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The Lion's Tale

The student news site of Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School

The Lion's Tale

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New Hebrew lab open during lunch

Simon Albert
Students learn their newest Hebrew lesson. The Hebrew Lab is available for anyone who wants help with anything related to the Hebrew language, whether that be for class or just in general.

For many students, learning does not cease during lunch. Instead, they make their way to Writing Center or Math Lab to receive additional support from teachers and peers on upcoming tests or assignments. Now, for the first time, the Hebrew department is offering a new lab to assist students in Hebrew reading, listening, comprehension and writing skills.

“We wanted to make sure that the students would have a permanent framework to receive the support if they needed it,” Upper School Hebrew Language Chair Shelli Putterman-Kenett said. 

The Hebrew Lab will be open on A days and C days in room 325, and there will always be a teacher present to help students and answer their Hebrew-related questions.

Like the Writing Center or Math Lab, the Hebrew Lab is intended to help all students, no matter their level or background. Hebrew Lab is structured the same way as other labs at school in that students can receive help for any of their assignments or upcoming assessments. According to Israeli student and senior Shiri Cohen, the Hebrew Lab can and should be utilized by everyone. 

“I don’t think anyone can know enough Hebrew,” Cohen said. “Everyone should go to Hebrew Lab, not just for writing or speaking, but also to generally improve their Hebrew skills. Even as a native Hebrew speaker, I could sometimes use Hebrew Lab because in class we analyze literature that can be very challenging.” 

Junior Gus Bookbinder added that students who are earlier on in their Hebrew learning can especially benefit from the Hebrew Lab.  

“Hebrew Lab sounds like it could be a really great resource for lots of students, including myself, to learn and practice Hebrew outside of class,” Bookbinder said. 

Putterman-Kenett says that the primary goal of Hebrew Lab is to help students refine their skills and feel more confident in class discussions and assignments. 

“I think that learners can only benefit when they come to a place like the Hebrew lab because it is an open, supportive and safe place that has teachers who have a lot of desire to support and help learners succeed,” Putterman-Kenett said. 

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Simon Albert, News Editor
Simon Albert is thrilled to continue working with the Lion’s Tale and take on his new role as the News Editor. In the past, Simon was the Assistant In-Depth Editor where he built skills as a copy-editor and spread designer. He enjoys bringing light to unknown stories through his writing and design and hopes to work on this more in the news section. Aside from Lion’s Tale, Simon is active in many extracurricular activities such as Mock Trial, Model UN, and Shir Madness, where he has a prominent role in each one. Simon is excited to bring his artistic and writing skills to the newspaper this year.

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