Melton Online

With online learning more important now than ever, Melton offers two kinds of courses.
  • Survey courses introduce new topics in 1 to 5 sessions, with large numbers of learners worldwide. These courses are free or offered on a sliding fee scale.
  • Signature courses go in-depth with a full Melton curriculum, including a book. Often hosted by Melton communities, courses have 6 to 25 sessions, and enrollment is limited to 25 learners. Fees depend on the length of the course.

Melton Online

With online learning more important now than ever, Melton offers two kinds of courses.
  • Survey courses introduce new topics in 1 to 5 sessions, with large numbers of learners worldwide. These courses are free or offered on a sliding fee scale.
  • Signature courses go in-depth with a full Melton curriculum, including a book. Often hosted by Melton communities, courses have 6 to 25 sessions, and enrollment is limited to 25 learners. Fees depend on the length of the course.

Online Survey Courses

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The Complete Works of Moses (Abridged)

Five Books, four mothers, three fathers, ten commandments, one God, all in five weeks. Learners will delve into the most important work to the Jewish people that is full of drama and life lessons.

Meets: Mondays, 10 am Pacific, 1 pm Eastern, 7 pm South Africa
Runs: October 12 – November 9, 2020
Number of Lessons: 5
Faculty: Rabbi Johnny Solomon

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Live From Jerusalem (Season 2)

Live From Jerusalem (Season 2)

Following the success of our opening series of Live from Israel, explore four new Jerusalem locations with Haim Aronovitz. Travel from the comfort of your home and gain a comprehensive picture of gems in the Holy City!

Meets: Tuesdays, 8 am Pacific, 11 am Eastern and 5 pm South Africa
Runs: October 13 – November 3, 2020
Number of Lessons: 4
Faculty: Haim Aronovitz

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Eat, Pray, Learn

What is the study of food? How can it help us to understand religion? How do we define Jewish food? How is Jewish food influenced by geography?  Jewish law? Memory? Join Dr. Joellyn Zollman on this tempting culinary experience.

Meets: Wednesdays, 10 am Pacific, 1 pm Eastern and 7 pm South Africa
Runs: October 14 – November 4, 2020
Number of Lessons: 4
Faculty: Dr. Joellyn Zollman

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Haftorah Unrolled

Haftorah can be viewed as the earliest commentary on each Torah Portion. We will mine the Haftorah of Noah for new perspectives regarding the challenges of dealing with societal failure and redemption.

Meets: Thursday, 8 am Pacific, 11 am Eastern and 5 pm South Africa
Runs: October 22, 2020
Number of Lessons: 1
Faculty: Kira Sirote

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Two Centuries of Modern Anti-Semitism: Tracing Hate

As anti-Semitism flourishes, questions continue to arise about this age-old hatred with modern overtones? Discover how the 19th century term became the new form of Jew hatred and affects the contemporary Jewish experience.

Meets: Wednesdays, 10 am Pacific, 1 pm Eastern, 8 pm South Africa
Runs: November 11 – December 16, 2020
Number of Lessons: 5
Faculty: Yael Weinstein

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Building Sacred Space

Sacred space has always been a part of the Jewish tradition. Beginning in the era of the Torah and continuing until today – space – and its holiness has helped maintain the Jewish people. Discover the unique aspects of Jewish spaces in this exploratory course.

Meets: Wednesdays, 4 pm Pacific, 7 pm Eastern, 11 am Australia next day
Runs: November 11 – 18, 2020
Number of Lessons: 2
Faculty: Rabbi Michele Faudem

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Jews and Non-Jews: Responsibilities, Relationships, and Realities

What are the relationships that have been forged between Jews and Non-Jews? What responsibilities exist between them? Ultimately, what are the realities that actually occur? Explore these questions and more in this discovery course.

Meets: Thursdays, 1 pm Pacific, 4 pm Eastern, 8 am Australia next day
Runs: November 12 – December 10, 2020
Number of Lessons: 4
Faculty: Rabbi David Glickman

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Breaking Boundaries: Insight into an Emerging Israel

Continuing on our quest for insights into 21st century Israel, we will consider central issues reflecting elemental changes in Israeli society and politics, as well as innovative projects that are redefining the image of Israel.

Meets: Tuesdays, 8 am Pacific, 11 Eastern and 6 pm South Africa
Runs: November 17 – December 8, 2020
Number of Lessons: 4
Faculty: Haim Aronovitz

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Yochi Rappeport

From the Voices of Women

The voices of women are an essential component of any excavation into Jewish history. The stories we will share expose our past and speak to our future. Take an exploratory journey to discover the narratives of Jewish women.

