Hebrew at Bard

Hebrew at Bard

Bard's Hebrew language program features two years of instruction in Modern Hebrew. The curriculum covers a wide range of grammar, vocabulary, syntax, and some simple literature. Students who are interested in pursuing Hebrew Language texts from pre-modern eras (e.g., biblical, rabbinic, or medieval) will receive a solid foundation that will easily allow them to tackle pre-modern literature in tutorials.

Hebrew/ Jewish Studies

Bard has a small but very active Hebrew Language program. Every year we offer Hebrew 101 and 102, a 2 semester sequence that gives students with absolutely no familiarity with, or background in Hebrew a solid foundation of grammar and vocabulary. Emphasis is on reading, writing, and speaking modern Hebrew, but these skills can easily be applied to biblical or other ancient forms of the language. When we have a critical mass of students, we also offer Hebrew 201 and 202, a 2 semester sequence for intermediate students that focus on more grammar and vocabulary, and introduces Hebrew literature. For those with advanced knowledge, modern and ancient Hebrew tutorials may be easily arranged. We also run a weekly Hebrew conversation table in Kline and occasionally screen Hebrew language films. If you are interested in taking Hebrew or you have any questions at all, feel free to contact David Nelson at nelson@bard.edu or by phone at 201 956-8228.

Faculty contact and profile information may be found here.

Sample Courses

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Beginning Hebrew
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Elementary Hebrew II
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Intermediate Hebrew
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Intermediate Hebrew II
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Additional Studies

Jewish Studies Concentration

Jewish Studies Concentration Website

The Jewish Studies Program takes an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the many facets of the Jewish experience, with course offerings ranging widely across several millennia and continents. Students concentrating in Jewish Studies also moderate into a divisional program such as history, religion, literature, or sociology. Students may focus, for example, on the classic texts of rabbinic Judaism; the new forms of Jewish identity and culture to emerge in the modern era; Hebrew language and literature; or the dynamics of contemporary Jewish life in Israel or the United States.