Spring 2015 Online Courses

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CANTORIAL
How to Lead Shabbat Services CG CANTR 514 
Online | 3 graduate credits  Schwartz

This course provides students with both theoretical background and basic skills necessary to lead Sabbath services. Students will analyze the musical modes of “nusah haTefillah,” master the significant musical motifs needed for leading traditional services in the Ashkenazic tradition and learn principles for choosing appropriate congregational melodies to be used during Shabbat services, based on the analysis of the musical modes assigned to the various liturgical units. Students in the Cantorial Ordination programs cannot take this course for credit. 

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EDUCATION
Seminar in Educational Leadership  CG EDUC 710
Online | 3 graduate credits Syllabus | Regosin

This course explores the process of educational supervision, instructional leadership and organizational leadership in Jewish education. Students will consider and practice varied models of supervision and staff development and examine issues of change in Jewish education. In addition, students will practice Jewish educational leadership skills, including public speaking, homiletics and educational planning and problem solving. For advanced students and supervisors.  

Theory and Practice of 21st Century Jewish Education CG EDUC 834
Online | 3 graduate credits Syllabus | Price

This course explores the theories of 21st century Jewish education and ways that these theories inform practice. We will examine different tools for learning and teaching across educational venues. The course will explore how different applications support current theories in Jewish education and will also identify the pedagogic implications for integration of technology and ideas of 21st century education into learning experiences for Jewish education. 

Creating a Developmentally Appropriate Early Childhood Curriculum CG EDUC 502
Online | 3 graduate credits Brody

This course focuses on the skills necessary for planning and implementing curricula for early childhood classrooms. The holiday cycle will be studied as a basis for integrating art, music, science, mathematics and language arts as well as Jewish values, customs and symbols into classroom practice. This course fulfills a pedagogic application course requirement.

Creating Inclusive School Environments CG EDUC 546
Online | 3 graduate credits Syllabus | Gold

The purpose of this course is to identify the social/emotional and academic needs of students with special needs in inclusive Jewish settings. The first part of the course will focus on identification of children with special needs and the assessment process. Different trends and issues in education surrounding service delivery models will then be explored. The final portion of the course will focus on what schools and teachers can do to create inclusive, tolerant environments for all children.

Creating a School-wide Inclusive Environment CG EDUC 546A
Online; April 20-May 22 | 1 graduate credit Syllabus | Gold

The purpose of this course is to focus on what Jewish schools and teachers can do to create inclusive, tolerant environments for all children. Topics that will be explored include character education, PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports) and an examination of existing programs that promote school- wide social emotional learning. Students will demonstrate an understanding of strategies for increasing positive behaviors and promoting social integration of children with special needs in general education settings. This course partially fulfills the special education requirement.

Teaching Rabbinic Literature CG EDUC 592
Online | 3 graduate credits Syllabus | Janes

This course in textual teaching explores the relationship between knowledge of rabbinic literature and teaching the texts of our tradition. We will explore a number of domains of teaching rabbinic literature and by doing so offer a variety of pedagogies of text teaching. The teaching of rabbinic literature is a spiritual practice that combines deep insight into the human mind and social condition with a thrilling journey into the historical development of Jewish thought. This course fulfills a pedagogic application course requirement.  

Spiritual Development for Jewish Education  CG EDUC 626 W1
Online | 3 graduate credits Syllabus | Shire

Too often Jewish education has been primarily concerned with transmission of knowledge, acquisition of skills, and developing Jewish identity in young people. Nurturing the spiritual growth of the child is often missing from Jewish educational practice. This course seeks to explore the spiritual life of the child, and will draw upon the latest research and our own experience, offering a Jewish lens with which to view this spirituality from our traditional sources. We will seek to develop new practices for Jewish education in classrooms, camps, synagogues, community centers that nurture the Jewish spiritual life of our children. The course will offer an educational focus for spiritual development, including the spirit of the child, sacred teaching, spiritual learning and transforming Jewish education. This course fulfills a pedagogic application course requirement.  

Case Studies in Jewish Education Leadership CG JLS 903
Online; March 2- April 24 | 3 graduate credits Elkin

This course will explore leadership challenges in a variety of Jewish educational settings, including day schools, supplemental schools, summer teen programs/camps, and Hillels. We will use the case study method in order to uncover and delve into the nuances and challenges facing Jewish educational leaders. The online learning modules will feature a range of teaching strategies—group work, on-line discussion, presentations, and simulations. Background material on leadership will be drawn from current leadership experts within the fields of business, government, non-profit organizations, and Jewish educational institutions. Credit Students: Open to MJE students with permission of their advisor only. Non-credit Students: Must have permission of the Dean of the Shoolman School of Jewish Education.

Case Studies in Jewish Education Leadership ED JLS 903
Online; March 2- April 24 | 3 graduate credits Elkin

Open to JLDS students only.

