Term 2 (May-June) and Term 4 (Aug-Sep) each year.

Date & Time:

Hebrew 104 Term 4 classes begin on Thursday, 20 October 2022, 11:00am-12:30pm (NZ time), and run for eight successive weeks, with the last class of the Term held on Thursday, 8 December 2022. Additional Time Zone equivalents for live-streamed sessions via Zoom are given below:

Time Zone equivalents:

  • Honolulu, Hawai’i: begins Wed 19 Oct 22, 12:00-1:30pm

  • US Pacific: begins Wed 19 Oct 22, 3:00-4:30pm

  • US Central: begins Wed 19 Oct 22, 5:00-6:30pm

  • US Eastern: begins Wed 19 Oct 22, 6:00-7:30pm

  • London, UK: begins Wed 19 Oct 22, 11:00pm-12:30am

  • New Delhi, India: begins Thu 20 Oct 22, 3:30-5:00am

  • Bangkok, Thailand: begins Thu 20 Oct 22, 5:00-6:30am

  • Singapore: begins Thu 20 Oct 22, 6:00-7:30am

  • Sydney Australia: begins Thu 20 Oct 22, 9:00-10:30am


The Introductory Hebrew 104 course completes the four-Term Introductory Hebrew course and lays the foundation for the Intermediate Hebrew courses offered subsequently. It continues to build upon the learning completed in Hebrew 101-103, with continued emphasis on increasing conversational skills, learning additional rules of Hebrew grammar, expanding vocabulary, and improving our reading and writing skills, and taking our reading and writing skills to a higher level in preparation for the Intermediate course.

Meet our Instructor

Hebrew instructor

Benjamin Tobias

Our Hebrew classes are taught by our Israeli-Kiwi Instructor Benjamin Tobias. Benny was born in Israel and was raised as a fluent Hebrew speaker at Kibbutz Kinneret, located near the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) in the Jordan Valley. He also served as a Captain in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF). Benny moved to New Zealand in 1982, becoming a New Zealand citizen in 1984. He graduated from the University of Waikato with an LLB degree in 1994 and an LLM in 2007. For many years he worked for the New Zealand Transport Agency, both in planning and in a legal capacity. Benny is now partly retired, keeping himself busy with Ellys Physio and teaching Hebrew in his spare time. He is married and has 3 children and 3 grandchildren, who reside in New Zealand, Israel and Italy.


All in-person classes are held at the EarthDiverse offices and classrooms located at 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton (located just north of the Hamilton Central Bus Station) (entrance is located on the side of the building, see map below). Those looking for parking for our evening classes can park just in front of the building in any of the available car parks. Daytime parking can be found in our dedicated car parks, or free 2-hour on-street daytime parking can be found just in front of Anglesea Street.

Distance Learning:

This course has distance-learning options for those unable to attend the live class sessions in Hamilton. Students have three options for attending our courses once they have registered:

  • Attend in-person classes in our Hamilton classrooms at the regularly scheduled day and time.

  • Attend our live on-line classroom sessions via Zoom at the regular scheduled day and time.

  • Watch the live-recorded class sessions at your leisure, at a time, day and place more suited to your schedule.

Distance-Learning option:

  • In addition to our in-person classes in Hamilton, our courses offer distance learning options for those unable to attend classes in-person. Live-streamed Hamilton classes are available via free Zoom software for those living outside the Waikato. Live-streaming allows you to participate fully in your own learning, ask questions of the instructor and participate fully in the same way as if you were in the physical classroom.

  • Those unable to attend the scheduled date and time of the actual class sessions, or those who need to miss a class or two due to previous engagements or unexpected illness, can watch any or all of the live-recorded video sessions on their computers, laptops, tablets or mobile devices and study at their own pace and in their own time.

  • Detailed instructions on how to access our distance learning components will be sent after completing your registration. There are no additional fees for this service. However, distance learners will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a good quality web-camera (tablet devices and mobile phones can also access our live-streamed classes), a built-in microphone (most modern laptops have built-in microphones) or a headset with a microphone. You will also need to download and install the free Zoom software on your computer or device. Those accessing the video recordings will be able to do so with a simple web browser on any device.

Pricing options:

All prices in New Zealand dollars. Unwaged includes students, seniors and retirees.

Course curriculum:

Week by week new material will be posted throughout the duration of the course. Video recordings of each weekly session will be posted here after 1-2 days after each class.

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    • EarthDiverse Zoom instructions


Those who cannot make the class meeting day and time either in-person or via live Zoom sessions may consider accessing this course through the weekly recorded video sessions. Class videos are posted within 24 hours of each live class session and are available for your own personal learning session on a day and time of your choosing.


Prerequisites for this Course:

  • Completion of Hebrew 101, 102 and 103.

  • If you already have learned the Hebrew script, and have some background in Hebrew grammar, vocabulary or spoken Hebrew you may be eligible to join his course. Contact us for more information.


  • Course materials are included in the course fees. These are currently being distributed to students as PDF files which can be printed out at home.

  • You will only require a pen or pencil, a notebook for taking your own class notes, and a loose-leaf binder. Any notes that our instructor writes on the class whiteboard will be emailed to you as a digital PDF file so that you can print these out at home and add them to your own notebook.

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