About Gesher Israel

Hebrew College’s Gesher Israel Seminar for Teens

This seminar will be capped at 16 students and will meet six times throughout the year, including (as the pandemic allows) a Gesher Israel teen trip to Israel in the spring of 2022 to learn, explore, and connect in person with our friends at the Reali School of Haifa.


Watch for information coming soon!

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Rabbi Laura Bellows, lbellows@hebrewcollege.edu or call 617-559-8802.

Curriculum & Faculty


THI’s Hebrew curriculum is based on the proficiency approach to teaching Hebrew, a nationally recognized, cutting-edge system for teaching a foreign language. The proficiency approach emphasizes that each school create its own curriculum based on student needs and interests, and that student needs be consistently evaluated on how they function with the language — not what they know about the language.

Using this approach, we have developed various thematic units to maximize the learning in the class and work toward Hebrew-language fluency. Mor-Li Hartman, our THI Coordinator has worked closely with Professor Vardit Ringavld of the Middlebury Language Programs and Shlomit Lipton from Hebrew at the Center, a national training institution for the advancement of Hebrew studies, in the development of the new curriculum. HATC has brought this approach into the Jewish day-school world, including at both the Jewish Community Day School and the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston. All THI teachers are trained in this approach and engage in ongoing professional development.

To learn more about HATC and the proficiency approach, visit www.hebrewatthecenter.org.

For more information about THI, contact Mor-Li Hartman, Coordinator, at morlihartman2000@gmail.com or Rabbi Laura Bellows, lbellows@hebrewcollege.edu or call 617-559-8802.


  • Mor-Li Hartman, Coordinator
  • Adva Alpert, Faculty Instructor
  • Dikla Giladi-Nadler, Faculty Instructor

Dates & Rates


THI meets most Sundays from 9:30 – 11:30 am, September 19th (orientation and kick off) through May 22nd (siyyum and closing celebration).


THI yearlong program is $1900.

We are committed to helping ensure access to Jewish education. If costs are a barrier, we encourage you to speak with your rabbi or education director about a Prozdor or Hebrew learning scholarship and to indicate on your registration form if you would like to apply for financial aid. Financial aid is awarded on a rolling basis and we encourage you to apply early. Once an application is submitted, you will be notified of your award within two weeks.

For the financial aid application or questions, please email Bob Gielow, Director of the Office of Student Services, at bgielow@hebrewcollege.edu or Rabbi Laura Bellows, lbellows@hebrewcollege.edu or call 617-559-8802.

About THI

The Teen Hebrew Institute (THI) offers teens both supported, informal beit café time to practice speaking and connect socially, as well as spirited, multi-level, conversational Modern Hebrew classes in-person. Our Hebrew program is popular among former day schools students seeking to keep up their skills and stay connected to friends, synagogue school students ready to take the next step in their Hebrew learning, and teens who speak Hebrew at home. All are welcome.