The Israel Program for Excellence in English

תלמ”א – התכנית הלאומית למצוינות באנגלית

We are thrilled to partner with TALMA– The Israel Program for Excellence in English, to offer Hebrew Public network teachers a unique professional development and network building opportunity through teaching in Israeli schools.

TALMA’s mission is to cultivate a pipeline of social justice change agents who will use their experience in Israel as a launching point for a lifetime of leadership. By investing in the personal and professional development of today’s proven achievers, TALMA anticipates a return on investment in the sphere of influence that an alumni-base of future CEO’s, policy makers, politicians, educators and entrepreneurs will have on the world of tomorrow.

Meet Hebrew Public Talma Alumni

Marie Yves Jeudy – HLA

“My involvement in Talma will help me connect with my students here in Brooklyn who attend HLA and share this experience with them. Joining Talma also resonates with me because I would love the opportunity to teach in another country – especially Israel because of my love of history and Biblical times.”

Lisa Chernyavsky – HLA

“I would love the chance to learn from other educators. The chance to learn from another teacher in my favorite place in the world would make it that much better! My goal is to learn how to improve my teaching abilities and bring stronger skills back to my classroom for the new school year. “

T’helah Ben-Dan – HLA2

“Being Jewish drives my commitment to social justice through education. My way of helping to repair the world is by making sure underserved children have the academic and social skills they need to rise above their economic circumstances, and create new and better realities for themselves and their families.”

Emily Reich – HLA2

“When I first learned about TALMA during training for Hebrew Public, it struck me that TALMA Fellows do more than visit and observe – they become part of school communities in Israel. Living in Israel {previously} gave me an entry into Israeli culture, but not to the extent I craved.  TALMA will open more fully space  for me to learn.”

David Janovsky – Harlem Hebrew

“I am applying to TALMA to broaden my horizons. Being someone who is not of Jewish descent, I am continuously inspired by the Jewish culture. TALMA will take my love for teaching and help me spread it across the globe and bring back other cultures to my own classroom.”

Raven Jordan – Philadelphia Hebrew Public

“Being accepted to TALMA will help fulfill my passion and purpose in life while also helping prepare me to teach the 1st graders I’ll have at Philadelphia Hebrew Public come fall. I feel that there is no better training for me to teach the kids in Philly about Israel & global citizenship than by actually experiencing the people & culture myself.”

Tina Poudrier – Kavod

“In the coming years at Kavod Charter, I hope to better understand the Israeli culture and Hebrew language to better support the students who I work with. I find that immersing yourself in a community is one of the best ways to help catalyze your connection with students and parents.”

Katrina Hilliard – Sela

“My involvement with TALMA would make me the global citizen that I tell my students to be. This experience would also help me to be a change agent. Being able to learn about, understand and respect differences will allow me to do the work of bridging gaps.”

Brittany Simmons – Sela

“Since coming to this school, I have gained a new perspective on life, just by seeing the beauty within another culture. Being a part of TALMA would be an exchange of language, culture, and experience that would be rewarding simply because it opens so many doors for my future.”

William Wheeler – Sela

“I want to enrich my knowledge and involvement with Israeli culture so that I can add cultural depth to my assignments at Sela. At the same time, I would love to introduce aspects of American culture and American art to enrich TALMA students in Israel. I’d also like exposure to the Israeli art scene.”

Kia Willis – Sela

“Of all programs, I want to be apart of this program because it appears to change the lives of not just the students, but the teachers as well. Before entering my current school, I was unaware that a program of this nature was available to me. I think  this is truly the next step in my education journey.”

Jared Waters – Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Charter School

“The TALMA program, provided me with an opportunity to teach English immersion classes in Israel.  I wanted to see what it would be like to teach in Israel, because at my school I work with Israeli teachers. The TALMA program, gave me a chance to really experience Israel and watch future generations grow. Being a teacher was always in me but it took the people – professors, mentors, family –  along the way that helped me see it.”
To learn more about Jared’s experience click here.

After just a year as Harlem Hebrew’s third-grade teacher, I learned to speak Hebrew. I had no prior experience but wanted to prove to my students that they could learn too. After a month of teaching my first-grade class, they were able to converse with me in Hebrew.  With over six years’ experience as an elementary school teacher, being an educator comes second nature to me.

Jessica Bricker – Hatikvah, International Academy Charter School

“My current role as a second-grade teacher at a dual-language charter school allows me to learn and appreciate the cultural and linguistic aspects of Israel. As a current employee of Hatikvah International Charter School, we work hard to teach students the language and culture of Israel alongside U.S. customs. We have an incredible opportunity in that we are able to work and teach alongside native Hebrew speakers, many of whom are from Israel. I hope, as a result of this fellowship, that I am able to gain a greater understanding of Israeli culture and bring my experiences back into the classroom in New Jersey.

As a student from a low-income household, I was faced with many challenges growing up. Luckily, I had the opportunity to partner with incredible organizations during my high school years that helped me to become a first-generation college graduate. During my senior year of college I was weighing several opportunities but knew I wanted to work in education. I was fortunate enough to find Teach For America, a non-profit organization that places students from our top universities into public teaching roles. I was immediately drawn to the program because I recognized that it was my own opportunity to give back and help students who came from a background similar to the one I grew up in. I first learned about TALMA last February and was interested because it would give me the opportunity to continue helping students succeed in many of the same ways that allowed me to succeed as a teen. What ultimately inspired me to apply for TALMA was its co-teaching model. My current teaching position also follows a similar American/Israeli collaborative format, and joining TALMA would allow me to gain a greater perspective of Israeli culture.

Meredith Smolen – Hatikvah, International Academy Charter School

“As a teacher at Hatikvah International Charter School in East Brunswick, NJ, I have had the opportunity to learn about and be exposed to various cultures. Specifically, learning about Israel, it’s vibrant history and culture has been of interest to me. My goals would include learning conversational Hebrew, connecting with Israeli’s, and gaining a broader perspective on Israel’s role in the global community. I hope to help Israelis through instruction in English, while experiencing and living among the people of Israel.

Throughout my life, I have been told that I am “Jewish.” However, I have yet to fully explore what this means, and how it shapes me as an individual. I have the desire to connect to and learn from the people of Israel, while exploring what being Jewish means to me, and how I can spread truth and inform others about the history and culture of Jewish people. I want to learn more about different traditions as well as beliefs. Many people have told me that experiencing first hand the land of Israel can be a transformative and enriching experience. Additionally, I hope to explore some of my own family’s past as I embark on this journey.