Summer Session II

Summer Session II features graduate-level courses open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Courses are taught in English and provide a wide array of offerings in advanced Judaica for JTS students, students from other universities, and continuing learners. Each course earns three credits, unless otherwise noted. Session II and III courses meet three or four days every week, except for holidays. During Session II, JTS also offers summer Hebrew language courses.

Session II Dates: June 1 – July 1, 2021

Note: Summer 2022 courses and dates will be posted in the spring.

Non-Credit Learning

Through the JTS Summer Learners program, you can enroll in any Session II or Session III courses, on a non-credit basis. The Summer Learners program also offers access to our summer Hebrew language courses.

More Summer Sessions

We also offer two other summer sessions, one for undergraduates only and a second session featuring graduate-level courses open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Learn more about Summer Session I (for undergraduate students only)

Learn more about Summer Session III (for undergraduate and graduate students)

2021 Courses

Hilla Kobliner
EDU 5241: Teaching Hebrew as a Second Language: Grammar as a Means to an End (3 credits)
[TWR from 11:00 a.m.- 1:40 p.m.]
This course develops pedagogical skills for teaching Hebrew as a second language, with a focus on teaching grammar. We will examine the roles of grammatical knowledge in the development of learners’ comprehension and production skills in the various stages of language acquisition. We will develop in detail the linguistic insights we want our students to develop in syntax, morphology and semantics, and then learn to design instructional units for various ages and levels with attention to the acquisition process of grammatical skills and linguistics awareness. A variety of exercises and activities will be presented, created, and assessed in terms of their contribution to learners’ progress and learning experience. Taught in Hebrew. Hebrew fluency is required. Application deadline is April 7, 2021. Interested students should email their c.v. including Hebrew language teaching experience, and a short statement of interest, written in Hebrew, to

Hanna Garti-Bar
HEB 5201: Bet 1 (3 credits)
[MTWR 2:00–4:15 p.m.]
This course continues with the second volume of Hebrew from Scratch (Ivrit min ha-hathala bet). Students will continue to expand their vocabulary and advance their reading, writing, and conversational skills through reading and discussing additional texts of a variety of periods and genres (e.g. adapted stories, poems, selections from parashat ha-shavua, midrash, and Biblical commentary). In grammar, the study of the future tense and major prepositions begun in the previous semester will be concluded, and new topics in syntax and the verb system will be introduced.

Miriam Meir
HEB 5205: Gimel 1 (3 credits)
[MTWR 2:00–4:15 p.m.]
A high intermediate-level Hebrew language course aiming to further develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Particular emphasis is placed on reading comprehension of informative and narrative texts in Hebrew of various periods; classical Hebrew grammar (phonology and the verb system); topics in syntax; vocabulary development; and dictionary usage skills.

Joshua Teplitsky
HIS/JTH 5236: From Scroll to Screen: The Jewish Book (3 credits)
[TWR 11:00 a.m.-1:40 p.m.]
This course offers a cultural history of communication and knowledge through an exploration of the history of the book. It will use primary sources, scholarly articles, and hands-on encounters with books in different shapes and sizes to explore the way people of the past engaged with books both texts and material objects. It will also offer examples of new methods in the study of the book drawn from the digital humanities. Tracing changing conceptions and uses of the book from the ancient world until the present, we will consider the way that books have shaped religion, caused upheaval, and changed over time, even to face their possible obsolescence in our own age. Evaluations will be based on class participation, short writing assignments, and a final exam.

Benjamin Martin Levy
MID 5022: Introduction to Rabbinic Narrative (Aggadah) (3 credits)
[TWR 2:00–4:45 p.m.]
A survey of the basic forms and methods of Midrash through close reading of various primary sources and secondary literature.

Dr. Jason Rogoff
TAL 5113: The Mishnah: Introduction and Survey
(3 credits)
[TWR 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.]
Assuming no prior knowledge of Rabbinic literature, this course introduces students to its earliest text. Focusing on historical context, legal and scholastic content, and literary form, we will survey three of the six orders of the Mishnah, namely those dealing with the Jewish festivals, the Jewish family, and Jewish civil and criminal law. All texts available in English translation as well as the original Hebrew.

Luciana Pajecki Lederman
TAL 6620: Talmud Text Level A: Taking Hold of Talmud I (6 credits)
[MTWR 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.]
With a focus on building fundamental skills for reading the Bavli (developing student understanding of structure, technical terminology, basic concepts from Rabbinic culture, and Rabbinic languages) we will explore a range of sequential passages drawn from Bavli Nezikin (e.g. tractates Bava Kama, Bava Metzia and/or Sanhedrin). The religious dimension of these texts will also be discussed.

Shulamit Shinnar
TAL 6630: Talmud Text Level B: Mastery in the Making I (6 credits)
[MTWR 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.]
Aiming to develop independent competence in their reading of the Bavli, students will encounter a significant number of sequential passages drawn from Bavli Berakhot and tractates from Mo’ed. The instructor will guide them toward mastery of their fundamental reading skills, while introducing some of the classical commentators on the Talmud, and also exposing them to some critical methods of study. Time will also be devoted to religious meaning.

Rabbi Eliezer Diamond
TAL 6640: Talmud Text Level C: Text and Context I (6 credits)
[MTWR 9:00 a.m.-12:30 a.m.]
An advanced course consisting of close readings of several sequential passages drawn from Bavli Nezikin (e.g. tractates Bava Kama, Bava Metzia and/or Sanhedrin). We will read the classical commutators on these passages, along with modern and contemporary scholarly works, attempt to wrestle with lower text critical issues, and subject each passage to a detailed higher analysis using a spectrum of lenses drawn from a range of scholarly fields. In the final stage we will attempt to draw synthetic personal and religious meaning from these texts.

Registration and Deadlines

For JTS Students

  • Current JTS students can register online by going to MyJTS.

For All Other Students

  • Complete the Application Form for Non-JTS Students along with payment. Application forms for 2022 Summer Sessions will be posted here in the spring.
  • Submit an unofficial copy of a transcript indicating your enrollment at another college/university, acceptance letter to a college/university for incoming first-years, or proof of a bachelor’s degree.
  • The application fee must be submitted in full before your application form can be processed.


Full payment of both tuition and fees must be made before the first day of class.

Please be sure to bring a government-issued photo ID when you visit JTS.

Note: If there is insufficient registration in any course, JTS reserves the right to cancel that course. Enrollment is limited, and we recommend that you submit the appropriate form as soon as you are able.

Tuition and Fees for Non-JTS Students

Note: Registration is closed after the second class. Tuition is not refundable after the second class.

Tuition (2021)

Item Cost
Summer Course (3 credits) $4,320
Hebrew 6 Credit Courses $5,730
Hebrew 3 Credit Courses $4,290
Summer Learners (Audit Option) $591 (per 3 credit course)


Item Cost
Application Fee $60
Registration Fee (for each session) $50
Student Activities Fee (for each session) $35

Rates are subject to change.


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