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Introduction to Hebrew with Rabbi Ahuva

Focus of the class: The Hebrew alphabet and basic decoding (putting vowel and consonant sounds together to pronounce Hebrew words).

Recommended for: Those who have never studied Hebrew before or who learned the Alef Bet as a child, but could use a refresher as an adult. This class is open to the greater Richmond community, not just Jews or Or Ami members.

Tuition: Only $50 for non-members of Or Ami, with a discounted price of $36 for Or Ami members

Time: Every Tuesday from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm (possibly held again in summer 2025)

Introductory and intermediate level Hebrew classes are offered in the summer of alternating years.  Introductory Hebrew may be offered again in summer 2025.*

*If you would like to learn the material covered in this class before this class is offered again, you can contact Rabbi Ahuva to recieve recordings of the class from a previous summer.

Location: 9400 Huguenot Road 23235

Instructor: Rabbi Ahuva Zaches

Deadline to Register: June 1, 2025 so that we can have time to prepare enough course packets for our first class.





Sneak Peak at Class Materials

Here is an online taste of the first chapter:


Click here to see the first chapter of the textbook in PDF format.

Review Material by Chapter (

Review Material by Chapter (

*If you want to play the matching games to review on Quizlet, I recommend using the consonants only links, as the vowels may be too small to see on the matching game setting.


Additional Online Hebrew Practice

What To Do When You Just Can’t Wait

If you are interested in Hebrew and are eager to start learning, you don’t have to wait until July. There are many things you can do before then!

1. Start attending Shabbat Services at Or Ami at 7:30 pm on Fridays to learn Hebrew sounds through prayer and songs.

2. Begin reading Jewish books and websites, watching Jewish movies, and listening to Jewish music with Hebrew.




Learn more about Hebrew as a language

Become familiar with Hebrew words through Jewish and Israeli music.