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In-person classes, Zoom and video recordings

Term 1 (Feb-Apr ) and Term 3 (Jul-Sep) each year, pending sufficient enrolment. It is offered as an in-person course at the EarthDiverse Centre in Hamilton, New Zealand, live-streamed via Zoom if you live elsewhere, and as video recordings of the live sessions if you cannot attend the regularly scheduled class.

Date & Time:

Begins Tuesday 20 February 2024

Our 2024 Term 1 Hebrew 201 course begins Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 6:30-8:00 pm (NZ time), and runs for 8 consecutive weeks. The last day of the course is on Tuesday, 9 February 2024. If you live outside of New Zealand and wish to Zoom in to our live class sessions, check the nearest local Time Zone equivalent 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 Mon 19 Feb 2024, 7:30-9:00 pm

  • US Pacific: begins Mon 19 Feb 2024, 9:30 - 11:00am

  • US Eastern: begins Tue 20 Feb 2024, 12:30 -2:00 am

  • London, UK: begins Tue 20 Feb 2024, 5:30-7:00 am

  • Paris, France: begins Tue 20 Feb 2024, 6:30 - 8:00 am

  • New Delhi, India: begins Tue 20 Feb 2024, 11:00am -12:30pm

  • Bangkok, Thailand: begins Tue 20 Feb 2024, 12:30-2:00pm

  • Singapore: begins Tue 20 Feb 2024, 1:30-3:00 pm

  • Tokyo, Japan: begins Tue 20 Feb 2024, 2:30-4:00pm

  • Sydney, Australia: begins Tue 20 Feb 2024, 4:30-6:00pm


Hebrew 201: Intermediate Hebrew, Part 1

  • Our Intermediate Hebrew 201 course builds upon the knowledge gained in our Hebrew 101-104 courses, aand continues to focus on grammar, vocabulary, reading, conversation and comprehension. Both contemporary and traditional Hebrew songs will be learned. Please note that this course is contingent upon sufficient enrolment. Please choose one of the payment options below. All prices are in New Zealand dollars and GST inclusive. Unwaged includes students, seniors and retirees.

  • This is Part 1 of a four-part Intermediate course taught over 4 school terms specifically designed for recent Hebrew learners. Our language and culture courses focus on teaching and learning only, and we do not expect you to study outside of class nor do we assign homework (unless you'd like some!). Come and spend 12 class hours per Term (eight 1.5 hour weekly classes) learning Hebrew and and about Israeli culture, and have some fun too! All of our language classes are designed for busy people.

  • Subsequent Term courses continue with Intermediate Hebrew (i.e. our Hebrew 202-204 courses) and continue to include additional reading and comprehension practice, intermediate grammar, vocabulary, and conversation and will continue in the same time slot for the duration of the full 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.


This class is a hybrid class with both in-person sessions in our classrooms and streamed live via Zoom.

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). 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 zoom class. 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 options:

Live Zoom sessions or Video-Recordings

  • 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 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 in 10 mins PDF

    2. Elementary Hebrew 1 PDF

    3. Elementary Hebrew 2 PDF

    4. Hebrew Alphabet Chart PDF

    5. Hebrew Vowels PDF

    6. Printed Script practice sheet PDF

About this course

  • Video and PDF content of class presentations or whiteboards notes are uploaded weekly after each live sessionendar
  • Begins Tue 20 Feb 2024
  • NZ time: Tuesdays 6:30-8:00pm


Those who cannot make the class meeting day and time via live Zoom sessions may consider accessing this course through the weekly recorded video sessions. Class videos are usually posted within 1-2 days of each live class session and are available for your own personal learning on a day and time of your choosing.

• This class has no assignments, quizzes, tests or exams. • All classes encourage questions and group discussion. • There are no refunds for missed class. • If, however, this course is cancelled due to insufficient enrolments please note that your registration fee will either be refunded in full or you may select to receive a course credit. Your choice!


All materials are included in the course fees. These are developed by our instructors and distributed as PDF files as the course progresses.

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 our class digital notepad are posted to the class webpage on your dashboard as a PDF file so that you can print these out at home and add them to your own notebook.

Prerequisites :

Prerequisites for this Course: • completion of Hebrew 101-104 or equivalent, as well as a keen desire to continue learning Hebrew! • If you have already learned some Hebrew, but wish to learn more grammar, vocabulary or work on your speaking and comprehension, then you may be eligible to join this course.


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Naomi Johnson

you have thought of everything to assist people to join the Zoom, really helpful for people with little experience in Zoom!

you have thought of everything to assist people to join the Zoom, really helpful for people with little experience in Zoom!

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