Brandeis Modern Hebrew

Brandeis Modern Hebrew

by Vardit et al. Ringvald (Author), Bonit Porath (Author), Yaron Peleg (Author), Esther Shorr (Author), Sara Hascal (Author)

The core faculty of the Hebrew Program at Brandeis University wrote Brandeis Modern Hebrew.  It is an accessible introduction to the Hebrew language for American undergraduates and high school students. Its functional and contextual elements are designed to bring students from the beginner level to the intermediate level, and to familiarize them with those linguistic aspects that will prepare them to function in advanced stages.

This volume reflects some of the main principles that have shaped the Brandeis Hebrew curriculum during the past decade. These include:

• an emphasis on the learner’s ability to use the target language in all four skills areas: speaking, listening, reading, and writing
• an effort to contextualize each unit within a specific subject or theme
• exposing the student to authentic and semi-authentic materials (texts written by native speakers)
• exploring different elements from Israeli and Jewish culture in the language drills, reading passages, and in selections of sources from the Hebrew literary canon

The text in this edition comprises a short introduction to the instructor, 11 units, supplementary Hebrew proficiency guidelines, and a vocabulary list. Audio-visual components for all reading passages are available online for download.

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Eran A. Shorr

I came to America as a child with my parents after the Six Day War and went through the American School system. I went back to Israel to serve in the IDF, studied Middle Eastern Studies in Israel, and business administration and Jewish education in America. I have been living with my family and interacting with the Jewish community in the Boston area for more than thirty years. These experiences helped me to see the challenges facing the Jews in the Diaspora and the state of Israel from different angles.

As an education director of Jewish afternoon schools, my responsibilities included administering the schools, directing and mentoring teachers, creating curriculum, and teaching.

Seeing the Jewish afternoon teachers’ need to develop, I have been working on an online learning program for them. The program is geared to expend their knowledge and to help them grow professionally.

I also have been working on an online program for students. This program is geared to prepare them for Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and it teaches them Hebrew reading and language.

My aspiration within the field of Jewish education is to help my students and families to be a practicing and learning community with vision for the future and strong links to the past. I believe that knowledge and experience of Judaism elevate the Jews’ sense of belonging; they connect them to the heartbeat of Jewish culture, encourage them to practice Judaism, and raise the quality of Jewish life.
To achieve it we need to work together, students, teachers, parents, and community.

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