Semester Course List

For a full list of course descriptions, click here.

 

Please scroll down for information on Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 courses. These lists are still being updated.

Note: all courses are subject to change.

Spring 2017

Basics of Organic Food Production

Taught by Dr. Elaine Solowey

This course presents information about small-scale organic food production, its potential and its problems. Students will also explore the social and economic aspects of producing one’s own organic food and engage students in practicing soil enrichment techniques, composting, container gardening and keeping small livestock as well as seed saving, food storage, food preparation, slow food movements and the active preservation of heirloom fruits vegetables and animal breeds.

Click here to download the syllabus

Education for Sustainability: Theory and Practice

Taught by Dr. Miri Lavi-Neeman

Sustainability, it seems, is everywhere—in activism, ecology, popular culture, and industry. In the face of economic and environmental crisis, and unprecedented rates of urbanization, the term has become omnipresent and at times overused across various social arenas and in policy circles. This is perhaps an indication to a deep shared desire for a sustainable future. But the increasing popularity of the term presents us with competing and at times contradictory meanings and application of the term that poses challenges for sustainability scholarship and practice.

This course looks at sustainability and its arguably contradictory win-win goals of economic growth, environmental integrity, and social equity, from perspectives developed in human, critical & urban political geography.

Click here to download the syllabus

Directed Research and Independent Study in the Environment

Taught by Dr. Avigail Morris and Dr. Jawad Shoqeir 

This seminar provides a framework for students interested in pursuing an independent research project while enrolled in the undergraduate program. Students are matched up with an academic advisor from the Arava Institute or elsewhere in the region whom they meet with on a weekly basis. Research should centered around work that can only be done in Israel, the Palestinian Authority, or Jordan, such as working with particular communities or dealing with a region-specific issue. All types of research are possible, whether they are scientifically or sociologically based. The seminar can also act as a support for research the student is currently undertaking at their home university. All students are required to write a research proposal, give an oral presentation at the end of the semester and write a final research paper.

It is expected that students undertaking the seminar have some prior experience in conducting research. Framework includes support in research design, research writing and presentation of results.

Please click here to download the syllabus

Ecology of the Arava

Taught by Dr. Elli Groner

This course will present an overview of the ecology of the Arava Desert. In this course, basic principals of ecology and then desert ecology will be introduced. Student will learn about desert food webs, interaction between ecosystems, pollution and other risks to the conservation of the Arava. We will study the link between the Arava ecosystems. We will study plants, arthropods, mammals and birds of the terrestrial ecosystem and the principles and wildlife of the sea. While learning about different ecosystem and taxon we will study the anthropogenic impact on wildlife.

Click here to download the syllabus

Environmental Science

Taught by Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed

This course is designed to give an overview of environmental science, focusing on global environmental issues. The course will look at past and present environmental issues and the chemical and physical tools that assist in the study of the environment. The course will cover air pollution, the water cycle and environmental issues associated with water, hazardous substances, global warming, ozone depletion and acid rain. Each student will choose a specific topic to research and present to the class. There will be one field trip associated with the class.

Click here to download the syllabus

Introduction to Earth Science

Taught by Dr. Yaron Finzi

This course will include introduction to Earth Sciences – Geology, Geomorphology, and Climatology. The courses include exploring the connections between earth systems (Geosphere, Hydrosphere, Atmosphere, and Biosphere) and the different aspects associated with the natural history of the Arava Valley. The course will include two daylong field trips.

Click here do download the syllabus

Introduction to Political Ecology - Case Studies from the Middle East

Taught by Dr. Miri Lavi-Neeman

Political ecology, generally defined, examines the politics, in the broadest sense of the word, of the environment. This course traces the origins and current formulations of political ecology as an approach to studying environmental change/degradation and the relations between society and the environment in general; but it also evaluates the power of political ecology to explain and analyze historical and current conflicts and processes involving Israelis, Palestinians, and others in the Middle East.

