Episode: 3          Lesson Plan: 2


  • Students will understand the significance of Jewish education in the Syrian community in the 1920s and contrast it with today’s educational models.


“At that time, the teaching was done in Arabic.  In other words, they would describe the Hebrew words in Arabic so, if we had a problem with one language, then we had a problem with two.  Hacham Matloub Abadi alav ha shalom was a very, very strict on the on the idea that Hebrew should be taught in Hebrew.  So it was evrit, b’evrit, which was a very, very important step for the community.”

– Moe Tawil

“Right across from our public school was our Hebrew school.  So when I was about 9 years old, we used to go to PS 205 from 9:00 to 3:00.  After that, you went across the street to have your Hebrew lessons from 3:00 to 7:00 at night.”

– Albert Ades


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