Distance Learning – MOJU

Welcome to MOJU!

MOJU classes are offered for students in grades 8 – 12 via Zoom and are live and interactive, encouraging community-building and connection.

Enroll today and connect to your Jewish… Heritage, Community, Language, History, and Identity.

2020-2021 Classes

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Mini Courses

Israeli Music – From the Establishment of the Country to Contemporary Modern Times
Tuesdays: February 23 – March 16
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Instructor: Keshet Berlinsky Edry

Come hear the sounds of Israel!
Learn about the history and culture of Israel, from a new and special angle. In this 4 week course, each class will explore a different music style and how it is unique to Israel, including a look into the Eurovision Song Contest and the top of the charts in Israel today.

  • Mishrachi (Asian) Influences – Feb 23
  • Eurovision – Mar 2
  • Rock and Hip Hop – Mar 9
  • Top 10 Today – Mar 16

The Letters Project: Conversing Across Narratives
Partnership with Jewish Community Relations Council
Sundays: January 24- February 21
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Rabbis teaching:
Jan 24 – Rabbi Weininger
Jan 31 – Rabbi Spilker
Feb 7 – Rabbi Olitzky
Feb 14 – Rabbi Locketz
Feb 21 – Rabbi Rubin

Turning Points: Three Intriguing Chapters in Twin Cities Jewish History
Tuesdays: November 3-December 15
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Instructors: Earl Schwartz and Nina Samuels

In this course we explore three episodes from the past 100 years of Twin Cities Jewish history that illustrate and illuminate how we’ve come to be the communities we are today. Among the topics we explore are how Jewish neighborhoods have grown and disappeared, the development of communal educational institutions, and how membership in the community has been defined. Our goal is to better understand what local Jewish history teaches us about sustaining Jewish life, in community, in a time of profound change.

Earl Schwartz is a member of Hamline University’s religion faculty.


Trimester Course

Science and Judaism; Judaism and Science
Tuesdays: January 5-February 23
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Tuition: $175
Instructor: Barry Golob

In this course, we will look at different scientific issues. Science is concerned with things we CAN do, but as Jews, we want to know what we SHOULD do. Looking at these issues and ethical dilemmas through a Jewish lens may open our minds about the way we think and look at things.

Pandemics Plagues and Pestilence from Antiquity through the Early Modern Era
Sundays: January 10 – May 16
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Instructor: Dr. Arie Zmora

Over these past few months we have experienced the horrors of the deadly Covid-19 and its massive and paralyzing impact on our lives. Our class will address how past societies, mostly in Western Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Near East dealt with the catastrophic phenomenon of epidemics and pandemics.
Our historical review of societies and cultures over millennium of epidemics and pandemics offers us insight on humanity. How do we react towards each other when a devastating crisis hit? Are we compassionate or exhibit predatory selfish instincts? When do we exhibit empathy towards the poor and the helpless and when do we ignore the destitute plight and exhibit hate and revulsion towards our fellow- human being? What causes society to act in solidarity when it confronts crises and massive death and when does society crack at the seams? What is the role of political authorities and/ or spiritual -religious leaders to mitigate the magnitude of the crisis and what is the role of the individuals as they deal and suffer from the consequences of that catastrophe?

Two Semester Course

How to Bring the Messiah
Wednesdays: September 9-May 19
5:00 – 6:00 pm
1st Semester Tuition: $250
2nd Semester Tuition: $325
Instructor: Rabbi Yosi Gordon

Optimistic liberals speak of a society which is gradually becoming more and more ethical, with our efforts. Conservatives want to bring society back to its earlier greatness. Some of us, like Kohelet, throw up our hands and say that we’re going round in circles. Others look to a time, or even a person, that will perfect the world. Some even have ways of getting there. If you dream, or despair, of a utopian future, our study will give you understandings and experiences to fortify and to challenge your dreams… or nightmares.
1st Semester: The individual and the community (September- December)
2nd Semester: The community and the world (January-May)

Year Long Courses

College Level Beginning Hebrew 1
Mondays/ Wednesdays: September 9-May 19
4:00 – 5:15 pm
Instructor: TBA

For beginners whose goal is post-biblical studies or modern Israeli Hebrew. Leads to speaking, listening comprehension, and reading/writing Hebrew. Emphasizes communication proficiency. Cultural materials are incorporated.

College Level Advanced Beginning Hebrew 2
Mondays/ Wednesdays: September 9-May 19
6:00- 7:15 pm
Instructor: Rabbi Yosi Gordon

For students whose goal is post-biblical studies or 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
Mondays / Wednesdays: September 9-May 19
4:00 – 5:15 pm
Instructor: Dr. Arie Zmora

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: September 9-May 19
4:00 – 5:15 pm
Instructor: TBA

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
Mondays / Wednesdays: September 9-May 19
6:00 – 7:15 pm
Instructor: Dr. Arie Zmora

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 study. 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.