For those who want to take their Hebrew to the next level, JTS offers a high-quality, intensive Hebrew language program during the summer. Ten-week sessions are offered on three elementary levels; five-week sessions are offered at intermediate and advanced levels. Placement is based on an examination.

Hebrew Courses are offered during Session II and Session III of JTS’s Summer Sessions. Students in our Nishma program may also take Hebrew. 

All incoming students take the Hebrew Placement Exam to be placed in the appropriate course.

Note: Due to Covid-19, all summer courses will take place online via Zoom and Canvas. In order to participate in the online sessions, you will need an up-to-date computer, a scanner or scanner app, a webcam, and high-speed Internet connection suitable for video web conferencing. A headset is recommended.

Who It’s For 

The program is for anyone who’s interested in improving their Hebrew language skills. It is particularly useful for undergraduate and graduate students working toward fulfillment of their Hebrew language requirement, as well as prospective Rabbinical School and Cantorial School students who need to achieve the required level of proficiency for their studies.

What It Is 

The summer Hebrew courses are equivalent to the Hebrew courses offered at JTS during the academic year. The program develops all aspects of Hebrew language proficiencyreading, writing, speaking, and comprehensionincluding the ability to independently read Hebrew texts of various periods and genres. 

Course materials include textbooks from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, supplemented with a diverse selection of readings from a variety of Judaic sources.

Courses

Summer Session II

Tuesday, June 1–Thursday, July 1
Enrollment Deadline: Thursday, May 13

Hanna Garti-Bar
HEB 5201: Bet 1 (3 credits)
[MTWR 2:00–4:15 p.m.]
This course continues with the second volume of Hebrew from Scratch (Ivrit min ha-hathala bet). Students will continue to expand their vocabulary and advance their reading, writing, and conversational skills through reading and discussing additional texts of a variety of periods and genres (e.g. adapted stories, poems, selections from parashat ha-shavua, midrash, and Biblical commentary). In grammar, the study of the future tense and major prepositions begun in the previous semester will be concluded, and new topics in syntax and the verb system will be introduced.

Miriam Meir
HEB 5205: Gimel 1 (3 credits)
[MTWR 2:00–4:15 p.m.]
A high intermediate-level Hebrew language course aiming to further develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Particular emphasis is placed on reading comprehension of informative and narrative texts in Hebrew of various periods; classical Hebrew grammar (phonology and the verb system); topics in syntax; vocabulary development; and dictionary usage skills.

Summer Session III

Monday, July 5–Thursday, August 6
Enrollment Deadline: Thursday, June 17

Ilona Ben-Moshe
HEB 5203: Bet 2 (3 credits) 
[MTWR 2:00-4:15 p.m.]
This intermediate-level course will bring students to the end of Hebrew from Scratch II (Ivrit min ha-hatchala bet), supplementing the textbook with materials from level gimel books and other readings in Hebrew from various periods (e.g. adapted stories, poems, selections from parashat ha-shavua, midrash, and Biblical commentary). Students will learn new grammar topics, develop strategies for reading comprehension and word recognition, and practice conveying ideas and opinions in both speech and writing.

Miriam Meir
HEB 5206: Gimel 2 (3 credits)
[MTWR 2:00–4:15 p.m.]
This low advanced-level Hebrew language course aims to further develop Hebrew comprehension, conversation, reading, and writing skills. Readings include Hebrew texts of diverse genres, registers, and periods, including classical texts. Grammatical topics include a systematic integrated study of the binyanim system including all weak verbs, and a variety of advanced topics in syntax.

Summer Sessions II and III

Note: The following courses run through both Sessions II and III.
Tuesday, June 1–Thursday, August 5
Enrollment Deadline: Thursday, May 13

Orna Goldman 
HEB 5001 D: Alef 1 (6 credits) 
[TWR 2:15–4:40 p.m.]: 
The course covers the seven Introductory Units and Lessons 1-8 of Hebrew from Scratch, Vol. 1 (Ivrit min ha-hathala alef). It takes the student from learning the mechanics of reading and writing unpointed Hebrew to active mastery of 500 words; knowledge of the present tense and infinitive verb forms; reading and enactment of dialogs relating to everyday life; and reading comprehension of short descriptive, narrative and informative texts. Additional course materials, daily assignments and unit tests will be delivered and submitted via Canvas.

Please Note:

  • Enrollment Deadline: May 4
  • A prerequisite for enrolling is knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet, reading printed text with and without vowels, and writing in script.  A mandatory online reading test that assesses these skills should be taken by Friday, May 21, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
  • Prerequisite Course May 24-27, 2021: Students who do not pass the reading test, must enroll in the online Basic Reading course offered Monday through Thursday, 2:45-4:15 p.m., during the week of May 24, 2021. At the end of this course, participants will have to re-take the online reading test (deadline for submission May 31, 2021 by 5 p.m.). Only students who pass the reading test will be able to participate in HEB 5001 D.

Dr. Nitza Krohn and Dr. Naama Weiss
HEB 5101: Alef 2 (6 credits) 
[TWR 2:15–4:40 p.m.]
This course, a direct continuation of Heb 1001, brings students near the end of the first volume of Hebrew from Scratch A (Ivrit min ha-hatḥala alef) with the same emphasis on reading comprehension as well as the development of communication skills. Students will continue to expand their vocabulary and learn–among other basic language forms–the past tense. Additional readings will be assigned from the folktale anthology “Sipur ve-od sipur.”

Nina Brennan Nesher and Sarah Hochfeld
HEB 5103: Alef 3 (6 credits)
[TWR 2:00–4:40 p.m.]
This course is designed to seamlessly follow Heb 1101 by building on comprehension and oral-aural skills previously acquired, and continue to develop vocabulary and grammar skills (including the future tense of verbs). The two volumes of Hebrew From Scratch (Ivrit min ha-hathala) are used as textbooks, supplemented by additional readings from a diversity of sources. Special attention will be given to dictionary look-up skills.

Non-Credit Learning

The Summer Learners program offers access to our summer intensive Hebrew courses. Through the JTS Summer Learners program, you can enroll in any Hebrew courses on a non-credit basis. Students enrolled through the Summer Learners program must meet all the course requirements (attendance, assignments, quizzes etc.).

For Summer Learners students, the cost is: $591 per 3 credit course and $1,182 per 6 credit course.

Registration and Fees

For JTS Students

  • Current JTS students can register online by going to MyJTS.
  • The application fee must be submitted in full before your application form can be processed.

For All Other Students

  • Complete the Application Form for Non-JTS Students along with payment. 
  • Submit an official copy of a transcript indicating either a degree and the year earned or your current educational status. *Does not apply for summer learners.
  • The application fee must be submitted in full before your application form can be processed.

Tuition for Non-JTS Students

Item Cost
Summer Course (3 credits) $4,320
Hebrew 6 Credit Courses $5,730
Hebrew 3 Credit Courses $4,290
Summer Learners (Audit Option) $591 (per 3 credit course)

Fees

Item Cost
Application Fee $60
Registration Fee (for each session) $50
Student Activities Fee (for each session) $35

Rates are subject to change.

Contact Us 

For more information and any questions about the summer Hebrew program, please contact us at hebrew@jtsa.edu