“Can you translate the Hebrew name….?”, “Where can I find a Torah…?”, “I have an old book in my possession and it looks like it’s written in Hebrew…”. These are just a sampling of the random inquiries that Michelle and I receive occasionally in the BHI offices. With a name like Baltimore Hebrew Institute, this comes as no surprise to us. We are happy to triage callers to the many agencies, organizations, synagogues and schools that provide Jewish services, but most often callers ring with questions relating to the study of Hebrew. And on this topic, BHI is the right address!
Michelle Taylor, who coordinates our adult education programs, shares her impressions as our guest blogger today:
On the first evening of summer classes in July, Malca Friedman, Hebrew Ulpan instructor exclaimed, “It’s like the United Nations!” While this may seem like a strange comment about a Hebrew language class, it captured the essence of the gathering. Black, white, Asian, Jewish or Christian, the thirty students studying Hebrew during the summer through the Baltimore Hebrew Institute are the picture of diversity. For people who ask “why can’t we all get along?” I say come to our Hebrew classes. Here we get along, work together, share common goals, speak Hebrew, and have a great time. Meeting on Monday nights (for Biblical Hebrew) and Wednesday nights (for Modern Hebrew) at Beth El Congregation in Pikesville, a warm and welcoming learning community has been created. Ulpan Director Dr. Eyal Bor has recruited master teachers and constructed an excellent curriculum. We are proud of our growing Hebrew language program, and the interesting cross section of our community that comes together l’daber ivrit.
Classes for Modern Hebrew Ulpan and Biblical Hebrew will begin again October 4th. For information about how you can join this diverse and stimulating learning community, contact Michelle Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org).