journey began on Tuesday nights and Sunday mornings at my Synagogue when I was
in 2nd grade. With many years until high school and more focus on socializing
with friends than studying what we were learning, I did not make instant
progress. Through my Hebrew school years, I learned Hebrew primarily to be used
in prayers. While part of class was dedicated to understanding Hebrew and its
history, most of the Hebrew I learned was memorized and not fully
understood. After my bar-mitzvah, I was
inspired to learn Hebrew and become fluent in reading, writing, and conversing.
When I entered high school, I joined almost all of my classmates in
taking Spanish. Everyone had taken Spanish in middle school and it was the easy
choice to continue taking the Spanish path. During my freshman year, I learned
about the Hebrew program at my school and my interest in learning Hebrew
resurfaced. I made the decision to take Hebrew during my Sophomore year.
Hebrew class in high school provides so much more than a simple credit
and learning a language. For me, Hebrew class provided a family. Spending time
with people who shared the same passions that I do created an amazing learning
environment where I could turn to any classmate for help.
As I continued to learn Hebrew, I suddenly understood what I was saying
when I prayed. Services became more of reading and understanding, rather than
reciting a memorized list. Through different field trips and community events,
I began to meet other teens at different schools who were taking Hebrew and I
was immediately able to have a connection. Now, I am in Hebrew National Honors
society which hosts many community events to teach and provide Hebrew
experiences to people of all backgrounds in the community. As a student, I wish
to continue my Hebrew journey into college and beyond. As a member of the
community, I encourage kids, teens, and adults to take Hebrew, as it is never
too early nor too late to begin or continue your Hebrew Journey.