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Russian Aliyah and Life in Israel

Russian Aliyah and Life in Israel

  • Hebrew
  • Intermediate
  • 4
Details

This intermediate course will prepare you to read and watch Israeli media reporting on the Russian community in the country and the challenges they face, both from identity, assimilation, and discrimination standpoints. The waves of Russian Jewish immigration after the collapse of the Soviet Union brought Jews of Russian descent to Israel where they had to rebuild their lives and gain acceptance by the broader Israeli community. The lessons for this course will teach you a variety of vocabulary that captures these challenges, which include challenging dangerous stereotypes about Russians. Some vocabulary you will learn for this course includes: גזענות - racism; תחיו בעוני - you'll live in poverty; אני התגאיתי - I was proud; הסתה חמורה - severe incitement; התביישתי בזה - I was ashamed of it

LGBTQ Rights in Israel

LGBTQ Rights in Israel

  • Hebrew
  • Advanced
  • 10
Details

Israel is home to a vibrant LGBTQ community and gay pride parades are held throughout the country every year; however, that is not to say that the LGBTQ members in Israel experience full and equal rights or that they do not have to contend with some serious social issues. In this course, you will prepare to read and watch Hebrew media focused on combating homophobia, understanding LGBT rights in Israel, and shedding light on other issues that gay couples deal with, such as dreaming of parenthood, social acceptance, and threats of violence. The Hebrew vocabulary for this course is primarily drawn from everyday Hebrew spoken by Israelis and conversations that individuals have in the lesson videos. Some sample vocabulary from the lessons include: סיכון לשברון לב - risk of heartbreak; הקהילה הגאה - the gay community; הנטייה המינית שלי - my sexual orientation; לצאת מהארון - to come out of the closet

Hebrew Conversation Practice

Hebrew Conversation Practice

  • Hebrew
  • Intermediate
  • 21
Details

This course is focused on improving your Hebrew speaking and listening skills when it comes to everyday conversations. The lessons for the course will prepare you to listen to a variety of Hebrew conversations that will introduce or reinforce core vocabulary needed for everyday life and some deeper conversations. The course also includes one lesson to prepare you to watch and listen to a duet in Hebrew by two Israeli musicians to mix things up a bit. Some sample vocabulary from the course includes: יכולה לעשות את האדם - can make a person; אל תנתקי - don't hang up; ?למה תמיד יש לך עניינים - why do you always have issues?; את נראית נפוחה - you look bloated; השיחות שיש רק לנו - the conversations that only we have

Winter in Israel – Snow, Floods, and the Homeless

Winter in Israel – Snow, Floods, and the Homeless

  • Hebrew
  • Intermediate
  • 8
Details

Winter in Israel can bring with it stunning panoramas of Jerusalem and excited residents into the streets for the rare opportunity to build snowmen, but it also brings with it extreme weather conditions that can paralyze the country and have a devasting effect on the less-fortunate. For this course, you will prepare to read and watch Hebrew media covering a range of topics linked to winter in Israel. These lessons will teach you critical winter- and weather-related vocabulary to practically apply to your Hebrew study as well as contextual vocabulary linked to the weather's impact on people's lives that will help cement the vocabulary. Examples of vocabulary you will learn in this course include: בובת שלג - snowman; סופת שלג - snowstorm; דרי הרחוב - homeless people; לשרוד את הקור - to survive the cold; שבוע חורפי - a wintry week

Israeli Rapper – Tuna

Israeli Rapper – Tuna

  • Hebrew
  • Advanced
  • 3
Details

This advanced-level course will prepare you to listen to five songs by the Israeli rapper Tuna. While many Israeli songs are easy to understand and use fairly easy vocabulary, Israeli rap is characterized by its use of slang and other phrases that you may not encounter outside of speaking with Israelis in everyday life. There may be no better way to study Israeli slang than listening to Israeli rap. Tuna uses a number of phrases that cannot be translated literally but instead require the insertion or modification of common sense additions, similar to many English expressions. For each song, you'll be able to read the lyrics by clicking Read the Article and scrolling to the bottom of the page. Examples of the types of vocabulary you'll learn in this course include: משאירים ממך אבק - turn you into dust; הספינה שלי שטה - my ship has sailed; לשפוך את הלב - to pour your heart out; עשיתם שרירים - you acted tough; דקרו מאחור - they backstabbed.

Syrians Treated in Israel

Syrians Treated in Israel

  • Hebrew
  • Intermediate
  • 8
Details

Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war, Syrians have been seeking medical and humanitarian assistance from a sworn enemy, Israel. In 2013, Syrians began heading towards the Israeli border in record numbers. Despite the concerns of Israel's government, both the military and hospitals in the north have treated casualties of all ages and in the process has built bridges between two worlds. For this course, you will prepare you to read and watch Israeli news articles, IDF press pieces, and news reports shedding light on Syrians who have sought treatment in Israel. The Hebrew vocabulary you will learn in the lessons is a combination of core medical, humanitarian, and military-related terms, such as: חצו את הגבול - crossed the border זכויות אדם - human rights זקוקים לעזרה - in need of help

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