This course will explore leadership challenges in a variety of Jewish educational settings, including day schools, supplemental schools, summer teen programs/camps, and Hillels. We will use the case study method in order to uncover and delve into the nuances and challenges facing Jewish educational leaders. The online learning modules will feature a range of teaching strategies—group work, on-line discussion, presentations, and simulations. Background material on leadership will be drawn from current leadership experts within the fields of business, government, non-profit organizations, and Jewish educational institutions. 

Connected Learning CG EDUC 691 P1
Online, Jan.18- May 29 | 3 graduate credits Levine

Open to Pardes Educators only.

What does it mean to be educators and learners in an increasingly connected world? How does technology, including the Internet and social media, impact how we learn and teach? What are implications for how we see ourselves as educators and learners? This course will examine what it means to be an educator and learner in the 21st/58th century. We will explore—and experiment with—educational theory and practice and develop new literacies and skill sets for robust learning and teaching in Jewish day schools and professional growth. 

Graduate Research Seminar in Jewish Education: Final Project CG EDUC 707 P1
Online | Jan. 18 - May 29 | 1 graduate credit Syllabus | Gribetz

Open to Pardes Educators only.

This course will explore leadership challenges in a variety of Jewish educational settings, including day schools, supplemental schools, summer teen programs/camps, and Hillels. We will use the case study method in order to uncover and delve into the nuances and challenges facing Jewish educational leaders. The online learning modules will feature a range of teaching strategies—group work, on-line discussion, presentations, and simulations. Background material on leadership will be drawn from current leadership experts within the fields of business, government, non-profit organizations, and Jewish educational institutions.

The research seminar is, in many ways, the culmination of a student’s years of study at Hebrew College and Pardes and provides students with the opportunity to integrate their learning of Judaic texts with educational theories and practice. The final project allows students to further investigate a topic that intrigues them and relates to their work. The project is submitted as a bound written paper and presented orally at an end-of-year day of celebration. 

Behavior Management in the Inclusive Classroom CG EDUC 555 P1
Online, Jan.18- May 29 | 3 graduate credits Margolis

Open to Pardes Educators only.

 Students will learn to carry out a variety of behavior-change strategies within educational settings. Emphasis will be placed on the development of supportive classroom structures that lead to positive interactions among students with and without special needs, and between students and teachers. Students will also consider the Jewish dimension of behavioral management, specifically how values such as “derech eretz” can be reflected in general learning experiences. Offered only to students enrolled in the Pardes Educators Program.

Seminar in Jewish Day School Education CG EDUC 826 P1
Online, Jan.18- May 29 | 3 graduate credits  SyllabusD. Lehmann

Open to Pardes Educators only.

Students will study the unique learning contexts of Jewish day schools and the particular challenges and opportunities they present to teachers. Students will consider selected problems in teaching a curriculum that includes Jewish and general studies; integration of multiple disciplines; and intentions to foster Judaic, Hebraic and English literacy at high levels of understanding. This course is for student teachers in Jewish day schools as well as classroom teachers who are at the early stages of their careers in Jewish day-school training. Offered only to students enrolled in the Pardes Educators Program.

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HEBREW
All classes require the purchase of a standard Hebrew-English dictionary. All courses are offered Feb. 2- May 22, 2015
Mekhina (Preparation) for Hebrew Language  CU HEBRW 010
Online | non-credit only Levy

This course is designed to serve as an introduction to Hebrew language study and to ensure that students with some prior Hebrew study experience begin Modern Hebrew I at comparable levels. The Mekhina introduces the Hebrew alphabet and vowels, as well as verbs and syntax sufficient for conducting simple daily conversation. Students work at their own pace, submitting oral and written homework, and taking online quizzes. Weekly real-time class discussions are conducted by the instructor with small groups of students at comparable levels. The Mekhina is based on the seven introductory units of Ivrit Min Hahatchala (Hebrew from Scratch), the textbook used by Hebrew College’s campus-based and online Hebrew Language programs. 

Hebrew I CU HEBRW 110
Online | 4 undergraduate credits Levy

This course enables students to recognize and use fundamental structures of Hebrew grammar and morphology, and to acquire the necessary vocabulary for basic conversation and reading of modern and classical texts. All language skills are mastered through elementary syntactic and grammatical structures. Students will learn the basic verbs in the different common active verb groups and their conjugation in the present and past tense. Students will read and listen to stories and dialogues, and participate in guided class discussions. Based on topics introduced in the lessons, students will write their own dialogues and passages. All language skills are mastered through more advanced syntactic and grammatical structures. Prerequisite: Hebrew Mekhina or placement test.

Hebrew IA CU HEBRW 111A
Online | 2 undergraduate credits Levy

This course covers the first half of Hebrew I, Lessons 1–7 of I Ivrit Min Hahatchala (Hebrew from Scratch), Vol. 1.  Prerequisite: Hebrew Mekhina or placement test.

Hebrew IB CU HEBRW 111B
Online | 2  undergraduate credits Levy

This course covers the second half of Hebrew I, Lessons 8–14 of Ivrit Min Hahatchala (Hebrew from Scratch), Vol. 1. Prerequisite: Hebrew IA or placement test.

