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Non-Matriculated Student Programs

RRC COURSES OPEN TO THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY:
 

Each semester, RRC invites adults from the local community to take classes alongside our rabbinical students, and many have welcomed the challenge. Some students work through our trademark core of historical courses; others take single workshops and classes or dive deep into advanced Hebrew. If you are interested, please contact us at 215.576.0800, ext 310, or email Dawn Murray, dmurray@rrc.edu

We are pleased to highlight the below course offerings, coming in Spring 2017. The Spring semester begins the week of February 13 and ends the week of May 22.
Please click here to view the full list of offerings for Spring 2017.

RACE AND RACIAL JUSTICE IN THE U.S.
Instructor: Kevin Moseby, Ph.D.
Mondays, 5:50-7:40 p.m. at the Raymond G. Perelman Center for Jewish Life, 118 N. 34th Street Philadelphia, PA

Course Description: This course examines the socio-political and historical construction of race in the U.S. It uses key social science theories, debates, and empirical examples to illustrate how racial inequalities and injustices persist. As part of the course, we will explore the place of Jews in both American race discourse and racial justice movements. Students will be encouraged to explore how racial justice issues might play a role in their rabbinates. Familiarity with the material covered in the Race and Racial Justice course will be a pre-requisite for two courses we are planning to offer next year: Jewish Liberation Theology and Judaism, Race and Intersectionality.

Kevin Moseby, Ph.D. is Assistant Teaching Professor of Sociology at Drexel University. His research specialties and teaching interests are in the areas of the social and cultural studies of biomedicine/health, particularly as those domains intersect with and through the institutions of race/sexuality/gender, social movements/community advocacy, HIV/AIDS, racial health disparities, science and technological studies, and Black Studies.

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NON-CREDIT DISTANCE LEARNING: CLASSICAL HEBREW

Instructor: S. Tamar Kamionkowski, Ph.D.

Course Description: This course builds the Hebrew proficiency needed to enter rabbinical school or Jewish studies at the graduate level. It will focus on basic grammar skills, acquiring siddur and biblical Hebrew vocabulary, declamation and translation. Students will be expected to do homework between sessions. 

The tuition for the 12-session series is $500, $100 of which can be applied towards future RRC tuition if the student enrolls in a degree program at RRC within three years. For questions or to register for this course, please contact Rabbi Roni Handler by Wednesday, January 11th.

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NON-CREDIT DISTANCE LEARNING: JEWISH TRADITIONS: SHABBAT AND KASHRUT (THE SABBATH AND THE DIETARY LAWS)
Instructor: Rabbi Vivie Mayer
Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., February 15–May 10, 2017

Course Description: In this 12-session course we will encounter the system of halakha (Jewish Practice) as it is refracted through the laws and customs of Shabbat and kashrut. We will examine foundational halakhic sources within their historical contexts and see the connection between ritual practice and social sensibilities. The course is geared toward students who have had little to no exposure to the study of halakha.

The tuition for the 12-session series is $500, $100 of which can be applied towards future RRC tuition if the student enrolls in a degree program at RRC within three years. For questions or to register for this course, please contact Rabbi Roni Handler by Wednesday, January 11th.
 
Pricing for Classical Hebrew and Jewish Traditions: Shabbat and kashrut taken this spring is $800, $100 of which can be applied towards future RRC tuition if the student enrolls in a degree program at RRC within three years.

FEES:
Contact Roni Handler, rhandler@rrc.edu for pricing information.

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WINTER 2017 COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

Newly added Winter course:

BINYANIM BOOT CAMP: AN INTENSIVE REVIEW OF THE BINYANIM SYSTEM
Instructor: Sharon Gershoni, Ph.D.
Meeting Details: January 9-26; 3-4 p.m.
Course Notes: Pre-requisite: Prior exposure to binyanim system

Course Description: The course will present the binyanim system as a whole, then focus on the parts - zoom in on binyanim and g'zarot, and then zoom out to grasp the relationships between the different binyanim in the system. The goal of the course is to review the entire binyanim system (and g'zarot), in order to improve retention and recall of the skills involved in reading and recognising verbs in text. These skills are useful for enhancing reading efficiency and comprehension, translation and pronunciation. This 'boot camp' is not a harsh military training camp and is not for new recruits. This course is intended for people who have already learned the binyanim and need a refresher on how to use them.  However, due to the short time frame and the amount of material we will cover, the course will be a boot camp in its intensity. It will require commitment to the time frame, and rigorous disciplined work in class and one hour of homework daily.



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