Reading course teaches Hebrew in just five weeks

Updated 8/17/2022 9:41 AM

According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, only half of American Jews (52%) can read Hebrew.

To fill this gap in Jewish education, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute has developed Read it in Hebrew, an innovative Hebrew reading course.


With interactive flashcards and its own app for remote learning, Read it in Hebrew utilizes the latest technology to combine timeless learning methods with contemporary psychology for a course guaranteed to be effective in only five sessions.

Read it in Hebrew has been taught successfully in more than 600 locations, teaching over 6,000 students to read Hebrew. The first two lessons of Read it in Hebrew focus on the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, while the last three lessons introduce vowels and teach students how to read words.

With flashcards portraying the letters alongside catchy mnemonics that make the information memorable and easy to digest, Read it in Hebrew allows students to absorb information quickly and efficiently.

"The popularity of Read it in Hebrew suggests that it meets a deeply-felt need," said Rabbi Yaakov Kotlarsky, co-director of the Chabad Jewish Center of Arlington Heights.

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"Many feel lost in synagogue simply because they don't know how to read Hebrew. Learning to read Hebrew strengthens one's connection to Judaism and the Jewish people in a powerful way."

This innovative program will be coming to Arlington Heights just in time for the High Holidays. It will run for five consecutive weeks, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Enrollment is open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a synagogue, temple or other house of worship.

For more information or to register, visit or call (224) 357-7002.

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