The course provides first the theoretical roots and the intellectual development of political ecology over the last several decades testing them as a framework to environmental changes and processes around the world. We will look at the social and historical forces and relations that shape resources access, the political structures that mediate control over land and property, and the consequences and legacies of colonialism, empires, and uneven development. Using a combination of case studies and theoretical works, we will explore a range of environmental issues including: desertification, water, energy, scarcity, parks and protected areas, and environmental movements. We will follow case studies and research projects from the Middle East, and in particular within Israel and the Palestine, but also from other parts of the world. The course provides analytical tools and critical thinking skills. The goal would be first, to be able to use the framework of political ecology to analyze the complex relationships between ecological and social change that underlie contemporary environmental problems around the globe; second, to evaluate and criticize other popular understandings of the environment, and thirdly, to gain a unique and useful but overlooked perspective on Middle East politics, and on regional and local ethnic and civic conflicts, and violence. We will sample key texts in political ecology literature dealing with environmental change; political economy of resources, identity, social movements, ethnicity, nationalism, and development; we will also evaluate academic and popular writings on the Middle East from a political ecology perspective.

Click here do download the syllabus

Introduction to Solid Waste

Taught by Dr. Jawad Shoqeir

Due to industrial revolution, technology development and consumption patterns of the people, huge quantities of different types of solid wastes are produced every day, creating an alarming problem of their disposal. It is now recognized that proactive management is required to deal with this problem. Thus, solid waste management involves management of activities associated with generation, storage, collection, transfer and transport, reuse and recycling, processing and disposal which should be environmentally compatible, adopting to the principles of economy, aesthetics, and energy conservation. The course will address these aspects.

Click here to download the syllabus

Water Resources in the Middle East*

Taught by Dr. Clive Lipchin
This is a compulsory course during spring semester that introduces the major issues engaging efficient water management in the Middle East. The goal of the course is to provide students with an overview of the challenges facing policy makers and water experts in effectively managing these resources and negotiating over their equitable allocation.

As water scarcity is a reality in the region, it is critical to explore the ways and means for sustainable management of this resource in the face of growing demand and dwindling supply and the associated regional plans for water allocation among the countries of the region. By concentrating on the Jordan River Basin and associated groundwater resources students learn how these waters are managed and shared. Although the basin is shared by Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, the course will focus on the first three riparians. The course will include a field trip covering the Jordan River Watershed. A guest lecturer from the Palestinian Authority and a guest lecturer from Jordan will participate in the course.

Click here to download the syllabus

Non Academic Courses

Peace-Building Leadership Seminar*

Facilitated by Dr. Michael Alexander

In line with the Arava Institute’s mission to generate capacity-building for conciliation and cooperation, all students and interns participate in a weekly Peace-building Leadership Seminar (PLS). In this seminar, students engage in dialogue exploring issues of culture, religion, identity, coexistence, and the current political situation, while developing competencies in intercultural understanding and empathy.

PLS builds on the conviction that the social and political relationships within and between groups in the region have a significant influence on environmental practices, public policies, and grassroots environmental activism. PLS takes advantage of the Arava Institute’s own community as a microcosm of the region, building the tools and understanding necessary to foster environmental sustainability, social justice, and respect in the broader society. Every student, no matter the country of origin, has the opportunity to contribute significantly to this ongoing dialogue.

PLS sessions take place weekly throughout the academic year, with each session addressing different aspects of the program’s learning objectives. PLS group activities and one-on-one discussion groups contribute to students’ developing a repertoire of respectful and consensus-building interactions. In addition, each semester, PLS welcomes guest speakers who bring a wealth of knowledge about current coexistence initiatives.

Environmental Leadership Seminar

Facilitated by Tess Lehrich

In the Environmental Leadership Seminar (EL), students and interns explore environmental leadership from a unique regional perspective and in the context of their own multicultural campus community. EL introduces environmental leadership through a range of sessions and workshops held over each semester. While working together as a community and in small groups, participants explore a wide range of topics including environmental entrepreneurship, project management, holistic models for environmental living, and environmental policy and politics. In addition, each semester, EL welcomes guest speakers who bring a wealth of knowledge about current environmental initiatives.

Hebrew and Folklore (for students registered via MASA Program)

Taught by Tal Holzman

In this course we will learn the basics of the Hebrew language; the Hebrew alphabet, reading, writing, conversation vocabulary, useful expressions, slang and more. Class time will be used mainly to develop verbal communication skills in a present form. During the semester (according to the class level) we’ll start learning past form.

We will explore aspects of the Jewish culture; holidays, customs, and heritage. In addition we will get a taste of the Israeli folklore through music, art, humor, slang, food…

This course is intended for MASA students, but other students may be able to participate on a case by case basis. Language learning is strongly encouraged generally among students outside of the classroom.

