Decoding Hebrew: An introductory course starting Sept. 26


With support from the Office of Connectional Ministries, a new course is open to clergy and laity starting Sept. 26 for those interested in learning more about the basics of Hebrew.

The 12-week course will be held via Zoom on Tuesday nights from 7 to 8 p.m. through Dec. 2. This interactive, online course is an opportunity to explore the basics of Hebrew. In the small class setting, students will have time for interaction and practice with others. There are no pre-requisites and getting the student book is optional.

The class is being taught by Sheri Konowitz. In her day job, Konowitz works as the district administrator for the Crater Lake District of The Oregon-Idaho Conference. But Konowitz also holds a post-baccalaureate degree in Judaic studies and a master's degree in Jewish education. 
Topics covered in this class will be:

  • Identifying all Hebrew consonants and vowels by name and sound (aleph bet)
  • Pronouncing a variety of words found in the Siddur (prayer book)
  • Learning to write Hebrew letters in block and/or script guided by an example 
  • Learning to read, recite, and generally understand one short Hebrew prayer at the conclusion of the course (i.e., The Shema)
The cost to participate in the class is $60 and there is a textbook "L'Shon Ha-Kodesh: Beginning Hebrew Book for Adults (Hebrew Edition)" that can be purchased ahead of time (it is also available on Amazon), but is not required to participate in the class. 
Register now here →

Contact lydiahenry626@gmail.com or sherikonowitz@hotmail.com if you have questions.