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Hebrew Seminar

Prof. Sari Havis, Hebrew program coordinator, works with CJS and fellow scholars to host an international Hebrew Seminar at DU. Our goal is to ensure a vibrant future for Hebrew study and teaching, regionally and globally.

We held our first Hebrew Seminar in October 2011. With support from the National Middle East Language Resource Center (NMELRC) and DU's Center for Teaching and Learning, the CJS hosted 45 attendees—including visiting Hebrew teachers from around the country and from local Denver Jewish day schools, as well as language teachers (Hebrew, Arabic and other languages) from DU and surrounding universities.



A weekend seminar on topics in Hebrew language pedagogy, featuring national scholars from a variety of specializations including: 
Prof. Yael Gal (Univ. of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Lecturer)
Prof. Jared Matas (STEAM Innovation at JCDS, Director) 
Prof. Thor Sawin (Middlebury Institute, Lecturer)

Friday & Saturday:
Holiday Inn, Denver - Cherry Creek
455 South Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80246

University of Denver, Sturm Hall 286
2000 E. Asbury Ave., Denver, CO 80210

Register HERE
For questions about the seminar please contact [email protected]
To reserve your hotel room, click HERE

Hebrew Seminar 2019

2017 Seminar in hebrew pedagogy, october 20-22, 2017

The 2017 Seminar in Hebrew Pedagogy of the University of Denver & Middlebury Language Schools was a weekend seminar on topics in Hebrew language pedagogy, featuring national scholars from a variety of specializations. 

2017 Presenters:
Prof. Shmuel Bolozky (Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, Professor Emeritus)
Prof. Vardit Ringvald (Middlebury, Institute for the Advancement of Hebrew)
Prof. Shiri Goren (Yale University, Director of the Hebrew Program)
Prof. Ibrahim Miari (Univ. of Pennsylvania, Lecturer in Modern Hebrew Language)
Prof. Yael Gal (Univ. of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Lecturer)

Additional sponsors:
DU's Center for Judaic Studies' Zicherman-Sztrulovits Memorial Endowed Fund, DU's Department of Languages and Literatures, DU's Center for Middle East Studies, DU's Center for World Languages and Cultures & DU's Office of Teaching and Learning

2015 Hebrew Seminar: Technology in the Hebrew Classroom
October 9-11, 2015


A 2-day, international seminar on the topic "Technology in the Hebrew Classroom," with keynote speaker Dr. Doly Levi, Head of the International School of Education at Levinsky College (Tel Aviv, Israel)

Dr. Doly Levi is an expert in the field of Hebrew pedagogy whose research and teaching reveal a strong interest not only in language but in related questions of multiculturalism, globalism and immigration . She works on Hebrew as a native language and as a second language and on Hebrew and multilingualism in a multicultural society . Dr. Levi also conducts research into the syntax and rhetoric of both contemporary Hebrew and of the Hebrew Press of the Enlightenment period.

In addition to Dr. Levy, special presenters include:
Prof. Yaakov Levi, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Prof. Vardit Ringvald, Institute for the Advancement of Hebrew, Middlebury Language Schools
Yael Gal, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Kyle Ennis, Avant Assessment, VP of Education and Assessment

2015's conference was co-sponsored by the Center for Judaic Studies, the Department of Languages and Literatures, the Center for Middle East Studies, the Office of Teaching and Learning, and the Zicherman-Sztrulovits Memorial Endowed Fund, with support from the Marsico Visiting Scholars Program at DU.

For a printable flier, please click here.

2013 Hebrew Seminar: Culture in the Hebrew Classroom
October 11-13, 2013


In 2013, 25 participants from all over the United States, Canada and Israel came to DU to learn the latest developments in teaching methodology and pedagogy, as well as advances in the application of technology to the teaching of language, in general, and of Hebrew, in particular. The 2013 Hebrew Seminar featured Keynote Speaker Prof. Miri Talmon, Media Culture Scholar and Head of the Communication and Film Studies Program at the Nazareth Academic Institute.  Additionally, Prof. Shmuel Bolozky (Associate Director for Hebrew language at the National Middle East Language Resource Center and a Professor of Hebrew at the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and its Hebrew program coordinator), Prof. Vardit Ringvald (director of the Middlebury-Hebrew at the Center Institute for the Advancement of the Hebrew Language), and Prof. Yaakov Levi (director of the CIS at the Talmud Torah of Minneapolis) joined the seminar as presenters. 

Here's what participants shared with us about their experience:

"I learned and enjoyed the seminar very much"
"fantastic compilation of modern Hebrew"
This is such a productive and important seminar!"

Read about the seminar in the DU Clarion.