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

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 Beginning Hebrew at Neveh Shalom.

Etti Segal (right) teaches Level 1 (Ready to Read  & Speak) of Machon Ivrit, as well as working with our younger students as a Hebrew teacher. A native Israeli, she moved to Portland three years ago with her family.

Hila Pinhassi-Shachar (left) teaches the Level 2 (Advanced Hebrew) of Machon Ivrit, and is a 3rd Grade teacher in our ALIYAH program.

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 29, 2019 – May 19, 2020
Teacher: Itai Dewar
$510 CNS members/ $560 non-members.

Sundays, 11am-12pm
Oct 27, 2019 – May 3, 2020
Teacher: Itai Dewar
$280 CNS members / $305 non-members.

Spring Class

Thursdays,
Jan 30, 2019 – May 21, 2020
$280 CNS members / $305 non-members.

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 Sept 24, 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 29, 2019 – May 19, 2020
$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: 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 its equivalent level of mastery.

Level Three: Conversational

Continue practicing Hebrew with a focus on real life situations and stories. Discuss Israeli news articles and other modern media as well as experiences from your week. Pre-requisite: Advanced Hebrew, 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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