The primary goal of Congregation Emeth's Hebrew Studies program is for students to develop a familiarity with core Hebrew language skills, enabling them to become proficent with prayerbook Hebrew. We strive to provide the young student with the tools to be an active member of the Jewish religion and the Hebrew skills to connect with the Jewish world, past and present.
Hebrew is critical to establishing a strong, sustainable Jewish identity for three reasons:
- Hebrew is the primary language of Jewish prayer and, therefore, a way for Jews throughout the world to feel a common bond and sense of community,
- Hebrew is the unifying language of the Jewish people worldwide and the official language of the Jewish homeland of Israel, and
- Hebrew is the language of sacred Jewish texts and artifacts.
Hebrew Studies classes are held once a week during the school year, with students progressing through four years consecutive years of Hebrew study. During this time, students are expected to develop the ability to read, write, and speak Hebrew words, lead a group in basic Jewish prayers, and guide home rituals. Students are also expected to acquire the basic skills necessary for chanting Torah.
Outside of class, students are expected to spend about one hour per week on their Hebrew lessons.
Many of the skills acquired in the Hebrew Studies program are necessary for bar/bat mitzvah. However, the goals and content of Hebrew Studies transcend preparation for bar/bat mitzvah.
Students in Congregation Emeth's Hebrew Studies program are not expected to be conversant in Hebrew at the end of four years.
Download Youth Education Registration Forms (PDF) - 2016-17 packet is now available for download.
Registeration is due August 22, 2016. To submit your registration packet for the 2016-2017 year, please:
- Download the edcuation packet (above link)
- Complete the packet online, on your computer
- Save the completed packet on your computer
- (or alternatively mail to Congregation Emeth / 17835 Monterey Road / MH 95037 / Attn: Education Committee)