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Say it in Hebrew!

Say it in Hebrew! emphasizes learning the everyday language spoken in Israel, connecting Hebrew to Israeli culture so that it is practical, relevant and effective for real life. Students are immersed in a Hebrew-speaking setting in small classes with fellow learners of similar language proficiency.

  • The original Ulpan* Hebrew program enhances and accelerates learning through conversation
  • Say it in Hebrew! is appropriate for all learners at all levels. Class placement based on language evaluation at registration
  • Our master teachers are native speakers and provide authentic context.
  • Invitations to Israeli arts and culture happenings, book and film events, discussions with guest lecturers and community activities
  • Stimulating and comfortable environment for learners of all levels and backgrounds
  • Great networking opportunity

Spring Dates 2015

Mayer Kaplan JCC in Skokie (Mondays)
February 9-June 8 (Second Session) | 7:00–8:30pm

Florence G. Heller JCC in Lakeview (Tuesdays)
February 10-June 1 (Second Session) | 7:00–8:30pm

Bernard Weinger JCC in Northbrook (Thursdays)
February 19-June 11 (Second Session) | 7:00–8:30pm

Pricing: $415
Discount for Jewish Professionals, please call 847.763.3627 for more information.


Learn About the Course Levels

Level Descriptions

Level I

This course is intended for students with no previous Hebrew knowledge. Students will converse from the first lesson! Reading and writing will be taught simultaneously. Both the cursive and printed alphabets are taught, along with vocabulary for basic dialogue. The structure of the Hebrew sentence, gender, nouns, adjectives and verbs in the present tense, personal pronouns and conjunctions are covered.

Level II

This course is for students who can speak and read simple Hebrew sentences using the present tense, and can recognize and write cursive script. Students will add the past tense to their Hebrew toolbox and achieve greater fluency and confidence in verbal expression. Additional grammar rules are introduced in this course. Emphasis is on the acquisition of idiomatic conversational vocabulary and language patterns.

Level III

This course is for students who are able to express themselves in Hebrew using simple sentences in both the present and past tenses. Future tense is introduced. Students in this class will continue to develop reading comprehension through a wide variety of materials. Emphasis is on developing self-confidence in oral communication and improving reading fluency.

Level IV

This course is for students who are able to express themselves in complex sentences. Modern literary and expository texts are read to expand vocabulary and grammatical knowledge, with conversation and composition exercises built around the texts. Students will be introduced to Israeli media, including newspapers, magazines, radio, and television to advance reading comprehension and conversational skills. Students will also develop Hebrew writing skills with special attention to grammatical rules.

Level V

This course is designed for students who have a high level of language proficiency with solid skills in oral expression, grammar, and written comprehension. Focus is on expanding and increasing understanding of the Hebrew language through the use several genres of literary texts and other media. Course content includes exploration of Israeli literature, current events, Israeli TV programs, poetry and music.


Need More Information?

Ask a question or register by phone by calling call Abby at 847.763.3627 or email

* Ulpan is an Israeli method for teaching and improving all Hebrew language skills — speaking, comprehension, reading and writing.

Register online for the following locations

Chicago, Lakeview
Florence G. Heller JCC

Bernard Weinger JCC

Mayer Kaplan JCC



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