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Online Hebrew lessons offered in US, UK
New partnership allows students around world to study Torah, Hebrew language anytime, anywhere
WebYeshiva.org, the first fully-interactive online Jewish studies program, has announced a new partnership with Ulpan-Or, an innovative center for Hebrew learning based in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, to bring a unique method of Hebrew-language instruction to the United States, the UK and South Africa.

 

WebYeshiva.org uses the latest video-conferencing technology to offer real-time, interactive Torah classes.

 

“Our technology allows students around the world to study Torah and now Hebrew language anytime, anywhere,” said Rabbi Yedidya Rausman, founding director of WebYeshiva.org. “Our goal is to make learning more accessible to the Jewish community around the world.”

 

Ulpan-Or is dedicated to teaching Hebrew through complete immersion in the language. At its campuses in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, the language school conducts lessons on a one-to-one basis, and in small groups, providing students with opportunities to listen to popular Israeli music, watch current Israeli TV shows, read the news and experience Hebrew in all forms of the language.

 

Through WebYeshiva.org’s web-conferencing platform, Ulpan-Or will now be able to reach audiences outside of Israel with its new online course. The basic course lasts for one month and consists of two weekly sessions, totaling eight online lessons.

 

“My teacher was excellent, helpful and very approachable,” said Aaron Hass an alumnus of Ulpan-Or. “He truly helped me improve my Hebrew and motivated me to progress with the course. Learning with Ulpan-Or was an enjoyable experience.”

 

The online course will take the form of a virtual classroom in which the teacher and a small groups of students will be able to see and interact with each other in real time, ask and answer questions and have a full classroom experience.

 

Different online tools such as audio and video media and Ulpan-Or’s interactive, online newspaper - E-Tone®, will all be utilized as part of the “immersion” teaching method Ulpan-Or employs to achieve speedy results for its students.

 

Ulpan-Or has developed a unique form of teaching called RLA - rapid language acquisition method, which focuses on communication and interaction in Hebrew, as opposed to more formal instruction, and has been the key to Ulpan-Or’s success and the success of its students.

 

“Our method of teaching Hebrew is effective because we integrate all forms of media into our lessons,” said Yoel Ganor, one of the founders of Ulpan-Or. “Learning through Israeli culture is the best way to learn Hebrew. WebYeshiva.org is allowing us to bring a little bit of Israel to students around the world.”

 

 

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