Please note that this course is a Zoom only course and there is no in-person component.

This course is offered in Terms 1 & 3 each year. Our 2023 Term 1 course begins Thursday, 16 February 2023.

Date & Time:

Our 2023 Term 1 Introductory Hebrew 101 course meets on Thursday evenings from 8:00-9:30pm beginning on 23 February 2023 (New Zealand time). The course meets for 8 consecutive weeks. If you live outside of New Zealand, check for local Time Zone equivalents below.

Time Zone equivalents:

for live-streaming Zoom Sessions from New Zealand. If your Time Zone doesn't suit our live-streamed class, you can also access our courses by watching the live-recorded sessions that are posted to the course webpage each week, usually the next day.

  • Honolulu, Hawai’i: begins Wed 22 Feb 2023, 9:00-10:30pm

  • US Pacific: begins Wed 22 Feb 2023, 11:00pm-12:30am

  • US Eastern: begins Thu 23 Feb 2023, 2:00-3:30am

  • London, UK: begins Thu 23 Feb 2023, 7:00-8:30am

  • Paris, France: begins Thu 23 Feb 2023, 8:00-9:30am

  • New Delhi, India: begins Thu 23 Feb 2023, 12:30-2:00pm

  • Bangkok, Thailand: begins Thu 23 Feb 2023 2:00-3:30pm

  • Singapore: begins Thu 23 Feb 2023, 3:00-4:30pm

  • Tokyo, Japan: begins Thu 23 Feb 2023, 4:00-5:30pm

  • Sydney, Australia: begins Thu 23 Feb 2023, 6:00-7:30pm


  • Our Introductory Hebrew language classes begin with learning the Hebrew script in the first Term and focus on conversation and basic introductory grammar. Subsequent Terms enforce the Hebrew script and concentrate on learning basic Hebrew grammar, increasing vocabulary, and reading and writing practice. In addition, popular Hebrew songs are also taught. Our Hebrew classes emphasise literacy (for those interested in Biblical Hebrew) and conversation (for those interested in learning to speak modern Hebrew).

  • Introductory Hebrew 101 classes are for beginners with no knowledge of Hebrew or the Hebrew script. During this Term we focus on learning the Hebrew (עִבְרִית) script, while focusing on basic conversation, elementary grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing.

  • Our First Term Introductory course begins with learning the Hebrew (עִבְרִית) script, writing and reading practice, and includes basic introductory grammar and conversation. The Second Term course (Hebrew 102) continues with Hebrew (עִבְרִית) script reading and writing practice, and with introductory grammar, vocabulary, and conversation. Our Hebrew Instructor also uses songs to introduce the Hebrew language to new students.

Meet our Instructor

Puppeteer-in-Residence, Puppet Education Specialist, Hebrew Instructor Ifat Vayner-Itzkovitch

Shalom! שלום ! My name is Ifat Vayner-Itzkovitch, and I have been living in New Zealand for the past few years. I’m a Puppeteer and a Hebrew teacher, a mother of two amazing kids: Hadas and Tal and a wife to Gilad. Born and raised in Israel, I completed my B.A. in the Department of Theatre and Literature at Tel-Aviv University and graduated from the “Holon Puppet Theatre School” as a master puppeteer and also completed the training program ‘Puppet Theater as a Therapeutic Tool’. I worked as a puppeteer at the “Holon Puppetry Center”, gave tours of the Puppet Theater Museum of Art and taught adult puppetry courses at the Puppet Theater Art School. I taught puppet theater at Alona Elementary School in Amikam for four years for ages 7-12 and also taught groups and individuals, children, and adults, in various activities through puppet theater in informal or therapeutic settings. For the past two years I have been teaching Hebrew on-line with IVRIE-LI Language School and meeting people from all over the world that are interested in keeping Hebrew alive. I really like to teach and share my knowledge, travel the world, and play with puppets to create communication, touch emotions, and create humor and laughter together with my students. My favourite word in Hebrew is אהבה (love). Let’s find out what your favourite word is!

Who can take this course?

Introductory Hebrew 101 classes are for beginners with no knowledge of Hebrew or the Hebrew script.


Please note that this course is a Zoom only course and there is no in-person component.

All in-person classes are held at the EarthDiverse Centre 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:

Please note that this course is offered as a Zoom-only class and that there is no in-person component. You can attend the live sessions via Zoom, or choose to watch the live-recorded video sessions at your leisure.

  • 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 NZ dollars and includes GST. 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.

    1. EarthDiverse Course Information

    2. EarthDiverse Zoom instructions

    1. Hebrew Script practice sheet

    2. Cursive Hebrew script practice sheet

    1. 20230223 T1.1 Hebrew 101 video

    2. 20230223 T1.1 Hebrew 101 PDF

    1. 20230302 T1.2 Hebrew 101 PDF

    2. 20230302 T1.2 Hebrew 101 video

    1. 20230309 T1.3 Hebrew 101 PDF

    2. 20230309 Ti.3 Hebrew 101 video

    1. 20230316 T1.4 Hebrew 101 PDF

    2. 20230316 T1.4 Hebrew 101 video

Additional course info:

  • Video and PDF content of class presentations or whiteboards notes are uploaded weekly after each live session
  • Begins on Thur 23 Feb 2023 (NZ time)
  • NZ time: Thursdays 8.00 -9:30pm


Those who cannot make the 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 :

There are no prerequisites for this course.


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.