MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Middlebury has named Yaron Peleg as the new director of the School of Hebrew. He will begin his new position on September 1, succeeding Vardit Ringvald, who founded the program in 2008.
The School of Hebrew is one of 13 Middlebury Language Schools, known internationally for their full immersion approach to language teaching.
Peleg is currently the Kennedy Leigh Professor in Modern Hebrew Studies at Cambridge University (UK) and has taught at the School of Hebrew since 2012. His research and scholarship cover cultural topics in Israel such as literature, film, and identity. Peleg and Ringvald helped author the textbook Brandeis Modern Hebrew.
The School of Hebrew includes a seven-week summer immersion program, graduate program, three-week Lifelong Learner program for adult students, and four-week Classical Hebrew program. The school has grown significantly from its inaugural summer of 29 students.
Steve Snyder, dean of Language Schools, said these experiences have prepared Peleg well for leading the School of Hebrew. “I join the Language Schools staff and faculty in welcoming Yaron Peleg in his new role. We look forward to working with him.”
Snyder commended Ringvald for all of her work in building the program. “The School of Hebrew has been led by Vardit Ringvald since the founding of the program 15 summers ago, and we greatly appreciate all the work she has done both for the Language Schools and Middlebury College.”
Peleg said, “I look forward to the new role with anticipation. I am excited to continue the good work of Vardit Ringvald, together with the wonderful faculty the school has attracted over the years and the extraordinary students.”