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Adult Hebrew and Yiddish

Adult Hebrew and Yiddish



Professional Hebrew instructor Debbie Massarano offers intimate, fun lessons in a supportive group environment. Whether you're just beginning to understand temple prayers, refreshing your memory of this beloved language, or seeking to strengthen your everyday fluency, our Hebrew classes are a great place to start. In addition to meeting others who are passionate about Hebrew, you'll learn the meaning and melody of familiar and lesser-known prayers as we read along in Prayerbook Hebrew the Easy Way

Register for classes here. Please contact Debbie Massarano with any questions about our Hebrew classes.

Cost: $250 members / $300 non-members (books and materials included)

*Debbie Massarano has been a Jewish educator since she was in her teens. She began with teaching religious school Hebrew to 4th graders; moved on to teaching in Jewish day schools; worked as a regional educator for the Union for Reform Judaism; served two congregations as director of lifelong learning; and, most recently, served as the executive director of Livnot Chai.

Debbie has dedicated her career to building relationships – with people, between people and Torah, and between people and the Jewish community. She lives in Mountlake Terrace with her daughter, Abby, and granddog, Muzi. She has a great story about how she and her adult children all made their way to the Seattle area. Ask her about it!!

Beginning Prayerbook Hebrew
Sundays, 11:15 - 12:15 PM
Temple Beth Am K'hilah Rm. 228

Designed for those with little to no previous Hebrew, this introductory course focuses on developing the foundation for reading comprehension and a basic Hebrew vocabulary.

Intermediate Prayerbook Hebrew for Adult B'nai Mitzvah
Sundays, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Temple Beth Am K'hilah Rm. 228

This course is designed for anyone who can read basic Hebrew. We will continue to develop reading comprehension and basic Hebrew vocabulary, while practicing reading and singing along for Shabbat services.


Wendy Marcus

Yiddish resources and programming at Temple Beth Am is made possible in part by grant funding from the Alfred and Tillie Shemanski Trust Fund and support from the Bernard and Reva Broder Fund for Yiddish CultureFor more information on Yiddish at Temple Beth Am, contact Wendy Marcus.

Go to these links for samples of Temple Beth Am Yiddish class songs from 2017: 

Our self-led Intermediate and Advanced Yiddish groups meet at 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM on Wednesdays. 

Upcoming Classes:

Spring Yiddish
Weekly: Tuesdays, April 10 - June 5, 1:00 - 2:00 PM
and Sundays, April 15 - June 10, 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Home of Wendy Marcus
Classes are open to anyone interested in embracing di mameloshn (the mother tongue). Please contact Wendy Marcus for more information.

See our members putting their Yiddish to the test with Wendy Marcus on YouTube:


A Mol iz Geven
Der Alter Mendel Hot A Farm
Patshe Kikhelekh
Oy Meyn Kepele