Teaching Hebrew in America, a Zionist Approach

Great article from CEO & Preseident of the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, David Gedzelman in their Contact magazine about how critically important relevance, context, and connection is to teaching Modern Hebrew in America for American Jews and Israeli-Americans and how using the proficiency approach, leveraging methodologies like ACTFL standards and more are key to doing it right. Read the article here. http://www.steinhardtfoundation.org/contact/winter2016/winter_2016_gedzelman.htm

Israeli? Israeli-American? American? Why Speaking Hebrew Matters

October 2015, citing statistics from the Reut Institute, the Israeli-American Council and the PEW report about Israeli-Americans, Jewish identity, education and Israel connection this article explores the important of Hebrew language for Israelis, Israeli-Americans and Americans too.  Written by Jennie Starr, Founder/CEO at Tarbuton Israeli Cultural Experiences in San Diego, CA. Read in English: @ Times of Israel  or at @eJewish Philanthropy Read in Hebrew: @Shavua Israeli (scroll to p. 27)

Texting Hebrew and the Bilingual Child

I confess, I text my 7 and 10 year olds in Hebrew at bedtime. It began as a game, but when I got texts in return in Hebrew, I realized I was onto something. My kids study Hebrew and Spanish, but mostly because I want them to; not because they’ve asked to.  They take classes 2-4 hours each week, but I’m always looking for fun ways to reinforce Spanish and Hebrew in their daily lives so they want to keep learning too. As parents, we want our children to be competitive in… Read More