The graduate programs in Jewish Studies fosters in-depth exploration of the Jewish tradition that deepens the adult learner’s knowledge of Jewish texts, culture, history and thought.
The Master of Arts in Jewish Studies enables students to advance professionally in Jewish communal organizations, build a foundation for rabbinical or cantorial study, or prepare for a career in Jewish academic scholarship.
The part-time Master of Jewish Liberal Studies is the ideal program for those seeking to define or refine their personal history via an interdisciplinary exploration of culture and civilization, viewed through the lens of the Jewish humanities.
The dual Master of Jewish Studies and Master of Jewish Education program affords students the opportunity to acquire comprehensive Judaic knowledge together with educational theory and pedagogic application.
Free Webinar: Master and Disciple-Hasidic Wisdom and the Student-Teacher Relationship
November 12 from 4-5 p.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Ariel Mayse
The sacred bond between teachers and their students lies at the heart of Jewish mysticism. This free Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education webinar will explore some core Hasidic teachings on the soulful encounter between the master and disciple. Drawing upon both Hasidic homilies and stories, we will examine different models of student-teacher relationship in the Hasidic legacy with an eye to the great power, sensitivity and potential dangers of this bond. We will also highlight the relevance of these Hasidic teachings for our contemporary lives as students and teachers alike. Instructor: Rabbi Ariel Mayse, Director of Jewish Studies, Hebrew College, Newton, MA.
Online Learning Communities
All Jewish studies programs may be completed online during the fall and spring semesters, and all include one or two week-long, residential summer seminars. Instructors in these interactive courses aim to form relationships with students that are very close to, while different from, those formed in bricks-and-mortar classrooms. Although much of the course content is delivered through asynchronous activities, we do employ synchronous conversations, video chatting and "hevruta" beit midrash (paired learning sessions between and among students and instructors) as a means of achieving our goal.