The Department offers courses in the Hebrew Language, Biblical Aramaic, Hebrew, Sephardic, Yiddish and Israeli literature and culture. Language instruction prepares students to understand and appreciate the literature and civilization of the Jewish people by developing skills in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, writing and translation.

The Department offers a diverse range of courses for advanced students with a command of Hebrew; these include courses in Biblical, Talmudic, Medieval, and modern Hebrew literature, and Israeli culture. In many of these courses, Hebrew is used as the classroom language. The Department also offers a wide range of courses in English on Hebrew literature of various periods as well as Israeli, Sephardic, and Yiddish literature and culture.

Many of these courses fulfill the college's LASAR requirements in the Humanities.

Hebrew language courses offered in the Fall of 2009 include:

Hebrew 101: Elementary Hebrew I
Hebrew 203: Intermediate Hebrew I
Hebrew 305: Advanced Modern Hebrew
Hebrew 341: Midrash & Aggada
Hebrew 356: Contemporary Israeli Literature

All of the course numbered 300 and above satisfy the college language requirement in Hebrew.




The Major

The Hebrew Major

The major requires 30 credits beyond 101-102.  All students are requires to take a minimum of 18 credits in courses in Hebrew numbered above 300
Remaining credits may include additional courses in Hebrew, courses in Arabic or Yiddish, or courses in Hebrew, Jewish, Israeli, or Mideastern literature or culture given in English. For more details, consult the departmental adviser.

The Minor in Hebrew

The minor in Hebrew consists of 18 credits in Hebrew beyond Hebrew 102. At least three of these courses must be taken at Queens. For details, please consult the adviser or the chair.

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Jewish Film Archive Online

Explore Israeli culture and politics through contemporary Israeli Films

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culture & archaeology



Israel & Palestine


Visiting Israeli Writers @ Queens College

Amos Oz
Tikva Levy
Ronny Someck
Shelley Elkayam
Sami Shalom Chetrit

All of these writers have visited us to participate  in lectures, readings and workshops at the college. Keep posted to find out who will be visiting each semester!


Ammiel Alcalay
Sami S Chetrit
Emanuel Goldsmith (emeritus)

Adjunct Faculty:

Jerome Acker
Sivan Azrad

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Classic, Middle Eastern, Asian Languages & Cultures
Tel: 718-997-5570 Fax: 718-997-5577

Late update: August 30, 2006