Me'ah

The Jewish “conversation” stretches over 3,000 years, with each generation interpreting and reinterpreting the core texts of Jewish life. Me’ah (Hebrew for 100) offers two tracks of learning experiences, all led by outstanding faculty who empower students to become part of the conversation.

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  • time Adults of all ages
  • location Synagogues and community spaces (or online due to COVID-19)
  • duration Me'ah Classic (100 hours over two years); or
    Me'ah Select (5-10 sessions over one semester)

Registration will be open by the end of August for the next cycle of Me’ah Classic. Hebrew College will email you when it is up on our website.

Me’ah classes meet for 11 weeks per semester; sessions are two hours long.

Yes, you can switch locations between semesters and after the year, but we do ask that unless there are challenging circumstances, you do not switch locations during our semester. Please contact our office for a discussion about changing locations.

You will register for Year 1 and Year 2 separately.

For the 2020-2021 academic year, we are offering two new classes. One will be a live, online interactive class via Zoom. If safety allows, we will also offer a live, in-person course at a Boston-area location.

Me’ah instructors are Judaic scholars or clergy with advanced degrees. They bring to community-based Me’ah Classic classes a high level of scholarship, teaching, and discourse typically found in University settings. Please go to our website to learn more about our gifted and committed instructors. In order to expose students to a range of styles and expertise, each of your four semesters will be taught by a different instructor.

Every Me’ah class is recorded and posted on our course website, Schoology. Many students take advantage of recorded classes.

Me’ah Classic participants come to our program with a wide variety of backgrounds. Many have no formal background education, other have experience with more formal study. All students are welcome in our class, including students from other faith traditions and students coming from interfaith families or traditions.

No, you do not need to know Hebrew-all Me’ah classes are conducted in English and texts are studied in English translation. When Hebrew words are referred to, they are translated.

The cost of Me’ah classic is $650 per person per year. Yes, there is generous financial aid available through Hebrew College and our commitment is to make Me’ah available to all students. Please contact Marilyn Stern at meah@hebrewcollege.edu to have a confidential discussion and to make arrangements for financial aid.

There are a small number of required books for each class, depending on the teacher. We do ask our instructors to post as many materials as possible on our course website, so that we can minimize additional costs of purchasing materials.

Additional Questions?

Please contact our office at meah@hebrewcollege.edu or 617-559-8614. Thank you!

Want to learn more about Me’ah?

If you need additional information or have questions about registration, please contact Erica Streit-Kaplan or Marilyn Stern, associate directors of Me’ah, at meah@hebrewcollege.edu.