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Shalom Ivrit: Welcome to Modern Hebrew 3 & Prayer Companion
Reviewed by Simon Bonim - January 28, 2010
Shalom Ivrit: Welcome to Modern Hebrew 3 is the final book in the Shalom Ivrit series. Designed for students in grades 5-8, this volume follows the adventures of a group of teenagers as they interact with their friends, go to camp, hang out around their homes, and even travel to Israel! Most of the reading material in this volume is devoted to dialogs, thereby helping students not only to improve their reading skills but they can also be used to help students practice their speaking and listening skills.
Like the first two volumes in this series, this text is filled with colorful pictures and illustrations, and it includes ample exercises to allow students to drill themselves on the material they have been studying. However the bulk of the space is devoted to the reading segments, in which students will learn 190 new words. The dialogs are very engaging and teenaged students will find them very relevant to the events they themselves are experiencing.
In the Prayer Companion to Shalom Ivrit 3, students continue to gain reading practice while also increasing their prayer literacy. In this volume students continue to learn prayers related to the Shabbat morning service, including the Aleinu, Kaddish, and Ein Keloheinu prayers. Significant attention is also given to preparing for students Bar or Bat Mitzvah, and helping them determine what it will mean to them. Numerous drills are also included that will help students internalize the material they are studying.
Combined the three main volumes of the Shalom Ivrit series, along with the companion prayer volumes, serve as an outstanding introductory course in Modern Hebrew and prayer liturgy for pre-teens and teenagers who are only able to devote a few hours a week to their Hebrew studies. These books will not only add more than 500 words to their vocabulary, but make them proficient Hebrew readers and instill in them a love and appreciation for the Hebrew language and the role that it plays in modern Jewish life. This series also provides students with a firm foundation upon which they can continue their Hebrew studies, either on their own or in an academic setting. Teacher's editions are available, from Behrman House Publishers, for all three books in the Shalom Ivrit series and I highly recommend the series for use in both classroom and home settings.
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- Shalom Ivrit II and Prayer Companion
In the second volume of the Shalom Ivrit: Welcome to Modern Hebrew series, students add more than 150 words to their Hebrew vocabulary while reading an exciting collection of short stories, folktales, and excerpts from the Midrash. In the companion prayer volume, students study the seven blessings found in the Shabbat morning Amidah and also explore various Jewish values. For grades 4-7.
- Shalom Ivrit I and Prayer Companion
The first volume in the three-volume Shalom Ivrit: Welcome to Modern Hebrew series provides students who have completed a basic primer to begin reading short Hebrew stories while learning about the Jewish holidays. In the companion prayer volume, students also begin to improve their prayer literacy while studying various Shabbat and Holiday prayers. For grades 3-6.
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