Kesher’s philosophy to teaching Ivrit, Hebrew, is based on the proficiency approach. Through the proficiency approach, language becomes relevant to the learners. At Kesher, this learner centered approach emphasizes the ability to function in Hebrew, to actually be able to use the language playing soccer and board games, having snacks, in social interactions with staff and other kids. The kids are divided into groups that are based on proficiency and developmental appropriateness. Unit themes are designed to be relevant to the kids lives, such as Kesher environment, family, home, things we do in the home, Holidays and Israel. The students revisit these themes each year with a variation on the theme at a higher proficiency level in all the skill areas: reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar. All proficiency levels work on the same themes at the same time, creating an environment of cohesiveness.We celebrate the year of Hebrew learning with the Kesher Erev Ivrit (evening of Hebrew). Kesher is transformed into an Israeli environment with a shuk (marketplace), misadah (restaurant), and more takes place. All the buying and selling of crafts, falafel, and Israeli snacks occurs in Hebrew. All kids of every Hebrew level are involved with Erev Ivrit by preparing something for the event, and by learning the Hebrew words for the crafts and how to conduct a transaction in Hebrew. Please join us for this culminating Hebrew event. Just be prepared to stand in line to exchange your dollars for “shkalim”( Israeli currency). And don’t worry if you don’t know Hebrew, you will be supplied with a “travelers dictionary” and the 4th and 5th grade vendors and waiters are great at gesturing to make themselves understood!