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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When do your courses run?

Q: How big are the classes?

Q: Which book do you use and how is your curriculum structured?

Q: Who teaches the Hebrew courses and what are their qualifications?

Q: I took an Ulpan in Israel. How do your course designations compare?

Q: How do I get a placement test?

Q: What if I sign up for a class and discover that it’s not the right level for me?

Q: I’m not Jewish. Will I be comfortable in your classes?

Q: What’s your make-up policy?

Q: What’s your cancellation policy?

Q: What is your pro-rating policy?

Q: Is it possible to get a subsidy for MNjcc Hebrew courses?

Q: I’m interested in learning Biblical Hebrew. Do you offer such courses?


 

Q: When do your courses run?

A: All MNjcc Hebrew Institute courses run for 10 weeks, unless otherwise specified, with most being offered on weekday evenings and occasionally on Sunday afternoons. We run three full terms (fall, winter, spring) and a summer intensive term. If you miss the beginning of a term, there’ll be a new term starting just a couple of months later!

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Q: How big are the classes?

A: All classes have a minimum enrolment of five students and are capped at 16 students to ensure that you have a chance to participate, practice your oral language skills, and get the individualized attention you need.

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Q: Which book do you use and how is your curriculum structured?

A: Our aim is to provide you with relevant, rewarding, and accessible Hebrew language education. The MNjcc Hebrew Institute follows a systematic, progressive curriculum from one level to the next, with a combined focus on literacy and conversational skills in Modern Hebrew. Anchored by the series of Ivrit Shlav textbooks, authored by Ora Band and Bella Bergman, our courses are designed to move you from the fundamentals of the aleph-bet and basic vocabulary (in Hebrew Intro) to full engagement with topical articles and stories. The Shlav textbooks have proven very effective in casual learning environments like our once-a-week courses. In level Dalet we use the Lilmod Ivrit textbook, authored by Meirah Rom and Rina Refaeli. Our instructors frequently supplement textbook lessons with contemporary songs, videos, and other activities to bring a fresh and creative take to your Hebrew lessons.

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Q: Who teaches the Hebrew courses and what are their qualifications?

A: Our experienced and dynamic faculty members come to us from various teaching backgrounds and are hired for their demonstrated ability to teach foreign-language acquisition to adults. All Hebrew teachers are Israeli and eagerly bring a love for Hebrew language and Israeli culture to the material they teach here.

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Q: I took an Ulpan in Israel. How do your course designations compare?

A: MNjcc Hebrew Institute classes meet on a weekly basis for two hours. Each course gives you 20 hours of instruction, so it’s not as intensive as an immersive Ulpan course. What you may know as Kitah Aleph or Kitah Bet, etc. probably won’t line up with what we call Aleph courses or Bet courses. You may be ready to jump ahead further to our higher level courses, but you should still take a placement test to assess the appropriate level for you.

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Q: How do I get a placement test?

A: For new students, a placement test is required for all levels above Hebrew Intro. These diagnostics are simple translation exercises that give you an opportunity to demonstrate your reading comprehension and command of verb tenses and vocabulary. To obtain a placement test, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., specify your Hebrew background, and which level you wish to test. You may also be asked to sit for a short phone interview to assess your oral comprehension and conversation abilities.

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Q: What if I sign up for a class and discover that it’s not the right level for me?

A: During the first week of each term, instructors and students alike have an opportunity to assess skill and comfort level with the material. If you want to test out a couple of levels of our program, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and our Hebrew Instutute Coordinator will help you with that. Please note, though, that courses run on different nights of the week, so it may mean changing your schedule to fit the level you want.

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Q: I’m not Jewish. Will I be comfortable in your classes?

A: Absolutely! Our courses are open to everyone, and our student body is very mixed, featuring a real cross-section of ages and backgrounds.

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Q: What’s your make-up policy?

A: At the moment, we only offer each level once a week. Regrettably, that means that there are no make-up classes if you miss your class one week, however all homework and supplementary material will be made available to you. Our instructors are also happy to be in touch by email if you have questions about a missed class.

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Q: What’s your cancellation policy?

A: Course fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Refunds or credits are available if you withdraw one week prior to the start of a course, with a $25 cancellation fee. The $25 cancellation fee cannot be waived once the course had started. The MNjcc is not responsible for classes missed due to illness or personal emergencies. We also reserve the right to cancel or postpone courses with full reimbursement if class does not meet the minimum enrollment.

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Q: What is your pro-rating policy?

A: We regret that we can no longer pro-rate class fees for students starting a course later than the opening date. This policy is applicable to all classes. If you have any questions or concern, please contact Adi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Q: Is it possible to get a subsidy for MNjcc Hebrew courses?

A: Scholarships are available based on demonstrated need. To request a scholarship, please speak to Wendy Moss, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Q: I’m interested in learning Biblical Hebrew. Do you offer such courses?

A: The MNjcc Hebrew Institute focuses exclusively on Modern Hebrew at this time, but our Hebrew Intro course provides an excellent foundation for both Biblical and Modern Hebrew. If you’re interested in pursuing further study in Biblical Hebrew, we recommend that you explore what the local universities and synagogues have to offer, or seek private lessons. Synagogues are also often a great resource for Hebrew courses that focus on sight reading for prayers, if that’s an area of interest for you.

 

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