Fall 2017 Courses

Fall Session Dates: September 11 through December 22, 2017

Courses may be available as credit-bearing or non-credit bearing. There is a difference in the course numbers for credit and non-credit courses. Be sure to register using the correct course number. You will be charged according to your registration.

Community Education Courses can be found in a separate listing and will have a different pricing structure.


SHOOLMAN GRADUATE SCHOOL OF JEWISH EDUCATION
AND JEWISH STUDIES
 

JEWISH STUDIES

LANGUAGE COURSES



SCHOOL OF JEWISH MUSIC

RABBINICAL SCHOOL COURSES

COMMUNITY EDUCATION COURSES

 

 

SHOOLMAN GRADUATE SCHOOL OF JEWISH EDUCATION & JEWISH STUDIES

 

Education


                                 Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

Hebrew in Jewish Education
Shiri Katz-Gershon
CG-EDUC-584-W1
3 Graduate Credits
Online

Hebrew in Jewish Education
Shiri Katz-Gershon
CG-EDUC-584-AU
Non-Credit Only
Online
Community Education Course

 

This course examines the theoretical Issues in Language Acquisition and application to teaching Hebrew as a second language in childhood. Decades of worldwide research in language acquisition recognizes childhood second-language acquisition not just as an end — seeing the world with a second set of eyes — but also as a means for cognitive and emotional growth. Teaching Hebrew in early childhood (0-8) opens a door for cultural and communal connections, as well as enhances cognition by strengthening mental functions such as working memory and phonological segmentation. In this course, we will examine debates in language acquisition relevant to teaching Hebrew in different settings. In each of these issues, we will explore a variety of solutions, some that were the common practice for decades and some newer. For each theoretical question, students will take a stand among the viewpoints and then learn to recognize, design, and implement applicable methodologies, activities. Some of the questions that will drive our work are: Which language elements should be emphasized in teaching a second language in different age groups; Why and how can we best teach Hebrew as a second language to children with language-based learning difficulties; When and how to teach literacy; and How can parents play a role in teaching Hebrew by incorporating it into family life?

 


                                Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit



CANCELLED: Teaching Rabbinic Literature
Neil Janes
CG-EDUC-592-W1
3 graduate credits
Online
 

CANCELLED: Teaching Rabbinic Literature
Neil Janes
CG-EDUC-592-NC
3 non-credits
Online 

This course fulfills a pedagogic application course requirement

This course in textual teaching explores the relationship between knowledge of rabbinic literature and teaching the texts of our tradition. We will explore a number of domains of teaching rabbinic literature and by doing so offer a variety of pedagogies of text teaching. The teaching of rabbinic literature is a spiritual practice that combines deep insight into the human mind and social condition with a thrilling journey into the historical development of Jewish thought. This course fulfills a pedagogic application course requirement.

 

                                Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

CANCELLED: Models of Teaching
Susie Rodenstein
CG-EDUC-601-C1
3 graduate credits
On Campus, Wednesdays 3:30 pm-5:30 pm

CANCELLED: Models of Teaching
Susie Rodenstein
CG-EDUC-601-NC
3 non-credits
On Campus, Wednesdays 3:30 pm-5:30 pm 

 

In this course, students will analyze a wide repertoire of teaching models in Jewish education, influenced by content, students and institutional contexts, which represent techniques, philosophical approaches and values of teachers. The course will examine rationales for choosing or adapting different models and students will practice alternative approaches. Features of lesson planning and how to structure lessons and courses for Jewish educational settings will also be considered. In addition, students will reflect on their own teaching experiences and collaboratively assess alternative ways to address the range of educational issues that they encounter.


                                Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

Models of Teaching
Susie Rodenstein
CG-EDUC-601-W1
3 graduate credits
Online
 

Models of Teaching
Susie Rodenstein
CG-EDUC-601-N2
3 non-credits
Online 

 

In this course, students will analyze a wide repertoire of teaching models in Jewish education, influenced by content, students and institutional contexts, which represent techniques, philosophical approaches and values of teachers. The course will examine rationales for choosing or adapting different models and students will practice alternative approaches. Features of lesson planning and how to structure lessons and courses for Jewish educational settings will also be considered. In addition, students will reflect on their own teaching experiences and collaboratively assess alternative ways to address the range of educational issues that they encounter.
 


                                Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

Designing Diverse Learning Experiences
Ariel Margolis
CG-EDUC-633-W1
3 graduate credits
Online
 

Designing Diverse Learning Experiences
Ariel Margolis
CG-EDUC-633-NC
3 non-credits
Online

This course fulfills a Special Education requirement

“Ok now, teach!” First year teachers still hear on the first day of school (or even better, to a student teacher who is subbing for the first time). Yet, what does it mean to teach? How does one teach? What is the art behind the science of teaching? In this course, we will journey through the world of designing learning experiences to meet the needs of neurodiverse learners with and without Special Needs and those identified with physical disabilities. We will stop to study the four researched based methods to help answer the question what does it mean to teach? This course fulfills a Special Education requirement.


                                 Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

Human Development
Efrat Furst
CG-EDUC-802-C1
3 graduate credits
On Campus, Fridays, 9:15 – 11:15 am
 

Human Development
Efrat Furst
CG-EDUC-802-NC
3 non-credits
On Campus, Fridays, 9:15 – 11:15 am

 

The course is focused on understanding the processes of human cognitive development by drawing from both classical prominent scholars in educational psychology and up-to-date scientific findings from neuroscience and cognitive and educational psychology. The learning process is discussed from the perspective of the ever-developing brain. Students will acquire knowledge and tools to meaningfully evaluate traditional, common and science-based learning strategies. The goal is to be able to understand the tension between effective cognitive processing and psychological factors that prevent most of us to choose them, and think of ways to overcome the barriers. Specifically, the course introduces highly-effective research-based learning strategies. And focus on the following questions: why are they effective? Why they are NOT so commonly used? What educational myths are related to them? And last, what is the important role of the teacher in advancing and fostering effective learning among their students? Moreover, the implications for teachers’ own processes of development as learners and human beings will be highlighted. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about their own practice as instructors, guides or learners, and find ways to look for answers by designing small-scale behavioral research.


                                 Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

Human Development
Efrat Furst
CG-EDUC-802-W1
3 graduate credits
Online
 

Human Development
Efrat Furst
CG-EDUC-802-N2
3 non-credits
Online

 

The course is focused on understanding the processes of human cognitive development by drawing from both classical prominent scholars in educational psychology and up-to-date scientific findings from neuroscience and cognitive and educational psychology. The learning process is discussed from the perspective of the ever-developing brain. Students will acquire knowledge and tools to meaningfully evaluate traditional, common and science-based learning strategies. The goal is to be able to understand the tension between effective cognitive processing and psychological factors that prevent most of us to choose them, and think of ways to overcome the barriers. Specifically, the course introduces highly-effective research-based learning strategies. And focus on the following questions: why are they effective? Why they are NOT so commonly used? What educational myths are related to them? And last, what is the important role of the teacher in advancing and fostering effective learning among their students? Moreover, the implications for teachers’ own processes of development as learners and human beings will be highlighted. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about their own practice as instructors, guides or learners, and find ways to look for answers by designing small-scale behavioral research.

 

Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement Program 


                                 Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Biblical, Rabbinic & Contemporary Perspectives on Intermarriage and Conversion
Ilan Fuchs
CG-EDUC-644-W1
3 graduate credits
Online
Biblical, Rabbinic & Contemporary Perspectives on Intermarriage and Conversion
Ilan Fuchs
CG-EDUC-644-AU
Non-Credit Only
Online
Community Education Course

 

 

Intermarriage and conversion present unique challenges to Jewish movements. This course familiarizes students with textual and theological perspectives about relationships as described in the biblical literature, and between contemporary Jews and people of other faith backgrounds. It includes critical reading and analysis about matrilineal and patrilineal descent; rabbinic officiation at interfaith weddings; matriculation and graduation of clergy, and Jewish identity. It explores the varied paths to conversion and categories of status according to different branches of Judaism, acquainting students with the theories and applications of terms such as “fellow travelers,” cultural affirmation, and halakhic Jews-by-choice.



Pardes Educators Program 

 

Pedagogy II Developing as an Effective Teacher
Alex Sinclair
CG-EDUC-616-P1
3 graduate credits
Online, Begins August 30, 2017
Open to Pardes Educator Students Only

 
This course focuses on various factors that influence a person's ability to learn: multiple intelligences, diverse learning styles/patterns, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, and overall motivation. Theories are applied to helping learners more effectively through clear instructions, assessments, rubrics and differentiation in the classroom. While this course is designed primarily for day school teachers, concerns of teachers in any setting will be addressed. Reflection on ourselves as learners is an important element throughout the course. (Open to Pardes Educator Students Only)

 


Jewish Educational Leadership Program  

Curriculum Development and Ethics
Jeffrey Schein
ED-JLS-905-W1
3 graduate credits
Online
Open only to those in the Jewish Educational Leadership program.

A methodological key to this course is the work on “assumption-hunting” of Dr. Stephen Brookfield, the adult learning theorist. Working from the “assumption” that key curricular approaches and documents only partially make clear their epistemological, ethical, and educational foundations the course begins with an exploration of two thoroughly modern constructions of curriculum:  Joseph Schwab and Ralph Tyler. Participants will begin to view those theories from the rich perspectives of “post-modernity” in terms of changing views of the nature of knowledge, community, and dialogue. The third step of this curricular investigation will be an in depth of analysis of the curricular approaches of Mordecai Kaplan and Michael Rosenak. As part of the journey students will examine various curricular documents presently being utilized in contemporary Jewish education.


Education Field Experiences 

Education Practicum
Susan Morrel
CG-EDUC-600-C1
Non-Credit
Full Year: September 11, 2017 through May 18, 2018
Requirement: Student must be concurrently enrolled in Models of Teachings

Students with little or no education experience will participate in this teaching practicum to prepare them for upcoming field experience and lay the groundwork for success in their education careers. The goal of the practicum is to prepare students to move more easily, with new skills and confidence into the supervised field experience. The practicum gives students an opportunity to spend 3-5 hours per week for an academic year, observing educators, participating as much as possible in the educational setting and reflecting on what they are observing and experiencing. Students will be expected to complete the practicum when they are enrolled in Models of Teaching. When possible, assignments from the course will be carried out in the practicum site. Practicum must be approved by Director of Field Experiences.


