Public Courses

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 Administrator, 

Ming Shem Lu, at ming@aleph-ordination.org.

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 video-conference course has 13 weekly meetings and is conducted live using Zoom (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)

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.

Course Descriptions Fall 2021

HEBREW LANGUAGE

Biblical Hebrew 101

This course is full. You may register for the wait list. Deposit will be refunded if no space is available.

First part of a two-semester course. “Biblical Hebrew 102” will be offered in Spring 2022.
Students must commit to BOTH semesters.
For this language course, the only enrollment option is Public Student ($1,030 course fee for EACH semester).

Instructor: Rabbi Fern Feldman
Wednesdays 1 to 3 pm (eastern)
Starting on October 6
Required for Cantorial Program. Content required for Rabbinic Program.

Areas covered: nouns, study recognition and translation of the seven binyanim and weak (irregular verbs) verbs, and other topics. The course employs texts from Genesis, parashiot ha-shavuah, and siddur. Our goal is to develop a solid grounding in translation and interpretation of classical Hebrew texts.

Please contact the instructor Rabbi Fern Feldman (ffeldman@aleph-ordination.org) if you have any content-related questions – for example, whether this course is the appropriate level for you.

Jewish Practice/Halachah

Foundations of Jewish Practice

This course is full. You may register for the wait list. Deposit will be refunded if no space is available.

Instructor: Rabbi Oren Steinitz
Thursdays 7:15 to 9:15 pm (eastern)
Starting on September 23
Required for Rabbinic, Rabbinic Pastor, Cantorial, 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 denominational and geographical differences in observance, as well as viewing these mitzvot through the lens of Jewish Renewal.

Jewish Mysticism/Kabbalah

Yesh Sod L’Dvar: Themes of Jewish Mystical Tradition

This course is full. You may register for the wait list. Deposit will be refunded if no space is available.

Instructor: Rabbi Orna Triguboff
Tuesdays 5 to 7 pm (eastern)
Starting on October 5
Required for Rabbinic Pastor, Cantorial, and Hashpa’ah Programs. Content required for Rabbinic Program.

This course is an engaged study of the development of Jewish mysticism, its symbolic universe, meditation practices, and social ramifications. While we will survey Jewish mystical traditions from the early Rabbinic period through the modern, the heart of the course is that many-branched (post-)medieval stream known as kabbalah.

Readings in English

Tanakh

Sexuality and Gender in Tanakh

Instructor: Rabbi Shulamit Thiede
Wednesdays 6 to 8 pm (eastern)
Starting on September 22

Discussion of sexual boundaries, narratives of sexual abuse and sexual violence, tales of an apparent erotic eden – it’s all to be found in Tanakh. We will explore the way sexuality is described, depicted, and legislated in Tanakh, including prohibited, apparently prohibited, and permitted sexual relationships among human beings. Our sources will include primary texts, midrashic discussions on the same, and academic commentaries. We will ask how these texts can be read, taught, and understood for our own time. For Fall 2021 we will approach the study of sexuality in the Tanakh paying special attention to systematic structures of biblical hegemonic masculinity and male homosociality.

Please NOTE this is a graduate-level course that requires active engagement with academic materials, as well as ability to read narratives in Biblical Hebrew.