AOP Public Courses

Details of Fall 2020 Public Courses will be available in early July.

The ALEPH Ordination Program (AOP) opens a selected number of courses every semester to the general public. Here's a great opportunity to study with our faculty and alongside students on the ordination path.

You don't have to be an AOP student - or a student in another seminary - to enroll in these courses.

You may register now with a $100 deposit (per course). We will confirm your enrollment about two weeks before the course starts. As AOP students have priority of enrollment, it may turn out that a course is oversubscribed and no space is available - in which case the deposit will be fully refunded.

Spring 2020 courses start in late January and end in late May. Each course has 13 weekly meetings and is conducted LIVE with online distance-learning technology (required: highspeed internet, webcam, and microphone).

Course Fee:
  • $566.50 for Public Auditor - no credit ($550 + 3% T'rumah Financial Aid Fund fee)
  • $1,030 for Public Student - credit-earning ($1,000 + 3% T'rumah Financial Aid Fund fee)

Course Descriptions - Spring 2020

Introduction to HasidutREGISTRATION CLOSED
Instructor: Rabbi Mimi Feigelson
Tuesdays 12:30 to 2:30 pm (eastern)
Starting on February 4
Required for Rabbinic Pastor and Cantorial Programs. Content required for Hashpa'ah Program. Credit in "Hasidut" area for Rabbinic Program.
We will examine Hasidic approaches to the major ideas and pathways of Judaism by studying texts by Hasidic masters and exploring the central themes of Hasidism. Our goal is an in-depth understanding of the unique Hasidic approaches to Jewish values and practices, as well as an appreciation of Hasidism's profound theological and psychological insights.
Jewish Thought and Practice
Jewish Traditions of Sacred TimeREGISTRATION CLOSED
Instructor: Rabbi Vivie Mayer
Wednesdays 5 to 7 pm (eastern)
Starting on February 5
Required for Rabbinic Pastor and Cantorial Programs. Content required for Rabbinic and Hashpa'ah Programs.
This course, one of AOP’s foundational courses, will cover Shalosh Regalim and Yamim Noraim, paying attention to the ways that seasons give way to seasons and moods and foci shift through time. Course goals: (1) To understand the patterns and moods of the Jewish calendar as they express agricultural, mythic-historical, halakhic, and mystical points of view. (2) To become familiar with the particular practices and liturgies associated with each of the festivals and their seasons.

To register, please click HERE for our Public Courses Policy and Registration Form.

NOTE: Please read the policy page carefully before filling out the registration form and paying the deposit.

If you have any questions, please contact Ming at the AOP office: 215-247-9700 x210.

If you need to CANCEL your registration, please do so in writing by emailing Ming (ming at