Courses Offered

Courses Offered

HEBR 011 Intensive Beginning Hebrew I

This course focuses on expanding useful vocabulary, topics and usage of grammatical knowledge in a gradual sequence. It provides a thorough grounding in reading, writing, grammar, oral comprehension, and speaking. It is an interactive program and uses a variety of methods both for teaching and learning. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

HEBR 012 Intensive Beginning Hebrew II

This course is a continuation of Hebrew o11. Based on the skills learned in the first semester, this course continues with developing skills in the areas of reading, listening, writing, and speaking.  There will be a focus on more complex syntactic structures and the development of vocabulary. 
The purpose of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive basic knowledge of Modern Israeli Hebrew. This will be achieved through an “integrated method” emphasizing both communicative skills and the acquiring of competence in morphological and syntactical structures. 
The course teaches Hebrew in context as well as Israeli cultural context.  
A special emphasis will be placed on Hebrew conversation.
The overall important of this course is to set you on the pathway to proficiency in the Hebrew language.

HEBR 021 Intermediate Modern Hebrew I

This course will further enhance students’ Hebrew language skills previously taught at the beginner level.  Expanded verb conjugation in different tenses will be taught, and students’ writing skills will be nurtured as well.  In addition, role play and participation in dialogues and informal expressions will be included.  

HEBR 022 Intermediate Modern Hebrew II

This course will build upon students’ Hebrew language skills taught at the Beginning II level. It will cover expanded verb conjugation in the past, present and future, knowledge of the conditional, colloquialisms and common idioms, advanced knowledge of the morphological system and complex grammatical structures, competence in everyday conversational fluency, written and oral analysis of narrative texts, oral class presentations in Hebrew, conversations with the instructor and students, and a variety of cultural activities such as films, audio clips and newspaper articles.The course covers chapters 1-7 of Hebrew from Scratch Volume 2, in the Fall, and chapters 8-14 in the Spring. The course requires a mandatory one hour per week conversation session - at a time convenient to all students. 

HEBR 101 Advanced Modern Hebrew I

This advanced level course is designed for students who have completed two years of Hebrew study. It will include advanced grammar exercises in the different verb paradigms. Students read and analyze newspaper articles and works by authors and will be engaged in writing exercises. . Students will watch and give a review on movies and Israeli TV programs. Fluency in speaking will be the main goal of the conversational drills included in the course.

HEBR 102 Advanced Modern Hebrew II

This advanced level course is designed for students who have completed two years of Hebrew study. It includes advanced grammar exercises in the different verb paradigms. Students read and analyze newspaper articles and engage in writing exercises. Fluency in speaking is the main goal of the conversational drills included in the course.

HEBR 175 Hebrew Language Special Topics
HEBR 231 Introduction to Israeli Culture I

This two-part introductory course explores major topics and debates which still dominate Israeli society. Principal themes such as Israeli Immigration, Israel as a melting pot, the impact of the Holocaust, Israeli Minorities, Israeli Wars and will be examined through a survey of primary and secondary literary works by leading Israeli authors and poets. Cultural trends will also be traced through the works of visual artists and filmmakers. Students will be assigned readings and are expected to participate in class discussions concerning the issues presented in class.

HEBR 232 Introduction to Israeli Culture II

This two-part introductory course explores major topics and debates which still dominate Israeli society. Principal themes such as Israeli Immigration, Israel as a melting pot, the impact of the Holocaust, Israeli Minorities, Israeli Wars and will be examined through a survey of primary and secondary literary works by leading Israeli authors and poets. Cultural trends will also be traced through the works of visual artists and filmmakers. Students will be assigned readings and are expected to participate in class discussions concerning the issues presented in class.

HEBR 310 Hebrew Literature I

This yearlong course will be aimed at introducing students to literary works including prose and poetry in Hebrew, accompanied with English translation. Our exploration of major literary Hebrew sources will enable us to examine major historical events and cultural trends, as depicted by Jewish and Israeli essayists, poets, authors, novelists, and playwrights. The survey of these literary texts will fully represent all stages of modern Hebrew literature, from the rise of the Jewish Enlightenment Haskalah, the Revival period Tehiyya (1881-1919), the Modern period (1920-1947), and works which originated by Israelis after the establishment of the State of Israel in1948 continuing to the present. As such, throughout the study of these works a particular emphasis will be placed on the specific historical context in their immediate cultural medium.

HEBR 311 Hebrew Literature II

This yearlong course will be aimed at introducing students to literary works including prose and poetry in Hebrew, accompanied with English translation. Our exploration of major literary Hebrew sources will enable us to examine major historical events and cultural trends, as depicted by Jewish and Israeli essayists, poets, authors, novelists, and playwrights. The survey of these literary texts will fully represent all stages of modern Hebrew literature, from the rise of the Jewish Enlightenment Haskalah, the Revival period Tehiyya (1881-1919), the Modern period (1920-1947), and works which originated by Israelis after the establishment of the State of Israel in1948 continuing to the present. As such, throughout the study of these works a particular emphasis will be placed on the specific historical context in their immediate cultural medium.

HEBR 320 Modern Jewish Thought