The Rabbinical Association of Greater KC in collaboration with area congregations, The Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City and Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy invite 67 members of the Jewish community of Kansas City to “ACCEPT THE HEBREW CHALLENGE” to celebrate Israel’s 67th year of independence.

This challenge is open to adults and children (over the age of 8) who have minimal or no previous knowledge in reading Hebrew who wish to be challenged, inspired and energized to acquire a basic knowledge of reading Hebrew by April 15, 2015.  The only prerequisite is to have an interest in and be motivated to learn the Hebrew alphabet and vowels, decode, and read Hebrew words and phrases before April.

Several exciting and fun learning opportunities have been designed for all ages and will be offered through a variety of creative and interactive learning experiences, including a “Hebrew board game” event.  Choose from a self-paced computer program, enroll in a Hebrew instruction class taking place in your congregation and/or in the community or sign up and be part of a group learning session.  Based on interest, group sessions will be created for families, young adults 20-35, adults 35 plus, adults over age 65 and Religious school/HBHA parents and staff, or create your own group.  Group sessions will be taught by Israeli instructor, Orit Kamara and will meet for 7 two hour sessions to be offered on Sundays (choose: 10:00-Noon, 12:30-2:30, 4:00-6:00 or 6:30-8:30) and on Mondays 2:00-4:00 or 4:30-6:30.  If these times are not convenient for your schedule, inquire about availability for a specific day/time.

Group participation fees are:  $90 per person (receive $10 off for each additional friend who enrolls with you), family price is $90 for first family member and $50 for each additional family member who enrolls and $65 per person for those age 65 and over.  The cost to participate in the self-paced computer program is $55 per person.

After participants complete the challenge they will receive a certificate of completion and be recognized in written communications and at this year’s Yom HaAtzmaut community-wide celebration.  For those who wish to continue learning Hebrew after the challenge, a weekly Hebrew reading club will be offered so that participants can continue to practice and improve their reading skills and acquire basic Hebrew with native Hebrew speaking instructors.

The Hebrew language is an essential part of Jewish identity that connects all Jews to their past, present and future.  To “accept the Hebrew challenge,” please email by December 31 and indicate your interest and provide the Hebrew learning program you would like to participate in (list group/date/time or indicate computer program) and provide your email and phone contact information as well as names and contact information for friends and family members who wish to enroll with you. You will receive additional details once groups are confirmed.  If planning to enroll in a congregation and/or community Hebrew program, let us know the details so that you can be counted in the challenge.  For additional information, contact Annette Fish, Rabbinical Association Administrator/Program Director, 913-327-4622