Meets: Mondays, 9 am Pacific, 12 pm Eastern, 7 pm South Africa
Runs: November 23 - December 14, 2020
Number of Lessons: 4
Faculty: Rabbi Michele Faudem, Dr. Shelley Buxbaum, Dr. Nona Fienberg, Rabbi Sabine Meyer

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Prayer: Then and Now

Has the pandemic challenged your view of prayer? How has it impacted the liturgical lives of our communities? Explore the meaning of prayer and more through modern and traditional texts in this poignant course.

Meets: Wednesdays, 4 pm Pacific, 7 pm Eastern, 11 am Australia next day
Runs: December 9 – 16, 2020
Number of Lessons: 2
Faculty: Rabbi Amy Wallk-Katz

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Online Signature Courses

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Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

This course provides students with a strong, text-based historical overview from the late nineteenth century through today. The complexity of the conflict forces students to grapple with issues of religion and culture, history and politics together with economics, identity and survival—all reflected through primary sources, including newspaper articles, poetry, songs, government documents, speeches, photographs and memoirs.

2 Options Available Online

Image: Eugene Ivanov / Shutterstock

Crossroads of Jewish History

With an emphasis on reclaiming the richness of Jewish history, the chronological exploration investigates significant crossroads where Jews took major decisions that shaped our shared identity and destiny. This course merges the concepts of history and memory in order to better understand how each has shaped Judaism today.

2 Options Available Online

Image: Shutterstock

Ethics of Jewish Living

How do Jewish teachings shed light on contemporary issues such as the environment, inter-personal relationships, end-of-life decisions, and stem-cell research? This course explores the wisdom of ancient and modern rabbis, scholars and thinkers, offering multiple Jewish approaches to conducting our lives in the communal and private spheres.

2 Options Available Online

Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah

Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah

This ancient-era version of reality TV gives you a front row-seat to the drama, gossip, legal transactions, and other daily intrigues - straight from the Middle Ages. This course brings to life an exotic era in Jewish history, revealing the inner thoughts of real-life characters and daily interactions of Jewish men, women, and families living along the Mediterranean more than 1,000 years ago. Join us for a journey of intrigue and adventure!

7 Options Available Online

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Foundations of Jewish Family Living

Foundations of Jewish Family Living provides you with the learning, the language, and the confidence to be a teacher to your own children. The curriculum brings to life the master stories from our tradition and the profound messages they convey.

1 Option Avaiable Online

Artwork by Darius Gilmont

From Adam to Abraham: The First 20 Generations (Genesis / Bereshit Part I)

The narratives of this course take us from the universal tales of the creation of the world, the flood, and the Tower of Babel, to the foundational tales of Abraham, Sarah, and the beginnings of the Jewish people. The themes of family and faith, honor and dishonor, passion, and power, provide a rich exploration of our people and ourselves.

2 Options Available Online

From Sinai to Seinfeld: Jews and Their Jokes

From Sinai to Seinfeld: Jews and Their Jokes

This course reveals a treasure of irresistible jokes from the Israelite relationship with God to the growing divide between cultural and religious Judaism in the early 21st century. Treating Jewish jokes as text, this course invites students to analyze and interpret the evolving concerns, styles, rhythms, preoccupations, and values of the Jewish people buried deep in words.

2 Options Available Online

Artwork by Darius Gilmont

From Slavery to Sinai (Exodus / Shemot Part I)

This course follows the development of the emerging Jewish nation from their awe-inspiring encounter at Sinai through the building of the tabernacle in the wilderness. The high points of divine revelation are sharply contrasted against the lows of the Golden Calfincident and overarching sense of despair. The text addresses many of the laws and regulations that would later bring great meaning, purpose, and relevance to our lives.

3 Options Available Online

Israeli Literature as a Window to Israeli Society

Israeli Literature as a Window to Israeli Society

This course offers a fresh and fascinating examination of Israeli society since the rebirth of the State in 1948. Participants encounter an Israeli society that is original, contemporary, honest, and proud. Reflections of the mythic Israel are matched by poetry and prose that are challenging and self-critical offering profound insight into the Israeli national psyche.

1 Option Available Online

Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion

Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion

Within its field, one of the most challenging frontiers is that of medical ethics. While contemporary medical knowledge preserves life, modern advances have raised moral and ethical dilemmas related to it. The scope of this field was simply unimaginable a generation ago. Written by Rabbi Elliot Dorff, PhD, this course explores Jewish approaches to several 21st century ethical issues, including human cloning, surrogate motherhood, genetic identity, assisted suicide, and more.

