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Hagigah Ivrit: A Celebration of the Hebrew Language

June 23, 2016 | Jewish Philanthropy

The second annual Hagigah Ivrit of metropolitan New York, March 6-20, 2016 concluded with a sense of a new tradition in the making. Hagigah Ivrit, “Festival of Hebrew,” is a two-week celebration of local events and activities aimed at celebrating the Hebrew language and its culture. The festival in New York was part of an annual national Hebrew language celebration that took place in March in cities throughout North America.

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Hagigah Ivrit: A Celebration of the Hebrew Language

March 10, 2016 | Mofet

The second annual Hagigah Ivrit of metropolitan New York, March 6-20, 2016 concluded with a sense of a new tradition in the making. Hagigah Ivrit, “Festival of Hebrew,” is a two-week celebration of local events and activities aimed at celebrating the Hebrew language and its culture. The festival in New York was part of an annual national Hebrew language celebration that took place in March in cities throughout North America.

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HAGIGAH IVRIT, A FESTIVAL CELEBRATING THE HEBREW LANGUAGE (SPONSORED)

March 3, 2016 | West Side Rag

Starting March 6, there will be a wide range of events on the Upper West Side and elsewhere in the New York area celebrating Hebrew — the vibrant language of Israel expressed in its literature, movies, songs and more. Celebrate this old and new language that spans the ancient language of the Bible and the vernacular of modern Israel. This year we will be offering many events in honor of the legendary Israeli writer, playwright and Oscar-nominated movie director Ephraim Kishon (1924-2005). Hagigah Ivrit is sponsored by The Council for Hebrew Language and Culture in North America, the World Zionist Organization, The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, and the Israeli-American Council.

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בניו ג'רזי ייסדנו את ארגון המורים לעברית

January 1, 2016 | שבוע ישראלי

צוות מורים לעברית מלוס אנג'לס אשר השתתף בכנס הייסוד של ארגון המורים משתף קוראים בחוויה ובחשיבות הארגון החדש.

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At JTS and in Your Community

December 8, 2015 | JTS newsletter

Dr. Avraham Holtz, Simon H. Fabian Professor Emeritus of Hebrew Literature, JTS, was recently honored in a special ceremony at the annual meeting of The Council for Hebrew Language and Culture in North America and the opening of the first annual conference of the National Association of Hebrew Teachers. His honor was covered by The Jerusalem Post.

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Local Teachers Attend National Conference

December 3, 2015 | Ohio Jewish Chronicle

Eran Rosenberg, CJDS (Columbus Jewish Day School) Hebrew and Judaic Studies Coordinator and Kelly Adar, Head of the Hebrew Department at Columbus Torah Academy, made history earlier this month, when they attended the first annual conference of the National Association of Hebrew Teachers (NAHeT) in Newark, New Jersey. NAHeT was formed to bring together thousands of Hebrew teachers in North America, including teachers from Jewish day schools..

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Hebrew Comes to The Forefront of Jewish Education

December 1, 2015 | AZM Website

The American Zionist Movement has been striving for over 100 years to strengthen the connection of American Jews to Israel. From the Tachles program to Cafe Ivrit, AZM has long held the belief that Hebrew is an essential component of Jewish identity and attachment to Israel. For this reason, we are extremely proud to be partners in the new American Jewish initiative – The Council for Hebrew Language and Culture – to promote the teaching of Hebrew all across the United States.

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Not Just News

November 26, 2015 | Jerusalem Post

In some parts of the world, such as the United States, there are academic organizations and institutions that preserve and promote the Hebrew language. One such institution is the Council for Hebrew Language and Culture in North America, which this month honored Prof. Avraham Holtz, a resident of New York, with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the founding conference of the National Association of Hebrew Teachers, in Newark, New Jersey. Photo Credit: Ilanit Solomonvich Habot

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New US Hebrew teachers group holds first conference

November 18, 2015 | Jerusalem Post

LIDAR GRAVÉ-LAZI Hebrew teachers across North America came together this week to take part in the first annual conference of the National Association of Hebrew Teachers in Newark, New Jersey. The professional network of teachers was created to address the needs and professional growth of the tens of thousands of people teaching Hebrew in schools, synagogues, community centers and youth movements in North America, and to unite them under one parent organization to advance the study of the Hebrew language.

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עברית מקצועית

October 29, 2015 | yediot America

לימוד עיברית כשפה זרה, או שפה שנייה שונה מאוד מלימוד עיברית בישראל. צריך לתת למורים את הכלים הנכונים כדי שיוכלו להעביר את החומרים בצורה משתפת, חוויתית והתלמידים יוכלו להתחבר אליה בצורה נכונה. העיברית היא הבסיס לחיים יהודיים. צריך לזכור שלשפה הזו קרה נס. היסטורית חשבו שמדינת היהודים תדבר גרמנית, ואפילו הטכניון לימד בגרמנית בשנות השלושים. אחרי 2500 שנה צריך לתת משנה תוקף ללימוד השפה המדוברת.

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israel independence day | Modern Hebrew still the ‘glue’ that holds Jews together

April 17, 2015 | J.Weekly.com

Call it the reverse Tower of Babel story. When a united humanity speaking the same language tried to build a tower to reach the heavens, God confounded their speech. But in the early days of modern Israel, a clash of tongues made life difficult — until Hebrew became “the glue that brought the people together,” said Rabbi Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, grandson of the “Father of Modern Hebrew” bearing the same name.

