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Initiative seeking to improve Hebrew literacy in America

תאריך:23.12.2013
The Hebrew Language Council of North America, which held its inaugural conference last month in New Jersey, aims to make Hebrew a more central part of American Jewish culture.

 

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 Initiative seeking to improve Hebrew literacy in America

 

By Julie Wiener
JTA, December 20, 2013 

 

NEW YORK (JTA)-For the first 3 1/2 weeks of the summer, one group of 5-year-olds at Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, N.Y., was "very quiet" as the children went about the typical camp activities, according to Amy Skopp Cooper, the camp's director.

 

But in the fourth week, the talking started-in Israeli-accented Hebrew.

 

By the end of the summer, eva luations revealed that most of the 20 children-all of whom had started out as Hebrew novices-"had gone up multiple levels" in their Hebrew proficiency, Cooper said.

 

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 NJ hosts launch of Hebrew literacy council

 

by NJJN Staff

NJJN, November 26, 2013

 

The Hebrew Language Council of North America launched with a conference in Newark on Nov. 18-19.



A partnership of the World Zionist Organization and other organizations, the council is aiming to raise the profile of the Hebrew language and Israeli culture in North America.

 

Its plans include holding an annual three-day Hebrew language and Israeli culture conference, setting up a database and website, and establishing va professional organization for Hebrew teachers and educators in North America. They also have plans to raise funds.

 

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World Zionist Organization establishes council to promote Hebrew language for diaspora Jews

 

By Sam Sokol

Jerusalem Post, November 21, 2013

 

The World Zionist Organization, along with the Education Ministry and several other groups, announced on Monday the establishment of a council dedicated to the promotion of the Hebrew language among Diaspora Jewry.

 

The Hebrew Language Council, whose inaugural conference was held this week in New Jersey, is aimed at increasing fluency in Hebrew to forge deeper connections to Judaism and the Jewish people, Dr. Simcha Leibovich, representative of the WZO Executive in North America, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

 

The Academy of the Hebrew Language in Jerusalem, as well as the US-based Hebrew at the Center (HATC) organization, Middlebury-HATC Institute for the Advancement of Hebrew and Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, are all founding members of the forum.

 

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New Council to Spread Hebrew in North America

 

By Darryl Egnal, Ari Yashar

Arutz 7

 

The World Zionist Organization (WZO) has announced a new initiative, The Hebrew Language Council (HLC) of North America, to advance the Hebrew language and Israeli culture in North America.


“Our aim is to lead a movement of Hebrew-speakers and Hebrew-lovers in the United States and Canada, a movement that will connect people to the Jewish culture, religion and language,” says Dr. Simcha Leibovich, the WZO Executive’s representative in North America and founding member of HLC.

 

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Raising the profile of Hebrew in North America (IsraPost)


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