AOP Public Courses - Fall 2019

Registration for Fall 2019 courses is CLOSED.

Public courses for Spring 2020 will be announced in December.

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.

Each course has 13 weekly meetings - starting in late August and ending in late December - 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

Hebrew Language
Biblical Hebrew 101 FULL
Instructor: Rabbi Fern Feldman
Sundays 3 to 5 pm (eastern)
Starting on August 25
This is a two-semester course - continued with "Biblical Hebrew 102" in the Spring semester. Students are expected to commit to both semesters.
Please NOTE that, for this langauge course, only the Public Student option ($1,030) is available.
Required for Cantorial Program. Content required for the Rabbinic and Rabbinic Pastor Programs.
The goal of this two-semester course is a solid grounding in translation and interpretation of classical Hebrew texts. We will study selections from Genesis, parashiot ha-shavuah, and siddurAreas covered: nouns, recognition and translation of the seven binyanim and weak (irregular) verbs, and other topics.
Theology/Philosophy and Practice
Foundations of Jewish Practice” FULL
Instructor: Rabbi Oren Steinitz
Thursdays 7:15 to 9:15 pm (eastern)
Starting on August 29
Required for Rabbinic Pastor and Cantorial Programs. Content required for Rabbinic and Hashpa'ah Programs.
This introductory-level course focuses on the "Big Three" of traditional Jewish practice - Shabbat, Kashrut, and Taharat HaMishpachah (Family Purity). Students will gain familiarity with the basic terminology associated with these mitzvot, review rabbinic texts that outlined these practices, and examine different traditional and contemporary approaches to observing these practices. Special focus will be given to diversity in Jewish practice, including the denominational and geographical differences in observance, as well as viewing these mitzvot through the lens of Jewish Renewal.

Registration for Fall 2019 courses is CLOSED.

Public courses for Spring 2020 will be announced in December.

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