My proposal seeks to make possible a new direction, the direct engagement in social justice in the field. Next year I will be volunteering at a non-governmental organization in Israel. My goal is to engage directly with social justice and not merely address human rights and dignity from an intellectual perspective. An obstacle to being a volunteer who can work with a Hebrew speaking population is my weak to non-existent facility in Modern Hebrew. To increase my facility in the language I intend to enroll at Middlebury College in the Brandeis University-Middlebury School of Hebrew for its seven week summer session (June 28-August 16, 2013). In preparation for this Hebrew language immersion I will study grammar and vocabulary independently, making use of standard language acquisition tools, a grammar, vocabulary flashcards, cds, film and radio. This independent study will take place as I am able from January 1, 2013 and intensively from May 6th until my enrollment in the School of Hebrew. The immediate purpose of seeking facility in Modern Hebrew is the volunteer work I will do next year in Israel. Nevertheless, it has been a long-term personal goal of mine to obtain fluency in Modern Hebrew and this project will further that goal.