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Me'ah 

Me'ah Select 2019 - 2020

Fall 2019

The Five Megillot

Rabbi Neal Gold

Meets Mondays from 7pm -9:30pm at Temple Isaiah (Sponsored by the Lexington Collaborative)

Class begins November 4, 2019 (continues 11/1; 11/18; 11/25; 12/2; 12/9; 12/16; 1/6; 1/13; 1/27

Cost for 10 sessions: $350, financial aid is available

Five unusual biblical books—Ruth, Esther, the Song of Songs, Lamentations, and Ecclesiastes—have a unique role in Jewish life: each provides a liturgy for a festival in the cycle of the year. Beyond that, each of these books is delightfully idiosyncratic compared to the rest of the Bible. We will discover together just what makes these books so special, through a close reading of the primary texts as well as secondary literature that puts them in the context of Israel’s experience in the ancient Near East. 

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"De-Othering" The Modern Jew: European Nationalism, Zionism, and American Jewish Life     

Dr. Jacob Meskin   

Meets Thursdays from 9:30am - 12pm at Temple Emunah (Sponsored by the Lexington Collaborative)

Class begins September 26, 2019 (continues 10/3; 10/10; 10/17; 10/24; 10/31; 11/7; 11/14; 11/21; 12/5)

Cost for 10 sessions: $350, financial aid is available

The advent of the Enlightenment in Europe led to legal Emancipation that freed Jews from their centuries-long separate existence. As nationalism led to the establishment of culturally distinct nation-states, Jews found themselves “officially” invited to become citizens. But this new legal status did not by itself alter the religious and cultural otherness of the Jews. The Jews’ new status was challenging and often entailed adverse and even tragic consequences. How did Jews -- and some non-Jews -- respond to this situation? In this course we will begin with the background of nineteenth and twentieth century nationalism, and will then focus on to the two most important responses to this challenging situation: Zionism and the creation of American Jewish life. Both endeavored to make it possible for Jews to fit into a society and to call it “home.” Modern Jewish life is a direct consequence of these two responses. 

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More information regarding the Me'ah Select classes can be found here.


Winter/Spring 2020

Yesodot: Foundational Jewish Values and Core Ideas

Rabbi Benjamin Samuels

Meets Mondays from 7pm-9:30pm at Temple Isaiah (Sponsored by the Lexington Collaborative)

Class begins February 10, 2020 (continues 2/24, 3/2, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4)

Cost for 10 sessions: $350, financial aid is available

Register for this class (Please note: when using this online link you will need to create a guest account.  When you login, you will need to go to "events sign-up" and look for "Me'ah Select)





Me'ah Classic: 100 Hours of Study 


Me'ah — Hebrew for 100 — is an intensive Jewish educational experience designed for busy adult learners of all backgrounds.

Participants are immersed in reading core Jewish texts, grappling with concepts representing cultural and political movements from four historical periods — biblical, rabbinic, medieval, and modern.

A "Taste of Me'ah Classic", a free informational class, will be held on September 12, 2019, at Hebrew College. 

  • During this free "Taste" you will meet with one of our stellar instructors, enjoy a sample lesson, and learn all about the Me'ah journey. You will find out why, in the words one of our graduates, "Me'ah is one of the most enlightening adult learning experiences available!"

Register here.

Info or questions: Contact Sara Brown at Hebrew College, 617-559-8708 or meah@hebrewcollege.edu.

Thu, July 18 2019 15 Tammuz 5779