Courses

Electives

**Days and times to be determined based on student enrollment**

Mini-Courses

Names, Naming, and The Name

Thursdays, 7:30 - 8:30 PM (7 weeks)
Instructors: Earl Schwartz and Nina Samuels
Tuition: $150

Explore the power of names and naming, the very first action attributed to human beings in the Tanakh. Then examine more modern thinking surrounding names, including the names we speak and names we do not.

Family, Money, and Loose Talk

Thursdays, 7:30 - 8:30 PM (7 weeks)
Instructors: Earl Schwartz and Nina Samuels
Tuition: $150

Examine the moral conflicts we experience in three areas of our daily life: family, wealth, and communication, in light of Jewish sources and personal experiences.

The Letters Project: Conversing Across Narratives

In partnership with the JCRC and Talmud Torah of Minneapolis.

For more information and registration click here.

A $180 stipend is available to students upon successful completion of the course and all course requirements.

Semester Courses: Sep 12 – Dec 14

The Israeli-Arab Conflict

Thursdays, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Instructor: Dr. Arie Zmora
Tuition: $250

Will there ever be peace in Israel? What are the obstacles?
Explore multiple perspectives of the conflict through the literary and political writings of Jewish, Arab, and Palestinian authors.

Year-Long Courses: Sep 12 – May 17

Real Talmud
May sign up for either or both semesters

Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Instructor: Rabbi Yosi Gordon
1st Semester Tuition: $200
2nd Semester Tuition: $360

The most important writing of the Jewish people is not the T’nach (Bible); it’s the Talmud. The Talmud invented Judaism, and the experiences and values we have as Jews were all shaped by the Talmud.

This is a chance for you to meet the Talmud, in its original.

Students may sign up for one or both semesters. The first term will cover a selection of texts about the ethics of language in the Talmud. The second term will cover Talmudic short stories.

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Contemporary Social Issues through a Jewish Lens
May sign up for either or both semesters

Tuesdays, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Instructor: Rabbi Yosi Gordon
1st Semester Tuition: $200
2nd Semester Tuition: $340

We are facing a world in need of repair, and Tikkun Olam, or G’milut Hasadin, is the way Jews repair the world.

This class is an opportunity to bring your ideas together with your peers, and ancient and modern Jewish texts, to discuss issues facing the world today such as:

  • Climate
  • Poverty
  • Prison Reform
  • Health Care Justice
  • Disabilities
  • Antisemitism

Students may sign up for one or both semesters. The first term will start with climate justice, and the following topics will be selected by the students. The second term will start with a new topic selected by the students.

Jewish History: The Zionist Movement

Tuesdays, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Instructor: Dr. Arie Zmora
Tuition: $550

For nearly two millennia, Jews did not actively pursue the founding of a Jewish State in the ancestral biblical homeland. Jews were largely a-political after their expulsion, believing that only the Messiah would deliver them from oppression and lead them to freedom and independence.

What happened in the 19th century that caused Jews to become politically active and embrace Zionism? How and why was Zionism founded? How did Theodore Herzl create political Zionism and ignite Jews’ desire to regain political independence? This class will delve into these topics and more.

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College-level Hebrew

Year-long courses: Sep 12 – May 17
Days and times are subject to change based on enrolled students’ availability

College-level Beginning Hebrew 1

Tuesdays/ Thursdays
6:30  - 8:30 PM
Tuition: $1400

For beginners whose goal is proficiency in modern Israeli Hebrew. Leads to speaking, listening comprehension, and reading/writing Hebrew. Emphasizes communication proficiency. Cultural materials are incorporated. No prior Hebrew experience is required.

College-level Advanced Beginning Hebrew 2

Mondays/Wednesdays
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Tuition: $1400

For students whose goal is proficiency in modern Israeli Hebrew. Leads to speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing Hebrew with emphasis on communication proficiency. Cultural materials incorporated. Continuation of Beginning Hebrew 1.
Students enrolling in Advanced Beginning Hebrew 2 must have completed Beginning Hebrew I and received a passing grade, or have instructor approval.

College-level Intermediate Hebrew 3

Tuesdays/ Thursdays
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Tuition: $1400

Strengthens and extends proficiency in speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension of modern Hebrew. Read and discuss prose, poetry, news, and film. Taught primarily in Hebrew.
Students enrolling in Intermediate Hebrew 3 must have completed Advanced Beginning Hebrew 2 and received a passing grade, or have instructor approval.

College-level Advanced Intermediate Hebrew 4

Mondays/Wednesdays
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Tution: $1400

Extensive reading of simplified modern Hebrew prose selections. Discuss poetry, newspaper, film, and TV in Hebrew. Israeli cultural experiences. Hone composition, listening comprehension, and speaking skills to prepare for proficiency exams. Taught in Hebrew. Continuation of Intermediate Hebrew 3.
Students enrolling in Advanced Intermediate Hebrew 4 must have completed Intermediate Hebrew 3 and received a passing grade, or have instructor approval.

College-level Advanced Hebrew 5

Tuesdays/Thursdays
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Tuition: $1400

Advanced studies in a variety of genres/media, including fiction, poetry, drama, film, and journal. Emphasizes expanded oral/written self-expression. Materials from several periods are used to prepare for future specialized studies. Taught in Hebrew. Has a prerequisite of Advanced Intermediate Hebrew 4. This course may be taken multiple times.
Students enrolling in Advanced Hebrew 5 must have completed Advanced Intermediate Hebrew 4 and received a passing grade, or have instructor approval.

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