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St. Louis, Missouri

Whether starting from the very beginning or returning to study after years, we applaud your desire to study the language we love. Learning Hebrew is time well spent. It makes all the difference in how one approaches prayer, Torah, helping one's children's study efforts, or how one experiences a trip to Israel…

According to the Daily Beast, St. Louis, Missouri is one of "America's 30 Most Jewish Cities". So where can you look for Hebrew lessons in the area? Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

In formal higher education, Washington University in St. Louis offers both a major and minor in Hebrew through its Department of Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures bulletin. You can also tap the St. Louis Hillel  and/or Chabad for suggestions- they may have current recommendations for more informal Hebrew study options and/or private Hebrew teachers.

Another possibility for referrals may be the Jewish Federation, especially in light of their trips and missions to Israel, including 'Birthright". Community centers sometimes run Hebrew classes, so it's also worth enquiring at the St. Louis JCC

Check out the Central Agency for Jewish Education. CAGE has an Adult "Community Engagement and Education" track, offering Ulpan (spoken Hebrew , 10 sessions), Biblical Hebrew and other Judaic studies. Aish HaTorah in Chesterfield occasionally holds a 5-session crash course to learn how to read Hebrew.

Also consider what may be currently on tap in nearby synagogues. For but a few examples: Congregation Shaare-Emeth runs a study group in reading and understanding Hebrew prayers as well as Torah text, plus preparing for adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Over in Creve Coeur, Congregation Temple Israel has advanced classes to develop Biblical Hebrew skills. Imagine how cool it would be to "get the gist" (or better!) when reading Torah. As for the oldest congregation in St. Louis' history as well as anywhere west of the Mississippi- Congregation Achdut Yisrael (United Hebrew Congregation) also offers Hebrew classes as various times www.unitedhebrew.org/ContactUs.aspx .

For those with concerns of scheduling, learning style, affordability and flexibility, Learn Hebrew Pod is another alternative to consider. We offer comprehensive, enjoyable programs in conversational Hebrew, reading skills and Jewish prayers, plus a private Hebrew tutoring option. You can tailor how you study, as well as when and where – take us along on your mobile. Increasingly, online Hebrew programs are being utilized for various class situations too (think added immersion and reinforcement). We offer package rates for even small study groups. You are welcome to try out Hebrew audio tapes, lessons and fun Hebrew multimedia games from our Free Collection.

Whatever options you choose, we wish you much success and fulfillment in your new Hebrew pursuits.