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Me'ah Classic

Literacy, Learning, Legacy: 100 hours of Jewish study

Please check below to find locations that are open for registration for Fall of 2018, and follow us on Facebook for updates!

 


David Ariel

A night of learning in honor of Dr. David Ariel z'l

November 1, 2018, from 8 - 9 pm, at Temple Emanuel, Newton


Please join us for a night of teaching and learning in Dr. David Ariel's honor. David was a beloved teacher in the Adult Learning program at Hebrew College, and at many institutions throughout Boston.

The teaching portion will be led by David's friend, Dr. Everett Fox of Clark University (and three-time Brandeis University graduate) with the assistance of two of David's students. Temple Emanuel's cantors will conclude the evening by singing the scholars' Kaddish, "Kaddish D'rabanan."

 


Me'ah Classic Year One  |  Year Two  |  More To Explore  |  Financial Aid & Additional Questions  |  What Our Students Say


The Jewish "conversation" stretches over 3,000 years, with each generation interpreting and reinterpreting the core texts of Jewish life.  Me'ah Classic is a comprehensive and engaging adult learning experience that empowers students to become part of that conversation.

Me'ah--Hebrew for 100--is led by outstanding faculty from Greater Boston academic institutions, who are attuned to the needs of adult learners.  Reading, text study, lectures and discussions ensure a rich learning experience for the community of adult learners who share this two-year journey.

We encourage students to take Year One before registering for Year Two. If, however, starting with Year Two would work better for your schedule, please contact Sara Riedner Brown, Director, Me'ah Classic & Select, at 617.559.8708 or meah@hebrewcollege.edu.




Year One Curriculum:

Fall/early Winter 2018:

Hebrew Bible: Explore the Hebrew Bible, or Tanakh, through focused discussion of core texts, including:
  • The creation stories
  • The binding of Isaac
  • The Exodus story
  • The revelation at Sinai
  • The prophetic books
Modern historical and literary approaches will enable you to analyze material through a new lens and gain a deeper understanding of the biblical world.

Winter/Spring 2019:

Rabbinics: Study texts from the Rabbinic Period (500 BCE to 600 CE), a time when new Jewish leaders, sages, and rabbis emerged and developed rich texts of their own, creating a legal system which has informed and ordered Jewish community, culture, and behavior for the past millenia. Explore the relationship between God and human beings, your understanding of Jewish history and ethics, and the role of ritual in our lives.


Year One Class Details:


Congregation Eitz Chayim, Cambridge, MA, class meets Monday evenings
  • Start date: November 5, 2018
  • Instructors: For "Bible", Rabbi Neal Gold; for "Rabbinics", Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg; View instructor profiles 
Hebrew College, Newton, MA, class meets Wednesday mornings, this class has been cancelled on 10/11/18


Ma'ayan/Shaarei Tefillah, Newton, MA, class meets Monday evenings
  • Start date: October 22, 2018
  • Instructors: For "Bible", Rabbi Yaakov Jaffe, for "Rabbinics", Dr. Shari Lowin;  View instructor profiles
MetroWest Collaborative (Temple Beth Am, Temple Beth Sholom, Temple Israel, MetroWest Jewish day school), Hosted at Temple Beth Sholom, Framingham, MA, class meets Thursday evenings
  • Start date: October 11, 2018
  • Instructors: For "Bible", Rabbi Leonard Gordon; for "Rabbinics", Rabbi Natan Margalit; View instructor profiles
Temple Emanuel, Newton, MA, class meets Tuesday evenings
  • Start date: October 23, 2018
  • Instructors: For "Bible", Lynne Heller, Ph.D; for "Rabbinics", Rabbi Leonard Gordon.; View instuctor profiles

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Year Two Curriculum:

Fall/early Winter 2018:

Medieval: Study the Jewish mindset and the contours of medieval Jewish civilizations under Islam and Christianity during the Middle Ages (600 to 1700 CE).
  • Readings and discussions focus on Jewish encounters with non-Jews, including the rise and fall of Jewish life in Spain and Eastern Europe.
  • Examine the modes of community that Jews constructed in the shifting diaspora, as well as the expansion of Jewish thought in the areas of philosophy, mysticism, liturgy, and biblical and talmudic commentaries.
Winter/Spring 2019: 

Modern:
Beginning with the 17th century's Age of Enlightenment, modernity posed a significant challenge to traditional Jewish culture, community, and identity, creating new social and economic opportunities but also threatening traditional Jewish values and communal structures. Delve into texts examining:
  • The emancipation of European Jewry
  • The rise of Hasidism
  • The Jewish cultural revolution of Eastern Europe
  • The birth of Modern Zionism.
Learn about modern Jewish thought, the origins of contemporary Jewish affiliations, and various perspectives on modern Jewry.

We encourage students to take Year One before registering for Year Two. If, however, starting with Year Two would work better for your schedule, please contact Sara Riedner Brown, Director, Me'ah Classic & Select, at 617.559.8708 or meah@hebrewcollege.edu.

Year Two Class Details:

We strongly encourage students to take Year One before registering for Year Two. If, however, starting with Year Two would work better for your schedule,
please contact 
Sara Riedner Brown, Director, Me'ah Classic & Select, at 617.559.8708 or meah@hebrewcollege.edu.

Hebrew College, Newton, MA, class meets Tuesday mornings  

  • Start date: October 19, 2018
  • Instructors: For "Medieval," Rabbi Benjamin Samuels; for "Modern," Rabbi Neal Gold; View instructor profiles

Congregation Kerem Shalom, Concord, MA, class meets Monday evenings

  • Start date: October 15, 2018
  • Instructors: For "Medieval," Rabbi Benjamin Samuels; for "Modern," Jacob Meskin, Ph.D.; View instructor profiles

Lexington Collaborative (Temple Emunah), Lexington, MA, class meets Monday evenings

  • Start date: October 15, 2018
  • Instructors: For "Medieval," Jacob Meskin, Ph.D.; for "Modern," Rabbi Natan Margalit.; View instructor profiles

Temple Beth David, Westwood, MA, class meets Sunday late morning

  • Start date: October 14, 2018
  • Instructors: For "Medieval," Jacob Meskin, Ph.D.; for "Modern," Rachel Greenblatt PhD.; View instructor profiles

Temple Beth Shalom (Tremont Street Shul), Cambridge, MA, class meetsTuesday evenings

  • Start date: October 9, 2018
  • Instructors: For "Medieval," Shari Lowin, Ph.D.; for "Modern," Simon Rabinovitch, Ph.D.; View instructor profiles

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Financial Aid & Additional Details:

We are happy to offer generous financial aid for all of our classes. Please contact our office for more information at meah@hebrewcollege.edu or 617.559.8708.




What Our Students Say About Me'ah Classic:
  • "I loved the instructors exuberance, her enthusiasm for the subject...she helped me to discover Torah, the nuanced meanings behind the words!"
  • "I had a chance to think about Judaism, to revisit "facts" and myths I had learned as a child, and to put them in perspective as they apply to my current life."
  • "Me'ah Classic has truly been a wonderful experience for me-academically, spiritually, and socially."
  • "I am not a religious person, and always had trouble connecting.  Me'ah Classic gave me the tools and interest to find meaning and connection to Judaism.  Now, I'm ready to continue learning, even after 2 years of study."
  • "We are so taken with this course-what a wonderful chance for me to learn with my spouse!"

MORE INFORMATION

Sara Riedner Brown
Director, Me'ah Classic & Select
617.559.8708
meah@hebrewcollege.edu

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