Driven by the belief that mastery of Hebrew promotes students’ understanding of their history, excites them about lifelong Jewish learning, and cultivates strong ties with Israel, the Bishvil Ha-Ivrit Program is an essential component of a Milken education. The Bishvil Ha-Ivrit Program creates a community of Hebrew speakers who can participate in a casual conversation or sophisticated discussion, enjoy a lecture, read a book, or write a letter or an essay. Bishvil Ha-Ivrit provides learners with many opportunities to develop language skills via the exploration of socially relevant themes, resources, and learning experiences. The program introduces students to Hebrew from all historical periods – biblical to modern – by making use of conversations, songs, articles, poetry, and more. As students gradually develop their Hebrew language proficiency and feel at home with the language, they become aware of diverse viewpoints on daily life in Israel, Jewish tradition, and history.
Beyond our Jewish Studies curriculum, students are enrolled in either a Hebrew language course or a J-CIV (Jewish culture, identity & values) class each semester that provides students with insight into Jewish history, identity, and peoplehood.