Field Experience I
Susan Morrel
CG-EDUC-915-C1
1 graduate credit
Full Year: September 11, 2017 through May 18, 2018
Prerequisite: Models of Teaching in Jewish Education CG-Educ-601

Supervised experience in a Jewish setting (school, agency, synagogue, etc.) for the full academic year. A minimum of 6-10 hours per week over two semesters is required. Experiences will be tailored to meet the professional goals and objectives of the individual student. If appropriate, a current paid position may be incorporated into the experience. Supervision will focus on execution of emerging skills, observation and basic knowledge. All field experiences must be approved by the director of field experiences. Prerequisite: Models of Teaching in Jewish Education CG-Educ-601.


Field Experience II
Susan Morrel
CG-EDUC-916-C1
1 graduate credit
Full Year: September 11, 2017 through May 18, 201
Prerequisite: Models of Teaching in Jewish Education and Field Experience I

Supervised experience in a Jewish setting (school, agency, synagogue, etc.) for the full academic year. A minimum of 6-10 hours per week is required over two semesters. Experiences will be tailored to meet the professional goals and objectives of the individual student. If appropriate, a current paid position may be incorporated into the experience. Supervision will focus on execution of emerging skills, observation and basic knowledge. All field experiences must be approved by the director of field experiences. Prerequisite: Models of Teaching in Jewish Education and Field Experience I.



Supervised Field Experience: Special Education
Susan Morrel
CG-EDUC-924-C1
1 graduate credit
Full Year: September 11, 2017 through May 18, 2018

This course is a full academic year-long supervised experience in a Jewish setting (school, agency, synagogue, camp, etc.) serving students with a variety of special needs. A minimum of 6-10 hours per week is required. Experiences will be tailored to meet the professional goals and objectives of the individual student. If appropriate, a current paid position could be the basis for the experience with a focus on expanding the role to include a wide range of skills. All experiences must be approved by the Director of Field Experiences.

 

Supervised Field Experience: Early Childhood Education I
Susan Morrel
CG-EDUC-926-C1
1 graduate credit
Full Year: September 11, 2017 through May 18, 2018
Prerequisite: Certificate in Early Childhood Jewish Education (or near completion of)

Full academic year-long experience may include a mentoring relationship and/or arranged group visits to a variety of early childhood settings. Students will keep a journal to focus on observation, reflection and application. All experiences will be coordinated by the Director of Field Experiences. Prerequisite: Certificate in Early Childhood Jewish Education (or near completion of).


Supervised Field Experience: Early Childhood Education II
Susan Morrel
CG-EDUC-927-C1
1 graduate credit
Full Year: September 11, 2017 through May 18, 2018
Prerequisite: EDUC 926 Supervised Field Experience in Early Childhood I

Full academic year supervised field experience in an early childhood Jewish setting. A minimum of 6-10 hours per week is required. Experiences will be designed to meet the professional needs of students. Focus on application and integration of expanded knowledge. If appropriate, a current paid position may be incorporated into the experience. All experiences must be approved by the Director of Field Experiences. Prerequisite: EDUC 926 Supervised Field Experience in Early Childhood I.

 

Graduate Research Seminars

Graduate Research Seminar for MJE Students
Deborah Skolnick Einhorn
CG-EDUC-707-H1
1 graduate credit
Hybrid – FULL YEAR: Sept 11, 2017 through May 18, 2018
Tuesdays, monthly at 6:30pm EST (dates TBA)
Open to graduating students in the Masters of Jewish Education program only

This research seminar is the culmination of a student's years of study at Hebrew College and provides students with the opportunity to integrate their learning of Judaic texts with educational theories and practice. The final project allows students to further investigate a topic that intrigues them and relates to their work. Throughout the yearlong project, students will be guided by the seminar instructors, a faculty adviser of their choosing and by the seminar community itself. The project is then submitted as a bound written paper and presented orally at an end-of-year day of celebration. This course is yearlong, ending in May. This version of the seminar is for Masters in Jewish Education students.


Graduate Research Seminar for MJEJS Students
Deborah Skolnick Einhorn
CG-EDUC-715-H1
2 graduate credits
Hybrid – FULL YEAR: Sept 11, 2017 through May 18, 2018
Tuesdays, monthly at 6:30pm EST (dates TBA)
Open to graduating students in the dual degree program (MJEJS) only
 

This research seminar is the culmination of a student's years of study at Hebrew College and provides students with the opportunity to integrate their learning of Judaic texts with educational theories and practice. The final project allows students to further investigate a topic that intrigues them and relates to their work. Throughout the yearlong project, students will be guided by the seminar instructors, a faculty adviser of their choosing and by the seminar community itself. The project is then submitted as a bound written paper and presented orally at an end-of-year day of celebration. This course is yearlong, ending in May. This is for graduating students taking a dual degree in Jewish Education and Jewish Studies.

 

JEWISH STUDIES 

Bible

Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Genres and Themes of Biblical Literature I
David Frankel
CG-BIBLE-502A-C1
2 graduate credits
Thursdays, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Genres and Themes of Biblical Literature I
David Frankel
CG-BIBLE-502A-NC
2 non-credits
Thursdays, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Prerequisite: Hebrew 4

This course will focus on Biblical narrative and legal discourse. The course will cover the arc of biblical history and historiography, examining prose selections from the Torah, as well as the historical books: Joshua, Judges, Samuel I and II, and Kings I and II. Several sessions will also focus on legal, prescriptive and proscriptive material, including ritual and civil law. Particular attention is paid to understanding of the Hebrew text, and to the linguistic and literary characteristics of the different genres. First part of a two-semester sequence. Prerequisite: Hebrew 4

 

Cantorial

Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Basic Cantillation
Louise Treitman
CG-CANTR-519-C1
1 graduate credit
Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 10:40 am

Basic Cantillation
Louise Treitman
CG-CANTR-519-NC
1 non-credit
Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 10:40 am

Prerequisite: Hebrew 4 or above or permission of Instructor required for non-rabbinic students

This class is an introduction to the basic concepts of Torah cantillation. Emphasis will be placed on acquiring the skills needed to chant Torah on weekdays, Sabbaths and Festivals using a common Ashkenazi trope. Topics will also include the rituals surrounding the Torah service, the history of cantillation/trope, correct contemporary pronunciation of biblical Hebrew, and the underlying syntactic structure of the system of cantillation. While this course is primarily for rabbinical students, others are welcome (depending on size of the class), provided they have adequate sense of musical pitch and the ability to read and translate biblical Hebrew. Course does not count for graduate credit for students in the Cantorial Ordination programs.

Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Introduction to Basic Nusach
Lynn Torgove
CG-CANTR-522-C1
1 graduate credit
Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 10:40 am

Introduction to Basic Nusach
Lynn Torgove
CG-CANTR-522-NC
1 non-credit
Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 10:40 am

Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor required for non-rabbinic students

An introduction to the modes and motifs for synagogue prayer during weekday and Sabbath worship. Emphasis is on acquiring the skills needed to teach basic davening. Discussions also examine some theoretical and pedagogical issues in the teaching of prayer to children. Does not count for graduate credit for cantorial students. 

 

History

Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

The History of Zionism and Israeli Society
Daniel Judson
RB-HIST-510-C1
1 graduate credits
Level: 3
Mondays, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The History of Zionism and Israeli Society
Daniel Judson
RB-HIST-510-NC
1 non-credits
Level: 3
Mondays, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Permission of Instructor required for non-rabbinic students

In the first part of the seminar we will explore the history of Zionism through a close reading of the classic Zionist thinkers: Herzl, Ahad Ha’am, Jabotinsky, Kook and others. We will also be paying close attention to the context from which their writings emerge, both the Jewish context as well as the wider canvas of European history. The course will focus on the seminal political events of early Zionism: the Zionist congresses, the Balfour Declaration, the successive waves of aliyot, etc. The latter part of the course will focus on the development of Israeli society, looking at questions of Jewish identity, the democratic nature of Israel, Ashkenazi-Sephardi tension, and the contentious relationship with the Palestinians. We will end the course by looking at contemporary critiques of Zionism, raising the charged questions of whether Zionism is at its end. Permission of Instructor required for non-rabbinic students


Interdisciplinary Courses


                                 Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

Sacred Beginnings: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism and Spirituality
Aubrey Glazer 
CG-INTD-511-W1
3 graduate credits
Online   

Sacred Beginnings: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism and Spirituality
Aubrey Glazer
CG-INTD-511-NC
3 non-credits
Online

 

Touching God—this is the yearning for a direct, immediate experience of the divine presence, a longing to grasp the ineffable mysteries of the human soul and know the inner dynamics of the divine realm. This course will introduce students to the major texts and core ideas of Jewish mysticism and spirituality, tracking their development inn many different forms across the centuries, from the Hebrew Bible to the present day. By examining and reflecting upon the written record of mystical experience, we will consider how the kabbalistic texts are akin to poems that not only depict a mystical process but produce it.

This course assumes no prior background. All readings will be made available in English. Students with some knowledge of the material, however, are invited to challenge themselves with the “optional” and “advanced” readings of sources, both primary and secondary.

     

                                 Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

Inner Life & Social Justice Activism
David Jaffe
CG-INTD-561-W1
3 graduate credits
Online 

Inner Life & Social Justice Activism
David Jaffe
CG-INTD-561-AU
Non-Credit Only
Online
Community Education Course

 

Drawing on Musar and Chassidic literature and the concept of tikkun hamiddot (personal ethical and spiritual development), this course will focus on the relationship between personal spirituality and strategies for social justice organizing and advocacy for transformative social change. Some of the specific areas of exploration will include motivation and self-interest, choice, humility and trust.

