Please join us for an exciting in-person public lecture about the revival of Modern Hebrew. The speaker is Gil Hovav, great-grandson of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda. Ben-Yehuda was the driving force behind the incredible rebirth of a "dead" language, and the occasion for the event is the centennial of Ben-Yehuda's death.


"My Great (and Short) Great Grandfather, Eliezer Ben Yehuda, and the Revival of the Hebrew Language"

Tuesday, October 25th@ 5:30pm

Steinhardt Hall Auditorium, Penn Hillel, 215 S. 39th St., University of Pennsylvania


Gil Hovav, an Israeli author and publisher, reveals the real story of the revival of the Hebrew language, from a personal point of view. Hebrew was practically dead for 2000 years. The man who revived it almost single-handedly was Eliezer Ben Yehuda, one of the founding fathers of Zionism. Gil Hovav, his great grandson, tells the story of this unprecedented miracle through the little secrets that were kept by his family for more than a hundred years.


Sponsored by Penn's Jewish Studies Program Kutchin Seminar Series, Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, Department of English, Department of Linguistics, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Penn Language Center, and the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing.


For more information, email the Jewish Studies Program at jsp-info@sas.upenn.edu or call 215-898-6654. This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is necessary.