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Please contact Abby Ashkenazi for more information at aashkenazi@jccchicago.org.


Placement Evaluation


This course is intended for students with no previous Hebrew knowledge. Students will converse from the first lesson! Reading and writing will be taught simultaneously. Both the cursive and printed alphabets are taught, along with vocabulary for basic dialogue. The structure of the Hebrew sentence, gender, nouns, adjectives and verbs in the present tense, personal pronouns and conjunctions are covered.

Novice II

This course is intended for students who have completed Novice I.

Advanced Beginner

This course is for students who can speak and read simple Hebrew sentences using the present tense, and can recognize and write cursive script. Students will add the past tense to their Hebrew toolbox and achieve greater fluency and confidence in verbal expression. Additional grammar rules are introduced in this course. Emphasis is on the acquisition of idiomatic conversational vocabulary and language patterns.


This course is for students who are able to express themselves in Hebrew using simple sentences in both the present and past tenses. Future tense is introduced. Students in this class will continue to develop reading comprehension through a wide variety of materials. Emphasis is on developing self-confidence in oral communication and improving reading fluency.


This course is for students who are able to express themselves in complex sentences. Modern literary and expository texts are read to expand vocabulary and grammatical knowledge, with conversation and composition exercises built around the texts. Students will be introduced to Israeli media, including newspapers, magazines, radio, and television to advance reading comprehension and conversational skills. Students will also develop Hebrew writing skills with special attention to grammatical rules.


This course is designed for students who have a high level of language proficiency with solid skills in oral expression, grammar, and written comprehension. Focus is on expanding and increasing understanding of the Hebrew language through the use several genres of literary texts and other media. Course content includes exploration of Israeli literature, current events, Israeli TV programs, poetry and music.

Your questions, answered…

Will I become fluent in Hebrew?

In time. The best way to learn a language is by speaking it. Mistakes are a natural part of language acquisition so it’s important to have fun, enjoy the process and stay motivated.

What level am I?

You may  complete the placement evaluation and the Say it in Hebrew director will assign you to a level. Additional evaluation might include a telephone conversation or recorded video to determine your speaking ability.

What is the class size?

At no more than 15 students per group, our classes are large enough to make the program sustainable but small enough to ensure ample opportunity for personal attention. There is a minimum number of students required to run a class.

Can I try out a class?

Yes, If the class does not have the maximum number of students.

What are the Payment Policies?

See this webpage for information regarding payments, refunds, service fees, cancellations, etc.

What if I miss a class?

Students are welcome to sit in on another class or location. Material covered by one class might vary class to class

Will homework be assigned?

Teachers give assignments to reinforce classroom learning at home. They will not always be individually checked; there are no grades.

Which book will I use?

We use a wide variety of materials and resources (hand outs, videos, music, poems, newspapers, etc.) written or produced by a native speaker for a native speaker.  Text books are used to supplement and reinforce reading and writing skills. You should not expect to finish the book or to use it sequentially.

Meet Abby Ashkenazi, the program director.

For more information, contact her at aashkenazi@jccchicago.org