Aleph Champ


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Chabad Hebrew Schools are changing the course of Hebrew reading forever with a brand new innovative, cutting edge reading system. Based on the martial arts motivational philosophy of color coded levels and testing, the Aleph Champion Program©  provides motivation and inspiration for Chabad Hebrew School students around the world.

Easily attainable levels and professional materials make Aleph Champ an incredible success. The Hebrew alphabet as well as the vowels and word formations were divided into 10 colored levels. The students start out as "White Aleph Champs", working their way up the colors of the rainbow to be a "Black Aleph Champ" like their teachers.

Parents and teachers alike are amazed by the results. Students are motivated and have clear goals defined for them. Monthly Aleph Champ Award Ceremonies offer more motivation and recognition for student achievement. Learning to read Hebrew has never been so much fun!


Several years ago, a young and energetic Chabad Hebrew School Director decided to expand her recreational activities by joining a local Torah Dojo Karate class. Under the tutelage of "Sensei Diane" she began learning the techniques of Karate. 

One fine morning it dawned upon her that learning Karate was indeed quite similar to the reading program at the Hebrew School she was running. The parallels were incredible. First, both systems ran once a week, leaving way too much space time from class to class for any substantial progress. Second, at home, few parents were clued in to what the child was learning. Practicing Karate at home, no one would have noticed whether she was practicing a front, side or round-house kick. Similar to the parent who tries to help with her child’s Hebrew reading work but can’t tell a kamatz from a koobotz. And last, there were students of all levels in class at the same time.

With all these similarities, there was just one major difference. In Karate, students were motivated to progress, were practicing for test dates with friends, and graduated from level to level quite quickly. Hebrew reading at the Hebrew School however was looking quite different. Students were learning to read year after year, without too much motivation to progress and failing to read properly by the time they needed to read for their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs.

So what was being done in Karate that could be adapted to the Hebrew School?

When a student steps into a Karate class, it is very clear what level everyone is on. The teacher is a Black Belt. Some students who have been studying for years are Purple or even Brown Belts. Beginners wear White Belts and there is a plethora of other colored belts.

It is very clear what one needs to know in order to pass a level and the reward is merely the change in color belt, a change in status.

If only there was some way to divide reading into a clear color coded system with levels easily defined and attainable... A program in which students would be excited about learning to read Hebrew and motivated to advance to the level of the teacher…


Aleph Champ, modeled after the Karate Martial Arts system of motivational colored levels, breaks up the Hebrew reading process into bite sized motivational levels which makes it more kid friendly and exciting.

Students start as a white Aleph Champ learning half of the aleph bet.  They work their way through the different "belts" until they become a black Aleph Champ with the ability to read fluently from the Siddur (prayerbook).

Each Aleph Champ level has a color coded book, flashcards, workbooks and a medallion which is awarded once a level is passed.  All of these work together to create the motivation needed to progress in their own way. 

Reading groups are divided by color instead of age group, thereby allowing conscientious students to surpass the pace of their class and advance in reading on their own. This program ensures that students do not go on to a new level until they have truly mastered all that their current level expects them to know. This avoids the common problem of children learning to read without fully mastering a letter, vowel or concept in reading.

Aleph Champ influences the child to motivate themselves to advance in their Hebrew Reading.

 Aleph Champ Levels

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 Master the first 18 letters of the Aleph Bet.

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Master all 32 letters of the Aleph Bet.

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Master the first 3 vowels with letter combinations.

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Master the first 6 vowels with letter combinations.

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Master the first 9 vowels with letter combinations.

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Master all the vowels and exceptions to the rules.

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Master reading basic prayers.

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Master reading higher level prayers.

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Master reading from the Siddur in a timed fashion. 

Master reading over 100 words in a minute.



Q. What is the Aleph Champion Program?

A. The Aleph Champion Program is a brainstorm idea developed after the karate motivational system of colors and levels. The entire reading system was divided into levels of different colors. This arrangement ensures that students learn to read Hebrew in an efficient, well-organized method. Aleph Champ takes a lot of groundwork; the program will not run on its own, but the results are tremendous and well worth the effort.

Q. What about the Aleph Champion Program (ACP) motivates students?

A. Well, it’s all in the colors. Clearly defined, color-coded levels make it very clear to students where they stand, and what they need to learn in order to advance to the next level. The competition is fabulous. The clarity is great for teachers, students and parents. The kids end up practicing at home and begging to be tested!

Q. Has the Aleph Champion Program ever been tested?

A. Yes. The Aleph Champion Program was tested in numerous successful Chabad Hebrew Schools across the U.S. this year. The schools’ enrollments ranged from 12 to 120 students. In every single school directors, administrators, teachers and parents were amazed by the results.