Ordination Program Public Courses - Fall 2017

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 core 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. However, AOP students have priority of enrollment. If a course is over-subscribed, we will place you on the waiting list and try to confirm your registration as soon as possible.


Each course has 13 weekly meetings - starting in August/September and ending in December - and is conducted with online distance-learning technology (required: highspeed internet, webcam, and microphone).

Course Fee:
  • $566.50 if you're NOT taking it for AOP credit ($550 + 3% T'rumah Financial Aid Fund fee)
  • $1,030 if you're an active or potential applicant taking it for future credit ($1,000 + 3% T'rumah Financial Aid Fund fee)

If you would like to register for any of our Public Courses, please fill out the form immediately following the Course Descriptions below. NOTE: Please check the appropriate box (NOT for AOP-credit with $566.50 fee, or for AOP-credit with $1,030 fee). "Biblical Hebrew" and "Histories of Israel and Palestine" have only ONE fee level.

If you have any questions, please contact Ming at the AOP office: (215) 247-9700 x21, Mon to Fri, 2 to 5 pm (eastern).

If you need to CANCEL your registration, please do so in writing by sending an email to ming@aleph.org


Course Descriptions:

Hebrew Language
Biblical Hebrew 101
Instructor: Rabbi Bob Freedman
Mondays 7 to 8:30 pm (eastern)
Starting on September 11 (subject to change upon notification by instructor)
Course Fee for the general public is $566.50 each semester
This 2-semester course - Biblical Hebrew 102 is offered in Spring 2018 (Feb to May) - is designed to provide a solid grounding in the translation and interpretation of classical Hebrew texts. Areas covered: nouns, recognition and translation of the seven binyanim and weak (irregular) verbs, and other topics. The course uses texts from Genesis, parashiot ha-shavuah, and siddur. Please contact Rabbi Freedman at 609-921-1562 (New Jersey) if you'd like to make sure this course is appropriate for you.
 
History
“Journey Through the Histories of Israel and Palestine”
Part of the AOP Israel and Palestine Program - click here for more info.
Instructors: Rabbi Elliot Ginsburg and Shoshanna Schechter-Shaffin
Mondays 8 to 10 pm (eastern)
Starting on August 28 (subject to change upon notification by instructors)
This course is open to the public but participants of the AOP Israel and Palestine Program have priority of enrollment. Course Fee is $1,030 for everyone.
We will explore the complex history, sociology, and anthropology of pre-state Ottoman Palestine, including traditional understandings of home and sacred place, the emergence of Israel as a modern nation-state, and its relationship to the wider shifting geopolitics of the Middle East.
 
Jewish Mysticism/Kabbalah
“Yesh Sod L'Dvah: Themes of Jewish Mystical Tradition” 
THIS COURSE IS FULL! You can still register for the Wait List.
Instructor: Rabbi Orna Triguboff
Mondays 5 to 7 pm (eastern)
Starting on August 14 (subject to change upon notification by instructor)
AOP credit available for Rabbinic, Rabbinic Pastor, Cantorial, and Hashpa'ah Programs
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.
 
Liturgy and Music
Music of the Jewish Liturgical Year
Instructor: Hazzan Abbe Lyons
Mondays 10 am to 12 pm (eastern)
Starting on August 21 (subject to change upon notification by instructor)
AOP credit available for Rabbinic and Rabbinic Pastor Programs, not for Cantorial
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. Folk melodies, niggunim, compostions for cantor and choir, and contemporary liturgical songs have supplemented or supplanted traditional nusach as synagogue life has changed. 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 and have a working knowledge of the siddur and machzor.
 
Philosophy and Theology
Foundations of Jewish PracticeTHIS COURSE IS FULL! You can still register for the Wait List.
Instructor: Rabbi Vivie Mayer
Wednesdays 5:30 to 7:30 pm (eastern)
Starting on August 30 (subject to change upon notification by instructor)
AOP credit available for Rabbinic, Rabbinic Pastor, Cantorial, and Hashpa'ah Programs
This course surveys the traditional practices of significant aspects of Jewish life, including Shabbat, kashrut, and practices concerning the body. It will be organized according to eight different dichotomies intrinsic to applied halachah (Jewish law and custom), for example the permitted and the forbidden, the pure and the impure (tahor/tamei), liability and exemption. We will simultaneously frame and examine specific practices pertaining to Shabbat, kashrut, sex, mikveh, tallit and tefillin.

Registration Form:

NOTE: Please check the appropriate box below (NOT for AOP-credit with $566.50 fee, or for AOP-credit with $1,030 fee). "Biblical Hebrew" and "Histories of Israel and Palestine" have only ONE fee level.