Machon Ivrit Hebrew Institute

Our Hebrew classes for adults follow two tracks: Beginning Hebrew for those with no prior Hebrew knowledge and Modern Hebrew for those looking for more reading and speaking comprehension.

Meet our teachers

Oshra Rapaport (left) teaches the Conversational level of Machon Ivrit, and is a long-time Hebrew teacher in our ALIYAH program, as well as an active volunteer in Potland’s Israeli community.

Itai Dewar (middle) is a professional Hebrew teacher, who also happens to know several other languages and plays most instruments. He teaches 5th grade and Adult Hebrew at Neveh Shalom.

Etti Segal (right) teaches the Ready to Read & Speak level of Machon Ivrit, as well as working with our younger students as a Hebrew teacher. A native Israeli, she moved to Portland two years ago with her family.

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 pre-requisite for all other Hebrew and synagogue skill classes and acts as the first year of Machon Ivrit. Register online

Fall Class

Tuesdays, 7-9pm
Oct 16, 2018 – Jan 29, 2019
& Spring: Feb 5, 2019 – May 21, 2019
Teacher: Itai Dewar
Both semesters:
$510 CNS members/ $560 non-members.
One semester:
$280 CNS members / $305 non-members.

Sundays, 11am-12pm
Oct 14, 2018 – May 12, 2019
Teacher: Itai Dewar
$280 CNS members / $305 non-members.

Spring Class

Tuesdays, 7-9pm
Feb 5, 2019 – May 21, 2019
$280 CNS members / $305 non-members.
Teacher: TBD

Modern Hebrew

Join us for a year-long course in Modern Hebrew, with engaging teachers and a specially designed curriculum. This once-a-week program brings learners to higher levels of speaking, reading, and understanding.

Year-long Class

Join us for a special Q&A session
on October 9, 7:00pm
Year-long course in Modern Hebrew. With engaging teachers and a specially designed curriculum, this once-a-week program brings learners to higher levels of speaking, reading, and understanding. Register online

Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00pm
October 16, 2018 – May 21, 2019
$720 for CNS members / $800 for non-members
Financial aid available.

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. Pre-requisite: Beginning Hebrew (or its equivalent level of mastery).

Level Two: Conversational

For those ready to expand Hebrew skills into the practical arena of real life. Discuss Israeli news articles and other modern media to practice reading, speaking, and comprehension skills. Teacher: Oshra Rapaport. Pre-requisite: Ready to Read & Speak (or its equivalent level of mastery).

Contact Us to Learn More

Mel Berwin
Director of Congregational Learning
503-293-7306 | email

JoAnn Bezodis
Education Administrator
503-293-7309 | email

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