Summer 2015 Courses

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EDUCATION
Encountering Neurodiversity in Jewish Education CG EDUC 735
Online | 3 graduate credits Price

This course explores the field of Jewish special education through the lens of neurodiversity.  By understanding both the strengths and challenges of learners with special needs, educators can more effectively and appropriately design Jewish educational experiences that meet various learners’ unique needs.  The course will address both the neurobiological underpinnings of disabilities ranging from learning challenges to psychological disorders and pervasive developmental disorders, as well as particular Jewish communal responses to address them.  Over the course of the semester students will deepen their understanding of the field of Jewish special education through reflection, research, and the application of neurodiversity to the design of nurturing and inclusive learning environments.

Teaching Tanakh (Bible)
CG EDUC 593
Online | 3 graduate credits Berkman

he Tanakh is the story of our people, the source of our traditions, and perhaps the most influential book ever written.  In this course we will explore the content, context, structure and genres of the Tanakh, in order to bring the text to life for ourselves, and to help us to bring the text to life for our students.  The course will provide students with the content knowledge, philosophical orientations and pedagogical tools they need to become sophisticated and compelling teachers of Tanakh.

Jewish Leadership Seminar ED JLS 901
Online | 3 graduate credits Shire

Open to students in the Jewish Leadership Program only.

This course is an exploration of the current trends of research in Jewish education with a view to providing both broader understanding of the field of Jewish education as well as a deeper knowledge of the research methods used in Jewish education. The course is designed to support students in their consideration of research topics for their dissertation and foster an ongoing engagement with educational research as it pertains to academic research, foundation policy research and practice driven research. We will examine the philosophical, sociological, anthropological and curricula approaches to Jewish educational research. The seminar includes an introduction to the Research Trends in Jewish Education course to be taught in spring 2016.

Application to Practice: Moving beyond the classroom to the experiential
CG EDUC 692
Israel | 1 graduate credits Sinclair, Gribetz

Open to Pardes Educator students only.

This one-credit course provides a theoretical exploration of experiential education, as well as a laboratory and practical workshop for students to experience and question various modalities of education outside the classroom. We will examine some of the contexts in which Jewish experiential education takes place.

The Experiential Jewish Classroom CG EDUC 714
Israel | 2 graduate credits Copeland

Open to Pardes Educator students only.

Both within and outside the formal Jewish classroom, unconscious subtleties of experience are working their effects on the spirits of all involved. Within the classroom, the often unplanned and unacknowledged ways in which students and teachers interact are influential; often more so than what happens in the explicitly directed routines of instruction. Outside the classroom, whole worlds of experience stake their claims upon our development, affecting us deeply; from computer games and interactive museums to the Internet's plurality of modes. This course will engage the character of these forces, which are generally more indirect and hidden, and thus necessarily much less developed in the formal structures of education.

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HEBREW (ON CAMPUS)
All classes require the purchase of a standard Hebrew-English dictionary.
Hebrew III CG HEBRW 203
June 15- July 9; M-Th, 9 am- 1:30 pm | 4 undergraduate credits TBA

Students will learn to recognize and use new and more complicated structures of Hebrew grammar and morphology, such as combined sentences, and will acquire vocabulary for advanced reading of classical and modern texts and conversation. Sessions will include readings of longer passages from modern and classical texts, as well as dialogues and abridged stories. Students will listen to stories and recorded dialogues, participate in open conversation and write short expository passages. All language skills will be mastered through the syntactic and grammatical structures. Students will learn the future tense of basic verbs in the strong verb groups, as well as frequently used weak verbs. Prerequisite: Hebrew II or placement test.

Hebrew IV CG HEBRW 204
July 20- Aug. 13; M-Th, 9 am- 1:30 pm | 4 undergraduate credits  TBA

Building on the language skills students have developed in Hebrew I through III, this course will continue to strengthen students’ reading comprehension, grammar, written and oral language skills in modern Hebrew, as well as reading and comprehension of rabbinic texts. Attention will be paid to the grammatical forms and structures, as well as vocabulary expansion. Prerequisite: Hebrew III or placement test.

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HEBREW (ONLINE)
All classes require the purchase of a standard Hebrew-English dictionary. All courses are offered June 16- Aug. 15, 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 undergradute 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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HEBREW ULPAN

The Ulpan summer semester will run from June 15- July 24, 2015. Click here for summer course listings.

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INTERDISCIPLINARY
Zakhor: An Exploration of Jewish Memory in Texts, History and Culture 
CG INTD 526
July 19-24: S, 6-9 pm; M-Th, 9 am- 4 pm; F, 9 am- 1 pm | 3 graduate credits SyllabusGillman

This course will serve as the summer residential seminar required of students in the Jewish Studies and Jewish Liberal Studies programs.

We are commanded on Passover night to feel as if we ourselves were leaving Egypt. The memory of the past and the symbolic reenactment of mythic events in Jewish history have occupied a central place in the Jewish experience. How have Jews fulfilled the mitzvah of zakhor throughout their history? How does a contemporary Jew engage her own complex history and make meaning from it? This course traces the Jewish commitment to recollecting, recounting and reinventing the past, from the Hebrew Bible to today’s New Historians. We will look at collective, social forms such as ritual, liturgy, history, and monuments, as well as personal memory, including autobiography, memoir, and fiction. The course will include opportunities to compose a personal memoir and to visit commemorative sites in the Boston area.

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