Ivrit and Israel Education
Ivrit and Israel Studies are included within the Jewish Education framework
The Ivrit department offers a range of levels in Hebrew starting from learning the alphabet up to GCSE and A levels. The department also enables selected students to take their exams earlier, offering an accelerated course leading to a GCSE in Ivrit by the end of Year 9. The department will put an emphasis on speaking Hebrew during all lessons from the start of the course.
Through learning Ivrit, JFS seeks to give the students a positive experience of the Hebrew language and Israel by:
- Giving students basic language skills, which will allow them to communicate in Hebrew
- Studying topics related to the knowledge and love of Israel
Including Jewish themes, such as festivals, in order to develop a strong Jewish Hebrew vocabulary together with a strong sense of Jewish identity.
Israel is at the heart of JFS. Students are encouraged to engage with Israel through visits in Year 9 (as detailed below), our active Israel Club and the celebration of all Israeli festivals. We are proud that many students go on to complete a year of further study, volunteering and social action in Israel before commencing university. Israel Club provides a forum in which students and staff can celebrate their love for Israel, as they learn about Israeli culture, history, food, and geography through experiential programming.
Ivrit club provides extra-curricular support in the spoken language and examines Israeli culture and history.
A range of high profile speakers also visit the Israel Society to keep students informed of current developments and points of interest.
Israel Residential Schemes
JFS has a long and proud tradition of association with the State of Israel. Since its earliest days in Camden Town, this has included offering students the opportunity to spend time in Israel on an organised programme. Currently JFS offers two schemes: Lev, a three month Israel programme for Year 9 students, based at Alexander Muss High School in Israel, and ATOI, the two week ‘A Taste of Israel’ programme. The students who do not participate in our ATOI program instead participate in a non-residential programme – A Taste of London – which strives to mirror the ATOI experience in London.