Card Games Make for Purposeful, Playful Hebrew Practice

Card games are time-tested sources of fun for both children and adults. They are also full of both social and academic benefits - AND get kids off screens. 

When used to supplement learning, card games engage both family members and other students in the learning process, making for a collaborative experience. Card games such as Go Fish, Memory, War, Bingo, Gin Rummy, Crazy 8s embrace increasing levels of difficulty so children can be challenged to learn and improve as they go on. 

Hooked on Hebrew is a new series of card games for practicing Hebrew letters and prayers - whether in school or remote, or at home or over the summer. Use them in one-to-one settings, small groups, or in teams. Some games, such as Bingo and Memory, are especially well-suited for online game play with learners.

This approach is built on the notion that the more fun you're having, the more you practice, and the more you practice, the more you learn! 

Hooked on Hebrew playing cards are designed for ages 8 and up, and are also well suited for intergenerational play.  

Ideas for using Hooked on Hebrew playing cards:

  • Make students (children or adults) comfortable by creating a fun learning environment based on play.
  • Build trust between students and teachers by creating common goals using the quick, one-to-one assessment.
  • Create purposeful and playful game-based in-school and at-home practice opportunities that students will want to repeat on their own.
  • Promote emotional and social skills such as waiting one’s turn and good sportsmanship via game-play.
  • Prepare students to read multisyllabic words that appear in universal prayers such as Sh’ma/V’ahavta, Aleinu and Mi Chamocha.
  • Strengthen bonds among classmates as they have fun learning Hebrew together.

For more ideas, download the Hooked on Hebrew Family Guide.

There are up to 15 different games that can be played with each deck. Cards are available in three different packs. Click each image to learn more or to purchase.


Hooked On Hebrew: Hebrew Alphabet 1 

A single beginner deck.

This card deck is also available on Amazon



Hooked on Hebrew Phonics Pack

This pack contains four different decks: 

  • Hebrew Alphabet 1 (with hints)
  • Hebrew Alphabet 2 (no hints)
  • Hebrew Vowels 1
  • Hebrew Vowels 2

Hooked on Hebrew Prayer Pack

This pack contains three decks:

  • Sh'ma and V'ahavta
  • Aleinu
  • Mi Chamocha



Hooked on Hebrew was previously published as Hebrew School Fun, and created by educators Dr. Linda Silbert, Dr. Al Silbert, Marilyn Arsham, and Ron Arsham. 



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