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B

Biblical Hebrew Online provides an introductory experience in the language of the Bible for students who can decode (phonetically read) Hebrew.  The course focuses on the fundamentals of biblical Hebrew’s grammatical structures and constructs, including its elaborate root word system and its...

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Semester: Online with live webinars on Wednesday evenings, 8:00-9:30pm EST ( 15 weeks: January 2 – April 23)

(Formerly Business Ethics in Jewish Law) The issue of business ethics has been prominent in the news recently because several large American corporations have been accused of serious fraud violations. Jewish law contains a great deal of discussion concerning business practices and business...

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Semester: Summer B: June 19 - August 13

C

Understanding that conflict is often a by-product of professional and personal interaction, this course offers strategies for constructively resolving issues at both the individual and group levels.  Using self-reflection, personality inventories, and the study of temperaments, including the...

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Semester: Hybrid (Begins online June 19 and meets on campus at Summer Institute Wednesday, July 18- Friday, July 20)

H

Hebrew II Online continues the format of twice-a-week live webinar sessions combined with follow-up reinforcement through a 24/7 website for individual learning and review. All language skills are mastered through more advanced syntactic and grammatical structures. Students will begin to read...

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Semester: Online with live webinars twice weekly- Time TBA

I

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all share common human lifecycle events, and these are commemorated in rituals for birth, entering adulthood, marriage, and death. In addition, the three Abrahamic faiths observe holy days, celebrations, and fast days and follow religious observances specified in...

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Semester: Spring B: February 27- April 23

Students in the M.A. in Jewish Communal Studies program will complete individualized, supervised internships of 600 hours in designated Jewish agencies, organizations, synagogues or other communal settings. Interns will write a paper reflecting on their experience(s). MAJCS students usually...

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J

This integrative seminar is designed to explore the challenges and dilemmas of serving the Jewish community. Participants will share field experiences, meet with lay and professional leaders, and analyze values and issues they will face as communal professionals.

Semester: Online with live webinars bi-monthly

This course explores the book of Job and Biblical views of human suffering. The clash between simple concepts of Divine retribution and the realities of life as seen in Job will be discussed, (Classical)

Semester: Traditional Semester: January 2 – April 23

This course explores the common roots of ancient Rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity in the first five centuries CE. We study both the theological similarities between the two movements and the ways in which they developed into distinctly different religious traditions. Topics to be covered...

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Semester: Fall A: August 22-October 16

Judaism and Islam are in many ways extraordinarily similar and, in other respects, very different. To study them side by side increases our understanding of each one. The course will assume that students have some knowledge of Judaism, but little knowledge of Islam. Topics include an...

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Semester: Hybrid (Begins online June 19 and meets on campus at Summer Institute Wednesday, July 18- Friday, July 20)

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