Preregistration open for Modern Hebrew Classes


Modern Hebrew Classes with Betsi
Boeno will be taught at two learner levels. The classes will focus on talking,
writing and reading Hebrew.

  • Hebrew 1 (Beginners’ Classes)
    will start on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7:00 pm and will continue on Mondays at 2pm after that. 
  • Hebrew 2 (Intermediate Classes)
    will start on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7:00 pm. “Second class will be on Thursday,
    Nov. 3, 7:00 pm
    and continue at that time on Mondays from Nov. 7th onwards.

Both courses are 10 weeks long, and they each cost $120 for members, $180 for
non-members, plus $45 for the textbook (the same textbook is used in both courses.)

Please pre-register for either course before the start date by
completing the appropriate form: 

Payment can be made by cheque
payable to Congregation Emanu-El or by credit card. Please do not send credit
card information by email or fax.

Philosopher’s Cafe, in May

Monday, May 16, 7:00 pm
The next Philosophers’ Café, led by Alan Rutkowski, will take place at 7pm on Monday, May 16, at Apt. 1803, 647 Michigan St. (buzzer 155, tel: 250-384-8588). 
The study material for the session will be a continuation of Rav A.J. Heschel’s work. Alan will be emailing out the suggested texts shortly. Participation is by donation ($5 suggested). For more information, please email Alan Rutkowski.​​

Adult Ed: Hebrew Courses beginning in April

Hebrew Course

  • Wednesday,
    April 20 at 7:00 pm
  • Instructor:
    Betsy Boeno.
  • Cost for 10
    sessions: Members: $120; Non-members: $180
  • Textbook:  $45 (additional)

Intermediate Hebrew Course
(Hebrew 2)

  • Monday, April 25 at 7:00 pm
  • Instructor:
    Betsy Boeno
  • Cost for 10
    sessions: members: $120; for non-members: $180
  • Text book: $45

 Note: The same textbook is used for Hebrew 1 and

pre-register for these courses online and contact Zelda in the office at
250-382-0615 to pay by credit card or cheque.

For further
information about these courses, please email Betsy.

Adult Education Calendar: updates

“Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.”

Daniel J. Boorstin

Here are the latest updates for Adult Education. We have added another Folkshul event for December 10 and two exciting classes in modern Hebrew for Winter 2015!

Regular Classes

  • Mystic Mocha– Talk Talmud and Ḥassidic teachings with Rabbi Harry at the Solstice Café on Pandora St. – Fridays, 12:30–1:30 pm
  • Lunch & Learn – Learn about the week’s parashah and other Torah wisdom –  Tuesdays, 12:30–1:30pm, at the synagogue
  • Introduction to JudaismFor those interested in learning more about Judaism, whether they are already Jewish or considering choosing Judaism – Thursdays, 7:30 pm pm at the synagogue
  • MorashahFor people who have taken the Introduction to Judaism class, or any members who would like to deepen their knowledge of what is means to live a Jewish life – Thursdays, 7:00 pm, at the synagogue.

New Hebrew Classes: 

  • Aleph Through the Looking Glass: A five-session course (and book) showing how any literate English speaker can master the essentials of writing in Hebrew in three lessons, separately from the language itself, thanks to historical kinship between the two alphabets (see separate item for details)
  • Bet – You Can Read & Speak HebrewUsing a learner’s Hebrew newspaper and other materials, Dahlia Beck, a native Hebrew speaker with years of experience as an ESL teacher, will lead reading and conversation on a wide variety of topics as well as help you work on Hebrew grammar and vocabulary (see separate item for full details)

New Adult Ed course: Bet – You Can Read & Speak Hebrew

Intermediate Modern Hebrew Conversation group

Have you reached a high beginner/intermediate level in your Modern Hebrew skills?

A newly formed Modern Hebrew conversation group can help you deepen and expand those skills.

Using a learner’s Hebrew newspaper and other materials, Dahlia Beck, a native Hebrew speaker with years of experience as an ESL teacher, will lead reading and conversation on a wide variety of topics as well as help you work on Hebrew grammar and vocabulary.

Each lesson projected to be 90 minutes–2 hours long.

  • Cost: $150, to include all course materials
  • Day: Tuesdays, 7 pm, March 24 – June 2, 2015
  • Location: Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street

To register, use the registration page, or email Dahlia Beck or Heshi Olson.

Please watch the Emanu-El newsletter and the Adult Education section of the Web site for details about registration.

New Adult Ed course: Aleph Through the Looking Glass


For a native English speaker to learn Hebrew is triply daunting, because it involves not only learning a new language, but one that is not of Indo-European origin, and mastering a completely different script.

Of these three obstacles, the script is psychologically the most intimidating. Indeed, conventional Hebrew study materials teach the Hebrew script by rote, as though it bore no relation to the Roman script familiar to all English speakers.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Using academically well-established, but little known historical evidence, Jonathan Orr-Stav (a.k.a. Jonathan Ure Stoppi—a third-generation Hebrew translator and editor—shows how, in fact, the Hebrew script shares a common heritage with its Roman (and Greek) counterparts—one that can be exploited to master Hebrew writing within three comparatively simple steps.

In this five-part course, based on his book of the same title, Orr-Stav first describes precisely how the Hebrew and Roman scripts are related, then takes the students through a three step process of mastering writing in modern Hebrew cursive. In the final, fifth lesson, he shows how to make the transition from that to the print version of the Hebrew alphabet.

 On the way, attendees will also learn:

  • about history’s most unheralded genius and what we owe him
  • the best-kept secret in the history of western writing
  • that they already know dozens of Hebrew words that they didn’t know they know
  • what is written on a modern shekel coin (and why almost no Israeli can read it)
  • the six rules of the little-known theory of chirodynamics
  • why the Monty Python sketch about the Judean National Front needs to be rewritten.

Each lesson projected to be 90 minutes–2 hours long.

Cost: $100*, to include a copy of Orr-Stav’s book of the same name

  • When: Wednesdays, 7 pm, January 28 – February 25, 2015 (5 sessions)*
  • Where: Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street.

You can  register for the course at the synagogue office or at the Emanu-El website.**

Registration and payment must be completed before the class begins.

Should you have any questions about the course, contact Jonathan at or Heshi Olson at


* Except Feb. 4th, when Israel’s Ambassador to the UN will be giving a talk. That week, the course lesson will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 3rd.

** People accessing this page on smartphones (iPhone or Android), find encounter warnings about the registration link’s security. This is due to technical issues of the server, and is beyond the control of Congregation Emanu-El staff.  The user can still access the page, though, by clicking “Accept” at the top righthand corner—but a simpler solution is simply to pay with a standard computer (desktop or laptop), rather than on a smartphone.