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Adult Education Classes

New Adult Hebrew Classes Beginning September 1

Starting in September there will be four different levels of Adult Hebrew open to those wishing to decode, read, chant, understand and participate more fully in services. See if YOU fit into any of these classes! All classes are by zoom and we would love to have you bring your talents and good intentions to our collegial endeavor. Two of these groups are preparing for Adult B'nai Mitzvah but that is not the only or even the main component of the class. You are welcome to bring your rusty skills or lack of same and start anew, brush up or expand them.

Total Beginners Class — Introduction to basic decoding. (Class D) 
Wednesday after 6:00pm (exact start time tbd.) Class begins September 1
Students learn the alphabet and vowels, blending, and introductory vocabulary and features of the Hebrew language. A great deal of class time is spent practicing decoding and developing confidence with word attack skills.

Advanced Beginners Class — Wednesdays 4:30 – 5:45pm (Class C) Class begins September 1
Students should be able to recognize most Hebrew letters and vowels and easily decode up to three syllable words. Class will study basic blessings and the first section of the Shabbat service. (the Shema and Its Blessings)

Continuing Elementary Class — Monday 7:15 – 8:30pm (Class B) Class begins August 30
Students can decode and are concentrating on reading comprehension of prayers, learning chants for basic prayers. translating into simple Hebrew and will be studying the Torah service and concluding prayers.

Continuing Intermediate Class — 3rd & 4th Wednesdays each month after 6:00pm as of October (Class A)
(Class is already on-going; August and Sept meetings are on Tuesday evenings  also 2x per month)
Students can decode, understand and chant most prayers, and are now reading short Torah and Haftarah selections with an emphasis on understanding the language.

No matter your age or aptitude, you too can learn Hebrew and increase your engagement in Jewish worship and tradition. All classes are $180. (for eleven sessions of 1&1/4 hours) Books: $12. For Questions or to register, call Elaine Bachrach (510) 530-7616 or email



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