Through discussion of contemporary political, social and cultural topics and through readings drawn from current Israeli news and social commentary, Ulpan brings Hebrew to life. Ulpan is offered on campus through nine levels of study and is generally taken as a non-credit course. (In special circumstances, undergraduate credit may be requested). The Ulpan program uses the linguistic-immersion method developed and popularized in Israel. Hebrew College Ulpan is a full-language program that teaches grammar, reading comprehension and conversation skills.
A sequence of four one-semester courses equip students for work with classical texts; they presume prior proficiency in Modern Hebrew. These courses are:
- Hebrew 3 and 4 (summer) – prerequisite Hebrew 2 or equivalent
- Hebrew 5 and 6 (fall or spring) – prerequisite Hebrew 4 or equivalent
- Hebrew Grammar: Intensive (fall) – prerequisite Hebrew 6
- Biblical Hebrew (spring) – prerequisite Hebrew Grammar: Intensive
- Aramaic (fall) – prerequisite Biblical Hebrew
- Rabbinic Hebrew (spring) – prerequisite Hebrew Grammar: Intensive and Aramaic
What is Eser?
Eser is Hebrew for 10, a number with special significance in Judaism. Ten is a symbol of good luck and power: there are 10 Commandments; 10 members of a minyan, the quorum for communal Jewish ceremony; and 10 sefirot, or elements of the divine existing in nature.
Named for Eser Classic’s 10 sessions, Eser brings young adults together in living rooms and community centers throughout the Greater Boston Area to explore contemporary issues and ideas through a Jewish lens, and to build connection and community through conversation.
The Jewish “conversation” stretches over 3,000 years, with each generation interpreting and reinterpreting the core texts of Jewish life. With 100 (me’ah in Hebrew) hours of coursework over two years, Me’ah Classic is a comprehensive, engaging, and in-depth adult learning experience that takes students on a journey through the narrative of the Jewish people and empowers students to become part of the conversation.
Me’ah — Hebrew for 100 — is led by outstanding faculty from Greater Boston academic institutions who are attuned to the needs of adult learners. Readings, text study, lectures and discussions focus on core texts from biblical, rabbinic, medieval, and modern times. Students receive a certificate during a graduation ceremony at the end of their second year.
Me’ah Classic welcomes students of all backgrounds. No prior formal Jewish education or knowledge of Hebrew is required. Financial aid is available to those who qualify, thanks to CJP’s generous support. For more information, download our brochure.
Prayer Leader Summer Institute
Each summer, the School of Jewish Music offers eight weeks of pluralistic programming in leading services and teaching music. Ani Kinor – אני כינור is open to clergy, students, lay leaders, teachers, and musicians who are interested in Jewish liturgical music and enhancing their musical skills.
Ani Kinor kicks off with “Visions of Prayer Leadership,” a two-day Intensive Seminar on Monday and Tuesday, June 3 and 4, 8 am – 5 pm.
Additional classes begin on Wednesday, June 5.