Summer Session III

Summer Sessions III features graduate-level courses that are 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 3 credits, unless otherwise noted. Session II and III courses meet three or four days every week, except for holidays. During Session III, JTS also offers summer Hebrew language courses.

Session III Dates: July 6 – August 6, 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 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 II (for undergraduate and graduate students)

2021 Courses

Judith L. Shapero
EDU 5210: Educating with the End in Mind: Curriculum for Teaching Sacred Text (3 credits)
[TWR 2:00–4:45 p.m.]
In these interactive workshops, explore how standards for Tanakh and Rabbinics serve as lenses for teaching sacred texts. Learn to create curriculum for teaching biblical and rabbinic literature using outcome-based (backward) design, and develop a repertoire of instructional strategies for engaging students in investigating texts and making meaning from them.

Hilla Kobliner
EDU 5240: Teaching Hebrew as a Second Language: Infinite Ways to Crack a Text (3 credits)
[TWR 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 reading comprehension. The course will attend to different genres of texts, developing strategies of understanding different texts, cultivating various thinking skills and creativity along with oral and written expression as well as planning an instructional unit, assessing outcomes, building linguistic awareness, and acquiring cultural knowledge and independence in learning. 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

Miriam Meir
EDU/HEB 5242: Ivriyon (3 credits)
[MTWR 10:00 a.m.-12:40 p.m.]
Ivriyon prepares current and future teachers of Judaic subjects to teach their classes in Hebrew and to support their students’ success in an Ivrit be-Ivrit environment. The program combines intensive teaching practice and guest talks by experts in language pedagogy with full language immersion, with the goal of growing students’ expressive skills and confidence speaking and teaching in Hebrew. By enrolling in the course, students commit to speaking exclusively Hebrew in all classes. This course is to be taken in conjunction with an intermediate or advanced Hebrew language course in the afternoon. Please email to request application materials. Application deadline is April 19, 2021.

Malka Edinger
BIB 5013: Parshanut: Pentateuch With Rashi (3 credits)
[TWR 2:00–4:45 p.m.]
This course is an introduction to medieval Jewish biblical exegesis. It is methodologically oriented, designed to help students acquire and refine skills of close reading of the biblical text by integrating a modern literary approach with the study of Rashi and other traditional Jewish commentaries. All texts will be studied in the original Hebrew.

Ilona Ben-Moshe
HEB 5203: Hebrew Bet 2 (3 credits) 
[MTWR 2:00-4:15 p.m.]
This intermediate-level course will bring students to the end of Hebrew from Scratch II (Ivrit min ha-hathala bet), supplementing the textbook with materials from level gimel books and other readings in Hebrew from various periods (e.g. adapted stories, poems, selections from parashat ha-shavua, midrash and Biblical commentary). Students will learn new grammar topics, develop strategies for reading comprehension and word recognition, and practice conveying ideas and opinions in both speech and writing.

Miriam Meir
HEB 5206: Hebrew Gimel 2 (3 credits)
[MTWR 2:00–4:15 p.m.]
The second course in a year-long intermediate-level Hebrew language course designed for Division of Religious Leadership students. The course aims to develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and includes a focus 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.

Yitz Landes
HIS/ANC 5121: The Ancient Synagogue (3 credits)
[TWR 2:00-4:45 p.m.]
When did Jews start praying in synagogues? What else were synagogue buildings used for in antiquity? Who paid for them? In this course we will look at the history of the synagogue in antiquity. In addition to the questions listed above, we will use material and textual sources to address the development of late ancient synagogue art and synagogue literature, particularly as it compares with contemporaneous Christian and Samaritan art and literature. We will similarly look at the roles that rabbis may have played in late ancient synagogues and at the question of whether or not there existed a “synagogal Judaism.”

Dr. Rachel Rosenthal
TAL 5025: Introduction to Rabbinic Literature (3 credits)
[TWR 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.]
An introduction to the major works of the classical rabbinic canon produced by the Rabbis in late antiquity. The Mishnah, Tosefta, halakhic midrashim, aggadic midrashim, and Babylonian and Palestinian Talmuds will be considered in light of the historical and theological setting in which each work was produced, its literary characteristics, and its relationship to the other works of the classical rabbinic canon. All texts available in English translation as well as the original Hebrew/Aramaic.

Jeremy Zalman Tabick
TAL 6621: Talmud Text Level A: Taking Hold of Talmud I (6 credits)
[MTWR 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.]
With the same skill focused goals of TAL 6111, students will explore a new range of sequential passages drawn from Bavli Berakhot or Seder Moed or Nashim. The religious dimension of these texts will again be discussed.

Rabbi Mordecai Schwartz
TAL 6631Talmud Text Level B: Mastery in the Making II (6 credits)
[MTWR 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.]
With the identical emphasis on competence and mastery as in TAL 6453, students will encounter a substantial number of different sequential passages drawn from Bavli Avodah Zarah. Time will once more be devoted to religious meaning.

Dr. Jason Rogoff
TAL 6641: Talmud Text C: Reading Medieval Talmudic Commentaries (6 credits)
[MTWR 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.]
This advanced course will explore the interpretative methodologies of the major medieval Talmudic commentators. We will examine the different methods of reading employed by Rishonim when confronted with contradicting voices within sugyot, conflicting sugyot in the Bavli, and disagreements between the Bavli and Yerushalmi. Students will gain familiarity with a wide range of Talmudic commentators from the 11th-14th centuries. 

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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