HEBREW and yiddish CLASSes – Fall 2020

Interested in taking a Hebrew or Yiddish class? You’re in the right place!

The Edlavitch DCJCC offers many levels of conversational Hebrew, from learning the aleph-bet to reading advanced literature. Our teachers are native Hebrew speakers with extensive teaching experience, including at the university level. This Fall, we are adding a Yiddish intro course! Not sure which level to take? Scroll down to learn more about each level, or click here.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fall session of Hebrew classes will be held virtually via Zoom.

Fall 2020 Session:
Monday evenings, August 24 – December 21, 2020
Tuesday evenings, August 25 – December 22, 2020
Wednesday evenings, August 26 – December 23, 2020

Regular Price: $450
EDCJCC Member Price: $400
EntryPoint DC (Young Professional) Special Price: $320 *
* Reserved for Israel Program participants within the last five years.

Required Textbooks:
Aleph, Bet, Gimel, Gimel Plus, Dalet, Hey, and Vav use Hebrew From Scratch, Part 1 (Ivrit Min HaHatchala).
Zayin uses Hebrew From Scratch, Part 2 (Ivrit Min HaHatchala)
Chet uses Hebrew From Scratch, Part 2 (Ivrit Min HaHatchala) and Gesher Hebechor Lebeit Avi
Tet uses “Tarnegol Kapparot” and “Ivrit miBereshit”
Yud uses Shlosha Sipurim by Savion Liebrecht – Gesher
Israeli Literature students will receive a syllabus from the teacher
Yiddish Aleph uses Yiddish With Ease
You can purchase a new copy of the textbook at the time of registration. We will arrange contactless distribution of the textbooks before your first day of class.

The deadline to register for fall Hebrew classes is extended to Wednesday, August 19.


Aleph: Tuesdays, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Teacher: Gila Efrati
Beginners! This is the class for you if you need to learn the aleph-bet (Hebrew alphabet) and start building your vocabulary. Students with a basic knowledge of the aleph-bet but very little or no vocabulary or grammar experience should sign up for this level as well.
Register for ALEPH

Bet: Tuesdays, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Teacher: Gila Efrati
This class is for students who have completed Aleph OR know the aleph-bet, can read, and have started to gather vocabulary and grammar.
Register for Bet

Gimel: Tuesdays, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Teacher: Gila Efrati
This class is for students who have completed Bet OR have some vocabulary and a grasp of grammar.
Register for Gimel

Gimel Plus: Tuesdays, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Teacher: Gila Efrati
Gimel Plus is a beginner-intermediate class for students who are able read and write in Hebrew and hold basic conversations in the present tense. This semester, Gimel Plus students will increase their conjugation skills in the present tense and learn the infinitive, regular and irregular adjectives, read full-length texts and prepare presentations about various topics.
Register for Gimel PLUS


Dalet: Mondays, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Teacher: Sarit Lisogorsky
This level is for students who can hold conversations in the present tense; read, comprehend, and answer questions about simple texts on a variety of topics; and conjugate verbs in the present tense. This class focuses on building vocabulary, improving reading, and conducting conversations in the present tense.
Register for DALET

Hey: Wednesdays, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Teacher: Sarit Lisogorsky
Level Hey is intended for students who master the present tense and infinitive of all the verb groups, are able to read full-length texts on a variety of topics and use short accurate sentences in discussions and presentations. In the coming semester, students in level Dalet will be learning the past tense, contrast and the conjugation of “to”.
Register for HEY

Vav: Mondays, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Teacher: Sarit Lisogorsky
This level focuses on building vocabulary, improving reading, and conducting conversations in past tense.
Register for VAV


Please contact Amanda Herring before registering for an advanced Hebrew class to make sure you’re in the right level. Entrance into an advanced level will be at the discretion of the instructor.

Zayin: Mondays, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Teacher: Sarit Lisogorsky
This is a high-level class focusing on improving accuracy in reading, speaking, and grammar. The class will continue working on advanced conjugation of the past tense and prepositions and will be using advanced texts.

Chet: Mondays, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Teacher: Sarit Lisogorsky
This class will be focusing on high-level reading, writing, and speaking, using advanced grammatical topics of past tense, prepositions, and other advanced material. The class will be using Israeli literature in the Gesher format in addition to the text book.
Register for CHET

Tet: Wednesdays, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Teacher: Sarit Lisogorsky
The Tet class is for students who have had significant experience. The class focuses on accuracy and review, using a mix of free conversation, student presentation, newspaper, a Gesher Hebrew book and select sections of the textbook “Hebrew from B’reshit”.
Register for Tet

Yud: Wendesdays, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Teacher: Sarit Lisogorsky
Level Yud is am advanced Hebrew level class. The class focuses on conversation, student presentations and reading and discussion on an Israeli book in the Gesher version. Teacher approval is required to join the Yud class.

Israeli Literature: Wednesdays, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Teacher: Sarit Lisogorsky
This class is open to speakers of Hebrew in the native and near-native levels. Passing a test and teacher approval may be required to join this class. The class includes student presentations, class discussions and reading and interpretation of Israeli literature in its original form. Reading material includes short stories by a variety of Israeli authors and will be given close to the start of the semester.


Yiddish: Tuesdays, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Teacher: Lee Goldberg
New this season, we are offering a class for students who are interested in learning Yiddish. No prior knowledge of Yiddish is required, but you must be willing to learn new things, practice in pairs, and put in sustained effort.

Which class should you take?

Not sure what level is right for you? Look at the questions below to help you decide:

  • Never studied Hebrew in the past? Forgotten everything you learned in Hebrew School? Try Aleph.
  • Can you read and write most of the letters? Have a small vocabulary? Bet is the right class for you.
  • Can you make simple sentences about daily life with some adjectives? Try taking Gimel.
  • Can you make more complicated sentences about life with a broader vocabulary? Try Gimel Plus.
  • Can you conjugate in the present tense and discuss the weather? Enroll in Dalet.
  • Can you ask for directions, order from a menu, and ask/answer questions about different topics? Try Hey.
  • Can you converse about daily activities in yours and others’ lives? Conjugate in the past tense? Try enrolling in Vav.
  • Can you talk about the theme of a book you read and/or conjugate in the future tense? Take Zion.
  • Can you read a simple newspaper? Understand more complicated grammar? Chet is the place for you.
  • Can you comprehend Hebrew literature with teacher support? Enroll in Tet.
  • Are you nearly fluent, but need a little practice? Enroll in Yud.
  • Are you a native speaker and would like to discuss Israeli Literature? Enroll in Israeli Literature!

Learning should never be cost-prohibitive. If the cost prevents you from registering, or if you have any additional questions, please contact Amanda Herring by email at aherring@edcjcc.org to discuss payment plans or other alternatives.

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