Baruch HaShem

A Messianic Synagogue

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Hebrew School Course Descriptions

 

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Hebrew School begins Sunday, January 27.

Online registration begins Wednesday, January 2. You may also register in person after Shabbat Service on January 12.

All prices increase at midnight on Wednesday, January 23.

Please read the course descriptions below before registering.

HEBREW SCHOOL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Course Offerings for Adults

Beginning Hebrew (THIS COURSE IS ONLY OFFERED IN THE FALL SEMESTER OF EACH YEAR – NOT OFFERED IN SPRING 2019)

Beginning Hebrew is the first course in the Adult Hebrew Program. This course teaches the fundamentals of Biblical Hebrew grammar, how to read phonetically, proper enunciation, block writing, script writing, and the vocabulary of Tehillim (Psalms) 119. At the conclusion of the course, the student will be equipped to phonetically read the Biblical text with ease.

NOTE: For prospective students who have had a course in Alef Bet, you may take a CLEP exam to determine if you can proceed to the next course.  Please contact the Hebrew Department Director (Hebrew@bhsdallas.org) to take the CLEP prior to the start of the semester. 

Included in the tuition are: textbooks, CD’s, handouts, and flash cards.

T’filah v’Brachot (Prayers and Blessings) (THIS COURSE IS OFFERED IN THE SPRING SEMESTER OF EACH YEAR)

Prerequisite: Beginning Hebrew

T’filah v’Brachot is a required course for all students participating in the Hebrew Program. This is an introductory course to Hebrew liturgy: its historical, theological, and communal significance. Additionally, this course will enable the beginning Hebrew student to fully participate in the Baruch HaShem Shabbat service with literacy and comprehension.

Included in the tuition are textbooks, pronunciation and singing CD of all the prayers and blessings, and handouts.

 

Biblical Hebrew 1A
Prerequisite: Prayers & Blessings

This course provides instruction in the first 10 of the 30 lessons that will be taught in Biblical Hebrew. It is designed to provide a simple, straightforward method that will enable students to refine basic grammar rules and vocabulary. The student will continue to develop their oral reading skills through reading the weekly Torah portion.

Included in the tuition are two textbooks, handouts, pronunciation CD of vocabulary.

Biblical Hebrew 1B
Prerequisite: Biblical Hebrew 1A

This course is a continuation of Biblical Hebrew 1A and builds on the foundation provided in that course.  The course will cover lessons 11-20 of the text.  Students can expect to broaden their knowledge of grammatical rules/application, vocabulary, and fluency in reading. Additionally, students will begin to develop proper translation skills.

Included in the tuition is a pronunciation CD of vocabulary, weekly Torah readings, and handouts.

Biblical Hebrew 1C
Prerequisite: Biblical Hebrew 1B

This course teaches lessons 21-30 of the text. Students will learn additional verb forms, build a vocabulary of words found in the Tanach, and continue the development of proper translation skills.

Included in the tuition is a pronunciation CD of vocabulary and weekly Torah readings, and handouts.

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Course Offerings for Children

Children’s Beginning Hebrew*
Age 9+ (No exceptions are made to the age requirement)

Students will learn the Alef Bet, utilizing decoding skills from key cultural words and concepts.  They will also learn to write in script, and read key prayers and blessings; including the Shema, V’ahavta, and Aleinu.  The course will also enable the student to build a dictionary of 80 cultural words.

Included in the tuition are a textbook and handouts.

T’filah 1*         
Age 9+Prerequisite: Children’s Beginning Hebrew

Utilizing skills learned in Children’s Beginning Hebrew, the student will continue building their Hebrew vocabulary.  During this course they will become fluent in reading and writing as they study some of the Shabbat and Holy Day blessings.

Included in the tuition are a textbook and handouts.

T’filah 2*

Age 10+Prerequisite: T’filah 1

Building upon the skills acquired in Children’s Beginning Hebrew and T’filah 1, the student will continue the development of their language and comprehension skills.  They will learn to read, write, and understand increasingly difficult sentences.  Additionally, the student will learn the seven blessings in the Shabbat morning Amidah, while uncovering Jewish values and virtues such as humility, acts of loving kindness, showing appreciation, and more.

Included in the tuition are a textbook and handouts.

 

Torah and T’filah 3*

Prerequisite: T’filah 2

This is the last course of the Children’s Hebrew program.  The student will continue to learn prayers and blessings from the Shabbat morning Torah service and High Holy Days. The student will also learn to read the Torah script as well as learn the cantillation melody for Torah readings.

Included in the tuition are a textbook and handouts.

* NOTE: Required courses for students enrolled in the Bar/Bat Mitzvah program.

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For information about the Bar/Bat Mitzvah program, click here!

ADVANCED HEBREW STUDIES

 

Torah Appreciation
Prerequisite: Biblical Hebrew 1C

Torah Appreciation is for students who have completed the prescribed course of study within the BHS Hebrew Department. This course will explore the origin of the Scriptures; provide an Overview of the Dead Sea Scrolls; review various translations of the Hebrew text, and cover the history/overview of the Parashiyot and Haftarah portions. Additionally, students will complete an independent study in Jewish Studies and Jewish Roots. At the conclusion of the course students will sit for a final examination, submit a 7 page written paper, and write a drash on their Torah birth portion. The course will span 2 semesters, with one semester requiring classroom attendance/participation and the second semester being the independent study.

Included in the tuition is a Text, handouts, CD’s, and Study guide. There will be additional texts required for the class that the student will be required to purchase.

Exegesis of Jonah

Prerequisite: Completion of the Adult Hebrew Program

Utilizing skills learned in the Adult Hebrew Program students will systematically work through the Hebrew text of Jonah.  The emphasis of the class will be proper hermeneutics based on advanced Hebrew grammar skills. Source texts and scholarly material will be utilized in the class.

Tuition includes text, research CD’s and handouts.

Exegesis of Ruth

Prerequisite: Exegesis of Jonah

Utilizing skills learned in the Adult Hebrew Program students will systematically work through the Hebrew text of Ruth.  The emphasis of the class will be proper hermeneutics based on advanced Hebrew grammar skills.

Tuition includes text, research CD’s and handouts.

Cantillation Tutorial

Prerequisite: Completion of the Adult Hebrew Program and Torah Appreciation.  Additionally, students will have to complete and application and interview process.

This class is designed to teach the advanced Hebrew student the rules, format, and melodies of the cantillation system utilized at Baruch HaShem. 

Children’s B’nei Mitzvah Cantillation Tutorial

In preparation for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, the B’nei Mitzvah Coordinator will assign the student a tutor to learn their Torah portion.  Please click here to request more information.

* NOTE: Required courses for Bar/Bat Mitzvah students.

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