Judaic Studies

Each one of our programs is thoughtfully designed and planned with our participants’ needs in mind. We strive to provide experiences that are both challenging and rewarding. Learn more about what we offer below.

Tanach - Bible Studies

Tanach study will incorporate a thorough treatment of the text with broader themes like personality analysis and philosophy. Tanach trips will enhance understanding with on-site visits. Extensive courses (bekiut) will help you gain an integrated picture of the entire period of the Tanach.

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Israel Studies

We live in remarkable and blessed times. A brief walk outside our Jerusalem campus will take you take you to the sites of some of the most remarkable Biblical events. All around you classic and Modern Jewish history comes alive. You will learn from field trips to archeological digs, interactive museums, historical reconstructions and ancient synagogues. Every Monday afternoon and more, we leave the classroom to experience Jerusalem and Eretz Yisrael first hand. You will enjoy tiyulim and Shabbatonim across a fascinating variety of locations and communities. Courses will also equip you be a positive and empowered voice defending Israel against her detractors on college campuses and elsewhere.

Machshava - Jewish Thought

Machshava is designed to promote religious depth, nuance, introspection and reflection. You will be exposed to a wide variety of classic and modern thinkers including Rambam (Maimonides), Ramban (Nachmonides), Rav Yehuda HaLevi, Rav Kook, and Rabbi Soloveitchik.

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Halacha

Halacha will cover critical areas like Hilchot Shabbat, Kashrut and Women in Halacha as well as topical areas like Jewish Medical Ethics. While all classes will be based on sources, some will emphasize process through primary sources while others will maintain a more practical focus. In-depth Halacha classes will trace the Halachic process beginning with the relevant Talmud sources and continuing through Rishonim, Shulchan Aruch and Achronim.

Chassidut - Personal Growth

Chassidut is Torat HaNefesh and seeks to educate the soul as well as the mind with transformative Torah that helps you grow into a larger more loving individual through Torah. We explore many Chassidic sources exploring the text in the service of serious personal growth. Here you will dive deep into Rebbe Nachman, Rav Kook and Rav Menachem Meir Schneerson.

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Talmud and Rabbinics

Gemara learning holds the key for so many classic sources and understanding of the Rabbinic way of thinking. Our Beit Midrash track allows for intensive Talmud study several times a week. We encourage our students to develop independent learning skills through guided Chevurta learning. Students learn Gemara along side the classic Rishonim. Talmud class is optional, it is not a requirement.