Community Education for New Learners: Winter/Spring 2022

Hebrew College Ulpan Course

Ulpan Level 1A (Morning)

Instructor: Adva Alpert
Dates: February 8, 2022 through May 10, 2022
Day & Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m.
Location: Zoom
Cost: $750
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This class is designed for students with little or no prior knowledge of Hebrew. Students will learn to read and write in block and script letter, grammar foundations and new vocabulary words. Classes are taught almost entirely in Hebrew, and students are encouraged to speak Hebrew in class. Classes are fun and engaging and taught through an Israeli culture lens.


Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Course

Learning Jewish Wisdom for Life’s Great Questions (Rabbi Rachel Putterman) (6 sessions)

Instructor: Rabbi Rachel Putterman
Dates: April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 11, 18, 2022
Day and Time: Wednesdays 7-8:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: On-line via Zoom
Fee: $90*
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*This course is partially funded by the Hebrew College/IYUN Fellowship grant.

What is the role of gratitude in our lives? Is forgiveness important? How do we present ourselves to the world? Who am I responsible for? What is my relationship with God, and who is the God I don’t believe in? In this class we will explore the big questions of life as refracted through the Jewish tradition.


Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Course

TEXT MESSAGES: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Meaning (8 sessions)

Instructor: Naomi Gurt Lind
Dates: March 13, 20, 27; April 3, 10, 24; May 1, 8, 2022
Time: Sundays 7:30-9 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Zoom
Fee: $216
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In each session we will read a few texts in English (with Hebrew alongside to deepen the study), and then explore some juicy questions that relate it to modern life or contemporary situations. TEXT MESSAGES is geared to be welcoming to novices and explorers and does not require prior experience with text study or Hebrew. At the same time, experienced text learners will encounter these words anew, seeing them refracted through their classmates’ lived experience and their own. This course is intended for anyone with an interest in expanding their Jewish learning and joining in the ongoing conversation of Jewish wisdom.


Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Course

Feasts, Fasts, and Fakeries: The Scroll of Esther through a Photographic Lens (6 sessions)

Instructor: Leann Shamash
Dates: February 6, 13, 20, 27; March 6, 13, 2022
Day and Time: Sundays from 10:30 a.m.-12 noon Eastern Time
Location: Zoom
Fee: $162
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Megillat Esther is a short scroll with a story of great drama, color and intrigue that reads like a novel. The book is full or rich themes and motifs, including sumptuous parties and feasts, court intrigue, bravery, strong women, beauty, heroes, and villains, and much more. How can we create a visual dive into Megillat Esther, specifically through photography? In this class students will be asked to read the Megillah closely, examining chapters weekly week by week. Participants will be asked to find a theme in the reading that they will then explore through photographs. No prior photography experience is required, but experienced photographers and avid hobbyists are enthusiastically welcome! The class itself will involve sharing our ideas, sharing our photos and some text study together.


Hebrew College me’ah select Course

The Passover Haggadah: The Endless Renewal of the Jewish Story

Instructor: Rabbi Neal Gold
Dates: Five Wednesdays: 2/23, 3/2, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30
Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $165, generous financial aid is available
Location: Zoom
Hosted by: Hebrew College
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The Passover Haggadah is one of the most familiar and wonderful texts that the Jewish people have ever devised: a midrash of endless riches that evokes all of a person’s senses. We’ll explore its history and evolution, as well as its art and myriad reinterpretations, as it takes a simple story and makes it relevant in every generation.


Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Course

There Is a Season: Through the Jewish Calendar (Sara Klugman) (6 sessions)

Instructor: Sara Klugman
Dates: February 9, 16, 23; March 2, 23, 30, 2022
Day and Time: Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Zoom
Fee: $90*
Registration: Register now
*This course is partially funded by the Hebrew College/IYUN Fellowship grant.

How does the Jewish holiday cycle work? What are the animating ideas, themes, and visions of its practice? Are there spaces for dissent, doubt, or disaffection in the calendar, or is practicing tantamount to “believing?” These questions and more will be the subject of our time together.