 

                                 Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

Jewish Practice Seminar
Daniel Klein
RB-INTD-015-C1
2 graduate credits
Wednesdays, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Jewish Practice Seminar
Daniel Klein 
RB-INTD-015-NC
2 non-credits
Wednesdays, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Prerequisite: Hebrew 4. Permission of Instructor required for non-rabbinic students  


This course introduces aspiring clergy to basic sources, practices and complexities of the Jewish life cycle. Students will gain fluency in the essential terminology of the Jewish life cycle and will explore multiple approaches to Jewish ritual observance. We will integrate primary text study, secondary readings and reflections on our own personal encounters with ritual practice in order to build fluency and comfort in the practice of Judaism. We will also pay particular attention to the issue of encountering this material as future clergy and educators. Permission of Instructor required for non-rabbinic students.


                                 Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

Calling Out from the Depths: The Book of Psalms in Jewish and Christian Life
Or Rose & Andrew Davis
RB-INTD-533-C1
1 graduate credit
Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 pm.
6 Sessions: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15 and December 6

Calling Out from the Depths: The Book of Psalms in Jewish and Christian Life
Or Rose & Andrew Davis
RB-INTD-533-NC
1 non-credit
Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 pm.
6 Sessions: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15 and December 6

Prerequisite: Hebrew 4


For centuries, Jews and Christians have turned to the Book of Psalms in times of joy and thanksgiving, and in times of sadness and lament. However, there have been far fewer opportunities for members of these two communities and others to explore these ancient poetic texts together as fellow spiritual seekers. What do we share in common? Where do we differ? How might reading these sources with people with different religious or ideological commitments impact our relationship with the text?

 

                                Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

Torah for Transformative Social Change
Jane Kanarek
RB-INTD-563-C1
2 graduate credits
Mondays, 4:15 pm – 5:45 pm

Torah for Transformative Social Change
Jane Kanarek
RB-INTD-563-NC
2 non-credits
Mondays, 4:15 pm – 5:45 pm


 
At the heart of this course lies the belief that studying Torah can help us in our pursuit of transformative social change. Through close readings of selected rabbinic and secondary literature, we will prod ourselves to develop definitions of compassion and justice and then ask how we turn those definitions into action. Havruta and class discussion will be central elements of this process.

 

Jewish Thought

 

    Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Reading Maimonides
Barry Mesch

CG-JTHT-528-W1 
4 graduate credits
Online
 

Reading Maimonides
Barry Mesch
CG-JTHT-528-NC
4 non-credits
Online

 

 

This course will consider the writings of one of the most prolific and influential Jewish figures of all time. Moses ben Maimon was born in Spain in the 12th century, fled to Palestine and then Egypt where he lived for most of his life. His writings deal with almost every aspect of Jewish life with a particular focus on law and philosophy. We will be reading from his Guide of the Perplexed, Mishneh Torah, Introduction to the Mishnah, and the Introduction to the Tenth chapter of the Tractate of Sanhedrin (Perek Ha-Helek) along with short selections from his letters (igarot). The course will focus on Maimonides’ leadership, compassion, elitism, rationalism and ultimately, his view of Jewish life and faith. The course will include a Bet Midrash experience - once a week students will meet virtually through videochat in hevruta (partnership or small groups) to study the text synchronously together. 

 

    Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Theology of Jewish Prayer
Allan Lehmann

RB-JTHT-100-C1
2 graduate credits
Fridays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
 

Theology of Jewish Prayer
Allan Lehmann
RB-JTHT-100-NC
2 non-credits
Level: Year 1
Fridays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

 

Prerequisite: Hebrew 7. Non-rabbinic students need permission of instructor

This course will address the historical, phenomenological, and theological perspectives on tefillah and the siddur. Students will gain as complete a familiarity as possible with the varied worlds of Jewish prayer, including the prayer books of traditional and contemporary communities, the styles of prayer, the inner life of prayer as taught by various masters, and the theologies that underlie prayer and proceed from it. Prerequisite: Hebrew 7. Non-rabbinic students need permission of instructor.

    Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Theology of the Jewish Year
Or Rose

RB-JTHT-230-C1
2 graduate credits
Fridays, 9 am – 11:15 am
 

Theology of the Jewish Year
Or Rose
RB-JTHT-230-NC
2 non-credits
Fridays, 9 am – 11:15 am

 

Prerequisite: Hebrew 8. Non-rabbinic students need permission of instructor.

In this course, we will explore the theological motifs imbedded in, and emerging from, the rituals and customs of the Shalosh Regalim (Three Pilgrimage Festivals). We will analyze a variety of classical and modern Jewish sources as well as relevant materials from other religious and wisdom traditions. We will frame or study with discussions of the sanctity of time and space in Judaism more broadly, and the shape and texture of the Jewish calendar cycle as a whole. Prerequisite: Hebrew 8. Non-rabbinic students need permission of instructor.

    Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Rabbi Nachman
Art Green

RB-JTHT-610-C1 
2 graduate credits
Tuesdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
 

Rabbi Nachman
Art Green
RB-JTHT-610-NC
2 non-credits
Tuesdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Prerequisite: Hebrew 7 or above. Non-rabbinic students need permission of instructor

The Teachings and Tales of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav. An exploration of the life (based on Tormented Master) and thought of a uniquely creative and influential Hasidic master, both in his own historical context and as a source for contemporary religious seekers. Weekly readings in original sources. Prerequisite: Hebrew 7 or above. Non-rabbinic students need permission of instructor.
 
Literature

                            Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Introduction to Reading Biblical Texts
Harvey Bock

RB-LITR-500-C1
2 graduate credits
Mondays, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Introduction to Reading Biblical Texts                        
Harvey Bock
RB-LITR-500-NC
2 non-credits
Mondays, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Prerequisite: Hebrew 4 or above. Non-rabbinic students need permission of instructor.

Introduces students to, and builds their skills in, the reading of texts in the Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible. The focus will be on learning to make use of the Masoretic apparatus of vowel signs and cantillation to read with precision; familiarization with the distinctive features of biblical Hebrew morphology and syntax; making use of a biblical Hebrew lexicon and concordance; and developing strategies for understanding the literal meaning of biblical Hebrew texts. Prerequisite: Hebrew 4 or above. Non-rabbinic students need permission of instructor.

Liturgy

                            Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Siddur
Dan Berman

RB-LITGY-591-C1
2 graduate credits
Tuesdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Siddur           
Dan Berman
RB-LITGY-591-NC
2 non-credits
Tuesdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Prerequisite: Hebrew 4 or above

This course is an introduction to Jewish prayers and prayer books. We will study the texts, practices and concepts associated with daily, Sabbath, and Festival worship as found in different siddurim of Jewish communities. Prerequisite: Hebrew 4 or above

Practical Training Courses

                            Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Lifecycle Seminar for Clergy
Daniel Judson

RB-PRAC-220-C1
2 graduate credits
Fridays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Lifecycle Seminar for Clergy               
Daniel Judson
RB-PRAC-220-NC
2 non-credits
Fridays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Prerequisite: Hebrew 4 or above. Non-rabbinic students need permission of instructor.

This course will train students to officiate at Jewish lifecycle events: baby namings, b’nai mitzvah, weddings, and conversions; officiating at funerals is covered in a class for third-year students. We will look at various ways contemporary rabbis perform these lifecycle rituals as well as the counseling process that accompanies each ritual. Prerequisite: Hebrew 4 or above and permission of instructor for non-rabbinic students

Rabbinics

                            Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Theories of Halakhah
Jane Kanarek

RB-RAB-429-C1 
2 graduate credits
Thursdays, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Theories of Halakhah              
Jane Kanarek
RB-RAB-429-NC
2 non-credits
Thursdays, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Prerequisite: Hebrew 4

 This course will provide an introduction to theories of halakhah and halakhic literature. We will contextualize halakhah within a wider world of legal theory as well as examine this particularly Jewish expression of law. As we gain a more expansive understanding of the development of halakhah and halakhic literature, we will also have the opportunity to consider how the languages of halakhah can be a resource for our individual and communal Jewish practices. Prerequisite: Hebrew 4

 

                                 Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Introduction to Mishnah
Ebn Leader
CG-RAB-513-C1
4 graduate credits
Wednesdays, 10:45am – 12:30 pm and Fridays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Introduction to Mishnah
Ebn Leader
CG-RAB-513-NC
4 non-credits
Wednesdays, 10:45am – 12:30 pm and Fridays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Prerequisite: Hebrew 4. Non-rabbinic students need permission of instructor

This course is an intensive introduction to the form and content of the Mishnah, the first code of rabbinic law. Students will gain familiarity with classical rabbinic syntax, key concepts, and frequent forms of rabbinic teachings, building a foundation for further study of rabbinic literature. Prerequisite: Hebrew 4. Non-rabbinic students need permission of instructor

 

LANGUAGE COURSES

On Campus


Hebrew & Culture: Understanding Text Series -- Fundamentals of Hebrew 

UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL:


                                Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Hebrew Language & Culture 1: Understanding Texts
–HEBREW 1

Sigalit Davis
MG-HEBRW-120-C1
3 undergraduate credits
Thursdays, 4:30 – 6:45 pm

Hebrew Language & Culture 1: Understanding Texts –HEBREW 1
Sigalit Davis
MG-HEBRW-120-NC
3 non-credits
Thursdays, 4:30 – 6:45 pm 

 

In this fundamental course, students will learn the basic Hebrew vocabulary and grammar needed for speaking, decoding, reading, and comprehending authentic Hebrew texts—modern to ancient. The course begins with an introduction to the Hebrew alphabet and vowel system through songs, dialogues, and stories. There will be some in-class conversation in Hebrew; however, the emphasis will be on developing reading comprehension skills. Please note: Study time outside the classroom will be expected.



