Me'ah FAQ's

When and how do I register?

We are currently finalizing the 2018-19 schedule. Please check here and on Facebook for details about Fall 2018.

How often do classes meet?

Classes meet once a week for approximately 20 weeks per year. They are generally two to three hours long.

How much reading is involved?

This varies from class to class and instructor to instructor. On average, roughly 50 to 75 pages of reading are assigned each week. Typically, instructors review each week's assignment, prioritizing which readings are most critical for the next class.  While doing all of the assigned reading is not essential, it  willcertainly enhance your learning experience.  

What if I can't do all the reading?

While participants encouraged to complete reading assignments to maximize the learning experience, Me'ah recognizes that students are busy adults who don't always have time to finish the reading.

What if I have to miss some classes?

Every class is recorded and available to you in the event you have to miss a class.  Many students who travel take advantage of our recorded classes.

Do I need to have previous Judaic knowledge to take Me'ah?

No. Me'ah participants come from diverse backgrounds. Many have no formal Jewish education, while others have formally studied Judaic subjects. Some participants are recent Jews by choice; some belong to other faith traditions.

Do I need to know Hebrew?

All Me'ah classes are conducted in English and texts are studied in English translation. Teachers do not assume that you know Hebrew. When Hebrew words or texts are referred to, they are translated.

Are there tests, papers or grades?

No. Me'ah is designed for personal enrichment; there are no tests, papers or grades.

Is there an additional cost for books?

Yes. The number of required books varies from class to class, depending on the instructor. The maximum cost for reading materials is about $200 per year, however we strongly encourage instructors to post materials on-line on our class websites, to reduce the need to purchase reading materials.

Who are the instructors?

Me'ah instructors are all Judaic scholars with advanced academic degrees. They bring to community-based Me'ah classes a level of scholarship, teaching and discourse typically encountered in university settings.

Do I get a certificate?

Yes. You will receive a certificate at the completion of Me'ah. You and your classmates will be honored at a Me'ah Graduation ceremony during the late spring of your 2nd year of the program.  

How much does Me'ah Classic cost?  What if I need to drop out of a class?

Each site sets its own fee, which may vary according to synagogue funds, local subsidies and class size. Please contact the Me'ah liaison at your site for more information, or review the class registration form for more details.  We also offer financial aid to students, please contact our office for more details.

Should you need to withdraw from a class, we offer a full refund after the first class only.  Please contact our office for a confidential discussion.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, there is financial aid available through Hebrew College, as well as through local sponsors of the program.  Please contact our office to have a confidential conversation about financial aid.

Ready to get started?

Interested in getting some background reading done before your Me'ah Classic class begins this fall?  Below are a few suggestions (not mandatory!) for reading before your class begins.

Historical fiction:

  • Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza, Adina Hoffman, 2016
  • The Aleppo Codex: In Pursuit of One of the World’s Most Coveted, Sacred, and Mysterious Books, Matti Friedman, 2013
  • As a Driven Leaf, Milton Steinberg, 1996 or 2015 
  • Rashi's Daughters, Book I: Joheved: A Novel of Love and the Talmud in Medieval France, Maggie Anton, 2007
Non-historical readings:
  • Exploring Genesis, Nahum Sarna, 2015
  • Exploring Exodus, The Origins of Biblical Israel, Nahum Sarna, 1996
  • How to Read the Jewish Bible, Marc Brettler, 2007
  • Who Wrote the Bible, Richard Friedman, 1997

If your local, independent bookstore does not carry these titles, we invite you to search on, and select Hebrew College as your charity. A small portion of the proceeds of your purchase will support our ability to continue to provide this kind of programming, and more!

Additional Questions?

Please contact our office at or 617.559.8708. Thank you!