the textbook cost.

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    In cooperation with LOCAL PARTNERS

    Jewish Federation of Western MA  - Jewish Federation of the Berkshires