Hebrew & Culture: Understanding Text Series

GRADUATE LEVEL:

Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Hebrew Language & Culture, “Standing at Sinai”
Sigalit Davis
MG-HEBRW-522-C1
3 graduate credits
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Hebrew Language & Culture, “Standing at Sinai”
Sigalit Davis
MG-HEBRW-522-NC
3 non-credits
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
 

Prerequisite: Hebrew 4 or equivalent knowledge

Using a unique approach to learning Hebrew through historical layers via the diverse genres and methodologies in Jewish and Israeli culture,
teachings and humor, this advanced course will draw on a variety of Hebrew texts from a selection of original sources, including the Bible, Mishnah, Midrash, medieval texts, Hasidic tales and Modern Hebrew. The anthology of readings will include items from the Book of Exodus, Ethics of Our Fathers, the works of Maimonides, Rambam, Yehuda HaLevi, Martin Buber, and the writings from the Modern Hebrew renaissance to date (i.e., from Bialik to Amos Oz, Etgar Keret Meir Shalev & more.) A comparative and analytical approach to learning Hebrew, with greater vocabulary and encompassing grammar concepts, will be fully integrated into this literature-oriented course. Prerequisite: Hebrew 4 or equivalent knowledge.



GRADUATE LEVEL:

Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Israel Society Language & Culture: From 1920 through present day through music
Sigalit Davis
MG-HEBRW-525-C1
2 graduate credits
Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Israel Society Language & Culture: From 1920 through present day through music
Sigalit Davis
MG-HEBRW-525-NC
2 non-credits
Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm 

Prerequisite: Hebrew 4 or equivalent knowledge

Travel back to the 1920s to pre-Israel by examining the music and lyrics of the popular songs at that time, and from the perspective of those songs, experience the historical events as they were unfolding. From the
1920s, we’ll move forward in time and events up to today — examining and immersing ourselves in the songs of each time period or event. These songs will serve as a unique lens into history-in-the-making, and provide us with a closer, more personal look at those events and their impact on Israelis. Through our exploration of the music and the lyrics “of the day,” we’ll also experience Hebrew’s continuing revitalization and adaption, and witness Israel’s ever-evolving multi-ethnic culture. Prerequisite: Hebrew 4 or equivalent knowledge


 

Hebrew on Campus:    

GRADUATE LEVEL


                            Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

Hebrew 5
Adva Alpert

CG-HEBRW-205-C1
4 graduate credits
Mon., Tues, & Thurs; 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Hebrew 5                            
Adva Alpert
CG-HEBRW-205-NC
4 non-credits
Mon., Tues, & Thurs; 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Prerequisite: Hebrew 4.

Hebrew 5 and 6 constitute a two-semester sequence intended to deepen and build the student’s knowledge of Hebrew grammar and vocabulary, with an emphasis on active use of the language in speech and writing. In preparation in particular for subsequent study of classical Hebrew by students in the programs of the Hebrew College School of Jewish Music and Rabbinical School and their work with classical texts, it is the
goal of this course to provide the students with a comfort and intuitive familiarity with Hebrew that will facilitate that work. Prerequisite: Hebrew 4.


                            Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

Hebrew Grammar Intensive
Dan M. Berman

CG-HEBRW-207C-C1
3 graduate credits
Mondays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm and Wednesdays, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Hebrew Grammar Intensive                    
Dan M. Berman
CG-HEBRW-207C-C1
3 non-credits
Mondays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm and Wednesdays, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Prerequisite: Hebrew 5&6 or equivalent

For students with strong practical Hebrew skills, this course will deal with the phonology and morphology of classical Hebrew, with particular emphasis on the vocalization system (niqqud), the declension of nouns,
and the Hebrew verb system. Work will be at the same level as Hebrew 7. Prerequisite: Hebrew 5&6 or equivalent.


                            Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

Aramaic
Harvey Bock

RB HEBRW 211-C1
2 graduate credits
Level: 2
Thursdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm    Aramaic

Aramaic                            
Harvey Bock
RB HEBRW 211-NC
2 non-credits
Level: 2
Thursdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm 

Prerequisite: Hebrew 5-6 or equivalent and permission of the instructor for non-rabbinic students

Students will learn the basic features of Aramaic grammar, focusing on the dialect of Aramaic used in the Babylonian Talmud. A solid knowledge of Hebrew grammar will be expected, so that students can take advantage of systematic correspondences between Hebrew and Aramaic grammar. Some experience reading Talmudic texts will also be presumed. The texts that are read consist primarily of aggadic materials from the Babylonian Talmud. At the end of the course, other texts with liturgical and halakhic significance will be read as well. Prerequisite: Hebrew 5-6 or equivalent.


Ulpan Hebrew on Campus

September 15, 2017 through December 22, 2017
All courses listed below are offered non-credit.
Ulpan for credit is offered by special permission.
See the Ulpan webpage for more information including credit pricing

 

 

Ulpan Level Classes meeting
once a week
Classes meeting
twice a week
Level 1
(beginner)
Tue 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sun 2:30 - 5:30 pm
Monday & Wednesday, 9:30 - 11:20 am
Monday & Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:20 pm
Level 2
(mid-beginner)
Tue 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fri 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sun 2:30 - 5:30 pm
Monday & Wednesday, 9:30 - 11:20 am
Monday & Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:20 pm
Level 3
(advanced beginner)
Tue 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fri 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sun 2:30 - 5:30 pm
Monday & Wednesday, 9:30 - 11:20 am
Monday & Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:20 pm
Level 4
(low intermediate)
Tue 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fri 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Monday & Wednesday, 9:30 - 11:20 am
Monday & Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:20 pm
Level 5
(mid-intermediate)
Tue 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
 Fri 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Monday & Wednesday, 9:30 - 11:20 am
Monday & Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:20 pm
Level 6
(high intermediate)
Tue 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fri 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Monday & Wednesday, 9:30 - 11:20 am
Monday & Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:20 pm
Level 7
(low advanced)
Tue 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Fri 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Monday & Wednesday, 9:30 - 11:20 am
Monday & Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:20 pm
Level 8/9
(mid-advanced)
Wed 10 am - 1pm
Fri 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Monday & Wednesday, 9:30 - 11:20 am

 

 

 

Hebrew Online: Undergraduate Level
All classes require purchase of a standard Hebrew-English dictionary.
All Hebrew Online courses are offered September 11 through December 22, 2017
Students
can opt for a fast track that completes a level in a semester (Levels
1, 2, 3 & 4) or a regular track that completes the level in two
semesters (Levels 1A/B, 2A/B, 3A/B, or 4A/B).
All Hebrew Online courses are undergraduate level courses.


Mekhina (Preparation) for Hebrew Language
Shir Twersky
CU-HEBRW-015-NC
Non-credit only
Offered online only
Students should prepare for this course by learning the Hebrew alphabet.

The introductory online Hebrew course is designed to commence students’ natural exposure toHebrew using the proficiency method of learning Hebrew emphasizing reading, speaking, comprehension and writing. Students should prepare for this course by learning the Hebrew alphabet. The online platform Schoology is used to introduce students to authentic Hebrew language materials including videos, texts, music etc. Students use online applications such as wizer to respond to real life situations, demonstrating their growing proficiency in the four domains of natural language acquisition. Assessment tools are built into the platform allowing students to see evidence of their own progress as well as instructor feedback. In addition, a weekly online face-to-face oral Hebrew session is hosted by the instructor for the class group and is a requirement of the course.

 

                              Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Hebrew Level 1 (Novice)
Michal Levy

CU-HEBRW-115-W1  
4 undergraduate credits
Offered online only

Hebrew Level 1 (Novice)                           
Michal Levy
CU-HEBRW-115-NC
4 non-credits
Offered online only

Prerequisite: Hebrew Mekhina or placement test.

Hebrew Level 1 (Fast Track) emphasizes immersion in the language for the purpose of absorbing and acquiring the language naturally. The online platform Schoology is used to introduce students to authentic Hebrew language materials including videos, music, poetry, texts etc. Students use online applications such as wizer to respond to real life situations and scenarios in Hebrew demonstrating growing proficiency in reading, speaking, comprehension and writing. Materials used develop knowledge of contemporary Israeli culture as well as Jewish life. Assessment tools are built into the platform allowing students to see evidence of their own progress. In addition, a weekly online face-to-face oral Hebrew session is hosted by the instructor for the class group and is a requirement of the course. Prerequisite: Hebrew Mekhina or placement test.


                                Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Hebrew Level 1A (Novice)
Michal Levy

CU-HEBRW-115A-W1 
2 undergraduate credits
Offered online only

Hebrew Level 1A (Novice)                              
Michal Levy
CU-HEBRW-115A-NC
2 non-credits
Offered online only

Prerequisite: Hebrew Mekhina or placement test.


Hebrew Level 1A emphasizes immersion in the language for the purpose of absorbing and acquiring the language naturally. The online platform Schoology is used to introduce students to authentic Hebrew language materials including videos, music, poetry, texts etc. Students use online applications such as wizer to respond to real life situations and scenarios in Hebrew demonstrating growing proficiency in reading, speaking, comprehension and writing. Materials used develop knowledge of contemporary Israeli culture as well as Jewish life. Assessment tools are built into the platform allowing students to see evidence of their own progress. In addition, a weekly online face-to-face oral Hebrew session is hosted by the instructor for the class group and is a requirement of the course. Prerequisite: Hebrew Mekhina or placement test.

 

                             Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Hebrew Level 1B (Mid-Novice)
Moriyah Green
 
CU-HEBRW-115B-W1 
2 undergraduate credits
Offered online only

Hebrew Level 1B (Mid-Novice)                                 
Moriyah Green
CU-HEBRW-115B-NC
2 non-credits
Offered online only

Prerequisite: Hebrew1A or placement test.

Hebrew Level 1B emphasizes immersion in the language for the purpose of absorbing and acquiring the language naturally. The online platform Schoology is used to introduce students to authentic Hebrew language materials including videos, music, poetry, texts etc. Students use online applications such as wizer to respond to real life situations and scenarios in Hebrew demonstrating growing proficiency in reading, speaking, comprehension and writing. Materials used develop knowledge of contemporary Israeli culture as well as Jewish life. Assessment tools are built into the platform allowing students to see evidence of their own progress. In addition, a weekly online face-to-face oral Hebrew session is hosted by the instructor for the class group and is a
requirement of the course.

