J’s shlichah Roni Lavi offering two new modern Hebrew classes this fall


Jordan Palmer

For many of us, growing up and going to Hebrew School gave us the foundation for one of two things. If you really studied, you could understand spoken Hebrew, or at least how it was written and spoken in the Bible. If you just did enough to get through your Torah portion, you had the ability to read Hebrew, at least what was written in the Bible.

Now, you have the chance to learn more. Now, you have the chance to learn modern Hebrew.

“Modern Hebrew is the everyday spoken Hebrew, which is quite different from the Hebrew used in the bible,” said Roni Lavi, the new J shlichah, who arrived in St. Louis last fall. Lavi will be teaching a new modern Hebrew class combined with Israeli culture and education. There will be two class levels offered.  Starters – for those who are starting with zero knowledge and don’t know the Hebrew alphabet. Beginners Plus – for those who have some initial Hebrew knowledge but still consider themselves beginners.

Starter Class
Every week, on 8 Wednesdays starting October 6th (except November 10th)
6:00-6:45 pm
The cost for the whole program is $50, and $40 for J members

Beginners Plus Class
Every week, on 8 Wednesdays starting October 6th (except November 10th)
The cost for the whole program is $50, and $40 for J members

Another program Lavi is doing is:

ISRAEL AT YOUR DOOR – Meet Up with Roni Lavi our JCC Community Shlicha!
All Ages

Get to know our wonderful Israeli staff member who is here to educate, engage, and share all about Israel and Israeli history, people, and culture. Roni is happy to set up a time and place that works for you and your family either in person, outside, or virtually! Pick any topic of discussion, learn some Hebrew, cook Israeli food together, listen to some great new Israeli music, play Israeli games, do some Israeli dances, and more.

Register at //jccstl.com/roni Sign up today!

Lavi is from Kfar Vradim in Northern Israel not far from the Lebanon border and believes that is important to infuse Israeli education and culture into our local American Jewish communities.

“Israel will always be a home for all Jewish people, and I believe that many Jews feel a deep emotional connection to the state of Israel,” said Lavie. “In order to feel connected to our religion and to fulfill the idea of Zionism, the connection between Israel and Jewish people around the world should be strong.

And if we are speaking about the Hebrew language, learning it through live events that happen in Israel and through the Israeli culture will empower the experience and allow the students to have a meaningful conversation with other Hebrew speakers.

Lavi also writes a blog on www.jccstl.com