 

Fall 2017

Alternative Energy Science*

Taught by Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed
This course examines the utilization and storage for renewable technologies such as wind, solar, biomass, fuel cells and hybrid systems and for more conventional fossil fuel-based technologies. In addition, it will study the environmental consequences of energy conversion and how renewable energy can reduce air pollution and global climate change. Lastly, it will evaluate the regional environmental problems and the role of the renewable energy in solving these problems by focusing on new developments in renewable energy technologies.

Click here to download the syllabus.

Climate Change

A course description and syllabus will be published soon – check back for more information in Spring 2017.

Environmental Economics

Taught by Professor Nir Becker

This course will survey economic thinking on environmental issues. A wide range of topics will be considered, including economic approaches to pollution control; the extent to which environmental regulations impede production of conventional goods and services; water markets; valuation of environmental resources; natural resource damage assessment; global warming; loss of biodiversity; environmental issues in developing countries; and sustainability. The course will seek to introduce students to the insights that economics can provide and to make them aware of the pitfalls of economic approaches.

Environmental Education: From Theory to Practice

Taught by Dr. Miri Lavi Neeman

This course begins with a historical overview of the main themes and different concepts and approaches to environmental education in the world in the 21st century, and then examines various methods of learning and teaching about the environment and the connections between the environment, education and the community. There will be one daylong, local field trip. Each student will prepare a personal project that will include developing, and optionally, running an environmental program for school-aged children.

Environmental Policy

Taught by Dr. Clive Lipchin

This course defines environmental problems and considers the roles of scientists, civil society, media and the policy-making community. Applying this knowledge to Israel’s land use policy, students examine how decisions are made in practice – for example, in the case of the proposed Solar Power facility in the Arava. The course then looks in depth at each type of environmental policy and how they have been implemented. Finally, we scale up to regional and international environmental policy and analyze how policy is made when multiple countries are involved and the environmental challenges vary by geography.

By its conclusion studies have a toolbox of policy options to address environmental challenges at the local, national, regional and global scale, including: planning, economic policies, command and control, and economic incentives and disincentives.

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Taught by Dr. Aviva Peeters

The course is an introduction to the concepts and application of geographic information systems and science (GIS). It is designed for students without former GIS experience. It focuses on the use of GIS for scientific inquiry and on its application for real-world problem solving. Different types of GIS spatial analysis are studied and applied such as suitability analysis, surface analysis and 3D analysis. Case studies from various environmental research domains are used as demonstrations. Each lesson is comprised of a theoretical introduction and of an exercise. The exercises include training on the ArcGIS® Desktop software package. The final project consists of designing and applying a GIS analysis model relevant to the student’s field of interest.

Click here to download the syllabus.

Introduction to Ecology

This course will present an overview of the ecology of the Arava Desert. In this course, basic principals of ecology and then desert ecology will be introduced. Student will learn about desert food webs, interaction between ecosystems, pollution and other risks to the conservation of the Arava. We will study the link between the Arava ecosystems. We will study plants, arthropods, mammals and birds of the terrestrial ecosystem and the principles and wildlife of the sea. While learning about different ecosystem and taxon we will study the anthropogenic impact on wildlife.

Click here to download the syllabus

Introduction to Environmental Politics

Taught by Dr. Miri Lavi Neeman

We live at a time when planetary ecologies appear to be most threatened and vulnerable, and global environmental problems − from climate change to biodiversity − have become pressing political concerns for the global economy.  This class examines different international politics, actors, processes, and structures that have emerged in the arena of global environmental politics. Topics include: global and regional environmental problems, agreements, and structures of governance; the politics of climate change; actors, tensions, processes, and theories in global environmental politics; grassroots environmental politics.

Click here to download the syllabus.

Introduction to Soil Sciences

Taught by Dr. Jawad Shoqeir

Due to industrial revolution, technology development and consumption patterns of the people, huge quantities of different types of solid wastes are produced every day, creating an alarming problem of their disposal. It is now recognized that proactive management is required to deal with this problem. Thus, solid waste management involves management of activities associated with generation, storage, collection, transfer and transport, reuse and recycling, processing and disposal which should be environmentally compatible, adopting to the principles of economy, aesthetics, and energy conservation. The course will address these aspects.

Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture

Taught by Dr. Elaine Solowey

This course presents an overview of approaches to sustainable agriculture, comparing environmental impacts of sustainable agriculture to conventional agriculture. Subjects include crop diversity, smart breeding, permaculture, bio-intensive agriculture, large-scale organics, water-saving techniques, IPM and restoration ecology. Students complete essay questions in an open book exam, do a project of their choosing, take one field trip, and visit and evaluate crops in the experimental fields at Kibbutz Ketura.

Click here to download the syllabus.

Methodology and Research Seminar

Taught by Dr. Avigail Morris and Dr. Jawad Shoqeir

This seminar provides a framework for students interested in pursuing an independent research project while enrolled in the undergraduate program. Students are matched up with an academic advisor from the Arava Institute or elsewhere in the region whom they meet with on a weekly basis. Research should centered around work that can only be done in Israel, the Palestinian Authority or Jordan, such as working with particular communities or dealing with a region-specific issue. All types of research are possible, whether they are scientifically or sociologically based. The seminar can also act as a support for research the student is currently undertaking at their home university. All students are required to write a research proposal, give an oral presentation at the end of the semester and write a final research paper.

It is expected that students undertaking the seminar have some prior experience in conducting research. Framework includes support in research design, research writing and presentation of results.

Click here to download the syllabus.

Non Academic Courses

Peace-Building Leadership Seminar*

Facilitated by Dr. Michael Alexander

In line with the Arava Institute’s mission to generate capacity-building for conciliation and cooperation, all students and interns participate in a weekly Peace-building Leadership Seminar (PLS). In this seminar, students engage in dialogue exploring issues of culture, religion, identity, coexistence, and the current political situation, while developing competencies in intercultural understanding and empathy.

PLS builds on the conviction that the social and political relationships within and between groups in the region have a significant influence on environmental practices, public policies, and grassroots environmental activism. PLS takes advantage of the Arava Institute’s own community as a microcosm of the region, building the tools and understanding necessary to foster environmental sustainability, social justice, and respect in the broader society. Every student, no matter the country of origin, has the opportunity to contribute significantly to this ongoing dialogue.

PLS sessions take place weekly throughout the academic year, with each session addressing different aspects of the program’s learning objectives. PLS group activities and one-on-one discussion groups contribute to students’ developing a repertoire of respectful and consensus-building interactions. In addition, each semester, PLS welcomes guest speakers who bring a wealth of knowledge about current coexistence initiatives.

Environmental Leadership Seminar

Facilitated by Tess Lehrich

In the Environmental Leadership Seminar (EL), students and interns explore environmental leadership from a unique regional perspective and in the context of their own multicultural campus community. EL introduces environmental leadership through a range of sessions and workshops held over each semester. While working together as a community and in small groups, participants explore a wide range of topics including environmental entrepreneurship, project management, holistic models for environmental living, and environmental policy and politics. In addition, each semester, EL welcomes guest speakers who bring a wealth of knowledge about current environmental initiatives.

Hebrew and Folklore (for students registered via MASA Program)

Taught by Tal Holzman

In this course we will learn the basics of the Hebrew language; the Hebrew alphabet, reading, writing, conversation vocabulary, useful expressions, slang and more. Class time will be used mainly to develop verbal communication skills in a present form. During the semester (according to the class level) we’ll start learning past form.

We will explore aspects of the Jewish culture; holidays, customs, and heritage. In addition we will get a taste of the Israeli folklore through music, art, humor, slang, food…

This course is intended for MASA students, but other students may be able to participate on a case by case basis. Language learning is strongly encouraged generally among students outside of the classroom.

 

Spring 2018

Basics of Organic Food Production

Taught by Dr. Elaine Solowey

This course presents information about small-scale organic food production, its potential and its problems. Students will also explore the social and economic aspects of producing one’s own organic food and engage students in practicing soil enrichment techniques, composting, container gardening and keeping small livestock as well as seed saving, food storage, food preparation, slow food movements and the active preservation of heirloom fruits vegetables and animal breeds.

Biodiversity of Sand Dunes

The aim of this course provides the students with hands-on experience in studying biodiversity by exploring its sharp decline and the human-made crisis that ecologists are trying to solve. Some of the important questions are: What species exist, and how many? How do we evaluate the abundance and the richness of species? Why is biodiversity so important? How do we set priority regions for conservation based on biodiversity? We will learn about the ecosystem changes of sand dunes including natural and anthropogenic processes. In addition, we will study the development threats to the dunes and the politics behind them. These questions and others will be dealt with before, during and after sampling several taxonomic groups on sand dunes.

