"Charm City" has a rich and diverse Jewish community, with all types of Judaism well-represented. One of the older and better-established Jewish communities in the United States, Baltimore's first Hebrew school opened its doors back in 1842. Currently, it boasts about sixty synagogues and twelve Jewish day schools. Since 2003, it has an active sister-city partnership with Ashkelon in Israel, another port city - since way back in Canaanite times Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership. By the way, a ferry named the President Warfield became the famous "Exodus"- both the ship and its Jewish crew hailed from Baltimore!

So perhaps you are looking for a way to learn to speak Hebrew for an upcoming Israel trip, or to brush up skills to help with your children now learning Hebrew in school, or so as to read Hebrew prayers with greater ease. The lively plethora of sites simply related to "Jewish Baltimore" is pretty impressive…

For example, the Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University offers Biblical Hebrew and Modern Hebrew courses. University of Maryland - Baltimore County lists three levels if you wish to study Hebrew in its Judaic Studies Program. We also suggest contacting the Hillel and Taglit/Birthright Israel at UMBC for ideas and feedback.

In the less formal vein, perhaps ask for suggestions from The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. We found announcements of synagogue offerings for learning to read Hebrew, for example, simply by searching "Hebrew" at their well-organized site. One might also enquire about possibilities to study Hebrew by contacting the Macks Center for Jewish Education. The Baltimore Jewish Times may also have listings or ads in its classified section for Hebrew lessons or private tutors.

For those dealing with travel, time or economic constraints, or preferring more individualized study at one's own rate: Learn Hebrew Pod provides comprehensive, enjoyable programs in conversational Hebrew, reading skills and Jewish prayers. Our online Hebrew courses tailor well to individual needs plus can be taken along anywhere via your mobile phone. We also offer package rates for organizations, congregations and even small groups. Invite a few friends to learn Hebrew together, or use our programs to augment local prayer or Hebrew classes by increasing immersion and reinforcement. You are welcome to trial sample Hebrew lessons and multimedia games from our Free Collection.