Hebrew language plays a vital role in the JDS experience. Hebrew is taught for the purpose of studying the written and oral Torah, as well as for modern communication with Jews in Israel, and those who come from diverse communities around the world.


Hebrew also serves as a window that expose students to contemporary Israeli culture and society. As a link in the chain, JDS students are taught to value their heritage and history with the realization that it is now their turn to write the next chapter of Jewish History.


The state of Israel is that tangible connection between memories of the past and modern lives today. Thus, JDS of the Lehigh Valley demonstrate a love for Israel and a passionate Zionism as an integral part of Judaism.


The Ulpan program

The Ulpan Program emphasizes the mechanics of reading and teaches vocabulary and the structure of simple sentence. Reading and writing skills are developed through a selection of short dialogues in basic Hebrew. The focus in this class is on acquiring vocabulary, understanding simple texts, listening comprehension and class discussion. Our program is based on the ALPHA NETA program.


The Hebrew immersion and experience program

The Hebrew immersion and experience program emphasizes the four Hebrew language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. The goal of this class in increased fluency in the Hebrew language. In addition to this class students will have the opportunity to listen to speakers and video programs in Hebrew.  This program is based on a modified NETA 1,2&3 curriculum as well as additional Hebrew Language source material


The NETA curriculum

The NETA curriculum is linguistically sequential: texts and tasks increase in length and complexity as the student’s Hebrew improves. Lessons are centered on themes of interest to teenagers, ranging from computers and sports to friendship and freedom.


Each theme is presented from three perspective: Jewish tradition, modern Israeli culture and general world knowledge, including art, science, mathematics, literature and philosophy. Each unit of study incorporates arts, music, poetry, news articles and Jewish texts, in layers of language ranging from biblical Hebrew to current scientific Hebrew technology and common colloquialisms.


Prior to entering the program, each student’s level is determined by multiple - choice placement test.