HEBREW and yiddish CLASSes – Spring 2021

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. Not sure which level to take? Scroll down to learn more about each level, or click here.

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

Spring 2021 Session:
Monday evenings, January 11 – May 24, 2021
Tuesday afternoons and evenings, January 12 – May 4, 2021
Wednesday evenings, January 13 – May 5, 2021

Regular Price: $450
EDCJCC Member Price: $400
EntryPoint DC (Young Professional) Special Price: $320*
* Reserved for young adults who need assistance accessing Jewish education.

Required Textbooks:
Aleph, Bet, Gimel, 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 Tarnegol Kapparot
Tet uses “Tarnegol Kapparot” and “Ivrit miBereshit”
Yud uses Shlosha Sipurim by Savion Liebrecht – Gesher
Israeli Literature and Afternoon Hebrew students will receive a syllabus from the teacher
Yiddish classes will receive digital handouts from the teacher.
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 spring language classes is Wednesday, January 6.


Beginner Yiddish I: Tuesdays, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Teacher: Marianne Tatom
Kum arayn – come in! Join the Yiddish revival. In this beginning-level class, you will learn the alef-beys and develop basic Yiddish conversation skills. We will use online materials from the Yiddish Book Center, historical resources, songs, and the latest hip Yiddish memes. All are welcome – no prior Yiddish knowledge necessary!

Beginner Yiddish II: Tuesdays, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Teacher: Marianne Tatom
Lomir geyen vayter – let’s go further! This class will strengthen your Yiddish reading and conversation skills. We will use excerpts from Sheva Zucker’s Yiddish I textbooks and supplemental historical and online materials. Open to the students who know the alef-beys and some basic Yiddish.
REGISTER FOR Beginner Yiddish II


Aleph: Tuesdays, 5:00 PM – 6:00 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, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Teacher: Gila Efrati
This class is for students who have completed Aleph OR know the aleph-bet, can read, have started to gather vocabulary and grammar, and can say some simple sentences about their immediate surroundings.
Register for Bet

Gimel: Tuesdays, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Teacher: Gila Efrati
This class is for students who have completed Bet OR can read Hebrew fluently, have some vocabulary and a grasp of grammar, can handle a short conversation about daily life, and ask simple questions.
Register for Gimel


Dalet: Tuesdays, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Teacher: Gila Efrati
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 and conducting conversations in the present tense.
Register for DALET

Hey: Wednesdays, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Teacher: Sarit Lisogorsky
This level is for students who can hold basic conversations, as well as read, comprehend, and answer questions about texts on a variety of topics, using present tense and the infinitive. Students in this class will master the use of the infinitive in more forms, learn numbers up to a 100, and increase accuracy. The goals of the class include using causal clauses, using questions with infinitives, using wider vocabulary while reading, discussing and presenting more complex texts.
Register for HEY

Vav: Wednesdays, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Teacher: Sarit Lisogorsky
This level 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 Vav will be learning the past tense, contrast, and the conjugation of “to.”
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, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Teacher: Sarit Lisogorsky
This level focuses on building vocabulary, improving reading, and conducting conversations in past tense.

Chet: 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.
Register for CHET

Tet: 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, future 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 Tet

Yud: Wednesdays, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Teacher: Sarit Lisogorsky
Level Yud is an advanced Hebrew 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. Teacher approval is required to join the Sifrut class.

Afternoon Hebrew

Afternoon Hebrew: Tuesdays, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Teacher: Sarit Lisogorsky
This afternoon Hebrew class is for those who would like to refresh and restart their learning. Register for Afternoon Hebrew now, and watch your knowledge base grow!
Register for Afternoon Hebrew

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 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 Aleph.
  • 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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