With the promise of breakfast in the Zula (student lounge) due to Israel’s municipal election day, and Jewish History class in the Belmont lecture hall, we all got up excited and interested to see how class that day would go. As we all got seated in the Belmont (lobby of Tzuba Hotel), we discussed our expectations for the day.
As part of a Heller High education, every student takes an intensive Hebrew course that immerses them in the culture and society of Israel through its dominant language. The last time I took Hebrew was probably 15 years ago – so I thought for my own safety it would be best to attend a beginner level of study. The teacher today was the smiley, lighthearted Sima – a woman with tremendous patience, energy, and humor, and a long time veteran of Heller High. The day’s assignment for the 6 students in this class was to successfully order coffee in Hebrew.