 

Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Hebrew 2
Michal Levy
CU-HEBRW-210-W1
4 undergraduate credits
Offered online only

Hebrew 2
Michal Levy
CU-HEBRW-210-NC
4 non-credits
Offered online only

Prerequisite: Hebrew 1 or placement test.

Hebrew Levels 2, 3, & 4 (Fast Track) emphasize reading, writing, speaking and comprehension. The textbook Ivrit Min Hahatchala (Hebrew from Scratch) is used, completing volume 1 and volume II by the end of level 4. The online platform Schoology is used to introduce the exercises and drills for mastery of vocabulary, grammar and syntax. Students complete the work in weekly assignments and submit responses to the instructor. In addition, the instructor hosts a weekly face-to-face online Hebrew conversation group for students at the same level. Students can opt for a fast track that completes a level in a semester or a regular track that completes the level in two semesters.

Textbook: Ivrit Min Hahatchala (Hebrew from Scratch), Vol. 1. Hebrew II covers Lessons 15–28 in the textbook

 

                            Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Hebrew 2A
Michal Levy

CU-HEBRW-211A-W1
2 undergraduate credits
Offered online only

Hebrew 2A                              
Michal Levy
CU-HEBRW-211A-NC
2 non-credits
Offered online only

Prerequisite: Hebrew 1 or placement test.

This course covers the first half of Hebrew II, Lessons 15–21 of Ivrit Min Hahatchala (Hebrew from Scratch), Vol. 1.

Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Hebrew 2B
Michal Levy
CU-HEBRW-211B-W1
2 undergraduate credits
Offered online only

Hebrew 2B
Michal Levy
CU-HEBRW-211B-NC
2 non-credits
Offered online only 

Prerequisite: Hebrew 2A or placement test.

This course covers the second half of Hebrew II, Lessons 22–28 of Ivrit Min Hahatchala (Hebrew from Scratch), Vol. 1.


Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Hebrew 3
Michal Levy
CU-HEBRW-310-W1
4 undergraduate credits
Offered online only

Hebrew 3
Michal Levy
CU-HEBRW-310-NC
4 non-credits
Offered online only 

Prerequisite: Hebrew 2 or placement test.

Hebrew Levels 2, 3, & 4 (Fast Track) emphasize reading, writing, speaking and comprehension. The textbook Ivrit Min Hahatchala (Hebrew from Scratch) is used, completing volume 1 and volume II by the end of level 4. The online platform Schoology is used to introduce the exercises and drills for mastery of vocabulary, grammar and syntax. Students complete the work in weekly assignments and submit responses to the instructor. In addition, the instructor hosts a weekly face-to-face online Hebrew conversation group for students at the same level. Students can opt for a fast track that completes a level in a semester or a regular track that completes the level in two semesters.

Textbook: Ivrit Min Hahatchala (Hebrew from Scratch), Vol. 2. Hebrew III covers Lessons 1-8 in the textbook.


                               Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Hebrew 3A
Michal Levy

CU-HEBRW-311A-W1
2 undergraduate credit
Offered online only

Hebrew 3A                    
Michal Levy
CU-HEBRW-311A-NC
2 non-credits
Offered online only

Prerequisite: Hebrew 2 or placement test.


This course covers the first half of Hebrew III, Lessons 1–4 of Ivrit Min Hahatchala (Hebrew from Scratch), Vol. 2.


                               Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Hebrew 3B
Michal Levy

CU-HEBRW-311B-W1 
2 undergraduate credits
Offered online only

Hebrew 3B                                 
Michal Levy
CU-HEBRW-311B-NC
2 non-credits
Offered online only

Prerequisite: Hebrew 3A or placement test.

This course covers the second half of Hebrew III, Lessons 5–8 of Ivrit Min Hahatchala (Hebrew from Scratch), Vol. 2.


                             Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Hebrew 4
Michal Levy
 
CU-HEBRW-410-W1
4 undergraduate credit
Offered online only

Hebrew 4                            
Michal Levy
CU-HEBRW-410-NC
4 non-credits
Offered online only

Prerequisite: Hebrew 3 or placement test.t.

Hebrew Levels 2, 3, & 4 (Fast Track) emphasize reading, writing, speaking and comprehension. The textbook Ivrit Min Hahatchala (Hebrew from Scratch) is used, completing volume 1 and volume II by the end of level 4. The online platform Schoology is used to introduce the exercises and drills for mastery of vocabulary, grammar and syntax. Students complete the work in weekly assignments and submit responses to the instructor. In addition, the instructor hosts a weekly face-to-face online Hebrew
conversation group for students at the same level. Students can opt for a fast track that completes a level in a semester or a regular track that completes the level in two semesters.

Textbook: Ivrit Min Hahatchala (Hebrew from Scratch), Vol. 2. Hebrew III covers Lessons 9-16 in the textbook.

                              Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Hebrew 4A
Michal Levy
 
CU-HEBRW-411A-W1 
2 undergraduate credits
Offered online only

Hebrew 4A                              
Michal Levy
CU-HEBRW-411A-NC
2 non-credits
Offered online only 

Prerequisite: Hebrew 3 or placement test.

This course covers the first half of Hebrew IV, Lessons 9–12 of Ivrit Min Hahatchala (Hebrew from Scratch), Vol. 2.


                               Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Hebrew 4B
Michal Levy
 
CU-HEBRW-411B-W1    
2 undergraduate credits
Offered online only

Hebrew 4B                          
Michal Levy
CU-HEBRW-411B-NC
2 non-credits
Offered online only

Prerequisite: Hebrew 4A or placement test.

This course covers the second half of Hebrew IV, Lessons 13–16 of Ivrit Min Hahatchala (Hebrew from Scratch), Vol. 2.


 

 SCHOOL OF JEWISH MUSIC


Cantorial

                              Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 



CANCELLED:How to Chant Torah
Neil Schwartz

CG-CANTR-528-W1 
3 graduate credits
Online
 

CANCELLED:How to Chant Torah
Neil Schwartz
CG-CANTR-528-AU
3 non-credits
Online
Community Education Course 

 

 

Prerequisite: facility with reading Hebrew

In this online course, students learn the history and analysis of the punctuation system underlying the chanting of the Hebrew Bible. Through audio coaching, students learn a traditional Ashkenazic mode for the public cantillation of the Torah and correct contemporary pronunciation of biblical Hebrew. Prerequisite: facility with reading Hebrew. Cantorial students may audit only; will not count for graduate credit for master's students in the cantorial program.


                               Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Cantillation for Festivals, Eicha and Esther
Joshua Jacobson

CG-CANTR-537-C1
3 graduate credits
Tuesdays, 11:15 am – 1:15 pm  

Cantillation for Festivals, Eicha and Esther
Joshua Jacobson
CG-CANTR-537-NC
3 non-credits
Tuesdays, 11:15 am – 1:15 pm 

 

 

Prerequisite: Cantillation 1 or permission from the instructor

Instruction will be given in the chanting of Ruth, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, Esther, and Lamentations. Emphasis is on expressive reading based on a deep understanding of both the text and the musical system.  Prerequisite: Cantillation 1 or permission from the instructor
 


                               Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Yom Kippur Nusach
Brian Mayer

CG-CANTR-554-C1 
3 graduate credits
Wednesdays, 11:15 am – 1:15 pm

Yom Kippur Nusach
Brian Mayer
CG-CANTR-554-NC
3 non-credits
Wednesdays, 11:15 am – 1:15 pm

 

 

Prerequisites: Rosh Hashanah Nusach 1 and 2

Students receive instruction on the modes and motifs of Yom Kippur and how to lead services using motivic improvisation within the established framework of received Ashkenazic tradition. Students also learn appropriate congregational melodies. Students are also introduced to selected cantorial recitatives, and coached on their authentic rendering. Prerequisites: Rosh Hashanah Nusach 1 and 2.

 

Cantorial Coaching
CG-CANTR-579-C1
1 graduate credit
Available on for credit only
Enrollment: limited to students who have successfully auditioned into one of the SJM programs or by permission of the SJM

This course provides coaching by a practicing cantor who will guide the student according to his or her individual needs. Goals of coaching are to increase facility with prayer leading and to improve vocal and musical interpretations of selected repertoire as pertains to the Jewish Life Cycle. The student will be evaluated on the benchmark requirements by the third year of residency to ascertain proficiency. Enrollment is limited to students who have successfully auditioned into one of the SJM program or by permission of the SJM. May be repeated for credit.


Cantorial Internship 1
Instructor to be assigned for each student
CE-CANTR-921-C1

1 graduate credit

Students spend a semester on location in a synagogue, observing a practicing cantor. The on-site cantor meets with and coaches the student in the practical application of skills learned in the classroom. Open to COSEL students only


Cantorial Internship 2
Instructor to be assigned for each student
CE-CANTR-922-C1

1 graduate credit

Prerequisite: Cantorial Internship 1

Students spend a semester on location in a synagogue, working with a practicing cantor, with opportunities for leading services and or various teaching situations. The on-site cantor meets with and coaches the student in the practical application of skills learned in the classroom.
Prerequisite: Cantorial Internship 1.  Open to COSEL students only


Preparation for Comprehensive Exams
Instructor to be assigned for each student
CE-CANTR-997-C1

1 graduate credit

Open only to COSEL Students in their final year

This course is open to cantorial students only in their final year before ordination and is intended for review and completion of all comprehensive exams required in either Nusach or Cantillation. All exams must be completed by April 1st. Enrollment is with permission of the Dean of the School of Jewish Music. Open only to COSEL Students in their final year.


Music 

Voice Lessons
Instructor to be assigned for each student
CG-MUSIC-200-C1

1 graduate credit
Available on a for-credit basis only.
Enrollment by non-SJM degree students is with permission from the Head of Vocal Arts, and will require payment of a studio fee

Private lessons in singing. Emphasis is on understanding the working of the vocal mechanism, maximizing the potential of the individual singer, learning to be an effective vocal teacher, and preparing the student to be an inspiring performer. Students will be taught how to use correct technique while singing a variety of different styles of music.  Students will be required to participate in a studio recital once each semester and to memorize the music that is being performed. To adjudicate progress, students will also be required to sing in Vocal Boards, performing a liturgical selection either from memory or from the Hebrew text, and a secular piece from memory from repertoire to be approved in advance. Enrollment by non-SJM degree students is with permission from the Head of Vocal Arts, and will require payment of a studio fee. May be repeated for credit.