4 Options Available Online

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Jewish Mysticism: Tracing the History of Kabbalah

Moving beyond Madonna, red strings, and pop-culture, this study provides a deep, accurate, and intellectually honest understanding of the historical backdrop that led to the birth of an esoteric Jewish tradition alongside the societal and cultural changes that shaped and reshaped it throughout the centuries.. While deeply grounded in scholarship, each class will include discussions that address the timeless mysteries of human existence along with numerous other eternal and universal questions.

1 Option Available Online

Jews in America: Insiders and Outsiders

Jews in America: Insiders and Outsiders

This course considers the challenges and opportunities of Jewish acculturation to American life. Classes explore such topics as the role of education, Antisemitism and the Holocaust, changing attitudes about Zionism and the State of Israel, and other issues that speak to American Jewish culture and identity.

1 Option Available Online

Artwork by Darius Gilmont

Leadership Defied and Defended (Numbers / BeMidbar)

The fateful journey of Israel’s wandering in the wilderness presented numerous tests for Moses and Aaron. Over and again their leadership was questioned with various personalities rising to challenge them. Utilizing literary tools often used in biblical scholarship, participants are inspired to pause, and rethink commonly held beliefs about the perceived heroes and rebels of the biblical narrative so familiar to us.

2 Options Available Online

Artwork by Darius Gilmont

The Long Goodbye (Deuteronomy / Devarim)

In our study of Devarim, the fifth book of Torah, we join Moses in his final address to the nation. Standing on the edge of Canaan, we are poignantly reminded it is a land he will never enter. It is here that Moses reflects on his journey through the wilderness, encouraging the people to live with foresight as they make their preparations to enter the Promised Land without him.

6 Options Available Online

Members of the Tribe

Members of the Tribe

In this short six-session quest, we’ll dive deep into a fundamental, challenging question for Members of the Tribe: “What is the overarching purpose of Judaism?” Together, we’ll examine aspects of what might be considered the Jewish mission, a blend of practices that distinguish us as Jews, and what to do with this idea of being called the "Chosen People." Prepare to explore how Big Jewish Ideas and lessons from our history serve to enrich our collective actions as individuals and as a people. 

6 Options Available Online

OMG, Can You Believe?!

OMG, Can You Believe?!

In this six-week exploratory course, we’ll seek answers to the BIG questions around God and God’s relationship to Humankind. Take for yourself a Divine moment to uncover and consider many different understandings of God expressed by Jewish thinkers, past and present. This course will give you the tools to continue asking deep questions, probing your own beliefs and rethinking the “God- questions” that confront us throughout our lives.

2 Options Available Online

Image: Eugene Ivanov / Shutterstock

Purposes of Jewish Living

This course explores both ancient and modern responses to many of the major issues of Jewish thought and theology. Why do Jews believe as they do? What are the big questions of life and how do Jewish thinkers answer these questions? This course explores both ancient and modern responses to many of the major issues of Jewish thought and theology.

1 Option Available Online

Artwork by Darius Gilmont

Revelation and Revolution (Exodus / Shemot Part II)

This course follows the development of the emerging Jewish nation from their awe-inspiring encounter at Sinai through the building of the tabernacle in the wilderness. The high points of divine revelation are sharply contrasted with the low points of the Golden Calf incident and overarching sense of despair. The text addresses many of the laws and regulations that would later bring great meaning, purpose, and relevance to our lives.

3 Options Available Online

Image: Eugene Ivanov / Shutterstock

Rhythms of Jewish Living

This course examines a wide variety of Jewish sources to discover the deeper meanings underlying Jewish holidays, lifecycle observances, and Jewish practice.

1 Option Available Online

Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice

Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice

This course draws from text and history exploring how social justice work goes beyond addressing short-term needs looking at structural causes of injustice today. Topics include issues related to poverty, immigration, and environmental degradation to name a few. Participants will be encouraged to identify issues that are particular to their own communities which they would like to explore in greater depth.

4 Options Available Online

The Star and the Crescent: A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations

The Star and the Crescent: A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations

Jews and Muslims have co-existed both peacefully and contentiously for more than a millennium. During the first thousand years, it was better to live under Muslim rule than Christian; later, the relationship deteriorated, particularly in the Middle East. Elsewhere, Jews and Muslims continue to find ways to coexist peaceably and often productively. This course examines the longstanding relationship between Judaism and Islam, broadening our understanding and challenging our assumptions.

