Search
 

 More From Region

 

Languages in Israel

Hebrew, the language of the Bible, and Arabic are the official languages of the State of Israel. Hebrew (and Arabic too) is written from right to left.

On this Page:

Languages


Hebrew, the language of the Bible, and Arabic are the official languages of the State of Israel. Hebrew (and Arabic too) is written from right to left.


It was less than a century and a half ago that Hebrew was still considered a language solely for prayer and completely obsolete on a day-to-day basis. The restoration of Hebrew was a vastly significant factor in the success of the Zionist dream. Updating a “dead” language was a task led virtually in its entirety by one man, Russian-born Eliezer ben Yehuda, and it is a story of extraordinary vision and drama. His biography, Tongue of the Prophets, by Robert St. John, is utterly fascinating and a perfect read for visitors to Israel.


All Israeli school children learn Hebrew, Arabic and English, and good English is spoken by virtually everyone in the country. Israel, a country peopled by many who have come from some 120 countries, is a multi-lingual country, with vast numbers of Israelis also speaking Russian, French, Spanish, Yiddish and tens of other tongues.


Almost every highway and street sign is in English as well as Hebrew (and Arabic), and English language newspapers, magazine and books are available everywhere.


 

 

 

 

 Sites & Attractions

 
The Or Torah (Tunisian) Synagogue’s claim to fame is that it is literally covered in mo...
Jewish Quarter The Jewish Quarter combines dramatic evidence of Jerusalem’s most signi...
A complex of Hospitaler crusader buildings comprising four sections built around an ope...
Mishkenot She’ananim When this complex was built in 1860 as the first Jewish neighborh...
Nahla’ot Constructed in the late 19th and early 20th century, Nahla’ot’s 32 neighborho...
Museum in the artists' village at Ein Hod in the center of the Carmel, exhibits works o...
 

 Accommodations

 
The Herods Dead Sea hotel features a beautiful spa area, a VIP lounge, fine restaurants...
​The Magic Sunrise Club is a luxurious Hacienda-style resort village. Magic Sunrise Clu...
​Leonardo Boutique Tel Aviv Hotel is located in Ramat Ha Hayal next to Kiriyat Atidim w...
​Q Hotel at Poleg Beach is a brand new hotel on a green stretch of coast, offering gues...
Discover Israel