 

Kol Arev Chamber Choir
Amy Lieberman
CG-MUSIC-305-NC
Available only for Non-Credit
Mondays, 4:30-6:30
 

This ensemble is open to students who have successfully auditioned for and who will serve as members of Kol Arev Chamber Ensemble during the academic year. Participation is required for students in the COSEL program, and only COSEL students must register for this course.


 

Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Jewish Music History 1
Judy Pinnolis
CG-MUSIC-505-C1
3 undergraduate credits
Tuesdays, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Jewish Music History 1
Judy Pinnolis
CG-MUSIC-505-NC
3 non-credits
Tuesdays, 4:30 – 6:30 pm 

 

 

Prerequisite: Ability to read music

This course provides a close look at the music of the Jewish people. Study involves modal and phrase analysis (and, where relevant, harmonic analysis) of traditional materials; historical analysis through close reading of primary sources; and functional analysis of attitudes and uses of Jewish music. Topics to be covered include analysis of how music is used by Jews, music in ancient Israel, traditional liturgical chant, rabbinical attitudes towards music, secular and paraliturgical folksongs and wedding music, and the beginnings of Jewish polyphony in the Italian Renaissance. Prerequisite: Ability to read music.

 

Jewish Art Song
Lynn Torgove and Amy Lieberman
CE-MUSIC-510-C1

3 graduate credits
Mondays, 2:15 – 4:15 pm
Enrollment by non-COSEL students is with permission from the instructor


This course helps students to make the connection between performance and analysis. Students learn the scope of the repertoire, analyze text and music, and investigate the relation of the composition to its context (historical, cultural and/or liturgical). Students then perform the songs and receive coaching and critique from faculty. Repertoire includes Jewish art songs, artful arrangements of folk songs, Jewish musical theater (popular and operatic), and classic hazzanut.
Enrollment by non-COSEL students is with permission from the instructor.


Senior Recital 
Instructor to be assigned for each student
CE-MUSIC-905-C1
1 graduate credit
Open only to COSEL students during final year

Private lessons in singing. Emphasis is on preparing the student for the senior recital. This course will be taken instead of voice lessons during final two semesters before graduation. May be repeated for credit.

 


Community Education Courses

 

RABBINICAL SCHOOL
SPRING 2017-2018 COURSES

Please note: Courses offered by the Rabbinical School are not be open to everyone. If the course is listed in the general listings or community education listing as well as here, then it is open to non-rabbinic and non-cantorial students.

BTI students should contact dean of Rabbinic School for permission to take courses which are only listed below and not in the general or community listings.

 

Bible

Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Genres and Themes of Biblical Literature I
David Frankel
CG-BIBLE-502A-C1
2 graduate credits
Level: Mekorot
Thursdays, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Genres and Themes of Biblical Literature I
David Frankel
CG-BIBLE-502A-NC
2 non-credits
Level: Mekorot
Thursdays, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Prerequisite: Hebrew 4

This course will focus on Biblical narrative and legal discourse. The course will cover the arc of biblical history and historiography, examining prose selections from the Torah, as well as the historical books: Joshua, Judges, Samuel I and II, and Kings I and II. Several sessions will also focus on legal, prescriptive and proscriptive material, including ritual and civil law. Particular attention is paid to understanding of the Hebrew text, and to the linguistic and literary characteristics of the different genres. First part of a two-semester sequence.

 

Core Text - Torah 1: Bereshit
David Frankel
RB-BIBLE-100-C1
3 graduate credits
Level: Year 1
Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

In this course, we will engage in close readings of selected passages in Genesis (Bereshit), with special attention granted to the dynamics between the matriarchs and patriarchs. We will hone our Hebrew text reading skills, with occasional forays into parallel Ancient Mesopotamian source. Students will be introduced to the basics of medieval commentary (Parashanut), with a special focus on Rashi and his midrashic sources, in order to familiarize ourselves with classic questions of rabbinic exegesis (parashanut).


Core Text - Torah 2: Shemot
Shayna Rhodes
RB-BIBLE-200-C1
3 graduate credits
Level: Year 2
Tuesdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm and Thursdays, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

The Book of Exodus will be studied as the national saga of the Jewish people. Students will read selections from both Mekhilta and Shemot Rabbah, showing the uses of the biblical text in the halakhic and aggadic development of Judaism, as well as medieval commentaries and modern perspectives, including the importance of the Exodus and Sinai motifs in Jewish theology and the uses made of the Exodus paradigm beyond the bounds of Judaism.


Core Text – Torah 4: BeMidbar
David Frankel
RB-BIBLE-400-C1
2 graduate credits
Level: Years 3 and 4
Tuesdays, 9:00 am – 11:00 a.m.

This course examines the Book of Numbers (BeMidbar), drawing on historical-critical approaches, as well as classical Jewish parshanut. We will address themes such as: the role of census, tribal encampment, trials in the wilderness, challenges to leadership and prophecy. Students will engage in a wide-range of reading strategies – from Tannaitic Midrash (Sifre) to Jacob Milgrom.


Core Text - Torah 5: Devarim
Judith Kates
RB-BIBLE-500-C1
2 graduate credits
Level: Year 5
Wednesdays, 10:45 am – 12:30 pm

This course examines the book of Deuteronomy, by putting into conversation modern historical approaches and traditional interpretations. A central emphasis will be understanding the final book of the Torah as a source of Jewish religious teachings and values, using readings from midrashic, medieval, and modern interpretive sources. We will also consider the place of Devarim in the emergence of rabbinic Judaism, including halakhic, ethical and devotional dimensions.



Cantoral

Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Basic Cantillation
Louise Treitman
CG-CANTR-519-C1
1 graduate credit
Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 10:40 am

Basic Cantillation
Louise Treitman
CG-CANTR-519-NC
1 non-credit
Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 10:40 am

Prerequisite: Hebrew 4 or above or permission of Instructor required for non-rabbinic students

This class is an introduction to the basic concepts of Torah cantillation. Emphasis will be placed on acquiring the skills needed to chant Torah on weekdays, Sabbaths and Festivals using a common Ashkenazi trope. Topics will also include the rituals surrounding the Torah service, the history of cantillation/trope, correct contemporary pronunciation of biblical Hebrew, and the underlying syntactic structure of the system of cantillation. While this course is primarily for rabbinical students, others are welcome (depending on size of the class), provided they have adequate sense of musical pitch and the ability to read and translate biblical Hebrew. Course does not count for graduate credit for students in the Cantorial Ordination programs.

Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Introduction to Basic Nusach
Lynn Torgove
CG-CANTR-522-C1
1 graduate credit
Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 10:40 am

Introduction to Basic Nusach
Lynn Torgove
CG-CANTR-522-NC
1 non-credit
Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 10:40 am

Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor required for non-rabbinic students

An introduction to the modes and motifs for synagogue prayer during weekday and Sabbath worship. Emphasis is on acquiring the skills needed to teach basic davening. Discussions also examine some theoretical and pedagogical issues in the teaching of prayer to children. Does not count for graduate credit for cantorial students.

 

 

History

Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

The History of Zionism and Israeli Society
Daniel Judson
RB-HIST-510-C1
1 graduate credits
Level: 3
Mondays, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm   

The History of Zionism and Israeli Society
Daniel Judson
RB-HIST-510-NC
1 non-credits
Level: 3
Mondays, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Permission of Instructor required for non-rabbinic students

In the first part of the seminar we will explore the history of Zionism through a close reading of the classic Zionist thinkers: Herzl, Ahad Ha’am, Jabotinsky, Kook and others. We will also be paying close attention to the context from which their writings emerge, both the Jewish context as well as the wider canvas of European history. The course will focus on the seminal political events of early Zionism: the Zionist congresses, the Balfour Declaration, the successive waves of aliyot, etc. The latter part of the course will focus on the development of Israeli society, looking at questions of Jewish identity, the democratic nature of Israel, Ashkenazi-Sephardi tension, and the contentious relationship with the Palestinians. We will end the course by looking at contemporary critiques of Zionism, raising the charged questions of whether Zionism is at its end. Permission of Instructor required for non-rabbinic students


Interdisciplinary Courses

                                 Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Jewish Practice Seminar
Daniel Klein
RB-INTD-015-C1
2 graduate credits
Wednesdays, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Jewish Practice Seminar
Daniel Klein 
RB-INTD-015-NC
2 non-credits
Wednesdays, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Prerequisite: Hebrew 4. Permission of Instructor required for non-rabbinic students 

This course introduces aspiring clergy to basic sources, practices and complexities of the Jewish life cycle. Students will gain fluency in the essential terminology of the Jewish life cycle and will explore multiple approaches to Jewish ritual observance. We will integrate primary text study, secondary readings and reflections on our own personal encounters with ritual practice in order to build fluency and comfort in the practice of Judaism. We will also pay particular attention to the issue of encountering this material as future clergy and educators. Permission of Instructor required for non-rabbinic students

 

Beit Midrash
Beit Midrash Staff
Level: All
Mekorot—RB-INTD-050-C1
Year 1—RB-INTD-100- C1
Year 2—RB-INTD-200- C1
Year 3—RB-INTD-300- C1
Year 4—RB-INTD-400- C1
Year 5—RB-INTD-500-C1

Regular Bet Midrash participation is a required part of the Rabbinical School program. Complementing formal classroom study, students will be paired in hevrutot for intensive study of Jewish texts. This takes place during daily Beit Midrash hours within a supervised study hall setting, where tutors are available to help students work with the original sources and to discuss ideas and issues that emerge from the text study. These courses are not credit-bearing.



Tefilah Groups 
Staff
RB-INTD-150-C1
Non-credit only
Level: All
Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 10:40 am

This course is required for all rabbinical students; optional for cantorial ordination students.


