Modern Hebrew is one of the two official languages of the State of Israel, used as first language by the majority of its citizens. It is spoken by around 9 million people worldwide, most of whom live in Israel. The roots of the Hebrew language are traced back to the first millennium B.C. which makes it one of the most ancient languages still spoken in the world today. Based on its classical sources (biblical, rabbinical & medieval) Hebrew was revived as a spoken language at the turn of the 20th century by a joint effort of intellectuals, teachers and educators, the most renowned of whom was Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, to become what is today Modern (or Israeli) Hebrew, the modern form of the ancient language.
Modern Hebrew Summer 2023Intensive
Fluency in Hebrew
Near Eastern Languages - Third-Party Accredited MA
Meet the Students
After completing my Master of Laws in The Netherlands, I decided to devote two years of my life to a long-thought-out project: studying Near Eastern Languages. The Polis immersive method provides me with linguistic tools and communication skills that are essential to improve my study of Arabic and Modern Hebrew.
MA in Near Eastern Languages (’21)
Having a lifelong experience teaching Latin with a communicative approach, I have found only at Polis the chance to learn Coptic, Hebrew, and Arabic taught also in the target language. It was very exciting to study there!
News & Articles
At Jerusalem 'Hogwarts' Harry Potter enchants in both Hebrew and Arabic
Tucked away in Jerusalem’s Musrara neighborhood, a group of students discussed the Arabic word for “transfiguration” as part of an Arabic and Hebrew Harry Potter reading group on Sunday.
Hebrew Before Ivrit - The Life of a Language in Exile
The Inaugural Lecture at Polis Institute last week allowed Polis students and faculty to gain new insights into the life and survival of the Hebrew language in the past two millennia. Asher Salah, a renowned specialist in Italian-Jewish literature, spoke on how the Hebrew language developed during the Jewish diaspora, in particular in Italy. The […]
September Intensive Language Courses
The Polis Institute is happy to announce our September Intensive language courses for 2020. We are offering courses in six languages - Ancient Greek, Latin, Biblical and Modern Hebrew and Spoken and Modern Standard Arabic. We are offering multiple levels in every language and in addition two groups for every level - one in US […]
Spring Semester (Feb-June) Language Courses 2022 are open for registration
Registration is Now Open for Spring Semester - 40-100 ACADEMIC HOURS (February 15, 2022 - June 16, 2022) בואו ללמוד שפות במכון פוליס בלב ירושלים تعالوا تعلموا معنا لغات في القدس Modern Hebrew (لغة عبرية)Biblical HebrewSpoken Arabic (ערבית מדוברת)Modern Standard Arabic (ערבית ספרותית מודרנית)Ancient GreekCopticLatinClassical Syriac Online CoursesJerusalem Campus Courses Begin learning a new language or advance […]
We are now taking registration for our Summer Intensive Language Courses, in which students have the opportunity to advance one level in Ancient Greek, Latin, Biblical Hebrew, Modern Hebrew, or Spoken Arabic. This year, courses will be taught at three locations: Christendom College in Virginia USAUniversita della Sant Croce in Rome ItalyPolis Institute in Jerusalem Israel. At Polis we bring ancient languages to […]