Hebrew II CU HEBRW 210
Online | 4 undergraduate credits Levy

A continuation of Hebrew I Online, this course enables students to recognize and use additional structures of Hebrew grammar, morphology and vocabulary to read modern and classical texts, and to engage in conversation. Students will read and listen to stories and dialogues, and participate in guided class discussions. Based on topics introduced in the lessons, students will write their own dialogues and passages. All language skills are mastered through more advanced syntactic and grammatical structures. Students will learn the past tense of verb groups introduced in Hebrew I. Prerequisite: Hebrew I or placement test.

Hebrew IIA CU HEBRW 211A
Online | 2 undergraduate credits Levy

This course covers the first half of Hebrew II, Lessons 15–21 of Ivrit Min Hahatchala (Hebrew from Scratch), Vol. 1. Prerequisite: Hebrew I or placement test.

Hebrew IIB CU HEBRW 211B
Online | 2 undergraduate credits Levy

This course covers the second half of Hebrew II, Lessons 22–28 of Ivrit Min Hahatchala (Hebrew from Scratch), Vol. 1. Prerequisite: Hebrew IIA or placement test.

Hebrew III CU HEBRW 310
Online | 4 undergraduate credits Levy

Students will learn to recognize and use new and more complex structures of Hebrew grammar and morphology, such as combined sentences, and will acquire vocabulary for advanced reading of modern and classical texts, and for conversation. Lessons include readings of longer passages, dialogues and stories. Students will be given the opportunity to practice the new syntactic and grammatical structures. Based on topics introduced in the lessons, students will write short expository passages and deepen their mastery of spoken Hebrew through participation in open conversation. Prerequisite: Hebrew II or placement test.

Hebrew IIIA CU HEBRW 311A
Online | 2 undergraduate credits Levy

This course covers the first half of Hebrew III, Lessons 1–4 of Ivrit Min Hahatchala (Hebrew from Scratch), Vol. 2. Prerequisite: Hebrew II or placement test.

Hebrew IIIB CU HEBRW 311B
Online | 2 undergraduate credits Levy

This course covers the second half of Hebrew III, Lessons 5–8 of Ivrit Min Hahatchala (Hebrew from Scratch), Vol. 2. Prerequisite: Hebrew IIIA or placement test.

Hebrew IV CU HEBRW 410
Online | 4 undergraduate credits Levy

This course is designed for intermediate students who have successfully mastered Hebrew reading, writing and speaking skills. Students will practice writing directed and complex sentences, as well as free composition. In weekly oral assignments and class discussions, only Hebrew is spoken. Through extensive readings, students will expand their vocabulary and increase their familiarity with grammatical patterns. Students will learn the future tense of basic verbs in the strong verb groups, as well as frequently used weak verbs. Prerequisite: Hebrew III or placement test.

Hebrew IVA CU HEBRW 411A
Online | 2 undergraduate credits Levy

This course covers the first half of Hebrew IV, Lessons 9–12 of Ivrit Min Hahatchala (Hebrew from Scratch), Vol. 2. Prerequisite: Hebrew III or placement test.

Hebrew IVB CU HEBRW 411B
Online | 2 undergraduate credits Levy

This course covers the second half of Hebrew IV, Lessons 13–16 of Ivrit Min Hahatchala (Hebrew from Scratch), Vol. 2. Prerequisite: Hebrew IVA or placement test.

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HISTORY
History and Memory: Medieval and Modern Periods CG HIST 534
Online | 3 graduate credits Fuchs

Working within a chronological framework, this course will trace the creative transformation of Judaism in the medieval period and the profound challenges posed by modernity. Students will have the opportunity to critically engage with primary sources. Major events and personalities of these two historical periods will be considered.

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INTERDISCIPLINARY
Judaism and Religious Pluralism   CG INTD 555
Online | 3 graduate credits Rose

How does our emerging awareness of the interconnection of people across vast physical distances and religious and cultural contexts impact our identities as Jews? How do we understand the interplay of universalism and particularism in our time? What are the contours of Jewish identity in this “global village”? How might we best work across religious and cultural lines to create a more just and sustainable world? Over the last several decades, scholars and practitioners have been reflecting on these issues with greater interest and intensity from a range of perspectives. In this interdisciplinary course, participants will explore these matters by reading relevant works of philosophy, theology, history and the social sciences, and through the examination of contemporary case studies on religion and public life.

Live and Become: Israeli Society through Film CG INTD 573
Online | 4 graduate credits  Syllabus | Gillman

From the Zionist warrior in Hill 24 Doesn’t Answer (1955) to male soldiers in love in Yossi and Jager (2002), Israeli films depict “identities in motion” (Talmon & Peleg): national, religious, ethnic, gender and other identities in formation well into the 21st century. This course explores Israeli films that tell diverse stories about immigration; life after the Shoah; Jewish religious life; Jews and Arabs; and war. Additional readings from fiction, non-fiction, news media and film criticism provide historical context and help students develop interpretive skills. Writing assignments include film review, analytic essay, and personal reflection.

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