My name is Noah
Srulovitz, and I am currently a senior at Deerfield High School. Looking back
at my high school experiences, something that stands out above all else is how
profoundly taking Hebrew classes helped me grow: as an individual, as a leader,
and as a Jew.
I decided to take
Hebrew in order to maintain my connection to my Jewish identity and my
relationship to Israel. For elementary and middle school, I attended Solomon
Schechter Day School. After learning Hebrew as a second language for nine
years, I wanted to continue to immerse myself in the language as a high school
Since my mom is
Israeli and my family is connected to Israel, feeling immersed to the Hebrew
language and culture is important to me. Frequently, I hear my parents watching
an Israeli TV show from across the house. Hearing my mom helping my dad, who is
trying to pronounce the Hebrew words he hears in the show, I am reminded how
significant learning Hebrew is to my family: it brings us closer together.
provides a unique challenge that many other languages offered in high school
cannot: there is an entirely new alphabet to learn. This makes studying Hebrew
more rewarding when one succeeds in mastering a new vocabulary word or finally
understanding a certain part of speech.
Hebrew also provides
a connection to one’s Jewish identity and can strengthen their relationship to
Israel. Being able to speak the same language as most Israelis do and as our
forefathers did is an incredible ability that all Jews should have the
opportunity to gain.
I have gained a sense
of community and belonging by being part of my high school’s Hebrew program.
Choosing to take Hebrew gave me a class where I can escape my stress and
reconnect with my roots. There, I was learning about a topic essential to who I
am that I was passionate about studying. Over the past three and a half years,
I have been able to grow as an individual and as a Hebrew-speaker alongside
others who are just as passionate about learning the language as I am.
After being heavily
involved in the Deerfield Hebrew Honors Society and Deerfield Students for
Israel, I want to use what I have learned about spreading the Hebrew language
and apply it to Hebrew in the High. Learning Hebrew is an experience unlike any
other, and I wholeheartedly believe that every single Jewish student should