Orna Zalmanov, MA
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Orna Zalmanov, MA
"our teacher is very enthusiastic and caring. "
"it is very interactive and student friendly. I can read hebrew very well, but I am slow at understanding it when my teacher speaks..... "
"I enjoy learning, and the format for level 8 allows me to learn in a variety of fields (sociology, science, history, archeology, etc.) and to learn to read critically, while picking up Hebrew along the way. I feel challenged, but not so much so that do not become frustrated. All the students are at various levels of Hebrew competency, and Orna fosters an environment that encourages us to help one another. I love hearing perspectives on various topics from students in other countries as well as from those also in the U.S."

Orna Zalmanov, MA

Modern Hebrew Teacher, Content Writer, Editor

A Few Words About Me

Orna is a Hebrew teacher, currently focusing on modern Hebrew studies. She is also one of the contributors to the professional content taught at the Israel Institute of Biblical Studies, writing new content as well as editing the existing materials. She is constantly moved by her students. She enjoys listening to a student, who could only utter very simple words and sentences at the beginning of a semester, being able to express and share a full idea or experience by the end of the term.


Orna has a bachelor’s degree in Hebrew and Bible studies, and a master’s degree in Bible studies, as well as a teacher’s certificate from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Professional Experience

Orna has over 30 years of experience teaching. She has taught Hebrew and Bible Studies in Israeli high-schools (including preparing students for their matriculation exams) for 23 years, as well as Hebrew and Zionism in an American junior high-school in Houston, Texas, where she lived for three years. Orna has been teaching and writing content for the Israel Institute of Biblical Studies for over 10 years, covering classes of Biblical and Modern Hebrew for both adults and children, teaching groups and private lessons.