Ever since I can remember, languages and history were my greatest passions. Graduating from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, I specialized in the languages and history of East and Southeast Asia and Russia and Eastern Europe. For graduate schools I went to the Netherlands and France, earning a doctorate and supplementing my fluency in English and Hebrew with French, German and Dutch. After serving as a diplomat in Europe and Africa I returned to graduate school for an MBA in France and Jewish studies in the USA. In recent years I have taught Modern and Biblical Hebrew, Jewish and Middle Eastern Studies at the middle school, high school and university levels, including Emory University, Agnes Scott College and Georgia State University.
My teaching philosophy is based on the idea of meeting the learners where they are and coaching and challenging them to move higher according to their ability. I believe that while learning does require hard work, it can and should be made fun, and I employ a variety of teaching methods to suit the needs of each student.
My courses include Modern Hebrew - both written and spoken - and Biblical Hebrew, which is primarily textual. I provide native fluency and pronunciation for Modern Hebrew and accurate and deep understanding of Biblical Hebrew.
Having spent many years in France and Belgium, I have acquired a near-native command of the language. Combined with my language teaching experience, this allows me to give you at the same time the linguistic training and insight into the culture and society of the French-speaking countries.
Last but not least, my academic and professional itinerary took me to many countries and regions and required me to be proficient in world history and civilization. With both the academic and experiential background, I can bring to life the subject of world history, which, for some, can seem impersonal and alienating.
I look forward to meeting you and working together to achieve your goals.
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