Starting with two Boston-based classes launched in 1994, Me'ah — a pluralistic program developed by Hebrew College in partnership with Boston’s Combined Jewish Philanthropies — has grown dramatically. More than 3,500 adults have completed the program in Boston and other U.S. cities.
Many graduates have chosen to pursue their Jewish learning after Me'ah. Parents in Me'ah are often inspired to intensify their children's Jewish education and reexamine their family practices. Some are motivated to assume leadership roles in the community.
A Faculty of Scholars
The high caliber of instruction — equivalent to a university-level course — makes Me'ah the most unique Jewish adult-learning program in the country. Instructors are accomplished scholars with advanced degrees. They are skilled educators of adults, able to employ their strengths and adapt their approaches both to the Me'ah curriculum and to a range of learning styles.
Join the 'Conversation'
Through reading and analyzing core texts and ideas, the Me'ah program helps you develop a framework for understanding Jewish culture and civilization. Assigned readings, including passages from both primary textual sources and supplemental scholarly materials, reveal the richness of Jewish literature. These sources are at the heart of the Jewish "conversation" — a conversation that stretches over 3,000 years as Jews have interpreted and reinterpreted the central texts that define their tradition. In Me'ah, you become part of that conversation.
The first year will enable you to delve into core Hebrew Bible and rabbinic texts, the basis of Jewish beliefs, behaviors and community. During the second year, you will focus on the medieval and modern Jewish experience, drawing from primary sources and exploring the distinguishing social and cultural themes of those eras. In studying the major works and ideas of each period, each within its unique historical context, you will also discover vital interrelationships.