Registration Information/FAQ

What is Machon Ivrit?

Machon Ivrit Hebrew Institute is a program designed for adults who want to learn Hebrew. With engaging teachers and a specially designed curriculum, this once-a-week program brings learners to higher levels of speaking, reading, and understanding. Whether you are new to Judaism or lifelong learners who still feel stuck in prayerbook repetition, parents keeping up with your kids, or teachers who want to raise your professional standards, we invite you to join us!

How do I know which level to take?

Upon registration, we will send you a brief proficiency test to help you determine your qualification for one of our three levels of classes. Of course there will still be a range of levels within each class.

  • Prerequisite: Beginning Hebrew
    Ease into Hebrew beginning with Alef-Bet letter recognition, vowels, and decoding skills, and move on to build a basic vocabulary. This course (or its equivalent level of mastery) is a prerequisite for all other Hebrew and synagogue skill classes and acts as the first year of Machon Ivrit.
  • Level One: Ready to Read & Speak
    For those with a working knowledge of the Alef-Bet and some basic Hebrew vocabulary. Focus on practical vocabulary and grammar. Teacher: Etti Segal. Prerequisite: Beginning Hebrew (or equivalent level of mastery).
  • Level Two: Advanced Hebrew
    Pick up where you left off in Level One. Use engaging reading material to improve reading, speaking, and comprehension skills. Broaden vocabulary and grammar to include focus on past, present, and future tense and additional verb forms. Prerequisite: Ready to Read & Speak (or equivalent level of mastery).
  • Level Three: Conversational
    Continue practicing Hebrew with a focus on real life situations and stories. Discuss Israeli news articles, other modern media, and experiences from your week. Prerequisite: Advanced Hebrew (or equivalent level of mastery).

When is Machon Ivrit?

Machon Ivrit is held on Tuesday nights 7:00-9:15 p.m. throughout the academic year. Our 2019-20 year begins on Tuesday, October 29, and meets at Congregation Neveh Shalom, 2900 SW Peaceful Lane, Portland 97239.

Will we use a text book, and will there be homework?

Our teachers use a text book as the primary teaching material and supplement it with additional material (written as well as audio & visual). Review during the week is suggested, as well as a small amount of homework to practice skills acquired during classes.

How much does Machon Ivrit cost?

Machon Ivrit costs $800 for the year ($720 for Neveh Shalom members). Financial aid is available with a maximum aid amount of 50% of the cost of the course. To receive an application for financial aid, check the appropriate box on the registration form.

What if I need to drop the course during the year?

A 50% refund (of the full cost of the course) is available for students who drop before the end of November; no refund is available after November. Students who drop after November can, however, apply up to 50% tuition credit towards next year’s Machon Ivrit course. Financial aid will not be given to students who have dropped the course in a previous year.

For more information please contact Mel Berwin: 503.293.7306