Israel Seminar, Part I
Minna Bromberg
RB-INTD-510-J1
3 graduate credits
Levels: Years 3 and 4
Jerusalem, Dates/Times TBD
Open to rabbinic students in the study-abroad program only

This course is a series of conversations, including guest speakers, around key themes in Israeli Life, both historical and contemporary. Culture, political and religious issues will be considered. Open to rabbinic students in the study-abroad program only

                                Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Calling Out from the Depths: The Book of Psalms in Jewish and Christian Life
Or Rose & Andrew Davis
RB-INTD-533-C1
1 graduate credit
Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 pm.
6 Sessions: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15 and December 6
Location: CIRCLE House at 196 Herrick Road, Newton

Calling Out from the Depths: The Book of Psalms in Jewish and Christian Life
Or Rose & Andrew Davis
RB-INTD-533-NC
1 non-credit
Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 pm.
6 Sessions: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15 and December 6
Location: CIRCLE House at 196 Herrick Road, Newton

Prerequisite: Hebrew 4

 
For centuries, Jews and Christians have turned to the Book of Psalms in times of joy and thanksgiving, and in times of sadness and lament. However, there have been far fewer opportunities for members of these two communities and others to explore these ancient poetic texts together as fellow spiritual seekers. What do we share in common? Where
do we differ? How might reading these sources with people with different religious or ideological commitments impact our relationship with the text?

                                Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Torah for Transformative Social Change
Jane Kanarek
RB-INTD-563-C1
2 graduate credits
Mondays, 4:15 pm – 5:45 pm

Torah for Transformative Social Change
Jane Kanarek
RB-INTD-563-NC
2 non-credits
Mondays, 4:15 pm – 5:45 pm


 
At the heart of this course lies the belief that studying Torah can help us in our pursuit of transformative social change. Through close readings of selected rabbinic and secondary literature, we will prod ourselves to develop definitions of compassion and justice and then ask how we turn those definitions into action. Havruta and class discussion
will be central elements of this process.




Capstone Seminar – Jewish Studies
Jane Kanarek and Rachel Adelman
RB-INTD-900-C1
3 graduate credits
Level: Year 5
Fall Dates (Thursdays, 9:30 am – 11:00 am): Sept. 14, Oct. 26, Nov. 16 and Dec. 7
Spring Dates (Thursdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm): Feb. 8 and Mar. 29
Note: Year-Long Course

This year-long course is required of all graduating rabbinical students receiving the MAJS degree. Course meets four times during the fall and twice during the spring.

 

Jewish Thought

    Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Theology of Jewish Prayer
Allan Lehmann

RB-JTHT-100-C1
2 graduate credits
Level: Year 1
Fridays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
 

Theology of Jewish Prayer
Allan Lehmann
RB-JTHT-100-NC
2 non-credits
Level: Year 1
Fridays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Prerequisite: Hebrew 7. Non-rabbinic students need permission of instructor

This course will address the historical, phenomenological, and theological perspectives on tefillah and the siddur. Students will gain as complete a familiarity as possible with the varied worlds of Jewish prayer, including the prayer books of traditional and contemporary communities, the styles of prayer, the inner life of prayer as taught by various masters, and the theologies that underlie prayer and proceed from it. Prerequisite: Hebrew 7. Non-rabbinic students need permission of instructor.

    Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Theology of the Jewish Year
Or Rose

RB-JTHT-230-C1
2 graduate credits
Fridays, 9 am – 11:15 am
 

Theology of the Jewish Year
Or Rose
RB-JTHT-230-NC
2 non-credits
Fridays, 9 am – 11:15 am

Prerequisite: Hebrew 8. Non-rabbinic students need permission of instructor.

In this course, we will explore the theological motifs imbedded in, and emerging from, the rituals and customs of the Shalosh Regalim (Three Pilgrimage Festivals). We will analyze a variety of classical and modern Jewish sources as well as relevant materials from other religious and wisdom traditions. We will frame or study with discussions of the sanctity of time and space in Judaism more broadly, and the shape and texture of the Jewish calendar cycle as a whole. Prerequisite: Hebrew 8. Non-rabbinic students need permission of instructor.

    Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Rabbi Nachman
Art Green

RB-JTHT-610-C1 
2 graduate credits
Tuesdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
 

Rabbi Nachman
Art Green
RB-JTHT-610-NC
2 non-credits
Tuesdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Prerequisite: Hebrew 7 or above. Non-rabbinic students need permission of instructor

The Teachings and Tales of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav. An exploration of the life (based on Tormented Master) and thought of a uniquely creative and influential Hasidic master, both in his own historical context and as a source for contemporary religious seekers. Weekly readings in original sources. Prerequisite: Hebrew 7 or above. Non-rabbinic students need permission of instructor.

 

Language Courses

                            Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Hebrew 5
Adva Alpert

CG-HEBRW-205-C1
4 graduate credits
Mon., Tues, & Thurs; 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Hebrew 5                            
Adva Alpert
CG-HEBRW-205-NC
4 non-credits
Mon., Tues, & Thurs; 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Prerequisite: Hebrew 4.

Hebrew 5 and 6 constitute a two-semester sequence intended to deepen and build the student’s knowledge of Hebrew grammar and vocabulary, with an emphasis on active use of the language in speech and writing. In preparation in particular for subsequent study of classical Hebrew by students in the programs of the Hebrew College School of Jewish Music and Rabbinical School and their work with classical texts, it is the goal of this course to provide the students with a comfort and intuitive familiarity with
Hebrew that will facilitate that work. Prerequisite: Hebrew 4.

                            Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Hebrew Grammar Intensive
Dan M. Berman

CG-HEBRW-207C-C1
3 graduate credits
Mondays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm and Wednesdays, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Hebrew Grammar Intensive                    
Dan M. Berman
CG-HEBRW-207C-C1
3 non-credits
Mondays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm and Wednesdays, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Prerequisite: Hebrew 5&6 or equivalent

For students with strong practical Hebrew skills, this course will deal with the phonology and morphology of classical Hebrew, with particular emphasis on the vocalization system (niqqud), the declension of nouns, and the Hebrew verb system. Work will be at the same level as Hebrew 7. Prerequisite: Hebrew 5 &6 or equivalent.

                            Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Aramaic
Harvey Bock

RB HEBRW 211-C1 
2 graduate credits
Level: 2
Thursdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm    Aramaic

Aramaic                            
Harvey Bock
RB HEBRW 211-NC
2 non-credits
Level: 2
Thursdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm 

Prerequisite: Hebrew 5-6 or equivalent and permission of the instructor for non-rabbinic students

Students will learn the basic features of Aramaic grammar, focusing on the dialect of Aramaic used in the Babylonian Talmud. A solid knowledge of Hebrew grammar will be expected, so that students can take advantage of systematic correspondences between Hebrew and Aramaic grammar. Some experience reading Talmudic texts will also be presumed. The texts that are read consist primarily of aggadic materials from the Babylonian Talmud. At the end of the course, other texts with liturgical and halakhic significance will be read as well. Prerequisite: Hebrew 5-6 or equivalent and permission of instructor for non-rabbinic students.


Literature

                            Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Introduction to Reading Biblical Texts
Harvey Bock

RB-LITR-500-C1
2 graduate credits
Mondays, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Introduction to Reading Biblical Texts                        
Harvey Bock
RB-LITR-500-NC
2 non-credits
Mondays, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Prerequisite: Hebrew 4 or above. Non-rabbinic students need permission of instructor.

Introduces students to, and builds their skills in, the reading of texts in the Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible. The focus will be on learning to make use of the Masoretic apparatus of vowel signs and cantillation to read with precision; familiarization with the distinctive features of biblical Hebrew morphology and syntax; making use of a biblical Hebrew lexicon and concordance; and developing strategies for understanding the literal meaning of biblical Hebrew texts.
Prerequisite: Hebrew 4 or above. Non-rabbinic students need permission of instructor.

Liturgy

                            Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Siddur
Dan Berman

RB-LITGY-591-C1
2 graduate credits
Tuesdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Siddur           
Dan Berman
RB-LITGY-591-NC
2 non-credits
Tuesdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Prerequisite: Hebrew 4 or above

This course is an introduction to Jewish prayers and prayer books. We will study the texts, practices and concepts associated with daily, Sabbath, and Festival worship as found in different siddurim of Jewish communities. Prerequisite: Hebrew 4 or above

Practical Training Courses

                            Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Lifecycle Seminar for Clergy
Daniel Judson

RB-PRAC-220-C1
2 graduate credits
Fridays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Lifecycle Seminar for Clergy               
Daniel Judson
RB-PRAC-220-NC
2 non-credits
Fridays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Prerequisite: Hebrew 4 or above. Non-rabbinic students need permission of instructor.

This course will train students to officiate at Jewish lifecycle events: baby namings, b’nai mitzvah, weddings, and conversions; officiating at funerals is covered in a class for third-year students. We will look at various ways contemporary rabbis perform these lifecycle rituals as well as the counseling process that accompanies each ritual. Prerequisite: Hebrew 4 or above and permission of instructor for non-rabbinic students


Pastoral Counseling I
Daniel Judson and Brita Gill-Austern
RB-PRAC-310-C1
3 graduate credits
Level: Year 4 (Optional Elective for Year 3)
Fridays, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Prerequisite: Permission of instructor for non-rabbinic students

This course will explore in depth the ministry of pastoral care and counseling in times of grief and loss, with an emphasis on the theological dimensions in both Judaism and Christianity which assist persons to find hope and meaning in the aftermath of loss. We will explore together historical and contemporary grief theory, the various forms of loss and types of grieving, the role of attachment styles on grief and our relationship to God. We will examine how death is experienced differently through human development, the role of healthy and unhealthy religious coping in times of stress and focus on the reconstruction of meaning as essential to finding hope and a new future. Personal, theological, and cultural understandings of death, grief, and loss will be studied to appreciate both the universal and unique elements to grieving. Students will learn the tasks of grieving and how to facilitate healthy grieving within the context of congregational life and the role that pastoral empathy, counseling skills, rituals and funerals can play in this. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor for non-rabbinic students


Rabbinical Internship
Daniel Judson
RB-PRAC-400-C1
3 graduate credits
Levels: Years 3 and 4
Times TBD

Fourth year rabbinical students serve as rabbinic interns at Jewish institutions. Students will have on-site supervision. Internships are designed to enable students to understand the relationship between their theoretical education and their practical learning.


