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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 fall semester runs from September 1 to December 15, including holiday breaks.

 


 

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.


Fall 2020 Courses

 

EICHA RABBAH

Instructor: Rabbi Mira Beth Wasserman, Ph.D.

Meeting Details: Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Eastern

Prerequisite: Introduction to Rabbinic Literature

Course Description: Midrash Eicha Rabbah is a work that explores human and divine responses to destruction and loss. It opens with a series of petihtas that imagine God in wildly diverse ways. In this course, we will study a selection of petihtas and other key passages, examining the ways midrash conveys theological ideas. In what ways can Eicha Rabbah serve as a resource for as we confront the losses and traumas of our own age?

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

 

JEWISH TRADITIONS I

Instructor: Rabbi Vivie Mayer

Meeting Details: Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Eastern

Prerequisite: Hebrew literacy required

Course Description: In this Mekhinah course, students will explore traditional Jewish beliefs and practices. Through primary texts (Bible and Mishnah) in translation, students will encounter the fundamentals of prayer, kashrut, Shabbat and festival observance. This course also investigates the phenomenon of halakhah (Jewish lived practice) and how it evolves through ever-changing times.

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.

 

TANAKH I

Instructor: S. Tamar Kamionkowski, Ph.D.

Meeting Details: Seminars are held Tuesdays 9:45 – 11:05 a.m. and Thursdays 9:30 – 10:50 a.m. Beit Midrash is held Mondays 10:30 – 11:50 a.m. and Wednesdays 8:30 – 9:50 a.m. All times are in Eastern.

Prerequisite: Ability to read biblical texts in Hebrew

Course Description: Students will work with lexical resources and critical commentaries to build biblical Hebrew translation skills and to cultivate the ability to recognize nuances in the text. The course engages readings that explore biblical texts from a variety of perspectives.

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.

 

BIBLICAL HEBREW

Instructor: S. Tamar Kamionkowski, Ph.D.

Meeting Details: This course will run for 12 sessions beginning early December 2020 (course start date and weekly meeting time TBA.)

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.

Course fee: $750. No discounts are available for this course.