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Registration for the 2023–2024 school year is open to the general public!
If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]. We are looking forward to a great school year!
Beged Kefet* is a Hebrew language afterschool program for students in preschool through high school. It opened in September 2008 in response to the local community's need and has been located at the OFJCC since September 2009. Beged Kefet is a community school that operates with the local community and encourages parent participation and feedback. We offer multiple-level high school classes.
Beged Kefet's purpose is to teach the fundamentals and improve the knowledge of Hebrew throughout the four language skills—reading, writing, speaking and comprehension. In addition to teaching the language, we emphasize and incorporate learning about Jewish holidays and Israeli culture in our curriculum, as well as integrating family activities in the different grade levels. High school students who take these classes are eligible for credit towards the high school foreign language requirement.
Please contact us by email at [email protected] with any questions or concerns that you might have.
Welcome to Beged Kefet 2023–2024 School Year Registration
Classes will open in person, based on the latest Covid-19 guidelines from the CDC and the school districts.
At Beged Kefet Hebrew Language School, we offer afterschool Hebrew classes from kindergarten through high school at different satellite campuses: Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Los Gatos, Foster City, Berkeley, Stanford and the East Bay. This year we are also offering a weekly preschool Hebrew class. We have different classes at each location and each class is capped. If a class is filled to capacity, your child will automatically be placed on a waitlist. We will open more classes based on demand.
The whole is more than the sum of its parts, and in our school, the whole lies within the learning of language, enriching activities, broadening the student's horizons through events within the community and much more. At Beged Kefet, you and your child will find a connection to both the Hebrew language and the holidays and Israeli culture, together strengthening the meaning of studying Hebrew in both the environment surrounding the child and the family as a whole.
Beged Kefet is a community school for Hebrew studies from preschool to high school. The school is a world-class leader in teaching Hebrew to both Israeli children and Hebrew as a Second Language to English speakers. We work with the most current curricula in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in Israel, Center for Educational Technology (CET) and more.
The curriculum of all levels at Beged Kefet was created following years of pedagogical experience and a broad vision of the student's development throughout the grades, from preschool to high school. The program is specially adapted for the student's needs, accompanied professionally by a pedagogical advisor and updated regularly to reflect the newest teaching techniques. At Beged Kefet, each level is a building block, working together to build the strongest foundation and mastery of the language.
Beged Kefet is currently recognized by WASC and the University of California A-G List, which allows us to give our high school students credit for studying a world language. We also have the opportunity for our high school students to advance to the Honors class level, which is an advantage in the college application and admissions process down the road.
Middle and high school classes in Beged Kefet get to enjoy a one-of-a-kind three-year program that fosters unique educational experiences related to family roots and history, social activism and community involvement, as well as Israeli culture, politics, and society.
Beged Kefet was established by and operates within the community. As part of the school's activities, Israeli and Jewish holidays and festivals are celebrated in the spirit of cultural Judaism, including community Shabbat dinners, field trips and community projects, to create an experiential connection to Israeli culture and community.
We are very excited to open the registration for the 2023–2024 school year and happy you have chosen to be part of our Beged Kefet community. You are invited to browse our website to find more information about the school, classes, our teaching staff and the schedule at each of our campuses.
Classes will begin the week of August 21, 2023.
Our goal is to offer 33 lessons each academic year. In case there are fewer than 33 lessons—due to federal or Jewish holidays—we will schedule 'make-up' lessons that will be part of our planned curriculum (for more information about schedule and holidays, visit the Campuses page).
*The name "Beged Kefet" comes from the six Hebrew letters that are emphasized (or in Hebrew, get a dagesh) when they appear at the beginning of a Hebrew word or syllable.