1 Option Available Online

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    The Complete Works of Moses (Abridged)

    Five Books, four mothers, three fathers, ten commandments, one God, all in five weeks. Learners will delve into the most important work to the Jewish people that is full of drama and life lessons.

    Meets: Mondays, 10 am Pacific, 1 pm Eastern, 7 pm South Africa
    Runs: October 12 – November 9, 2020
    Number of Lessons: 5
    Faculty: Rabbi Johnny Solomon

    REGISTER NOW

    Live From Jerusalem (Season 2)

    Live From Jerusalem (Season 2)

    Following the success of our opening series of Live from Israel, explore four new Jerusalem locations with Haim Aronovitz. Travel from the comfort of your home and gain a comprehensive picture of gems in the Holy City!

    Meets: Tuesdays, 8 am Pacific, 11 am Eastern and 5 pm South Africa
    Runs: October 13 – November 3, 2020
    Number of Lessons: 4
    Faculty: Haim Aronovitz

    REGISTER NOW

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    Eat, Pray, Learn

    What is the study of food? How can it help us to understand religion? How do we define Jewish food? How is Jewish food influenced by geography?  Jewish law? Memory? Join Dr. Joellyn Zollman on this tempting culinary experience.

    Meets: Wednesdays, 10 am Pacific, 1 pm Eastern and 7 pm South Africa
    Runs: October 14 – November 4, 2020
    Number of Lessons: 4
    Faculty: Dr. Joellyn Zollman

    REGISTER NOW

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    Haftorah Unrolled

    Haftorah can be viewed as the earliest commentary on each Torah Portion. We will mine the Haftorah of Noah for new perspectives regarding the challenges of dealing with societal failure and redemption.

    Meets: Thursday, 8 am Pacific, 11 am Eastern and 5 pm South Africa
    Runs: October 22, 2020
    Number of Lessons: 1
    Faculty: Kira Sirote

    REGISTER NOW

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    Two Centuries of Modern Anti-Semitism: Tracing Hate

    As anti-Semitism flourishes, questions continue to arise about this age-old hatred with modern overtones? Discover how the 19th century term became the new form of Jew hatred and affects the contemporary Jewish experience.

    Meets: Wednesdays, 10 am Pacific, 1 pm Eastern, 8 pm South Africa
    Runs: November 11 – December 16, 2020
    Number of Lessons: 5
    Faculty: Yael Weinstein

    REGISTER NOW

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    Building Sacred Space

    Sacred space has always been a part of the Jewish tradition. Beginning in the era of the Torah and continuing until today – space – and its holiness has helped maintain the Jewish people. Discover the unique aspects of Jewish spaces in this exploratory course.

    Meets: Wednesdays, 4 pm Pacific, 7 pm Eastern, 11 am Australia next day
    Runs: November 11 – 18, 2020
    Number of Lessons: 2
    Faculty: Rabbi Michele Faudem

    REGISTER NOW

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    Jews and Non-Jews: Responsibilities, Relationships, and Realities

    What are the relationships that have been forged between Jews and Non-Jews? What responsibilities exist between them? Ultimately, what are the realities that actually occur? Explore these questions and more in this discovery course.

    Meets: Thursdays, 1 pm Pacific, 4 pm Eastern, 8 am Australia next day
    Runs: November 12 – December 10, 2020
    Number of Lessons: 4
    Faculty: Rabbi David Glickman

    REGISTER NOW

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    Breaking Boundaries: Insight into an Emerging Israel

    Continuing on our quest for insights into 21st century Israel, we will consider central issues reflecting elemental changes in Israeli society and politics, as well as innovative projects that are redefining the image of Israel.

    Meets: Tuesdays, 8 am Pacific, 11 Eastern and 6 pm South Africa
    Runs: November 17 – December 8, 2020
    Number of Lessons: 4
    Faculty: Haim Aronovitz

    REGISTER NOW

    Yochi Rappeport

    From the Voices of Women

    The voices of women are an essential component of any excavation into Jewish history. The stories we will share expose our past and speak to our future. Take an exploratory journey to discover the narratives of Jewish women.

    Meets: Mondays, 9 am Pacific, 12 pm Eastern, 7 pm South Africa
    Runs: November 23 - December 14, 2020
    Number of Lessons: 4
    Faculty: Rabbi Michele Faudem, Dr. Shelley Buxbaum, Dr. Nona Fienberg, Rabbi Sabine Meyer

    REGISTER NOW

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    Prayer: Then and Now

    Has the pandemic challenged your view of prayer? How has it impacted the liturgical lives of our communities? Explore the meaning of prayer and more through modern and traditional texts in this poignant course.

