Learn To Read Hebrew Before The High Holidays

Sunday, 18 July, 2021 - 4:38 pm

According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, only half of American Jews (52%) can read Hebrew. To fill this gap in Jewish education, the Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) has developed Read it in Hebrew, an innovative Hebrew reading course that is sweeping the Jewish world. With interactive flashcards and its own mobile app for remote learning, Read it in Hebrew utilizes the latest technology to combine timeless learning methods with contemporary psychology for a course guaranteed to be effective in only five sessions.

“We are delighted to announce the debut of Read It In Hebrew this summer in Winnipeg. The popularity of RIIH (it’s been taught at over 600 locations across North America!) suggests that it meets a deeply-felt need,” explains Rabbi Shmuly Altein, outreach director at the Jewish Learning Centre in Winnipeg. “Many feel lost in Synagogue simply because they don’t know how to read Hebrew. Hebrew literacy strengthens one’s connection to Judaism and the Jewish people in a powerful way.”

With flashcards depicting the letters alongside catchy mnemonics, Read it in Hebrew feels like a game of concentration. And, more than just a reading course, students get a glimpse of the profound depth of the Hebrew language, including brief Talmudic and Kabbalistic explanations of the letters.

Read it in Hebrew will be offered virtually over Zoom on Mondays at 7:00 pm, beginning August 9th, 2021. Registration includes a full set of seventy colour, beautifully-designed flash cards to complement the lessons. This course appeals to people at all levels of Jewish education, including those without any prior experience in Jewish learning as well as those for whom it is a fun refresher course.

Enrollment is open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a synagogue, temple, or other house of worship. Interested students may call 204-339-8737 or visit for registration and for other course-related information.

Happy Hebrew reading!

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