The Hebrew Language Revival

In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, as Jews flocked to pre-State Palestine, they came from dozens of different countries and spoke as many languages. A visionary by the name of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda believed that the Jews needed both a land and language of their own in order to survive. He dedicated his life (and family) toward the cause of reviving the ancient Hebrew language – a feat never accomplished before or since. Ben-Yehuda was instrumental in ensuring that Hebrew would live and thrive as a modern language, yet the story did not begin or end with him. 

Watch this video and use these prompts to learn about the incredible feat (and ongoing story) that was the revival of the Hebrew language.

Subscribe to The Weekly

Get practical ways to unpack and teach complex Israeli current events in your inbox each week

We've Rebranded!

The Jerusalem U Media Lab is now
Unpacked for Educators!

Our new name and website more clearly reflect what we’re here to do for you – unpack the exciting and rich story of Israel and the Jewish people – so you can bring it to your students. 


Be sure to check out our videos, feature films, webinars and programs!