    Meets: Wednesdays, 4 pm Pacific, 7 pm Eastern, 11 am Australia next day
    Runs: December 9 – 16, 2020
    Number of Lessons: 2
    Faculty: Rabbi Amy Wallk-Katz

    REGISTER NOW

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    Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

    This course provides students with a strong, text-based historical overview from the late nineteenth century through today. The complexity of the conflict forces students to grapple with issues of religion and culture, history and politics together with economics, identity and survival—all reflected through primary sources, including newspaper articles, poetry, songs, government documents, speeches, photographs and memoirs.

    2 Options Available Online

    Image: Eugene Ivanov / Shutterstock

    Crossroads of Jewish History

    With an emphasis on reclaiming the richness of Jewish history, the chronological exploration investigates significant crossroads where Jews took major decisions that shaped our shared identity and destiny. This course merges the concepts of history and memory in order to better understand how each has shaped Judaism today.

    2 Options Available Online

    Image: Shutterstock

    Ethics of Jewish Living

    How do Jewish teachings shed light on contemporary issues such as the environment, inter-personal relationships, end-of-life decisions, and stem-cell research? This course explores the wisdom of ancient and modern rabbis, scholars and thinkers, offering multiple Jewish approaches to conducting our lives in the communal and private spheres.

    2 Options Available Online

    Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah

    Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah

    This ancient-era version of reality TV gives you a front row-seat to the drama, gossip, legal transactions, and other daily intrigues - straight from the Middle Ages. This course brings to life an exotic era in Jewish history, revealing the inner thoughts of real-life characters and daily interactions of Jewish men, women, and families living along the Mediterranean more than 1,000 years ago. Join us for a journey of intrigue and adventure!

    7 Options Available Online

    Image: Shutterstock

    Foundations of Jewish Family Living

    Foundations of Jewish Family Living provides you with the learning, the language, and the confidence to be a teacher to your own children. The curriculum brings to life the master stories from our tradition and the profound messages they convey.

    1 Option Avaiable Online

    Artwork by Darius Gilmont

    From Adam to Abraham: The First 20 Generations (Genesis / Bereshit Part I)

    The narratives of this course take us from the universal tales of the creation of the world, the flood, and the Tower of Babel, to the foundational tales of Abraham, Sarah, and the beginnings of the Jewish people. The themes of family and faith, honor and dishonor, passion, and power, provide a rich exploration of our people and ourselves.

    2 Options Available Online

    From Sinai to Seinfeld: Jews and Their Jokes

    From Sinai to Seinfeld: Jews and Their Jokes

    This course reveals a treasure of irresistible jokes from the Israelite relationship with God to the growing divide between cultural and religious Judaism in the early 21st century. Treating Jewish jokes as text, this course invites students to analyze and interpret the evolving concerns, styles, rhythms, preoccupations, and values of the Jewish people buried deep in words.

    2 Options Available Online

    Artwork by Darius Gilmont

    From Slavery to Sinai (Exodus / Shemot Part I)

    This course follows the development of the emerging Jewish nation from their awe-inspiring encounter at Sinai through the building of the tabernacle in the wilderness. The high points of divine revelation are sharply contrasted against the lows of the Golden Calfincident and overarching sense of despair. The text addresses many of the laws and regulations that would later bring great meaning, purpose, and relevance to our lives.

    3 Options Available Online

    Israeli Literature as a Window to Israeli Society

    Israeli Literature as a Window to Israeli Society

    This course offers a fresh and fascinating examination of Israeli society since the rebirth of the State in 1948. Participants encounter an Israeli society that is original, contemporary, honest, and proud. Reflections of the mythic Israel are matched by poetry and prose that are challenging and self-critical offering profound insight into the Israeli national psyche.

    1 Option Available Online

    Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion

    Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion

    Within its field, one of the most challenging frontiers is that of medical ethics. While contemporary medical knowledge preserves life, modern advances have raised moral and ethical dilemmas related to it. The scope of this field was simply unimaginable a generation ago. Written by Rabbi Elliot Dorff, PhD, this course explores Jewish approaches to several 21st century ethical issues, including human cloning, surrogate motherhood, genetic identity, assisted suicide, and more.

