Westchester Day School Middle School students celebrated Shavua Hasafa HaIvrit, which falls on the 21st day of Tevet, the birthday of Eliezer Ben Yehuda—the driving force behind the revival of the modern Hebrew language. As part of their curriculum about Jewish leaders, students learned about Eliezer Ben Yehuda’s childhood and life and how his experiences influenced his role in reviving modern Hebrew.
Morah Ronit Korenblit, along with the WDS Bnei Akiva Shlichot Gitit and Dana, led a variety of interactive Ivrit b’Ivrit games. Each game used contemporary Hebrew words or sayings to illustrate their modern day usage in conversational Hebrew. The games included a word matching game, in which students learned how academia has taken words that were initially slang and made them part of the accepted language. Students also answered Hebrew questions that allowed them to advance in a hopscotch game, and filled missing words into Hebrew sayings and matched them with their English definitions.
According to Ariel Lider, WDS eighth grader, “It was a great opportunity to understand the culture of the Israeli language in a fun and interactive way.”