Critical Social Sustainability

Taught by Dr. Miri Lavi Neeman

Sustainability, it seems, is everywhere—in activism, ecology, popular culture, and industry. In the face of economic and environmental crisis, and unprecedented rates of urbanization, the term has become omnipresent and at times overused across various social arenas and in policy circles. This is perhaps an indication to a deep shared desire for a sustainable future. But the increasing popularity of the term presents us with competing and at times contradictory meanings and application of the term that poses challenges for sustainability scholarship and practice.

This course looks at sustainability and its arguably contradictory win-win goals of economic growth, environmental integrity, and social equity, from perspectives developed in human, critical & urban political geography.

Directed Research and Independent Study in the Environment

Taught by Dr. Avigail Morris and Dr. Jawad Shoqeir

This seminar provides a framework for students interested in pursuing an independent research project while enrolled in the undergraduate program. Students are matched up with an academic advisor from the Arava Institute or elsewhere in the region whom they meet with on a weekly basis. Research should centered around work that can only be done in Israel, the Palestinian Authority, or Jordan, such as working with particular communities or dealing with a region-specific issue. All types of research are possible, whether they are scientifically or sociologically based. The seminar can also act as a support for research the student is currently undertaking at their home university. All students are required to write a research proposal, give an oral presentation at the end of the semester and write a final research paper.

It is expected that students undertaking the seminar have some prior experience in conducting research. Framework includes support in research design, research writing and presentation of results.

Ecology of the Arava

Taught by Dr. Elli Groner

This course will present an overview of the ecology of the Arava Desert. In this course, basic principals of ecology and then desert ecology will be introduced. Student will learn about desert food webs, interaction between ecosystems, pollution and other risks to the conservation of the Arava. We will study the link between the Arava ecosystems. We will study plants, arthropods, mammals and birds of the terrestrial ecosystem and the principles and wildlife of the sea. While learning about different ecosystem and taxon we will study the anthropogenic impact on wildlife.

Environmental Ethics

Taught by Dr. Dan Perry

This course provides an introductory survey of key issues and debates in contemporary environmental ethics and philosophy, introducing students to varieties of environmental thought in their philosophical and cultural contexts, and exploring the glossary and principles of the definition of ethics. We will read and discuss some central texts in environmentalism; compare and contrast schools of thought (such as deep and social ecology); explore the interaction of environmental, social and political issues; and clarify our own values and life choices surrounding these questions. Key topics include: animal liberation, environmental ethics in western and non-western religions, deep ecology, eco-feminism and social ecology.

Environmental Science

Taught by Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed

This course is designed to give an overview of environmental science, focusing on global environmental issues. The course will look at past and present environmental issues and the chemical and physical tools that assist in the study of the environment. The course will cover air pollution, the water cycle and environmental issues associated with water, hazardous substances, global warming, ozone depletion and acid rain. Each student will choose a specific topic to research and present to the class. There will be one field trip associated with the class.

Introduction to Earth Science

Taught by Dr. Yaron Finzi

This course will include introduction to Earth Sciences – Geology, Geomorphology and Climatology. The courses include exploring the connections between earth systems (Geosphere, Hydrosphere, Atmosphere and Biosphere) and the different aspects associated with the natural history of the Arava Valley. The course will include two one-day field trips.

Introduction to Solid Waste

Taught by Dr. Jawad Shoqeir

Due to industrial revolution, technology development and consumption patterns of the people, huge quantities of different types of solid wastes are produced every day, creating an alarming problem of their disposal. It is now recognized that proactive management is required to deal with this problem. Thus, solid waste management involves management of activities associated with generation, storage, collection, transfer and transport, reuse and recycling, processing and disposal which should be environmentally compatible, adopting to the principles of economy, aesthetics, and energy conservation. The course will address these aspects.

Political Ecology

Taught by Dr. Miri Lavi Neeman

Political ecology, generally defined, examines the politics, in the broadest sense of the word, of the environment. This course traces the origins and current formulations of political ecology as an approach to studying environmental change/degradation and the relations between society and the environment in general; but it also evaluates the power of political ecology to explain and analyze historical and current conflicts and processes involving Israelis, Palestinians, and others in the Middle East.