    4 Options Available Online

    Image: iStock

    Jewish Mysticism: Tracing the History of Kabbalah

    Moving beyond Madonna, red strings, and pop-culture, this study provides a deep, accurate, and intellectually honest understanding of the historical backdrop that led to the birth of an esoteric Jewish tradition alongside the societal and cultural changes that shaped and reshaped it throughout the centuries.. While deeply grounded in scholarship, each class will include discussions that address the timeless mysteries of human existence along with numerous other eternal and universal questions.

    1 Option Available Online

    Jews in America: Insiders and Outsiders

    Jews in America: Insiders and Outsiders

    This course considers the challenges and opportunities of Jewish acculturation to American life. Classes explore such topics as the role of education, Antisemitism and the Holocaust, changing attitudes about Zionism and the State of Israel, and other issues that speak to American Jewish culture and identity.

    1 Option Available Online

    Artwork by Darius Gilmont

    Leadership Defied and Defended (Numbers / BeMidbar)

    The fateful journey of Israel’s wandering in the wilderness presented numerous tests for Moses and Aaron. Over and again their leadership was questioned with various personalities rising to challenge them. Utilizing literary tools often used in biblical scholarship, participants are inspired to pause, and rethink commonly held beliefs about the perceived heroes and rebels of the biblical narrative so familiar to us.

    2 Options Available Online

    Artwork by Darius Gilmont

    The Long Goodbye (Deuteronomy / Devarim)

    In our study of Devarim, the fifth book of Torah, we join Moses in his final address to the nation. Standing on the edge of Canaan, we are poignantly reminded it is a land he will never enter. It is here that Moses reflects on his journey through the wilderness, encouraging the people to live with foresight as they make their preparations to enter the Promised Land without him.

    6 Options Available Online

    Members of the Tribe

    Members of the Tribe

    In this short six-session quest, we’ll dive deep into a fundamental, challenging question for Members of the Tribe: “What is the overarching purpose of Judaism?” Together, we’ll examine aspects of what might be considered the Jewish mission, a blend of practices that distinguish us as Jews, and what to do with this idea of being called the "Chosen People." Prepare to explore how Big Jewish Ideas and lessons from our history serve to enrich our collective actions as individuals and as a people. 

    6 Options Available Online

    OMG, Can You Believe?!

    OMG, Can You Believe?!

    In this six-week exploratory course, we’ll seek answers to the BIG questions around God and God’s relationship to Humankind. Take for yourself a Divine moment to uncover and consider many different understandings of God expressed by Jewish thinkers, past and present. This course will give you the tools to continue asking deep questions, probing your own beliefs and rethinking the “God- questions” that confront us throughout our lives.

    2 Options Available Online

    Image: Eugene Ivanov / Shutterstock

    Purposes of Jewish Living

    This course explores both ancient and modern responses to many of the major issues of Jewish thought and theology. Why do Jews believe as they do? What are the big questions of life and how do Jewish thinkers answer these questions? This course explores both ancient and modern responses to many of the major issues of Jewish thought and theology.

    1 Option Available Online

    Artwork by Darius Gilmont

    Revelation and Revolution (Exodus / Shemot Part II)

    This course follows the development of the emerging Jewish nation from their awe-inspiring encounter at Sinai through the building of the tabernacle in the wilderness. The high points of divine revelation are sharply contrasted with the low points of the Golden Calf incident and overarching sense of despair. The text addresses many of the laws and regulations that would later bring great meaning, purpose, and relevance to our lives.

    3 Options Available Online

    Image: Eugene Ivanov / Shutterstock

    Rhythms of Jewish Living

    This course examines a wide variety of Jewish sources to discover the deeper meanings underlying Jewish holidays, lifecycle observances, and Jewish practice.

    1 Option Available Online

    Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice

    Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice

    This course draws from text and history exploring how social justice work goes beyond addressing short-term needs looking at structural causes of injustice today. Topics include issues related to poverty, immigration, and environmental degradation to name a few. Participants will be encouraged to identify issues that are particular to their own communities which they would like to explore in greater depth.

    4 Options Available Online

    The Star and the Crescent: A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations

    The Star and the Crescent: A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations

    Jews and Muslims have co-existed both peacefully and contentiously for more than a millennium. During the first thousand years, it was better to live under Muslim rule than Christian; later, the relationship deteriorated, particularly in the Middle East. Elsewhere, Jews and Muslims continue to find ways to coexist peaceably and often productively. This course examines the longstanding relationship between Judaism and Islam, broadening our understanding and challenging our assumptions.

    1 Option Available Online

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