Come to Jerusalem this summer to be part of a new initiative to enhance Hebrew language learning for Reform religious leaders. Ivrit B’yachad: HUC-JIR Jerusalem Ulpan for Alumni offers a five-day (July 1-5, 2019) immersive Hebrew experience, in and outside of the classroom, with a focus on Hebrew conversation relevant to Reform clergy and educators.
Participants will study Hebrew with beloved HUC-JIR teachers Yosi Leshem and Rivki Rosner. They will start the day praying with Israeli rabbis and rabbinic students using the new Israeli Reform movement siddur. After studying Hebrew during the morning, students will explore Jerusalem neighborhoods and enjoy lunch at some of the best Jerusalem restaurants. In the afternoon, participants will study various topics with outstanding Jerusalem faculty like Michael Marmur, Dalia Marx, Ruhama Weiss, and Jeremy Leigh. Evening activities will expose students to contemporary Hebrew culture through movies and music.
And all this will be done in Hebrew! Students will sign a Brit Ivrit, a pledge to speak Hebrew only during the time they are enrolled in the ulpan. Modeled after the Middlebury summer language institutes and designed in consultation with Middlebury Hebrew coordinator, Vardit Ringwald, the HUC-JIR Jerusalem Ulpan will enable alumni with varying degrees of Hebrew competency and comfort to advance their Hebrew skills. The ulpan will provide a supportive, fun, engaging, and empowering environment where participants can speak and study Hebrew, connect with colleagues, and become more Hebraically enfranchised Jewish leaders.
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