Me'ah Classic

Literacy, Learning, Legacy: 100 hours of Jewish study 

The Jewish "conversation" stretches over 3,000 years, with each generation interpreting and reinterpreting the core texts of jewish life.  Me'ah Classic is a comprehensive and engaging Adult Learning experience that empowers students to become part of that 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.  Reading, text study, lectures and discussions are combined to develop a rich experience for the community of learners who share this two-year journey together.

Year One Curriculum

Hebrew Bible: Explore the Hebrew Bible, or Tanakh, through focused discussion of core texts, including:
  • The creation stories
  • The binding of Isaac
  • The Exodus story
  • The revelation at Sinai
  • The prophetic books
Modern historical and literary approaches will enable you to analyze material through a new lens and gain a deeper understanding of the biblical world.

Rabbinics: Study texts from the Rabbinic Period (500 BCE to 600 CE), a time when new Jewish leaders, sages, and rabbis emerged and developed rich texts of their own, creating a legal system which has informed and ordered Jewish community, culture, and behavior for the past millenia. Explore the relationship between God and human beings, your understanding of Jewish history and ethics, and the role of ritual in our lives.

Year Two Curriculum

Medieval: Study the Jewish mindset and the contours of medieval Jewish civilizations under Islam and Christianity during the Middle Ages (600 to 1700 CE).
  • Readings and discussions focus on Jewish encounters with non-Jews, including the rise and fall of Jewish life in Spain and Eastern Europe.
  • Examine the modes of community that Jews constructed in the shifting diaspora, as well as the expansion of Jewish thought in the areas of philosophy, mysticism, liturgy, and biblical and talmudic commentaries.
Modern: Beginning with the 17th century's Age of Enlightenment, modernity posed a significant challenge to traditional Jewish culture, community, and identity, creating new social and economic opportunities but also threatening traditional Jewish values and communal structures. Delve into texts examining:
  • The emancipation of European Jewry
  • The rise of Hasidism
  • The Jewish cultural revolution of Eastern Europe
  • The birth of Modern Zionism.
Learn about modern Jewish thought, the origins of contemporary Jewish affiliations, and various perspectives on modern Jewry.

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Schedule & Locations

Me’ah Classic classes begin each Fall at various locations throughout Greater Boston, such as Brookline, Concord, Cambridge, Lexington, Newton, and Westwood.

We are currently planning class sites for Fall 2018. We expect to hold classes in Newton (in two or three locations), Brookline, and Metrowest Boston, including at least one daytime class. Check back here in May 2018 for class locations and instructors.

Financial Aid & Additional Details

We are happy to offer generous financial aid for all of our classes. Please contact our office for more information at or 617.559.8708.

What our students say about Me'ah Classic:
  • "I loved the instructors exuberance, her enthusiasm for the subject...she helped me to discover Torah, the nuanced meanings behind the words!"
  • "I had a chance to think about Judaism, to revisit "facts" and myths I had learned as a child, and to put them in perspective as they apply to my current life."
  • "Me'ah Classic has truly been a wonderful experience for me-academically, spiritually, and socially."
  • "I am not a religious person, and always had trouble connecting.  Me'ah Classic gave me the tools and interest to find meaning and connection to Judaism.  Now, I'm ready to continue learning, even after 2 years of study."
  • "We are so taken with this course-what a wonderful chance for me to learn with my spouse!"


Sara Riedner Brown
Associate Director, Me'ah Classic & Select