Senior Seminar
Allan Lehmann
RB-PRAC-515-C1
2 graduate credits
Level: Year 5
Wednesdays, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The Senior Seminar provides an opportunity for students approaching graduation to investigate a number of current topics that face rabbis in their practice. Most of these topics involve issues of personal status and Jewish identity such as intermarriage, Jewish identity by birth, the role of non-Jews in Jewish families and communities, and conversion. Contemporary readings from a range of Jewish sources are integrated with primary text study. Students are encouraged to bring their personal experience to class discussions.


Rabbinical Internship 2
Daniel Judson
RB-PRAC-550-C1
3 graduate credits
Level: Year 5
Date/Times TBD

Fifth year Rabbinic students will be placed in internships and student pulpits at synagogues and other Jewish institutions in the greater Boston area.


Rabbinics

                                Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Theories of Halakhah
Jane Kanarek 
RB-RAB-429-C1
2 graduate credits
Thursdays, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Theories of Halakhah
Jane Kanarek
RB-RAB-429-C1
2 non-credits
Thursdays, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Prerequisite: Hebrew 4

This course will provide an introduction to theories of halakhah and halakhic literature. We will contextualize halakhah within a wider world of legal theory as well as examine this particularly Jewish expression of law. As we gain a more expansive understanding of the development of halakhah and halakhic literature, we will also have the opportunity to consider how the languages of halakhah can be a resource for our individual and communal Jewish practices. Prerequisite: Hebrew 4

                                 Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Introduction to Mishnah
Ebn Leader
CG-RAB-513-C1
4 graduate credits
Level: Mekorot
Wednesdays, 10:45am – 12:30 pm and
Fridays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Introduction to Mishnah
Ebn Leader
CG-RAB-513-NC
4 non-credits
Level: Mekorot
Wednesdays, 10:45am – 12:30 pm and
Fridays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Prerequisite: Hebrew 4. Non-rabbinic students need permission of instructor

This course is an intensive introduction to the form and content of the Mishnah, the first code of rabbinic law. Students will gain familiarity with classical rabbinic syntax, key concepts, and frequent forms of rabbinic teachings, building a foundation for further study of rabbinic literature. Prerequisite: Hebrew 4. Non-rabbinic students need permission of instructor



Core Text - Talmud 1: Berakhot
Micha’el Rosenberg
RB-RAB-100-C1
3 graduate credits
Level: Year 1
Mondays, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm and Wednesdays, 10:45 am – 12:30 pm

Through intensive, guided study of one full chapter of the tractate Berakhot, this first semester inducts first-year rabbinical students into the discipline of traditional rabbinic learning. Course work covers essential themes in the field of liturgy while building skills that are necessary for reading, understanding, appreciating, analyzing and participating in Talmudic discourse and for accessing the full range of classical rabbinic sources.



Core Text - Rabbinics: Mo’ed (Section A)
Jane Kanarek
RB-RAB-200A-C1
3 graduate credits
Levels: Years 2, 3, 4
Mondays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm and Wednesdays, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
 
This course centers on intensive study of the third chapter of Tractate Mo’ed Kata, a section that focuses on death and mourning, a central area of rabbinic practice and pastoral care. As we explore ancient conceptions of death and mourning, we will solidify textual skills built during the first year of study. Additionally this course will introduce the use of Rashi as an aid in Talmud study, as well as a few select Rishonim.


Core Text - Rabbinics: Mo’ed (Section B)
Ebn Leader
RB-RAB-200B-C1
3 graduate credits
Levels: Years 2, 3, 4
Mondays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm and Wednesdays, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

This course centers on intensive study of the last chapter of Tractate Yoma, a section that focuses on the communal practices of Yom Kippur and the personal practices of teshuva. As we explore both Halakhic and Aggadic Suygiot we will solidify textual skills built during the first year of study.


Core Text - Rabbinics: Mo’ed (Section C)
Micha’el Rosenberg
RB-RAB-200C-C1
2 graduate credits
Levels: Years 2, 3, 4
Mondays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

In this course, we will focus on methods for analyzing a sugya closely, making an argument about a sugya, and deriving religious meaning from our analysis and argument. We will study the sixth chapter of Eruvin, as well as various sugyot from throughout Seder Moed as examples of critical Talmud study.


Hilkhot Shabbat (Section A)
Miriam Simma Walfish
RB-RAB-215A-C1
2 graduate credits
Levels: Years 2, 3, 4
Tuesdays, 2:30 – 4:00 pm

The course deals with the laws and traditions of the Shabbat. Students will learn central terminology and concepts related to Shabbat law, and will explore how these laws fit into an overarching conceptual framework.


Hilkhot Shabbat (Section B)
Micha’el Rosenberg
RB-RAB-215B-C1
2 graduate credits
Levels: Years 2, 3, 4
Tuesdays, 2:30 – 4:00 pm

This course is an in-depth examination of some of the central concepts of hilkhot shabbat with a particular focus on the laws of heating/reheating food (shehiyah/hahzarah). Emphasizing the development of these laws from the Talmud through contemporary halakhic handbooks, we will also ask how these laws seek to transform the physical place of cooking from every day to holy. Students in this class should have prior experience in studying Tur, Beit Yosef, and Shulhan Arukh.


                            Credit                                                                                               Non-Credit

 

Theories of Halakhah
Jane Kanarek

RB-RAB-429-C1 
2 graduate credits
Level: 1
Thursdays, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Theories of Halakhah              
Jane Kanarek
RB-RAB-429-NC
2 non-credits
Level: 1
Thursdays, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Prerequisite: Hebrew 4

 This course will provide an introduction to theories of halakhah and halakhic literature. We will contextualize halakhah within a wider world of legal theory as well as examine this particularly Jewish expression of law. As we gain a more expansive understanding of the development of halakhah and halakhic literature, we will also have the opportunity to
consider how the languages of halakhah can be a resource for our individual and communal Jewish practices.


Israel Study Abroad for Rabbinic Students
RB-RAB-ISRL
6 credits per semester
Open only to rabbinic students doing their semester in Israel

Student spends a semester or more in Israel studying. Time in Israel is required by program. Institutions at which the student may study and courses the student may choose from are specifically directed by Associate Dean for Academic Development and the Dean of the Rabbinical School. Courses of study are chosen with a particular student in mind and will include Hebrew language courses as well as intensive text study. Student must take a minimum of 6 credits per semester and may be required to do online course work at Hebrew College during the semester as well. Open only to rabbinic students doing their semester in Israel

 


 

Community Education Courses

 

COMMUNITY EDUCATION COURSES

These courses are open to the general community as non-credit (audit) courses at a considerable tuition discount.
The Community Education Discount will ONLY apply to these courses.
The course number used when registering must end in AU.

 

EDUCATION

Hebrew in Jewish Education
Shiri Katz-Gershon
CG-EDUC-584-AU
Non-Credit Only
Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Community Education Course

This course examines the theoretical Issues in Language Acquisition and application to teaching Hebrew as a second language in childhood. Decades of worldwide research in language acquisition recognizes childhood second-language acquisition not just as an end — seeing the world with a second set of eyes — but also as a means for cognitive and emotional growth. Teaching Hebrew in early childhood (0-8) opens a door for cultural and communal connections, as well as enhances cognition by strengthening mental functions such as working memory and phonological segmentation. In this course, we will examine debates in language acquisition relevant to teaching Hebrew in different settings. In each of these issues, we will explore a variety of solutions, some that were the common practice for decades and some newer. For each theoretical question, students will take a stand among the viewpoints and then learn to recognize, design, and implement applicable methodologies, activities. Some of the questions that will drive our work are: Which language elements should be emphasized in teaching a second language in different age groups; Why and how can we best teach Hebrew as a second language to children with language-based learning difficulties; When and how to teach literacy; and How can parents play a role in teaching Hebrew by incorporating it into family life?



Biblical, Rabbinic & Contemporary Perspectives on Intermarriage and Conversion
Ilan Fuchs
CG-EDUC-644-AU
Non-Credit Only
Online
Community Education Course

Intermarriage and conversion present unique challenges to Jewish movements. This course familiarizes students with textual and theological perspectives about relationships as described in the biblical literature, and between contemporary Jews and people of other faith backgrounds. It includes critical reading and analysis about matrilineal and patrilineal descent; rabbinic officiation at interfaith weddings; matriculation and graduation of clergy, and Jewish identity. It explores the varied paths to conversion and categories of status according to different branches of Judaism, acquainting students with the theories and applications of terms such as “fellow travelers,” cultural affirmation, and halakhic Jews-by-choice.

 

 

JEWISH STUDIES

Inner Life & Social Justice Activism
David Jaffe
CG-INTD-561-AU
Non-Credit Only
Online
Community Education Course

Drawing on Musar and Chassidic literature and the concept of tikkun hamiddot (personal ethical and spiritual development), this course will focus on the relationship between personal spirituality and strategies for social justice organizing and advocacy for transformative social change. Some of the specific areas of exploration will include motivation and self-interest, choice, humility and trust.

 

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CANCELLED: How to Chant Torah
Neil Schwartz

CG-CANTR-528-AU    
Non-Credit Only
Online
Community Education Course
Prerequisite: facility with reading Hebrew

 

In this online course, students learn the history and analysis of the punctuation system underlying the chanting of the Hebrew Bible. Through audio coaching, students learn a traditional Ashkenazic mode for the public cantillation of the Torah and correct contemporary pronunciation of biblical Hebrew. Prerequisite: facility with reading Hebrew. Cantorial students may audit only; will not count for graduate credit for master's students in the cantorial program. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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