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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

Class Dates

Mayer Kaplan JCC in Skokie (Mondays)
October 12-February 8 | 7:00–8:30pm
Fall Schedule (PDF)

Florence G. Heller JCC in Lakeview (Tuesdays)
October 13-February 9 | 7:00–8:30pm
Fall Schedule (PDF)

Bernard Weinger JCC in Northbrook (Thursdays)
October 15-February 11  |  10:00-11:30am or 7:00–8:30pm
Fall Schedule (PDF)

Pricing: $420


About the Course

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.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Ulpan?

Ulpan is a place for learning and improving all Hebrew language skills – speaking, comprehension, reading and writing. Students learn Hebrew, not about Hebrew. Israeli culture is conveyed naturally through the language. 

What is Say it in Hebrew?

The focus of Say it in Hebrew is conversation. The primary goal is to produce confident Hebrew speakers.   Emphasis is on learning the everyday language spoken in Israel and connecting Hebrew to Israeli culture so that it is practical and relevant.

Say it in Hebrew instructional methods are inspired by the Proficiency Approach; this is recognized to be the “industry standard” in foreign language instruction. The approach is learner centered, personalized and customized to fit with the interests and motivations of the teacher and students. The curriculum is developed by the teachers that choose topics based on relevance to student’s lives.

Will I become fluent in Hebrew?

It takes time to learn a language and the best way to learn a language is by speaking it. Mistakes are a natural part of language acquisition so it’s important to have fun, enjoy the process and stay motivated.

What level am I?

Register for the level that best suits your ability. You may also complete the placement evaluation and the Say it in Hebrew director will assign you to a level. Additional evaluation might include a telephone conversation or recorded video to determine your speaking ability.

I am a returning student. What level am I?

Monday at Mayer Kaplan JCC
Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3

Tuesday at Florence G. Heller JCC
Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3

Thursday at Bernard Weinger JCC
AM: Level 1 and Level 2
PM: Level 2 and Level 4/5

What is the class size?

At no more than 15 students per group, our classes are large enough to make the program sustainable but small enough to ensure ample opportunity for personal attention. There is a minimum number of students required to run a class.

Can I try out a class?

Yes. You may try out one class before enrolling if the class does not have the maximum number of students.

What are the JCC Chicago Policies

Please see our website for all information regarding payments, refunds, service fees, cancellations, etc.

What if I miss a class?

Students are always welcome to sit in on another class at another location. Due to the nature of language instruction, the material covered by one class might not be identical to that of another class of the same level.

Will homework be assigned?

Teachers will always give an assignment so that you can reinforce the class room learning at home. If you need assistance, you can contact your teacher or the Say it in Hebrew office. Teachers will also provide resources that will enrich your experience such as links to videos, online flash cards, music, etc. Homework assignments will not always be individually checked; there are no grades.

Will book will I use?

Say it in Hebrew utilizes a wide variety of materials and resources (hand outs, videos, music, poems, newspapers, etc.) written or produced by a native speaker for a native speaker.   Text books are used to supplement and reinforce reading and writing skills. You should not expect to finish the book or to use it sequentially. 

Are snacks provided?

Say it in Hebrew provides coffee/tea. In some of our classes, students take turns providing a snack for the class.


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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