Hebew Language & Literature

Description:  A curriculum designed to reinforce and cultivate the Hebrew language skills of our students, including reading, oral expression, reading comprehension, and writing.
Objectives: Students will:

  • Strengthen their usage and comprehension of the Hebrew language, enabling them to apply this proficiency to all other areas of Judaic studies.
  • Improve their ability to converse in the Hebrew language.
  • Build upon their Hebrew writing skills, through a number of different learning modalities.
  • Gain a familiarity and appreciation of ancient Sephardic texts, much of which can be found in their traditional prayers and liturgy.
  • Develop a strong connection with the Land of Israel, its people and its current events, through various writing and reading projects.

The course of study for Hebrew Language and Literature includes a focus on the following aspects:

  • Audio Comprehension
  • Reading 
  • Reading Comprehension 
  • Oral Expression
  • Written expression

The level of challenge for each aspect of the curriculum is raised, as students move from 9th to 12th grade.  As an example, for reading comprehension, students may begin with short stories, then long stories, newspaper articles, and finally poetry and advanced poetry.  The 12th grade curriculum also includes preparation for the Yerushalmi exam, which can grant students credits towards college.