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Tower of Babel in reverse: Hebrew language unites Israelis and Jews

April 13, 2015 | JNS

By Jeffrey F. Barken Call it the reverse Tower of Babel story. When a united humanity speaking the same language tried to build a tower to reach the heavens, God confounded their speech. But in the early days of modern Israel, a clash of tongues made life difficult—until Hebrew became “the glue that brought the people together,” says Rabbi Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, grandson of the “Father of Modern Hebrew” bearing the same name.

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מסיבה של זמר עברי

April 2, 2015 | ידיעות אמריקה

ביום ראשון שעבר התקיימה 'חגיגת זמר עברית' בהשתתפות עשר מקהלות מבתי הספר בניו יורק רבתי וניו ג'רזי. הארוע התקיים במסגרת סדרת ארועים שמקיימת המועצה ללשון ולתרבות עברית בצפון אמריקה בשיתוף פעולה עם IAC ניו יורק, WZO וקרן סטניידהרט. ארועי 'חגיגה עברית' מתקיימים לראשונה בשישה מקומות מרכזיים בצפון אמריקה ובקנדה במהלך חודש מרץ.

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New Festival Celebrates Hebrew Language and Culture

March 20, 2015 | The Jewish Daily Forward

As the musicians began playing the first strains of Sergei Prokofiev’s classic children’s symphony, “Peter and the Wolf,” on the stage of the Steven Wise Free Synagogue in Manhattan on March 15, the hundreds of children in the large, awe-inspiring sanctuary stopped their squirming, and their parents eagerly pulled them onto the seats next to them.

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First Ever Festival to Celebrate the Hebrew Language

March 17, 2015 | Yiddish Forward

ערשטער ניו־יאָרקער פֿעסטיוואַל לכּבֿוד עבֿרית Rukhl Schaechter shares with Yiddish readers the exciting news about Hagigah Ivrit including a detailed calendar of the events in New York.

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American-Born Israeli Poet Janice Silverman Rebibo Dies at 65

March 15, 2015 | The Jewish Daily Forward

It is with profound sadness we inform you of the passing of Janice Silverman Rebibo. Janice, z”l, was a caring creative, talented, and brilliant woman who was loved and admired by all who knew her. She was a tireless advocate for all things relating to the Hebrew language who has had a profound impact on Hebrew studies. Ms. Rebibo was a member of the Council for Hebrew Language and Culture and will be profoundly missed. May the memories of her life remain with her family, friends and colleagues and sustain us all.

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First Hebrew Fest Hits NYC, With Beer

March 4, 2015 | The Jewish Week

In the first festival of its kind, the Israeli-American Council is partnering with the Steinhardt Foundation and the Council for Hebrew Language and Culture to host Hagigah Ivrit, a citywide celebration of the Hebrew language and Israeli culture. The festival, which will run from March 14-30, features everything from a Hebrew “Peter and the Wolf” performance to a best-selling Israeli author’s reading to a beer sing-along. Events will take place at a variety of locations across over the city.

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Director of 'Tachles' on her experience - Council for Hebrew Language Conference

November 19, 2014 | WZO Website

After attending the Council for Hebrew and Hebrew Culture in North America, we asked one of our esteemed program directors, Sarah Fuchs, to give her take on Hebrew Culture in North America. Sarah directs Tachles, an exciting new Hebrew initiative of the WZO. Tachles is a engaging and informal program that teaches “real,” spoken Hebrew through the lens of contemporary Israeli culture. Most importantly, Tachles aims to keep Hebrew relevant to a younger generation.

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The Second Annual Conference Council for Hebrew Language and Culture in North America

November 19, 2014 | WZO Website

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Less Tough Language

July 4, 2014 | Yediot America (Hebrew)

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New initiative seeking to improve Hebrew literacy among American Jews

December 2, 2013 | 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, evaluations 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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A miracle for modern times: reviving Hebrew in the Diaspora

November 27, 2013 | Jewish Community Voice

Chanukah’s literal translation is “rededication.” This 2,200-year-old holiday celebrates one of the greatest miracles in Jewish history – the oil that enabled ancient Jews to recommit the second Temple of Jerusalem to God. A new rededication movement is underway to revive the use of Hebrew among Jews outside of Israel. If it can be accomplished, it may be hailed as a modern miracle. A new organization, the Hebrew Language Council, held its inaugural conference in Newark, New Jersey earlier this month.

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NJ hosts launch of Hebrew literacy council

November 26, 2013 | New Jersey Jewish News

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.

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

November 21, 2013 | The Jerusalem Post

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.

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There is Hebrew in North America

November 21, 2013 | Yediot America (Hebrew)

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Raising the Profile of Hebrew in North America: A New Initiative by the WZO

November 18, 2013 | eJewish Philanthropy

The launch of the Hebrew Language Council of North America will create a movement dedicated to advancing the Hebrew language and Israeli culture in North America.

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New Council to Spread Hebrew in North America

November 13, 2013 | Arutz Sheva/Israel National News

WZO starts new council to advance Hebrew language and Israeli culture in North America.

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Raising the profile of Hebrew in North America: A new initiative by the WZO

November 12, 2013 | Jewish Boston

The launch of the Hebrew Language Council (HLC) of North America will create a movement dedicated to advancing the Hebrew language and Israeli culture in North America.

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RAISING THE PROFILE OF HEBREW IN NORTH AMERICA: A NEW INITIATIVE BY THE WZO

November 12, 2013 | IsraPost

The World Zionist Organization (WZO) will launch the Hebrew Language Council (HLC) of North America at HLC’s inaugural conference in Newark, NJ, next week. The aim behind the new Council is to raise the profile of the Hebrew language and Israeli culture in North America and bring together organizations and institutions dealing with the Hebrew language and Jewish culture.

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