The course provides first the theoretical roots and the intellectual development of political ecology over the last several decades testing them as a framework to environmental changes and processes around the world. We will look at the social and historical forces and relations that shape resources access, the political structures that mediate control over land and property, and the consequences and legacies of colonialism, empires, and uneven development. Using a combination of case studies and theoretical works, we will explore a range of environmental issues including: desertification, water, energy, scarcity, parks and protected areas, and environmental movements. We will follow case studies and research projects from the Middle East, and in particular within Israel and the Palestine, but also from other parts of the world. The course provides analytical tools and critical thinking skills. The goal would be first, to be able to use the framework of political ecology to analyze the complex relationships between ecological and social change that underlie contemporary environmental problems around the globe; second, to evaluate and criticize other popular understandings of the environment, and thirdly, to gain a unique and useful but overlooked perspective on Middle East politics, and on regional and local ethnic and civic conflicts, and violence. We will sample key texts in political ecology literature dealing with environmental change; political economy of resources, identity, social movements, ethnicity, nationalism, and development; we will also evaluate academic and popular writings on the Middle East from a political ecology perspective.

Water Resources in the Middle East*

Taught by Dr. Clive Lipchin

This is a compulsory course during spring semester that introduces the major issues engaging efficient water management in the Middle East. The goal of the course is to provide students with an overview of the challenges facing policy makers and water experts in effectively managing these resources and negotiating over their equitable allocation.

As water scarcity is a reality in the region, it is critical to explore the ways and means for sustainable management of this resource in the face of growing demand and dwindling supply and the associated regional plans for water allocation among the countries of the region. By concentrating on the Jordan River Basin and associated groundwater resources students learn how these waters are managed and shared. Although the basin is shared by Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, the course will focus on the first three riparians. The course will include a field trip covering the Jordan River Watershed. A guest lecturer from the Palestinian Authority and a guest lecturer from Jordan will participate in the course.

Non Academic Courses

Peace-Building Leadership Seminar*

Facilitated by Dr. Michael Alexander

In line with the Arava Institute’s mission to generate capacity-building for conciliation and cooperation, all students and interns participate in a weekly Peace-building Leadership Seminar (PLS). In this seminar, students engage in dialogue exploring issues of culture, religion, identity, coexistence, and the current political situation, while developing competencies in intercultural understanding and empathy.

PLS builds on the conviction that the social and political relationships within and between groups in the region have a significant influence on environmental practices, public policies, and grassroots environmental activism. PLS takes advantage of the Arava Institute’s own community as a microcosm of the region, building the tools and understanding necessary to foster environmental sustainability, social justice, and respect in the broader society. Every student, no matter the country of origin, has the opportunity to contribute significantly to this ongoing dialogue.

PLS sessions take place weekly throughout the academic year, with each session addressing different aspects of the program’s learning objectives. PLS group activities and one-on-one discussion groups contribute to students’ developing a repertoire of respectful and consensus-building interactions. In addition, each semester, PLS welcomes guest speakers who bring a wealth of knowledge about current coexistence initiatives.

Environmental Leadership Seminar

Facilitated by Tess Lehrich

In the Environmental Leadership Seminar (EL), students and interns explore environmental leadership from a unique regional perspective and in the context of their own multicultural campus community. EL introduces environmental leadership through a range of sessions and workshops held over each semester. While working together as a community and in small groups, participants explore a wide range of topics including environmental entrepreneurship, project management, holistic models for environmental living, and environmental policy and politics. In addition, each semester, EL welcomes guest speakers who bring a wealth of knowledge about current environmental initiatives.

Hebrew and Folklore (for students registered via MASA Program)

Taught by Tal Holzman

In this course we will learn the basics of the Hebrew language; the Hebrew alphabet, reading, writing, conversation vocabulary, useful expressions, slang and more. Class time will be used mainly to develop verbal communication skills in a present form. During the semester (according to the class level) we’ll start learning past form.

We will explore aspects of the Jewish culture; holidays, customs, and heritage. In addition we will get a taste of the Israeli folklore through music, art, humor, slang, food…

This course is intended for MASA students, but other students may be able to participate on a case by case basis. Language learning is strongly encouraged generally among students outside of the classroom.

 

* Courses are required

 

Note: these courses are subject to change.