The program is very good. The teachers are from Israel and the environment very supportive for learning. It is the closest to an Israeli ulpan that I know. Also one unique feature of the Ha-Ulpan is that there are quite a few mature adults as well as younger people and the classes are small. This is much better for professional learning than the larger classes, where there is a greater mix of student levels in the class.
I really enjoy the class and plan to register again in the fall. I feel like my vocabulary and confidence in Hebrew have increased, and would even more if I were more diligent about studying outside of class.
Your ulpan has made such a difference when I go to Israel. I can participate in conversations with the family members who speak only Hebrew, understand the tours in Hebrew, and play Bananagrams in Hebrew with my cousins (and even win!). Because I teach, I have only been able to attend your classes in the summer, but even those short sessions have helped me. I am so appreciative when Chanuka comes and you treat your students to sightsee in Hebrew with an Israeli tour guide. I have learned about the history of synagogues in NY, delved into the story of Chana Senesh in-depth at the Jewish Heritage Museum, and had my breath taken away by ancient megillot and ketubot. The tour guide's knowledge is amazing and the level of Hebrew is just right. The classes alone are worthwhile, and the tours are the icing on the cake!
— Amy Bassan
Thanks for the wonderful tour of the Jewish Museum last December! It was a rare treat to be given a tour in Hebrew, and Hagit clearly had done a lot of work to prepare for it. I'm sorry that I was never able to join the Ha-Ulpan museum tours in past years, and I really hope that I can go on the next one that you set up. It would be great if the students, teachers, and guide could all have lunch together afterwards to discuss the experience in Hebrew!
I loved this class!! Ahuva made it so fun to learn and eliminated any self-conscious feelings. I loved the way we learned all letters, spoke and read in class, and turned things into games.... I've always been interested in studying Hebrew and now that I'm finally doing it I'm excited. I love how as we learn to read, write, and speak. We are also having conversations about Israeli culture. The class was very diverse and we all were respected and had a good time!
— Shari Weinbach
During lectures, Rabbi would write in Ivrit script. I could not understand the Ivrit script. After taking Ivrit with Mora Ahuva, I can now read Ivrit script. Just recently in class, I turned to my friend and said, "I understand what the rabbi just wrote!" My friend, who speaks Ivrit, laughed and congratulated me. Everyone in class is happy for me. They asked, "Zechariah, can I speak Hebrew to you now?" I said, "Not yet, I need more practice for fluency." I was able to speak Ivrit when we were socializing. Everyone is happy for me.
— Zechariah Lewi
Miriam was a very effective and entertaining teacher. I would reccomend her and the [mini-intensive] course to others.
— Alan LaVine
I enjoyed the mini-intensive. Miriam is a great teacher. I enjoyed the exercises we did to apply what we were learning. I would take a mini-intensive again if it fit into my schedule. Thanks for offering it. Unfortunately during the school year I can not make evening classes but I hope to return in the summer for another intensive.
— Julie Lobel
Just wanted to write you some lines to let you know how much I enjoy your classes. Every Tuesday I feel like I've been to Israel for few hours and I've enjoyed again being there. Thank you for making our class so vibrant, interesting, and full of new vocabulary and verbs that conform the beautiful and poetic Hebrew language. AT MORAH METZUYIENET. TODA RABAH LACH for your dedication and knowledge that you share with us in every class.
— Rocio Torres
The bottom line is that Ha-Ulpan is amazing and I highly recommend it. I have been learning with Ha-Ulpan for about a year now, and my Hebrew has improved tremendously. There is truly no substitute for this style of learning. I even started thinking in Hebrew. There is nothing like the time commitment of the intensive course to help you build a solid foundation in Hebrew, and I am still learning a lot in regular class once a week. Additionally, Ahuva Tal Hollander is an awesome teacher. She teaches by talking in Hebrew, which may seem overwhelming at first, but it's really the most effective teaching method. For instance, instead of writing verbs on the board, she will explain them through a conversation. This allows the students to catch on much quicker. The class environment is also fun and interactive.
"Thank you for a wonderful summer learning experience. I wish I could extend my time at Ha-Ulpan, but alas, it's back to working reality. Thanks again for your time and effort. You are one of the most wonderful Hebrew teachers I ever had - the lessons were so full of joy and humor. It's obvious that Ha-Ulpan's teachers love what they do, and that's why students love Ha-Ulpan.
— Rabbi Lynnda Targan
"I had the pleasure to have studied at Ha-Ulpan for the last two years. Although I had not studied Hebrew in recent years, I had taken various courses in years past and had visited Israel a number of times. My Hebrew was pretty rusty. My grammar was terrible and I read with considerable difficulty. However, because of my background including Camp Ramah, I was able to slip into the advanced level. I found the course at Ha-Ulpan to be wonderful. The 'ulpan' method which has enabled thousands of 'olim' in Israel to master the language in record time is expertly applied at Ha-Ulpan by experienced teachers. I found my Hebrew improved dramatically. Most important, it didn't feel like work; it was fun! I am a physician, with a busy medical practice, but soon found that I looked forward to my Tuesday evenings at Ha-Ulpan all week and was able to prepare for class with ease. I can say without reservation that my course with Ahuva Hollander was the best Hebrew course that I have ever had."
— Franklin Bocian, M.D.
"After trying many other ulpanim in the area, I can finally and confidently say that through Ha-Ulpan, my command of the Hebrew language has increased by leaps and bounds. One day a week, I immerse myself for three hours in an environment where all interaction is conducted in Hebrew. I truly feel that I am now learning Hebrew in Hebrew. During a recent trip to Israel, I was able to conduct at least 90 percent of my daily activity in Hebrew. Experiencing Israel in Hebrew gave another dimension to my trip."