Temple Beth Am offers free Hebrew reading crash course

templebethamParsippany’s Temple Beth Am is offering a free Hebrew Reading Crash Course to all members of the Parsippany area Jewish community. It will run on Sunday mornings, beginning October 19. The course is designed to teach those with no basic knowledge of the Hebrew language how to read Hebrew in five easy lessons. Temple Beth Am is offering the course in an effort to inspire Jews whose inability to read Hebrew and understand the synagogue services is a barrier to active participation in Jewish life.

By teaching people to read Hebrew and making them feel comfortable in synagogues, NJOP*, sponsor of the Hebrew Reading Crash Course, hopes to open the door to Jewish growth and commitment for thousands of previously uninvolved or marginally affiliated Jews.

“The Hebrew Reading Crash Course opened a new dimension in my life,” said Larry Diamond, a Manhattan businessman. “Before the Crash Course, I rarely set foot inside a synagogue except for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs. I felt like a fish out of water because I couldn’t even read the writing over the holy ark. Thanks to NJOP, I now attend synagogue every Sabbath, and I am overjoyed that I can pray along with the rest of the congregation in the original Hebrew text.”

The five week Hebrew Reading Crash Course, which begins on October 19, 2014 at Temple Beth Am in Parsippany, is geared toward “Jewish beginners,” as well as those who feel left out during synagogue services, unable to follow or appreciate the liturgy. The course begins with learning the Hebrew alphabet and covers basic reading skills, preparing the participant for the exciting experience of reading and understanding the prayerbook and other Jewish texts. Those who complete the course will be able to read Hebrew and gain a rudimentary understanding of the prayers in their original language. For more information about the Hebrew Reading Crash Course, email school@tbaparsippany.org orcall Temple Beth Am at (973) 887-0046, extension 12, or NJOP at 800-44-HEBRE(W).

NJOP was established in 1987 by Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald, and has become one of the world’s largest and most successful Jewish outreach organizations. NJOP offers free programs at more than 4,860** locations across North America and in 39** countries worldwide. Through programs such as Shabbat Across America and Canada and Read Hebrew America and Canada, NJOP has successfully reached more than 1,428,600** North American Jews, and engaged them in Jewish life.