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Graduate-Level Courses Open to the Public

Interested in deepening your Jewish learning and studying alongside our rabbinical students? Every semester, we invite members of the general public to take certain courses. We hope to see you in our classrooms. 

Winter semester begins the week of Jan. 6, 2020. All courses are in Eastern time.

 


 

Current Tuition Schedule

Non-Matriculated Student Fees
Not for Credit $500 per course $180 per workshop
For Credit $1,250 per credit  
Online Hebrew Course $750  
RRC Alumni/RRA Member $50 per course $50 per workshop
Member of a community affiliated with Reconstructing Judaism (not for credit) $360 per course $180 per workshop
Jewish Professional (not for credit) $180 for the first course, $360 additional courses $150 per workshop

 


Winter 2020 Courses

BIBLICAL HEBREW - ONLINE COURSE

Instructor: S. Tamar Kamionkowski, Ph.D.

Meeting Details: This course will run for 12 sessions beginning the first week of January 2020 (course start date and weekly meeting time TBA). All course sessions will take place in real time on the Zoom platform.

Cost: $750

Course Description: This online course covers the basic verb forms, syntax and vocabulary of Biblical Hebrew. For students who are relatively new to Hebrew, the course will provide an introduction to the foundations of the language. More advanced students will deepen their understanding of the language and ability to read Biblical texts. The course covers: a review of the vowel system and its importance; construct forms or semichut; the conjugations of Qal verbs; an introduction to the strong verbs of other binyanim (Piel, Hiphil and Niphal) and Biblical Hebrew syntax, word order and vav consecutive (or vav hippuch). 

To inquire about taking this course as a non-matriculated student, please email S. Tamar Kamionkowski, Ph.D., directly. Be sure to include the course title in your email.

INTRODUCTION TO LESHON HAZAL

Instructor: Joel Hecker, Ph.D.

Meeting Details: Monday to Thursday (Jan. 6 to Jan. 23) from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  (Note: no class on MLK Day – Jan 20)

Course Description: This introduction to rabbinic Hebrew and Talmudic Aramaic offers an intensive engagement with the languages of the Mishnah and Babylonian Talmud through close reading and analysis of select passages. Students will build vocabulary, learn to identify common verb forms, and gain familiarity with the syntax of rabbinic Hebrew and Talmudic Aramaic.

To inquire about taking this course as a non-matriculated student, please email Joel Hecker, Ph.D., directly. Be sure to include the course title in your email.

 

WORKSHOP - RABBINIC RESPONSES TO TRAUMA: THEORY AND PRACTICE

Instructor: Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg and Rabbi Elisa Goldberg

Meeting Details: Monday, Jan. 27 and Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Course Notes: Though the workshop will be participatory, it is not a therapeutic environment. Students are encouraged and will be supported to find resources outside of class to process what comes up for them during the workshop.

Course Description: Rabbis work at the intersections of individual pain and joy, and collective survival and struggle. Trauma theories and strategies for healing and resilience offer tools that support and strengthen our work with individuals and communities, while offering frameworks for our own sustainability and care.  We will learn foundations of trauma theory and practical applications of trauma-sensitive principles in different rabbinic work settings. We will explore how historical traumas have impacted Jewish self-conception, and surface Jewish sources and expressions of resilience and healing. 

Course Requirements: Open to rabbinical non-matriculated students, seminary students and rabbis.

To inquire about taking this course as a non-matriculated student, please email Mary Buhring, Director of Academic Administration, directly. Be sure to include the course title in your email.

 

WORKSHOP - RESILIENCE AND HEALING IN JEWISH TRADITION AND COMMUNITIES

Instructor: Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg and Rabbi Elisa Goldberg

Meeting Details: Wednesday, Jan. 29 and Thursday, Jan. 30 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Course Notes: Though the workshop will be participatory, it is not a therapeutic environment. Students are encouraged and will be supported to find resources outside of class to process what comes up for them during the workshop.

Course Description: We will learn about a range of healing practices and modalities, explore the potentials of ritual, prayer, and Jewish traditions in healing; and deepen our understanding of spiritual health and wellness. We will learn about and co-create methods and practices for Jewish communal healing.

Course Requirements: “Rabbinic Responses to Trauma: Theory and Practice” is a requirement to attend this workshop. Open to rabbinical non-matriculated students, seminary students and rabbis.

To inquire about taking this course as a non-matriculated student, please email Mary Buhring, Director of Academic Administration, directly. Be sure to include the course title in your email