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Hebrew Language (Ivrit) | עברית

In the classrooms and hallways of NSHA, Hebrew is everywhere! The sounds of Hebrew and the letters of the aleph-bet surround us – in our lessons and assemblies, our books and posters, our prayers and songs, and our conversations – inside and outside the classroom.

A deep understanding of the language spoken and written  by our ancestors and by modern Jews alike brings us closer to Israel, our history, our prayers and traditions, and our relationship with Hashem.  Our students study contemporary and historical Israeli and Jewish authors to gain a deeper understanding of the beauty, power and nuance of the Hebrew language.

Our experienced teachers are fluent Hebrew speakers who teach Ivrit b’Ivrit – Hebrew in Hebrew – for an immersive language and cultural experience. The Hebrew curriculum is designed to instill a joy of speaking, reading, and writing so that students will want to continue their lifelong journey with this beautiful, meaningful language.

Sixth Grade

Sixth graders focus on the rules of Hebrew grammar, read Hebrew literature, and practice their conversational skills. They create presentations in Hebrew using Google Slides, as well as other platforms, and gain confidence speaking publicly and answering questions from their teachers and classmates.

Seventh Grade

Seventh graders deepen their focus on rules of grammar, dive into Hebrew literature, and increase their fluency in conversational Hebrew.

Each year, seventh grade students “twin” with middle schoolers in Israel in a cultural and linguistic exchange. The students write each other letters and emails, connect over video in Hebrew and English, and discover what it’s like to be a middle schooler in the Jewish homeland.

Eighth Grade

Students become experts on the rules of Hebrew grammar, explore Israeli novels, poetry, and news, and achieve fluency in conversational Hebrew.

Our eighth grade students “twin” with middle schoolers in Israel to engage in a cultural and linguistic exchange. The students write each other letters and emails, meet up over video in Hebrew and English, and discover more about each other’s languages, schools, communities, and lives.