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Hebrew for Adults

Sundays, October 7 - May 12 (24 classes total) 
October 28; November 4, 11, 18; December 2, 9, 16; January 6, 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 24; March 3, 10, 17, 31; April 14, 28; May 5, 12

Our approach to Hebrew at Temple Beth Am is for people to learn the alef-bet and prayer book Hebrew, focusing on the blessings that we use most often and during Shabbat services, so students can read and understand the prayers we say together. Jewish educator and Hebrew instructor Debbie Massarano will be teaching our Adult Hebrew classes for 2018-2019.

Please contact Debbie Massarano with any questions about our Hebrew classes. Register for classes.

Cost: $300 members / $350 non-members (books and materials included)

*Debbie Massarano has been a Jewish educator since she was in her teens. She began with teaching religious school Hebrew to 4th graders; moved on to teaching in Jewish day schools; worked as a regional educator for the Union for Reform Judaism; served two congregations as director of lifelong learning; and, most recently, served as the executive director of Livnot Chai.

Debbie has dedicated her career to building relationships – with people, between people and Torah, and between people and the Jewish community. She lives in Mountlake Terrace with her daughter, Abby, and granddog, Muzi. She has a great story about how she and her adult children all made their way to the Seattle area. Ask her about it!!


Beginning Prayerbook Hebrew
Sundays, 11:15 - 12:15 PM
Beth Am K'hilah Rm. 237

Designed for those with little to no previous Hebrew, this introductory course focuses on developing the foundation for reading comprehension and a basic Hebrew vocabulary.

Intermediate Prayerbook Hebrew
Sundays, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Beth Am K'hilah Rm. 237

This course is designed for anyone who can read basic Hebrew. We will continue to develop reading comprehension and basic Hebrew vocabulary, while practicing reading and singing along for Shabbat services.

Advanced/Conversational Hebrew
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Beth Am K'hilah Rm. 236

For students who can read Hebrew fluently and would like to continue to increase your vocabulary as well as hone your reading skills and comprehension; this is also an opportunity for people who would like to learn some conversational modern Israeli Hebrew. Planning a trip to the holy land soon? Want to follow along with Israeli rock-and-roll and films – this is the class for you!  

All-Ages Yiddish

Yiddish resources and programming at Temple Beth Am is made possible in part by grant funding from the Alfred and Tillie Shemanski Trust Fund and support from the Bernard and Reva Broder Fund for Yiddish Culture. These classes are held at Wendy’s house and are open to anyone interested in embracing di mameloshn (the mother tongue). To register and for more information on Yiddish at Temple Beth Am, contact Wendy Marcus.

Our Yiddish classes run from October - June. Our Intermediate Yiddish, taught by Ayn Dalgof, and our Self-Led Yiddish groups meet at 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM on Wednesdays at Temple Beth Am. 


Beginning Yiddish

Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Sundays, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Intermediate Yiddish

Wednesdays, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Self-Led Yiddish

Wednesdays, 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Advanced Beginners Yiddish

Sundays, October 7 – December 16, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Tuesdays, October 2 – December 18, 1:00 – 2:00 PM


Go to these links for samples of Temple Beth Am Yiddish class songs from 2017: 

See our members putting their Yiddish to the test with Wendy Marcus on YouTube:

Tue, November 20 2018 12 Kislev 5779