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Me'ah Select 

Led by outstanding faculty, Me'ah Select is a one semester, in-depth exploration of a specific theme, text, personality, or slice of Jewish history, taught at the college level, but without papers or exams. (Some reading is assigned between classes.)

You do not need to have taken Me'ah Classic to participate.

Classes in Lexington take place at either Temple Isaiah, Temple Emunah or Zoom and are open to the community.  Additional Me'ah Select classes are offered around the Boston area and online.

 A full list of courses and more information about Me'ah Select is available on the Hebrew College website.

Generous financial aid is available from Hebrew College, email


Fall 2022

The Diverse Cultures of Contemporary Israel: Exploring a Multiplicity of Identities Through Story and Film

Instructor: Dr. Jacob Meskin
Dates: Tuesdays, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/3, 1/10, 1/17
Times: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Cost: $380, generous financial aid is available

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Most American Jews know something about the history of modern Israel, but far less about the full complexity of cultures that make up contemporary Israeli society.  This course will help participants grasp how that history actually gets lived out in the day-to-day life of a sprawling, vibrant, deeply multicultural and multi-religious society. We will draw on popular and elite media, such as film, short stories, TV, and popular song videos (all in translation),and some helpful scholarly literature, to explore many facets of the contemporary Israeli experience. In particular, we will focus on the different identities that thrive in contemporary Israeli society,  their histories and politics, and the relationships between them.   

Some of the identities and topics we will be exploring include:  

-Religious and secular Jews   

-Different Kinds of Jewish culture (Ashkenazi, Mizrachi, Russian, Ethiopian, etc.)  

-Israeli Arab Identities (Muslim, Christian, Druze, etc.)  

-Palestinian intellectual and cultural perspectives on Palestinian identity   

-How Changing Conceptions of Gender Affect Identity   

-The multiplicity of LGBTQ identities in Israel  

We will also be looking at popular culture and, in particular, at the growth of satire and humor as responses to and critiques of Israeli society. Students will be asked to watch a few films at home, prior to class. This may require access to free and paid streaming services. 

Register here. Learn more here.

Mon, November 28 2022 4 Kislev 5783