“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.
“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)
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.
“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 Practice” THIS COURSE IS FULL! You can still register for the Wait List.