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Sunday, February 22 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm
My Grandfather Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the Father of Modern Hebrew

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Until Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Hebrew was used mostly for prayer and Torah study and had been considered "dead" as a spoken language for close to two thousand years. In 1881 Ben-Yehuda immigrated to what was then called Palestine, where he made it his mission to renew Hebrew as a modern language and became the author of the first modern Hebrew dictionary while raising the first Hebrew-speaking family. Travel back in time with his granddaughter acting as your guide, as she tells stories about Ben-Yehuda—the man, the husband, the grandfather, and the "reviver" of the Hebrew language. Along the way, we'll see how Hebrew and the State of Israel have evolved through the decades. Knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary to appreciate this presentation.

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Eliezra Ben-Yehuda Kassutto

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Eliezra Ben-Yehuda Kassutto is the granddaughter of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the founder and pioneer of Modern Hebrew. She is an educator and lecturer who grew up under the wings and influence of the Ben-Yehuda family. Born in Jerusalem, at age 16 she came to New York to study. and received three advanced degrees including continuing Doctoral Studies at Columbia University Teachers College.  Her educational career encompassed the creation of... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Room 124