Ordination Program Public Courses - Spring 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 early February and ending in mid-May - and is conducted with online distance-learning technology (required: highspeed internet, webcam, and microphone).

Course Fee (due in February):
  • $515 if you're NOT taking it for AOP credit
  • $979 if you're an active or potential applicant taking it for future credit.

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 $515 fee, or for AOP-credit with $979 fee).

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

Course Descriptions:

Philosophy and Theology
Introduction to Jewish Renewal and Reb Zalman's Thought
Instructor: Rabbi Leana Moritt
Thursday 7:30 to 9:30 pm (eastern)
Starting on February 2 (subject to change upon notification by instructor)
AOP credit available for Rabbinic Pastor, Cantorial, and Hashpa'ah Programs, not for Rabbinic
Crucial to a full understanding of Jewish Renewal is knowledge of the history and development of the movement, its structures, its leaders and their thought, including the principles and development of Paradigm Shift, Integral Halachah, and Davvenology. Talmidim will be introduced to the rabbis and teachers who embraced Reb Zalman's thought and his invitation to renew Judaism with their own unique gifts.
Hebrew Language
Biblical Hebrew 2
This course is FULL (therefore not open for registration) and is usually taken in sequence with Fall's Biblical Hebrew 1, which will be offered again in Fall 2017.
Instructor: Rabbi Bob Freedman
This course - together with Fall semester's Biblical Hebrew 1 - 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.

Registration Form:

NOTE: Please check the appropriate box below (NOT for AOP-credit with $515 fee, or for AOP-credit with $979 fee).