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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 selected courses. We hope to see you in our virtual classrooms.

All course sessions will take place in real time on Zoom. The spring semester starts on January 25.

 


 

Current Tuition Schedule

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

* We are regrettably unable to offer any discounts for the $750 Biblical Hebrew course.


Spring 2021 Courses

 

WHAT IS GOD? DIVINE PRESENCE IN TANAKH

Instructor: Tamar Kamionkowski, Ph.D.

Meeting Details: 3 hours once per week (Tuesday 9:45-11:35 a.m. Eastern and Tuesday 1:20-2:10 p.m. Eastern)

Prerequisite: Completion of Tanakh 1, Tanakh 2 and Hebrew 2 or its equivalent

Course Description: In this course, we will explore a range of topics related to the concept of divinity including the assumed dichotomy between divine and human; God and gender; how divine presence is manifest; the family of YHVH; angelic messengers, demons, and ghosts. These explorations will include readings of primary texts, secondary literature, and ancient cultural/religious artifacts.

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.

 

HILKHOT EVEL OF MAIMONIDES’ MISHNEH TORAH

Instructor: Rabbi Vivie Mayer

Meeting Details: 3 hours once per week (includes beit midrash) (Wednesday 9:00-11:50 a.m. Eastern)

Course Description: This course will explore all 14 chapters of Hilkhot Evel in Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah. Students will build reading comprehension by reading substantial portions of Hebrew text in class each week. The course will also engage with the array of halakhic issues that arise around death and ritual mourning. While the course will focus on understanding the peshat of the text and covering ground, it will also consider the material from a practical rabbinics point of view.

To inquire about taking this course as a non-matriculated student, please email Rabbi Vivie Mayer directly. Be sure to include the course title in your email.

 

JEWISH TRADITIONS II

Instructor: Rabbi Vivie Mayer

Meeting Details: 1.5 hours once per week (Friday 10:00 -11:30 a.m. Eastern)

Pre-requisite: RRC Hebrew 1 or ability to read Hebrew steadily, if haltingly, and to translate simple sentences

Course Description: This course continues to explore the territory of tradition, transmission, and evolving practice through direct encounter with the Humash (the Five Books of the Torah), the Siddur, the Mishnah, and the Passover Haggadah. Larger swaths of material will be accessed in English, but each week there will be specific sections to prepare and analyze in original Hebrew language.

To inquire about taking this course as a non-matriculated student, please email Rabbi Vivie Mayer directly. Be sure to include the course title in your email.