Hebrew Grammar


At SVARA, the Hebrew language is not a door keeping us out of the books but rather the key to opening the Jewish tradition.  In this course, students will gain an in-depth understanding of Hebrew grammar and gain the tools necessary for deciphering the words they encounter in the Bible, Talmud, rabbinic texts, and contemporary Hebrew literature. This intensive Hebrew Grammar course is designed to give students a strong foundation in the structure of the Hebrew verb and all of the binyanim. Students taking this class will be joining students in the Full-Time Program and will be expected to be serious in their study. This rigorous twice-a-week course will meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:00 pm and will be the equivalent of a graduate-level university Hebrew course. Homework will be required.

David Frankel is a PhD student at the University of Chicago Divinity School and has taught college-level courses on such topics as the Bible as Literature and Classical Arabic Grammar.


At least one year of college-level Hebrew or the equivalent is required. Admission is by interview with Rabbi Lappe and written application. Please email sara at [email protected] if you are interested in the Hebrew program.


Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, From October 12 to December 16

Times: 6:30-9:00 pm


Beit Yichud
6932 N Glenwood Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60626


Tuition: $500 per semester. Limited partial scholarships available upon request. To apply for a scholarship, please contact Sara Sandmel at [email protected].