Me'ah

Me’ah, sponsored by Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) is the oldest Adult Learning program at Hebrew College. Me’ah (Hebrew for 100) offers three tracks of learning experiences, all led by outstanding faculty:

  • time Adults of all ages
  • location Synagogues and community spaces (Me'ah Classic and Select); or online (Me'ah Online)
  • duration Me'ah Classic (100 hours over two years);
    Me'ah Select (10-12 sessions over one semester);
    Me'ah Online (Flexible)

Visit our registration page. Registration typically closes 1-2 weeks before the first class.

Classes meet once a week for approximately 20 weeks per year. They are generally two to three hours long.

This varies from class to class and instructor to instructor. On average, roughly 50 to 75 pages of reading are assigned each week. Typically, instructors review each week’s assignment, prioritizing which readings are most critical for the next class. While doing all of the assigned reading is not essential, it will certainly enhance your learning experience.

While participants are encouraged to complete reading assignments to maximize the learning experience, Me’ah recognizes that students are busy adults who don’t always have time to finish the reading.

Every class is recorded and available to you in the event you have to miss a class. Many students who travel take advantage of our recorded classes.

No. Me’ah participants come from diverse backgrounds. Many have no formal Jewish education, while others have formally studied Judaic subjects. Some participants are recent Jews by choice; some belong to other faith traditions.

All Me’ah classes are conducted in English and texts are studied in English translation. Teachers do not assume that you know Hebrew. When Hebrew words or texts are referred to, they are translated.

No. Me’ah is designed for personal enrichment; there are no tests, papers or grades.

Me’ah instructors are all Judaic scholars with advanced academic degrees. They bring to our community-based Me’ah classes a level of scholarship, teaching, and discourse typically encountered in university settings. Learn more about our instructors here

Yes! You will receive a certificate at the completion of Me’ah. Your cohort will be honored at a Me’ah Graduation ceremony during the late spring of your second year of the program.

Each site sets its own fee, which may vary according to synagogue funds, local subsidies, and class size. Please contact the Me’ah liaison at your site for more information, or review the class registration form for more details. We also offer financial aid to students; please contact our office for more details.

Tuition varies by location; please visit the registration links to find each class price. We are also happy to offer generous financial aid for all of our classes. Please contact our office for more information at meah@hebrewcollege.edu or 617-559-8708.

If you are interested in a shorter time commitment or a more flexible schedule, check out Me’ah Select (a one-semester, in-depth exploration of a specific theme, text, personality or slice of Jewish history) and Me’ah Online, both taught by outstanding Me’ah faculty.

Yes, there is financial aid available through Hebrew College, as well as through local sponsors of the program. Please contact our office to have a confidential conversation about financial aid.

Yes. The number of required books varies from class to class, depending on the instructor. The maximum cost for reading materials is about $200 per year, however we strongly encourage instructors to post materials online on our class websites to reduce the need to purchase reading materials.

Interested in getting some background reading done before your Me’ah Classic class begins this fall? Below are a few suggestions (not mandatory!) for reading before your class begins.

Historical fiction:

  • Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza, Adina Hoffman, 2016
  • The Aleppo Codex: In Pursuit of One of the World’s Most Coveted, Sacred, and Mysterious Books, Matti Friedman, 2013
  • As a Driven Leaf, Milton Steinberg, 1996 or 2015
  • Rashi’s Daughters, Book I: Joheved: A Novel of Love and the Talmud in Medieval France, Maggie Anton, 2007

Non-historical readings:

  • Exploring Genesis, Nahum Sarna, 2015
  • Exploring Exodus, The Origins of Biblical Israel, Nahum Sarna, 1996
  • How to Read the Jewish Bible, Marc Brettler, 2007
  • Who Wrote the Bible, Richard Friedman, 1997

If your local independent bookstore does not carry these titles, we invite you to search on smile.amazon.com, and select Hebrew College as your charity. A small portion of the proceeds of your purchase will support our ability to continue to provide this kind of programming, and more!

Me’ah also offers two others program tracks for those who want a more flexible schedule or focused learning experience.

  • Me’ah Select [link]: A one-semester in-depth exploration of a specific theme, text, personality or slice of Jewish history, all led by our outstanding Me’ah faculty. Taught at the college level, but without papers and assignments.
  • Me’ah Online [link]: Distance-learning experiences with world-class scholars that you can dive into at your own pace or with a group. These classes offer the outstanding faculty and comprehensive curriculum that are the hallmarks of the Me’ah program.

Additional Questions?

Please contact our office at meah@hebrewcollege.edu or 617-559-8708. Thank you!

Want to learn more about Me’ah?

If you need additional information or have questions about registration, please contact Sara Brown, Director, Me’ah Classic & Select, at 617-559-8708 or meah@hebrewcollege.edu.