Public Courses – Fall 2022

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 may register now with a $100 deposit (per course).

If you have any questions about registration, please contact the AOP Registrar, 

Ming Shem Lu, at

Your registration is provisional. We will confirm your enrollment as soon as possible or about two weeks before the course starts. If it turns out a course is full and no space is available, the deposit will be fully refunded. Please NOTE that students taking a course for credit have priority of enrollment.

Each video-conference course has 13 weekly meetings and is conducted live using Zoom (required: high speed internet, webcam, and microphone). Our Fall 2022 semester starts on September 4 and ends on December 29 – the instructor will determine the schedule of class meetings within these dates.

Course Fee:

  • $618 for Public Auditor – no credit ($600 + 3% T’rumah Financial Aid Fund fee)
  • $1,133 for Public Student – credit-earning ($1,100 + 3% T’rumah Financial Aid Fund fee)

How to Register

STEP 1: IMPORTANT! Please view the “Public Courses Policy and Learning Contract” document and read it carefully. As part of the registration, you will be asked to affirm that (a) you have read the document and (b) you comply with its terms.

STEP 2: Fill out the Registration Form and pay the deposit ($100 per course). The maximum number of courses you can register for is two. You can also indicate a 2nd-choice in case the course you have chosen is full.

Fall 2022 Public Courses

hebrew language

Biblical Hebrew 101

Two-semester course (“Biblical Hebrew 102” will be offered in Spring 2023). Students must commit to BOTH semesters.

Public Student is the only enrollment option for this intensive language course. Fee is $1,133 per semester.

Instructor: Rabbi Fern Feldman
Wednesdays 1 to 3 pm (eastern)
Starting on September 7
Required for Cantorial Program. Content required for Rabbinic Program.

A rigorous and fast-paced foundational course. Students of varied backgrounds are welcome to enroll but are expected to be able to read Hebrew phonetically and to write Hebrew. Please email the instructor, Rabbi Fern Feldman (, if you are unsure whether this course is the appropriate level for you. Primary textbooks are The First Hebrew Primer and J. Weingreen’s A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew. Students will work with a hevruta partner. Plan on five to ten hours of study per week. Reviews: “[The course] helped me raise my Hebrew skills substantially and positioned me well to continue growing. It also gave me a much greater appreciation for the structural beauty of the language.” “I definitely improved a lot in my understanding of grammar concepts and ability to translate. The regularity of class time, hevruta study, and homework assignments kept things in my brain.”

Students must be able to read Hebrew phonetically and to write Hebrew.


Wanderings: Survey of Jewish History

The course is full. If you would like to be on the wait list, please email Ming at

Instructor: Rabbi Dr. Andrea Lobel
Sundays 5 to 7 pm (eastern)
Starting on September 4
Required for Cantorial and Rabbinic Pastor Programs. Course counts as History credit for Rabbinic students.

Jews have adjusted, integrated, and reinvented what it means to be Jewish for thousands of years. Jews have experienced the world as a tiny and vulnerable nation, as prosperous and thriving minority communities, and as the threatened (and threatening) “other.” We will ask how our ancestors imagined and created community in diverse settings, how they defined their ideas, practices, and beliefs, and what the legacy of our diverse history is for our own work as Jewish Renewal leaders.

Readings in English.


Music of the Jewish Liturgical Year

Course is designed for non-Cantorial students.

Instructor: Hazzan Abbe Lyons
Wednesdays 3 to 5 pm (eastern)
Starting on September 7
For non-Cantorial students. Content required for Rabbinic and Rabbinic Pastor Programs.

Basic nusach and melodies for non-cantorial students. Jewish liturgical music is based on sets of musical modes with melodic motifs for different types of prayer. It is calendar-linked to event and time of day. We will focus on services for Shabbat and weekdays, with an overview of the yearly cycle and some high holiday basics. This course covers the basics of nusach, melodies and niggunim, with the goal of competence in leading services that are traditionally grounded and melodically accessible. It is intended for both music readers and non-readers.

Participants should be able to download mp3 files. Students should ideally be familiar with the siddur and common prayers in Hebrew and be able to pronounce liturgical Hebrew. Transliteration is permitted for public students.