Israeli Current Events Beyond the Headlines

Course Title: Israeli Current Events Beyond the Headlines
Program: Open Circle Jewish Learning Classic
Instructor: Jonathan Golden, Ph.D. (Read Bio)
Monday evenings, 7:30-9pm Eastern Time
February 26, March 4, 18, 25, April 1, 8 2024 (6 sessions)
Location: Online via Zoom
Session: Winter/Spring 2024
Fee: $240 Inquire about partial scholarships based upon financial need

Together, we will explore important topics in Israeli current events and draw connections between those events and broader trends in Israeli history, politics, and culture. Themes will include Israel-Diaspora relations, the possibilities of Jewish democracy, and conversations about Israel and the Jewish future.

Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning classes are for learners of all backgrounds.

Canadian and other registrants from outside of the US: please email Cindy Bernstein to complete your registration. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Survey Course on the Rabbinic Period of Jewish History: Thursday Evenings Online via Zoom

Survey Course on the Rabbinic Period of Jewish History: Thursday Evenings Online via Zoom

Program: Hebrew College Me’ah Classic
Instructor: Rabbi Shayna Rhodes (Spring)  (Read Bio)
Dates: 11 Thursdays, Winter/Spring 2024: 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4 & 4/11
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Cost: $425, financial aid is available
Location: Online via Zoom
Hosted by: Hebrew College

The Rabbinic Period — the millennium from the Second Temple to the completion of the Babylonian Talmud (500 BCE to 600 CE) — refers to a time when new Jewish leaders, sages and rabbis emerged and developed rich texts of their own. Some of those texts took the form of extensive commentary about the earlier world of biblical Israel. During this seminal period, rabbinic scholars created a legal system which led to a Jewish belief system that has informed and ordered Jewish community, culture, and behavior for the past millennia.

What is the relationship between God and human beings?
How do we understand Jewish history and Jewish ethics?
What is the role of ritual, holy days and life-cycle events?

Readings illustrate the development of the rabbinic mindset and talmudic beliefs. As with the Hebrew Bible sequence, you’ll first cover selected historical, textual, and conceptual areas, then examine core concepts in conjunction with Bible study to illustrate how beliefs and practices evolved over time.

NOTE: This course is part of our Me’ah Classic program that we are opening to all who wish to learn about the Hebrew Bible. We hope you will enjoy taking this course and then register for the other sections of Me’ah Classic.

Please contact meah@hebrewcollege.edu for more information.

Survey Course on the Modern Period of Jewish History- Wednesday evenings online via Zoom

Survey Course on the Modern Period of Jewish History- Wednesday evenings online via Zoom

Program: Hebrew College Me’ah Classic
Instructor: Dr. Jacob Meskin (Modern)  (Read Bio)
Dates: 11 Wednesdays, Winter/Spring 2024: 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27 & 4/3
Time: 7:15 -9:15 p.m.
Cost: $360, financial aid is available
Location: Online via Zoom
Hosted by: Hebrew College

Beginning with the 17th century Age of Enlightenment, modernity posed a significant challenge to traditional Jewish culture, community, and identity, creating new social and economic opportunities but also threatening traditional Jewish values and society. As in each of the previous eras, modern Jews remained preoccupied with sacred texts, suggesting that however great the impact of rupture and discontinuity, their passion for reading and re-reading classical Jewish texts became the creative wellspring for modern Jewish thought.

You’ll delve into some of these modern primary texts representing differing ideological viewpoints — works of Jewish philosophers such as Martin Buber and Franz Rosenzweig, and Zionist thinkers such as Ahad Ha’am and Micha Josef Berdyczewski — that mirror the issues faced by Jews of that era.

And you’ll wrestle with the subtle points of comparison and contrast between Jewish modernity and the civilization we’ve inherited. Texts will examine the emancipation of European Jewry; the rise of Hasidism; the Jewish cultural revolution of Eastern Europe; and the birth of Modern Zionism.

NOTE: This course is part of our Me’ah Classic program that we are opening to all who wish to learn about Modern Jewry. We hope you will enjoy taking this course and then register for the other sections of Me’ah Classic.

For more information, contact meah@hebrewcollege.edu

Daf Yomi – Winter/Spring 2024

Daf Yomi

Program: Hebrew College Me’ah Select
Instructor: Layah Lipsker  (Read Bio)
Dates: Winter/Spring:  20 classes each/ 10 sessions in terms of payment
Winter/Spring Dates: 
Begins on Thursday, January 11th through March 18th
 Mondays:  1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11 & 3/18
 Thursdays:  1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7 & 3/14
Time: 9-9:45 a.m.
Cost: $450 Winter/Spring Semester, financial aid is available
Location: Zoom
Hosted by: Hebrew College

Daf Yomi is an international program to study the entire Talmud in unison, one page at a time. Jews around the world from all backgrounds and affiliations join by following a fixed schedule. This course is for people interested in the fascinating world of Talmud, whose varied discussions have broad and universal resonance.  Our twice weekly sessions will keep us on the Daf Yomi schedule, but we will focus on contemporary relevance of the texts for modern Jewish life. No Hebrew reading is necessary, all texts will be studied in English. This Daf Yomi course will meet twice per week for 45 minutes each time.

For more information, contact Rachel Goldstein rgoldstein2000@gmail.com

What Do We Mean When We Say “Jewish Music”

What Do We Mean When We Say “Jewish Music”

Program: Hebrew College Me’ah Select
Instructor: Professor Joshua Jacobson (Read Bio)
Dates: 6 Thursdays, 12/14, 12/28, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18 & 1/25
Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $270, financial aid is available
Location: Zoom
Hosted by: Hebrew College

Explore topics in Jewish Music with Prof. Joshua Jacobson. We will begin by exploring questions of Jewish musical identity and cultural ownership—what do we mean when we say “Jewish Music”? From there we will look at music in biblical times and how it developed into synagogue liturgy (what role do you think music should play in a synagogue service?), music in the Italian Jewish renaissance (you’ll meet some colorful characters!), the creation of “classical” music for synagogue and concert hall in the 19th and 20th centuries, the connections between Jews and jazz, and finally we will focus on the Jewish side of Leonard Bernstein. Classes will be supplemented with readings, audio recordings and videos.

 For more information, contact meah@hebrewcollege.edu